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13 DIYs to try in 2013 from local Boston bloggers

Posted by Melissa Massello  December 31, 2012 10:30 AM

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When we started this blog at the end of October, we promised "that the super hip crafters, makers, doers, designers, bloggers, and other DIY-ers doing amazingly cool things right here in the Hub [would get] the coverage they deserve."

So, with 2013 already upon us, and New Year's resolutions being feverishly scribbled before parties get into full swing, we thought we'd share these 13 do-it-yourself ideas from local Boston bloggers. If your New Year's resolutions include trying new things, we've got you covered. From beauty and fashion to home decor and homemade booze, there's a little something here for everyone.

1. Upcycled leather "paper bag" by Lei Ann Resurreccion, Brookline
If your resolutions include being green, saving money, being more fashionable, and/or making things, then this amazing clutch-slash-lunch sack made of upcycled leather (from an $8 blazer found at Goodwill on Harrison Ave!) is your ticket to an amazing new year. Hop on over to Lei Ann...Off Duty for the step-by-step tutorial and many more DIY ideas.

2. Homemade butter in minutes by Christine Koh, Metro West
Scratch cooking, and finding ways to include kids in the kitchen, is increasingly popular with parents, and we just love this simple recipe for making butter from scratch in literally minutes, a collaboration between Christine and Mass Audubon. Check out more kid-friendly DIY ideas on Boston Mamas, her popular local parenting blog.

3. DIY string lanterns by Holly Darling, Somerville
Few things in DIY home decor have been as hot as making these modern lanterns out of yarn, string, lace, or doilies, and we are just simply obsessed with these simple versions made of painted string. Holly is one of Boston's most industrious and adorable DIY bloggers, with dozens of additional DIY tutorials on her blog, Holly Dolly. (We're hoping she soon posts the instructions for the bag toss game she made for her entirely DIY wedding, because we're already dreaming of Spring shenanigans. Hint, hint.)

4. Chalk hair coloring tutorial by Amy Lynn Chase, Worcester
Did you put "try a new look" on your list of New Year's resolutions? This trendy hair coloring tutorial from Amy of is just the tip you need — plus, it's only temporary!

5. DIY glitter shoe tutorial by Najeema Holas-Huggins, Boston
As they say on Pinterest, "Glitter is the new black." This glam tutorial for remaking a simple pair of boots into a major fashion statement, on Najeema's blog A Stylized Hysteria, was one of the first we saw anywhere on the Web.

6. Glitter-dipped wine glasses by Amy Breckenridge, Boston
Continuing on the glitter trend, this easy dipped stemware tutorial from Amy's blog Cupcakes + Couture ensures that your next party is full of pizzazz (and no one loses track of their Pinot).

7. Faux geode magnets by Katie Rodgers, Boston
Perhaps no Boston blogger has received as much national acclaim as Katie does for her blog, Paper Fashion. Making pretty magic from paper is Katie's gift, and we love that she gives us the tools to her trade with this simple tutorial for making trendy "gem" magnets from glitter and cardboard, resulting in an array that looks like agate or geode slices.

8. DIY gold leaf tutorial by Holly Penikas, Boston
Holly is known for her whimsical modern style, a little bit gothic and always glamorous. In this how-to on her blog, Covetous Creatures, Holly shares step-by-step instructions for applying gold leaf to a shark tooth to create a trendy pendant — including tips for making the pendant hardware from scratch, too.

9. Homemade amaretto by Maggie Battista, North Shore
We've shared our love affair for this doyenne of DIY before on, so a list of must-try DIYs for 2013 would be remiss without at least one recipe from Maggie's blog on Homemade hooch has been a big trend in 2012 and shows no signs of stopping. Maggie has you covered with tips for making not just this amaretto but Irish cream and other infusions/cordials, as well.

10. DIY dream catcher tutorial by Sarah Blatt, Worcester
We're totally in love with Sarah's modern hippie vibe, and with Crimson & Clover — her new line of fashion and home decor (available at Crompton Collective). We're also totally in love with the fact that she shares her step-by-step process for making those coveted dream catchers on her blog by the same name.

11. DIY desktop motivation by Jessica Sutton, Somerville
Sharing her popular designs with the world, the founder of JSGD offers up this free download & print PDF to keep you focused and motivated to stay on task and keep those resolutions.

12. Upcycled toolbox remake by Kate van Geldern, Somerville
We newly discovered Kate's blog, Domestikated Life, and are smitten with this eco-friendly remake. Using an rusty old toolbox she found at the Brimfield Antiques Market, "what felt like a million hours of sanding and painting," and a few other tricks, Kate turned this hunk of junk into a pretty and functional jewelry box.

13. Bleach-dipped flannel DIY by Amanda Davis, Marlborough
Inspired by designer Christopher Palu on Project Runway, Amanda decided to try her hand at recreating his signature bleach-dipped flannel shirt and chronicled the efforts on her blog, Prim & Propah. We love the resulting (totally unisex) look, and think this DIY technique could be mixed up in all kinds of ways.

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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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