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Do-it-yourself, commonly abbreviated diy, is a culture of designing, creating, customizing and repairing things by enthusiasts who have no special training. In many cases, it is a hobby that brings an individual a sense of satisfaction in the act of creating things. Diy may also have practical motivations such as saving money or avoiding the hassles of dealing with professionals such as home repair contractors. Diy is social as people share ideas, designs, methods and accomplishments. It is common for diy to be associated with a particular lifestyle such as slow movement or green living. The following are common types of diy subculture.
Antique Restoration & Preservation
Architectural Modeling
Art
Artisanal Food
Baking
Beauty
Beekeeping
Bicycle Repair
Bricolage
Cake Making & Decorating
Candle Making
Candy Making
Carpentry
Ceramics
Chalk Art
Cleaning Supplies
Coding
Coffee Roasting & Making
Collecting & Curation
Computers
Construction
Cooking
Cosmetics
Costume Design
Cottage Industry
Craft Beverages
Crafts
Creative Reuse
Crochet
Cultural Items (e.g. festival costumes)
Custom Shoes
Decluttering
Digital Media
Dolls & Miniatures
Downcycling
Drawing
Dressmaking
Efficiency - More with Less
Electronics
Embroidery
Energy Self-Sufficiency
Entertainment Systems / Spaces
Events (e.g. weddings)
Farming
Fashion Accessories
Fashion Design
Filmmaking
Flower Arrangement
Flower Growing
Food Production
Food Self-Sufficiency
Furniture Making
Gardening
Glass Art
Glassmaking
Graphic Design
Handicrafts
Holiday Decorations
Home Decor
Home Improvement
Home Repair
Illustration
Immersive Experience
Interior Decorating
Jewelry Design
Knitting
Landscaping
Leatherwork
Leisure Facilities (e.g. BBQ area)
Lighting Design
Low Technology
Machine Repair
Makeup
Media Production
Metalworking
Mixed Media
Mixology
Mixtapes
Model Building
Mods
Music Composition
Music Publishing (e.g. record label)
Musical Instruments
Nail Art
Office Design
Origami
Painting
Passive Design
Patissier
Petcare & Pet Training
Pottery
Printing & 3d Printing
Processes & Practices
Product Customization
Product Design
Product Modification
Productivity - Tools
Publishing
Quilting
Recreational Facilities (e.g. skating rink)
Robotics
Scientific Research
Screen Printing
Sculpture
Security Landscaping
Security Systems
Sewing
Simple Living / Minimalism
Sporting Goods (e.g. canoe)
Stationery
Storage & Organization
Street Fashion
Sustainable Living
Tactical Urbanism
Technology Repair & Maintenance
Tool Making
Toys
Traditional Crafts
Upcycling
Vehicle Repair
Visual Design
Wellness (e.g. spa)
Woodworking

Creative DIY

Projects that benefit from originality or that act as a type of creative expression that feels rewarding. For example, a street fashion enthusiast who seeks out and assembles vintage clothing in order to express their sense of identity and style.

Home DIY

Projects to improve the home including renovations, maintenance, repair, interior design, decorating and furnishing related efforts. This is such a common type of DIY that it is common to equate DIY with home improvement efforts.

Food DIY

Producing or preparing food that is normally store bought. This can go as far as growing much of your own food. However, it is also DIY to bake or cook anything that is normally or often purchased from a store such as bread, cake or pet food.

Hobby DIY

Producing your own items in order to pursue hobbies and interests. For example, an outdoor enthusiast who produces their own wooden canoes.

Traditional DIY

Continuing traditional production methods that have been handed from generation to generation. This differs from experimental and inventive types of DIY but can also be creative as you may add your own touches to tradition.

Maker Culture

Maker culture is an approach to DIY that makes use of available technology with an emphasis on design, prototyping, experimentation and testing. For example, building a home security system using inexpensive custom electronics and sensors.

Reuse DIY

DIY that is focused on reusing things in order to avoid waste or to create and operate things at low cost. For example, getting permission to salvage architectural elements such as doors from houses or buildings set to be demolished.

Summary

Do-it-yourself is the practice and ethic of producing many of the things you need with your own efforts as opposed to relying on the industrial economy and the work of professionals. This can be motivated by cost savings, personal values or unique requirements. It is also common for people to simply find DIY to be rewarding and engaging. The following are common types of DIY.
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