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The 5 Benefits of DIY

The 5 Benefits of DIY

Do you DIY? There are so many things to embrace about making things by hand – the ingenuity, the dedication, the mistakes, the financial savings, the customization, the gift giving possibilities, the skills learned, and lessening the environmental footprint by reducing, reusing, recycling and repurposing items. Oh, I forgot one…Making things is fun!

Mark Frauenfeld is the editor-in-chief of the do-it-yourself magazine, Make. Below is a list adapted from a Huffington Post article which outlines the benefits Frauenfeld believes we gain from creating things by hand.

5 Benefits of DIY

1. A deeper connection to the things that keep us alive and well. The human-made world is mostly beyond our comprehension…you make your world a little less confounding by sewing your own clothes, raising chickens, growing vegetables, teaching your children, and doing other activities that put you in touch with the processes of life. In addition, the things you make reflect your personality and have a special meaning.
2. An appreciation for the things you have and the systems that make it possible. The flip side to enjoying the things you make yourself is discovering how challenging and time-consuming it can be to make them…I’ve become an active participant in the human-made world, I’m more observant of it. I care more about how things are made, paying close attention to each object for lessons in craftsmanship I can apply to my own projects.
3. An opportunity to use your hands and your brain. Human beings evolved opposable thumbs for a reason. The sense of reward you get from making something with your hands can’t be earned any other way. It’s obvious that people learn faster from “hands-on” experience than they do watching someone else do something.
4. A connection to other people. When I started making cigar box guitars, I stumbled onto a group of DIYers…They are happy to share ideas and advice about building guitars, banjos, and ukuleles with newcomers. I’ve found this same spirit of generosity at other online hangouts devoted to building electric vehicles, autonomous aerial vehicles, and raising chickens.
5. A path to freedom. In this era of economic uncertainty, DIYers have learned not to rely as much on governments and corporations to take care of them…Even if you have no desire to become a full-time maker, DIY can provide a certain degree of freedom from depending on others for everything you need.

Whether you’re creating green home décor, dabbling in craft projects, or selling crafts; DIY is here to stay. Here’s what I DIY. What do you DIY?

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Ronnie Citron-Fink

Ronnie Citron-Fink is a writer, editor and educator. She has written hundreds of articles about sustainable living, the environment, design, and family life for websites, books and magazines. Ronnie is the creator of Econesting, and the managing editor of Moms Clean Air Force. Ronnie was named one of the Top Ten Living Green Experts by Yahoo. Ronnie lives in New York with her family.

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2:50AM PST on Jan 26, 2012

So true!

6:36AM PDT on Jul 14, 2011

What a great article

8:29AM PDT on Jun 28, 2011

Useful article...all can be transformed always for our benefit & for our planet renewal! Great ideas, thank you!

7:09PM PDT on Jun 26, 2011

DIY until it cannot be DIY'ed any longer!

11:02AM PDT on Jun 26, 2011

In addition,a handmade gift provides a more sincere connection between giver and receiver. The gift includes some of the giver and makes it more personally valuable to the receiver. My best gifts of all time have been handmade by my children.

10:26AM PDT on Jun 26, 2011

thank you for posting

12:38PM PDT on Jun 25, 2011

I always feel ridiculously proud of myself when I'm able to do simple home repairs like changing out a doorknob or fixing a leaky toilet. I love saving money, not having to call a repairman, and knowing I have a new skill (albeit small) that I can teach my daughters.

6:59PM PDT on Jun 23, 2011

noted

12:00PM PDT on Jun 22, 2011

I LOVE DIY Projects. I am definitely a 'scrapper'. old wall paper, furniture, little metal baubles, etc. They have a character and you never know what they might be perfect for. Luckily I know to limit my hoarding capabilities, but making something from 'otherwise junk' is a very rewarding feeling.

1:59AM PDT on Jun 22, 2011

Really impressive. My DYI stops at cooking.

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