Pinterest helps fulfill DIY goals

I love do-it-yourself projects, especially when it comes to making gifts and decorations. Why buy something for $10 when you can make it yourself with $90 worth of craft supplies? That’s pretty much the logic that I live by.

I’ve always been a crafty person, but I honestly don’t know how I survived before Pinterest came into my life. I can still remember the day that I made my Pinterest account for the first time — one minute I’m sitting completely bored in my high school study hall and the next, I’ve opened up seven new Pinterest boards and a whole new world of possibilities. I’ve been an active member of Pinterest for almost five years now and in that time I’ve accumulated 2,290 pins between my 23 idea boards. Obviously, not all of those pins are dedicated solely to crafting, but that’s still 2,290 ideas that I never considered on my own. And the best part is that there are still millions of more possibilities out there, I just haven’t discovered them yet. At this point, stores like Michaels and Hobby Lobby should seriously consider making me their official spokesperson because a significant portion of my income has gone toward purchasing their merchandise and making my DIY/Pinterest dreams come true.

The point I’m trying to make here is that Pinterest is magical and with some inspiration and a little bit of willpower, no do-it-yourself project is impossible in the age of social media. I’ve had a lot of people tell me that they’re not artistic enough to create projects on their own, but I genuinely find that hard to believe.

Some people may think that Pinterest is sucking the creativity out of everyone because it’s getting more and more difficult to have an original idea. But I don’t see it that way. I see it as this amazing platform that encourages beginners and experienced crafters to think outside the box and put new twists on old ideas.

If you’re ever itching to try something new or make something on your own, I strongly recommend browsing not only Pinterest, but also YouTube, blogs and just the internet in and of itself for some budget-friendly inspiration and some easy how-to advice.

Thanks to social media, I learned how to crochet an entire blanket in just two months, I upcycled old baking sheets into cute chalkboards, I learned the basics of DIY calligraphy and I found the motivation to transform my obnoxiously pink and sparkly childhood bedroom into a relaxing, rustic/chic getaway. So don’t be ashamed to utilize online resources and don’t try to convince yourself that you’re not creative.

Believe me, I’ve been there, but you’d be amazed at what ideas you’ll come up with on your own, once you get some inspiration from others. And who knows? You might just be a few clicks and pins away from inspiring others too.

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Alyssa Burd is a reporter with The Sentinel.