Asked on Apr 05, 2017

What's the best DIY advice you've ever gotten?

Hillela G.
by Hillela G.
What's the best DIY advice you've ever received? Or given for that matter? I can't wait to hear and learn! Thanks!icon
  12 answers
  • Cori Widen Cori Widen on Apr 05, 2017
    Don't wait to start until you're 100% confident. 50% confident is enough :)

  • William William on Apr 05, 2017
    Best advice! HMMM! When cutting anything MEASURE TWICE AND CUT ONCE. Then count your fingers after cutting  . I have a short left thumb  .

  • Gloria Salmanowitz Gloria Salmanowitz on Apr 06, 2017
    Don't be afraid to try. The worst that good happen is that you'll learn from your mistakes!

  • Gloria Salmanowitz Gloria Salmanowitz on Apr 06, 2017
    could happen, lol

  • UpState UpState on Apr 06, 2017
    Have a question or concern on a project, craft, or anything in my yard ... ?
    ...or I need some ideas/opinions from creative people ... ?
    I simply punch-up and start my research and curiosity.
    --- That's the best DIY advice I've ever got.

  • Chas' Crazy Creations Chas' Crazy Creations on Apr 06, 2017
    Best DIY advice - take your time, don't rush, and if you make a mistake you can fix it.

  • Maureen Romano Maureen Romano on Apr 08, 2017
    If you like to sew like me, think outside the fabric store box. Re-imagine things in the thrift store, Goodwill, and yard sales. Sheets, table cloths, curtains, pillowcases, and many other things can be great sources for fabric.

    You never know at a yard sale, 3 large vintage table cloths for $1.25! (11 sets of napkins & a tote bag) 20 yards of sage green canvas for $5. (5 table cloths for my wedding reception, a teepee for my nephew, 6 embroidered tote bags and 5 yards left) 8 yards of pig fabric for $2. (Still waiting for inspiration)
    Leather and woven belts 50 cents each (handles on totes). And so sew much more...

    Look at things for what they are but imagine what they could be😎🌎

  • Jamie Boyce Jamie Boyce on Apr 08, 2017
    Get the all stuff you need together before you start your project. (There is nothing more frustrating than getting halfway through something then realizing you have to stop and run to the store for screws, glue, etc.)
    Oh, and, "Be Fearless."

    • Marj MRC Creations Marj MRC Creations on Apr 08, 2017
      Yes, I love that - 'be fearless'. So true! People will tell me "I couldn't do that. I can't even draw a straight line!" and I tell them, "Well that's perfect then because you'll always be thinking outside the box. Give it a try!" :)

  • Marj MRC Creations Marj MRC Creations on Apr 08, 2017
    Hi Hillela! It is so true that you can find items pretty much anywhere to do any kind of DIY in and around the home. That is what has changed for me since I started visiting and participating in the Hometalk community. I've always been creative. I grew up doing arts and crafts with our mother all the time. Then I started with drawing and painting right after my second child was born. I exhibited and sold my pastel art, then moved on to doing things in the home for our own use.
    I now go to all kinds of stores, like the hardware store, the thrift shops, garage sales, IKEA, kitchen stores, etc... and see things with a new eye and think "I saw that on Hometalk and it would make a great XYZ!" It's addictive!! LOL

  • Jamie Boyce Jamie Boyce on Apr 08, 2017
    "'ll always be thinking outside the box." That is awesome!

  • Debbie Debbie on Apr 13, 2017
    A maxim I have learned is 'righty tighty lefty loosie'. This ditty has helped on many an occasion !

  • Chuckee Notelling Chuckee Notelling on May 06, 2017
    Learn. Seriously. We have bought a number of homes where the previous owners DIY'ed without learning. There was a good reason why they had to sell so cheaply.