DIY Do's and Don'ts

Let's face it, you probably have a Pinterest board full of fun DIY projects that you want to tackle in 2017. Here are some important Do It Yourself Do's and Don'ts that you should know about before you take on any type of project: home improvement, gifts, wedding, etc.

DO: Research your project.

It always looks easier than it really is. Make sure you do the research your project requires. Know the in's and out's of the project from the project itself, to the space in which you are doing the project. Make sure you know everything you need to know before you get started, and that you have the resources you need just in case if you need more information in the middle of the project.

DON'T: Spend more money on a DIY hack than the original thing.

It is absolutely amazing how expensive Do It Yourself projects can be. Once you buy all of the supplies, and put all of the time into it, you could have just saved yourself a nice chunk of change and a headache if you had just bought the thing. For example, if you want to make a mason jar chandelier--it's going to cost you around $100 and you have to figure out the electrical work. Or you could drop $49.99 at Target.com for one that is already put together.

DO: Make mistakes in order to learn from them.

I can see how this is kind of counterintuitive, but it's important. Sometimes you need to screw up and do a "don't" in order to learn how to never do it again. When you make mistakes, learn from them. It's really the only way to get better at something.

DON'T: Take on a project that you're not qualified for.

There's a difference between making a mistake and using the wrong kind of glue, and electrocuting yourself because you decided to do the electrical in your DIY kitchen remodel instead of getting a professional to do it. There are parts of certain do it yourself projects that unfortunately, you cannot do yourself--so don't attempt to.

DO: Get all of the right measurements...twice.

If you're doing a fabric project, make sure you know EXACTLY what you need. Never cut fabric unless you have laid it over whatever it is you might be doing upholstery for, or if you know exactly what the measurements have to be. When you are cutting--it's always better to leave a little more on, than take too much off.

DON'T: Close the glue bottle until you know you are done with the glue.

Fun fact, when you screw the cap closed on a glue bottle, all of the glue gets sucked into the cap. This is what causes bottles to clog up. Keep the bottle open until you are sure you are done the project to prevent clogs!

DO: Cover an area to designate to paint.

Whether you are hand painting or spray painting, it's a good idea to have a designated spot for it. If you're covering the area in newspaper, be mindful to tape the paper down for it might blow away during a spray paint session, or use blue painter's tape.

DON'T: Keep a stencil on for too long.

When you are painting, don't forget to remove the stencil as soon as you are done--or else the stencil will get stuck to your project!

DO: Work with people on projects.

Find people that are also interested in DIY projects, or perhaps do a DIY project with a friend, family member or a significant other. Sometimes it can be not only fun to work with someone, but helpful.

DON'T: Panic.

People do DIY projects for plenty of reasons: being creative, financial restrictions, aesthetic, for fun, etc. However, no matter what your reason for doing it yourself, you shouldn't panic. Every project has its problems, but you will figure out how to make it a success. You have plenty of tools and resources available to you no matter what.

DIY: Old Fashioned Glasses

(studiodiy/palmspringsstyle)

Step One:
Gather materials-
-Glasses
-Printable Starburst Motif (printable pattern template here, or design a stencil yourself), Printed on Cardstock
-X-Acto blade
-Cutting mat
-Liquid gold leaf
-Blue painter's tape
-Paintbrush

Step Two:
"First, cut out a rectangle shape around the starburst pattern. Then use your knife to carefully cut out the starburst shape from the rectangle, leaving you with a stencil. Rip off a piece of painter’s tape and tape it to your cutting mat. Place your stencil over top and carefully cut out the starburst shape from your tape."

Step Three:
"Peel your stencil off your mat and adhere it to your glass where desired, and then repeat the above steps until you have as many starbursts as desired on your glass. It is so so so important to run your fingernail over all the little cutouts of the starburst once it’s taped on the glass to ensure it is sealed on there well! This will prevent the gold leaf from leaking through the stencil."

Step Four:
"Open your liquid gold leaf and while working in a well-ventilated area, stir it well with your paint brush. Paint a thick but even coat over the starburst shape. If you find you need more than one coat, go ahead and add a second coat."

Step Five:
"Let dry thoroughly, then remove your stencils and you are done! If you do find that any starbursts didn’t turn out perfectly, you can use a toothpick or a cotton swab dipped in nail polish remover to remove any unwanted gold leaf."

 

Now fill your glasses with your most favorite cocktail and you are ready to party, mid-century style!

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DIY: Pom Pom Blanket

(sugar&cloth)

Step One:
Gather materials-
-Throw blanket (from thrift shop, Target or just something lying around)
-Scissors
-Ruler
-Hot glue/Fabric glue
-Pom Pom Trim

Step Two:
Measure out length of blanket in order to cut the right amount of Pom Pom time. Snip snip!

Step Three:
Glue the trim onto the edge of the blanket a few inches at a time. Be careful not to get your fingers with the hot glue.

Step Four:
Let dry! 

Country Cozy

DIY: Balloon Chandelier

Create this amazing and fun balloon chandelier for your next hoe down!

(weddingchicks)

Step One:

Gather your materials:
-Balloons
-Helium tank
-4x6 photos
-5x7 cardstock
-Ribbon
-Scissors
-Holepunch
-Double sided tape or glue stick

Step Two:
Glue/stick your photos to the card stock.

Step Three:
Hole punch the card stock where you want the ribbon to hang.

Step Four:
Blow up balloons.

Step Five:
Attach length of ribbon to each photo.

Step Six:
Attach other end of the ribbon to a balloon.

Step Seven:
Release and enjoy!

DIY: Rustic iPad holder

(joybobo)

Step One:

Gather your supplies:
-Old cutting board
-Wedge of wood
-Scrabble tile holder
-Paint
-Adhesive (hot glue/gun, Gorilla glue, Modge Podge, etc.)

Step Two:
Mount your materials together using hot glue or Gorilla glue. Whatever you feel most comfortable with. 

Step Three:
Paint your stand all one color.

DIY: Mason Jar Monster

Step One:
Gather your materials-
-Mason jar
-Green paint
-Black paint
-White paint
-Red paint
-Brushes
-Glitter glue

Step Two:
Paint your jar spooky green.

Step Three:
Give him a face!

Step Four:
Write some spooky words on him in the glitter glue.

DIY: Monogram Letter

This was a clearance bin craft! I found both of these fun letters at the clearance bin at Michael's. I thought I could transform them into something fun!

Step One:
Gather materials-
-Letters (you can get these in wood, felt, cloth, burlap, etc.)
-Paint
-Brushes
-Glitter glue

Step Two:
Decorate!
Display and enjoy!

Make sure to decorate these letters to reflect your personality or the personality of the person you're making it for!

October 02, 2015 by Lexx Fusco