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9 Crafts You can Do While Watching TV & Earn Extra Cash

mindless crafts to do while watching tv

At the end of a long week or even a long day, it’s nice to look forward to doing something for yourself. There’s not really enough time in the day to work on a hobby and binge your favorite shows with all the other stuff you’ve got going on. If you love indulging in both, then multi-tasking is the best way to get a little of both in your world!

You need simple projects, and things to do while watching Netflix that don’t require your full attention. Even as a beginner, you can create really beautiful crafts that are easy to make.

Believe it or not, it’s so much easier than ever to find amazing projects for beginners that you can learn from the comfort of your couch. I found all these tutorials on YouTube!

Take your multitasking to the next level by turning your crafting hobby into a way to make extra money! I learned how to make beaded bracelets and crochet by watching YouTube videos, then I started my first Etsy shop.

I put together this list of crafts to try when you’re bored, or you want something productive to do while you’re watching TV!

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Craft Ideas to Do While Watching TV

Wall Hanging DIY

Fiber wall art is a trending craft idea on Pinterest. It’s a craft that was popular in the 70s and is making a serious comeback! Basically, make a beautiful design through a pattern of tying knots.

Macrame wall hangings are really popular, but you can also make designs for pillow covers, plant holders, and so much more! While you will need to take a minute to learn the different knots, once you get the hang of it, you can keep your hands busy as you watch your fav shows.

Faux Weaving

Faux weaving is kind of like creating macrame designs, but it’s a more simple approach that uses other materials to make it look like you weaved a beautiful wall hanging. It’s made mostly using hot glue, felt balls, tassels, and a dowel rod. Pretty simple! And the best part, by the end of a movie you’ll have a completed project.


There is something so relaxing about working on a project while you watch tv. Embroidery is a great craft idea to do while you’re watching TV. The work is repetitive and uses simple stitches for the most part. It’s especially easy if you follow a pattern. Depending on the size of your embroidery project, you may need a couple of Netflix binge sessions to get finished!


Crocheting is one of those mindless crafts you can do while you’re watching TV. Creating a simple hat, scarf, or baby blanket takes time, but it’s mostly repetitive stitches and the perfect way to keep your hands busy while you watch TV.  My Etsy shop had crocheted ear warmers that took me 30 minutes to make. I sold them for $30 a piece! Not a bad way to get paid while watching TV!

Jewelry Making

Whether you are making beaded bracelets or friendship bracelets, jewelry making is another amazing craft to keep your hands busy while you’re watching a classic movie in the background. I actually started my first Etsy business selling beaded leather bracelets that I made while watching TV!

Paper Crafts

These giant paper flowers are gorgeous and fun to make. The steps are really simple and it’s hard to believe something so stunning comes from paper! You can create even more amazing crafts with paper, including origami crafts. Origami is a style of paper folding to create everything from animals, to planes, and even plants.

Pallet Wood Art

Turning pallet wood into a piece of art for your walls has been a popular craft on Pinterest for years, and it’s not going out of style. Put your pallet wood pieces together with nails or glue. Then you can crash in front of the TV or iPad and watch TV while you paint and stencil your quotes onto your pallet wood piece.


I love to practice my brushlettering while the TV is going on in the background. I usually turn on an old show that I’ve seen a hundred times and can just listen to what is going on while I practice my handlettering. I’ve been practicing out of this book, and I just do a couple of pages every day. It’s one of my favorite ways to relax while I watch TV. It keeps my hands busy while my mind is listening to the TV.

Make Key Chains

There are about 100 different ways to make key chains. Everything from leather tassels to wood-beaded keychains. You can make them classy or kid-friendly using silicone teething beads. This simple project could take about 15 minutes to make, and if you get really fast, you could make enough to sell and earn some extra money all while you watch TV!

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