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11 Hobbies to do in an Apartment (Not Much Space?)




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Do you not have the space in your apartment to take up carpentry? What about enough back-yard space for a huge vegetable garden?

To qualify as a good hobby for apartment inhabitants, the hobby shouldn’t take up much space. The materials should be small, or something you might already have in your apartment.

The project should be easy to clean up or move off to the side halfway through completion. And the finished project should be something you can use or give away as gifts, so they don’t take up space in your home!

Here is a list of 11 hobbies you can do in an apartment that won’t take up much space.

toy miniature workers work on big chocolate doughnut

Miniature Photography

You probably already have a small figurine kicking around in a junk drawer already. It’s time he came out to play.

Try your hand at miniature photography by setting a scene somewhere around your home and taking pictures up close of your little LEGO man. Maybe he’ll ski down the slopes of Mt. Duvet, or maybe he’ll be squashed by a giant french fry.

All it takes to start this hobby is a camera, a miniature, and a wild imagination. You can use the vast outdoors, or the smallest corner in an apartment to give your miniature the biggest adventures.

A man brewing craft beer in a kitchen.

Beer Making

If you like beer, and you enjoy making things, you’d probably enjoy beer making. All you need to start is a beer making kit, and there are plenty of them out there.

Simply find a kit that’s the perfect size for your space. Some beer making kits will fit on a counter, while others might need some designated floor space.

As a bonus, this hobby can bring people together. When your beer is done brewing and you have it bottled, you can (and should) invite your friends over to give it a try!

Will the past few weeks of fermenting pay off?

sourdough starter yeast and bread ingredients

Sourdough Starter

Sourdough starter is something that has been passed down from generation to generation. In some families, the sourdough starter is a family heirloom and is a treasured part of any inheritance.

Creating your sourdough starter and keeping it alive is very simple, yet very therapeutic.

If you have flour in your cupboards, and water comes out of your taps, you already have everything you need already to create your own sourdough starter.

If your sourdough starter survives, you might find yourself trying to make sourdough bread for holidays. Careful though, this bread making could lead to a huge interest in cooking and baking as a hobby!

Hand and a feather lettering for a calligraphy lesson


With just a pen and paper you can start practicing calligraphy. Calligraphy is the art of penmanship and can be as structured, or as free going as you want it to be.

To get the best practice, print off a few calligraphy practice pages and trace the shapes.

Wrist flow and pen manipulation are a crucial aspect in becoming a great calligrapher.

transforming model's body shape


Are you jealous of the pictures your friends post to social media? Chances are they’ve had a little bit of work done. Why not try photoshopping as a hobby.

There are plenty of online videos and courses to follow along to master all the tricks to Photoshop.

And those miniature photographs you took? You can use your Photoshop skills to really make those pictures look impressive.

Process of running stop motion video

Stop Motion Videos

Stop motion videos take lots of time and patience, but they are relatively easy to do.

Just find what you want to make a video of, make micro movements of the item, and take a photo after each move.

Once you have all of your photos, they are combined to make a video.

Old newspapers prepared for recycling

Paper Making

Recycle your paper scraps yourself by turning them into your very own paper.

The process for paper making has several steps, but the longest one is waiting for your paper to dry. Thankfully, you can choose how many pages you want to make at a time, so your entire apartment isn’t covered in towels or drying paper.

You can take this hobby one step further by learning bookbinding. Use the paper you just made and give your friends and family a very nice, completely handmade notebook.

Stunning rain forest in a jar with self ecosystem


If you’re looking to bring a piece of the outdoors inside, try making your very own self-sufficient ecosystem in a jar.

Making a jarrarium does require a trip outside. Find a nice natural pond on a hike and collect some water in a clean container.

To make your jarrarium interesting, pick up some moss, some small plants that are growing by the water, and some sticks.

paracord bracelets on wooden background


Did you make friendship bracelets at camp as a kid? Upgrade your embroidery floss bracelets to a sturdier project with paracord.

There are so many things you can make using paracord.

Camping utility bracelets are extremely popular, but you can also make horse bridles and lead ropes, dog leashes, and keychains.

Medieval chain mail, iron gauntlet and a bastard sword


Have you watched Game of Thrones? How cool would it be to make your own chainmail shirt? Talk about a conversation piece.

If you don’t want a chainmail shirt, there are plenty of other things you could make. Chainmail accessories, or a chainmail belt, wall art, or jewelry are a few other options.

Chainmail working does not need a lot of space. To start you need jump rings and pliers. You could even make your own jump rings to avoid having to buy them

making stained glass, peacock feather shaped stained glass

Stained Glass

Have you ever been mesmerized by a piece of stained glass in a church? Or maybe a stained-glass piece at a museum?

The intricate process of planning a piece, cutting the glass, attaching the glass pieces together, and giving it a beautiful shine isn’t just something that’s reserved for highly visited areas.

Stained glass making requires a few tools and skills that aren’t normally found around an apartment, but if you want to create these exquisite works of art it is worth the investment in tools and skill-building.

Wrapping Up

All of these hobbies were chosen because you can do them indoors in a small space. The majority of them can even be started with items you have around your home!

Now that you’ve read a little about each of the 11 hobbies, which one are you going to try first?

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