I love a DIY project, as most of you will know by now.
It’s the thing that got me into blogs, and blogging, in the first place. The brilliant, crafty people out there, who regularly show the world how to make something that looks like it cost more than £100 with nothing more than a free afternoon and a trip to their local DIY store or haberdashery shop.
My DIY tutorials are some of my favourite things to write and post, and though I haven’t had as much time for crafting recently because of the house renovation, it doesn’t mean I’m not collecting ideas on ‘projects to do one day’. And that list just keeps on growing.
Here are my top sources of inspiration – my 10 favourite DIY bloggers.
The Lovely Drawer
It was probably the beautiful photography and impeccable interior tastes of Teri from the The Lovely Drawer that drew me in. She’s one of my favourite DIYers because her projects are simple, affordable and effective.
Best recent project: no sew geometric cushion
Fall for DIY
One of my favourite things to do when I get my crafting box out is make jewellery, and Francesca from Fall for DIY is a DIY jewellery fiend. She also points out that crafting is a brilliant thing to do with a bunch of mates, and I wholeheartedly agree. Her blog also has fashion and home DIYs, and lifestyle and advice posts.
Best recent project: faux granite rings
A pair & a spare
I think a pair & a spare may be the first blog with DIY projects I started reading, and Geneva is just awesome. The results of most of her fashion DIYs blow me away. Again, her blog has lots more besides and I enjoy her travel and lifestyle posts too (even if they do make me green with envy).
Best recent project: embroidered jacket
I’ve also been reading Californian Maegan‘s blog for several years. My nail-polish-painted shoes were completely inspired by her. I confess I don’t like every project she does but there’s no denying her ingenuity when it comes to customising clothing.
Best recent project: T-strap ankle bow shoes
First, Katy’s lovely. Second, while her Apartment Apothecary blog is about gorgeous interiors mostly, she regularly posts brilliant DIY projects too. Third, her craft room/home office is the stuff of dreams. Fourth, I want her dog.
Best recent project: fabric buckets
I only found June’s Nostalgiecat blog fairly recently, when we were both nominated in the best DIY blog category in the Amara Interior Blog Awards last autumn. Whenever she posts a DIY I think, ‘why didn’t I come up with that?’ She’s excellent with concrete. I love her Scandi home style too.
Best recent project: geometric hanging planter
A Beautiful Mess
Basically, A Beautiful Mess would make it into ‘my top 10 favourite blogs’ in any category you care to mention. It’s just a brilliantly colourful, inspiring and uplifting space on the web.
Best recent project: pom pom wall hanging
P.S. I made this
P.S. I made this is another blog I’ve been reading for years. I like the name because I love going out wearing something I’ve made, it being admired and being able to reply, “Thanks. Where’s it from? Oh, I made this.” This site has more DIY projects than your crafty brain can cope with. Not all are to my taste, but you can adapt and use the ideas and techniques.
Best recent project: embellished bag strap
I Spy DIY
I like Jenni’s blog I Spy DIY because I totally get her philosophy: “Spot style you love and do it yourself.” Again, her projects are simple, but with eye-catching outcomes. She makes things for her home and wardrobe.
Best recent project: wire basket table
My inspiration for pulling together some of my favourite DIYers and writing this post is DIY store Wickes‘ latest campaign, #projectpossible.
They’ve done some research which shows Brits are tired of celebrity endorsements – and I couldn’t agree more with the findings, including that Kim Kardashian West is one of the most ‘overexposed’ celebrities. Just what is the point of “Kimye” anyway and who decided KK warranted hours more media attention than women who are actually doing things?
People asked said they were much more likely to buy a brand if it was endorsed by someone who had achieved success in their chosen field. Hence Wickes’ new ad campaign features real projects and accomplished men and women who – just like some of my favourite DIY bloggers – use conventional DIY products in their everyday work.
My two favourite short films were these two – the amazing screw paintings by artist Andrew Myers and the super cute seals. I promise they will inspire and make you smile.
Do you love DIY bloggers too? Have I missed your favourite?