There’s nothing like the satisfaction of making something with your own two hands.
“Things you make reflect your personality and have a special meaning. You share a connection with them every time you use them, and you appreciate them in a different way than you do store-bought things. This is why gifts of hand-made preserves, blankets, and furniture are so cherished,” writes, Mark Frauenfelder of Make and author of Made By Hand: Searching for Meaning in a Throwaway World.
Frauenfelder adds: “The sense of reward you get from making something with your hands can’t be earned any other way. …And when people engage in DIY activities like knitting, their heart rate and blood pressure go down.”
You don’t need a lot of know-how, special materials or even tools to make something. Working with wood is a good place to get started. Here are 15 DIY wood projects that will get you started with the basics of wood crafts. Most require scrap lumber and just basic tools, so any novice can do them. But be careful, it’s addictive. It’s a well known fact in maker-land that one wood craft leads to another.
Once you’ve got that under your belt, try another type of craft. Like these 13 DIY projects inspired by this year’s Pantone colors.
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