NOTE: I continue to update and build on this list so check back for new additions!
I have been creating DIY projects for years but I’m still relatively new to the blogging scene and its been a road to discovery. Even though I’m not selling items, I’m still interested in sharing my ideas and projects with others, so my first goal was to identify my audience and determine how best to reach them. I was familiar with Twitter, Pinterest and FB – all great ways to promote and share things you make but I was eager to learn more about other available options where like-minded DIY and Crafters can connect. With this in mind, I began my search and am pleased to share with you some of my favorites based on ease of use, site support, content, networking and sharing options.
FavCrafts is another great site that you can submit your projects to. In addition to being able to submit your project and view others they offer video’s, craft of the day, give-aways, craft supplies and more! They are well-organized and offer a range of categories that make it easy to find projects you are interested. I posted my DIY Bird Bath under garden and outdoors and I really like how they highlight the level of difficulty so readers know what skill level is required. Sign-up is required but free of charge.
If you enjoy creating wonderful things for the holidays, this site is for you! It specializes in sharing holiday and celebration crafts, recipes and DIYs like my Easter Lily Fairy. You can also access video’s, give-aways, reviews, ebooks, supplies and more! It is well-organized and also offers a great range of categories so you can quickly and efficiently get to the projects you are most interested in. This site has lots of great content and is a go to site for holiday craft ideas. Sign-in is required but free of charge.
LaCartera is a site that promotes and features link up craft submissions in the Holiday Craft Favorites series. She actively promotes her site and the crafters that she features. I am particularly impressed by her beautiful graphics and eye-catching presentation of projects and promotions. Follow LaCartera or visit her site regularly to watch for link up project submissions and parties. Here are some examples of what being feature in LaCartare looks like: Holiday Craft Features Wk #3 – Candy Cane Soap and Holiday Craft Favorites – Week #6 – Christmas Cupcake Toppers
Hometalk is a very popular site for sharing your home, garden & craft projects. Creating a profile and uploading projects is very simple to do and they offer Hometalk goodies like a widget that you can insert into your blog or website that displays images, views/shares and links to your popular projects. I also appreciated and benefited from them featuring my CD Tower Turned Herb Garden in their newsletter and it now has over 25K views! You can create boards where you can collect and save different types of projects, follow others, comment and share both your own and others creative ideas. They have an active and supportive management team and a community of devoted members. Sign-up is required but free of charge.
Craftys is site that offer crafters a forum to share their projects with others. It is very simple to create a profile and upload you projects. Craftsy offers online craft courses, supplies and kits so it’s a great place to share ideas and to learn more about or purchase the various supplies and tools available. The online courses are a great way to learn more as well. This is a well-organized site that offers viewers and members a great opportunity to learn and share. You do not have to purchase any supplies or take any classes in order to post your projects but the option is conveniently there should you want to. Sign-up is required but free of charge
Craft Box Girl
Craft Box Girls is a vibrant and active site where crafters can upload and share their projects for home, health, DIY, style, recipes and more. View and share creative projects, access articles and video’s and purchase hand-crafted items. In addition to being able to upload your projects you can apply to be a merchant if you have items for sale. This a well-organized site with lots of great projects that allows you to network with others while sharing your own ideas and creations. It is easy to set up a profile and upload projects. Sign-up is required but free of charge
Craft Gossip – Crafts, DIY & Homemade Items scours the net looking for the best craft ideas and projects and review them for you. They have a number of sub blogs, each with their own editors. You can submit a suggestion for the various subcategories online. Craft Gossip was great about featuring two of my projects in their newsletter and
Make Something Edmonton
Make Something Edmonton is a wonderful, vibrant sharing community where Edmontonians can share ideas, events, projects, ideas and more! There is a free sign up and then you create a profile and can easily upload your information including links and pictures.
Most of you will already be familiar with Pinterest but not everyone knows about Pin Groupie, a great tool to help you find group boards where you can share your crafts with others on a common board thus increasing your exposure. To get an invite to these boards you need to take interest in the content and comment on or pin some content. Make sure and follow the board and if you don’t get an invite after interacting send the person who created the group a message or email expressing your interest to join. One of the group board I’m currently posting on is Show Me Your Crafts but there are many of them so use Pin Groupie to see what’s out there and get active interacting with the boards you are interested in joining.
If you are blogging on WordPress.com Reader offers a built-in networking and sharing option where you can follow, comment and share blog posts with other bloggers. It’s a great way to not only share projects with others who have similar interests or passions, but you will meet a supportive and informed community that is there to help you out and support you with feedback and encouragement. The Reader shows excerpt of recent posts blogs you follow and that includes ones that are not on WordPress.com or visit Freshly Pressed and see what’s new. It’s a great way to share your work with others and to see and share what others have made.
Cut Out & Keep
This a site where you can make and share craft ideas. They have a section for food & drink, home & garden, hair & beauty and more! It is easy to set up a profile and upload your projects but the editors do review submissions and their approval to publish is required. The were very helpful at providing direction to me regarding what criteria they had for content. In addition to sharing projects and networking with others, they offer contests, feature books, social forums and various networking opportunities. Sign-up is required but free of charge. A great site with a lot of variety of content.
eliza ellis Sunday Brunch Magazine
This a new addition to my list as I just recently came across this wonderful site. They take submissions for home and lifestyle projects or inspirations from the first to fourteenth of each month. The submission process is super easy and involves entering a link to your website or blog which automatically pulls up the images so you can select which one you want as a thumbnail. It is super quick and efficient both to enter projects and view others. If you scroll down the Submit page – you will see a thumbnail of all the current submissions. This is a great opportunity to share your projects with others even if you are not selected to be published in the magazine for that month. I’m impressed with the quality of the magazine, the ease of use to submit and the excellent content.
Another new addition I recently discovered! BuzzFeed offer a very easy platform to upload your project info including text, links and images. You can move through the process in a timely manner and its easy to preview and edit as necessary. BuzzFeed is a place where anyone can share their wonderful creations so give it a try. It offers social media sharing as do all the sites I’ve listed and your projects are displayed with a bold title and a strong, eye-catching presence.
Tip Junkie offers you a platform from which to make your profile and project listings. It is a tutorial based entry system so you can describe and elaborate on the steps involved as well as upload a picture for each step. Like the sites above, Tip Junkie also links your projects directly to your blog or URL There is a sharing community of which I have yet to get know well but am looking forward to networking with the other creative contributors posting their projects there.
Totally Tutorial is a family friendly blog that posts tips, tricks, tutorials and how-tos on a wide variety of subjects. It’s easy to upload projects. They offer an Exchange Program – Free Supplies for Tutorials which allows supply sellers to offer free products (including shipping) to those promising to create a unique tutorial using the supplies given. A bonus on this site is that frequent contributors are listed in the sidebar craft directory.
I hope you take some time to explore these wonderful options. Remember that in addition to posting your own projects, take time and look at what others are doing, offer insight if members have a question, comment and share!