Over the last few years I’ve tried so many DIY projects. Some have been very successful – my homemade healing balm still blows me away with how well it works.
Some, not so much. Did you know that it really burns when you use straight essential oil for deodorant? Just take my word for it.
Despite the numerous lessons I learned the hard way, I love the DIY lifestyle. So much so, that I take any chance I can to spread the DIY love and show others just how fun and rewarding this lifestyle can be.
If you’re looking for ways to share about the benefits of the DIY natural lifestyle with your friends and family (and maybe the whole world), here are a few methods that have been successful for me:
If you’ve acquired a lot of knowledge and experience with the DIY natural lifestyle, share it! There are so many people out there looking to get started, or add to their skills.
Classes could be free or you could charge a small fee to cover the cost of materials. Or you could charge more and have some extra to fund your next project.
You could teach classes at your local library, church or anywhere with room to hold a class. I have a local coffee shop with a small meeting area that I’ve used before, as well as a back room in a bookstore. Your home may even be the best place to start.
Share Your Goodies
One thing I love about DIY projects is that I usually end up with a lot more than I need at the moment, be it soap or jam or laundry detergent. Doing things myself is one way I save money, so I make sure to set aside plenty for my family’s use. But I’ve found that I also have plenty on hand to share with my friends and family.
Sometimes, they love my gift so much that they ask if they can pay me to make them more!
Set Up Shop
Did you know there are people out there who don’t want to partake in the DIY lifestyle? Or maybe they’ve mastered a few projects and have no time/desire to do any more. After so many years of DIY as my way of life, I forget that’s the case.
However, that doesn’t mean those folks don’t want handmade, non-toxic goods in their home.
My mom, for example, loves my homemade laundry detergent – but she’d rather pay me to make it for her. I offered to do it for the cost of supplies, but she insisted that I made some money off it, so now she basically pays for my laundry detergent ingredients, too. (Ok, ok and a lavender latte from the coffee shop I mentioned earlier.)
If you’ve mastered homemade soap or people keep telling you they wish Christmas would come sooner so they can get more of your strawberry jam, why not sell it? There are plenty of places to sell it online, or you could just do word-of-mouth sales with your friends and family.
How do you spread the love by not doing something? You know those people who have no interest in DIY projects? They’re going to be even less inclined to try it someday if you give them a guilt-trip about not being as gung-ho about DIY as you are.
Nobody likes to feel like they’re being judged for their choices, so make sure you’re spreading the DIY love in a way that makes people feel loved. Your joy may just pique their curiosity.
Why start a new blog if there are so many out there already? Because nobody else is exactly like you.
You could start a blog to share your DIY adventures with the rest of the world (or maybe just your mom). Share pictures of your successes (and failures), new recipes you come up with and your unique perspective on the DIY lifestyle.
For me, blogging started as a creative outlet – I needed something like that as the stay-at-home mom of four. I soon found that I enjoyed sharing what I had learned with others and hearing about how it had helped them.
Nothing like changing the world – one project at a time.
How to do you spread the DIY love?