Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman are Bringing DIY to Prime-Time

Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman are bringing crafting to the next level.

What do you get when you combine the talent of Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman, and a reality show about DIY projects?

Our guess is a real good time.

A crafty idea

Last month, The Hollywood Reporter reported that NBC ordered six episodes of “Handmaid Project,” a DIY reality show.

Amy Poehler, Nick Offerman, and a panel of experts will judge eight makers and artisans’ crafting abilities.

The pairing isn’t a big surprise, considering Poehler and Offerman’s chemistry on the late, great “Parks and Recreation.” Offerman also is well known for his woodworking talent.

“People who make things are my favorite kind of folk,” Offerman says.

“Practical, clever and terrific in a pinch. That makes me tickled pink to have a front-row seat at this prodigious display of talent, and admiring and cheering on an amazing crop of American makers. Plus, Amy and I have a strong tradition of tomfoolery, so let’s see if we don’t have some good fun.”

But will it work?

Of course it will!

People love great comedy, chemistry, and crafts. And even when a craft goes wrong, people are still able to point out the comedy in failure—that’s why Pinterest Fail exists!

The joy of laughing at other’s failure aside, audiences have already embraced DIY crafting via social media and television programming.

Facebook, Instagram, and as mentioned before, Pinterest, have exposed people to crafts that are actually doable.

“Social proof is a big factor behind people wanting to do DIY crafts,” Shashin Patel, Painting to Gogh founder, says.

“The activity itself is enjoyable, engaging and very fulfilling in that you start off with nothing and finish the project off with something tangible that you created with your own hands.”

Other networks, such as HGTV, and shows like Martha Stewart, already feature segments on DIY projects that are a fun and cost-effective way to add style to people’s lives, Christine Villanueva, lead content writer at LuxeDecor, adds.

Try along at home

Don’t want to take on a big project? We don’t blame you. The weekend is only so long.

Want to spruce up your space for spring? Try sewing or gluing colorful pom-poms to pillows or baskets, or create inexpensive wall art with wallpaper.

“Original artworks often prove expensive, so simply cut an area of a boldly patterned wallpaper and frame it up to create your own original artwork,” Villanueva says.

Rather use something that’s laying around the house? Try Creative Green Living’s Recycled Succulent Planters for a shorter crafting project that has up-cycling at it’s heart.

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Abbie Stutzer

Writer, editor, and owner of Ginchy!, a freelance writing and editing company, and home funeral hub. Adores smart sex ed, sustainable ag, spooky history, women's health, feminism, horror, wine, and sci-fi.