It always feels better to make something than to buy it, which is why we love to DIY when it comes to crafts. Not only do we learn a lot during the process, there’s a sense of satisfaction we just don’t get if we order something from a catalog. Still, crafting, whether it’s building a piece of furniture or making a necklace can be a little intimidating. Which is why we love these 13 blogs, all of which share amazing ideas, inspire us and even better: give step-by-step instructions for crafts you can do yourself.
Elsie Larson and Emma Chapman are the sisters behind this blog where you can find home décor projects, recipes, and crafts. Some of the projects are a little more intensive (like gold leaf brooches to wear in fall), but there are paper crafts and sewing projects that even a DIY novice can figure out. Our favorite is the homemade gift ideas section because there’s nothing more special than a gift made with love.
Photo: Laura Gummerman, Todd Gummerman, and Elsie Larson via A Beautiful Mess
Erica Domesek is really, really good at creating gorgeous handmade objects. And she wants you to be really, really good at doing the same thing. Which is why her website, which by the way has HUNDREDS of projects, has step-by-step instructions and lots of photos. Erica has tons of holiday DIYs for getting your home ready as well as fun projects like a perforated emoji clutch, embellished smoking slippers, and so many fashion ideas. Dream big or start small… the only limit is your imagination. And your ability to use a glue gun.
Photo: Facebook/P.S. I Made This
Lovely Indeed is all about the little things that make life so lovely, including plenty of DIY and design projects, like creating a gallery wall, making a leather piggy bank, and putting together a painted wood necklace. There are also lots of DIY beauty advice (a two-toned gilded mani, anyone?) and tons of advice for the holidays.
Photo: Lovely Indeed
Amber is a child psychologist who somehow also has the time to create beautiful craft projects and share them using her “doable-DIY” approach. She gets that these types of projects can be intimidating, so she gives you all the information you need to make stuff you’ll really love. We love her giftable projects, like Pineapple Treat Boxes and Leather Tassel Keychains, and the fact that she has so many holiday ideas that are pretty simple to execute.
Photo: Damask Love
Amy started her blog a couple of years ago to share her love of creating and home lifestyle. Her DIY projects are perfect for someone looking to add a little personality and whimsy to her home. Some our faves include the DIY Copper Striped Candle Holders, the No Sew Pillow Covers, and the DIY Heart Wall Art.
Photo: Homey Oh My!
Stephanie Gerber founded Hello Natural because she enjoys creating simple things that make herself and her home more beautiful. And yes, the focus is on natural beauty and healthy living, in case that wasn’t obvious. She also shares a lot of practical advice, like how to make homemade cleaning wipes and clever ways to reuse wine bottles, but it’s her beauty DIYs that keeps us coming back for more.
Photo: Hello Natural
Jennifer Stagg believes a living space should reflect the inhabitant so her blog helps anyone add a little whimsy and quirk to her space. From bigger projects like a DIY Marble Top Coffee Table to ideas about how to style your mantle for fall, she really focuses on turning your house into a home. Plus, her reveals as she redecorates her own home are consistently impressive.
Photo: With Heart
We love Molly’s website because she totally gets that nothing, including all of our DIY projects, are ever going to come out perfectly perfect. And she’s cool with it. Which makes us relax a little bit when we’re tackling one of her DIYs. We also dig her clean, modern aesthetic. Plus, she makes everything from jewelry (check out the DIY Brass Curve Necklace) to home goods (her Modern Dream Catcher is perfection) to projects you can tackle in five minutes (like making a gallery wall).
Photo: Almost Makes Perfect
Bridge and Casey are best friend and self-proclaimed DIY “rookies,” but you won’t be able to tell based on the projects they share. Their craft ideas are all fun and original, but the best part of their site is some of the really practical advice they share, like how to patch a hole in your wall and how to hide a printer.
Photo: DIY Playbook
Mandy claims she didn’t know a thing about decorating when she started Vintage Revivals, a website that shows you how to makeover existing pieces as well as create brand new ones. But based on the enormous projects she tackles, you might find that hard to believe. From a DIY Bent Arm Chandelier to making a brass faucet, she really is fearless. And thanks to her photos and instructions, you can be too.
Photo: Vintage Revivals
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