Crafting is a fun and rewarding way to get your hands dirty. You can make almost anything you want, from clothing to furniture and everything in between! But before you start crafting like crazy, it's there are a few things to consider so you don't find yourself in a lurch. I'm here to share with you three simple steps that'll help you learn how to create some serious awesomeness in your home or office space.
Step 1: What do you want to achieve?
This is an important question to ask yourself. Do you want to make money from your crafts? Are you just looking to make things for yourself? Or do you enjoy making gifts for friends and family, with no interest in starting a business or being paid?
To help determine your goal, try asking these questions:
How much time do I have on my hands? Is it enough time to take care of all the responsibilities that come with life and get this craft done? (More on this in a minute!)
What are my strengths and weaknesses? Am I good at putting things together but not at planning and designing, or vice versa?
What am I passionate about doing during my free time—and how can this tie into my craft into my hobbies so that it doesn't turn in to work but rather something fun and fulfilling!
Step 2: Can you imagine this end result?
Crafting can be a lot of things: therapeutic, creative and a great way to express yourself. It’s also a way to spend quality time with family and friends or as an outlet for your thoughts when you need some alone time.
The first step in crafting is deciding what you want to make. Do you have something specific in mind? Are there certain crafts that appeal to your aesthetic sensibilities? Or do you just like the idea of creating something new every day?
Once you’ve made your decision about what kind of craft project to start with, it’s important to think about how much time and energy will go into creating this item. If the finished product isn't going into a gallery or being sold online then maybe spending hours on an elaborate piece isn't necessary; instead consider using materials that are easy-to-find at home (like cardboard boxes) or even scraps from other projects so that the process becomes more enjoyable rather than laborious work towards an end goal.
It's important to be realistic about what you can accomplish, but also specific about the end result. If your project is a big one, you'll need to break it down into smaller tasks so that it doesn't overwhelm you. And if you find yourself getting bogged down in the process, don't be afraid to ask someone for help!
Step 3: How much time do you want to spend on crafting?
The amount of time you have available to spend on crafting will depend on your personal schedule. If it’s not realistic to dedicate an hour or two each day to creating, then try setting aside 15 minutes instead. Either way, make sure that whatever amount of time you can spare is spent doing something that makes you happy. If making crafts doesn’t give you joy, then there’s no point in forcing yourself into doing it! There's no shame in deciding you just don't have the time to devote to it and leave it to a professional.
As far as finding opportunities for crafting within your daily life? The key here is prioritizing self-care and happiness above all else—and if this means saying “no” to other people sometimes so that we can reserve our energy for ourselves… well then so be it!
Don't forget that if you're looking to make something to sell or gift, you'll need to set a time table for yourself in order to meet that deadline. Make sure it's something realistic that you can stick to before you commit to making something!
Crafting is an important part of my life, and I’m so glad that you’re willing to try it out. When you know what your goals are, it becomes much easier to achieve them! The more you practice, the better you’ll get at crafting. And don’t forget—this is supposed to be fun. So don’t stress if things don’t go exactly as planned; just enjoy the process and keep on going!
If there is a craft you want to try but you don't know where to start, reach out to Artsome! We'd love to help you out!