DIY can be difficult, but with the rise of Youtube and other online resources, more and more people are feeling confident in exploring new crafts and skills. But, whilst we can get bogged down in specific tutorials for certain projects, we can forget some basic overarching rules and tips. So, here are five to keep in mind that should help you out.

Removing super glue from your hands

Super glue is super useful, which is why it is often brought up in a variety of projects from woodwork to plumbing. But when spilled on our hands, which is easily done, suddenly we regret ever using it.

When removing superglue from your hands, refer to this guide. It’s a matter of using soap, lemon juice, or a special glue remover.



Budgeting is often overlooked when it comes to DIY. because we feel we are already being productive. Often, DIY projects will cost way more than if we had just hired a professional because we can waste time and materials through mistakes, and do not have access to cheap industry-priced tools. This goes against the point of DIY.

Begin by estimating the costs of the project. Not just the materials, but also factor in your time, too, whatever you deem that to be worth. Compare this to a quote given by a professional to see if it’s worthwhile. Of course, some people will do the DIY anyway because they enjoy it, but that’s no excuse not to create a budget.


Double-use products

With property and land becoming increasingly expensive in Paisley and around Britain, most of us are living with less and less space. Particularly in the UK, flat sizes are decreasing, and so we need to place more emphasis on being economical with space.

The best way to do that is to not just think about the size of what we’re creating, but spaces and uses. For example, when re-doing our stairs, perhaps we could put drawers on the side to utilise the space under the stairs. Or, when creating a bench, perhaps underneath could be a storage box?

Furthermore, consider a secondary use for certain materials, like these textile creatives turning ‘trash into treasure’.


Know your limits

Not knowing your limits can cause you some big headaches. Wasted materials, wasted time, and even putting yourself in danger are some of the risks you run with a big project. Get on the phone to friends and family who are more experienced and ask for their advice. Always have a plan B in case something does go wrong, and never go beyond your limits with electrical projects as these can truly be dangerous.



Something that’s always on the minds of an architect is light. Whatever DIY project you undertake, always consider lighting, particularly with the notoriously grey Paisley weather. For example, is the big dresser you’re building going to block a window? Do we want the computer desk to be fixed under the window seal; what if the glare comes off the computer screen? Instead of fixing in some blinds, could we use frosted window film?

And even if you’re not working with natural light, some of the best DIY projects include creating an ambiance with lamps, LEDs, and thoughtful lighting. Home automation DIY projects are perfect for this!