Get Inspired Right Now with These 12 Crafting & DIY YouTube Channels
There’s a wide variety of crafting tutorials on YouTube, and some great channels dedicated to paper crafting, jewelry making, general DIY projects, and more.
We’ve put together a list of channels which will have you hitting the subscribe button so you can keep up with their tutorials. With a few exceptions, most of these channels use basic materials, many of which you might already have in your home, or that are available at a reasonable price online.
When it comes to card making, there is an incredibly vibrant community on YouTube sharing extremely detailed and well put together videos. They use a huge variety of tools and products, and walk you through how to use them. They also often offer ideas for alternative ways you can achieve the same end results using different products.
That said, of all the channels listed here, these card-making channels will require a bit of investment in the tools and products that are used. A lot of their cards are made using die-cutting machines, stamps, and a variety of dye and pigment inks, and markers, so be warned, watching these videos might result in the purchase of lots of new tools.
These are three of the most popular and talented card makers sharing tutorials on YouTube, with one video to get you started with each of their channels.
In addition to a huge backlog of videos to catch up with, Jennifer McGuire also offers great reviews of products making it easier to figure out which crafting products are right for you.
In this video, you can find out how to make beautiful patterned cards:
Like Jennifer McGuire, Kristina Warren uses stamps and die-cuts to make gorgeous cards, and also provides tutorials on hand lettering and calligraphy.
In this video, she shows how some simple masking can create a professional looking design:
Nichol Spohr Magourik introduces viewers to lots of great coloring techniques, and makes the most out of a lot of cute stamps and die-cuts.
In the video below, you can learn how to blend normal colored pencils and how to use vellum to add an interesting dimension to your cards:
Paper Crafts and Scrapbooking
Beyond cardmaking, there are a lot of great paper crafters to follow on YouTube. Some of the popular channels will show you how to make in intricate origami, how to scrapbook, or even how to beautifully gift wrap a present.
With the exception of scrapbooking, these crafts are much easier to get started with using paper you already have in your home, or with the purchase of some basic supplies.
When it comes to scrapbooking, Amy Tangerine is a must-watch. In addition to sharing great inspirations and ideas for scrapbooking, Amy Tangerine’s channel is a great source for water coloring and hand lettering.
In the video below, take a look at her introduction to a scrapbook kit and what you can make with it:
Shiho Masuda’s YouTube channel is packed with gift wrapping ideas, paper crafts, and seasonal ideas.
Take a look at the video below to find out how to make a pretty gift bag out of paper, and add flower embellishments:
Jo Nakashima’s channel is packed with origami tutorials that are easy to follow. The tutorials include information on the types of paper he’s using and the dimensions. Best of all, there are diagrams included in the top right-hand corner which will help guide you through the video.
Here’s a cute origami t-rex dinosaur to get you started with origami:
Another great paper crafts YouTube channels is Pootles Papercrafts. The videos focus primarily on gift bags and boxes, but also feature other paper crafts and cards.
The video below shows you how to make a cute, little gift box for a votive candle:
DIY jewelry can be a little intimidating, particularly when you watch some of the videos that require advanced tools like butane torches. That said, there’s a lot of great jewelry you can make without any of those advanced techniques or materials.
One of the easiest ways to get started with DIY jewelry is with the affordable material polymer clay. Polymer clay doesn’t require a lot of special tools, and you can make some remarkable looking jewelry at home.
One of the best YouTube channels with a comprehensive introduction to tools and techniques is Polymer Clay Tutorial.
Check out this PCT video on how to create swirly lentil beads:
Another style of DIY jewelry that is easy to get started with at home is macrame – a technique that involves using string (and in this case beads) to make intricate designs. If you follow Macrame School you’ll learn to make a huge variety of bracelets, as well as earrings, and necklaces.
Watch the tutorial below to see just how much you can do with the techniques you’ll learn from this YouTube channel:
General DIY and Craft Channels
These channels offer a wide variety of guides and tutorials – and don’t stick to just one kind of crafting.
With over 2 million subscribers, you know ThreadBanger must be doing something right. Not your average DIY channel, ThreadBanger features DIY projects like bacon slime, glow in the dark tree stumps, and button bowls.
The video below is one of their more ‘traditional’ DIY videos but the final product is very cool:
The types of crafts you’ll find on the Crafts Channel include felting, paper crafts, and polymer clay. You can also learn a little about crocheting and sewing, bringing some of that DIY magic to making your own clothes.
In the video below, you can find out how to make cute milk cartons out of cardstock. The video also includes so creative ways you can use those cartons:
Five crafters can be found on the HGTV Handmade channel. Jennifer of Sea Lemon, Karen Kavett, Meg Allan Cole, Marianne Canada of HGTV Crafternoon, and Julia Wycliff of simpleDIYs. In addition to running their own YouTube channels, they contribute to HGTV Handmade where, between the five of them, you’ll find DIY jewelry and home decor projects, paper crafts, stationery, and more.
In the video below, find out how Karen makes a DIY planter out of an old phone:
And if you’re interested in something even more robust, be sure to check out our list of five woodworking YouTube channels you should subscribe to.
What are your favorite YouTube crafting or DIY channels? Let us know in the comments.
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