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Here's to doing it yourself, Boston

Posted by Melissa Massello  October 22, 2012 11:49 AM

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Five years ago today, I launched Shoestring Magazine as a fun and empowering guidebook for urban resourcefulness and living well on a budget, which led to a heavy dose of do-it-yourself (DIY) tips and tutorials and a front-row seat to the burgeoning DIY movement. My team and I can't think of a better way to celebrate our milestone birthday than with the launch of this new local DIY Boston blog for We're stoked to share what we've learned, as well as to showcase the best of what Greater Boston has to offer in the way of local DIY classes, local DIY experts, and local DIY resources. We might even host a DIY Boston workshop or two ...

Thanks to an economy in the toilet, the rise of Pinterest, and prolific programming from cable channels like HGTV, Bravo, Food Network, and the DIY Network, learning how to be self-sufficient and making things from scratch has never been cooler (or ways to gain those new skills more accessible). We thought it was high time that the super hip crafters, makers, doers, designers, bloggers, and other DIY-ers doing those amazingly cool things right here in the Hub got the local coverage they deserve.

Here's a sampling of just some of the kinds of expert local DIY content you can expect to see here on DIY Boston in the coming weeks and months:


DIY bacon jam recipe, adapted from Boston chefs Andy Husbands and Chris Hart's cookbook Wicked Good Barbecue. (Photo courtesy of Eat Boutique/Tara Bellucci.)


Step-by-step DIY colorblock bangle bracelet tutorial from Salem blogger Alana Brooks. (Photos courtesy of The Good Girl Gone Blog/Gemvara.)


Step-by-step DIY confetti system garland tutorial from Worcester blogger Amy Chase. (Photos courtesy Amy Chase & Adam Towner/

So, Boston, what would you like to see covered here on DIY Boston or learn how to DIY? Follow our brand-spanking-new @DIYBoston feed on Twitter or use the hashtag #DIYBoston when you post about your own projects to give us the head's up. Follow our DIY Boston inspiration board on Pinterest, or reach out to us any time through Shoestring Magazine on Facebook or by email at DIYBostonBlog at gmail dot com.

Until next time: be resourceful, explore how cool and trendy Boston can be, and, most of all, have fun making things!

~ Melissa

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About the Authors

Melissa Massello is a newspaper journalist turned startup junkie and lifelong Bostonian who prides herself on her do-it-yourself attitude. From making her prom dress out More »
Tara Bellucci is a Boston-based writer that lives for fonts, food, and flea market finds. Whether decorating jars of her homemade jam for The Boston More »

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