It’s easy to think of DIY as a new trend, but people have been doing it for generations. If you’ve never tried it, you may not know where to start. But once you get started making your own things, you’ll wonder why you ever bothered with store-bought items when the homemade versions are so much better. (Plus, you’ll save a lot of money).

The term “DIY” was originally used in Britain during World War II, when the government wanted to conserve the raw materials used for manufacturing weapons and other military products. The acronym stood for “Do-It-Yourself,” and it soon became a wartime rallying cry for the British to help the war effort. More recently, the DIY culture has become a way of life for many as a way to save money and to be more environmentally conscious, and it has become easier and easier to do everything yourself. (This is particularly true in the food world, where all sorts of DIY blogs exist to help you make your own coffee, sausages, bacon, pickles, kombucha, and more.)