23 DIY Projects to Help Relieve Stress

Meditative crafting and cute home decor? Count us in.

There's something about crafting that puts us so at ease. Whether we're knitting a scarf or scribbling recklessly in an adult coloring book, taking time out of our jam-packed schedules to do something with our own hands is about as calming as it gets.

"There's promising evidence coming out to support what a lot of crafters have known anecdotally for quite some time," clinical neuropsychologist Catherine Carey Levisay told CNN. "And that's that creating — whether it be through art, music, cooking, quilting, sewing, drawing, photography, or cake decorating — is beneficial to us in a number of important ways."

It doesn't matter if you're a do-it-yourself fanatic or just starting to get your craft on, we've rounded up a bunch of cute, useful projects — from painting and stitching to gluing and molding — that'll help you calm down after (or in the middle of) a crazy day.

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1 Handmade Succulents

The best part about these succulents? They're impossible to kill.


Grab the directions from Think Make Share.

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2 Painted Ikat Art

If you don't think you can paint, think again. You, too, can create a masterpiece with these detailed instructions.


Grab the directions from Love Grows Wild.

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3 Oversized Knit Blanket

This blanket only takes 4 hours to make, and when you're finished, you'll never be cold ever again.


Grab the directions here.

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4 Rock Planter

There are few things as mindless as gluing rocks to a planter, but sometimes that's exactly the type of activity we need. (And one that looks super cool in the end, BTW.)


Grab the directions from Poppytalk.

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5 Wall Art With String

Yes, string can be art, too! These dip-dyed ends add a pretty pop of color.


Grab the directions from Brit + Co.

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6 Abstract Art With a Golden Touch

You'll be feeling golden after finishing this mesmerizing paint job.


Grab the directions from Lolly Jane.

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7 DIY Painted Sweatshirt

Because who doesn't love figs enough to paint them onto a sweatshirt?


Grab the directions from Brit + Co.

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8 Pressed Leaf Wall Art

Turn the leaves of your favorite plants into works of art.


Grab the directions from Brit + Co.

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9 Cozy Latch Hook Rug

Wake up to this cozy rug at your bedside. Learning how to latch hook will keep your hands — and mind! — busy.


Grab the directions from Design Sponge.

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10 Clay Tea Light Holders

Sculpting your own candle holder is easier than you think.


Grab the directions from Gathering Beauty.

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