First of all, working with your hands allows you to reconnect with your physical environment. Too often in our day and age we drift towards the silent world of electronic devices and settle for unsatisfying purchases by credit cards. By creating your own furniture, cooking with vegetables and herbs you’ve planted yourself, giving gifts you’ve actually put time and thought into, you might just gain a greater appreciation for the little things that sustain you in your everyday life. It is also a great kind of occupational therapy since it can relieve stress or just help you focus on one thing at a time. Not to mention the financial benefits DIY projects hold. Instead of spending money on things of mass production you can personalize your home while keeping your expenses to the minimum!
You can go as far as planting tomatoes and rose bushes or simply growing basil or geraniums, depending on whether you have a garden or not. If you just want something simple, appropriate glass jars or just buy some simple clay pots and start planting! Even the tiniest spaces can sustain spring onions, mint, rosemary, or other easy-to-grow herbs and vegetables that you can later use in your cooking.
2) Revive the energy of your house by recycling old furniture-
Still have your family’s old baby crib? Turn it into a comfy (swinging) porch bench by taking down one of the railing and sewing an old mattress into the appropriate shape. You can hang the left-over railings on the wall and use it as a handy storage unit in your tool shed.
3) Create useful accessories from around-the-house materials-
Got some old diskettes? Get some glue and turn them into a unique pencil holder. What about wine corks? They can make great coasters!
4) Make gifts for any occasion-
Give your friends thoughtful gifts you’ve made yourself (any of the above will do).
5) Cook as a family-
This is one of the best DIY projects. Everyone can partake and make any dinner-time into a family occasion. And don’t forget to use your little herb garden in the process.