So I suppose this ring I made isn’t really the sort of DIY project I can give instructions to, but I want to address the satisfaction that accompanies making something yourself. I’ll be honest, I don’t really like wearing rings, but I can’t help but marvel at this simple one solely because I made it. I’m proud of it. When it comes to crafty DIY projects, usually I come up short. I have odds and ends laying around my room that I’ve been meaning to cut/sew/embellish for ages, but I never end up getting around to it because I end up uninspired. In this brief guide to DIY projects, I’ll give you some pointers, resources and maybe even some motivation!
Reasons to DIY
1. It can be super cheap.
2. It’s fun.
3. You can make something no one else has.
4. You can re-purpose clothing that you haven’t worn in ages.
5. When you end up with a finished project, you have the pride of knowing that you made it yourself!
It’s easy enough to make a pair of cutoff shorts (cut the pants about a half-inch longer than you want them, throw them in the washer/dryer, and voila), but what about those projects where the materials involve an old pair of jeans and a pair of scissors?
A Few DIY Resources
1. Threadbanger is a great resource – there’s a myriad of videos you can watch for step-by-step instructions, and the forums are equally helpful.
2. WhatTheCraft isn’t completely devoted to wearable DIYs and it’s more of a database than an instructional website, but there’s a ton of projects rounded up in one convenient spot.
3. BurdaStyle focuses on sewing projects, but there’s adequate project ideas available for beginners and masters. The projects are more in-depth than cutting up an old tshirt, which is most certainly fine (and actually my next “project” idea), but these tend to look a little less homemade and a little more expensive-boutique.
4. P.S.- I Made This… is a blog devoted to DIY projects that frequently use everyday/easy-to-find objects as key materials, so there’s some that you might not even have to run to a craft store to replicate. She posts a variety of projects, from pretty striped vases to adorable skirts.
…and a few things to keep in mind:
Remember the Miu Miu-esque heels I made back in June? In all honesty, I didn’t have a clue what I was doing. Admittedly, the hardest part of such a project was finding “suitable” shoes, but I think it could be just as awesome (if not more) if I found completely different shoes to put my own “spin” on it. If you’re DIY-ing based on a designer piece, why not try to just grasp the general idea while changing what you want? Basically, there are no rules when it comes to doing it yourself, which is the beauty of it, along with coming out with a piece that’s uniquely yours.
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