5 DIY Projects for Artists!
There’s something about the beginning of a new year that sparks a DIY desire in many of us. That’s even more so the case for artists, as it’s in our blood. And even if it’s not completely innate, finishing a DIY project feels amazing … probably even more so if we had to put of elbow grease into it. Now that we’ve got our yearly blank slate, what sort of projects are on your radar? Are you embracing the minimalist lifestyle like everyone else a la Marie Kondo? Or are you thinking of tackling some home projects? If you need some inspiration in this arena, we can help. Read on for five great DIY projects for artists.
Create a Purse From Soda Pop Can Tabs
This one isn’t for the faint of heart or those who are low on time. If you’re looking for something to occupy your hand and brain (great for stress!), though, this is the DIY project for you. We found it on an Instructables.com article via Bored Panda, and the end result is really, really cool. In fact, if you are an aspiring artist who needs to get the word out, using this in your daily life could be your ticket, as it’s definitely a conversation piece. As the article notes, you’ll need about 1,000 pop tabs to start (so get drinking or hit your local recycling center!), an old key, a staple remover, and cutters. You can follow the directions on the site and, once you get the hang of it, it becomes old hat. It’ll take time but isn’t actually all that complicated once you’ve got the first mesh pattern started. And, as we mentioned, you won’t be able to go anywhere without people asking where you got this, so remember to bring your business cards!
Cheeky Mugs FTW
Do you fancy yourself as a funny person? Have something—or rather, a lot—to say that you think would make others laugh? Why not say it on a mug? If you’re an artist, you might not think this as challenging as it should be, but you can consider coming up with the phrases as the “hard part”. All you need for this are mugs and sharpies. Perhaps you’ll want to try out your handwriting on a sheet of paper first. When you’re ready, write your cheeky statement and/or doodle on your mug. Let it sit for a few hours or overnight. Then bake it in the oven for 30 minutes at 350 degrees. And although it could probably withstand the dishwasher, you’ll want to hand wash to be careful with them. Show them around and see what kind of response you get. Give them out as gifts. If you get great feedback, perhaps you can sell them on Etsy.
Create an Audio Visualizer Maker
If you’re into music or trying to immerse yourself in it, coming up with an audio visualizer maker presentation is such a fun project. With Magic Music Visuals, you can draw abstract geometric patterns that dance and spin in time with the musical beats. It allows for real-time video manipulation with simultaneous live cameras and movie files. And if you love your presentation that much, you can always download it and share it on sites like Vimeo and YouTube.
Design a Gallery Wall
The only bad thing about smart phones (okay, maybe not the only thing) is that so many of us don’t do anything with our photos anymore. If one of your New Year’s resolutions was to actually hang some photos, it could be time to create a gallery wall. Set up a time with your favorite photographer for a family session, or even use a company like Mixtiles to create art from your Instagram photos. As this DIYNetwork.com article notes, there are so many ways to hang either photos or artwork. Whether you choose eclectic, linear, “Mirror, Mirror”, or something else, this wall will surely reflect your personality. And it’ll cross something off your to-do list to boot.
Fashion a Dog Bed for Fido
If your dog is your bestie, you’ve probably been longing to figure out a way to return his unconditional love. Treats can make him overweight, another trip to the dog park is rather ho-hum, and even he’s sick of your Netflix binges, so how about you create a killer space just for him? The ideas in this CountryLiving.com article are seemingly endless. From the Murphy Dog Bed (helps save space!) and the Recycled Tire Dog Bed to the No-Sew variety and the Rustic Crate Bed, these are great ways to express your artistic side and your feelings for Fido at the same time. And if you great reviews from those who see it, you could have a nice, little side business going.
Don’t let the term “DIY” overwhelm you. Instead, see it as a challenge and channel your inner artist to create something that will surely bring you immense pride.