People are really passionate about doing things with their own hands. Decoration, gardening, sewing, and cooking, we keep rediscovering everything we can do with our ten fingers. We can explain this new madness as a real collective craze.
The term DIY is more and more used in blogs and discussion channels of people who decide to teach art and personalization of social media, but DIY is much older and dates from the time when our great- parents made crochet coats to offer them to their family.
It is a movement that values hand-made products, enhancing personal creativity. It is an incentive to create your own products, such as toys, furniture, decoration, creams, soaps, candles, etc.
In addition to having something exclusive and with your personality, another advantage of DIY productions is the cost-benefit ratio. Acquiring raw material is much more important than purchasing a ready-made, generic product.
On the web, this interest in manual work is reflected in the impressive number of blogs and sites devoted to it. Daily, people share their achievements, creating a real online community. Why this passion for these activities?
Is doing it yourself or fixing it is a way to deal with the crisis? Obviously, if you fix something rather than replace it, you save money. The financial argument motivates 81% of DIY enthusiasts.
So okay, we are economical, but this craze for “manual work” is also motivated by our desire, our need to do things by ourselves. Who has never shown off with an “I did it”?
It is also true for the amateur gardeners, who have carried out sociological work by working in gardens. The first motivation for gardening is that it costs less than buying fruit and vegetables. Moreover, they are of better quality and promote better health.
Create a unique object that looks like us.
Nevertheless, DIY is not reducible to an activity that saves money, because, in this ability to do, there are many more things. Not to mention that tinkering can be expensive! Whether in tools or supplies. The DIYers are not MacGyver, who can do everything with nothing at all!
It is rather necessary to look at the side of our daily life to explain the enthusiasm for these activities. DIY makes it possible to highlight technical knowledge that we do not use or no longer in the course of our employment or that we have acquired in a self-taught manner. So it’s a way to complement your identity.
Indeed the handyman invents an object. It bears the signature of the person who made it. The handyman has the ability to see behind an object that has become useless what it could be or what it could be used for. The result is a unique object, far removed from the standards of the consumer society.
Tinkering or creating, it also lifts your spirits. You do it all by yourself, and you feel proud of having done something with your hands. It’s rewarding and gives you a feeling of eternal satisfaction. It also associates you with the feeling of being independent.
DIY brings good news!
We limit the damage by repairing our broken objects to use them again. It avoids buying new, and it avoids throwing away! We unintentionally become eco-responsible.
It is easy, practical, and inexpensive and allows you to do things yourself, not necessarily requiring great skills!