I truly and unironically adore the DIY craze, so much so that I have a Pinterest board dedicated to it.
Making your own stuff is fun and creative. I personally find it really satisfying and empowering to do projects around my home. In a world of “buy, buy, buy!”, it feels good to actually make instead. I think the rise in urban gardening is a great example of this. I love that I can live in an apartment in the city but easily grow my own greens and herbs for abundant salads and smoothies.
There are a number of good reasons to DIY. It can be more cost efficient and more environmentally-friendly sometimes. It’s also a nice way to personalize something in your home/life.
Here are a few of my most successful and favorite recent DIY projects:
– Painting and distressing unfinished furniture in our home. We used leftover paint from our walls and sandpaper to give an antique look to basic plain wood chairs, barstools and a table.
– Making my own granola. This way I get all the stuff I love in it! My recipe involves oats, almond meal, hazelnuts, cashews, raisins, figs, hemp nuts, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, maple syrup, coconut oil and spices. Yum!
– Making my own shampoo and conditioner. One of my yoga teachers turned me on to this very simple idea of using a touch of borax mixed with water to wash my hair and then follow with diluted vitamin C granules for a moisturizing and detangling rinse. It works so well!
– Making my own skincare products. I love making cleansing masks with cinnamon and honey, or scrubs with brown sugar and olive oil. I make my own personal perfume blend out of essential oils like jasmine, neroli, mandarin and petitgrain. I also use essential oils mixed in almond and jojoba oil for a healing, skin-regenerative, natural moisturizer for my face and body.
– Making my own house cleaning products. I’ve found that with combinations of vinegar, baking soda, water and essential oils like lemongrass, tea tree and lemon, it’s easy, safe and natural to clean just about anything in my home.
– For my wedding I used black tea to stain white paper tags to give them an antique look. I also made our Save the Date cards using an old puzzle and stamps. These are just a few of the fun DIY projects I did for our big day.
So there you have some good examples of DIYing.
Now I would like to share with you a story of when DIY turns into disaster…..
Yesterday, in an attempt to save some money, I used a no-strip hot wax kit to wax my own bikini line and legs. Well, that was the plan. Very little actually got waxed except for my bathtub. It’s a big ol’ mess.
I like to think of myself as tough. I’ve gotten tattoos and piercings, laser hair removal and had many waxing visits to the salon. I practice Ashtanga and you gotta be tough for that!
But my perceptions of my badass self were seriously shaken when I had to peel this hard brittle wax from my nether regions all by my lonesome. Oh the pain! I failed miserably. Epic fail.
Somethings are worth shelling out for, and I now know, hair removal is one of those. 😉
To all you ladies out there who wax your own crotch, my hat goes off to you! Cheers!
What’s your favorite DIY project? Do you have any DIY disaster stories?