Inspired DIY Websites

Inspired by Steven's love of DIYs, our Web Wonder Woman Jamey Ordolis shares her favourite DIY websites. Here's what she had to say about the best of these bloggers...

Like Steven, these creative ladies are leading a handmade revolution with their beautiful blogs and imaginative projects. DIY-ing is HUGE online. You may have already seen influences at your friends' weddings or in your co-workers' outfits, and now it's time to check out their sites for inspiration and homemade ideas that can steal you away from the PVR for a night. Not because you're broke, but because you're creative (although you can save some dough). Sometimes we all need to think outside the retail box.

Here are my favourites DIY sites:

1. Design Sponge

Grace Bonney has found enormous success with her home decor blog, Design Sponge , which landed her a deal for the book Design Sponge at Home. There are hundreds of DIY projects for the home on the site, both from Grace and contributors.

Some of my favourites: a Stitched Screen Door,  Faux Gold Objet D'ArtPaper Marquee Letter LampVintage Trophy Coat RackBudget Friendly Mod Chandelier and Upholstered Otomi Headboard, one of her most popular DIYs ever.

I tried the Chevron Necklace made out of pasta and it turned out great.

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2. A Beautiful Mess

This lifestyle blog, run by Emma Chapman and Elsie Larson, was named the best DIY blog of 2012 by Apartment Therapy.

Their craft section is filled with tons of home, fashion and art DIYs, like this sharpie mug set that I tried out. Some of our other favourite posts are the DIY polka dot rugDIY bow tie and bleach painting on textiles DIY.

Emma and Elsie share many of the secrets to their blogging success in their FAQ section.

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3. The Sweetest Occasion

This entertaining and lifestyle blog devoted to event design is full of great DIYs and free printables from its creators - Cyd, Jenny and Morgan.

I tried out the Love You More Valentine's Day Printables, which you can use for any occasion by cutting off the Happy Valentine's Day. I also love the DIY Heart Garland and DIY Party Animal Candles.

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4. Glitter 'N Glue

Similar to one of the most popular DIYers on the web, Erika Domesek of P.S. - I Made This, the delightful Kristen Turner is crafting her way to fashion success with her fresh and fearless take on trends.

I tried her Open Love Letter to Krylon's Fluorescent Paint DIY to upgrade one of my old nacklaces and I also like her Embellished Sunglasses,  Door Knob Jewelry Organizer, and Chalkboard Paint Frame.

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5. CraftFail

Not every DIY goes as well as the ones I tried. And many of the ones that go awry end up on CraftFail - full of hilarious warnings to eager crafters, like this Nylon Baby Doll Fail and these jeans, which lost their lives in a pastel upcycling experiment.

But don't let the funny fails scare you - the DIY sites I shared are full of easy projects that don't require you to be too precise. So, have some fun and happy crafting.

Jamey is the co-creator of Empirella.com, a smart and stylish website for working women, and is the senior producer of CBC Live, where you can get a behind the scenes look at your favourite CBC shows and stars, including Steven and Chris.

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