5 New Creative Hobbies to Try in 2023

Posted by Kara Crail

A group of women getting creative and creating art. Our favorite creative hobbies in 2023 are best when practiced with our bffs.

It's always an exciting adventure to immerse yourself in a new hobby, especially one that allows you to tap into your style and express yourself creatively. Last week, we looked at the 5 reasons to "why is self expression important" but maybe you're still unsure of what types of creative hobbies you'd want to practice for self expression. Of course, we wouldn't leave you hanging! In 2023, there are countless creative activities gaining popularity, and we've handpicked five trending DIY hobbies that anyone can dive into. From beaded jewelry-making to rug tufting, these hobbies have been all over our Tiktok feeds, and we hope they’ll inspire you to live life more creatively.


1. Beaded Jewelry Making

DIY jewelry making and beading is one of our favorite trending hobbies in 2023.

Beaded jewelry making is not just a fun and relaxing pastime—it's an opportunity to design and show off your unique style. With a little bit of creativity and patience, you can create a variety of cute things for gifting, selling, or wearing like cell phone charms, friendship bracelets, and chokers. The fun lies in the endless possibilities of color combinations and bead designs you can use.

Apart from being a great stress reliever, beaded jewelry making can also provide a sense of accomplishment as you watch your creations come to life. Not only can you wear your designs as conversation starters or accessories, starting this creative hobby is easy: all you need are some bead assortments, elastic cord or metal wires, and a few jewelry tools, which can be found in any craft store or online.


2. Repurposing Thrifted Clothing

Repurposing old clothes with fabric paints are a great way to relax and get creative with your fashion.

Customizing and repurposing thrifted clothing can bring out the fashion designer in you. From painting combat boots, customizing an old pair of Vans, or jazzing up a thrifted jacket, this hobby allows you to give a new life to a drab wardrobe. Not only does it allow you to experiment with your style, but it's also an excellent way to practice sustainability.

Whatever you decide to create, take pride in wearing what you've designed yourself. You can start by picking up a few thrifted items, some fabric paint, brushes, or other decorative items. Youtube or Pinterest can provide inspiration and step-by-step tutorials to kick start your new hobby.


3. Make Your Own Stickers

Sticker making is a fun and easy creative hobby for beginners.

Sticker-making is a wonderfully creative and surprisingly easy hobby to start. Whether you're into cutesy characters, motivational quotes, or pretty patterns, you can turn your favorite designs into fun stickers using phone and tablet apps like Procreate or Adobe Illustrator. You can even consider selling them online to turn your hobby into a profitable venture.

Creating your own stickers is a wonderful outlet for self-expression and can also help improve your digital art skills. To start, you will need a tablet and a stylus. You can start sketching your designs on an app, send them to a sticker-printing company, and voila—you have your custom-made stickers!


4. Nail Stamping on Nail Tips

You already know we’re going to mention this because it’s our absolute favorite hobby of all time! Nail stamping is a fantastic hobby for anyone with a keen interest in nail art. You can design a variety of beautiful and intricate designs on press-on nail tips to wear, gift, or sell. It's an enjoyable way to showcase your artistic talent and stay on-trend with the latest nail art designs.

Apart from being a fun and engaging hobby, nail stamping can also become a lucrative side hustle if you decide to sell your manicures at local craft fairs or online. All you need to start are some nail tips, stamping polish, stamping plates, and a stamper. In fact, you can get started right away with our Nail Stamping Starter Kits. Each kit comes with everything you need to get started, and they come in a HUGE variety of designs. Want to learn how to stamp in minutes flat? Check out our easy nail stamping instructions page or consider downloading our free e-book, A Beginners Guide to Nail Stamping as a Creative Hobby.

5. Rug Making or Tufting

Beautiful handmade tufted rugs by Leif Zikade. Rug tufting is a fun creative hobby made easy by companies like Tuft the World.
(Photo Credit: Tuft the World / Tufting Artist: Leif Zikade)

Rug making or tufting is a rewarding hobby that combines creativity and functionality. It's a process of pushing yarn through a backing material to create a rug. The results are visually stunning and serve as a unique piece of home decor that reflects your style.

Tufting is an excellent way to destress and create something beautiful and practical for your home. It also provides an immense sense of satisfaction when you see your handmade rug in your living space. You can start this hobby with a tufting gun like this one from Tuft the World, yarn, and a rug canvas. There are plenty of online resources and communities available for beginners to learn from and engage with.


These hobbies are more than just a way to pass the time. They offer an opportunity for self-expression, self-care, and even entrepreneurship. So, unleash your creativity and try one (or all five!) of these hobbies in 2023.

Are you feeling inspired? Share your current favorite hobby in 2023 in the comments below!

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  • I have been an avid card maker since before the Pandemic & it not only helped me keep busy it brought a little joy to everyone who received a card. I still do it today & have gotten quite a few paid orders because of it making a nice little side hustle.

    Amy M on

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