Here at DIY Projects we try to feature tons of original content, but we also love to showcase the best blogs by featuring content from our favorite DIYers. We thought it would be great to show a little love to our favorites by putting together a list of the top DIY and craft sites, plus we wanted to share with you some of their best projects.
We’ve seen a lot of cool do-it-yourself projects, but we’ve also seen a lot of terrible ones. These blogs consistently have projects we LOVE because their projects are always unique and interesting, plus they actually made these things! Ever tried making a project you found on a blog or on Pinterest only to find that the whole thing was a failure and that the “maker” probably never even made the thing they write about? We have….
These are some of the best DIY sites and blogs we know of:
1. Design Love Fest
Design love fest’s very own Bri Emery is an art director and the Los Angeles-based founder and editor of Designlovefest. Her clever blogging abilities have launched her into the creative and demanding world of DIY. Her blog oozes with incredible photos of style, DIY, food, travel, entertaining and lot’s more. Designlovefest has been featured in countless magazine publications including Elle Décor, Apartment Therapy, HGTV, Lucky Magazine, Martha Stewart Weddings, The Los Angeles times and more. If that wasn’t enough to make your hungry for more, Bri also teaches photoshop to aspiring bloggers while balancing her Art Director role. Talk about being super woman.
Here is a link to her blog: designlovefest.com
Finding this blog for me was like opening Pandora’s box of ultimate awesomeness. It’s a combination of all things DIY including (but not limited to) cooking, sewing, constructing, tinkering and more. Whether you’re a hobbyist or you just love the art of “making” there is something here for everyone. They never leave me thinking to myself, “Should I do this project?” I always wind up doing it. So what’s their story? Instructables was founded by Eric J. Wilhelm on the premise that by sharing projects and connecting with others they would make an impact on the world. Projects indeed bring people together. Instructables has taken a rapid initiative by serving as the springboard to a community of creatives like ourselves. They also run tons of cool contests so go show em’ what you’re made of!
Here’s a link to their awesome site: Instructables.com
Round up of our two recent favorite projects:
Portable Solar Power Station
Here is a list of everything it does:
Track the sun vertically.
Track the sun horizontally.
Power the entire system with the Voltaic Panel.
Have a minimum of 500mA available to the user.
Provide the user with a port to use for power/charging of devices.
Small and portable design that could fit into a hiker’s backpack. (via instructables)
Wood Lighting Technique
How cool is this project? All you need are a few round tree trunk slabs. I’ve seen them on eBay for pretty cheap. Chances are if you live in a rural area you can find people selling them or giving them away for free. This is such a good idea for a rustic cabin or just to have in your bedroom. Kudos!
3. Oh Happy Day
Oh Happy Day is a lifestyle and design blog written by event planner Jordan Ferney. It is updated daily featuring DIY party projects, party planning ideas, interior design, weddings, letterpress and invitations, design, photography, and more. Jordan uses a simplistic layout loaded with touches of her creative flair to add just enough je ne sais quoi.
Here is a link to her lovely blog: ohhappyday.com
Printable Cookie Monster Party Bags
Apparently May 15th is National Chocolate Chip Day. In honor of this day, Jordan has put together this adorable tutorial for how to make some cookie monster cookie bag holders. Check them out. Pretty neat stuff.
Washi Tape Box DIY
Here is another cool project featured on Oh Happy Day’s blog. How cute are these for gifts or jewelry? You can really use your imagination.
4. The Shabby Creek Cottage
The Shabby Creek Cottage is run by a fabulous do it yourself mom named Gina. She custom built her shabby chic cottage using the help of her husband. They cut down the cost of labor by learning how to do everything themselves. They’ve creasted their website with tutorials and how to’s based on the furniture and things they’ve done to spruce up their own home. What a talented duo! Clever and creative, we have to give it to Gina. Her style and DIY’s are just what we’re looking for. Enjoy!
You can find Gina’s craft blog here: theshabbycreekcottage.com
5. Sister Suitcase Blog
Sister Suitcase blog is comprised of Holly and Nat, two DIY sisters who decided to find a creative way to stay connected after moving away from one another. They’ve had such a knack for crafting they put together this awesome DIY and design blog for other creatives like themselves to unite. What a great idea! They took their friendship to another level and became successful business partners. Awesome work, ladies! Here are a few projects that we’re totally into.
Here is a link to their website: sisterssuitcaseblog.com
DIY Copper Frame & Engineering Print Photo
Being as though I am a huge fan of monochrome – this project stuck out like an Eskimo in a desert. I’d love to try this with some old photo’s I have lying around. Check out how it’s done on their blog.
DIY Modge Podge Drawer Organizers
This idea was so clever. Taking Mod Podge to the next level was definitely a good choice. I am definitely going to try this!
6. I Heart Nap Time
You can visit her blog here: iheartnaptime.com
“Jamielyn Nye is the owner and founder of the popular blog I Heart Nap Time, and the creator of the online app, The Inspiration Board. She aspires to reach women, get their creative juices flowing, and to genuinely inspire.” (-via iheartnaptime). Her blog is a combination of DIY, recipes, crafting and much more! She continues to inspire young moms to pursue their blogging dreams.
Pottery Barn Knock Off Mirror
By Marie of Blooming Homestead for I Heart Nap Time.
7. Lil’ Luna | all things good |
Lil’ Luna is founded by Krysten, a mom of four children, a wife, a creator, and a lover of all things handmade and crafty. She explains that her passion for crafting is an innate gift that she just wants to share with others. Her blog is truly an inspiration. Not to mention her cooking and delicious treats always leave us begging for more. We’d like to thank her for delivering to us some amazing photos and ideas while burying our noses deep in DIY.
You can find her blog here: lilluna.com
8. All Things Thrifty Blog
All things thrifty was started by Brooke Ulrich. Her goal is to deliver projects that are unique and creative, while providing tutorials that are simple and easy to follow. She shares advice on tips, tricks, recipes, tutorials…etc that will impact their readers on a much different level than your average blog. Brooke’s website features awesome DIY projects that you’d never think of. She also shares her “oops” DIY accidents which tell you the truth about some interesting crafting myths. GO lurk her page because it’s super cool.
Want to go there now? Check it out here: allthingsthrifty.com
9. How Does She
How does she is a lifestyle blog by Alison, Missy, and Shelley.
“HowDoesShe is committed to bringing you the most fabulous DIY projects, crafts, family fun ideas, delicious recipes, and strategies to help you raise a beautiful family. Started in 2009 by three amazing young moms, the site has quickly expanded to an international following.” – HowDoesShe.com
From their crafting skills, to their cooking we have to give them the utmost respect. They are three super hero women on a mission to deliver fun DIY projects to everyone. Check out their website to get the full scoop on all their DIY projects.
You can find their site here: howdoesshe,com
How To Create Magnificent Floral Terrariums
Aren’t these so lovely? I love succulents and they make such great table decor. Check out their awesome tutorial on how it’s done here.
10. Prudent Baby (Pretty Prudent).
Jaime and Jacinda are the two main founders of Pretty Prudent. Prudent Baby is a fabulous array of eclectic interiors, DIY crafting ideas, home decor, tips for kids crafts, and more! Their blog features lovely ideas on how to revamp your home while being practical and penny-wise. WE LOVE IT! It’s got everything you need from tutorials to step-by-step instructions.