With just three days left in 2014, it’s time to do a roundup of the 14 DIY Projects for 2014 I set out to do back in January.
First of all, what were the projects I was planning on achieving?
14 DIY Projects for 2014
- Magazine Silhouette
- Glass Map Plate
- Tom Baker Scarf
- Monogrammed Tray
- Wax Seal
- Animal Magnets
- Arm-Knit Scarf
- Moroccan Tile Coasters
- Animal Jars
- Infinity Scarf
- Calendar Journal
- Finger-Knit Boot Cuffs
- Sharpie Mug
Now let’s look at what I started, completed, and completely forgot about.
DIY Projects I Started
2. Magazine Silhouette
Sean and I started this project, drawing and cutting out dinosaur silhouettes to cover with magazine strips. We’ve also got the spots picked out on the walls for these. Now we actually have to cut the strips out and decoupage it onto our canvas. But the dinosaur silhouettes have sat around for about six months, so who knows how long that will take for us to actually do?
3. Glass Map Plate
This was the DIY project I was most concerned about for two reasons. because the plate has to be curved without a round base for stabilization. Then we had to decide on a location and style of the map. We ended up finding the plate and know that we want to have a map of Dubrovnik on it, but we haven’t found one we like enough.
9. Moroccan Tile Coasters
I bought the craft kit from Darby Smart for this DIY project. Now we either need to wait until it gets warmer or take them over to my parents’ house and swipe their garage for an hour or two. Once we get the motivation to do that, the actually making of these coasters will be easy.
DIY Projects I Completed
10. Animal Jars
That’s right. I only completed one DIY project from my list. In an entire year. I decided to do them in February and made them Olympics themed. They didn’t end up sticking around, though, because the animals fell off. Maybe the failure of this DIY project is what made me lose my motivation for the rest of them.
DIY Projects I Completely Forgot About
I don’t really wear headphones any more, so this one completely fell off my radar. Plus I don’t have my own sewing machine, so this DIY project would have been way more work than it is worth.
4. Tom Baker Scarf
I’ve made a ton of scarves lately, but I would have to invest in a ton of colors for one scarf, and then I’d be left with a ton of useless scraps. At this point, this DIY project isn’t worth the time and money.
5. Monogrammed Tray
I’ve actually got no need for a tray, and I don’t have much room for it. I like the look and the idea, but right now this DIY project just isn’t the right fit for me.
6. Wax Seal
Okay, so I didn’t exactly “completely forget about” this DIY project. I just decided that it isn’t the type of thing I should DIY. I got a really cool wax seal in Venice that has a C on it, but I haven’t used it because I like the set it came in, and I don’t want to ruin it. I then found an Etsy shop of wax seals that I’m obsessed with, and I’ve already ordered two. It’s not crazy expensive (although they do take a while to arrive), and they’re going to work out a lot better than a DIY project wax seal would.
7. Animal Magnets
I might still do this DIY project of animal magnets (with dinosaurs, of course). Right now, though, we don’t use many magnets in our apartment, so it seems like this DIY project isn’t the best use of time and money.
8. Arm-Knit Scarf
As stated before, I make a lot of scarves that I’m really happy with, but none of them have been arm-knit. It’s something I’m interested in learning, but I’ve got a ton of other DIY projects that take a bit more precedence than this one right now.
11. Infinity Scarf
Same as before. I prefer to spend my time making DIY projects for gifts or for my Etsy shop, and I would have to invest in specific yarn for this one. Plus, as much as I love these colors, I don’t have any jackets they would match, so this DIY project is on hold for now.
12. Calendar Journal
This is a fun DIY project idea, but the TimeHop app on my iPhone already does it for me, so it seems silly to invest time and money in it.
13. Finger-Knit Boot Cuffs
I wore boots a lot more in college than I do while I’m working, so this DIY project doesn’t seem practical for me. It might be good to try out so I can sell them on Etsy, but it’s not the right DIY project for me right now.
14. Sharpie Mug
We have waaaaay too many mugs for how small of an apartment we have. Sean already made me pare down my collection significantly (the rest are at my parents’ house until we get a bigger place or one breaks), so a mug DIY project just doesn’t make sense for us right now. Which is a bummer, because I love mugs.
Have you started many DIY projects this year? Have you completed all of them? Let me know in the comments!
Chanity Creech says
I wish I could be a hardcore DIY’er! More often than not, all attempts turn into fails lol.
Hah! At least you try, though, right? 😉
Heather W says
I am going to attempt one of these and call the attempt a win! I am so not a DIY’er, but it will be fun to try!
Definitely! I’d say an attempt can still be a win 🙂
Elizabeth Dietz says
I always want to do DIY stuff and it never happens. I had great hopes for making fantastic wedding scrapbooks for our families for Christmas this year and I didn’t even get around to that. Maybe 2015 will be the year I actually complete a DIY project!!
Sounds like a great resolution! 🙂
Some awesome DIY projects! I kinda want to work on doing a couple of these!
Thank you! Let me know if you do! 🙂
Rachel @ Bakerita says
Love those knit boot cuffs, so cute!! I have a list of to-do DIY projects piling up too, haha.
Aren’t they!? I just wish I wore boots more so I could wear them!
So many great projects! I really need to start getting crafty and making some of these 🙂
Let me know if you try any of them! 🙂
I love this list! And now I have a sudden urge to hit up Michaels for some craft supplies!
Thank you so much! I feel like I always have the urge to go to Michael’s…. It’s a problem 😉
Cara of Stylish+Geek Blog says
Lovely! I’m a recent follower of your blog so I appreciate the recap of all the cool DIY throughout 2014!
Thank you so much! Glad to have you, Cara 🙂
Shipra Taneja says
I totally understand what you mean about forgetting or not seeing the need to do a DIY project. I did the Sharpie mug for Christmas, and that was pretty fun, but I think I could have slowed down and done a better job if it weren’t for a specific holiday. 🙂
Karissa Ancell says
I need to start doing some DIY projects. Such great ideas here.
Jennifer @ Made to Nurture says
Great list of DIY projects. Thanks for sharing 🙂
Erin Shebish says
So much awesome here! I need to make the dino ring holder still. I’ve been obsessed with it!
Debi Robarts says
I love how honest you are. It’s ok to miss a goal; there’s always another chance to start today! I want to do an arm-knit scarf sometime, it sounds fun.
Wow you were busy this year! Can’t wait to see what you make in 2015.
Rachel Hay says
Finger knit boot cuffs and the wax seal sound so fun! I still have things from 2012 sitting around so you’re doing good!
Mia Myrabev says
I am crap at anything DIY but aim to do blogging DIY and see how it goes in the new year
I wanted to make a chair for my son this year. But time and money did not allow for that to happen.
Deidre Emme says
GREAT projects for 2014. Love the truth in your words too. Don’t make it all seem so simple and everything.
Yay! I love DIY, can’t wait to check out these posts 🙂