DIY projects all kinds? Where do I start?

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  • Have you looked at all the projects here on Hometalk? There are thousands of them! What are you interested in? Up cycling? Crafts? Sewing? Gardening? Woodworking?

  • Cher Cher on Jul 01, 2018
    Browse through the Hometalk and Pinterest for inspiration. Check out thrift stores and the online garage sales for inexpensive items. You could start with objects you already have and repurpose them. The main thing is to have fun and let your creativity run wild!!

  • Deborah Perrin Deborah Perrin on Jul 01, 2018
    It depends on what you are interested in & what suits your taste. The step by step instructions are always labeled with a difficulty label, so start with "easy" if you are unsure of your skills.
    I started with browsing the decor area as I am handy with stuff like that, then I signed up for e-mails - which can give you a starting point, and then moved on into my interests.
    Hope you find something you like!

  • DesertRose DesertRose on Jul 01, 2018
    Lau, that is such a common ailment we all feel! Much of our inspiration and plans are triggered by other projects we too read. We feel your pain! ha Actually, I enjoy browsing through a chosen topic first, if I have materials on hand I especially enjoy browsing through one topic. For example, my husband brought home some planks I think would make some great garden signs to hang on our fence. So I have been scanning the topics that might give me a creative idea to use the wood. Another approach I take is to look under topics that I especially enjoy such as gardening. If I see many similar questions in Hometalk about a topic I have personal experience and answers, I also do tutorials on those questions in particular. My tools and space are limited too, so that is taken into account. What are your favorite hobbies? Do you enjoy woodworking? Painting? building? organizing? How much time do you like to spend on a project , an hour? day? weekend? season? I hope you signed up for the weekly or daily emails, those give great ideas too. Hope this helps you narrow down your DIY projects or ideas so you can focus on what you like best. Thanks for asking and viewing.

  • Heather Brown Heather Brown on Jul 01, 2018
    There is alo weekly challenge issued to all DIYers. You could start there!

  • Diane Forte Barfield Diane Forte Barfield on Jul 01, 2018
    How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. My best tip is...FOCUS. I started (and still focus ) with things I actually NEED. My husband and I have a tight budget and have learned to use things we have. We reuse, recycle, replenish as much as possible. If you dont focus on one area at a time, you can end up overwhelmed with 40 half done projects. So look around your house or property and pick something that needs doing. Then research and start there. Good luck.

  • Jennifer Jennifer on Jul 01, 2018
    That really depends on so many things and the comments above already state. So the only thing I will add to that is paint is a wonderful change to so many things! Pick something that you want to see a change of color on like a picture frame, a plant pot something that if you don't like the end result you can paint over it again with another color! Once you see the difference in that, you will see all the other things you could refresh, brighten up or just change the color to your liking! Starting is easy, it's the stopping part you will find that is hard! Thirty plus years later I still can't stop! And remember to have fun, make it yours something you want and love!

  • Carlitakragland Carlitakragland on Jul 01, 2018

    Maybe look for a need that you may have (or a want). A spice rack or some item to help organize. An item you love but hate the color. Some space you would like to have a seat or maybe create a spot to grow herbs. Most of mine come from wanting some thing but not finding what I need or want. Or necessity, a stain from an old roof leak etc...

  • Judi Judi on Jul 01, 2018
    It’s already been said, but start out with something small, but useful, and yes, Pinterest is a great place for ideas, there is just about everything on there. Once you get started, you won’t be able to or want to stop! Good luck!