We all have our own way of unwinding. And it doesn't really matter if we're running or knitting—as long as those activities aren't hurting anyone and keep us level-headed.

Some people, however, take up such unusual and interesting hobbies, even the mere fact that they thought of it can raise your eyebrows. Let alone the results of their passion. Like making completely edible jello art. Or collecting rocks that look like eggs.

To give you some ideas on how to spend your free time (or simply to amuse you), Bored Panda has collected a list of photos where people showcase their surprising hobbies. So relax, continue scrolling, and enjoy. Oh, and upvote your favorite pics. We really want to know which one you like best!

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I'm 17 Years Old And Just Finished Building This 14.7" F/2.89 Newtonian Reflector Telescope. Despite Its Stubby Size It Collects Roughly 2500 Times More Light Than The Human Eye And Is Bigger Than The Scope At My Local Observatory

I'm 17 Years Old And Just Finished Building This 14.7" F/2.89 Newtonian Reflector Telescope. Despite Its Stubby Size It Collects Roughly 2500 Times More Light Than The Human Eye And Is Bigger Than The Scope At My Local Observatory

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David K
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9 months ago

Well, at the age of 17...this boy is certainly going places. Great!

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In this day and age, "I'm too busy" has become a badge of honor, a sign of value and importance. We wear it with pride, convincing ourselves that we don't have the time to take up a hobby. But I want to believe that we can. And we can get a lot out of it as well.

"Hobbies help you structure your time," Jaime Kurtz Ph.D., an associate professor of psychology at James Madison University in Virginia, writes. "According to Parkinson's law, 'work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.' More simply, things take as much time as you have. So, when the evening stretches out before you, unscheduled, you might find yourself laboring over that work project or answering emails into the wee hours. Chances are, if you had choir practice or a book club meeting that night, you would get those tasks done much more quickly. So, hobbies can seem to create more time by encouraging efficiency."

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I Tried Painting On Strollers. I Held My First Experiment On My Friend’s Stroller. Everyone Was Happy With The Result

I Tried Painting On Strollers. I Held My First Experiment On My Friend’s Stroller. Everyone Was Happy With The Result

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MagicalUnicorn
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9 months ago

gorgeous!

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Hobbies also promote flow. "Left to our own devices, we often opt for passive leisure—TV and web surfing are at the top of most people's lists," Kurtz explains. "Sure, we all need to veg out from time to time. But we are so much more invigorated by active leisure, the sort of thing psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi calls flow activities. If you've ever lost yourself in a sport, art project, or other challenging, absorbing activity, you've experienced flow. Time flies, self-consciousness disappears, and you are fully immersed in the activity at hand. Hobbies, especially those that stretch our skills, foster this desirable and increasingly elusive state."

#3

I’m Painting A Collection Of Memes. Here’s The Progress So Far

I’m Painting A Collection Of Memes. Here’s The Progress So Far

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Rainbow Panda
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9 months ago

These paintings are epic. 🐸

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Hobbies can foster new social connections. Yes, some of them are solitary endeavors, but many get us out in our communities, meeting people we otherwise wouldn't, sharing our passions, and forming new relationships. Kurtz says social connection is a key component of happiness and a meaningful life, and hobbies have the potential to create precious new ties.

Not to mention hobbies help people cope with stress. "Imagine a rough day at the office, where you were harshly criticized by your boss. Coming home and turning on the TV may provide a brief distraction, but it doesn’t address your damaged ego head-on. Now imagine that after work you head out to your soccer league or pottery class. These activities are more than merely distracting. They remind you that that are many facets to your self-concept. Employee, yes, but also athlete or artist. As such, a blow to one aspect of your identity is less damaging. Simply put, your eggs aren't all in one basket."

Moreover, these benefits can spill over into other aspects of your life. If you can designate an hour a day or even a few hours a week for something you feel truly inspired by, it's only natural if some of that newfound zest carries over into your work and family life.

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My Grandpa Recently Passed, So My Aunts Got My Grandma Some Art Supplies In Hopes That A Hobby Would Help Ease The Loneliness. I Never Knew My Grandma Was So Artistic. Even At 85, She Doesn't Cease To Amaze Me

My Grandpa Recently Passed, So My Aunts Got My Grandma Some Art Supplies In Hopes That A Hobby Would Help Ease The Loneliness. I Never Knew My Grandma Was So Artistic. Even At 85, She Doesn't Cease To Amaze Me

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David K
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9 months ago

She could have been a child book illustrator.

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#5

My Dad Is 52 Y/O And His Hobby Is Making These Weird Heads? He Doesn’t Think They’re Any Good But Considering He Makes Them From Scratch I Think They’re Amazing!

My Dad Is 52 Y/O And His Hobby Is Making These Weird Heads? He Doesn’t Think They’re Any Good But Considering He Makes Them From Scratch I Think They’re Amazing!

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Emma Goldstein
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9 months ago

They ARE amazing!!! And creepy but amazing!

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#6

This Is German Retiree Paul Sperber, Aged 78. He Has Been Building A Model City Out Of Paper For Almost 65 Years

This Is German Retiree Paul Sperber, Aged 78. He Has Been Building A Model City Out Of Paper For Almost 65 Years

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Aski Markup
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9 months ago

I just know I would take a fall and wipe out alot of that city.

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#7

New Favorite Hobby: Photoshopping My Cat Into Movie Posters And Setting Them As My Fiance's Phone Background

New Favorite Hobby: Photoshopping My Cat Into Movie Posters And Setting Them As My Fiance's Phone Background

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Rainbow Panda
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9 months ago

‘The mission is a red dot.’ 🔴 Made me laugh when I thought of a laser pointer.

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#8

I Breed Butterflies. I Ordered 15 Caterpillars On The Internet. I Was Feeding Them And Cleaning Their Little Aviary. Today I Got The First Result: One Of The Butterflies Hatched!

I Breed Butterflies. I Ordered 15 Caterpillars On The Internet. I Was Feeding Them And Cleaning Their Little Aviary. Today I Got The First Result: One Of The Butterflies Hatched!

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Norma Luce
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9 months ago

This is not a butterfly. It is a moth, an Atlas moth if I am not mistaken.

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#9

It Took Me A Bit More Than A Year, 2 Weeks Of Which I Was Assembling The Base And Putting The Sails On During The Last Month. 900 Details And Hundreds Of Threads And Knots!

It Took Me A Bit More Than A Year, 2 Weeks Of Which I Was Assembling The Base And Putting The Sails On During The Last Month. 900 Details And Hundreds Of Threads And Knots!

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David K
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9 months ago

I am so happy to see another model ship building enthusiast. This took me 1 year to complete. Around 1000 parts. And yes, the threads and knots are hell. IMG_202003...d7142f.jpg IMG_20200303_113008297-5fdb30cd7142f.jpg

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#10

A Year Ago, I Started Staying In And Peircing State Quarters, Instead Of Going Out And Getting In Trouble. Here Is My Collection So Far

A Year Ago, I Started Staying In And Peircing State Quarters, Instead Of Going Out And Getting In Trouble. Here Is My Collection So Far

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Emma Goldstein
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9 months ago

So cool! I want one!

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#11

My Mom Started A New Hobby It's Jello Art And Completely Edible

My Mom Started A New Hobby It's Jello Art And Completely Edible

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Adam C
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9 months ago

Looks amazing

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#12

My Dad Used To Get So Mad Every Time My Mom Would Come Home With A New Coffee Mug (She Likes To Collect Them) And Her New Boyfriend Literally Built Her A Wall To Display Her Collection

My Dad Used To Get So Mad Every Time My Mom Would Come Home With A New Coffee Mug (She Likes To Collect Them) And Her New Boyfriend Literally Built Her A Wall To Display Her Collection

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Krystal Smith
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9 months ago

That's so cute! Hope she's happy xo

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#13

I Like To Build Metal Miniatures

I Like To Build Metal Miniatures

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Rainbow Panda
Community Member
9 months ago

So cool. The mantis reminds of Mantis from Kung Fu Panda. 🤭

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#14

My New Hobby

My New Hobby

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David K
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9 months ago

HAHA, that´s perfect XD

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#15

My Growing Collection Of Pokemon I've Built Out Of LEGO

My Growing Collection Of Pokemon I've Built Out Of LEGO

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Jelly the Bean
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9 months ago

Impressive!

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#16

Lamps My Dad Made

Lamps My Dad Made

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Dana Grunwald
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9 months ago

Wow!

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#17

Started By Buying A Few Advertising Rulers Here And There

Started By Buying A Few Advertising Rulers Here And There

I started by buying a few advertising rulers here and there; yard sales, eBay, and the occasional antiques store when they weren’t charging $20/stick. I figured that I would use them as wainscoting in a small room once I found my forever home. People would give them to me as gifts around the holidays. Two homes later, there was some very boring pine paneling and needed something. I still have about 100 yardsticks left. Maybe for a vacation house some day

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Rainbow Panda
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9 months ago

They’re quite a colorful addition. I like that. 📏

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#18

Loved Miniatures Since Childhood, Have Recently Taken It On As A Regular Hobby

Loved Miniatures Since Childhood, Have Recently Taken It On As A Regular Hobby

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Ellen Ranks
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9 months ago

Lovely!

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#19

I Photoshop Animals Into Random Things As A Hobby. This Is One Of My Favourite Pieces

I Photoshop Animals Into Random Things As A Hobby. This Is One Of My Favourite Pieces

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Cecily Overli
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9 months ago

Nooooooo

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#20

Steampunk Jewellery Hobby

Steampunk Jewellery Hobby

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Caitlyn Mathiesen
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9 months ago

all i can say - WOW

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#21

I Build Guitars For A Hobby. Here's My Favourite Build

I Build Guitars For A Hobby. Here's My Favourite Build

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Luisa Vasconcelos
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9 months ago

This is a cool hobby.

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#22

I Weave Chainmaille As A Hobby. I Usually Make Dice Bags, But This Is My First Shirt!

I Weave Chainmaille As A Hobby. I Usually Make Dice Bags, But This Is My First Shirt!

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ADHORTATOR
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9 months ago

Impressive

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#23

I Work For A Corporate Restaurant At The Moment. I Hated Not Being Able To Get Creative So I Started A New Hobby A Couple Of Weeks Ago

I Work For A Corporate Restaurant At The Moment. I Hated Not Being Able To Get Creative So I Started A New Hobby A Couple Of Weeks Ago

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Lisa loves cats
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9 months ago

so pretty!

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#24

In The Wake Of Covid-19, I'd Just Like To Say To All Those People Who Poked Fun At Me For Having Such A Weird Hobby: Look Who's Laughing Now!

In The Wake Of Covid-19, I'd Just Like To Say To All Those People Who Poked Fun At Me For Having Such A Weird Hobby: Look Who's Laughing Now!

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Daniel (ShadowDrakken)
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9 months ago

When did canning become a "weird hobby"? O_o

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#25

My Father Carves Pokemons As A Hobby

My Father Carves Pokemons As A Hobby

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Rainbow Panda
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9 months ago

Gotta collect ‘em all. 😊

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#26

New Hobby: Encasing Things In Resin

New Hobby: Encasing Things In Resin

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Sarah Ngakaari Hammond
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9 months ago

I need to try and find a resin ring or bracelet/bangle mould or both down here in NZ. I've been thinking of getting into that sort of hobby for awhile.

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#27

It All Started With A Visit To A Kids’ Store With My Daughter. I Came Across The Usual Plasticine And Bought It. Mixed Several Colors And Started To Build. The Whole Process Took 1 Month

It All Started With A Visit To A Kids’ Store With My Daughter. I Came Across The Usual Plasticine And Bought It. Mixed Several Colors And Started To Build. The Whole Process Took 1 Month

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Rainbow Panda
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9 months ago

That is really epic. I can imagine warrior Lego figures! 🏹

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#28

I Don't Care If It's For The Geekiest Hobby Ever, From Today I Can Now Brag That I'm A Cover Girl

I Don't Care If It's For The Geekiest Hobby Ever, From Today I Can Now Brag That I'm A Cover Girl

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Kitten claws
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9 months ago

I HAVE THAT BOOK!!!!

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#29

I Made A Shark Out Of My Shark Tooth Collection

I Made A Shark Out Of My Shark Tooth Collection

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Kirsten Kerkhof
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9 months ago

Love that antique-looking box and slightly faded fabric. Almost as though it was done by a Victorian collector.

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#30

I Collect Rocks That Look Like Eggs

I Collect Rocks That Look Like Eggs

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Dana Grunwald
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9 months ago

Maybe some of them are really eggs?

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#31

My Hobby Is 3D Printing, Painting, And Assembling These Kinda Statues

My Hobby Is 3D Printing, Painting, And Assembling These Kinda Statues

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Jayne Kyra
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9 months ago

This is amazing. The 360° view on reddit (click the reddit link at the bottom left of the picture for source) shows it even better.

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#32

My Sand And Dirt Collection From Every Place I Visit

My Sand And Dirt Collection From Every Place I Visit

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Caitlyn Mathiesen
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9 months ago

I would get like two places then be to lazy to do anymore

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#33

My Mom Has Gotten Into Some Strange Hobbies Since We Left For College

My Mom Has Gotten Into Some Strange Hobbies Since We Left For College

Those are pistachios. I always said she needed a hobby but I did not expect this.

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Ms.M.
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9 months ago

That's nuts ;-)

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#34

It Sounds Quite Strange But I Collect Unusual Matches

It Sounds Quite Strange But I Collect Unusual Matches

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Serial pacifist
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9 months ago

They just don't match with the usual ones.

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#35

My Mother Suranium Glass Entire Collection

My Mother Suranium Glass Entire Collection

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PotatoNinja5000
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9 months ago

Wouldn't that make you sick over a certain length of time?

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#36

My Mil Has Been Taking Photos Of Local Birds As A Hobby. This Is By Far My Favorite

My Mil Has Been Taking Photos Of Local Birds As A Hobby. This Is By Far My Favorite

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Navy Blue Bandana
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9 months ago

Nooo the fluff baby =(

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#37

New Hobby Of Printing Terrains And Painting Them

New Hobby Of Printing Terrains And Painting Them

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Cooper Schultz
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9 months ago

I love this!!

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#38

I Grow Crystals On Skulls As A Hobby

I Grow Crystals On Skulls As A Hobby

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Cecily Overli
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9 months ago

Whose skull is that?....

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#39

My Recent Hobby: Dwarf Knives. They’re Made From Birch, Oak, Hornbeam, Brass, And Iron

My Recent Hobby: Dwarf Knives. They’re Made From Birch, Oak, Hornbeam, Brass, And Iron

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Cecily Overli
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9 months ago

For slaying dwarfs

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#40

Someone On My Facebook Feed Has Been Collecting Cicada Shells So She Can Pose Them In Battle Scenes

Someone On My Facebook Feed Has Been Collecting Cicada Shells So She Can Pose Them In Battle Scenes

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David K
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9 months ago

I don´t know what to think about this one.

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#41

"So What Do You Collect?" - "Oh, Just Barf Bags"

"So What Do You Collect?" - "Oh, Just Barf Bags"

Niek Vermeulen (Netherlands) has 6,290 airline sickness bags from 1,191 different airlines from almost 200 countries, as of 28 February 2012, which he has accumulated since the 1970s.

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Diana Bahamonde
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9 months ago

Weird but you do you

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#42

I Do Woodturning As A Hobby. I've Been At It For Almost A Year Now

I Do Woodturning As A Hobby. I've Been At It For Almost A Year Now

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Aski Markup
Community Member
9 months ago

It's beautiful, looks kinda like marble.

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#43

Just Finished Refurbishing This Brush Axe. I Like To Restore And Make Weapons And Tools For My Hobby

Just Finished Refurbishing This Brush Axe. I Like To Restore And Make Weapons And Tools For My Hobby

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Kirsten Kerkhof
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9 months ago

Now that is an axe!

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#44

I Collect Unusual Clovers. There Are 4-Leaf, 5-Leaf, 6-Leaf, And 7-Leaf Clovers In My Collection

I Collect Unusual Clovers. There Are 4-Leaf, 5-Leaf, 6-Leaf, And 7-Leaf Clovers In My Collection

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David K
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9 months ago

7 leaf clovers!!! And I never even find a 4 leaf one. You must be living in a country of big luck.

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#45

Swedish Guy Lost His Job. Took Up Snail Painting As Hobby

Swedish Guy Lost His Job. Took Up Snail Painting As Hobby

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Aski Markup
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9 months ago

I'm torn, is that cruel or not?

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#46

I’ve Recently Discovered How To Transfer Images To Any Surface Through Acrylic Decoupage. I Decided To Combine It With My Passion For Retro Games

I’ve Recently Discovered How To Transfer Images To Any Surface Through Acrylic Decoupage. I Decided To Combine It With My Passion For Retro Games

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Gweg
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9 months ago

:o mortal kombat!

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#47

My New Hobby - Collecting Whiskey Jugs

My New Hobby - Collecting Whiskey Jugs

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Sarah Ngakaari Hammond
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9 months ago

Love the Black & White Scotch Whisky one. My Mother has a brooch of those two Scottish Terriers.

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