Winter Arts and Craft Ideas

Hands-on activities are a great way to look after your wellbeing.

Whether you’d like to lower stress levels, express creativity, ease symptoms of depression, or simply improve your mood, crafting can be an enjoyable way to strengthen your mental health by promoting positive thoughts, behaviours and emotions.

The best thing about arts and crafts is that you don’t need any special skills to start. We’ve collected some creative ideas for you to try at home that are fun, inexpensive and could have a positive impact on your wellbeing.

Creative Craft Idea

Take any square sheet of paper (or notepad) and divide it into small squares (around 3cm x 3cm).

Within each small square make a small drawing for each day to create a visual diary of your week, month or year.

If you are setting yourself wellbeing goals to work towards, you can focus your drawings on your goals. For example, something you saw when you were out for a walk or a picture of all the healthy food you ate for tea.

Fill your pages with drawings of your world, for as long as it is fun, the more you draw, the easier it will become!

Get creative!

Collage your vision of a perfect winter day.

Think about what a perfect winter day in Edinburgh looks like to and collage it! You can use magazines, print out pictures from the internet, draw or paint.

Once you have finished your collage, take one element from it and try to make it happen that day!

Build your own wellbeing box

Find a box, it could be an old shoe box or cardboard box and decorate it!

You could choose to do this with wrapping paper, scraps of fabric, or paint. It’s a great opportunity to get creative.

Once you have finished decorating, fill it with your favourite things.

Save the box for a day when you need a little pick me up to brighten up your day.

Share your creativity with us!

Let us know what creative projects you’re doing and what resources have inspired you. Please email them to us at or share them on Twitter #Westspace.

Was this page helpful?

Is all the information correct?


Six ways to wellbeing

Green spaces


Understanding your feelings

Setting goals

Physical activity

Positive affirmations


Wellness toolkit

Improve your wellbeing

If you’re experiencing low mood, anxiety, or stress in your life, looking into self-help activities and ideas might be the right option for you.