DIY means a lot of different things to different people. Some want to create small crafts while others want to renovate an entire house. At the heart of being a DIYer is the desire to do something yourself. This can mean making something instead of buying it, or getting your hands dirty instead of calling someone else to complete a project. Many people DIY for various reasons. There are the folks who want to save money. There are the ones who want to create something unique that isn’t available in stores. And lastly, there are the select few who just love to say, “I made that.”
Regardless of your reasons to DIY, it’s much simpler to take the leap than you may think. Here are a few steps you could take to increase your DIY ability and make those projects happen.
Have the right tools
There are many different tools for different DIY levels and project types. Having the right ones on hand can mean the difference between DIY success or fail. Not only should a good DIYer have the right tools, but they should get them out and ready before the project begins. Projects get sidetracked when you have to stop for a hardware store run. Avoid the stopping and starting by having all tools and materials ready at the start. I shared what’s in my DIY tool bag back here.
Have a plan…and a backup plan
Similar to having all the tools, a true DIYer has a plan. But, they’re also OK when the plan doesn’t go as expected and needs to be reworked. Think out a plan and get it down on paper before starting. When a project goes south, immediately think of alternate options. Some of my best work comes from reinvented plans.
There is a learning curve to new tools and skills. Work on the skill itself before embarking upon a big project. Start small with a little wooden stool and build up to a set of wood patio furniture. Take opportunities to create everyday little things so the tools and skills become second nature.
Don’t be afraid
What is the worst that could happen? The project doesn’t work out? A failed project can always be scrapped and restarted or turned into something better. Fear of failure is the reason why most people don’t start out in the first place, but is counter productive. It’s impossible to learn how to DIY if you don’t dive in.
I learned most of my DIY skills from my dad and my husband—both avid handymen. Stretch your skill level by jumping in with your support system guiding you. It’s much easier to learn in a supportive environment with someone who is knowledgeable and willing to teach.
With the right tools, plan, and support, it’s simple to dive right into a DIY project. At the very worst, you’ll get a learning experience and at the very best you’ll get the handmade creation of your dreams. You’ll never know unless you try!