It has to be said that a DIY post takes a lot of thought and pre-planning. They’re definitely the most labour intensive of all the posts I work on and yet one of the most rewarding. It’s a great feeling to dream up something, then find it actually works and then see other people recreating it for themselves! I still love trying new techniques and thinking up creative solutions but over time you definitely become much more familiar with the kinds of things that work and the kinds of projects your audience love to make. Don’t get me wrong I have had my share of projects that have fallen flat on their face and just don’t work or look anything but Pinterest worthy (my side table with varnish that bled and legs that didn’t stick comes to mind) but all things considered more often than not I can make it work in the end.
I’ve put together some tips to help craft the perfect DIY post from start to finish to take you through the whole process. Hopefully if you’re already doing these posts or fancy having a go then this will lend a helping hand.
document your stages
style & shoot your creation
give people the ‘know how’
Writing the instructions is probably my least favourite part but it’s definitely the most important for helping people recreate the DIY item themselves. Match each step with an image to give clarity and think through how you’re wording the steps. I often come back and re-read it a day later to make sure it all makes sense and isn’t too wordy. Introduce the project with a lead in paragraph that explains why you love this DIY and what gap it fills in your own home or wardrobe and end with a paragraph to wrap up. Perhaps leave people with some extra ideas on how to create other variations or ways it could be used or styled. The reader basically needs to know why they ‘have’ to make your DIY project!