I will always love making pinatas, but I have big hopes for all the DIY possibilities that I could make reality in the future, so I have got to keep trying new things and pick up as many tips and tricks along the way as I can - and share them on here, of course. While they may not be particularly mind-blowing revelations, here are just a few of the lessons that I have learned since I started DIY-ing that have helped me so far.
Tell someone your idea first, or even sketch it out.
I don't think I am a particularly smart person so perhaps I just don't think about things that are really obvious, but whenever I share an idea with Daniel, he always know if there's going to be a problem while I'm making it, and he always has a solution in mind. I can assure you that he never mansplains anything to me, he just has a really practical mind and is great at problem solving, whereas all I ever think about is the end product and I never really consider how tough it's going to be to get there in the first place.
Simply mentioning your idea to someone can help you get another person's perspective on it and they may think of things that didn't occur to you. Alternatively, sketching things out is a good idea so you know exactly what you're going for, and you have a frame of reference to come back to. I've begun sketching out some of my baking ideas before I create them and it has been super helpful. I might even try to show you some of the sketches in the relevant posts if you guys would like to see that! I personally love seeing behind the scenes stuff, so that might be kind of fun.
Wait for your paint to dry completely before doing another coat.
I am incredibly impatient so I really struggle with this, but it's such common sense, and really important too. Whenever I try to paint another coat before the first one has tried the paint never comes out as evenly and I always regret it later. To prevent myself from doing this, I just tap into my love of multi-tasking and go off and do something else like clean or bake whilst my paint dries.
Don't mix poster and acrylic paints on the one project.
This may have been a one-time thing, and when I asked my followers on Instagram, no one seemed to know a definite answer as to why, but poster paint and acrylic paint don't like each other. I know that poster paint is awful and honestly not worth the money even though it's incredibly cheap (which is why I buy it), but I already had some and I didn't want to waste it, so I used white poster paint as the base colour for a DIY project.
I painted over parts of it with red poster paint and had no problem, but when I painted over it with acrylic, it cracked every single time. I'm talking 6+ coats of paint, and all of them cracked. I ended up scraping it off and painting over it again with the white poster paint, and then a different coloured poster paint and it was fine. Someone told me it may be because one is oil-based and the other water, but whatever the reason, they did not like each other!
SAND YOUR WOOD. It's tedious as heck, but so worth it.
I'm not afraid to admit that I don't have a lot of common sense. In fact, I have quite a lot of gaps in knowledge, and it's atrocious. It all stems from not being allowed to do anything whilst growing up, which was out of my control, but I am doing all I can to remedy that as an adult. I am always trying new things and challenging myself; I'm not lying when I say I want to do all the things, but I still struggle with lack of basic knowledge, such as the fact that wood needs to be sanded before you paint it.
I started my first wood-related DIY project this year, and it took me quite a few months to complete because I kept making mistakes and not thinking of things. One of those things is that wood that you intend on painting should be sanded. I had already painted a few layers of paint on before I realised this, so I didn't bother to go back and do it, but I am glad that I now know to do that in the future.
Paint water when you've been using black paint looks dangerously like a glass of Coca Cola.
Whilst I haven't made the mistake of picking up the wrong mug yet, I am still convinced it will happen one day...
At the end of the day, I still know next-to-nothing about crafting.
I still have so much to learn about the world of DIY, and just creating in general. There are so many things I haven't yet thought about making - let alone having actually tried to make them - and that's a pretty fun thing to realise, honestly. My DIY skills will grow as I do, and I am looking forward to all the new projects and ideas that are still to come. I hope you all stick around to see what I come up with!
I have an image in my head of future me being a DIY pro who is confident no matter what tool she may have in her hand, whether it be a paint brush, hot glue gun, saw, or even a blow torch. I am going to try my hardest to become that person, and I am going to do it for not-that-much-younger-than-I-am-right-now me, who once was terrified that she was never going to amount of anything because she wasn't taught how to be an adult and do so many basic tasks. I am going to show myself - and anyone out there who may be going through something similar - that it's never too late to learn something new, and that you can really can do anything you put your mind to. Wish me luck!
Until next time,