Pick of DOITYOURSELF websites and blogs
Few things are more rewarding than creating with your own hands, whether its crafts out of paper, cardboard, glue and paints; knitting, crochet or embroidery; or even simple woodwork. The process of working on such projects can be calming, therapeutic and extremely gratifying. And like most other hobbies, the internet is a great place to look for people who share your interests. So if you’re looking for a new hobby, or even something to feed your creative genes, there’s no better place to start than with a few of these links…
In existence since 2009, Craftgawker is arguably one of the best places on the web to start your search for craft tutorials or inspiration to begin similar projects of your own. The resource takes the form of a photo gallery that allows you to “visually search and discover” Do-It-Yourself (DIY) tutorials by category, tags and popularity. All the tutorials on the site are suggested by craft bloggers. A team of Craftgawker’s editors then review the suggestions and accordingly choose the best work to display.
Users who register and create an account on the website are allowed to save, tag and post notes on their favourite crafts by clicking on a heart icon displayed under each picture. If you’re looking for fun projects to do on a lazy Sunday, this is the place to go to.
Childmade is another site that displays tutorials from around the internet. Maintained by work-athome mom Sherri, this site carries the simplest of tutorials that can be done together by both adults and kids. Besides the DIYs that she scours from around the interwebs — more than 8,200 ideas and completely searchable — Sherri also displays a few of her own nifty designs. So if you want to start simple, this is one place you might want to consider. You could also subscribe to her weekly newsletter that features the best, new and latest tutorials on the site.
No story on craftworks could ever be complete without mentioning Origami, the Japanese art of paper folding. And if you loved those craft sessions in school, you will simply fall in love with this resource. The website sorts tutorials based on themes that include animals, fruits and vegetables, sea creatures, flowers, clothes, and even numbers and symbols. And no matter what your proficiency, whether beginner or expert, there are enough of fun projects for everyone.
Click on any section and you are taken to a page that displays images of each of the finished paper-folding designs. Select any one and you can choose between a diagrammatic instruction set and a step-by-step animation. A great site if you’re looking for activities for you and your little rascals.
There are sites for crafts and then there’s Craftpop — an online directory that lists hundreds of websites on various forms of DIY, including beading, how to make beauty and bath products, candle- and soapmaking, card-making, crochet, knitting, mosaics, paper arts, scrapbooking, seasonal craft ideas, and even wedding crafts. Click on any of the sections and you are taken to a listing of the websites; each with a description of the resource along with a rating out of 5 stars.
Craftster — with its esoteric tagline of “No tea cozies without irony” — is an online community of over 2.5 lakh ‘crafty’ people. The eight-yearold site covers projects ranging from jewellery and trinkets to pottery and purses, glasswork and quilting, crochet and sewing — and then a few others. Besides, it also includes business advice and opportunities for craftmakers as well as contests for members. It gets over 1 million visitors per month and is one of the most famous resources in the genre.
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