The Coronavirus pandemic has prompted the cancellation of public gatherings, and forced many restaurants, gyms, cinemas and pubs to close their doors. With so many leisure activities temporarily off the table, millions of us are now on the lookout for new hobbies we can pursue from home - and crafting is a perfect solution.
Making your own crafts is a wonderful way to pass the time, as it's both enjoyable and productive. When separation from friends, family and colleagues has you feeling at a bit of a loose end, the satisfaction of completing a project and having a lovely homemade item to show for it can go a long way to boosting your mood.
We've chosen some lovely beginners' crafting projects from our archive - they're easy enough that even a total newbie can have a go, and simple enough that you should have most of the items you'll need without needing to leave the house (and anything extra can be purchased widely online).
And let us know how you get on by sharing your projects on Instagram with the hashtag #isolationtransformation. Your Home and our sister magazine, HomeStyle, will be sharing our favourites on our Stories, so make sure you follow us if you want to spot yours!
This is a classic simple crafting project, which only requires four items - two if you don't count a needle and thread! Even a total newcomer should be able to pull this one off, and if you're a little bit more confident with your thimble there's an option to add a cute front pocket.
Queen of decorative paints Annie Sloan shared her ideas for giving your stairs a creative makeover. Statement staircases have become more and more popular in recent years, and all you need to try it yourself is a selection of paints and a brush. Not only a fun DIY decor project, but also a fab way to use up those half-empty paint tins you might have lying around.
All you need is dried lavender (widely available online), an old shirt or blouse and some household odds and ends to make this neat and fragrant home accessory. Pop it in among your pillows for a soothing night's sleep, or hang in the wardobe to keep your clothes smelling sweet.
If you've got acrylic paints and some plain coasters, try this simple but effective block-colour painting technique to transform them in minutes. Put the finished products together and you'll see they create an optical illusion.
Stockpiling-related shortages of fresh food on supermarket shelves mean we're all trying to make the most of our store cupboard staples. So why not jazz up your storage jars with chalkboard-effect paint?
What if you don't even have a needle and thread, a pot of paint or an old bit of fabric lying around. If your craft supplies are non-existant, here's one for you - all you need to learn this classic origami pattern is a piece of paper. Always wondered how they make those cute little paper swans? Now's the perfect time to learn!