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For cosy times: A long list of things to learn, make, bake and play

Lots of inspo and instructions to help you find your new favourite pastime.

Lots of inspo and instructions to help you find your new favourite pastime

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These earlier sunsets and cold temps are a not-so-friendly reminder that we're about to spend a lot more time indoors in the coming months. But we see them as the perfect excuse to pick up a new pastime. There's something so delightful about cosying up indoors while it's blustery out and diving into something new. With that in mind, we've curated a list of wonderful activities to explore. You'll find games to learn, hobbies to get into, intricate recipes to try, DIY projects for the home and more to bring joy and keep boredom at bay.

Get really into a game you've always wanted to learn how to play with our beginner's guides

Cribbage

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Mahjong

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Crokinole 

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Carrom

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Euchre

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Chess

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Dive into some DIYs for your home

Learn how to install peel-and-stick wall decals

Make your own custom, large-scale wall tapestry — like the one you've been eyeing for years

(withwendy)

Learn how to put together a perfectly-organized pantry

Spruce up your winter bedding with these easy upgrades

Spend some time in the studio marble hydro dipping plant pots with Steven Sabados

Or create an ombre landscape watercolour painting with him

Display your beloved childhood stuffed animals with these creative DIYs

Whip up an aromatic shower bouquet — for gifting or for yourself

(Illustration: Katie Flohr)

Make a small, medium and large floral arrangement

(Photo: Mariah Hamilton; styling: Abigail Ballanger)

Make fresh — or faux! — winter porch planters

DIY something fun to wear

You're never too old for DIY friendship bracelets 

(Photography by withwendy)

Make ALB's cosy, chunky knit scarf

Finally learn how to knit

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Make use of this super easy scrunchie DIY

Turn your jean jacket into a sequinned statement piece

If you miss gardening, get really into indoor plants

Grow an indoor herb garden

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Brush up on your plant care knowledge

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Flex your green thumb with 5 cool things you can grow indoors — and eat as well 

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Regrow your vegetables from the parts you might have thrown out

(Source, left: Instagram/@f.laura_and_fauna; right: Instagram/@annarecycles)

Build a mid-century modern wooden plant stand, for real

Make a batch of something delicious for the freezer

Judy's Empanadas

a hand holding an empanada that has just been stuffed. bowls of cheese, boiled eggs and olives sit in the background.
(Photography by Jenny Huang)

Ye Misir Sambusa

a wooden bowl of lentil samosas on a grey table.
(Photography by DL Acken)

Perogies

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10 freezable meals that would make the greatest gifts

(Left, photography by David Bagosy; middle, source: Jackie Kai Ellis; right: CBC Life)

Make some flavour-packed ferments

Homemade Sauerkraut, Minty Pickled Celery with Apple and Beets, and 'Gin' Sauerkraut

(Photography by Leila Ashtari)

Classic Pogi Kimchi (Whole Napa Cabbage Kimchi)

(Photography by Soo Kim)

Learn to make kombucha at home

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Sourdough starter from scratch

Bake something beautiful

Try your hand at some intricate pie art

Make the Mango Rose Tart from this season of The Great Canadian Baking Show

A tart with mango sliced arranged on the top to form a rose design.
(Photo by: Geoff George)

Make Roselle's decadent Banana Cream Pie Éclairs

(Photography by Ryan Szulc)

Up your bread game with Braided Challah with Homemade Butter and Apple Butter 

This traditional Jewish braided bread was the Technical Bake on the first ever Great Canadian Holiday Baking Show. (Geoff George)

Revolutionize your brunch game with homemade, crispy, buttery croissants 

Make this Tres Leches recipe from Ismael Castro — his childhood fave may soon be your fave

Try your hand at these absolutely adorable pine cone hand pies

(Photo credit: David Bagosy)

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