50 Times People Found Themselves With Extra Free Time During Quarantine And Decided To Make Something Cool

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With the worldwide pandemic ravaging the world, many people find more free time on their hands than they can remember. After all, going out is not really an option at the moment, and nobody knows when it will be.

But it turns out, idle hands are capable of incredible things. And thanks to the subreddit “Something I Made,” which has people sharing their most incredible pieces of work, we now have a full collection of handmade goodness for our eyes to feast on.

From an incredible dinosaur costume built from PVC pipes and foam and a "Game Over" cross-stitch piece, to pants purposefully constructed with pockets deep enough to fit a TV remote and beer, these are some mad DIY skills that may spark your inner go-doer and maker that has been deep asleep all this time.

#1 I Made A Portrait Of German Shepherd With Soft Pastels And Pastel Pencils. What Do You Think?

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#2 My Mom Is Learning How To Sew. This Chair-Cover Cooking Set Is Her Latest Creation

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#3 I Built A Backyard Treehouse As A Quarantine Project

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The worldwide pandemic which has been ravaging the globe has not been the brightest thing in recent memory for most of us. With so many people left jobless and struggling to find hope that everything will get back to normal eventually, it’s only normal to feel more anxious and low-spirited than usual.

But engaging in DIY activities can not only give your idle hands something to work on, it can have some seriously positive effects on mental health. A study from Heather L. Stuckey, a professor at the Department of Medicine, Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine, and Jeremy Nobel from Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, suggests that crafting and engaging in creative activities may help decrease anxiety, stress, and mood disturbances, as well as improve well-being and quality of life.

#4 My Parents Planted An Apple-Tree When I Was Born. Sadly, The Tree Died A Few Weeks Ago, So I Made A Bookshelf Out Of It

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#5 I Run An All-Volunteer Trail Crew That Specializes In Good Old-Fashioned Technical Stonework. Here Is What We Make!

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#6 I Painted A Whole Bunch Of Rocks During Quarantine!

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Over the past decade, health psychologists have cautiously begun looking at how the arts might be used in a variety of ways to heal emotional injuries, increase understanding of oneself and others, develop a capacity for self-reflection, reduce symptoms, and alter behaviors and thinking patterns.

Another study published in 2020 looked into the connection between arts and mental health, functioning, & life satisfaction. The study authors came to a conclusion that “frequent arts participation and cultural attendance were associated with lower levels of mental distress and higher levels of life satisfaction, with arts participation additionally associated with better mental health functioning.”

#7 My Mom Hand Cut And Stained All The Pieces For This Wall. I Think It's Beautiful And She Deserves Some Props

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#8 I Finally Finished My Giant Stained Glass Hippo And I'm Dying Because It Looks So Good!!

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#9 My Heart Was Heavy The Past Few Weeks And Naturally That Pours Out Into My Work And Made This Dress. I Hope Everyone Is Hanging In There Mentally, Change Will Come Here In Africa ❤️ #endinjustice

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#10 I Am Groot

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#11 I Paint With Bleach!

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#12 I Made Sleeping Bengal Kitties Out Of Glass

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#13 My First Attempt At Making A Leather Handbag. The Hand Stitching Took Forever!

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#14 My Goal For This Year Was To Finish This Painting, And I Did Took Me 3 Months. I Know It’s Not 100% Perfect But I’m A Bit Proud

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#15 I'm A 16 Yr Old Blacksmith And I Forged This Whale Bottle Opener :) Hope You Like It!

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#16 An Origami Koi Fish That I Made With A US $1 Bill For My Tip Jar At Work

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#17 After Searching For A Contractor For Months And Getting Bids At 10k Plus I Decided To Attempt This Myself With No Tools And Experience. Cost Me $2500 In Materials And $500 In New Tools. It’s Not Perfect But Am Super Proud Of The Results.

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#18 I Wanted To Paint My Cat, But Doing All Of Her Seemed Hard, So I Just Did The Easy Parts

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#19 The Bridge, Another Cat Tree I Just Finished

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#20 Friends, What Do You Think Of This My Handmade Dress?

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#21 I Made This Needle Felted Albino Bat

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#22 I Made A Stained Glass Of My Friend's Watercolor Painting

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#23 Made A Purple Ombre Wisteria Mobile Out Of Felt

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#24 Trash Fort With Green Roof

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#25 I Built This For A Family In Columbus Oh, But I’m 100% Going To Build A Full Sized One As My House Next

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#26 I’m Only 16 But I Built A Hardwood Desk Out Of 2 Sheets Of 4x8 Maple Plywood.

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#27 I Make Layered Animals Out Of Birch Wood. This Is 7 Layers. Hope You Like

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#28 My Wife Asked For A Gold Bicycle. I Bought An Old 70’s Ross Kids Bike And Turn It Into A Low Rider.

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#29 I Made Something Horrible, Or Awesome. I Honestly Can't Tell

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#30 Wire And Clay Whippet I Just Finished - With A Heart Of Gold

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#31 My Husband Snores And My Daughter Rotates In The Bed So I Haven’t Slept Well In Four Years...converted The Closet In The Office Into My Own Personal Bed

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#32 I Repainted A Cabinet (I Got For Free!) And Wanted To Share

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#33 I Really Wanted Wallpaper In Our Bathroom, But I Couldn’t Afford It...so I Painted It! I Used Leftover Paint Samples From Another Project. I Hand Sketched The Flowers Based On A Marimekko Pattern

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#34 I Made 3-Prong Wooden Hair Fork With Cat Ears Headband

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#35 After Being Laid Off In April I Spent The Last 2 1/2 Months Building This Playhouse For My Kids. I Have No Construction Experience, Just A Lot Of Youtube Tutorials. I’m Very Happy With How It Turned Out.

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#36 My Daughters "Sally Witch" Costume I Crocheted

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#37 Partner And I Hand Made A Sliding Door Over The Weekend! What Do You Think?

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#38 Made This Beautiful Vintage Dress For My Engagement Photos And Just A Mini Shoot! Aiming To Make My Entire Wardrobe To Be Vintage

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#39 After 40 Hours And A Lot Of Black Embroidery Floss, I Finally Finished This Crow Embroidery!

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#40 I Made This Cute Bernie Sanders Toy

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#41 A Little Weekend Project My Wife And I Just Finished

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#42 Made A Giant Squid Out Of Microfleece, 'Cause Why Not?

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#43 I Made A Stained Glass Quilt!

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#44 I Made This Mini Lime Out Of Polymer Clay!

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#45 Made These Glass Piano Jewelry Boxes A Bit Ago In Support Of Pride!

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#46 I Made A Phone Stand To Turn Your Smartphone In A Cozy Fireplace

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#47 I Made This

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#48 Bragging About My Mugs

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#49 Finally Had Success With Resin Lacing!

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#50 I Made A Dress Out Of The Leaves In My Garden. It Was Either This Or Rake Them All Up, Seemed A Shame For Them To Go To Waste.

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