April 5, 2024

The Best Hobbies for the Homemaker and Stay-at-Home Mom

Written by: Tahnee Wientjes

Finding a fun hobby as a homemaker, something that you love to do is a great way to spend leisure time and provide a great opportunity to find new friends.

Practical hobbies and outdoor hobbies can also be of much help in your daily routine. Scroll through this ultimate guide to finding new hobbies from the comfort of your own home.

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Gardening is a new skill that encompasses from a cut-flower garden to an herb garden or vegetable garden (more on that later in the blog post). You don’t need a large garden, even from a balcony you can enjoy growing flowers, herbs and vegetables. Learning how to tend a garden is very helpful in daily life since you can use what you grow.

Gardening is especially great for stay-at-home moms since it can bring much joy working in the garden with your little ones. But, even for those working outside the home, I think it’s one of the most relaxing hobbies.

A garden planner is a great place to start writing down your garden plans for the coming season.

Bread baking

There’s nothing like the smell of freshly baked bread, right!? While this may seem like a skill that’s hard to learn, it isn’t. You too can learn to make lovely breads for your family. From fluffy sandwich bread to sourdough bread with a crackling crust.

Bread baking is a skill that is both economical and offers several health benefits over store-bought breads. I’m sure this will be one of those new homemaking skills that you (and your family!) will surely enjoy doing from the comfort of your home. Once you get the basics, you can try new recipes and keep expanding your bread-baking skills.

There are so many YouTube videos out there on baking bread and sourdough. But, be careful not to get overwhelmed by all the different methods and tips. l suggest starting small and downloading my free Starting Sourdough e-book.

A close-up of a slice of light and fluffy sandwich bread on a wooden cutting board.


When you’re learning so many new things, why not share them with others? Find a niche (that’s a specific topic to write about) that interests you and start writing. Everyone can learn something new, and if you can learn something new you can teach something new!

WordPress is one of the most well-known platforms for blogging and easy to use. There are different themes you can choose from and you can make it as affordable or expensive as you like. You can write blog posts to keep your family and friends up to date or, find a specific niche and even make money blogging!

To start learning, you can dive into one of the many YouTube tutorials out there. There’s so much free information out there to learn from. However, if you want to make a structured start and get on the right track without the many trials and errors, go for a good blogging course and blogging resource that will get you visitors right away.


This is a great hobby, a physical activity that’s good for you and that you can enjoy alone or as a family or with friends. The outdoors provides the most relaxing hobbies. You can enjoy the little things in nature, get out of the home for a while, and relax.

Find a local park and start with a round each week. If you live near a state park or forest find trails that suit your level. Also, invest in some good walking shoes and a backpack to take along necessities. A walking pole or stick might be handy if the walking trail has varying levels of elevation.

Reserve some free time for hiking, it’s a great hobby that good for your mental health and offers physical health benefits.


Life goes by fast, right? You can write down those fleeting moments and relive them years later. I still have diaries from my grandfather from the year 1978! I love to read what the weather was like back then and what kept him occupied.

Writing in the form of a diary can be very fulfilling. Especially as a homemaker, it may sometimes seem like we don’t get anything done. Being able to read back what you thought and did is a great way for this new hobby to contribute to your joy as a homemaker.

Find a pretty notebook that will last a while and invest in a comfortable pen to write with. Combine this writing hobby with calligraphy (more on that later) and you’ll have a great combination of a spare-time hobby and a creative outlet.


Crocheting is one of those fun hobbies that does take a bit of practice to learn but is not hard to learn. Once you learn some basic stitches you can crochet blankets, socks, stuffed animals for little ones, potholders, and dishcloths.

This is one of the craft hobbies that is very versatile since you can make so many things that suit your interests. Start with a good online course or dive into the many online resources.

I would advise starting with an ergonomic crochet hook made from wood or with a cork grip size J/ 7/ 4.5. And a natural fiber like linen, wool, or cotton. Don’t buy too much too soon. Focus on learning the basic stitches first before starting a project like a stuffed animal.

It’s a wonderful way to relax while you can still make something practical to use around the home.

Cake decorating

This is another fun hobby to add to the list because who doesn’t like cakes? If baking and decorating are of personal interest to you, cake decorating is a fun way to spend your spare time.

It’s also one of those interesting hobbies that you can share. You can bake and decorate for birthdays and special occasions. If you have a little more time, you can even take this hobby to the next level and start a cake-decorating business.

You can learn cake decorating from the comfort of your home and be a blessing to your friends and family or make a little extra by starting your own cake-decorating business!


Sewing is a timeless hobby that is both practical and allows you to express your creativity. You can learn how to sew your own linen tea towels, bowl covers, and even dresses and clothes for children.

There’s much joy and fulfillment to be found in making things yourself. In most cases, it’s also much more economical and you can make garments and household linens of better quality.

Invest in a good-quality sewing machine from a reputable brand like Husqvarna-Viking, Brother, or Pfaff. Start with a small and easy project like tea towels or fabric bowl covers. This is a good way to get to learn how to use your sewing machine.

Glass bowl with sandy linen fabric bowl cover


With just a needle, thread, and hoop you can personalize your clothes and household linens. You can embroider pillows and table linens and monogram pillows or children’s clothes.

Embroidery can be a great creative outlet for homemakers, but it is a very practical hobby as well since clothes can be mended using embroidery. When you’re just starting out embroidery you can also buy an embroidery kit. An embroidery kit includes everything you need to make one project from start to finish.

Even with a busy schedule embroidery can be learned using a few simple stitches. It’s one of those easy hobbies that don’t take much time to learn. Yet, you can keep on expanding your skills by learning new stitches and techniques.


Watercolor is a hobby that allows you to have some quiet time as a homemaker. You can combine it with other hobbies like gardening, bird sighting, or nature study and make detailed drawings of what you see.

It is one of my favorite hobbies since watercolor looks pretty, even if you can’t paint! Watercolor painting can be incorporated into other DIY projects around the home. It’s so fulfilling to learn something new and make something pretty.

Try experimenting with different techniques like wet-on-wet and the use of different brushes.

I’d encourage you to invest in quality brushes, they do make a difference in how your work turns out. For instance, I found it easier to paint leaves with a quality brush as it can hold more paint and spread it more evenly.

Lastly, for these practical tips, quality watercolor paint like Windsor and Newton do have prettier, fuller colors that give a better result. It’s an investment well worth it and these brushes and paint will last for a long time.

Nature Study

Nature study is the study of the natural things around us. It’s a very enriching hobby as you get to relax and learn new things that you can pass on. You don’t need to go to a state park or forest for a good nature study. This can be as simple as making a drawing of a bird in your backyard or a pot of flowers on the window sill.

For homemakers, nature study can be a broad educational experience, involving not only observation but also research, journaling, and hands-on activities. From studying the life cycle of plants to learning about medicinal herbs, nature study fosters a lifelong love of learning.

A set of pencils and a notebook with blank pages is all you need to get started.


Camping offers homemakers a refreshing escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life, providing an opportunity to create cherished memories with loved ones. Or, find some time alone. You can sleep under the stars, or in a simple tent. For a bit more comfort you can book a basic cabin.

Spend lots of time outdoors and enjoy the outdoor life. It’s good to get out of the normal routine now and then. No vacuuming, dusting, or cleaning the bathroom. Just back to basics and lots of fresh air and sunshine!

I love the social interactions between campers, there’s just something about people, especially the children, wanting to be outdoors that almost instantly creates common ground on which new friendships grow.

If you’ve never been camping before. Start small, and don’t buy a lot of gear, because most of it is just marketing and unnecessary. If you’re on a tight budget just take the things you already have like plates, cups, etc. The best tip I can give you here is, Just Go!

Vegetable gardening

On this list of the best hobbies, this one deserves a place. Since vegetable gardening is both practical and enjoyable for any homemaker, you should try it. You can grow herbs, tomatoes, fresh and crisp greens, and fresh fruits. Whether you have a few acres or just a window sill. There’s joy and fulfillment to be found in growing your food.

By nurturing plants from seed to harvest, you will develop a deeper appreciation for the natural world and gain valuable skills in gardening. You will be less likely to throw away food that you’ve grown yourself because you know how much it takes to grow it.

When you make sure your soil is rich in nutrients, growing your own fruits, veggies or herbs will provide you with healthy foods, free of any nasty chemicals.

Besides the joy and contentment, vegetable gardening is a great way to relax. Hands in the soil, fresh air, and sunshine will do you good.

Start with a plan. Use the free garden planner to make a plan for the coming year. Even if you have just a window sill this will come in handy as you can practice succession planting, even with limited space to make the most of the space you have.

Herbs are easy to start with and are not likely to fail. Start with something you use regularly to get to most out of your work.


There is nothing quite like immersing yourself in a good book and connecting with its characters. Besides your daily dose of Bible reading, evenings or early mornings are the perfect time to pick up a book and relax with a cup of tea (and a chocolate!)

You can learn new perspectives, and find inspiration and joy. Learn new skills and see how others manage their homes. I have a list of my favorite books for the new homemaker. You can also consider joining a book club if you want to combine relaxation with finding new friends.

As you read you can learn new things, nourish your soul, and destress after a busy day.


Another classic, just like crochet. Knitting is a timeless hobby that will benefit you as a homemaker. You can make blankets, potholders, mittens, shawls, socks and so much more.

The best thing about learning how to knit is that you can choose your materials. Over here we love the benefits of wool clothes. But wool scarves and mittens are expensive. If you learn how to make these yourself you can save a lot of money and personalize however you like.

You get to choose the colors and materials. I suggest you take a good online course or browse through the free Drops library to learn basic stitches before tackling anything large.

Homemade Candles

This hobby is much fun, especially if you do it together. It’s not something that you can only do in the winter months. For a lit candle when you spend a summer’s evening under a star-lit sky, spending time together, is real quality time.

Candles are easy to make. You can melt beeswax or use beeswax sheets. Wicks can be made from cotton thread or special wood wicks. If you’re a stay-at-home parent this is a fun project to do with your children.

Download your Free Garden Planner

Download your Free Garden Planner

Crossword Puzzles

Not only for rainy days, but crossword puzzles are great to take along, do in a waiting room, keep the children occupied, or take a break and solve one in the garden while enjoying the sunshine and fresh air.

Crossword puzzles will help improve your problem-solving skills and keep your brain function fit. By the way, this goes for jigsaw puzzles and some board games as well.

Find crossword puzzles in line with your interests. I love these New Testament crossword puzzles!


I thought this one needed to be on the list of hobbies because it’s a musical instrument that you can learn to play from the comfort of your home. Wouldn’t it be lovely if you could play something next time you have visitors around or for your children or grandchildren to sing along with your play?

There are many courses and YouTube tutorials out there to help you get started. I like books from the series Alfred’s Basic Piano. This is a new skill that you can enjoy for years to come. With as little as ten minutes a day, you can learn new songs and keep expanding your skills.


Calligraphy is a beautiful hobby to develop elegant handwriting. You can learn to write strokes and curves to create visually stunning letters and designs. Combine this with writing and you can take your journaling to the next level.

With calligraphy, you can even elevate the small things, like a letter or a form. You can make extra special invitations and make this a new creative outlet.


Drawing is a very versatile hobby that allows you to develop your creativity. You can draw the beauties of creation, and make special drawings to infuse in your interior design.

Pencils, charcoal, and pastels can all be used to make drawings. Be sure to invest in quality materials as this will add to a beautiful result. It allows you to immerse yourself fully in the creative process and find joy in the simple act of creating something beautiful.


Who has this as a hobby you might wonder?! Well, hear me out. When you learn how to manage your finances well, you can find satisfaction in managing your money wisely, making informed decisions about spending and saving, and prioritizing your financial goals.

From setting aside funds for household expenses and bills to saving for vacations, emergencies, or future investments, budgeting helps you make the most of your income and live within your means.

You can develop valuable financial skills, reduce stress and anxiety related to money management, and work towards achieving your family’s dreams and aspirations.

Whether you’re budgeting for short-term goals or planning for the future, the practice of budgeting offers a sense of control and confidence that can positively impact every aspect of your life.

Learn a new language

Learning a new language is an exciting hobby that offers homemakers the chance to explore new cultures and broaden their horizons. From studying vocabulary and grammar to practicing conversation, language learning encourages curiosity and intellectual growth.

It also fosters cultural appreciation and understanding, while providing practical benefits such as broadened communication skills, and for homeschoolers, children will benefit from this as well.

Embracing language learning as a hobby can enrich every aspect of your life, opening doors to new experiences and connecting with fellow homemakers around the globe.

Needle felting

This last one is certainly not the least, because you can create beautiful things with wool. Needle felting is a delightful hobby where homemakers can sculpt figures and decorations using wool fibers and a special needle.

With just a few supplies, like wool roving and felting needles, you can express your creativity and bring your ideas to life. It’s a relaxing activity and a perfect way to unwind after a busy day. You can create unique handmade treasures to adorn your homes or share with loved ones, adding a personal touch with every gift.

I hope that I helped you find your next favorite thing to do in the world of hobbies. Be sure to follow along on social media and here on the blog for encouragement and inspiration.

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