Everywhere you look on the web, there are DIY projects. Pinterest is full of them, and your Facebook friends have likely loaded up your newsfeed with photos and comments about their latest activities, from collecting to home repair.
Many so-called DIY projects aren’t nearly as simple as many claim them to be, though. In fact, beginners would do well to know several things about pursuing DIY before they get started. Have you thought about these?
1. Recognize the Right Tools
In the many tutorials you come across, you’re likely to run into a few tools that may be new to you. For example, at some point, you may need to use a thread gauge.
If you’re not already familiar with it, this useful little item will help you determine the distance between the threads on a screw, which is extremely helpful for selecting appropriate screws and bolts when you’re tackling wood and metalworking projects.
It’s a lot easier to begin a project by familiarizing yourself with some of the tools you may need to have in hand before diving in.
2. Be Prepared for Failure
Though you don’t as often see people talking about their failed projects when you scroll through Pinterest, they happen — possibly quite often. If you don’t believe it, pay a visit to PinterestFail.com, “where good intentions go to die.”
You may have a few failed projects along the way, and it’s useful to know that going in, so you don’t get easily discouraged.
3. Learn from Your Mistakes
Every time you have a failed project, take a moment to reflect on what you’ve learned. Don’t simply throw the job out.
Examine your mistakes until you recognize where you went wrong. Taking time to analyze and fix your missteps will provide the practice you need to become an expert do-it-yourselfer.
4. Seek Affordable Supplies
Most DIY projects are designed to save you money, but that won’t happen if you don’t keep an eye open for good deals. You need to know the best places to shop, where to get coupons, and how to save on each of your projects. Otherwise, your new DIY hobby will become much more costly than you probably expected.
Above all, stay on the lookout for freebie junk that can be turned into your next DIY wonder. You’ll really impress the green-recycling crowd when you do.
5. Follow DIY Websites
If you’re interested in becoming any kind of expert, you’ll want to start by following those self-proclaimed experts on the web who take the time to blog and make video tutorials of their exploits.
Look around for a few different blogs that appeal to you, and subscribe for useful tips to guide you on future DIY projects.
6. Keep Certain Supplies On Hand
It’s always a good idea to keep a few extra supplies on hand, and try to do projects with what you have instead of buying lots of new tools and supplies every time you tackle a new project.
This not only helps save money, but it adds a little room for creative license in your projects. You’re more likely to end up with something better than you started out to build.
7. Do Plenty of Research Beforehand
Before you begin any project, take the time to research your strategy. It’s essential to have a clear idea of where you’re going with each project before jumping in.
If you don’t, odds are you’ll find yourself floundering, stressed, and more likely to give up in the middle. When you take the time to do your research and prepare thoroughly before each attempt, you’re more likely to achieve success the first time out, and avoid the frustrations that come with failure.