Have you heard of the Maker Movement?
This is how Adweek defines it:
"The maker movement, as we know, is the umbrella term for independent inventors, designers and tinkerers. A convergence of computer hackers and traditional artisans, the niche is established enough to have its own magazine, Make, as well as hands-on Maker Faires that are catnip for DIYers who used to toil in solitude. Makers tap into an American admiration for self-reliance and combine that with open-source learning, contemporary design and powerful personal technology like 3-D printers. The creations, born in cluttered local workshops and bedroom offices, stir the imaginations of consumers numbed by generic, mass-produced, made-in–China merchandise."
With the onset of Etsy, Zazzle, Bonanza, and more for selling handcrafted items online, as well as website builders like Weebly and Square Space, more and more people are able to take advantage of joining the Maker Movement.
And we can't forget about Pinterest, Instagram, and other Pinterest type websites like DudePins and Hometalk, that are fueling our creativity and inspiration to DIY and try new things like never before.
In an age where most people would not know how to make a pencil from scratch, or even a spool of thread, it's sometimes hard to imagine how to even "make" anything these days, but forums like the aforementioned are helping to spur our creativity even for self-proclaimed uninventive or inartistic individuals.
Interestingly enough, it has been shown that we are able to process problems faster, are more innovative, entrepreneurial, and competitive when the creative parts of our brain are more developed (Creativity Research Journal).
So in a world where it is easier and more convenient to be a consumer, it is all the more important that we allow our creative sides to flourish every now and again. It just might help you be more productive in other areas of your life.
If the thought of crafting and DIY scare you more than inspire you, you may want to try a TizzyBits Kit (shameless plug). Even for the "unimaginative" souls out there, you might be surprised at what you can accomplish when you allow yourself to tap into your dormant creative side, and become more of a Maker instead of a consumer.
Wondering what these detailed step-by-step guides for each TizzyBit Kit look like? Are they really that detailed and easy to follow??
You be the judge!
The following is the actual DIY guide for the Starfish Boutonniere TizzyBits Kit. You'll notice that in the materials section, each item is prefaced with a number. These numbers show up later in the guide at each point the item is used (and each material comes labeled with the corresponding number).
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I am so pleased to present the 2nd ever TizzyBits Kit...
DIY State String Art!
This is a fairly simple project that looks super crafty and interesting. I played around with a couple of different states to see what would look the best, and while I like all options, I think my favorite is state-only with a colored background. The extra pop of color gives it added appeal and contrast with the wood. Not to mention... making the string art is a pretty nice way to relieve some stress. Pounding the nails into the board is a very satisfying feeling!
Each kit contains all the materials you will need to complete this project as well as a handy-dandy detailed step-by-step guide with lots of photos.
These are kits are on sale now! These are a great addition to any home decor and make great gifts.