Doing crafts is a great way to reduce your mental stress, as it can allow you to focus your energy on something different, with only the goal of creating. Even if you prefer not to have all the supplies and mess of crafting, consider using a website to make your crafts, for example, a website to design your own shirt. No matter how you create, taking time to make something for yourself or others can be a great way to relax and reduce stress.

1. Painting

Painting is a great way of reducing stress because it gives a great deal of freedom. Using acrylic paints is a good idea as well because it is a forgiving medium that allows you to correct mistakes easily.

When you start a painting, allowing yourself to create whatever is in your mind can be very therapeutic, even if you have never considered yourself ‘artistic.’ When you start to create a landscape or an image on canvas, it can be wonderful for your mind because it gives you complete control over that painting and over that world you create.

2. Adult Coloring Books

If you are someone who becomes more anxious when it comes to using paints or a blank canvas, consider adult coloring books. There are books for purchase that have landscapes and images already printed, and all you have to do is choose a color and fill it in.
For many people, this type of craft is the perfect combination of low-stress and the joy of creating something beautiful. If you need a craft where you only do the easy part of adding color, this could be the perfect stress-reliever for you.

3. Blanket Making

There is a trending craft involving the creating of warm and soft blankets with just your hands and the right material. With a spool of thick and fluffy material and weaving through loops with your arms, it can be very simple and fast to create a thick blanket with any pattern and style.

There are also many patterns to follow that vary in difficulty for anyone just starting or on their tenth blanket. In any situation, it is easy and relaxing to sit down and weave yourself a cozy craft.

4. Embroidery

If you like the idea of using color as a stress reliever but without any messes that come with using paints, embroidery might be your best option. Using a needle and thread and a bit of cloth tucked into an embroidery frame, you’ll be able to create beautiful designs and colorful creations on any bit of clothing or hats that you choose. This is a great craft where you will be able to lose yourself in the creations and colors as you go.

5. Macramé 

Macramé is the art of tying knots, in a way. For this type of craft, all you need is some thin ropes or strings and a bit of knowledge. With your strings, you’ll be able to make all sorts of designs and useful tools.

One option is to create a tapestry by weaving together your strings and creating specific knots in patterns of your choice. Another option is to use several strands, all tied together at one end, and use a series of knots to create a basket style hanger.

In the basket you create, anything could be placed and used as a decorative hanging device. This sort of craft would be ideal for anyone who is savvy with knots, weaving or would like a beautiful way to hang their plants or decorations.


Crafts are a great way to improve your mental health and reduce your stress. The act of using your creativity to make something new can be very therapeutic and help to calm even the most anxious of minds. If you prefer to use bright colors with a paintbrush, or with a needle and thread, or if you prefer to weave your creations, these crafts can help you to relax and relieve stress.