Crafts to Keep Your Hands Busy


There are plenty of ways to keep your hands busy, and not all of them require a lot of time or money. Here are some of the crafts that will help you stay occupied:

Painting with Nails

A painting of a tree

Other things you can do are paint with nails. For this, grab a sheet of paper and place your hand on it. Place a couple of pieces of tape around the edges to hold the paper in place while still allowing for wiggle room. Then take some thin nails and hammer them into your fingers at an angle so that their heads touch the paper surface because if they’re not close enough, it won’t work well or be pretty. You can choose whatever color nail polish you want but we recommend black, blue, or silver if you really want the effect to pop out and look nice too! Once you’ve painted all of your nails and let it dry for about half an hour (or until totally dried), carefully peel the tape from the edges of the paper, and voila! You have a painted nails-on picture. This is definitely a fun thing to do if you want to create art or even just be crafty for a little while.


Background pattern

Sewing can also keep your hands busy because it’s quiet, it gives your mind something easy to focus on but still requires some effort, and it kills time too. So Sewing is a great choice for a pastime that keeps your hands occupied as well as lets you finish projects without spending too much money.


One way to make sure your hands are busy is by knitting or crocheting. Knit or crochet hats, scarves, boot cuffs, mittens, etc. so you can stay warm this winter! If you have the time and patience for it, you could even knit or crochet a blanket or sweater! Just be careful with your yarn choice because if you use something cheap it may not be very warm.

Card Games

Another good way to keep your hands busy is by playing card games. There are all kinds of card games out there that are great at keeping your hands occupied as well as your brain sharp too. Some examples are Solitaire (of course!), Crazy 8’s, rummy 500., UNO Attack!, Phase 10., etc. You could also try making up fun new games with friends using cards! It makes for a fun and interactive pastime.

Jewelry Making

Jewelry making is a great way to keep your hands busy because it’s creative, you can use lots of different materials, and the projects tend to be small so they’re easy to finish in a short amount of time. Plus, if you make something you really like, you can always wear it yourself or give it as a gift!


Beading is similar to jewelry making but with smaller objects and often more steps involved in the project. This is another craft that can be really fun and creative, plus it lets you make a lot of different things including necklaces, bracelets, earrings, etc.

Paper Crafting

Paper crafting is fun because it can be really simple or detailed and complex, you don’t need a lot of supplies, and projects are usually small enough to finish in one sitting. All you need are pencils, paper (lots!), scissors, glue sticks/glue gun/tape/pin/stampers!, etc. Some examples of paper crafts are cards which can either be “official” birthday or holiday cards or handmade ones – maybe even both! Then there are bookmarks which are great for kids who love reading or adults too! And another idea is gift tags because they’re fun to make and useful to have around if you give gifts to others often.

Knot Tying

You may think that knot tying isn’t a craft, but it can be! It’s definitely something that takes practice and some people are better at it than others, but once you get the hang of it you can make all sorts of things. A couple of examples are keychains, lanyards, bracelets, and necklaces. You can use different materials like string, yarn, cord, ribbon, etc. to make your knots which means there are endless possibilities when it comes to what you can make.


Weaving is a craft that not many people know about, but it’s really fun! You can make baskets, placemats, rugs, wall hangings, etc. with different materials like yarn, string, fabric strips, etc. Weaving is a bit more complicated than some of the other crafts on this list, but it’s definitely doable with a little practice. And the best part is that you can make so many different things with it.


So there you have it! Some great crafts to keep your hands busy. If you’re looking for something to do that’s fun, creative, and doesn’t require a lot of time or money, then one of these crafts is definitely for you. Happy crafting!

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