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Family 411: Benefits of doing DIY projects as a family

Benefits of DIY projects for families (WSYX)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WKRC) - Families looking to spend more quality time together are trying something different with do-it-yourself art projects. The projects can encourage creative expression and exploration for children and their parents.

These families are picking up some tools and working on getting ordinary boards prepared to become keepsakes.

"The tools can be intimidating," said DIY instructor Alexis Vandevelde. "But when we start working with them you can sense their relief as the work shop in progressing."

Many families said they come back with friends and relatives. People young and old like to try something new like the board and brush.

Wendy Leon said, "The kids have a chance to kind of get away from TVs and electronics and kind of use some creative juices. Make something really cool for their bedroom or the house."

Family members say it's helpful to have the advice of instructors. "When you are making your board and you don't know what to do, go ask someone. Don't try and do it by yourself."

Jason Godwin is a father, teacher and lacrosse coach. He tells us working with family on an art project is like a team sport. "You are kind of looking out for each other. You are encouraging them to try something new. Whether it is a color combo or how to use a tool. He's got a razor blade right now so better keep an eye on him."

The artists are making memories, and in the end have a custom sign they are proud to hang in their home for years to come. "People get to use their hands, their minds and really put a piece together and they walk out with just a great sense of confidence and achievement."

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