Are you someone who just doesn’t gravitate to “out of the box” kind of stuff? Maybe every now and then you’re OK with putting something together from a kit…but most of the time, it’s not always satisfying. Well, I’m here to tell you that nothing is wrong with you….maybe you are just a dyed-in-the-wool DIYer!!
How many of the following scenarios below can you relate to?
- You think mass-produced stuff is just too boring…Once you realize there are a hundred or thousand of a certain piece of artworks out there, it doesn’t seem unique or appealing.
- You love the thought of saving $$$ by purchasing the tools necessary or using readily available household objects that could do the same job easily.
- You’re proud to own something you made that’s one of a kind.
- The terms “upcycling” and “repurpose” have found their way into your lexicon.
If you answered yes to at least one of the questions above, welcome to the club! There’s a bigger world out there for you than you might think: If you were to look up DIY boards on Pinterest you’d be agog at the projects awaiting. They involve crafts of every persuasion like handmade gifts – or alternatives to building things like furniture, shelving, and organization. Some people just enjoy the process while others have made calculations on things they have been dreaming about owning and have come to the conclusion that it would be cheaper to build it on their own. If you want to get up-close and personal you can see the putting-together in action on some Youtube channelholders. I’ve found more than enough great ideas to “borrow” and use on my own which is what you are encouraged to do, otherwise you wouldn’t have been looking up “how to do such and such” in the first place.
How Does One Get Started?
Have you ever saw something amazing that you wish you could own, but found yourself faced with “That looks so expensive…what if I could build that on my own?” Lots of people have come to this conclusion and decide to take that route….not only did they manage to put a little $$$ back in their pocket, but they have something now they can be proud of.
Look at ordinary objects around your home….We are in an age of recycling and making a “sustainable life” and looking at normal “throwaway” items as something to be possibly given a second life to. If you are in the habit of sorting discarded items like empty soda bottles, coffee cans, newspapers, or shoeboxes, then you are already familiar with the idea that some things are best kept out of landfills, Can you take it one step further and examine some of those items….an empty coffee can could become a lantern, a planter, or a craft caddy just with the addition of spray paint on the outside. Once you see for yourself how widely appreciated the art of taking something old and making it into something new and useful again, you may never look at ordinary objects the same way again!
Photo Credit: Image Courtesy of Krzysztof (Kriss) Szkurlatowski