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6 DIY YouTubers to Get You Motivated to Create

by Hri Bernard

Hi everyone! My name is Hri Bernard and I’m a new contributor to Design*Sponge. I’m a high school senior who’s eager about discovering everything there is to know about the art and design world. I’m always hanging out in museums or bookstores, exploring my home of New York City with a camera in hand, or surfing the web for inspiration for my own projects. Everything I do is fueled by my love for creativity, and it’s very rewarding to be surrounded by so much of it.

I will be writing about DIY trends within the art and design world, as well as creative people to follow and learn from. I aim to inspire and keep you updated on the various projects that you can attempt to do, if you’re just as passionate about creativity as I am.

Something that I’ve realized over the past few years in experiencing the evolution of technology is that people are too creative to simply buy the items that they want to own. So many people have developed an interest in adding their own touch to their clothing, furniture, home decorations, etc. and social media (along with a new, modern movement of crafters) has resulted in a global sharing of ideas. Now, there are platforms like Pinterest and YouTube, which I’m so grateful for, where people can create a collection of DIY projects that they would like to tackle. Last spring, I created my own African printed bag as well as a geometric sculpture to hang up on my bedroom wall, and I can tell you that there’s definitely a sense of achievement and pride that comes with being able to say “I made this.”

With that said, I want to share with you the people on YouTube who have provided me with much DIY motivation. These are the people that do DIYing just right. If you’re a DIY enthusiast like me, constantly looking for a new project to start, I suggest you check these people out. Hri Bernard

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There's nothing more exciting than making your home look exactly how you want it to be. Mary Elizabeth gives much clever innovation for DIY projects mostly centered around the home. If you have no idea where to get started on decorating your apartment, dorm room, or house, she's got the videos that will spur you to start any project around your place. Her video on vision board-making inspired me to make one of my own to hang in my room. I'm also planning on creating my own gallery wall to surround myself with pictures of friends, family, and adventures. There are some exciting projects to come.
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Kia Marie, known as Notorious KIA on YouTube, repurposes clothing from her wardrobe. She’s done DIY projects that have included repurposing a fur vest into a bag, adding trimming on shorts, and creating pocketed tees. She doesn’t believe in buying something from a store without customizing it. I appreciate the dedication Kia Marie has in establishing originality in her wardrobe. In looking at her channel on YouTube, I’ve noticed the many changes that could be made to my own wardrobe. I realize that sometimes, I don’t need to throw out that old t-shirt, but instead turn it into something that can become fashionable again. She has shown me that DIY brings life back into an item of clothing -- or anything else.
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Like Kia Marie, With Wendy DIYs clothing -- but instead of repurposing pieces, she actually makes them. Pretty cool, right? If you have a sewing machine at home that you never touch, she will inspire you to start using it again. Heck, I don’t even know how to sew, but somehow I was able to make a bag from scratch. Wendy will do that to you! She’s made amazing articles of clothing, from flouncy tulle skirts to Letterman jackets to off-the-shoulder dresses -- anything that you could possibly want in your closet. I’ve always been interested in making my own clothes, so I find that when I have a big chunk of time, I’m on the sewing machine attempting to do what Wendy does...albeit I fail most of the time.
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It’s not often that Evelina runs DIY tutorials on her YouTube channel, but when she does, it’s completely different and amazingly unexpected. Unfortunately, she doesn’t really do DIY projects anymore, but the ones that she made in the past were all flawless, designer-quality, and absolutely perfect. A lot of what she created was inspired by clothing items or accessories she would see on the runway at Philip Lim or Alexander Wang fashion shows. A clutch that would cost about $1,000 would be made with a budget of $50 by Evelina, and it would look just as high-fashion as anything you’d see on the runway.
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Korean twins Qjin and Qwon, known as Q2Han on YouTube, are major DIY enthusiasts who are full of ideas. From Korean fashion to cute makeup bags, their channel is filled with inspiration for all. My favorite that I would like to try my hand at is the DIY makeup pouch that they crafted. It's simple, but able to be customized with whatever details you would like. After all, DIY is all about customization. It's amazing the things they have made: jumpsuits, wrap/tie skirts, holiday skater dresses, and almost any other fashionable items you could think of.
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Ann Le is absolutely incredible. Her channel is filled with DIYs of all sorts. The variety keeps me wanting to come back to see what she'll do next. On her channel you will find videos on how to make DIY items for your pets, beauty products, fashion, home decor, and, unlike most channels, art. All the things that you probably never thought you would want to make are on here. Ever wondered how to make your own soappaint a winter dream, or create printed candles? You probably haven't, but I bet you would want to after checking out her channel. Also, like Evelina, she sometimes creates things inspired by designers such as Philip Lim, Rebecca Minkoff, and Chanel. I wasn't lying when I said that Ann is incredible.

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