I’m convinced there are two types of people in this world: those who are creative and know it…….and those who are creative and don’t know it.
In other words, we’re all creative! It’s just that some people are more tapped into their creativity than others. And others, like you maybe, question how creative you really are.
It’s easy to question your ability when you see bloggers creating so much awesome stuff.
But you have a full-time job, maybe some kids, maybe even a disability that prevents you from don’t the projects you really want to do. Or maybe it’s just an excuse because inside you may really think, “How in the world did she make that?! I could never do that!”
I’m here to tell you–YES, you can.
And here’s how to DIY when you think you don’t have a creative bone in your body!
Creative TIP #1 – STOP Telling Yourself You’re Not Creative!
STOP telling yourself you can’t pull off these projects because you’re not creative enough. Instead, replaced it with, “Wow, I would love to learn how she did that. I wonder what skills I would need to learn in order to do that.” That at least opens you up to the possibility of tapping into your creativity instead of cutting it off right there.
The Solution: Don’t say, “I can’t.” Instead, ask yourself say, “How can I learn?”
Creative TIP #2 – You Must Put in the Time
Like learning any new skill, you have to devote time to it in order to improve. If you spend more time reading about the projects instead of doing the projects, you’ll never gain the confidence that you can pull off a project. Start with 15 minutes per day working on a DIY project. Once you’re comfortable with 15 minutes, increase it to 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, you have permission to go zombie out on Pinterest (by the way, do we follow each other o Pinterest?). Work up more and more time devoted to creating. If you have small kids, invited them to help. If you’re disabled (or recovering from surgery), pick up another hobby, like knitting or crocheting or oil painting, that’s not too physically demanding. Keep creating creating! (Check out my other article on How to DIY When You Have No Time and No Energy)
Creative TIP #3 – Get Comfy with YouTube
So although I just said to step away from all the blogs and Pinterest, I am going to say, get comfy with YouTube. Seriously, YouTube is AH-mazing. I learned how to change a toilet just from watching YouTube videos. YouTube gave me a confidence that I wouldn’t have had otherwise. Now, there’s a fine balance here….I can’t spend all day on YouTube, as a procrastination. At some point, turn it off and get to work.
Here are some of my favorite YouTube DIY channels that I subscribe to:
1. Thrift Diving <~~ shameless self-promotion 🙂
2. April Wilkerson <– super builder!
But the key here is that any technique or project you want to learn to do, it’s on YouTube. Guaranteed someone has filmed a video about it. Use their instructions to make your projects easier. (FYI, I do video tutorials for some of my projects over on my YouTube channel. Subscribe so you don’t miss the next video!)
Creative TIP #4 – Get Your Hands on the Best eBooks
YouTube is great, but eBooks also have their place on your digital shelves. Often times, they’re jam-packed full of useful tips so that you don’ t mistakes and then spend the rest of the project beating yourself up over your mistake.
Allison from Refunk My Junk put together an awesome, comprehensive book with 115 tips and tricks to save you time and money when painting furniture. I’ve been painting furniture for nearly 3 years now, and even I found her tips valuable! You can download it HERE for only $9.99. You’ll really find the book valuable!
The idea here is that any skill you want to improve, you have to spend the time learning how to do it, and actually doing it. 🙂
Creative TIP #5 – Don’t Be Afraid to Email
Most bloggers are pretty down to earth, although we do get busy, busy, and our inbox fills up, so we may miss your email! But don’t let that stop you from reaching out to say, “Hey, I’m confused by Step #3. Can you explain how you did that part…..?” You’ll be surprised how much easier it is to email than to sit for hours trying to do it yourself, only to screw it up, and then feel stupid and uncreative.
Creative TIP #6 – Use the Right Tools!
I can’t say this enough–get the right tools in your DIY ToolBox! If you’re using the wrong tools, when you fail, you’re going to blame yourself, without knowing that it was the tool’s fault, not yours.
There are soooo many DIY tools out there, from paint brushes, to furniture paint….it’s easy to get confused about what you should and shouldn’t use. I put together a list of 15 must-have DIY tools and craft supplies you might find helpful. Let that be a starting place for getting some of the things you need to get started. I plan to expand that list so check back often on this page to see the list growing!
Creative TIP #7 – Let Your Passion Drive You
This is probably one of the most important tips. I talk a lot about PASSION on this blog because, really, that’s what this is all about– a passion to create…..to take all these materials and turn it into something meaninful, useful, and pretty…..something that is exciting to have accomplished.
Your passion will carry you far, through project screw-ups and project successes. As long as you have the passion to create, don’t let your lack of time or skill make you feel like you aren’t as good as some blogger posting projects on Pinterest. Okay? You’re full of creative bones, too.
Now go ta’ crackin’. You’ve got projects to do ;).
So do you often tell yourself that you don’t have a creative bone in your body? Leave a comment below and add to the discussion!