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15 Genius YouTube Tutorials to Keep You Busy Under Quarantine

Turn your downtime into the “me time" you’ve always wanted.


You don’t have to sign up for a class or spend much money (or any at all in some cases) to pick up a new talent or hobby. All you have to do is go to YouTube. 

You truly can learn just about anything on YouTube. Personally, I’ve fixed my car, put together Ikea furniture, and learned the basics of playing banjo… all through the magic of YouTube tutorials. With so many talented people out there willing to share their expertise, you can make the most of your time indoors and start mastering a new skill!

Learn how to play “You Are My Sunshine” on the ukulele. 

We could all use a little extra sunshine right now, so why not learn how to play this song on the ukulele? This video is a true beginner’s guide, complete with an introduction to the instrument itself. After you learn the basics, Andy takes you through the song. You really can learn how to play it in less than half an hour! If you find you like learning this way, YouTube has hundreds of other tutorials for songs on the petite instrument. In fact, if you have a favorite song, just put it in the search bar with “ukulele” and you’ll probably be able to find it. 

Learn how to be a pro at streaming video on Zoom. 

Zoom is one of the most loved and widespread video conference tools used by businesses that can also help you stay connected with your loved ones. People love it for the ease and overall quality. If you’ve been curious about how you can get the hang of the platform, check out this beginner’s guide to using Zoom. 

Learn how to make your own stress ball. 

You might think this is a kid video, but it’s not. It was created by a mom who recognizes that parents need to work out their stress, too. If you’ve been feeling a little anxious lately, then making your own stress ball should definitely be on your list. You can even make a few for the neighborhood to leave out or drop off as a nice gesture for others (after you sanitize them of course). 

Learn how to make playdough. 

This is another great stress reliever. Do you remember being a little kid and playing with playdough? Something simple like this can be exactly what you need to take a break from the TV and relax. If you have access to aromatherapy, you can experiment with making the playdough scented, too. This one is a wonderful gift to give the kids in your own life or around the neighborhood. 

Learn how to relax through yoga. 

YouTube is filled with exercise videos, how-tos, and tutorials for staying healthy. While you’re searching for your next inspiration to get moving, don’t overlook yoga. This beginner video is really popular and is perfect for easing you into if you’ve never practiced before. For those looking for more medium to advanced options, there are plenty of those, too. The stretching and breathing exercises really do help during stressful times. You might also want to look up meditation tutorials. They can be great for finding your calm or clearing your head as well. 

Learn how to make origami. 

Similar to working a puzzle or filling in a coloring book, this is another activity to help you relax. You can find dozens and dozens of origami tutorials on YouTube. This is one of the most popular, showing how to make a crane. You can go as fast or as slow as you want, thanks to the pause button. Take it one step at a time and you’ll impress yourself as you make it to the end of a completed piece. If you master this one, keep going to learn more origami animals and shapes. 

Learn how to make your own paper flowers. 

Want to brighten up your space a bit? Look for a style of paper flowers that you want to create. You can find several tutorials, including those for making flowers out of tissue paper or regular paper. You can make flowers as small or as giant as you want. They’d be great for hanging in your windows of putting up on your porch to cheer up others around the neighborhood, too. 

Learn how to sew face masks. 

If you’re watching the news at all, then you know there’s a face masks shortage across the country. Many sewers are pitching in to help by answering calls to make them for hospitals and medical centers. Whether you want to do this to help or you just want to have some on hand for yourself and your family, they are each to do. This is one of the best tutorials on YouTube for how to make them. It was only recently put up and already has millions of views. 

Learn how to grow microgreens. 

Microgreens are some of the most nutrient-rich plants you can grow. Best of all, you can harvest and eat them within a couple of weeks. Most microgreens are just sprouts of common plants like lettuce, sunflowers, and peas. You harvest them when they’re just a few inches tall to sprinkle on your salad or favorite dish. They add incredible flavor — chefs love them — and they are full of nutrients. This gardener does a great job of walking you through the process. 

Learn how to make your own organic skincare. 

You’ll find plenty of skincare videos on YouTube, both from individuals and companies. Have you always been interested in making your own personal beauty product? Maybe you’re curious or perhaps you want to be more careful about what you’re putting on your face. Either way, here’s a great video to get you started. Be sure to cross check the comments and overall review before you pick one and dive in. With so many to choose from, you might as well make sure you find a person and product you like. 

Learn how to make your own aromatherapy oils. 

Do you love aromatherapy? There are so many great videos available, from making your own oils from scratch to learning how to mix oils to make room sprays, candles, and more. This video shows you how to make oils from scratch using a Crock-Pot. But be sure to do a search for other aromatherapy tutorials to find what fits your needs. 

Learn how to make your sugar scrub. 

Let’s face it — we could all use a little more self-care and relaxation these days. Sugar scrub is really easy to make on your own, and you can definitely find lots of options for how on YouTube. This is a really easy video to follow.

Learn how to cook with Julia Childs. 

You will find so many videos around cooking, baking, and other food making. If you have a celebrity chef that you enjoy, like Julia, pop their name into YouTube, and you’ll probably get a result. Or if you’ve always wanted to learn how to cook a particular dish, search for that, too. This is a great reason to push yourself and cook something new. The best thing about YouTube is how easy it is to stop, pause, and rewind. Take it at your own speed, and make something new for dinner tonight. 

Learn the dance to the song, “Thriller.” 

Have you ever learned this dance? If not, you might just have the time on your hands to learn it now. And this isn’t the only dance tutorial on YouTube. There are many others, from tap to salsa. So if you’ve always wanted to join in the dancing at a social setting, start taking it one step at a time in the comfort of your living room. With so many options to choose from, you can find beginner, advanced, and everything in between. 

Learn how to knit. 

You can pick up knitting, crochet, cross-stitch, or anything other craft or hobby. If you can picture your hobby along the aisles of Michael’s or Jo-Ann’s, then chances are you can find out how to turn it into reality through a YouTube video. The video featured here is great for beginners, but you really can find anything. Do a quick search and figure out who you want to learn from and what you want to learn how to make. 

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