We’ve been doing some research over at the DIY HQ, asking DIYers “What has DIY done for you?” The responses have been extremely insightful and we’re thrilled to see how our community has grown over this past year. Check out these wonderful stories on how users are discovering their passions and exploring new topics through the site.
"DIY is the best thing ever created. I’ve met friends, and made awesome projects. It gives me things to during the summer and weekends, and I make things I’ve never thought of before. In a summary, DIY is awesome." - Mustache Gal
"I am able to express myself in a way that I used to be too shy to do in person, and it’s a badge of honor to do these things. " - Evil Ladybug
"I’ve always loved being creative and making things and DIY as allowed me to take it a step further by sharing my creations online. Before DIY I had know idea what a claymation even was! Now I’m making them and coming up with ideas for them all the time!" -TomKat
News from the DIY HQ: Caption/Background Contest - FORK IT!
So we introduced the idea of “forking” a while back and it’s become a sort of social currency on the site. By forking a project, a DIYer is paying the ultimate compliment to a fellow user by making iterations to their project and remaking it into something that they can call their own.
We’re constantly planting seeds in the community and trying to promote this type of behavior so that forking becomes a common form of interaction on the site. Forking is not purely social, it also inspires kids to get creative and make something that they might never have thought to try. Lately, we’ve been playing around with our green screen and created our first #capcon contest, encouraging makers to have some fun with photoshop. Hilarious submissions are rolling and we’re amazed at how our growing community is responding, click here to check out some of the awesome projects.
http://diy.org/about Lookout for her in our first episode of DIY TV’s Next Level.
Thanks to everyone for participating in this year’s Halloween Contest. We received a ton of awesome submissions and are excited to announce this year’s winners in the following categories (drum roll please):
Congratulations to everyone for making this year’s contest the best on yet. Until next year DIYers :)
Our updated patch wall at the DIY Headquarters with around 100 skills and counting!
From the forthcoming DIY visualpedia handbooks, this is our latest entry on driftwood shacks.
Last year, 14-year-old Zachary Bruggeman sent an unsolicited application to be DIY’s apprentice. Now he’s a paid engineer & stock option holder. ;)
New Supplies in the DIY Market!
Sewing Kits $10
A needle and thread are some of the oldest tools on the planet and they’re just as useful today as they were in the Stone Age. With the DIY Sewing Kit, you can mod your clothes, stitch your patches, and fix anything that’s come undone.
Canvas Tool Bag $40
This tool bag is the perfect place to store your ever-growing tool collection and makes easy work of carrying your gear from the workshop to the job site. A lot of pros choose canvas tool bags over metal boxes for their lighter weight and their ability to be hung on hooks and ladders. Don’t be afraid to get this bag dirty—it only looks better with age!
Want to take part at DIY? Help kickstart a Club in your neighborhood.
A DIY Club practices skills, builds epic projects and takes adventures. If you want DIY in your neighborhood, think about being the Club Leader to make it happen. At very least it’s a few hours of your time each week and you’ll learn plenty of new skills yourself. Follow this guide to get started!
The DIY Times (a user curated newsletter on the site) had a hangout with users from all around the world.