I enjoy crafts and projects. I am really fond of projects that end in magnificence. There is nothing quite like creating something that not only do you want to show off to others but you will proudly display in your home. It’s rewarding and satisfying. Your stating, YES, I MADE THIS AND YES IT LOOKS GREAT! However, there are times when those would be/should be projects end in failure and you are looking at a mess of felt, needles and stuffing cursing the tutorial screaming “LIAR!”. Tutorial’s can make or break a person’s crafty loving spirit.
How to right a good tutorial:
1. BE HONEST. If that Happy Birthday banner took you six hours and left you swearing like a sailor do not post it with words like; easy, simple, fast and fun to do. It’s deceiving and it will make you followers curse you AND the banner.
2. Take pictures. Even if you are taking 20 billion pictures and you are thinking “No one could possibly be this stupid”, your wrong. I am that stupid. I will screw it up if there is not a visual aid, especially if it involves food.
3. Include those details. For every picture include explanations. For example:
Here is a picture of my homemade pallet planter that I made from scratch.
Here it is again from the left side.
Here it is from the right side.
From this angle can you see all my fertile plants growing food that you can’t?
That can be four pictures with four explanations.
4. List the supplies or ingredients at the TOP of the tutorial. I like to see what I need before I start skimming the pictures and falling in love with your creation. If I see that you used industrial grade sealant that can only purchased in Minnesota on Monday, Wednesday and Friday I will be extremely irritated. Cursing will then ensue.
5. Kid crafts are not one size fits all. I love doing crafts with my kids…most of the time. But if I spot a craft that is labeled “Great to do with kids” and see the perfect final project, I will know within a matter of seconds how much help your children provided. That cardboard Spaceship with real buttons, lights and access to NASA was NOT built by your kids. I don’t care how many of them you can squeeze into that picture. If the craft is for little guys, elementary or adults, say so! Forget your stats and SEO ratings and be nice.
My craft project today broke rules 1-5
I gave up.
Now my child has some weird doll that looks more like a Voodoo doll than Star Wars.