How To Get Etsy-Worthy DIY Skills

It's an age-old joke: you see a DIY product on Etsy that catches your eye, and you think: I could make that. A three-year-old could make that. You hunt for the perfect art supplies, block out an afternoon to get crafty and, many paper cuts and Google searches later, you've executed another #diyfail.

So where did the vendors on Etsy get the skills to perfectly paint, sew, and print, eventually building entire businesses around their craft? You could say they simply had a gift, or you could follow in their footsteps and become a DIY master yourself!

Here are some steps to developing your DIY skills:

1. Learn from the best! With Verlocal, you can learn to turn your chicken-scratch into picture-perfect calligraphy, and your failed pinch-pots into beautiful vases and bowls. You can even take classes taught by many of the Etsy masters and learn their skills firsthand! Simply by visiting verlocal.com, you can find countless hosts in your area who are just as excited to share their passion as you are to learn it.

Take Caitlin, for instance, a leatherworking artist based in Seattle who has sold thousands of bags on her Etsy shop. She now offers classes through Verlocal, so you can recreate her designs and begin your own journey as a leathercraft master! 

  One of Caitlin's clutches -- that you could learn to make!

One of Caitlin's clutches -- that you could learn to make!

2. Accept a bit of failure. Nobody becomes Picasso overnight! Take me, for instance; I began as an amateur baker who considered chocolate chip cookies gourmet. One day, I decided I wanted to learn to bake like the pros, and so my journey began. After a few years and (more than) a few inedible cakes, I've since honed my baking skills and now have a new hobby -- and I'm never buying another birthday cake!

  #glowup: Photographic evidence of my journey as a baker.

#glowup: Photographic evidence of my journey as a baker.

3. Don't go through it alone! Enlist a friend or family member to adopt the hobby with you. Whether it's for date night or girls' night, you can help each other out when learning something new and share a laugh over any failed crafts (moral support is always a good idea)! Plus, many Verlocal hosts offer a "Bring-a-Friend" discount when you enroll more than one person. As the old saying goes, crafting is always better when shared.

4. Pursue your childhood dreams. Always wanted to be a painter? A photographer? A blacksmith? Know that you really can pursue anything you put your mind to. With patience and a bit of dedication, you can create what you've always wanted to! The best thing about hobbies is that they can be picked up and developed at any time. Old dog? Pish posh.