With so much knowledge at our fingertips, it’s no wonder that we feel we can take on all kinds of projects and achieve anything.
This is a great attitude to have, but there are some things that you need to adhere to in order to obtain your projects goal.
Below you will find just a few tips that we have picked up along the way.
1. Know your limitations
Before embarking on projects, make sure they are within your capabilities.
Whilst the internet is filled with every kind of tutorial you could imagine, it’s simply not the same as having a professional in the room guiding you.
Using any form of power tool should only be undertaken by someone who is confident and knows exactly what they are doing with them.
The professionals make them look easy to operate, but remember they are dangerous tools.
If you want to make something with these kind of tools, there are plenty of courses available, so it’s a good idea to see what’s around your local area.
2. Forward Planning
For all kinds of projects, it’s always a good idea to have a plan.
This can be in the form of a sketch, or a picture from a magazine, or a physical object.
It’s definitely worth having something to follow as you can see you’re on the right track.
It will also help you to decide what materials you need to complete the job.
3. Be prepared
Now this may seem like common sense, but how many times have you started something and are missing a vital piece of equipment.
It can be anything, from a specific colour of wool you need for a blanket, wood glue, matching cotton for your sewing, to foam pads to protect your wooden floors.
This very often leads to the job not being finished, as you can’t be bothered or haven’t got the time to get the missing supplies.
Write a list of all the things you require and make sure you have them all before you start.
4. Use the right tools for the job
This is most important when embarking on any project.
Using the wrong tool is extremely dangerous and could lead to injury.
If you are at all unsure, make sure you seek advice from a professional.
5. Protect yourself
This is another point that is so important.
Make sure you wear the right safety gear for the task you have undertaken.
When sanding or using spray cans, it is crucial that you wear a mask so you don’t inhale dangerous fumes or particles.
Eye protection is a must too…….. you only get one pair of eyes.
Who cares if you look like Biggles in your goggles, you’ll be thankful you wore them if something flies up and hits them.
Always read the warning labels on things and take the necessary action.
Remember – they have been written for a reason!
6. Ask for help
So many of us are too proud to ask for help and may feel they can’t call it their own work.
If you are undertaking something new, it’s obvious that there may be aspects that you don’t understand.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
You will find that more often than not people feel honoured and proud that they have been approached for advice.
Sure, you can muddle through, and yes you may feel more of an accomplishment if you did it all yourself.
Why run the risk of wasting time, money and energy trying to solve a problem when there could be someone available that could help.
You can bet your life that they once came across the same problem and have a quick and easy solution and would love to know their knowledge helps someone else.
7. Always have a fully charged power tool!
Now this may sound silly but believe us, there is nothing more frustrating when you are in the middle of something and your battery dies.
Nowadays alot of tools have a second battery. If yours doesn’t it’s a purchase worth considering.
That way you will have a back-up to hand if needed.
Just don’t forget to fully charge them before you start.
This is crucial if you are trying something new.
We can’t expect everything to go perfectly to plan if we haven’t done it before.
If you find that you are getting stressed and can’t get your project to go right, then take a step back.
Leave it, go and have a cuppa and start again later with a fresh mind.
The more you get annoyed and stressed, chances are, you will throw it to one side and give up.
9. Use the right materials
Although it’s great to use up all your scraps, make sure they are suitable for your chosen project.
This applies to lots of crafts, and can make or break a project.
In carpentry, thickness and type of wood is important.
Decide what you want from your item and choose materials accordingly.
Ask yourself if it will be used outside, does the wood need to be treated, will it need to hold weight, what finish do I want to achieve, etc.
Write yourself a list of requirements and if you’re unsure what you need, take it to your local DIY store and ask their advice.
If using material, check what weight the fabric needs to be and if it needs to be fire safe.
There are lots of things to consider, but don’t let this put you off.
Just make sure you take all aspects of safety on board when planning a project.
10. HAVE FUN !
If you don’t enjoy what you are doing it will show in the finished project.
Find something that gets your creative juices flowing and have fun with it.
It doesn’t matter if it doesn’t come out exactly as you’d planned.
You’re the only one that will know your original design and remember
The more you do it, the better you will get.
We love seeing peoples creations so give us a tag in your projects.
The Crafty Co