5 Helpful Tips for Any DIY Project

Since we have been spending so much time at home, we’ve been working on a lot of projects that need some attention. After finishing major construction on our house last year, lots of small projects still remain. We don’t have any decor on the walls, some trim and doors need painted, and our bare yard needs some landscaping.

These 5 helpful tips for any DIY project help to ensure success and make it more likely that you can cross it off of your to-do list!I have 5 helpful tips for any DIY project that I use to go from inspiration to completion.

If you follow me on Pinterest, you know I love pinning pretty things. But honestly, I am not likely to even attempt duplicating most of the DIY projects I pin. I lack the skill and time to ensure the projects I attempt look anything like the projects I see on Pinterest.

My 5 helpful tips for any DIY project are applicable to all sorts of projects. Up-dos, crafts, hacks, and kid-friendly activities.

KISS: Keep It Simple, Stupid. Strongly worded but SO true! You don’t have to be artsy-craftsy to do DIY. Keeping projects simple by using cheats like stencils and eliminating complicated details takes the stress (and cost) out of DIY.

Adapt: Make the project fit your needs (adjust dimensions, tweak colors, different applications). Our home is full of DIY decor that I made. It fits our style, room dimensions, matches existing decor, and best of all, I do it cheaply.

The most stressful and expensive DIY projects are the ones you try to duplicate exactly.

Flexibility: I love finding items before I find DIY projects. Instead of putting too much time and effort into acquiring the materials necessary for a DIY project, I let what I can actually acquire inspire me. Flexibility is also a great step to any project.

Patience: Don’t rush a DIY project. We might see something we ABSOLUTELYLOVEMUSTHAVE on Pinterest, but rushing a project could lead to mistakes and additional costs. I often make the mistake of trying to accomplish things during nap or bedtime, but it is rarely possible to make it from start to finish in that amount of time.

Enjoy: I have no purpose for projects that I didn’t enjoy making. If your project is stressing you out, re-evaluate what is going wrong and consider some alternative solutions. Don’t be afraid to admit a project isn’t working.

What are some of your fave DIY projects? Share your posts in the comments below!

Our home construction project gallery. Before and After!


  1. April 13, 2017 / 12:23 pm

    As a crafter, I can relate to all of your suggestions.

  2. April 13, 2020 / 12:29 pm

    Great post Jenny, all these five tips for DIY project are very much useful for readers who are interested in crafts.

  3. April 13, 2020 / 12:43 pm

    I wish I could craft better. I am terrible at it. But my daughter enjoys them.

  4. April 13, 2020 / 1:12 pm

    Sometimes DIY projects are so hard to do. Thank you for sharing these tips. This will be so helpful in future projects. thank you!!!!

  5. April 13, 2020 / 2:36 pm

    Yes! DIY is much harder when we expect our results to be EXACTLY what we see in a picture or on a video. And the fear of imperfection can keep us from attempting projects that might turn out great. I try to look at everything as a learning experience and just go with it!

    • Jenny
      April 13, 2020 / 8:44 pm

      YES! Fear of imperfection is a huge stressor!

  6. April 13, 2020 / 5:03 pm

    These are some great tips on doing DIYs. Sometimes project stress you out and that’s not the goal of any project. Projects are supposed to make you feel satisfied with your creativity.

    • Jenny
      April 13, 2020 / 8:42 pm

      Thank you! Most of my neglected DIY projects are the result of them stressing me out for whatever reason.

  7. April 13, 2020 / 8:10 pm

    Great suggestions. It is great to stay organized so you don’t get in over your head.

    • Jenny
      April 13, 2020 / 8:41 pm

      I totally agree! Organization makes life so much better!

  8. April 13, 2020 / 8:14 pm

    I am not getting any extra things done, really, but I am getting deep cleaning done, and work and school are getting done more so than normal. Hopefully with summer I will be doing more fun things.

    • Jenny
      April 13, 2020 / 8:40 pm

      We can all use some summer fun when this is all over. I’ve been deep cleaning done to. It feels very satisfying to me. 🙂

  9. April 13, 2020 / 9:51 pm

    I love these! Everyone should start their own DIY project during this period. <3 It would be fun to do and these tips are very helpful.

  10. Kimberly Caines
    April 14, 2020 / 3:58 am

    That is really a great ideas. I love doing diy projects. Maybe need to try this.

  11. April 14, 2020 / 11:25 am

    DIY projects can be so much fun especially because it is like putting your stamp on the places you call home. I really like your suggestion of finding the DIY items before starting the project compared to engaging in a project and then finding the right items. It really does reduce stress and make things more fun.

  12. April 14, 2020 / 5:35 pm

    I have never been great at DIY projects, but I found I was trying to make them too difficult. I need to be better about trying simple DIYs and keeping them simple.

  13. April 14, 2020 / 7:29 pm

    The patience part is good because just because you start it now and it’s not done within a certain time period doesn’t mean it won’t get done if you take a pause to relax your body. I live the K.I.S.S. Tip.

  14. April 14, 2020 / 9:04 pm

    I love your list! I always seem to go overboard on diy when I really don’t know what im doing.

  15. Tia McKinzie
    April 14, 2020 / 10:06 pm

    Awesme suggestions! I am a crafter all around but recentl I have taken u more crafting than normal because well of covid 19. I have been getting much better at sewing! so that is nice

  16. April 15, 2020 / 2:37 am

    You tips are simply great. I am going to put them to test very soon.

  17. April 15, 2020 / 5:47 am

    These are some great tips to DIY. Sometimes the project stresses you out and it is not the goal of any project. You are about to feel satisfied with your creativity in projects.

  18. Sudipta Dev
    April 15, 2020 / 5:49 am

    I am not much of DIY person, so I have great admiration for people who have such natural skills. It was truly nice to read your post.

    • Jenny
      April 15, 2020 / 9:57 am

      Sometimes I can DIY and sometimes I can’t. I totally understand. 🙂

  19. April 15, 2020 / 10:59 pm

    I’d like to try and make some candles maybe with fresh herbs.

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