I find that the words CREATE and MAKE are often used interchangeably. But I think this is inappropriate and causes a lot of misunderstanding. I'll attempt to explain.
To MAKE something is to assemble various components, generally according to a pre-planned design, and link them into a new work that did not previously exist. This may be done in many disciplines including (but not limited to) cooking, carpentry, metal smithing, collage art, popular crafting .... The results of this MAKE effort are indeed something that the maker created but it is usually not very original. It lacks NOVELTY, an essential characteristic of CREATIVITY.
To CREATE something is to produce something that is high in NOVELTY and, therefore, does not result from well worn design plans. Although the components may be well worn, the design will be new and often untested or even produced as the work progresses. The results of this effort, if successful, will be not only NOVEL but also USEFUL, the second essential characteristic of CREATIVITY.
The USEFULNESS characteristic may be somewhat difficult to evaluate in some categories of work, especially in the arts. I'll address that at another time.
For now, I think it's important to know that CREATE and MAKE should not be used synonymously. I think we often use CREATE because it sounds more impressive. "I created this," v. "I made this." But, in fact, there is nothing wrong with the word MAKE. "I made this," is a perfectly wonderful statement and one of which we can all be proud. Then, when we produce novelty, we can accurately proclaim, "I created this."
Deborah K Smith, PhD
As a self-proclaimed mixed media artist and creative professional, I am in my 3rd career, having spent 15 years as a software developer and another 15 as a university professor. My first love and my most demanding one has always been creating whether it be a drawing, a bit of crocheted lace, a cloth doll, a piece of software, a PhD dissertation, or a piece of digital art. I simply LOVE to make things and I see make and make-over opportunities everywhere. My only regret is that there is no possible way that I can live long enough to make all of the things I see in my mind.