What is DIY?
In the world we are living in today, reusing items is of high importance. We cannot throw away items especially if they can be used for something else, which makes DIY quite important. DIY is a commonly used term and you probably know what it means. It stands for ‘do it yourself’. The simplest definition would be that you are choosing to do a task or create a product by yourself instead of hiring a professional to do it for you. It is really about developing the skills and seeking the knowledge you need to do something that you would usually pay somebody to do.
Don’t worry about the product you are creating. Anything from patching a hole in the wall to making a bath bomb, cutting your own hair, or decorating a cake all comes under DIY. Even if you use the help of tutorials or instruction guides, it is still something you made by yourself.
Benefits of DIY
- Depending on what you are making, you will be using your brain for different purposes. First of all, you have to imagine the outcome of your work. Then you will have to think of what steps you have to take to reach the final result – the resources, the procedure, etc. You may even need math and can boost your IQ in the process.
- Learning new skills is part of DIY projects. This exercises your brain and new information helps you to grow. Making more products also helps to increase your self-confidence. “Cumulative learning” is the process in which you learn new things and reuse that knowledge and this makes you smarter.
- If you are physically building something, you can improve your strength, energy, and your health in general. The exercise combined with your motivation to complete the project keeps you energized and engaged. Gardening and decorating floors and walls, etc. are examples.
- You can meet people with interests similar to yours. Whether you are using a site for ideas or instructions or attending a class to develop the required skills, you have the chance to find people with shared interests. It also creates a great conversation starter. Most experienced DIYers share their knowledge without hesitation and that too makes for great conversations and maybe even friendships.
- Making things for yourself also saves a lot of money. Of course, you may have to pay for extra resources but hiring a professional will cost a lot more. Before making a product related to home décor, you may want to revisit the home warranty conditions and consult your local building code office and landlord to know about your permits.
- If the project is quite big, you can include your family members too in the making process. Doing this creates a great bonding opportunity for you and your family and allows all of you to spend quality time with each other. It also provides a fun activity to all and keeps everybody entertained and motivated. However, you must be careful in selecting a project that suits the age and interests of the family members.
- You can even earn money from these activities. Once you have attained some experience and are able to create good-quality products, you will be able to sell them to friends and family, and even to strangers online or otherwise. It is a great way to know what your true passion is. Even if you are not interested in making money out of it, you at least have the skills to help friends, family, and yourself if necessary.
- You can inspire somebody else. How many times have you introduced somebody to a song or a film that they simply fell in love with? The same thing could happen with DIY! You could inspire a friend or family member to pick up something they may be good at and may even become a part of their career.
- The satisfaction you gain from a completed project may be the most important benefit. Even when you are making it, you know that you are being productive and your hardwork will have a good result.
Unpopular DIY ideas
Tired of seeing the same old ideas online? Take a look at some of these ideas you may have not heard before:
- Bird feeder wreath: You may know how difficult it is for birds to find food during winter months. All you need is a circular mold, some birdseed, some melted suet, and a wide ribbon.
- Yogurt cheese: If you are somebody who loves food or cooking, this idea might be perfect for you. Cream cheese may be something you use for several food items and now you do not have to buy it! You just have to place a few layers of cheesecloth in a colander, pour some plain yogurt, and allow it to drain overnight to wake up to some great creamy cheese the next day.
- Painted jars wrapped with yarn: You can make some beautiful and elegant products for tea lights or candles. Simply wrap or twine some yarn around a jar, paint it, peel away the yarn when it is dry, and voila!
- Floor stencils: Use these instead of throw rugs or just a wooden or concrete floor. Floor stencils offer an artistic and homely vibe for yourself and for guests. They also help to add some color to old and dull floors.
- Laundry detergent: This idea is especially interesting because detergent is something everybody uses frequently. Isn’t the fact that you can make it on your own in any fragrance pretty cool? All you need are some household ingredients.
You can get any ideas and instructions on how to do it online. But you don’t have to follow the instructor step-by-step. That is the beauty of art! You can alter any project in a way that suits your character and surroundings the best. So go on, discover your artistic side and skills in the most beneficial method!