7 Top DIY Websites That Will Inspire Your Next Creation [LIST]

A combination of imagination, creativity and elbow grease is what it takes to be a DIY master

Aug 5, 2014
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Flexing your creative skills by creating something from nothing is the name of the DIY game. So whether you are a well seasoned DIYer or new to the scene, jumpstart your inspiration for your next project by checking out these 7 incredible websites.

1. INSTRUCTABLES

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: Technologyplayoutsideworkshopfood, 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.  

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2. DOITYOURSELF.COM

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.

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3. MAKE

Merging DIY with gadgetry, Make magazine and its growing community of readers take a more technologically focused approach.
DIY FOCUS: Electronicsworkshopcraft, sciencehome 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.

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4. GREENUPGRADER

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.

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5. DIY NETWORK

A television channel devoted to home improvement, where all of the shows have jumped on to the web with added features like how-to guides and helpful articles.
DIY FOCUS: Every inch of home improvement
THE X FACTOR: The TV hosts and resident DIY experts have videos and blogs where they share ideas that might not have made it on the air.

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6. CRAFTSTER

This funky online community is for the DIY hipster, with an eye towards the off-beat.
DIY FOCUS: Knittingcookingjewelry and clothing
THE X FACTOR: Craftster lists user generated locations of DIY and craft supply stores in every corner of the world.

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7. EHOW.COM

The extensive site covers around 30 different categories in the world of how-to, chock full of articles and tutorials.
DIY FOCUS: Parties and entertainingfoodhome 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.

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