Guest Blogger: Tasha Killian, USU Extension Assistant Professor
I love decorating! There is something exciting to me about making your place your own through décor. Buying new pieces, creating different styles, and finding things that fit into what you want in your space is a lot of fun, but can also end up costing a lot. If you are like me and you don’t have a lot of extra cash to purchase some of the items you’d like, it can be a challenge to find things to fit your style and your budget. Luckily, there is a solution, so you do not have to live with bare walls! That solution is doing it yourself.
Although overwhelming at first, it can be fun to create your own home décor! The best part of it is that it will be so much less money and you can make even more items! I struggled at first and nothing looked the way I wanted it to, but the more practice I had, the more people I learned from, the easier the items have been to make. Here are some tips I have learned from my DIYer, Dollar Store crafting experience that can hopefully help you!
1 – Find patterns and ideas with both written and video instructions. This is helpful because it is easy to miss a step when you are following a video and it can be just as hard to not understand instructions from a video.
2- Be okay with imperfection. Most home décor you buy at the store is either factory or professionally made. Although you are doing your best to replicate that, it may be that there are some slight imperfections. This is okay! You can find ways to fix them or even hide them.
3- Make it your own. There will be times when you will need to adapt a pattern or design to have it fit your needs. Sometimes being inventive and making something your own is the most fun part of DIYing.
Creating your own home décor can be fun. Whether you are looking for less expensive ways to decorate your home, or just trying out some crafts to pass time during COVID quarantine, creating something new is a fun and cheap way to pass the time.
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