January 10, 2014

Crafting Community: Where to Share and Find DIYs


It's the power of sharing, discovery, and community that brought me to blogging. I'll always be making, blog or not, but the desire for finding a community in the craft and DIY niche drove me to start and grow Thanks, I Made It. But this ain't your Memaw's sewing circle-- there are so many ways now to learn and share a love of crafting.  So, where do you find new tutorials or share your own DIYs?

In my quest to uncover the craftiness of the Internet universe, I often get tired of the ol' Craftgawker and Pinterest feedback loop, which seems to repeat a lot of the same content and can feel really trendy or seasonal. While there are treasures to be found on both sites, and can do great things for you if you're a blogger, there are many alternatives to build community and find and share original DIYs. Here's a short list to get you started, and please, post any others you know of in the comments!

Kollabora 
Cut Out + Keep
One Pretty Thing
Whimseybox Community
Tumblr (this one is a fave, and here's another great blog)
Instructables
All Free Jewelry Making

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9 comments:

  1. Thanks for these great tips! I also love the Craftster.org forum! Great way to get inspired and share your (un)finished projects.

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  2. This is just what I've been looking for! I've been dying to do something crafty and creative but am having such a creative block so hopefully i'll be able to find something beautiful to inspire me again.

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  3. Hey Erin! Great list. I use those sites and also Findandcraft.com It's a bit like Craftgawker, but without ratings. I'd love to hear any other suggestions your readers have as well. Always on the lookout for crafts communities!

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  4. I love to share DIY tutorials too, on my blog or here at Echoed DIY Community http://echoed.com/#me/stories

    Thank you.

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  5. Thanks for the shout-out! I really appreciate being in good company with cut out + keep and the other blogs. My favorite activity is to find DIYs that no one else has posted on Tumblr (or in general) - like the amazing Harry Potter Monopoly game or a unique braided scarf from a small French blog. For kids' crafts (for my kids' craft blog) I found that a Growing a Jeweled Rose has really good homemade recipes for goop, floam etc... I also check out what is popular in all categories of Bloglovin and find a lot of smaller unique foreign blogs to follow that way.

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  6. Thanks for including Whimseybox, we LOVE when people share their projects with us and always share them on our blog and social media. Also, that's for surfacing that page which could totally use an update, it's pretty out of date! It's on our list!

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  7. Thanks for this list Erin and spreading the DIY love!

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  8. Thanks so much for the list! I am always looking for more DIY blogs.

    I have a DIY blog called Always Rooney if you want to check it out!

    www.alwaysrooney.com

    -Courtney

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