Have you ever been browsing through Pinterest or scrolling through Facebook and come across a really cool craft?
Maybe there’s a video, or step-by-step instructions, and you think, “Hey, I could do that!” You gather up your supplies, go to the store to get the items you don’t have, and get crafting. But when you’re done, the finished product doesn’t quite look like the video said it would. In your frustration, you might vow never to attempt such a thing again – no more crafting for you!
This is all too common, especially today when there are dozens (or even hundreds) of articles and websites dedicated to showing off those crafting “fails.” Sometimes they’re pretty funny – the easy-looking craft from Pinterest becomes a hot mess in the hands of an inexperienced crafter. But that doesn’t mean that if you’re totally new to crafting you shouldn’t ever start!
Crafting can be a lot of fun, like making homemade gifts for all your friends and family and being able to showcase handmade (by you!) decorations in your home. It’s also a fun activity to do with other people. But it’s easy to get frustrated on the first or second try, when whatever you’re trying to make doesn’t turn out right. Don’t give up though! Here are just a few tips to help you get started for the first (or second) time:
- Pick an easy craft. It can be hard to tell from pictures whether a craft is going to be simple or not – sometimes the most difficult crafts can seem very easy at first. Try to read through the instructions or watch a video before you start to get a feel for what you’ll need to do so you don’t get halfway through and realize it’s too much.
- Gather your materials. This may involve a trip to the store, but it doesn’t have to! Chances are, you have more around the house than you think, especially if some items are just for decoration. Some things will need to be purchased – certain types of glue or paint, for example – but many things won’t. Most of all, don’t feel like you have to spend a lot of money at the start – use what you can from around the house.
- Start crafting. You might want to read over the instructions another time or two before you start, just to make sure you are familiar with them, but then just get started! It helps to work on a large, sturdy surface – like a table or a workbench – but find what works for you, and make sure to protect other nearby surfaces (like furniture or the floor) by covering them up when you’re crafting.
- Be patient. This can be hard, especially when you’re midway through a project and are excited to see the finished product, but patience is important. Whether it’s waiting for paint or glue to dry, or for something to set completely, you don’t want to mess up your project because you were too impatient to keep working!
- Stick with it! Mistakes will happen, and sometimes your crafting will turn out so bad that it deserves a place of honor on those “Pinterest Fails” websites. But keep trying! Look for different types of crafts to see what you like best. Soon enough you’ll be making beautiful homemade crafts for all your friends and family!
The most important thing is to figure out what kind of crafting you enjoy most – there are so many different types, and not all of them will interest you, and that’s okay! Find something you like, even if you aren’t very good at the beginning, and stick with it. Crafting is meant to be fun, and there’s something for everyone!