For lots of teens, do-it-yourself creativity is the way to go.
“I’ve done DIY very often, it’s very fun,” says Nieomi Colon, 15, from Hyde Park. “I was on YouTube and I watched this video on how to make these fashionable shirts….I also made marble nail polish.”
The DIY movement seems to be ultra-modern, employed by everyone from thrifty teens to back-to-basics adults using YouTube tutorials as their guides. Yet history shows that DIY has been around for a very long time.
Under the headline, “Ancient Building Comes with Assembly Instructions,” a 2012 squib on news.discovery.com noted that “Italian archaeologists have unearthed the remains of a Greek temple-like structure dating back to 6th century B.C. They also found details on how to build it. Written in detailed codes, the collection of how-to instructions was found among the remains.”
Today, DIY objects can serve as presents from teens.
“I make little things for my nephew, like the little plants in the pots,” says McKenzie Redmond, 17, from Dorchester.
Samantha Johnson, 17, from Dorchester, says DIY is also a nice way to produce homemade feel-good items at a reasonable price.
“I made bracelets, flower crowns, and shirts,” says Johnson. “I’m not going to pay retail price for something I can make at home.”