Do you have creative and talented kids? Do they love doing do-it-yourself projects and crafts? BuiltByKids.com is an online community for kids and their families that is all about do-it-yourself projects. According to Built by Kids:
We are pleased to announce Built by Kids, a new lifestyle website… Created with, by and for children. Written for families, caregivers and educators. We are dedicated to teaching the ABC’s of DIY and celebrating those who value the power of creative development and are nostalgic for a time when weekends were set aside for building forts or making models. Here’s to building and bonding in your family!
Projects are organized by age and skill level. There is also a Tool School, a Built by Kids Club, a Built by You monthly contest, and more.
Do you like to browse the interwebs looking for crafts and other handmade goods for sale? Do you sometimes find really bizarre items or things that are just plain junk? Regretsy.com is a blog that posts handmade goods that are odd, awful, bizarre, or otherwise fail. According to Regretsy:
Regretsy is the fail blog of hand crafts. Almost everything posted here is collected from the web site, Etsy, though I sometimes feature crafting failures from other sites. I also will sometimes post things that are just incredibly odd and wonderful. So while not everything here is awful, it is always WTF. Etsy bills itself as The online market place for all things handmade. Everything on the site is supposed to be handmade or vintage. Unfortunately, a lot of people post things that are factory made, not vintage and basically shit you’d find at a yard sale. There are many, many gifted artists on Etsy who produce incredible work. Generally speaking, those aren’t the people I feature.
Do you love to make crafts, cook, and sew? Does it seem like you’re always missing a key ingredient to make your projects just right? Do you wish you could find projects using more readily available ingredients? Make-it-Do.com is a blog written by a lady named Calli about making crafts, sewing, cooking, cleaning, and otherwise living life with the limited resources you have on hand. According to Make it Do:
…You never know what life will bring you, and lately it’s giving a lot of us lemons. “Make it Do” is about turning lemons into lemonade… I (site author Calli) aim to borrow some of that old wisdom (from the author’s grandmother), and throw in a bit my own creativity, to help myself and anyone who reads this blog make life sweeter. I can’t help asking, can a downturn in the economy actually mean an upturn in our resourcefulness, our creativity, and our outlook on life? In this blog, I explore how happiness can come from simple things, and how good old fashioned hard work and resourcefulness might just be making a welcome comeback…
Categories include: sew it, cook it, clean it, make it, and kids do. There is also a section on tutorials, a Make it Do Parties section, and a pattern shop section.
Do you love Crafts? Would you like to browse pictures of crafts and learn how to make them? Craftgawker.com is website that posts pictures of some of the most creative and interesting crafts on the interwebs, all with links to blogs and other sites where you can find out more information about the crafts. According to craftgawker: “craftgawker is a gallery where anyone can showcase their art, crafting and photography skills. It’s a place for you to discover new artists and handmade goods to inspire your own creations.”
The site includes a favorites section where you can save all your favorite posts so that you can easily find them again at a later time. Do you have a craft blog or some great photos of your crafts? Craftgawker accepts submissions from anyone as long as the link has some written content to go with the craft photo.
Are you feeling creative? Would you like to start a project that’s a little different? Do LED-lit sea urchins or atomic cookies sound interesting? EvilMadScientist.com is a website that posts instructions for unusual crafts and projects that you can try at home. Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories is organized into the following topics: Field Trips, Everything Else, EMSL Projects, Site News, Play with your food, EMSL Tests & Quizzes, Reviews, and General News. Need help with a project or even more ideas? EMSL also includes a discussion forum.