Millennials’ Pride of Doing Things On Their Own

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Back in the day, many saw crafts and DIYs as pastimes for the older generation. But let me tell you, times have changed. Nowadays, I see the younger folks, including myself, diving headfirst into DIYs, but with a twist. We’ve infused our tech-savviness and entrepreneurial spirit into the mix. Most of the faces I see in the crafting world now are young adults, proving just how much we love getting our hands dirty and creating something of our own.

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Millennial DIY Culture

The younger generation’s inclination towards hands-on activities can be attributed to their desire to create something of value. Additionally, millennials’ preference for active participation and experiential value may contribute to their preference for engaging in practical tasks.

We thank the “Etsy culture” for heightening such nature of interest, especially as it encourages young people to discover and be proud of their creativity and personal artistry. Platforms like Etsy and Pinterest have truly championed the art of handcrafting, a skill that seemed to be dwindling for a while. Amidst our fast-paced digital landscape, it’s refreshing to see this resurgence. Even though we leverage modern technology for inspiration and resources, I’ve found that many are carving out time to learn and master crafts on their own. It’s a balance of old and new, and it’s fascinating to be a part of it.

DIY In The World Of Technology

For millennials, the trend of DIY-ing stuff isn’t limited to doing new and extraordinary things. They can be as simple as mixing drinks on their own or baking pizza from scratch, and as complicated as making intricate detailing in sculptures or doing a whole room renovation project—every project, big or small, can be a source of pride for them.

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One of the best parts about diving into a DIY project is the chance to showcase it to the world. I’ve noticed that with platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest, it’s become so much easier to share and, yes, even boast a little about our accomplishments. After all, when you’ve put in the effort, why not let the world see?

And it doesn’t stop there—by doing so, they can encourage their peers to try doing things on their own as well. When people see their friends and colleagues try out something they never thought they could do, it gives them the idea that it is doable. Imagine this: a young lady who doesn’t even have a clue about power tools suddenly watching a video of her friend cutting a huge chunk of wood with a table saw. That’s a powerful encouragement for her to try it herself, right?

Another amazing advantage of having advanced technology is the easy transfer of knowledge and information. Aside from the ability to share to the world what they know and experience, the younger generations can easily find an excellent source of things they can make on their own. Pinterest pages and DIY blogs that provide step-by-step guides for unique woodworking projects for beginners like our article, making it possible for anyone who wishes to try out simple woodworking or any kind of DIY.

DIY On A Bigger Scale

When talking about DIY and doing things on their own, we aren’t just pointing out the millennials’ aim to explore a hobby; it can be a deeper passion for the young ones that can turn into a full-time career or a starting point for their business ventures.  We’ve seen the rise of start-up companies in the last few years, and a part of that is the desire of young people to do things themselves—from developing concepts to creations of brands and the business aspect of starting a company—they are intrigued by the process itself. This is similar to the process that people who do woodworking as therapeutic art going through.


In the same way, we see younger people take on different manual labor jobs and woodworking projects not fully concerning themselves about the output and result of their hard work. For many of them, the creation process and the experience of using their hands to create something is a good enough reason to try out new things and be proud of what they choose to do.

So if you know of a younger person wanting to take on some carpentry or woodworking projects, encourage them. No matter how young they are, there are best woodworking projects for kids that they can enjoy doing.

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Robert Johnson is a passionate furniture maker & carpenter, sought after for his knowledge on the craft.
You’ve probably seen his down-to-earth wisdom in USA Today, Bobvila, Family Handyman, and The Spruce, where he has shared commentary and guidance on various woodworking topics.

Robert is the brain behind Sawinery, where he aims to share tips, tricks, and a passion for all things carpentry.

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