I have recently received feedback regarding my learning project, so this week I have reevaluated my plan and looked for new tools to use, one of which I used this week to create a new DIY project. Going forward, I want to try a new DIY every week, each week using a new tool, app or video to help me in my learning. I anticipate that some tools will be more successful than others.
For the upcoming weeks, I needed something that I could use on my phone, since this is what I have the most constant access to, and the piece of technology that I check most often. This seems like it would make my life easier. So, I turned to the App Store to help me with this.
I suppose I wasn't surprised at how many DIY apps there were to choose from, but I was a little curious as to how popular apps, specific for DIYs, are for DIY-ers. I've never thought of using an app for DIY inspiration because, to me, DIYs seem to be something that is trending on social media, and, therefore, the most trendiness ideas are those that are circulating. But, a good and trusted DIY I guess can't go out of style.
Anyway, here are the apps I found:
For this week, I chose to explore Creative Ideas. This was a pretty random pick to be honest. I intend to try them all at some point, so I don't foresee the order mattering much.
Here is a look at the app for this week.
From what you can see, it's fairly easy to use, but the set up and aesthetics isn't great. I like that the Home within the app is constantly changing, and for the most part, there is a variety of people who share ideas.
However, there are some down sides.
From what I've seen, there aren't directions to create most of the ideas posted. There is either a photo (of the final product) or a Youtube video. It would be more useful if there were clear photo and written instructions perhaps in addition to the video. As well, most of the ideas I've seen are somewhat junky ideas. They're random projects, that don't seem to serve a purpose. For example, adding buttons to a pillow to make an image, painting on popsicle sticks or making paper wreaths. For me, these aren't worth my time. I think that these types of projects should be aimed towards kids. As well, even if I did chose to create these random projects, many are labeled and attached to a photo as an idea that someone liked, rather than as a spot to see how to do the project. A dumping ground for (some) neat ideas.
Some of the ideas that I did like, I've shown below. I screenshot them before I knew I could make an account and 'favourite' each DIY. I can't refer back to them. Another downside of the Creative Ideas app is that there isn't a search feature. Regardless, these ideas seemed to be the most purposeful and likely for me to try. I could see myself using these ideas in my home and classroom.
Since the instructions as to how to create these DIYs are lacking, I just had to pick up and hope for the best. I decided on the clothing hanger book shelf.
I bent the hanger to mimic the shape as the pictures shown above, from the Creative Ideas app. Then, I used a painting sponge and brown acrylic paint to finish it off. Here's some pictures during the process.
Overall I tried to do a DIY from the randomized ideas fromCreative Ideas, of which I was not too thrilled about, however, the final product turned out alright.
My rating of Creative Ideas: