Pretty much everyone has at least some kind of ambition to start crafting and make something from scratch. Whether you grew up watching a parent crafting things, or you’ve been inundated with those square crafting videos that are all over Facebook, the drive to make something is always a good one and one that you should listen to! Of course, most people have a habit of only ever thinking about their crafty projects rather than actually getting on with them, whether that’s because they don’t know where to start or because they’re worried that it won’t come out right. However, the only way to improve and learn what to do is to get out there are give it a go! With that in mind, here are some ways to finally get started on that project you’ve been putting off for too long!
Get the right equipment
As the old saying goes, it’s a shoddy worker who blames their tools, but that doesn’t mean that the tools you use aren’t going to have any impact at all on how well you can achieve your goals on a project. Whether you need the right saw for cutting a particular material, the best sewing machine for quilting, or the right needles to start knitting that scarf you promised a relative three birthdays ago, every job has the perfect tool. Of course, once you have that tool, you’re officially out of excuses not to start.
Figure out exactly what you want to make
If you don’t know where to start, then there’s a good chance that’s because you’re not entirely sure what you’re going to make. Sure, you might have an idea of what you want, but if you don’t have an exact idea of what you want the final product to look like, then you’re never going to be able to go about making it. Think about everything from materials to style to size. These factors will make actually getting started far easier.
Do your research
Most crafts involve at least some kind of specific skill, which means that any new project has the potential to be something of a learning curve for you. Because of that, it’s a good idea to make sure that you put as much effort as possible into doing your research before you start. If you try and dive in before you have any idea what you’re doing, then you’re going to end up making obvious mistakes and getting discouraged before you’ve even had a chance to really start.
Of course, the first thing that you make is likely to be the worst thing you ever make. Now, that’s not to say that it’s bad, but simply that you’re going to keep getting better and better with practice. So if your first table is uneven and full of splinters, or if you first scarf is wonky, don’t worry! Be proud of what you’ve made, and get ready to start on your next project