How to become a DIY Mum?

February 27, 2014 Off By Laura TMOT
Once upon a time, it was the man of the house who could be relied upon to wield a hammer and wrench. However, in the 21st Century, there is nothing stopping mothers from exercising their creative and practical skills, and getting involved in DIY projects. ‘DIY Mom’ blogs have become increasingly popular, as stay-at-home mums are saving money by making things themselves and starting craft projects that they and their children can both enjoy. If you’re interested in becoming a DIY mum, here’s how.

Online Inspiration

There are so many blogs and helpful how-to guides available online now that allow DIY novices to improve their skills, that you really will be spoilt for choice. Start reading up on how to complete different projects, and compile a list of those you’d most like to have a go at. There are plenty of craft ideas that you can involve the kids in, and guarantee hours of fun for both of you. The more reading you do, the more confident you will feel when it comes to trying out your DIY skills for the first time.

Choosing the Right Equipment

If you’re going to attempt any kind of DIY project, you need to have the correct equipment before you begin. Every tool box, however basic, requires a hammer, a collection of flat head and Philips screwdrivers and a set of wrenches in various sizes. You need a couple of different screwdrivers and wrenches to make sure that they will be suitable for any project. You should also invest in a hand saw and a good quality electric drill. It’s very important that you don’t cut corners with DIY equipment, as this can lead to shoddy results. If you’re interested in buying high quality tools, look for a trusted retailer like the Anglia Tool Centre.

Safety First

It’s essential that you remember certain safety rules when engaged in any kind of DIY work. When using power tools, make sure you’re wearing the correct eye protection, your hair is tied back and the children are not around. It’s advisable to dispense with lose clothing and jewellery, and to keep chemicals and electrical equipment away from curious little hands. Keep your workspace clean and tidy to reduce the likelihood of slip or trip hazards, particularly when you’re working with cables. Ask your children to get involved with the planning, painting and decorating stages to ensure that they are kept safe throughout the project.

Victoria Harrison is a mother of three and ‘home zoo’ manager; when she isn’t surrounded by kids and animals she writes for online audiences on a range of topics. Passionate about her home and family, she aims to share her knowledge and experiences and make a few friends along the way.

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