6 Great DIY YouTube Channels That Will Inspire You to Make Things

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If you’ve been feeling a little down lately (not surprising considering everything that’s been happening in the world), consider making something with your hands. Research shows that hands-on tasks—like knitting, for example—can help us achieve emotional satisfaction and improve our well-being. Don’t know where to start? Why not seek inspiration from DIY YouTube channels. DIY videos are not only super easy to follow, but they’re more likely to motivate you to get started, too. Here are six DIY YouTube channels that’ll keep your hands (and your mind) occupied. 

Fans of Netflix’s “The Curious Creations of Christine McConnell” can rejoice. Although the wonderfully creepy show was canceled after just one season (the six half-hour episodes are luckily still available to stream on Netflix), you can catch up with Christine on her YouTube channel, which is full of spooky DIYs. Join Christine as she sews her own vintage pillows, gives an almost 200-year-old birdcage a fall makeover, and restores a 1970s pull-out couch. Those who are after home renovation ideas can take a peek at Christine’s 1930s home, which is every bit as spectacular as you’d expect it to be. 

If you’ve always wanted to learn how to sew your own clothes but never got around to it (because honestly, where do you even start?), this channel might just inspire you to dust off your grandma’s sewing machine. Wendy is a great teacher who not only goes over the basics, like how to choose a sewing machine or make patterns from the clothes you already have in your wardrobe, but also shares easy-to-follow tutorials (think cozy coats, celebrity-inspired party dresses, and gorgeous bags) and thrift flips. 

Rachel’s channel is a treasure trove for crafty pet owners. She has a ton of really cool pet DIYs, most of which feature her adorable bulldog. Some of the things you’ll learn how to make following Rachel’s videos include dog beds (from modern pet beds to dog teepees), sliding doggy doors, and a personal favorite—a pet picnic basket (and yes, it’s as cute as it sounds). If you don’t have a pet, Rachel also posts non-pet DIYs (like floating shelves, for example) and room makeover videos.

Have you ever wanted to build a DIY greenhouse? Or a secret room that can be accessed through a wardrobe? Well, now you can because Bob, from I Like to Make Stuff, will teach you how. Bob’s projects are a little bit more challenging, but we’ve yet to see another YouTuber who can make building a treehouse or an indoor climbing wall look so easy. Now that Bob’s kids are stuck at home, he’s decided to introduce them to basic DIY tools and help them build fun projects—and he’s invited you along for the ride, as well. So grab your kids and go make something cool. 

Follow Li Ziqi, a young Chinese woman, as she goes about her daily life on her grandparents’ farm, sowing and picking cotton, building furniture (in one video, she makes a bread oven that’s shaped like a cat), and hand dying clothes. The majority of Li’s videos have several million views, although some have much more. Her video on making snacks for the Spring Festival, for example, was watched more than 50 million times. While not exactly a DIY channel, it’ll certainly inspire you to get off the couch and do something productive (or move to a farm and lead a self-sustained life—don’t say we didn’t warn you). 

Whether you’re looking for some home renovation inspiration or home decor ideas, Kelsey and Becky from The Sorry Girls have you covered. Their how-to videos are simple, yet fun and their room makeovers prove that you don’t need an obscene amount of cash to turn a boring space into a cozy one. We also love their series on recreating expensive decor pieces from brands like Urban Outfitters (remember those neon dinosaur succulent planters?) for much cheaper as well as their dollar store challenges.