Do-It-Yourself Projects are Easy to Create

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Mr. Pointer created this pergola. He enjoys DIY projects.

Mr. Pointer created this pergola. He enjoys DIY projects.

Mr. Pointer created this pergola. He enjoys DIY projects.

Andreus Johnson, Student Writer

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Do It Yourself activities are a great way to pass time and keep your mind sharp. You don’t have to be incredibly artistic to do a lot of these projects. You just need to have time and try your best to make a cool product.

Here are some easy Do It Yourself activities that any middle school student can create.

The first activity is a phrased frame. The items you will need for this project are a set of letter stencils that can be purchased at a basic department store. Different colored poster boards A frame and a piece of fabric the same size as your frame.

Making this project is simple. The first thing you do is look for a phrase or saying that means a lot to you. Examples are, “Dreams don’t work unless you do.” Or, “Life is tough, but so am I.” Pick your saying and then, using the stencils, begin tracing your saying letter by letter on different colored poster board. Then carefully cut out the letters. Glue the fabric to the board inside of the frame. Then glue the letters to the fabric to make out the saying.

The next activity is a Mason jar soap dispenser.  First you will need an empty mason jar. These can also be found at your local department store. You also need a drill bit, a soap dispenser pump, and liquid hand soap. Simply drill a hole in the lid of the Mason jar big enough to fit a soap dispenser pump. Fill the jar with soap and close it. You can decorate the jar with fabric or other items such as buttons or rocks to add texture.

Mr. Melgoza, the Computer Concept teacher here at KMS likes to do Do It Yourself projects because it is hands on and he can save some money along the way. He said he will complete 3-4 small projects each year. “Depending on size and time, if it is a major project I’ll complete one a year.

Mr. Pointer, 8th grade U.S. History teacher, also completes DIY projects because of cost and quality.  Mr. Pointer said he can build better and sturdier items than he finds in stores.  He said that he built a pergola for $300 that would otherwise have costed him over $1,200 dollars in a large department store.  Mr. Pointer builds items depending on how much time he has.  His most recent projects were a potting bench and a little lounge for his daughter.  Mr. Pointer said, “I love my wife and I like to make things for her.”

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