8 Creative & Fun Hobbies to Try at Home (Whilst Supporting Local Businesses)
Staying home is now more important than ever, but with self-isolation comes some big changes to the way we go about our days and how we spend our weekends. Instead of heading out and about, we’re all scrambling to find something entertaining to do at home.
Whether you’re artistic, consider yourself a bit of a foodie, or love nothing more than getting your hands dirty, there are plenty of great businesses across Sydney and New South Wales that can help you find your next favourite activity to do at home.
Check out these fun and creative activities to try out, with help from local businesses who can deliver everything you need in rapid time.
Cheese Making - Omnom Cheese Making
Express shipping available
With no experience required, cheese making is a great way to spend time in the kitchen with some seriously delicious results. Owned by Sydney-based Marly, Omnom Cheese Making supplies you with everything you need (apart from fresh milk) to make your own cheeses at home. Learn how to make halloumi or select an Italian or Mediterranean cheese making kit and try your hand at creating a selection of popular cheeses including mozzarella, burrata, ricotta and more.
The Omnom Cheese Making site also features a variety of recipes, from ricotta hotcakes to halloumi burgers, showing you how to make your freshly made cheeses the star of any dish. Gift certificates are available, with virtual cheese making classes set to come soon.
Pottery - Clay Sydney
Kits sent by courier, arriving in approximately 48 hours
Clay Sydney’s Clay At Home bundles contain all the clay and tools you’ll need to create your very own masterpiece. Handy cheat sheets and an instructional webinar led by Sydney Clay’s tutors are included in the bundle price, making it easy to learn all about sculpting with clay in the comfort of your own home. Priced between $40 and $55 per kit, you can take your pick from a variety of creations, from mugs and planter pots to oil burners, trinket boxes and more.
Once you’ve sculpted your new favourite knick-knacks, you’ll also have access to Clay Sydney’s kiln for firing, with a no-contact drop off point located outside their Marrickville studio. If you don’t live near Marrickville, they’ll also be happy to direct you to your closest local kiln.
Pickling - Cornersmith
Courses delivered online
Have a few empty jars around the house? Cornersmith’s online pickling and preserving classes are a great way to learn about extending the life of your fresh produce and reducing the amount of food waste that you create. Two online courses are currently available from the Marrickville-based picklery, including one that guides you through preserving tomatoes and another that explores the fundamentals of vinegar-based pickling. Learn how to pickle cucumbers, baby beetroots and pears, or discover how you can make your own ketchup and passata at home.
Courses cost $75 each and include video tutorials, recipes, shopping lists and a variety of other useful resources.
Home Brewing - Dave’s Home Brew
Free delivery available in the Sydney Metro area
Staying at home certainly doesn’t mean that you need to miss out on your favourite tipple. Dave’s Home Brew, based in North Sydney, stocks all the supplies needed to brew your own beer, cider or ginger beer at home. Select a starter kit if you’re new to the art of brewing or take your pick from the great range of beer, cider and ginger beer kits if you’re wanting to try something new with your existing brewing setup.
Painting - Cork and Canvas
Kits delivered to NSW addresses in 2 to 3 days
Although Cork and Canvas’ Darlinghurst and Crows Nest studios may be temporarily closed, they’ve ensured that you can still get your art fix at home. Creativity Kits containing canvases, paint brushes, acrylic paints and disposable paint palettes can be delivered direct to your doorstep. A variety of kits are available online, from kits for one to family size kits, as well as a selection of additional supplies.
If you’re having trouble getting inspired, the creative folks at Cork and Canvas have also developed a series of pre-recorded online sessions, with access available for $25 per video. You’ll enjoy access to your chosen online session for 10 days, giving you plenty of time to perfect your painting.
Art - Newtown Art Supplies
Next day dispatch and express shipping available. Free local delivery to customers in Newtown, Enmore and Marrickville. Free standard shipping on orders over $132
Stocking a wide assortment of products, from sketchbooks and canvases to pencils, paints and pens, Newtown Art Supplies is your one-stop shop for everything arty. Serving Sydney’s Inner West and beyond for over 30 years, whether you’re dipping your toes into the wide world of art for the very first time or are wanting to stock up on all your favourite products, there’s plenty to discover at Newtown Art Supplies.
Knitting and Crochet - Skein Sisters
Next day delivery available with express post. Kerbside collection also available.
Opened in mid-2017 by good friends Janine Smith and Deb McDonald, Dulwich Hill’s Skein Sisters is a yarn store with the lot. Stocking an excellent selection of yarns from around the world, as well as a great range of notions, knitting needles, crochet hooks and more, you’ll find everything you need for your next knitting or crocheting project in one handy spot. A great range of kits, project books and beginners guides are available, as well as some interesting yarns, from skeins of llama and merino yarn to balls of camel and cashmere.
Indoor Gardening - Urban Plant Growers
Delivery within 2 days for the Sydney Metro region
Whether you’re short on outdoor space or looking to winter-proof your garden, Sydney-based Urban Plant Growers stocks everything you need to grow your own plants indoors. From high-tech indoor smart gardens and hydroponic planters to mini greenhouses and specialty fertilisers, you’ll find all the equipment needed to grow your own herbs, vegetables and flowers at home. Discover a fantastic range of seeds, from popular herbs, such as chives and basil, to beautiful edible blooms and start planning your own indoor garden.