Winter is here and there is no better time than now to DIY to your heart's content. So we've collected the top 12 DIY websites one can find, from knitting, 3D printing, urban gardening, home repairs and everything in between, this list covers it all. So learn more of what you know or more of what you don't know, or just scour these top 12 DIY websites to add to your Pinterest boards. Enjoy!
Born out of the MIT Media Lab, Instructables has grown into a mainstream website with a devoted following who post their DIY creations.
DIY FOCUS: Technology, play, outside, workshop, food, and living
THE X FACTOR: Adding a bit of flair and competitive spirit to their DIY community, the site holds tons of contests centered around specific themes and invites their users to share their creations. Entries are first voted on by users and prize winners are selected by a panel of seasoned judges including Instructables staff and members of the community.
Repeatedly honored as one of the best DIY sites on the Web, users come here to get expert advice on home improvement and repair projects.
DIY FOCUS: Home and lifestyle, including car repair and personal finance
THE X FACTOR: The site hosts extensive expert led forums that support DIY makers
in their crafty endeavors in addition to informative how-to articles from choosing a basic color palette to repairing a leaky faucet.
Merging DIY with gadgetry, Make magazine and its growing community of readers take a more technologically focused approach.
DIY FOCUS: Electronics, workshop, craft, science, home and art & design
THE X FACTOR: Make hosts a free online summer camp where kids ages 13 – 18 can go on virtual field trips and meet some of the most inventive creators out there.
The eco-friendly website is all about encouraging people to go green by providing articles and project ideas to incorporate greener living in an easy to apply way.
DIY FOCUS: Crafts and home beautification projects with a sustainable edge
THE X FACTOR: The site hosts the offbeat section which focuses on out-of-the-box thinking, humorous posts as well as funky creative green projects.
The extensive site covers around 30 different categories in the world of how-to, chock full of articles and tutorials.
DIY FOCUS: Parties and entertaining, food, home and crafts
THE X FACTOR: With over two million articles and videos, Ehow.com is a one-stop shop for expert advice from professionals in nearly every field.
7. APARTMENT THERAPY
"Saving the world, one room at a time" is Apartment Therapy's official slogan, but it could also be "high design for small budgets." The website features tips and advice for every room of an apartment or house, and lots of DIY projects for clever storage and sharp décor. The how-tos aren't quite as thorough as those found on Instructables, but the projects are a little more polished.
8. ANA WHITE
Ana White features a giant collection of furniture project plans from DIY doyenne Ana White and members of the community. Projects are sorted by type, skill level, style and room. Ana's plans are typically detailed and well-illustrated. Contributor plans can be less refined in presentation, but still easy to follow. DIYers who make something following plans from the site are encouraged to share their results, too. They are often even more impressive than the originals.
From baking bread to solar rooftops, Mother Earth News has been covering the DIY scene in print and online for decades. The site and magazine feature lots of tips and advice about sustainable living, from growing and preserving food, to living off the grid. DIY projects range from sundials to solar food dehydrators.
You won't find a plethora of easy to follow DIY plans at Low-Tech Magazine. You will find a lot of fascinating articles that show how things used to be done – and how those old ways might help you live a cleaner, cheaper, more sustainable life today. From reconsidering how to keep warm at home to how to lift heavy things, Low-Tech reminds us that the new ways aren't always the best ways. It's a point-of-view DIYers of every skill level can use to help them solve problems and create things with their own two hands.
12. URBAN HOMESTEAD
Urban homesteaders Jules Dervaes and his family produce more than 6,000 pounds of organic produce annually on just one-tenth of an acre. Produce is just the beginning of the Dervaes' extreme DIY lifestyle. From making biodiesel to preserving food, the family shares advice and resources on their website urbanhomestead.org. Beginning homesteaders can get started with workshops, books and videos.
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