Being able to fix things that break or make your own DIY decor is a great feeling. It gives you a sense of independence and makes your home feel more personal. But if you don’t already have the skills to do those things, how do you learn?
The basic strategy is simple: increase your knowledge and skill one project at a time. It’s kind of like learning a new subject in school—start with the basics and keep practicing and learning as you go. If you have a specific project in mind, do lots of research online and ask handy friends or relatives.
If you don’t have a specific project yet, but you just want to develop your knowledge and skills, there’s no shortage of YouTubers and bloggers that would love to show you their project ideas and home improvement tips. (This blog or the Hardware Tips from Tiff YouTube channel are a couple of great places to start!)
A Few Other Tips To Consider
Start with small, easy projects. The more comfortable you get with the tools you use and the knowledge you gain, the more confident you’ll feel about working on larger projects
Be willing to get help. If you want to start a project but you’re not 100% sure you can finish it, be brave and give it a shot! But only if you’re sure you’re willing to call a friend or relative to help or to hire a professional to finish the job if you end up getting in over your head
Check out local classes. Look for universities, woodcraft stores, Home Depots, and other places for classes on woodworking and other useful skills. This is a great way to expand your knowledge and get comfortable working with unfamiliar tools and projects!
If you have any additional tips for beginning home DIY-ers and woodworking hobbyists, feel free to leave them in the comments to help out newcomers!