100 Ways To Be Creative

In 2012 I made a list of inspiration for myself and others. I’ve completed the majority of the items which you can view on my old blog. If you decide to do any of them, I’d love to see your results and hear your thoughts. If you use any of them, I’d love it if you used #UncustomaryLove so I can follow along! And check out below where you can find a FREE download of 200 Things To Do When You’re Bored!

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1. Complete an online tutorial you’ve bookmarked for later

2. Stick googly eyes on inanimate objects

3. Mix patterns that people say “clash”

4. Make a list longer than you think you can finish

5. Share your life and findings via snail mail and the internet

6. Decorate cupcakes in an awesome way

7. Try to have a $0 shopping trip due to coupons, sales, etc.

8. Collect something very specific

9. Wear a mask, crown (or other headwear) that you made all day

10. Clear off your entire workspace and reorganize (don’t put anything back in the same spot)

11. Carry a notebook and pen with you everywhere you go

12. Fill an entire photo album with anything but photographs

13. Try to change your handwriting for the length of an entire letter

14. Utilize free and found materials

15. Knit something your cat can wear

16. Map out a descriptive music video for any song

17. Make a list of things you’re tolerating and then fix them

18. Use paint chips for anything except what they’re intended for

19. Have a dress up in costume evening

20. Wear only black clothing (down to the underwear!) and allow yourself one colored accessory

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21. Use Polaroids or other forms of instant film

22. Melt crayons

23. Go somewhere outside specifically to play the cloud game

24. Write with different color inks

25. Create your own mandala

26. Take an illusion type picture

27. Decorate for every holiday

28. Add magnetic strips to your make up or other supplies for easy storage/access

29. Leave a happy note or quote in the copy machine at work

30. Leave twinkle/Christmas lights up all year round

31. Use ribbon as a belt (but only if your pants are definitely going to stay up!)

32. Change the lyrics to a song that you are singing to your pet (about your pet)

33. Don’t stay seated for too long

34. Design your own flag

35. Mail an object not in an envelope or package (as is)

36. Stay up past your bed time (to keep or start working)

37. Recreate a photo that you think is beautiful

38. Make up a story about people you see walking on the street

39. Do something anyway (even when you don’t have all the supplies)

40. Choreograph a dance

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41. Make your voicemail something other than “leave me a message and I’ll call you back”

42. Journal or write something somewhere every day

43. Make a paper chain to count down to an upcoming event or occasion

44. Have an art picnic

45. Select one of the five senses and document everything you experience with that sense for one day

46. Listen to music instead of watching TV

47. Decorate a pair of cheap/plain shoes with something wonderful and tacky

48. Take on an entirely new persona for an evening out (bonus points for an accent)

49. Decide what you would want to be in a textbook for and then go make sure it happens

50. Make a mass handmade gift to give everyone for Christmas or some other holiday (personalize each one)

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51. Create a theme for you to follow for a day or a whole week (clothing, speech, activities, etc.)

52. Make variable and attainable goal lists

53. Wrap every item of a present individually

54. Teach someone something (or make your own tutorial)

55. Celebrate weird and unusual holidays

56. Write out the alphabet and then the first words that comes to your mind for each letter

57. Make a mix CD for someone based on their musical interests and include a playlist and a handmade jewel case

58. Incorporate a daily quote into your routine

59. Have an unbirthday party for someone

60. Install some guerilla art for everyone to enjoy

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61. If given the option, choose color

62. Do the Macarena to a song you don’t know how to dance to

63. Execute an elaborate Random Act of Kindness (Amélie style)

64. Spend a day focusing on the similarities between things, people, etc.

65. Use colored staples from here on out

66. Decorate the inside of your car

67. Pull an all nighter

68. Document the moon for an entire lunar cycle

69. Take a picture of the same spot every day at the same time

70. Go a whole day without communicative media and/or technology

71. Build a fort to work (or play) in

72. Communicate with someone who you only text with by only images (no words/text)

73. Use unique lighting (twinkle lights, color filters, etc.)

74. Decide what should be on a stamp – then make your own artistamps

75. Incorporate every color of the rainbow into your outfit

76. Journal for ten minutes straight (never stop writing)

77. Make your own Halloween costume

78. Write thank you cards for your friends, family, or coworkers (not for gifts, for anything else)

79. Have a yard sale where you sell handmade things not (just) junk

80. Plan a surprise for someone

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81. Bedazzle something

82. Measure something really large with something that’s not a ruler or other traditional form of measurement

83. Carve your own rubber stamp

84. Set an alarm on your phone (or other device) to remind you to celebrate the year anniversary of something special that happened today

85. Pretend you’re a mermaid for a day

86. Add food coloring to your meal

87. Leave nice/anonymous notes for strangers

88. Make a mural or scene with sidewalk chalk

89. Frequently change your surroundings

90. Decorate mirrors with dry erase markers

91. Wear fancy hair accessories on ordinary days

92. Make paper snowflakes out of colored paper

93. Take a road trip somewhere within 90 minutes, but to somewhere you’ve never been before

94. Create the boundaries of where your ideal state would be on a map, name it, and write down what the state would offer

95. Create an outdoor natural artwork (using flowers, a rock garden, collection, etc.)

96. Make your own sketch design (crayons, black paint, scratching)

97. Go to a party supply store when you have no intention of throwing a party

98. Document your week in paper scraps

99. Have a meet up with other people who want to be creative and create a group project or just brainstorm

100. Explore through a park, forest, or other area of nature

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