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It was 2 p.m. I had just gotten back from school and there was this idea that was miserably stuck in my head. So I started. Hammer that. Glue this. Hot glue that. Cut this. I missed lunch, and made that project in 6 hours or so. It was a Popsicle stick castle. And guess what? It fell apart. But I didn't give up. I kept at it for another hour. It wasn’t until my mum screamed my name that I snapped out of it. I whined that it had only been an hour. She said in a surprisingly calm tone, 'Look at the clock.' It was 10 pm! And to top it all, the next day was an exam! Boy, was I in trouble.
I call myself an amateur maker. There is a certain excitement in making things that I cannot describe. The joy. The thrill. The losing track of time. That is why I enjoy it. It takes me away from my day.
Time for some FAQ's:
Do It Yourself. Yup, all by yourself.
Anyone who has hands and brains can.
Anywhere! Look around you! There are hundreds of things that are just waiting to be made!
If any adults out there are reading this, please stop saying, 'It is a waste of time.' If there is anything more creative, constructive or imaginative than DIY, I want to hear about it. Say, if a child, just like me, is always doodling, making patterns, art is his thing. His drawing skills should be fine-tuned. If a child, again very much like me, is thinking up of things he wants to make, sign him up for some DIY classes.
There are lots of types of DIY. Some are:
1.Projects: Craft or making things out of random objects.
2. Paper craft: Papiér Mache, origami, kirigami and all.
3. Siege weaponry: The art of making weapons out of pens, tape, popsicle sticks and all. For example, take a pen, some pencils, rubber band and tape, and you have got a damn neat crossbow! To be used with caution of course. Unless, one wants to spend the rest of the life standing in a naughty corner.
4. Science-y projects: Radios, magnetic-levitation, DNA, crystals etc. If you absolutely ADORE science, this type is for you!
These are just a FEW of the many types of DIY. I have a list of DIY books that I absolutely adore and keep under lock and key:
5. How to draw comics the MARVEL way by Stan Lee and John Buscema: A must for all people who adore Marvel and like drawing the superheroes and villains (that’s me). A step-by-step instruction guide by The Man himself, this will get the artist/cartoonist whooping with joy when he or she receives it.
4. The Boys’ Book of Things to Make: Feeling bored? Fear not! The savior is here. It has loads of things, from making a knight puppet to juggling! This book is perfect for short DIYs and long ones to be done over the weekend. And do not let the title mislead you. The book is perfectly suited for girls too.
3. Making Paper Planes That Really Fly by Nick Robinson: I have really loved this book since the first day I got it. All the awesome paper planes for a beginner to an expert are here. Start making a plane and you wouldn’t be able to wait to get to the next one. The sight of the perfect ones glide effortlessly is something else.
2. 101 Things To Do Before You Grow Up: This is a new addition to my treasure. We absolutely need to finish these before growing up. From extracting DNA to building a radio from scratch, it has something for everyone. The sheer variety of techniques and skills involved make this book very interesting.
1. How To Do Everything: This is unarguably the best DIY book I have come across. It has everything a person my age would love. From blowing king size bubbles, skateboarding, doing a moonwalk, to growing crystals, making slime, making a rocket, and growing vegetables, I thoroughly enjoyed doing the projects in this book.
We all know that all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy! So to all the grown ups out there, I have a request on behalf of the Jack (or Jill, for that matter) in your life, get all these books to set them sail on a boat of imagination in the sea of life. And please don’t say that you haven’t made a plane, dart or something in your life.
This list was submitted by the younger one, Vivaan Singh (12 years). On most days, he can be found creating dragons out of rubber bands, elaborate patterns with the scoubidou strings, or complicated origami things.