Unleashing Creativity: The Benefits of Crafting Outdoors

craftymama creativity Apr 26, 2023

If you’re like me, this winter season was hard. Not only did it feel like everything was put back at pre-2020 speed, but it also was met with transitions and changes. Mentally, the winter months are usually a time when I enjoy the solitude and seclusion I get from crafting indoors, but this year it was hard to get my creative mojo flowing. It’s why I am so thankful for the transition to spring and summer months this year, and the prospect of doing more of my crafting and creativity outdoors. That’s why this month’s blog post is focused on why it’s so important for us to get out of the man-made light and into the natural light of the sun this season.

Crafting outdoors during the summer months can have a positive impact on your mental health. Spending time in nature has been shown to reduce stress and anxiety levels and can have a calming effect on the mind. By bringing your crafting projects outside, you can benefit from the fresh air and sunshine, while also developing a deeper connection to the natural world.

In addition to the mental health benefits, crafting outside can also inspire creativity and new ideas. Being surrounded by the sights, sounds, and smells of nature can stimulate the senses and help you to think outside the box. Whether you are working on a new knitting project or painting a landscape, the outdoor environment can provide a unique perspective and enhance your creative process.

Finally, crafting outdoors can be a great way to connect with others and build community. Consider organizing a crafting circle or workshop in a local park or outdoor space. This can be a great opportunity to meet new people, share skills and ideas, and enjoy the benefits of crafting in nature together. By bringing your crafting outside this summer, you can improve your mental health, tap into your creativity, and build stronger connections with the world around you.

I’m wondering if you find it hard to get yourself outside of your craft room walls. Do you struggle with ways to enjoy your craft outside? What about trying something new instead of doing the craft you are traditionally used to? 

There is nothing better, I have found, for me to reignite my creativity than to change the pace and the scenery. I’d love to hear from you about where you are getting your craft mojo on this summer. Share with me by tagging me on Instagram @thunderbirdfarmpa or posting in my Free Facebook group, The Thunderbird Hand-Crafted.