Play Hard

Beat the boredom with these cute crafts to do at home

Take yourself offline and relax with one of these at home crafts. Trust us, you'll be so pleased that you put your phone down!

Written by High Life North
Published 06.02.2021


Hazel and the team at The Pottery Experience, based in their lovely shop on Fern Avenue in Jesmond, have made pottery accessible for everyone. Originally offering everything from throwing sessions to painting along with a coffee and a slice of cake in their shop, the team have risen to the challenge presented by COVID and are now offering kits for us to flex our pottery skills at home. For HLN, this has been one of the best things to come out of these disastrous years – we love settling down on a Saturday afternoon with our kit ready to get crafty. Pottery is one of the most fun things to make at home!

You can choose from paint-at-home kits and making kits. For the former, you’re offered plenty of things to paint – plates, mugs, little ornaments and large vases. Simply select up to six paints and, once you’ve Van Gogh-ed yourself out, return them to The Pottery Experience to get them fired. Wait a few short weeks and they’ll be ready to collect and transform your home! You can immortalise memories or just get a bit arty, and it’s such a good way to spend a rainy afternoon.

Opt for a making kit and you’ll get a double whammy – you make whatever you’re then going to paint! Pick up a lump of clay and all the tools you’ll need from The Pottery Experience, create something from scratch, return it to get fired and then pick it up again to paint it: simple. And don’t worry if you’re not sure where to start – Hazel and her team have put together lots of useful video tutorials and have a Pinterest page full of inspiration. Some of their favourite creations are published on their Instagram account too (#goals, btw), so there’s plenty of inspo to be had.


The Pottery Experience

81 Fern Avenue, Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 2RA

Pottery Painting Cafe in Newcastle at The Pottery Experience

Visit The Pottery Experience Now


When we first discovered KP Paper Cuts – having never even come across the craft of paper cutting before – we were blown away by how beautiful the finished results were. There really is no limit to what you can create: from a simple silhouette, you can add to a card to create an intricately layered design filled with hidden detail. What’s more, it’s one incredibly easy craft to do at home! All you need is your kit and a comfy seat.

KP owner Keely first started paper cutting as a way to unwind and reduce stress – something we can all relate to right now. Fast forward six years and Keely now has a beautiful online shop filled with unique gifts and framed pieces for your home. But paper cutting is as much about the process as it is about the result; use KP Paper Cuts’ project kits as an opportunity to step away from the daily grind and marvel as you literally feel your stress levels starting to ebb and fade.

We’ve got our bee kit all ready and waiting to go – and we already know we’ll be ‘buzzing’ with the results! So what are you waiting for? Try something new and get your craft on with us.


KP Paper Cuts

Hand cut with love – kppapercuts

Visit KP Paper Cuts Now


Want to try your hand at something a little different? Always been envious of those people who have plants hanging all over their house? Answered yes to all three of our questions?! You’re in luck! Charlotte of Sonosynthesis Macrame has put a kit together so you can create your own macrame plant hanger. You can choose from a selection of colours of recycled cotton cord, which you then attach to a wooden hoop to hang the hanger (these will vary depending on the stock available).

Just in case you didn’t know (which we didn’t before we met Charlotte), macrame is a form of textile producing using various knotting techniques. This kit will teach you three of the essential knots, which will open the doors for you to get the macrame bug and create endless plant hangers, wall art, and much, much more. Why not learn a new proper skill like knotting with your at home crafts?

It’s definitely worth heading to Charlotte’s Instagram page to get some inspiration. She’s also created a handy video to help you create your very own hanger, so all you’ll need to think about is which house plant you’re going to fill it with!


Sonosynthesis Macrame

Beautiful handcrafted macramé pieces from by Sonosynthesis on Etsy

Visit Sonosynthesis Macrame Now


One of our favourite parts about receiving parcels in the post from lovely local independents is the meticulous and heartfelt gift-wrapping. But it’s easier said than done, isn’t it? Remember the annual pre-Christmas wrapping slog?! It can be draining. Not anymore, though. Introducing Louise Lewis: professional gift wrapper. Since starting her business in 2015, Louise has wrapped gifts for huge clients, such as Carnival UK, Fuji and the Banking Circle. Now she offers a mix of classes so you can share her secrets.


Ranging from one-to-one sessions, group sessions (yes, these can also be held virtually!), team-building classes and team training to allow businesses to offer a gift-wrapping service in stores (when they reopen), Louise will show you all of the tricks of the trade from the comfort of your living room, so you’ll never dread another wrapping session again. Plus, when restrictions will allow, she’ll return to hosting local classes from Leyburn.

Louise is all about teaching us how to gift-wrap better – to help us save time and feel less overwhelmed by it all (and to stop us from reaching for the nearest gift bag and calling it a day). Book your slot on any of her at home craft courses via her website, and be sure to keep an eye out for Louise’s accompanying podcast, coming soon. And for anyone inspired to start their own gift-wrapping business this year, you can also book your very own ‘Power Hour’ with Louise, where she’ll take you through all the things you’ll need to know to get your new venture started.


Louise Lewis

Louise Lewis – Professional Giftwrapping Service & Workshops

Visit Louise Lewis Now

Don’t forget to tag us in all of your home craft creations at #HLNgetcrafty

Other stories by High Life North

5 of our favourite supermarket rosé wines

High Life North

February 2024: 8 new bar, restaurant and wellness openings in Newcastle, Sunderland and Northumberland

High Life North

5 things to do this weekend

High Life North

6 independent bookshops in the North East

High Life North

HLN Reader Guide: The Newcastle dishes you’d request for your last meal on Earth…

High Life North
Paint & sip in Tynemouth on Friday, indulge in a Saturday of self-love with Malin & Goetz, then learn a new craft on Sunday. The ultimate wholesome weekend is here.

5 things to do this weekend

High Life North