Remember the artsy-crafty girl in high school who made her prom dress out of second-hand finds and came to school carrying bags she made out of recycled materials? I was always secretly jealous of her, being that I was the girl who was impressed with herself when she actually finished a whole friendship bracelet. But whether you’re the girl with the crafts or the girl with craft-envy, YouTube is laden with channels giving ideas on how to continue being handcrafted-chic and showing the creatively-challenged how to start.
Here are five go-to channels when you’re looking for a way to add a personal touch to a gift, how to turn something old into something new, or if you’re just feeling creative.SHIHO MASUDA
Shiho’s channel provides tutorials on simplistic crafts that are used from recycled materials. She’s specifically known for her work with paper and gift wrapping ideas. Take a page from Shiho’s book, and learn how to make a handbag from an old t-shirt with the video above.GIANNYL
GiannyL is proving that it’s possible to make homemade look hot. If your attempts at turning old clothes into new ones just end up looking like your old clothes with awkward hemlines and poorly placed ribbons and beading, check out any of the videos on Gianny’s channel. This video shows how to make a quick, easy dress that won’t look like your middle school Home Ec project.SIMPLE KIDS CRAFTS
Looking for a way to include your kids in on the crafts? Simple Kids Crafts’ channel has kid-friendly projects that turn household items into fun, new toys—a definite upgrade from the “Here’s an empty cardboard box, kids—figure out what to do with it.” This video shows a fun, simple project to do during summer vacation or whenever you guys are feeling a little artsy.ETSY
This YouTube channel for Etsy follows suit of their website with homemade how-to’s and creative ideas for vintage finds. Get ideas and guides from their How-To Tuesday videos, such as this one showing how to make your own scented bath salt.THREADBANGER
ThreadBanger’s videos guide you through their creative ideas for DIY style and home décor in their spunkier version of the How-To. Here’s a tutorial on how to make your own piñata, mis amigas artísticas.
Make sure to share your creations after checking out these channels! Stay crafty, BlogHer.
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