Whether you’re remodeling your house or updating your wardrobe, do-it-yourself projects can be good for the planet and your wallet, as well as quite personally rewarding. If you need help with a current project or are looking for fresh ideas, Earth911 has compiled its picks of the top DIY websites and blogs for home improvement, crafting and fashion.
Home remodeling and décor
- Instructables: Post tutorials of your own successful home projects, or search for step-by-step instructions from other enthusiastic DIY’ers on Instructables.com, a website that specializes in user-generated projects. Yes, you can find home remodeling and décor project on this sharing site, but you’ll also discover a wealth of home projects for the techie: constructing your own LED lamp or recycling an old coffee maker into an on-demand water heater.
- Apartment Therapy: With a mission to “save the world, one room at a time,” this hip home design blog features an array of DIY projects to spruce up your nest – from upcycling old terra cotta pots into pendant lights to building a custom office desk from metal pipes. Click on the DIY tab in the top navigation bar, or search for the type of home improvement project you’re looking for under the Projects tab on the left navigation bar; select “Reusing” if you’re interested in recycling-focused projects.
- Makezine.com: From the same folks that bring you MAKE Magazine and the Maker Faire comes Makezine.com’s Make: Projects online library, which boasts DIY projects from both the publication and the site’s community of users. Makezine staff curates the user-submitted projects to ensure quality and encourages collaboration by allowing site members to edit and improve upon each other’s tutorials.
- Young House Love: Follow the DIY adventures of 30-something couple John and Sherry Petersik as they learn how to remodel their Richmond, Va., home on their blog, Young House Love. The pair provides detailed instructions and videos for home improvement projects ranging from the nuts and bolts – like replacing a toilet and grouting tile – to the aesthetics, including making no-sew curtains.
- Design Confidential: Run by self-proclaimed carpenter and trained drafter Rayan, Design Confidential offers free DIY furniture plans, so you can build your own designer-inspired pieces – like a rustic outdoor table or paneled armoire – on the cheap. Nervous about getting started? Rayan provides resources for new furniture makers including information on lumber, safety precautions, must-have tools and instructions for deciphering plans.
- Design*Sponge: Hailed as a Martha Stewart Living for Millennials by the New York Times, Design*Sponge lets you easily search its collection of DIY home design projects by difficulty, cost, type of material (including recycled materials) and technique such as painting or woodworking.