Do It Yourself @ Home
If you like do-it-yourself shows and websites, you’ll love the 4-H home environment project! Learn to apply basic elements and principles of design and home management as you:
- Organize and maintain your room
- Arrange and decorate your room
- Make a decorative accessory for your home
- Draw a floor plan
- Plan a sleep-over
- Create efficient storage areas
- Write an invitation and thank you note
- Apply paint to a wooden object
- Refinish furniture
- Restore, recycle or repurpose home furnishings
- Make wise purchases for your home
Learn the basic skills of being part of a family as you:
- Become mindful of the needs and feelings of others
- Share space with other family members
- Practice good manners
Youth Project Books
Volunteer Leader's Guide
Related 4-H Events & Activities
Make or do something! Making your room more functional, easier to keep straight or more reflective of your interests or personality can be a lot of fun. Need some ideas to get your creative or problem-solving skills rolling?
- Situation: Your closet is a mess. Your mom...well, she's not happy. What can you do to solve this problem?
- Replace the one existing clothes rod with two--one higher and one lower--to accommodate your clothes on hangers.
- Build/add more shelves for your stuff.
- Place a box or hamper in your room for dirty clothes.
- Situation: You and your brother have shared a room your whole life. Your brother moved out so for the first time you have a room of your own. What can you do to make it look more like "you"?
- Paint the walls a different color.
- Rearrange the furniture.
- Refinish or paint the chest of drawers.
- Get your swimming trophies out from under the bed and display them on a shelf.
Demonstration Competition: Are you interested in showing others how to do something? Change a furnace filter...refinish furniture...make a pillow. Most county 4-H programs host communications competition sometime during the year. Contact your county's Extension agent for 4-H youth development for more information on county opportunities.
Achievement Program: Youth who are actively involved in 4-H are often tapped to serve in leadership roles. If leadership or service to others is your thing, ask your county's 4-H agent about 4-H Achievement.
To learn what's happening in 4-H in your county, contact your county's Extension agent for 4-H youth development.
State Contact: Kimberly Leger, Extension Specialist for 4-H Youth Development, Office: 209 Scovell Hall, University of Kentucky; Mailing address: 212 Scovell Hall, Lexington, KY 40546; Phone: 859-257-7179; Fax: 859-257-7180; Email: email@example.com.