There’s one mantra I repeat continuously – DIY is good for the heart and soul, and life is extraordinary.
I realize this might sound silly and even somewhat crazy, right? Well, I am a little cray cray. Seriously, let me explain, my husband and I have been DIY-ing for over 15 years and within the past 2 turned our love for DIY into our full-time career. So now DIY is a part of our everyday routine where in the past it was a creative outlet and hobby in between our fast pace careers. Sadly, those careers ended rather quickly and filled our lives with unexpected change. We managed to stay focused and redirect our energy towards our family and future. And now here we are, “The DIY-ing Family”. Working with my hubby is pretty incredible, educational, and we enjoy our time together. But not every day is glammy and sweet. There are plenty of days where I am tempted to toss all the power tools or sell them on Amazon:) but I manage to breathe, stay calm and realize this option would not be a positive one. DIY is our families heart and soul and, of course, our adopted hashtag acronym.
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What Is DIY-ing? The practice or hobby of building or repairing things for oneself, usually in one’s own home.
It’s anything and everything! It’s your artistic outlet for self-expression – a chance for you to share and educate others about the beauty of things in our life. I honestly feel the benefits are remarkable. It’s an opportunity for you to bring your heart back to life, and mentally, and emotionally connect you to something that you developed.
What kinds of DIY-ing projects can you do today that will make you feel better and warm your heart? It doesn’t have to be a big project. In fact, any of the following 10 DIY-crafty ideas are ideal for assisting you in releasing your creative energy.
1.) Chalkboard Clay Pots – Paint clay pots with chalkboard paint and plant a few of your preferred herbs or faux plants. Put them in your kitchen, laundry room, or a spot where you can see them on a regular basis. Find everything you need for this project at Amazon.
2.) Art and Signs – Use recycled wood to create a holiday sign. Break it into pieces and create a few signs or art pieces for your home. Include your family in on the fun.
This sign was really a family affair. My son’s teacher needed a ball bucket and this is what we created with leftover material. It is truly a classic piece. A little rough a tumble but made with love. When I need a piece of artwork for an interior space I contact my good friend who makes some beautiful wood signs; she is quite talented. Take a peek here: HoneyBeeHives
3.) Mason Jars – Save a few mason jars and label them for a particular goal – vacation jar, allowance jar, savings for a rainy day jar, etc.
4.) MDF Board – You choose the size you want, which you can find at your local Home Depot or Lowe’s. Develop your chalk board, framing it if you want. This chalkboard was framed with a recycled picture frame we purchased at our neighbor’s garage sale for $5.00. It works perfect in our boys bedroom.
- MDF Board: this can be purchased at Amazon, Lowes, or Home Depot.
- Chalkboard Paint: Magnetic Chalkboard Paint or Standard Black Chalkboard Paint
- Framing: use a recycled frame or purchase one from your local art or craft store. You can also make a frame from unfinished window case moldings.
- Paint: You can use spray paint or any paint of your choice. We used leftover paint from the boys bedroom with black spray paint to give a two tone look.
- Paint Brushes
5.) Baskets and Gift Signs – Do some painting of pallet boards, MDF board, or wood pieces you can pick from your local craft store. Glue them to straw or plastic baskets so you can organize your items. If you want, you can drill a tiny hole in those wood pieces and use a burlap string or twine to hang them up. Go a step further by using hot glue and attach to a suitable surface.
Amazon Shopping List for the Birthday Basket’s:
- Pallet Wood: We always pick these up at a local pallet company called Unlimited Pallet.
- Chalk Board Paint
- Rustic Star
- Comic Books: I found these and the cool baseball vintage art at our local vintage spot. They are oldies but goodies.
- Vintage Wooden Box: This was also found at our local vintage spot.
6.) Paint Stirs: Inexpensive (no charge) way to make signs for your pantry and gift baskets. Great for labeling boxes in your closet too. Pick them up at your local paint store.
7.) ClothesPins – Paint clothes pins with chalkboard paint and label to organize your home office papers – “File”, “Pending”, and “To Do”. You can also use clothes pins to attach gift cards to a present. Notice the birthday gift above. We used a clothes pin to attach the vintage baseball art.
We use clothespins to keep school work organized. The “sight word process” is always easier when our first grader is prepared. So it’s helpful when mom and dad know where to find the word list:)
This pinecone wreath was so much fun to make and very easy. How to Make a Festive Pinecone Wreath
It’s time you start feeling better with a little DIY therapy! What are you waiting for? It’s good for your heart and soul.