Published: April 24, 2020 | Updated: May 5, 2020 | Posted by: Venus Zoleta | Lifestyle
Being on home quarantine is the perfect time to start working on personal projects you’ve been postponing for so long. But if you’ve already run out of things to do (like making the viral Dalgona coffee), how can you kill time? How do you fight boredom and anxiety amid the uncertain times?
Keep yourself preoccupied with do-it-yourself projects that let you relieve stress, make productive use of your time, and perhaps earn money on the side. Here are eight useful items you can DIY during the COVID-19 lockdown.
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Wearing a face mask is required when buying essentials at the supermarket or drugstore. But with the limited supply of face masks, it’s hard to get your hands on them these days.
The quick solution? Make a do-it-yourself face mask. The Department of Health recommends using a DIY mask for everyone who is not sick. The use of N-95 and surgical masks must be reserved for people who need them more, like healthcare workers and COVID-19 patients.
If you have a sewing machine at home, here’s how to make your own cloth face covering:
1. Gather the tools and materials for sewing your DIY face mask:
2. Stack the two cotton sheets.
3. Create the face covering. Fold over the long sides by 0.25 inch and hem. Then fold over the short sides by 0.5 inch and hem.
4. Create the ear loops. Using a needle or bobby pin, insert the elastic into the wider hem on each side of the cloth. Tie the ends tightly.
5. Tuck the knots in the hem by pulling on the elastic. Adjust the sides of the DIY face mask so that it fits your face. Finally, stitch the elastic to secure it in place and prevent it from slipping.
Got no sewing machine and skills? Not to worry—you can easily create a simple face mask using available materials at home.
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Actress and COVID-19 survivor Iza Calzado shows how to make a simple DIY face mask.
A do it yourself hand sanitizer is effective against the Coronavirus, as long as it contains at least 60% alcohol. It’s also more convenient to use than soap and water.
However, if you can’t find alcohol, just wash your hands with soap and water instead of trying to make a DIY hand sanitizer.
Here’s how to make a do it yourself hand sanitizer at home as based on the World Health Organization’s formulation.
1. Add all the ingredients in a bowl.
2. Stir thoroughly with a spoon.
3. Using a funnel, pour the mixture into an empty spray bottle or pump bottle.
4. Screw the cover tightly. Shake well before every use.
Make your home smell like a spa with your own concoction of air freshening ingredients. You can try these simple yet clever ideas for natural DIY air fresheners.
There are two ways to convert coffee into a homemade air freshener.
You can put dry used coffee grounds in a shallow jar and place it anywhere in your home that needs deodorizing, like in your fridge or near the garbage bag.
Or you can fill a cup with coffee beans and place it in the bathroom or kitchen.
Simply mix one part vinegar and four parts water and then pour the mixture into an empty spray bottle. Freshen any room by spraying the vinegar solution into the air.
Missing your milk tea fix this quarantine period? Prepare a homemade pearl milk tea with ingredients available in the kitchen.
Here’s a basic recipe for do it yourself milk tea:
Do your K-drama binge-watch sessions got you craving for kimchi? Good thing, a do it yourself kimchi doesn’t have to be as tedious as how ahjummas traditionally do it.
For beginners, here’s one of the simplest kimchi recipes to try.
Making a shoe rack out of waste materials at home is both an easy and affordable DIY project.
This do it yourself shoe rack uses cardboards and has a modular geometric design. It’s compact enough for dorms, studio-type condo units, and small spaces.
Feeling crafty? Make a cute DIY lampshade using simple tools and materials at home.
1. Prepare the materials for your do it yourself lampshade:
2. Paint the sticks.
3. Using the thread, tie two sticks together at each end. Do the same thing with the other two sticks.
4. Cut out the neck of the bottle and fit the sticks on it. No need to glue the sticks onto the bottle.
5. Glue both sides of the cardboard to form a cylinder. Cover it with decorative paper and fold the excess paper inward.
6. Using the push pins, attach the wooden frame to the inside of the cardboard cylinder. Make sure the frame is straight.
7. Install the DIY lampshade. Turn off the bulb and remove it. Slide the lampshade on and put the bulb back.
Badly need a haircut? Hairstylists recommend waiting it out until the lockdown is over. A do it yourself haircut might do you more harm than good, and it’s better to leave the job to a trained professional.
But if you can no longer stand your long locks in hot and humid weather, your increasing split ends, or your overgrown bangs, what else can you do?
Be your own hairstylist at home! If you don’t want to risk cutting off your ear, ask a family member to cut your hair.
Either way, here are some pointers from stylists to keep in mind, so you won’t end up with an awful haircut:
Here’s a DIY tutorial for women who want to trim their hair at home:
Men can also become their own barber at home. Here’s a video tutorial on do it yourself haircut for men.
Raise the fun factor of your DIY project during the quarantine by turning it into a family bonding activity. Whether you plan to create a DIY face mask or milk tea, involve your partner or kids—they’ll surely love doing something worthwhile in their idle time. Share your output on social media, so you can inspire others as well!