There’s no denying that we’ve been pretty enthusiastic about our love for DIY, from figuring out the numerous uses of post-it notes and washi tapes, to Popsicle sticks and even hair treatments. It seems like there’s really nothing to stop us from what we can do when we put our mind to it… Which is a pretty dangerous thought when you’re a novice with a saw and there’s no one around to help when you inevitably get into a self-accident. Or you’re busy putting together a massive amount of washi tape only to realise your vision of the perfect potted plant looks a lot more like a unicorn threw up on it rather than an adorable little table piece.

As with pretty much all things, there are certain rules one should adhere when embarking on a DIY project, especially if you’re new to this world of seemingly limitless possibilities. These aren’t all of them, but they cover the bases in ensuring that you’ll be prepared with any DIY project that may come your way.

1. Do research

One of the biggest mistakes you could make when doing something on your own is not doing enough research, whether it’s about the materials to be used or the instructions, or even the prices of the tools. Sometimes, buying a ready made item can actually be cheaper than creating it yourself, but that’s not a hard rule, of course. Also, doing your research will help you to narrow things down as well, so you’re not left with an abundance of useless bits and bobs at the end of your project.

2. Don’t rush it

Don’t try to finish everything in one sitting if you feel too tired to continue. For one, a rushed job is bound to give a less than satisfactory outcome, and you’d feel that all the effort you’d put in was for naught. Another reason to hold off on completing the project when you’re tired is that exhaustion begets carelessness, and this gets risky really quick when you’re handling dangerous tools. Safety first!

3. Do inspect your tools before use

Following on the safety precaution, make sure your tools are clean and safe to use before you embark on your project. Clean off the rust off any of the metal equipment, or get new ones if they seem salvageable. Again, better than sorry.

4. Don’t be afraid to ask for help

Finally, always be open to asking for help from someone that might know more than you do when it comes to anything DIY. It won’t diminish your accomplishment at creating something on your own, and it’s also a great way to get your loved ones involved with your hobby.