6 Essential Tips for Crafting Beginners
So you want to try your hand at making homemade crafts, but you’re not sure where to begin. Maybe you have an eye for picking out unique items from antique shops and home decorating, but you’ve never tried to create something on your own. Or maybe you have already dabbled in a project or two, but you’ve decided it’s time to kick your casual hobby into high gear. These tips will help any beginning crafter learn the tricks of the trade.
Beginning crafters are often impressed by the elaborate works of others found on places like Pinterest, but trying to replicate difficult, complex projects when you’re just beginning can be a recipe for disaster. Instead, try your hand at simpler projects by following tutorials to find out where your skills and interests lie.
Acquire the Necessary Supplies and Materials
The supplies and materials you’ll need will depend on the types of crafts you want to create. There are tons of crafts, ranging from primitive home décor to knitting, sewing, refurbishing furniture, upcycling, and many others. Over time, you’ll gradually accumulate the tools of the trade, but you’ll want to stock up on basic essentials, such as a basic sewing kit, essential tools for wood refinishing, or tools for upcycling.
Find a Great Source for Materials
Every crafter needs to source materials, whether that means purchasing supplies in bulk on the Internet or scouring your local markets and antique shops for intriguing pieces that you can reinvent. Where you get your materials also depends on your crafting style: If you create home décor wreaths using fabric and other materials, you’ll probably source these materials online or at a local craft supply store. On the other hand, crafters and artisans who upcycle may find treasures at flea markets, yard sales, and even in their own attics. What is upcycling, you ask? It’s the process of taking an old item and reworking or repurposing it so that you improve on it. For example, you might take an old suitcase and turn it into a dog bed or take an old metal trash and turn it into a planter.
Consider Setting Up an Etsy Shop
Many crafters begin by crafting as a hobby. When you start to receive requests from friends and family to make things for them, it might occur to you that you could make money from your creations. One of the most popular ways for crafters to monetize their hobby is by setting up an Etsy shop.
Take Lessons and Follow Tutorials to Learn New Things
Spread your wings and commit to learning new techniques and processes regularly to expand your skill set. You can find many tutorials online for various types of craft work, take online courses, watch tutorial videos on YouTube, or even take a live workshop in your local area. Even reading articles with tips on how to find great materials for crafting and other specific projects can be a valuable learning opportunity for beginning crafters.
Seek Out Inspiration
Artisans and crafters tend to draw inspiration from unusual places, but even the most experienced crafters look to other artisans to get inspired by new ideas and discover new ways to look at the ordinary objects you see every day.
There are thousands of crafting websites and blogs online showcasing examples of innovative crafts and projects. If you want to refurbish furniture, look for projects on how-to posts on Pinterest. Or if your passion is making clothes check out online costume stores and fashion blogs for inspiration. And when you get stuck, head over to one of the many crafting forums, like Craftster, to get some advice from fellow DIYers on how to get a project gone awry back on track. Find your favorite artists on Instagram and follow them for a consistent feed of inspiration. You never know what might inspire your next project idea.
The great thing about crafting is that every artisan has their own unique style and approach. There’s no real right or wrong way to go about your creative work, so set out on your journey and find out what inspires you to create breathtaking projects.
Laura Baker is a DIY-er extraordinaire. From small crafts to home renovations, she is an expert on keeping projects simple, inexpensive, and using minimal materials. She is enjoys writing about her crafting adventures for LearnFit.org.
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