Handicrafts To Make At Home

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I have had origami as a hobby for some time now. Note that I don't do it every day as if there's nothing else. I do it once every week or so instead, but I really love this art. Not only that It makes your hands work very precise, you also learn to produce some awesome artworks. But there are many complex things that you'll learn if you choose to try it out. Here I would like to give you some of them in advance. Note that you won't learn them here – you will have to try it before you'll learn anything about origami! But it'll be worth it!

DIY Craft Essential #1: Washi tape

You'd be surprised at how many things you can do, and how many tutorials out there are obsessed, with washi tape. The versatile paper tape with adorable designs makes great wall decor, paper crafts or can even spruce up your furniture.

DIY Craft Essential #2: Needle nose pliers

This tiny tool is great for small projects. "This is not only your go­-to tool for opening and closing jump rings, bending wire, and securing crimp beads and ribbon ends, but pliers are also great for cutting through jewelry chain and wire," said Morin.

First thing's first – learn to pick the best paper. Remember, that thick paper, although more durable, is useless for more complex designs. They tend to have many tiny folds, which will be impossible to make with thick paper. The thinner – the better. That being said – the larger your sheet is – the easier it will be to make a given model, because the folds will be bigger and easier to do. This also relates to the previous statement – if you want to make a given model, but it's too hard to do with thin paper and small size – make it bigger. Take a larger sheet and thicker. The proportions will be kept the same, but your craft work will be much easier.

DIY Craft Essential #3: X-acto knife

If you love stationary crafts, jewelry crafts or any delicate work -- you'll need a proper cutting tool. Not all scissors can do the job. "Remember first using scissors and cutting along the dotted lines in grade school?" Morin asked. "Hopefully, you’re attempting more challenging crafts as an adults."

DIY Craft Essential #4: Spray paint

Acrylic paints are also great for any DIY starter kit. However, if you're looking for a perfect, seamless finish on your furniture, art and home decor -- make some space to spray. It doesn't hurt to keep some cans in your favorite colors (as long as you store them properly).

Paper tends to behave rather weird in your hands. This you'll have to try out for yourself. It is very likely that you are going to fail several projects before you get one right. My first was a dinosaur, which ended up with half a head and one arm short, but it was worth it. The second one turned out ok. Eventually you learn to know the way it goes and feel what to do with it. You will often see that several bends will be done without you knowing exactly where they will later go, but they “fold in” eventually and naturally.

I'm proud of the project that I undertook. Because I'm a beginner, this is a huge step:

This dragon is really hard to make. It takes an hour of video to do and so far I've been on it for 3 hours. I'm nearly done, but I'll still have some finishing touches to do. Come to think of it, I probably would have failed to do it if this was my first ever project. There were some tricks which had to be used, that I've never heard of or done before. With practice comes skill and some origami projects require that to be completed.

DIY Craft Essential #5: Painter's tape

Painter's tape is "perfect for for attempting the c​olor block trend," said Morin. Plus, you'll need something to keep your projects neat and tidy, no matter what type of paints you use.

DIY Craft Essential #6: Hot glue gun

There are some tools that are too functional not to have. "This is one DIY workhorse tool you shouldn't do without," said Morin. Hot melt glue works on a variety of materials.
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