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I've always been a crafter & it's mainly because I love creating things! I'm not always good at projects and sometimes my creations come out wacky but they're mine! Here are some reasons why I've heard people don't want to tackle DIY projects- and why I think you still should!
Projects are expensive!
Ok-This first one can be tricky! The key to a successful DIY project- at least in my mind, is planning for it, knowing what you need, using things you already have when you can & coupons!
I find with a lot of my crafting projects- I already have things I'll need lying around, like tissue paper that might be too wrinkled to use for gift wrapping, glue that I bought at back to school sales, markers, paint, paint brushes, etc. So I often am using a lot of things that are otherwise just sitting there & am not spending additional money.
Don't forget that there are always sales & coupons at craft stores! Utilize those things! You save so much money when you take a peek at what's on sale. Stock up on supplies like glue & markers during back to school season- you'll save a ton! Don't forget to check out garage sales too to get inspired, save money & upcycle!
I don't have the time!
Let's be real, some DIY projects definitely take lots of time. But not all of them do! Some of them might only take 15-30 minutes & you can totally spare that to get some creative energy out! One of my favorite projects I do over & over is simply painting terra cotta pots and adding some sort of decoration to them. It's not time consuming & then you can plant it in which is so therapeutic (or so I hear, since I don't have a green thumb!)
I am not crafty or creative at all!
SO many projects require little to no skill at all! One of my favorite projects is taking a wooden picture frame (normally $1 at the craft store) painting it a color & gluing on puzzle pieces! It's a project anybody can do that looks so cute when it's done. So don't tell yourself you're not creative- because everybody is! You probably don't even realize you're creative or have fun ideas if you keep yourself from trying!
Craft projects are only for kids!
Duh, so many craft projects are for kiddos but all of them can also be done by adults! I love doing projects with the kids I babysit for & seeing how each of ours comes out and how different they are, is always so much fun! And honestly, tapping into your inner child is such a fun thing to do from time to time!
I've seen those Pinterest fails-that's going to be me!
I won't lie, I love looking at Pinterest fails- and I've definitely had my fair share of them! Last year, I tried dying glass using glue & food coloring- and it kind of worked. Even though it didn't come out how I had hoped (and how the Pinterest pictures looked), it was still a fun project. You craft & you learn- next time I try and dye glass, I now know that I don't need as much glue as I used!
Often times, when a project doesn't come out how you anticipated- you can do a second project using the same materials. For my glass I dyed - I can decoupage on top of the glass to hide the bubbles from too much glue. Then you'll get the cool effect of a pop of color in the spots where the decoupage missed! There's still opportunity in a lot of missed craft projects. So don't go throwing away projects turned bad because sometimes they just need a makeover!
Don't let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game, right?
I hope you all feel inspired & geared up to try some crafting projects! If you're looking for inspiration or some tutorials,
My name is Kristina and I'm the founder of Love Struck. Read about how Love Struck came to be, see how I make it happen or just read a random thought I just might have! Anything can happen at our blog & I wouldn't have it any other way! It's time to get Love Struck, and what better way to start than right here!