Top DIY Blogs for the Crafty Woman (of any kind)
By Janie Siggelko
Today’s social media influence has the number of DIYers and enthusiastic crafters on the rise. With the help of blogs, Pinterest, and how-to guides, women everywhere are consuming their time with projects of all sizes and creating handmade lives.
I understand that all women aren’t alike, and believe it or not, this applies to DIYing. I have scoured the Internet looking for the best blogs for the crafty woman (of any kind). Here’s what I found:
FOR THE THRIFTER
Everything is better when you can get it for a dollar, am I right? Everyone is embracing the DIY revolution as budgets get tighter. This blog is dedicated to sharing projects that are “cheap, chic, and easy to do” – oh yeah, and that come from the dollar store.
FOR THE BAKER
Bakerella is a compilation of recipes and decorating tips for those brave enough to tackle the mixer and oven. With everything from cake pops to dessert happy meals, you’ll find yourself returning to this blog for a sweet treat.
FOR THE INEXPERIENCED
If you’re like me, crafts don’t always turn out the first time around. Don’t worry; we’re not the only ones! Craft Fail is an ingenious blog that makes light of the art of failure. Like the creator (Heather) says, “Not every craft looks like Martha made it.” So sit back, laugh at your mistakes, and grow with a community of fellow not-so-perfect crafters.
FOR THE HIPSTER
Craftster is for the hipster, the off-beat inventor, and the innovator. Online since 2003, the blog boasts a whopping 1 million readers each month and is hailed by the New York Times and other major publications. Drop by this blog and become a part of the indie craft movement.
FOR THE FASHIONISTA
Attention frugal fashionistas: make designer inspired clothing with a clearance section budget. Everyone can’t afford a $400 dress with Louboutin heels, which is why Jenni (employee of a fashion magazine in Manhattan) created I Spy DIY. You can now get the looks from the runway and magazines from your own little craft corner.
FOR THE MOM
Two crafty moms, and re-united friends, come together for this witty blog that has projects for both the kids and the “hot mess mommy.” Learn how to make a hamper from a pillow case in the nursery and then make a clutch for a night out with the girls. Who says moms can’t spend a little time on themselves?
FOR THE POWER TOOL JUNKIE
Not all women are afraid of power tools. I think that the larger projects, such as installing drywall or tiling a bathroom, often scare us off. The DIY Diva shows us that these tasks are not at all impossible as she encourages everyone to “grab their tools and start making really big messes.”
FOR THE ORGANIZER
If you love containers, labels, and baskets (or if you’re just trying to get your clutter under control), this blog is for you. Learn from a self-proclaimed organizing freak and get hooked. Laura, a Christian wife and mom, explains how to organize absolutely anything from jewelry to the kids’ playroom – there is no task too big or too small. Maybe you’ll even get the courage to try the next organizing challenge!
Janie Siggelko lives in Lexington, KY. She is the current lead web editor at Hope for Women Magazine.