Best DIY Blogs

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Having easy access to DIY projects from your iPad or laptop makes doing your home improvement project much easier. And what better place to do it than a DIY blog?

Whether trying to save cash, live more greenly or simply because you enjoy a challenge, Do-It-Yourself projects can be a fun and rewarding way to update your home and enrich your life. In the past, DIY ways to decorate one’s home, make homemade crafts and repair items were shared via word of mouth or passed down from generation to generation. These days, however, DIY blogs are popping up everywhere to the delight of crafty gals (and guys) everywhere. There’s never been a better time to hit the web and then hit the toolbox (proverbially-speaking). To help you get your project done right, check out our picks for the Top 5 DIY Blogs.

Instructionables

The blueprint

Instructables catalogs nearly 35,000 step-by-step projects from around 20-25,000 authors and most every one is inspirational and entertaining. The site is where “passionate people share what they do and how they do it, and learn from and collaborate with others.”

Most fab feature

The site features different, specific “Channels.” From Bikes to Recipes, Kids to Travel, Woodworking to Sewing, this structure allows you to search for exactly what sort of project(s) you need. If you’re simply perusing the site, more general categories are listed at the top of taskbar (Living, Outside, Play, Technology and Workshop).

Crafty cred

Instructables has been featured on ABC News, the New York Times, Forbes and The Wall Street Journal. Oh, and did we mention CEO Eric Willhelm has a PhD in mechanical engineering from MIT?

DIY Network

The blueprint

The name says it all. What started (and still is) as a thriving television network is now also one of the best DIY resources on the web. The site focuses a bit more on home improvement and also features the Network’s experts to advise and answer visitor questions. Step-by-step instructions are offered for countless projects, 10,000 of which are accompanied by a how-to video.

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The Easy Project Finder allows you to search by project area (backyard, garage, kitchen, etc); what you want to work on (appliances, floors, cabinets, etc); and what activity you want to do (building, painting, cleaning, etc).

Crafty cred

The DIY network is one of the fastest growing digital networks and is currently in 50 million homes. The award-winning web site is a leader in the Nielsen Online Home and Garden category and, of course, one of Viewpoints’ favorites.

Make

The blueprint

The DIY tech site on our list, MAKE Magazine’s online component is everything you expect from the magazine, plus videos/podcasts and an online forum/community section where you can swap stories and solicit advice for your toughest DIY tech needs. “Void your warranty, violate a user agreement, fry a circuit, blow a fuse, poke an eye out. Make: The risk-takers, the doers, the makers of things…Welcome to Make: Online!”

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The MAKE archives let you browse by month or category, the likes of which include Flying, Weekend Projects and Something I want to learn to do… Sign up for Make: Daily to receive an email each morning with inspiring ideas and pretty much just cool stuff that will make your head spin.

Crafty cred

The site has 2 million engaged visitors monthly and 50 million page views annually with 30,000 Active Newsletter Subscribers. No surprise here: the site is socially tapped in to Facebook and Twitter, as well.

iDIY

The blueprint

iDIY is the brainchild of a recent DIY-savvy bride who has compiled all her wedding research into one easy-to-use site. Inspiring touches and penny-saving strategies abound, from flowers to cake stands, invitations to gifts. The “Goodies” sidebar also gives visitors access to freebies and downloads, as well as steals and deals. Those who simply enjoy a unique DIY project for any home entertaining or gifting occasion will find this site useful, too.

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Just because her wedding is over, doesn’t mean blogger Luzel can’t keep in touch with all her wedding followers. Her Blog Buzz section talks about life post-marriage and allows visitors to really get to know the girl behind the gab. Recently, Luzel announced she was expecting a boy!

Crafty cred

The site was voted a Top 100 Wedding Blog by BrideTide and has been featured in Southern Weddings Magazine, Weddingbee and Moo.com.

Dollar Store Crafts

The blueprint

Recessionistas, unite! Dollar Store Crafts features DIY projects that are cheap and chic, each one featuring materials purchased at dollar or discount stores. Supplies needed are usually limited to the basics: scissors, glue, tape, that sort of thing, but you’d be amazing at what blogger Heather Mann comes up with (she has help from DSC readers, too).

Most fab feature

There’s a rotating challenge for all site visitors to enter and win prizes. For instance, Heather sends a package of random stuff to site-users and they have to use it to make a project. The Challenges are a great way to be inspired, interact with fellow DSC users and, of course, win bragging rights.

Crafty cred

The site boasts more than 100,000 unique readers each month, was named one of 10 Favorite Craft Blogs at Blogs.com and has been featured in Real Simple, Curbly and Casa Sugar.

Julie Bensman (5 Posts)

Julie is a former writer for Viewpoints.com.