Check out this list of simple ways you can use to find more time to create DIY beading jewelry.
“I just don’t have enough time for beading.”
This is one of the reasons why a lot of people don’t get around to making DIY beaded jewelry.
And, it’s something that I want to help out with. Crafting is fun and relaxing. It’s a great way to express your creativity and feel a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment once you’ve completed a project.
I’m going to give you some amazing tips that will help you find time for doing what you love. Here’s how to find time for bead weaving.
11 Great Ways To Find Time For Making DIY Beaded Jewelry
1. Make Beading A Priority
If something’s important to you, you’ll find the time for it no matter what happens.
Think about it — what’s incredibly important in your life now? Spending time with your kids or grandchildren, taking your dog for a walk daily…
Whatever it is, you squeeze in the task no matter how busy your day is, right? That’s because it’s important to you.
So, if you love beading, make it a priority. You don’t have to do it every single day, but whether it’s once a week or several times a month, decide how much time you’ll dedicate to doing it.
2. Change Your Mindset
Do you feel guilty spending time and money creating beaded jewelry even though you really enjoy the craft?
If beading is something that makes you happy, then why shouldn’t you be allowed to spend a little time and money on it? Change your mindset and realize that dedicating resources to a hobby you enjoy is actually a good thing.
Beading on a budget is definitely possible. Set aside funds and track your purchases so that you don’t overspend on beads and other supplies.
3. Reduce Time Sucks
How much time do you spend watching T.V. or scrolling through Facebook?
I bet if you took a hard look at how you spend your days, you’d see lots of opportunity to cut back in one area or more. You could then spend that time making your own DIY beaded jewelry.
You may not even have to cut anything out at all. I bead in front of the T.V. all the time. It’s a great way to combine two tasks and not feel like I’m missing out on something.
4. Squeeze It In
Sometimes you’ll have a little downtime in between doing other things. For example, when I’m doing housework, I can do other stuff simultaneously.
While you’re making dinner and waiting for water to boil or a laundry cycle to end, go do other things. These moments are perfect opportunities for you to do a little beading.
5. Schedule It
There are some people who don’t do anything unless it has been scheduled. They just don’t think to get it done otherwise. I know some people who even schedule breaks so they remember to take them.
If this sounds like you, then go ahead and pencil in some time for jewelry-making on your calendar or planner.
6. Add It To Your Routine
When you have a task built into your routine, it becomes habit. You don’t even have to think about it anymore really.
For example, everyone has some sort of morning routine. You wake up, wash your face, brush your teeth… and you probably do these things in the same order every single day.
Make it so that creating DIY beaded jewelry is a part of your weekly routine (or however often you want to do it). Set a reminder on your phone or attach it to a specific task so that over time, you do it without too much effort.
Let me explain what I mean by attaching it to a specific task…
If you want to get into the habit of flossing your teeth before brushing them, you would leave the floss right next to your toothbrush. That way, every time you reach for your toothbrush, you see the floss and remember to do it first. Over time, you’ll automatically reach for the floss and you’ll have created a habit.
Do the same thing with beading.
7. Set A Timer
Do you avoid beading because you get lost in it? Then, when you look up, you realize that you haven’t done anything else you were supposed to?
One easy way to combat this is simply to set a timer. Determine how much time you want to spend bead weaving and set the timer on your cell phone or even the microwave clock.
When you hear the time expire, pack your stuff away and get to your other important tasks.
8. Build In A Deadline
If you work better under the gun, perhaps you’ll find yourself beading more if you have a deadline to work towards.
Make something for a friend or family member’s birthday or a holiday. That way you know when you need to be finished.
It’s amazing what you can do when you hear a ticking clock.
9. Get Organized
Organize all your beads and tools in an easily accessible place so when you’re ready to get down and dirty with a new beading project, you can just dive in. No running around trying to find your beading needles or wondering where you put those beads you bought last week.
Set up a space just for your beading supplies, if you can. Make sure it has comfortable seating and good lighting. Even if you don’t have an area where you can place a desk for beading, you should still store all of your materials in one space.
Find a closet or spare shelf somewhere, even a wall where you can add some hanging baskets and hooks. The key is to know where all of your stuff is so you can just grab it and go.
Keep your work area and bead mat as clean as possible. Sometimes, I leave all my beads and finished projects on my mat and the next time I want to bead, it’s a big hindrance. When I take the time to clean up after myself every time I do some beading, it’s so much better the next time I want to make something.
10. Make It A Social Activity
Beading is fun on its own but it’s even more fun when you do it with friends. If you have a group of friends who live close-by and love creating DIY beaded jewelry, then meet up with them often to catch up and bead.
11. Take DIY Beaded Jewelry Projects On The Go
One thing I love about off-loom bead weaving is that you don’t need big bulky equipment to do it. All you need is a beading needle, thread, a bead mat and some beads. Those things don’t take up a lot of space at all and are lightweight.
If you plan to be out and about but know you’ll have some downtime in between, take your beads with you. Or, if you plan to take a vacation, don’t leave your beading supplies behind, pack them up and enjoy yourself.
I don’t want anyone to miss out on the benefits of beading. Hopefully, these tips will help you to find more time to make DIY beaded jewelry.