It’s the cold, miserable heart of winter… all the more reason to get crafty and pretend that living like a hermit with Vitamin D deficiency is actually productive, right? We kid, we kid… well, kinda. Dust off your Bedazzler and heat up that glue gun, it’s time to show Mother Nature who’s boss and take control of the great Canadian “off-season” by launching some exciting DIY projects. Who cares if it’s minus 20 when you just made yourself a sequined iPhone case with your initials on it! Or a lamp shade that almost, almost seems to replace a summer’s day with its gorgeousness. These DIY blogs rock our world. You’re never too old to get creative…
P.S. – I Made This…
A Rice Krispie square cake that looks like a champagne bottle? A Stella McCartney-inspired clutch? Yes, please! Erica Domesek’s killer DIY blog, P.S. – I Made This…, has some of the most innovative and on-trend home projects in fashion, beauty, tech, food – you name it. This girl tackles it all with her wicked imagination and amazing sense of style. Watch the adorable DIY cat mask video below and prepare to fall in love with your new favourite blog.
A Pair & A Spare
Whether you’re feeling super boho and just want to make a rope basket or are dying to have an Alexander Wang bralet but just can’t justify the pricetag for a veritable crop top in winter, A Pair & A Spare has pretty much every idea under the sun for every personality type. We’re obsessed with creator Geneva Vanderzeil’s ideas for wall art most of all, although we admit that we recently obsessed over her tutorial on sequined pockets for jeans. She’s pretty damn amazing, which explains why she’s already published a book: DIY Fashionista.
We were just on this site the other day and got inspired to deck out the office garbage can… the garbage can! The two ladies behind Honestly…WTF, Erica Chan Coffman and Lauren Kolodny, have everything from edgy street art-inspired ideas to complicated jewelry how-tos to silly but cool artistic ways to make even a garbage can seem beautiful. We love the “home” and “art” sections the most, since getting our pads decked out for the rest of the winter is high on our priority list until we can finally see green grass on the horizon.
I Spy DIY
From tips on how to decorate blank walls and personalize dishes to creative nail art tutorials and wicked accessory ideas, I Spy DIY is a how-to lover’s dream. The site is the baby of InStyle columnist Jenni Radosevich, which explains why it’s so on-trend. There’s even a specific “Guy DIY” section for the bad boy with a crafty side. If you’re not the type to stock up on supplies, Radosevich sells DIY kits on the site too, which you can get delivered so you never, ever have to go outside. Watch Jenni’s colour blocking tutorial below to see her awesomeness in action.
Studs and Pearls
Speaking of awful winter weather, the other day Studs and Pearls founder Kristen Nunez was snowed in, so she decided to make a miniature terranium by turning a candle holder upside-down and filling it with cool things from around her apartment. Um, amazing! Sure, the New York-based blogger has ridiculously awesome fashion sense and shows readers how to copy everything from runway to Nasty Gal looks for less, but it’s her breakfast nachos-style posts that makes us love her the most and wish she was our best friend. The 20-something nutrition grad and self-professed foodie has a book named after the site as well that features 30 DIY projects.