DIY projects can be kind of intimidating to the beginner. If you are not used to working with craft supplies, putting things together or thinking outside the box, you can get a bit overwhelmed and not really enjoy it. That is kind of the opposite of what DIY projects are all about.
They are supposed to be fun, exciting and satisfying rather than stressful, right? That said, here are three powerful tips to get yourself off and running when you feel a little intimidated:
Throw out the inner critic
Having a bit of an eye for correction is important, but not at the point where you pick yourself to pieces. The idea is to have a good time and that will never happen if you are constantly pushing for perfection and afraid to fail. The best projects come together when you are relaxed and the creative juices can flow. Commit to your best and always look to improve, but leave the harsh critic outside the DIY doorway.
Invest a bit in some solid supplies
If you have poor or unwieldy equipment you will struggle throughout the crafting process. This applies no matter what the project is. A small investment in good crocheting equipment, for example, will pay off handsomely in creative, beautiful projects for years to come. Poor equipment will have you frustrated and rarely lead anywhere productive. Don’t go name brand shopping, but do have an eye towards quality for whatever DIY project or hobby you decide to pursue.
Don’t dive into the toughest project right away
Some folks love diving into the deep end and if you don’t mind working backwards in your learning, go for it. Most of us, however, don’t operate that way. We need to think things through and really start off a bit slower. Pick a project on the easier side of the spectrum and work your way up and you will be far less intimidated.
DIY projects and hobbies can be a source of wonderful pleasure and excitement and it can literally keep your days interesting when things slow down. If you are willing to put a bit of time in it, you might even be the next person to invent something new! What are your favorite tips for DIY greatness when you first start out? Share with us!