4 Steps to DIYing.

March 11, 2012 § 2 Comments

Let’s make this a DIY year. If you haven’t noticed, there is a green movement that focuses on reusing items. Those items could be something that’s been left in the back of your closet, garage or workshop, and it might even be something previously owned. If you’ve been one of those people who has been oblivious or just a hoarder sentimental person, then these tips are perfect for you to join the movement and at the same time, make the most out of your time, save money, and get inspired along the way.

1. Get inspired.

Inspiration is where it all starts (duh!). So collect inspiration whether from a blog, from people on the streets, or a local café you enjoy lounging in. Wherever. Get a small notepad or maybe even just use your smart-phone (you could do almost anything on there). Sketch, write, and do whatever you need to collect ideas. Put it all down. Good ideas are hard to come by, and sometimes bad ideas are pretty good in retrospective.

2. Get the necessary tools.

No matter what your medium is and countless brilliant ideas you have, you will more than likely need tools to operate. DIYing is all about saving money but don’t go cheap on the essential tools, that’s why it’s called essential (duh again!). Not having the proper tools can lead to inefficient work which wastes a lot of time, and it can even lead to injury (I learned my lesson). So if you’re starting out, go grab the essential items for your medium (Sewing: needles, thread… etc. Woodwork: hammer, saw… etc).

3. Learn. Always.

Never stop learning. If you’re really into your craft, you should know that there is always room for improvement. Learn new skills whether from Youtube videos to an actual enrolled lesson. Spending some time at this may in return save you more time in the future. Learning new techniques may also lead to new inspiration, so take that step to bettering your ability.

4. Make time.

This is one of the most important part of DIYing, and maybe a reason why there’s not more people doing it. Since doing a project you’ve never done before always comes with challenges, it takes a bit of time to get from start to the end and that should be accounted for. Make a list of the projects you want to do and try to arrange that with your schedule. The allotted time should also include the time you need to source out your materials and the time to experiment with different techniques to approach the project. While you’re at it,  add the time to learn new skills.

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§ 2 Responses to 4 Steps to DIYing.

  • fpump says:

    “can even lead to injury (I learned my lesson)”
    Mind if I ask what happened? Learning from others’ mistakes can sometimes be as good as learning from your own…

    • It wasn’t serious at all but it is still consider an injury I suppose. I found a tutorial for a laptop case made from recycled plastic bags that I wanted to work on but the plastic turned out pretty solid and a regular sewing needle is not suppose to work with that type of material. So long story short, the needle broke and went through the nail of my index finger and out the other.

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