Would you like to make a Do It Yourself creation? Are you still hesitating to get started? It is estimated that nearly 8 out of 10 Americans practice at least one DIY activity. These activities are varied, to say the least: manual activities and DIY, but also growing your own fruit or vegetables, making jam or fruit juice, repairing a vehicle, etc. In this article, you will find 7 good reasons to try a DIY activity, whatever it may be!
1. Save money with DIY
The economic aspect is certainly one of the main advantages of Do-it-Yourself! More and more people are taking the plunge and realizing, quite rightly, that DIY creations are often less expensive. According to a recent IPSOS study, the French save, on average, more than 270€ per year thanks to Do It Yourself.
Even if the purchase of raw materials can require a certain budget, putting in a little elbow grease can quickly pay off. Furthermore, you should not hesitate to make DIY creations using recycled products, objects and raw materials. Indeed, recycled creations are the most interesting way to save money while adopting eco-responsible behaviour. You would be wrong to deprive yourself of this!
2. Make useful creations
Give meaning to your creations by making them useful in your daily life! For example, don’t hesitate to create a shelf if you lack storage space at home. Make one if you want a bag to carry your things more easily!
The creative possibilities are endless! So, as you feel like it and need it, don’t hesitate to think about what you need before you think about how to make that DIY project. If you think you can create something useful, this is the perfect opportunity to get started. After all, there’s nothing like useful DIY creations to make your life easier and make you want to create more!
3. Do a DIY activity to keep yourself busy
If you don’t know what to do when you have little time on your hands or to keep yourself busy on a rainy day, think of DIY! It’s a great way to keep yourself busy without having to worry about time running out. By focusing on a manual creation, your brain and hands should quickly become busy.
Children and adults, as well as the elderly, can have fun and fill any lonely moments by doing all kinds of handicrafts: decorating, sewing projects, painting, customizing, etc. The possibilities are endless; you don’t have to worry about the time it takes to do it. The possibilities are endless; you won’t have a minute to spare as you focus on your favourite creative hobby!
4. Gain self-confidence
There is nothing more satisfying than being able to say, “I made it”! In fact, making a DIY creation often allows you, over time, to assert yourself and gain confidence in your abilities. As you progress, you will feel more and more at ease and will therefore be able to embark on increasingly detailed and/or complex projects. The result is an even more satisfying feeling when you reach your goal!
If you are starting from scratch in ‘any type of activity, it is always advisable to start with something easy. Find (or have in mind) a pattern that you can easily replicate. Once you have achieved this, you can add some complexity by using other materials, larger volumes and/or testing other creative techniques.
Also, don’t hesitate to ask your friends and family for their opinion: positive opinions will confirm your abilities! Make sure you also take into account the more nuanced opinions in order to progress in your various creative approaches. This way, you’ll always be on the right track!
5. Get rid of stress
Forget the stress and worries of everyday life for a moment, thanks to Do It Yourself! When you focus on your goal, you can forget all those little worries and annoyances. By choosing the right activities, you can even relax even more!
This list is not exhaustive! Keep in mind that most of the manual and creative activities allow you to decompress and calm your mind. We leave it to you to find out for yourself!
6. Sharing good times with loved ones
Sharing is also essential for all human beings. The good news is that DIY is conducive to exchanges, discussions and sometimes even new encounters! If you have the opportunity, dare to make handicrafts with family, friends or colleagues. Indeed, this type of activity will allow everyone to enjoy a pleasant moment of sharing.
Moreover, if you have creative events or even hobby fairs near you, we can only recommend that you go and see them! You will be able to meet creators and sometimes exchange with speakers or even participate in creative group workshops.
You can also browse through blogs, forums, Facebook groups or any other virtual community to meet other designers, discover new techniques, ask your own questions and exchange with different people. You’ll see that DIY is a big (and supportive) family. It’s great fun to share experiences, give advice and get new Do It Yourself ideas!
7. Pushing your limits
Even if you feel comfortable with certain DIY creations, always be curious! Use this curiosity to discover new things, unexplored techniques and so on. Through various Do It Yourself activities, whatever they may be, pushing what you thought were limits can only be beneficial!
If you’re short of ideas, don’t hesitate to browse our many creative hobby tutorials and DIYs. On Creavea, we offer thousands of free tutorials, inspirations and templates. We advise you to go and discover these different creative sheets, which contain, each time, a list of materials and details of the steps (in photos or video) to reproduce, step by step, all kinds of handmade creations. There is something for every taste, age, and budget!
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