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14 How-To Websites & DIY Guides To Learn Just About Anything

We've compiled a list of the best how-to websites and DIY blogs that we constantly find ourselves consulting for answers.

Here’s a short but important list of the best how-to websites and DIY blogs that we constantly find ourselves consulting for answers.

There isn’t a day that goes by when one of us here searches the web to learn how to do something. It could be somethinglike how to stop procrastinating all day or just a quick tutorial on how to stop getting so god damn angry all the time. We want advice, info and simple life hacks to make every day a little bit easier than the last.

We’ve got our own“>how to do stuff section here but we’ll be the first to admit we DON’T know it all. Luckily, there are plenty of places online to find the answers.

We’ve compiled a list of the best how-to websites and DIY blogs that we constantly find ourselves consultingfor answers.

Here’s our list…

Best DIY & How-To Websites


Instructables was officially spun out of Squid Labs in the summer of 2006, and has gone on to grow from a modest hundreds of projects to over one hundred thousand. The community that now calls the site home, is an amazing mix of wonder from around the world. Every day we continue to be amazed by the imagination, curiosity, and simple awesomeness of everyone who shares their creations with us on Instructables.

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Whether as hobbyists or professionals, Makers are creative, resourceful and curious, developing projects that demonstrate how they can interact with the world around them. The launch of Make: magazine in 2005, followed by Maker Faire in 2006, jumpstarted a worldwide Maker Movement, which is transforming innovation, culture and education. Make brings the do-it-yourself mindset to all the exciting projects in your life and helps you make the most of technology at home and away from home.

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HackADay is taking back the term Hacking which has been soured in the public mind. Hacking is an art form that uses something in a way in which it was not originally intended. This highly creative activity can be highly technical, simply clever, or both. Hackers bask in the glory of building it instead of buying it, repairing it rather than trashing it, and raiding their junk bins for new projects every time they can steal a few moments away. Hackaday serves up Fresh Hacks Every Day from around the Internet.

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HowStuffWorks got its start in 1998 at a college professor’s kitchen table. From there, we quickly grew into an award-winning source of unbiased, reliable, easy-to-understand answers and explanations of how the world actually works. Today, our writers, editors, podcasters and video hosts share all the things we’re most excited to learn about with nearly 30 million visitors to the site each month.

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wikiHow is a worldwide collaboration of thousands of people focused on one goal: teaching anyone in the world how to do anything. Everything you read on wikiHow was written by someone who wanted to help someone else.

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Apartment Therapy

A calm, healthy, beautiful home is a necessary foundation for happiness and success in the world. Creating this home doesn’t require large amounts of money or space. It requires inspiration, connection to resources and motivation to do something about it. Apartment Therapy has been helping people make their homes more beautiful, organized and healthy by connecting them to a wealth of resources, ideas and community online.

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Daily weblog on software and personal productivity recommends downloads, websites, and shortcuts that help you work smarter and save time.

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Make Use Of

Founded in 2007, MakeUseOf is a technology website, focused on bridging the connection between users, computers, devices and the Internet through education. Their mission is simple — help users deconstruct the world of technology and gadgets.

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DIY Home Decor

Do-it-yourself decorating allows you to customize your home, apartment, condo, or room with DIY accents that transform your space on a budget without completing a full-scale remodel. Whether you’re a beginner or an expert, we guide you with instructions, tutorials, and step-by-step photos for indoor and outdoor projects and room makeovers. DIY Home Decor has tips, techniques, and tools to get you started on paint projects, the easiest way to freshen up any living space or decor item.

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Sharing tips online since 2006, over one million people refer to each month for creative inspiration. You’ll find 1000s of crafts, patterns, recipes and tips to help with everyday living!

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Too many financial experts focus on the negative aspects of money management. They freely throw around words like “sacrifice” and “responsibility” like there was a fire sale at the Boring Store. Despite what you may have heard, you don’t have to sacrifice your financial independence to enjoy life.Wise Bread is a community of bloggers here to help you live large on a small budget.

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A section of Reddit dedicated to the best of how to. It’s arepository for informative & interesting how-tos that includes tutorials, guides, and graphics to help people accomplish just about anything.

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Lifehackis your source for tips to help improve all aspects of your life. We arewidely recognized as one of the premier productivity and lifestyle blogs on the web. This site is dedicated to lifehacks, which is aphrase that describes any advice, resource, tip or trick that will help you get things done more efficiently and effectively.

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Zen Habits

Zen Habits is about finding simplicity and mindfulness in the daily chaos of our lives. Its about clearing the clutter so we can focus on whats important, create something amazing, find happiness.

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These are some of the best how to websites but we know we couldn’t possibly cover them all. Is there a how-to website you check every day that didn’t make the list? Let us know in the comments!

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