The 15 Best Blogs for DIY Lovers
October 2, 2014
If you love to get crafty, you'll want to follow these neat blogs
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There are thousands of websites to turn to for home improvement techniques, party planning tips, food hacks, and even paper projects to keep you occupied and make your home look catalogue-ready. But not all blogs are created equal. Some have ridiculously difficult projects with impossible-to-follow directions, and others have projects that look cheap or just plain tacky.
So we decided to wade through the crowd to find you the best. In our slideshow, you’ll find a ranked list of the 15 best DIY blogs the Internet has to offer, guaranteed to help you serve the cutest desserts on the most elegant table or give you the best step-by-step guide to reproducing that expensive chandelier you’ve had your eye on at Restoration Hardware.
#15 Cuckoo 4 Design
Founder Julia Konya’s projects are at once useful and whimsical. Plus she often repurposes items that have gone out of style, like cuckoo clocks, or are only good once a year. Her Christmas ball chandelier is lovely even after the holidays have ended. As a bonus, Julia can show you how to build your own homemade cat tunnel!
#14 Honestly WTF
This blog is mostly dedicated to DIY clothes horses, but its home décor ideas are just as chic as its fashion sense. The DIY flower chandelier will have your friends wondering where you found the cash to invest in a notoriously pricey Anthropologie piece.
#13 Aunt Peaches
Aunt Peaches describes herself as “Messy. Sparkly. More fun than a bag of possums.” She’s definitely not for the understated crafter, but if you’re fun, fearless, and dying to learn how to make your own confetti, you’ve just found your go-to DIY blog.
#12 P.S. I Made This
Fashion is the main focus here (check out the homemade letterman-inspired jacket — too cute!), but the food is pretty great too. Turn your next party into an elegant affair with gold and silver cookies and chocolate bling.
#11 DIY on the Cheap
DIY on the Cheap was “founded on the belief that you don’t have to spend a fortune to have a beautiful home.” Its projects are certainly beautiful, mostly understated and classic, but you’ll find a few precious projects tailored to kids, such as the hot pink cardboard super hero phone booth.
#10 Oh Happy Day!
Event planner Jordan Ferney brings some much-needed levity to the DIY blogosphere. If you’re planning your child’s perfect Halloween costume, check out some of Ferney’s adorable ideas.
#9 The Painted Hive
This home-improvement-centric blog has sleek, minimalist projects for every room in the house. The pictures look like magazine glossies, but the step-by-step directions are surprisingly clear and simple.
#8 Centsational Girl
DIY can get pretty pricey, but Centsational Girl Kate Riley loves a project that won’t break the bank. That could be why everyone from Nate Berkus to HGTV Magazine has featured her thrifty and simple yet stunning work.
#7 Damask Love
Damask Love is a paper-lovers’ dream come true. If stationary is not just paper but a passion to you, you’ll find a kindred spirit in founder Amber Kemp-Gerstel. Her projects are perfect for invitations or place cards for your next party.
#6 The Happy Housie
The Happy Housie has a knack for making things special, and if you’re the kind of person who sees every holiday as an opportunity to decorate the house, yard, dog, kids, and neighbor’s yard, you’re going to love these projects.
#5 Dream Green
Founder Carrie Waller has a background in art and history, and her expertise shows in her vintage-meets-modern salvage projects.
#4 Paper & Stitch
The home improvement projects at Paper & Stitch, such as the ombré bar cart, are pretty adorable, but food is the real star of this blog. Hungry for a doughnut ice cream sandwich or watercolor meringues? You will be after a few minutes with the blog’s gorgeous photography and super simple directions.
#3 A Beautiful Mess
Sisters Elise Larson and Emma Chapman maintain that “Life is better when it’s a little bit messy.” But A Beautiful Mess is mostly the former, where you can find gorgeous sewing projects, paper crafts, and even textile printing instructions.
#2 Almost Makes Perfect
Whether you’re interested in cooking, decorating, or entertaining, designer Molly Madfis has you covered. Her DIYs, like a gorgeous minimalist pet bowl stand, may not be great for beginners, but the end products are incredibly sophisticated.
#1 Lovely Indeed
Lovely Indeed has a little bit of everything, from DIY sparkler packs for a crafty New Year's or Fourth of July party to can’t-believe-this-didn’t-come-from-a-store lavender sachets that make adorable gifts. Lovely Indeed is actually so lovely that its founder, Chelsea Foy, has had her crafts featured on HGTV.