Over 30 Fun Hobbies for Stay At Home Moms

by Ivy B
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Offering a little encouragement for moms who need to feel like they’re more than just a mom! Break out of boring routines and do something you enjoy!  Get some inspiration from this big list of hobbies for stay at home moms.

Get a job!

Wait, no that’s not what I want to write about.  Today, I want to encourage you to get a hobby.

Do you find yourself bogged down in the day-to-day activities and needs of everyone else?  From the moment you wake up, you’re busy filling cups, making food and wiping butts.

You probably catch yourself looking off into the distance, longingly, as your coffee mug sits almost full, turning ice cold.  If you’re not an iced coffee kind of mom, you’re probably learning to be.

If you get to finish your own breakfast without sharing even the tiniest bite, you’re lucky.

Did you get to drink an entire cup of coffee while it was fresh and hot?  You’ve hit the jackpot!

Nothing about SAHM life is remotely selfish.  But, every now and again we deserve (even need) some “selfish” time.  BADLY!

Once a month, I get out with my husband to Autocross.  It’s NOT enough time away from the kids, but I love sharing this hobby with my spouse.  Plus, I’ve been learning how to use my Cricut Maker, because I needed something else to enjoy at least once a week.

And, I totally recommend all stay at home moms have a hobby.  You should spend some time solely devoted to yourself building a new skill or doing something you love.

Most importantly, choose something you’ll actually love, regardless of what you believe others will think of it!

Hobbies for moms isn’t a one size fit all situation because we’re so unique!

It took me a long time to settle into a hobby that I really loved because I didn’t think it was “appropriate for a stay at home mom”.  What would others think of me?  You know what?  I’m on fire when I do what I love.

If someone doesn’t agree with my hobby, we’re obviously not suited for each other.  And that’s totally okay!  Finding a hobby you’re truly passionate about will bring the people into your life that should be there.

Remember, I wrote about Accepting That This Is The Mom I Became?

Part of that acceptance was recognizing my love for something specific and letting go of the notions that doing what others view as acceptable moms practices just wasn’t working for me.

Do what you love!  Need some ideas?  Check out this big list of hobbies for stay at home moms!

Over 30 hobbies for stay at home moms! Bored SAHM? Check out these hobby ideas, complete with crafts, DIY, and hobbies you probably never even considered.

Hobbies for Stay at Home Moms

Reading and book club



Brush Lettering


Paper Crafting

hobbies for stay at home moms - idea: paper crafting

3D Printing






Graphic Design

T-Shirt Making



Candle Making

Soap Making


hobbies for stay at home moms - idea: painting

Jewelry Making




hobbies for stay at home moms idea: knitting

Lego Building

Model Building



Play an Instrument

Scrap booking


Stamp collecting

hobbies for stay at home moms - idea: stamp collecting

Home Decorating

Restore Furniture

Restore an Old Vehicle

Learn Calligraphy

Try Investing


Take up amateur brewing

Flower Arranging

Now, as much as I like to promote taking time for yourself, I know many of us seek ways to earn an income from home.  If you’re interested in that route, check out these hobbies for stay at home moms to make money.

But remember, if your new income earning “hobby” adds stress and isn’t as “fun” as a hobby, you’ll still need to build in time to take up a hobby solely for your enjoyment!

The key is to find a more enjoyable balance between your to-do list and your “I like to do” list.

What hobbies do you enjoy, as a mom?

A big (maybe surprising) list of hobbies for stay at home moms. Ready to make some time for yourself but don't know what you want to do? Get some hobby ideas for moms here | www.sahmplus.com

Note: Originally published Jan 29, 2018 and updated Mar 12, 2019.

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Ellie @ House Gone Sane November 30, 2018 - 11:37 am

This is such a great post! (I shared this link in my latest post on tips for stay at home moms, so other moms can use these ideas too. 🙂 We all need some fun and constructive hobbies at times. 🙂
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Ivy B November 30, 2018 - 5:09 pm

I’m so glad you liked this post … and I’m extremely grateful for the share. Thank you!

liza soul February 3, 2020 - 6:52 pm

Amazing tips. I’m a mother of two babies. And I used the baby walker to take them out.

wish noh February 5, 2020 - 9:56 pm

You are amazing and very creative. Thanks for sharing.
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sweetiemom May 6, 2020 - 10:55 pm

This article is one of the best articles I have ever read. I love reading through an article that can make people think. Also, thanks for allowing me to comment!

Daisy July 4, 2020 - 12:44 pm

HI Ivy, i found this blog really helpful especially the days of stupid pandemic because i can’t go out. there is some aesthetic hobbies are type of my interest such as painting, photography, pottery, writing, flower arranging, calligraphy. thanks for sharing

Ivy B July 5, 2020 - 3:50 pm

Thanks for visiting. Hopefully you’re finding things to keep you busy!

Arun September 21, 2020 - 8:49 am

Such a useful post, Ivy! But my experience with hobbies has been different, especially when I felt the need to spend some time outdoors after this lockdown and quarantine. I dabbled with fishing for a few weeks and pretty soon, I developed a craze for it. Fishing is a complete package – safe, no crowds, no noise, utter concentration, and the joy of bagging a catch! I love it!
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Jason September 28, 2020 - 7:36 am

Hi my name is Jason. Thank you for sharing your list of hobbies and activities. I will try some of those at home and I am sure my family will love it.

Anna October 21, 2020 - 8:57 am

I love reading through an article that can make people think. thank you for sharing your list of hobbies and activities. I dabbled with fishing for a few weeks and pretty soon. We all need some fun and constructive hobbies at times. I am sure my family will love it. there are great ideas, I inspire by you.
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