Do it Yourself Projects.
In my childhood, I always looked up to my mother for her sewing abilities. It was incredible to see how she was able to alter my sister’s hand-me-downs to make the perfect clothing for me. The feeling of trying on my clothing after it was sized to fit me perfectly was very inspiring. My mother showed me the importance of having a skill such as sewing and how useful it would be for the rest of my life.
Let me back up a little. First of all, you may be wondering – what is DIY? It stands for “do it yourself” and it is the ability to do or make something with or without formal training. DIY-ers are usually creative people but it is crucial to know that you do not have to be creative to do DIY projects! Just about anything can be DIY-ed; cooking, sewing, cleaning, building, plumbing etc. You can go from hemming a pair of pants to building yourself your dream home.
A common question about DIY projects is this: “why should I spend my time on DIYing?”
Here are a couple of benefits:
You can learn new skills
When you begin a DIY project, you’re able to challenge yourself and step out of your comfort zone. The process of researching for a new project can bring you knowledge that you may not have expected to learn. The best way of learning a new skill is by doing; the internet is an endless resource where you can easily find a combination of expert and amateur advice.
Exercise your creativity
Everyone has their forté and creativity does not come naturally to everyone, but that’s alright! You can start small and use resources such as Pinterest for creative inspiration!
In a world filled with cookie-cutter and mass produced goods, this is your chance to create something to fit your own personal preferences. The beauty of DIY is that your unique creation will not go unnoticed – everyone will notice!
Save your money
In many cases, cost of materials and labour can be much lower than purchasing goods or paying for someone else’s labour and this can save you significant amounts of money. For example, you could look up a gourmet cupcake recipe with many positive user reviews and tips, versus purchasing them from a gourmet cupcake shop. This will definetely save you a good amount of money.
Feeling of fulfillment
There is no better feeling than completing a project that you started from nothing. It’s truly a rewarding experience. You can be proud of your achievement and tell your friends and family what you’ve made! You can record your progress to look back on later.
A new hobby
For the times that you find yourself bored on a rainy day or a Sunday afternoon, you can work on your new found hobby. You may find yourself sitting in your living room and watching a movie or television show; you could multitask by knitting a scarf or restoring an old guitar (if those are your new hobbies).
Being able to give a heartfelt gift
During the events such as Mother’s or Father’s day, there are so many retailers calling out to you to purchase their products. Everyone knows the feeling of receiving store bought gifts but most people, especially your parents, will absolutely love your DIY present.
Selling your new skill
With enough practice, there is definitely potential to sell your handmade products or labour! If you’re a stay at home mother or father that loves to sew, bake or do carpentry work – you can sell your goods (and your time) to earn a supplementary income on sites such as Etsy and Ebay, or at local bake sales or trade shows.
The possibilities are virtually endless with DIY. Now that you’ve heard of some benefits, what type of DIY projects would you try? Or have tried? What will you always DIY as opposed to buying from a retailer or paying for the service?