100 Ways To Be Creative


Being creative is part of a lifestyle. If you’re having trouble with figuring out how to implement creative thinking in your daily life, it might help to do some isolated activities. Over time, you will begin to think in a more innovative fashion and be a well of ideas! Here is a list for you to use as a starting point.

  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.
  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.
  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).
  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 guerrilla art for everyone to enjoy.
  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 (Amelie 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.
  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 and be called.
  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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