Do-it-yourself (DIY) is a system of constructing, altering or mending something without the assistance of professional help or experts. The phrase do-it-yourself has been closely connected with laypeople or the common man since 1915, mainly in the area of home maintenance and home improvement activities. By 1950s, the term do-it-yourself became common practice and was used normally (in Standard English) by the general population. By then, there was a rapid beginning of a movement of people attempting to do home improvement and several other small craftsmanship and construction assignments as a productive and recreational as well as cost saving process.
From the late 1990s onwards, a good deal of information regarding home improvement and other activities started to emerge on the Internet, where users could share tips and information with one another through bulletin boards and forums and invite help on a certain aspect from other experienced users.
Some other terms used to describe the do-it-yourself culture include, designing and creating invitations, business cards and the like, making handmade jewellery or ceramics, reusing old objects or recycling basic materials such as paper, constructing simple electronic circuits or learning how to make low-cost traditional scientific models and many others.
These days, the scope of do-it-yourself activities has gone beyond television and magazines and has taken prominent role on various websites.
A large number of extensive websites offer focused sections that offer in-depth information and practical videos for users to learn more on how to improve their home or build various kinds of constructs. In addition, good deals of consumers and homeowners have started to blog about their experiences, along with photographs of their experiments, for other users to follow and like.