Payday faraway? Get crafty with the world’s top DIY bloggers

In a world obsessed with acquiring, there’s something inspiring about someone who creates rather than consumes

Jenny Hewett

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In a world obsessed with acquiring, there’s something inspiring about someone who creates rather than consumes. Last month, a US-based fashion blogger captured media attention after her DIY video on how to make copycat $895 Yeezy boots with socks went viral. She has since sparked a recreating frenzy that has seen many of her 137k followers follow suit. Over the last few years, the slow fashion movement has been gaining momentum as consumers demand to know more about the origin of their threads.

Often when we think about slow fashion, the words “sustainable,” “green,” “ethical,” “carbon footprint” and “eco-conscious” come to mind. We associate the concept with environmentally-friendly fabrics and socially responsible production methods. But sustainable fashion can be as simple as upcycling a dress or repurposing a shirt. DIY not only serves to inspire creativity and save costs, it also encourages recycling. From repurposed business shirts to hosting your own rooftop movie night, these five bloggers invite you to dig beneath the surface with these DIY lifestyle ideas.

The Nu Vogue, @thenuvogue

She gained recognition for her clever copycat Yeezy boots, but blogger Shay Cherise has plenty of on-trend DIY fashion solutions up her sleeve (or down her socks, rather). Most of her how-tos are inspired by current catwalk trends and celebrity style, including these DIY denim heels, which she whips together using old jeans.

A Pair and a Spare, @apairandaspare

Aussie blogger Geneva Vanderzeil’s creativity kudos extends to everything from fashion to interiors, food and travel. As well as sewing and making items from scratch, she repurposes clothes, demonstrating how to tie them to create a whole new look. Her how-tos on upcycling white business shirts are pure genius. You’ll never look at wardrobe staples the same again.

A Beautiful Mess, @abeautifulmess

Sisters Elsie and Emma have banded together to share their “homemade lifestyle” and offer DIY solutions on recipes, crafts and interiors. They now have an impressive 503k followers on Instagram and a team of writers and designers responsible for some rather cool content. Unsurprisingly, the blog and Insta feed perfectly reflects their DIY style: quirky and colorful. Recent posts include a how-to on a couple’s “Stranger Things” costume for Halloween and homemade gifts including gemstone and color-blocked soap.

Honestly WTF, @honestlywtf

Erica Chan Coffman and Lauren Kolodny are the brains and creative force behind this DIY lifestyle blog. Often ahead of trends, the duo is armed with industry experience (Erica previously worked as a designer, while Lauren, a stylist) and their blog churns out refreshing content, such as how to deconstruct denim and five ways to tie vintage scarves.

I Spy DIY, @ispydiy

Don’t know where to start? Jenni Radosevich’s DIY hobby has become so successful, she now has her very own line of crafting tools, I Spy Supplies, which you can order online. Her content gets back to the true heart of DIY, with a focus on demonstrating how to create the latest fashion and home trends for less. Whether it’s a DIY rooftop film night, complete with marquee lights and mac ‘n’ cheese, how to make lace-up pom-pom sandals or a recipe for orange sherbet served in the peel, there’s something for everyone.