(Closed) What makes something DIY?

posted 9 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
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Busy bee

Hmm.  I bought little muslin bags from papermart.com, attached ribbons to them, and rubber stamped them for my favor bags.  Does the fact that I didn’t make my own muslin cloth and sew the bags together myself mean they’re not DIY?

 

That person seems a bit silly to me.  I think you’re right that anything you personalize is DIY. 

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

Wow, there are DIY police out there?  We do things ourselves if a) it will save enough money to be worthwhile, or b) if we want something unique.  And we do only those parts of it that fulfill one of those goals.  For example, my fiancee designed our wedding invitations.  However, we used a professional to print them and cut them to size.  We bought the pocketfolds instead of making them ourselves from plain cardstock.  However, we are assembling the invitations and adding two kinds of ribbon, magnetic snaps, and matted photo stickers with our picture on them.  So, are these DIY or not?  And more to the point, why would anyone care?

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

DIY means you did it yourself; so if you put your own  effort it’s DIY that’s my take

Post # 6
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I agree.

But for me, since I’m not the Princess of DIY (workin’ on it ya know), DIY means taking something else, no matter if it’s simply rearranging something, changing a color scheme, or adding a ribbon, it’s me adding my own touch to make the item work! 

I guess it’s better in the end getting a ticket from the DIY police rather than the fashion police ya know?  lmao!

Don’t let it get you down!  ANYTHING can be tweaked to reflect your personality and style.    

 

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

I guess for me it depends. But in general, I believe that DIY means that you add your personal touch to something, yes. But I (personally) wouldn’t consider tying a ribbon around a generic invite design DIY. On the other hand, ribbons for favour bags (in addition to hand-stamping and inserting favours) are DIY in my book. =) I guess it depends how MUCH you CAN DIY something. You can DIY a lot more to do with invites than you can with the packaging for favours, I think. But that’s just my view.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

I am of the mind that tying a ribbon on a bag isn’t really DIY. I think what Amandopolis did was def. DIY though. I’m guess they both are, but if it were me and I had just added a ribbon, I wouldn’t put them on the Flickr site. Do you have the link to the site? I’m curious now.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I completely agree everyone’s impute…

Adding your personal touches with a canvas is DIY.

For example…

I’m doing my all the calligraphy in our paper goods (escort cards, programs, table numbers…) but I didn’t make the paper or the ink.  I think the fact that I’m using my skills make its it DIY.

So what ever to that post you read!! They are totally snobby!!

Post # 10
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I guess snobbery can lurk anywhere ya know?

I could only imagine what that Flickr snob would say about Sandra Lee’s Semi Homemade empire!!! I have several of her cookbooks and I love her show..She rocks! 

That’s my idea of semi homemade!!!    

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

@Bellenga…I love you, but I think Sandra Lee is what is wrong with the world. LOL She drives me CRAZY!!!!

Post # 12
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Well, here’s my personal interpretation of "typing on a ribbon."

We’re buying palm fans for our guests for the ceremony.  They’re super cute as is.  But, we’re going to be wrapping the handles with ribbons in our two colors in a knot design, both to make them even cuter and to make them tie into the color scheme.  No, it’s not tons of work, or anything fancy…but it takes a minute or so for each fan, with 200 fans (that’s almost 4 hours), and it makes them look more finished.  In my world, that’s DIY, even if it’s just a ribbon!  🙂

So don’t be snobby about the label.  Personally, I think it’s funny that things today can’t be DIY-enough, where 5 years ago brides would have gasped at some of the awesome DIY projects out there.  Let’s wear our DIY mantles proudly! 

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

Ok. . . so if wrapping a ribbon around somthing store bought isnt DIY. . . what is it? Are you supposed to not wrap the ribbon yourself. . . maybe delegate someone else to do it? LOL Silly people. . i tell ya. I consider my ring bearer and flower girl pillows to be  DIY. I bought the baskets and pillows at verious places and then bought some embelishments and ribbons and VOILA i DID IT MY SELF. . . no one else, me. Also i know very,VERY few people who would go, buy the cardboard, buy the padding, buy the material and then the various emellishments and then assemble it all to get a flower girl basket.

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2010 - Mr. P's Grandparents’ Ranch

I totally agree with you ladies!

to me it’s all about making it MY WAY, even if it’s just drawing a smiley face

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