Are you looking for a creative project to do this year that doesn’t require loads and loads of cash? Life can get pretty boring if you find yourself in the same rut. Going to the movies, visiting the local theme park each year, and sitting around watching TV when you’re bored.
How about trying one of these fun and free ideas on for size. You don’t need to open your wallet to take part in one of these five awe-inspiring classes, workshops or projects. And even better, you’ll more than likely be trying something new and may even meet new friends.
1. Art House Co-op’s The Pockets Project
Visit Art House Co-op to sign the pledge. Find sealable bags to put your specimens in. (These bags should be no larger than 1 gallon.) Empty your pockets or purse. Place one item in each bag. Label the bags according to the different categories that each item falls under (this info is found on the site) with a Sharpie. Mail the sealed bags to the collection. The address is:
Brooklyn Art Library
c/o Pockets Project
201 Richards St #16
Brooklyn, NY 11231
The items collected will be turned into a large art installation and displayed for others to see.
2. ABC Creativity’s Discover Your Creative Genius Online Course
Sign up for the Creative Adventure Email List and get access to the course materials. Not only will you be able to get past your creative blocks, you’ll also learn how to harness that positive energy once your creative juices start flowing.
You can sign up for this free course on creativity by going to ABC Creativity.
3. Go Letterboxing and Find a World of Adventure
Letterboxing is a fun activity for the whole family. Think of it as a modern day treasure hunt. Letterboxers hide small, weatherproof boxes containing a log book, a rubber stamp, and an ink pad in publicly-accessible places. They then post clues to finding the box online. Once a box is found, individuals and groups stamp the log book with their own stamp and their log book with the stamp included in the letterbox.
There are about 20,000 letterboxes hidden in North America alone. The most serious Letterboxers create their own stamps to use in the log books. You can easily do this with an eraser.
Get started with letterboxing today.
4. Commit to Making Something Every Day for a Year
Need inspiration for your Do-It-Yourself projects? Why not check out Noah Scalin’s blog and see how you can create 365 photos, works of arts, drawings or craft items in 2011. There are some really great blog posts on the site featuring creative people from all over the world. Imagine writing 365 short stories, taking 365 nature photographs or creating 365 rabbit inspired craft projects.
5. Do a Card Drop and Inspire Someone Else
We all get our inspiration somewhere. Why not help a stranger reunite themselves with that spark? Head on over to Kind Over Matter and print out the awesome quotes. Glue them to some card stock and leave them in place where others will find them. If you want to be really creative, take a few pictures before you leave. That’s what the members of this website do.
Charissa is into frugal living and saving money.
I'm a member of a local Toastmaster group. I get no personal benefit from referring people to the organization other than being of help to those that hear. Here's the link: http://www.toastmasters.org/. The reason why I recommend this is because of one obvious reason and one terribly valuable, less obvious by-product. The obvious is that it openly trains you to be a better speaker and leader.
The less obvious by-product is that every time I stand to speak, I need to have some level of expertise around the topic on which I'm speaking. This gives me all kinds of motivation to be a voracious reader and learner and at a much faster rate than I would if left to other motives. Nothing like having to speak on something to an audience to get you reading and learning.