The Ultimate List of Creative Art Projects for Couples

This list of hobbies for couples is geared towards creative activities that can be enjoyed with your significant other.

Finding a hobby for you and your partner can help strengthen your relationship, improve communication skills, and give you something to be excited about together. 

If you’re looking for more hobbies to add to your lives than just Netflix and chilling, you’ve come to the right spot. We’ve got everything for the artsy couple, the hands-on crafty couple, the plant-loving couple, and much more. 

To see our beginner’s guides for different hobbies, check out our ultimate list of creative hobbies here.

Drawing & Painting Hobbies for Couples

Drawing and painting are one of the most versatile hobbies for couples since there are tons of different art mediums you can learn and multiple ways to explore them.

The best thing about this hobby for couples is that you don’t necessarily both need to pick the same art medium.

If your honey prefers watercolor painting but you enjoy pen & ink, there are a ton of different ways that you can enjoy this hobby together. 

You can both explore the same style of art but with different mediums. Couples can even try drawing or painting the same topic to compare interpretations.

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One of my favorite date nights with my husband has been to both follow along with a Bob Ross painting tutorial to see how our paintings turned out! Add in some wine and cheese, and it’s the perfect night in! 

Don’t know how to draw? No problem! Every talented artist was once a beginner. Take Helen Downie, for example.

Downie is a self-taught artist who didn’t start to draw and paint until the age of 48. Start learning the basics of drawing with our free self-guided drawing lessons here. 

Here is a list of different art mediums you can explore together. 

Pencil
Pen & Ink
  • The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to Pen & Ink
Colored Pencils
Art Markers
Chalk

Other art mediums include pastels, acrylic paint, oil paint, watercolor, gouache, spraypainting, and airbrushing

Urban Sketching

Urban sketching is an amazing and creative form of art that is perfect for artists of ANY skill level. It’s one of my favorite hobbies for couples! 

It involves drawing the world around you while on location. You can sketch out your local farmer’s market, museums, beaches, temples, concerts, parks –you name it, you can sketch it!

It’s a great way to document the world you live in or visit attractions while on vacation.

Urban Sketching

Try This Hobby—> The Ultimate Guide to Urban Sketching 

This hobby is a great way to get around and explore your town together on a slower pace. By picking one of your favorite places to sketch at, you’ll be able to enjoy that location in a way you haven’t before. 

This hobby is also a great way for couples to meet new people! The urban sketching community has skyrocketed in popularity in the past ten years with sketch crawls happening worldwide (they’re like bar crawls except for artists).

Even if you’re not the best artist, this hobby is definitely one I recommend for everyone to try out.

Collage Art

Collage art is one of the many great hobbies for couples. It allows for an incredible range of creativity as it can utilize various materials and mediums.

Most likely, you’ll both have everything you already need at home. All you need is paper and adhesive (like glue or tape) and you’re good to go.

Collage art involves creating artwork with various materials onto a flat surface.

Collage Art

Try This Hobby—> The Ultimate Guide to Collage Art

Try picking a collage art prompt from our list of ideas and see what you both come up with!

Common items used in collage art include magazine images, newspaper clippings, photos, movie tickets, and book pages. You can further embellish your art by drawing, painting or adding embellishments like buttons, ribbons, or flowers.

Related: Big List of Collage Art Ideas

Paper Hobbies for Couples

I’m one of those people who have this obsession with pretty paper. Sparkly, patterned, metallic, and even regular solid-colored card stock. I love them all. My husband, unfortunately, has to deal with my need to hoard paper. 

Fortunately, there are some hobbies related to paper that we have both enjoyed together. The list below are hobbies for couples who might be interested in paper-related hobbies. 

Paper Making

Before technological advances that allowed for mass production, paper was made by hand.

This hobby is great for couples who love to be environmentally friendly and generate zero waste.

paper making

Paper can be made at home using a few simple tools and equipment. For great instructions on making your own paper and other items from scratch, check out The Organic Artist: Make Your Own Paint, Paper, Pigments, Prints and More from Nature. 

Bookbinding

If you are interested in papermaking, you might also be interested in bookbinding. Bookbinding is the classic method of binding stacks of paper to create a book.

Just like papermaking, this arduous task used to be completed manually. There are several different techniques for this traditional craft ranging from something as simple as stitching with thread to something a bit more complicated, requiring heavy-duty equipment and tools.

bookbinding

Try This Hobby—> The Perfect Guide To Bookbinding

If this sounds like something you and your significant other might want to explore, Alisa Golden offers more than 100 different binding methods for handmade books. 

Origami

Origami is the Japanese art of paper folding. Many people have made paper airplanes at some point in their lives, but did they know that they were already doing origami?

The best thing about this hobby is that you can find projects that are simple enough for beginners or ones that require a little bit more detailed folding for more experienced folders.

Another similar hobby you both might enjoy is Karakuri (or automata), the Japanese art of making mechanical paper models that move.

Journaling Hobbies for Couples

Journaling is a popular activity and there’s not just one way to enjoy it! Couples have many different journaling hobbies, including art, bible, planner, and bullet journaling. 

Art + Travel Journaling

Art journaling

Try This Hobby—> The Ultimate Guide To Art Journaling For Beginners

Art journaling is a combination of scrapbooking and collage art used as a method to document your day to day life. Read our ultimate guide to art journaling for beginners if you want to start with this hobby.

Use a journal like this with thicker paper to hold adhesive or paint (if you decide to use it). Use a combination of collage art with journaling to bring a bit more excitement to your daily entries.

The best way to enjoy this hobby as a couple is to keep a travel journal together.

This can work as part scrapbook, part journal so that you can both look back at the vacations you’ve taken together. Keep souvenirs like tickets or brochures in the travel journal and take the time to both writes in the journal documenting your thoughts about the trip. 

This Strathmore journal is our favorite one to use as the paper is durable enough to handle most art mediums and light adhesives. 

Video Journaling or Vlogging

Want to document your days together but not into art or writing? Try vlogging!

Record videos of your day-to-day life or important events! You can both work together to create everlasting videos and document your memories in the best ways! 

Bible Journaling

An alternative to art journaling is bible journaling. Bible journaling involves the creative method of Bible study where you can take notes, draw, and document your life experiences in the margins of a Bible.

bible journaling

This type of journaling can be quite a fulfilling hobby for creative couples of faith! Try using a Bible that is made for journaling with wide margins on each page like this one.

Bullet Journaling

Another way to get creative with your daily planning is bullet journaling. Created by Ryder Carroll, bullet journaling involves using a small dotted journal to organize your day-to-day tasks and responsibilities.

bullet journaling

My partner and I both keep a bullet journal to help stay on tasks and to encourage healthy habits in our lives by tracking mood, exercise, and food/water consumption.

Grab a dotted journal like this one to get started or read more about the bullet journaling method here in our Bullet Journaling for Beginners guide.

Scale Modeling + Miniature Hobbies for Couples

When you think of scale modeling, you might actually think it falls more into the category of hobbies for men due to its popularity with model trains, model cars, or model boats.

However, scale modeling really involves any reconstruction on a miniature scale. This hobby can be enjoyed in different ways by both men and women alike.

If you are the type of couple that enjoys building things together (outside of IKEA furniture), then you might enjoy this list of modeling and miniature hobbies for couples. 

Scale Modeling

No, we’re not talking about being the next Derek Zoolander! Modeling involves the activity of constructing a physical representation of an object or scene, usually on a smaller scale.

This hobby is typically enjoyed by older men but anyone can explore this activity. Popular subject matters for these hobbies for couples  include:

  • Model Trains
  • Model Cars
  • Model Airplanes
  • Model Ships

Doll Houses or room boxes

When you think of scale modeling, you might actually think it falls more into the category of hobbies for men due to its popularity with model trains, model cars, or model boats.

However, scale modeling really involves any reconstruction on a smaller scale (like a dollhouse!).

doll houses

No need to buy a Barbie Dream House. Dollhouses can be entirely constructed from scratch!

You can even create a single miniature room (also known as room boxes) instead of a whole house. Try it out with this set where you can build a miniature coffee shop together.

Bonkei

Bonkei, meaning “tray landscape” in Japanese, involves the creation of miniature landscapes in a shallow tray.

This hobby is quite similar to modeling as you build scenes on a small scale. However, bonkei tends to revolve around nature.

Bonkei

Items generally used include trees, vegetation, rocks, rivers, and mountains. Unlike bonsai, this activity does not involve any live plants or materials.

Usually, gardening would come to mind when thinking of outdoor or plant-focused hobbies for couples. However, since we’re all about creativity here at The Curiously Creative.. we’ll focus more on less traditional activities. 

Terrariums

Making a Terrarium is a creative hobby that has been growing in popularity. It involves using small ornaments, rocks, and plants to create a miniature garden setting, usually within a glass enclosure.

Try This Hobby—> How To make a Terrarium For Beginners?

Use these succulent planter items (rocks, dirt, and sheet moss) to start.

The great thing about this hobby for couples is that you can decorate your house with terrariums after you’re done! 

Bonsai

If you both prefer working with living materials, bonsai might be a hobby for you two.

Bonsai is the Japanese art of cultivating small trees to replicate the appearance of a standard-sized tree in a natural landscape.

bonsai

The practice has been around for more than a thousand years with the oldest existing bonsai tree estimated to be 1,000 years old!

If you and your significant other are looking for a hobby that encourages patience and thoughtful consideration, bonsai might be for you.

DIY Hobbies for Couples

Do-it-yourself hobbies are one of the most popular hobbies for crafty couples.

Many people love being able to create items from scratch. You get a certain type of satisfaction from making something yourself that you could traditionally buy from the store. 

The hobbies listed below involving making your own candle, soap, tees, and even furniture. 

Screen Printing

Screen printing is the method of transferring ink through a specialized screen to imprint a design onto a surface.

This technique is most commonly used to make graphic tees but can be applied on any other clothing/fabric, paper, wood, and even metal.

Screen Printing

Essential equipment includes a screen, squeegee, photo emulsion, screen printing ink, glass, light, and some other items depending on the project.

Grab a beginner’s kit to try out this hobby together with some smaller designs first.

Candle Making

Candle making is the craft of creating candles from scratch. It is both an art and a science as a lot of thought goes into selecting the right ingredients.

Making candles is one of the many great hobbies for couples where you can experiment with a lot of different ingredients.

candle making

Try This Hobby—> The Perfect Guide To Candle Making for Beginners

You will need to work together to select the right wick and wax to fit the style of candle you desire.

Fragrances, dyes, and other items can be added as well. Candle making is highly customizable and allows a lot of room for creativity!

If you want to get started, try this candle-making kit first.

Soap Making

Soap making can be such a fun hobby for couples to learn. Like candle making, this is a great activity to get into because you can gift the finished products to your friends and family!

Soap-making gives you the option to be able to control everything you put in it. There are countless combinations of ingredients you can use for soap.

The possibilities are endless: glitter, tea leaves, fruit purees, or even beer! There are also multiple ways to make soap: the rebatch method, melt-and-pour method, cold process method, and hot process method.

Upcycling

Upcycling is one of the most engaging hobbies for couples who love decorating their homes and making good use of old items.

This hobby involves transforming unwanted items into something of much better quality.

Upcycling

It requires a creative mind to be able to transform old material into something useful. Unlike recycling, upcycling is meant to add more value to the item.

This activity has increased in popularity in the last decade due to the dedication of some to become more eco-friendly and generate zero waste.

Sculpting Hobbies for Couples

Sculpting involves carving, casting, or molding a wide variety of material to create a three-dimensional object or piece of artwork.

You and your partner may prefer working with one medium over another based on their unique characteristics.

Unlike drawing and painting, it’s best if you select the same medium if you want to pick up a sculpting hobby together. 

Each type of sculpture medium listed below can stand alone as one of the sculpting hobbies for couples to explore. 

  • Clay Sculpture
  • Stone Sculpture
  • Metal Sculpture
  • Pottery/Ceramics
  • Wood Sculpture

Pottery

Pottery is a hobby for those couples who don’t mind getting a little messy. To get started, you would both need to visit a pottery studio as it would be quite expensive to obtain all the necessary equipment and supplies to create your first ceramic piece.

pottery

Enroll in a local class together to learn the craft! The type of items you can create through pottery is endless, including plates, mugs, jars, and other decorative items.

Polymer Clay

Polymer clay is a type of modeling clay with a polymer polyvinyl chloride (PVC). It doesn’t actually have clay minerals in it, but it’s just as pliable and easy to work with (if not, more so!).

Try This Hobby—> The Starting Guide To Polymer Clay

Once you mold it into your desired shape, you can pop it in the oven to cure it. Polymer clay is an excellent hobby for couples who like to enjoy sculpting but need something a little bit smaller in scale. 

Related: 22 Things to Make with Polymer Clay

Industrial Hobbies for Couples

I use the term “industrial” in this section to refer to working with materials that are typically seen in large-scale manufacturing like metal, glass, wood, and concrete. These materials can actually be used in many hobbies for couples to explore.

Metal Embossing

If you are attracted to the idea of working with metal but prefer a hobby that requires a much smaller workspace unlike metalworking, you might enjoy metal embossing.

metal embossing

Metal embossing involves using an embossing stylus to create sunken or raised designs into a sheet of metal, usually tin-coated pewter or silver.

These are typically available at your local crafts store, but you can get started exploring the hobby with items around your house.

Disposable aluminum foil baking sheets and soda cans work very similarly.

Glass Blowing

Glassblowing is a hobby that involves blowing air through a pipe to expand heated glass.

The glass can be molded into your desired design or shape using heat and other tools.

glass blowing

Glassblowing uses three different furnaces, so you will most likely need to visit a studio to start exploring this activity.

Glass Etching

If you are looking for a smaller-scale hobby while working with glass, consider glass etching.

glass etching

This hobby involves creating designs onto the glass surface by using just a few simple items —etching cream, masking tape, and a paintbrush.

It’s an incredibly easy activity to explore. Try etching items like beer mugs, shot glasses, wine glasses, and champagne flutes.

Leatherwork or Leather Crafting

You can do many things with leather, including dyeing, painting, carving, stamping, molding, laser etching, perforation, or pyrography. Each one of the activities listed above is a hobby in itself.

There’s no end to the type of items you can create with leather, including shoes, wallets, bags, and belts.

Leather Crafting

Working with leather isn’t as hard as you may think! The material has been around for quite some time, so there is no end the number of tools, supplies, and resources to help you get started.

Pyrography (Wood Burning)

Pyrography, or wood-burning, is an excellent alternative to working with wood without needing a large workspace or workshop.

It involves burning designs into a piece of wood using a specialized pen to provide heat to the surface.

Woodburning

Try This Hobby—> The Starting Guide To Wood Burning

This technique allows you to add shade and dimension to wooden artwork. You can easily explore this hobby by purchasing a beginner’s kit with all the necessary equipment.

Related: 12 Ideas To Make With Pyrography

Concrete Crafts

Did you know that concrete is not just for sidewalks and buildings? Surprisingly, you can make many things with concrete that can be used to decorate your house or yard.

Concrete Crafts

They can add a subtle industrial but modern touch to the home environment. Items you can make together include planters/pots, candle holders, bookends, bowls, and even a chess board.

Performing Art Hobbies for Couples

Creativity goes beyond what you can do at home or in a studio. You can also take it to the stage. Below is a list of performing art hobbies for couples. 

Dancing

Dancing is one of the most exciting hobbies for couples to explore as it combines physical activity with creativity!

There are tons of different styles for couples including hip hop, modern, jazz, ballroom, salsa, tango, and so much more.

Dancing

Enroll in a few local dance classes together to see which style you two enjoy the best! If you’re nervous about joining a class, try searching some videos on YouTube to get started in the comfort in your own home. 

Musical Instruments

Are you excited by music but not much of a dancer? Maybe you would enjoy learning a musical instrument together instead.

There are tons of classes available for people to learn how to play musical instruments.

Popular instruments include piano, drums, woodwind instruments (e.g., flute), or string instruments (e.g., violin, guitar, etc.). Instruments are much easier to learn when you have a partner alongside you learning the same things. 

Singing

Another creative hobby involving music is singing. You can enroll in local singing lessons to learn how to develop strong vocal control and instill good vocal health habits.

Singing

Those who love singing might also enjoy writing their own songs as well. This hobby would also pair well with musical instrument playing skills. Before you know it, the two of you will be making music together! 

Acting

Do you think that you might both enjoy acting? Try signing up for some local acting classes or auditioning for some productions at the local theater.

Acting

Writing

The number of genres that you can explore as a writer is endless. If none of the creative hobbies above seem like your style, maybe you’d prefer writing together!

Either try writing together or just hanging out and writing separately is still a great way to spend time together. Pick a prompt, write a story, and share your responses!

Here’s a list of some genres to get started: 

  • Non-Fiction
    • Memoir
    • Biography
    • Self-Help Book
    • Reference Book
    • Short Story
  • Play
  • Musical
  • Satire
  • Poetry
  • Children’s Book
  • Comics/Graphic Novel
  • Humor
  • Fiction
    • Fan Fiction
    • Fantasy
    • Science Fiction
    • Western
    • Dystopia
    • Romance
    • Thriller/Horror
    • Mystery
    • Crime/Detective

Worldbuilding

Worldbuilding is a creative hobby that involves fabricating a fictional world or universe. It’s often used to help build a foundation for fictional novels (think Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, Narnia, etc.).

worldbuilding

Many elements require thought and design in worldbuilding, including the world’s history, geography, environment, society/social structure, culture, government/politics, and commerce.

You don’t only write about these elements but visually depict them through artwork to represent your fictional world. If you and your significant other love fantasy worlds, you might like this hobby!

Conclusion

There is no shortage of creative hobbies for couples to explore. Find a hobby together can help strengthen relationships by improving communication skills and creating memories.

If you don’t like any of the activities above, check out our complete list of creative hobbies to see if there’s something there that is more your style!

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