Do it yourself (DIY) is building, modifying, or repairing something without the aid of experts or professionals. The popular culture phrase "do it yourself" had come into common usage (in standard English) by the 1950s, in reference to the emergence of a trend of people undertaking home improvement and various other small craft and construction projects as both a creative-recreational and cost-saving activity. Subsequently, the term DIY has taken on a broader meaning that covers a wide range of skill sets. [1]

"Our educational system, in its entirety, does nothing to give us any kind of material competence. In other words, we don't learn how to cook, how to make clothes, how to build houses, how to make love, or to do any of the absolutely fundamental things of life. The whole education that we get for our children in school is entirely in terms of abstractions. It trains you to be an insurance salesman or a bureaucrat, or some kind of cerebral character." [2]

[2] Ref. Watts, Alan et al. "Houseboat Summit" in The San Francisco Oracle, issue #7. San Francisco

DIY websites
Needless to mention the quantity of websites out there that deal with one or another aspect of DIY, from simple tasks like glueing or drilling a hole, to complex ones like how to make your own biodiesel, to canning your own food, or even building a railgun ! What normally would suffice would be to search online for what you want to make or instructions for making it. This section therefore does not intend to replace the obvious. No. What we would like is for you to have a "jumping station" where you could access available web resources for DIY, from one location, easily. 

The list, does not attempt to include all ; just the more frequently popping ones :

Wiki-How. A good place to start for any kind of project. Particularly the Home and Garden section. You can get great high-level information, and it can give you a general sense of whether or not the project is something you’d like to attempt.

ManMade, creativity and the handmade life for the post modern male, with videos, instructions, and original how-to content, and design inspiration created by both women and men.

Instructables users upload step-by-step instructions for everything from solving a Rubik's cube (without moving the stickers) to packing a suitcase—but it's the reuse of unwanted items and the make-your-own-anything instructions that keep the eco-minded occupied.

Lifehacker is all about "getting things done"—and if you like getting things done with your own two hands, check out the site's list of projects that include links to how-tos on making your own butter (hello, eating local), creating a postage scale with office supplies and spare change, and turning spare materials into electronics cases.

Lifehacker's more technologically-oriented brother, Gizmodo scratches the DIY itch for the geeks in your life, with instructions for building your own PC or making an iPhone charger out of a classic rotary phone. Bonus: having obsolete electronics do double-duty cuts down on waste (and on buying new).

Make for the gadget junkie in everyone. Tech junkies and DIYers collide! The online community for readers of Make magazine has tips and projects for anyone interested in repurposing outdated technology or people looking to make things using items around the house. This is a grown-up’s science fair with projects that are useful, fun and a little off-the-wall.

Make : Projects is a living library for makers, a how-to community hosted by MAKE magazine. Here you can build something from our growing cookbook of projects, tweak existing projects to improve them, share your own step-by-step instructions, discover new ideas and techniques, and learn how to make just about anything. And it's a wiki, so everything is hackable. Connect with the collective smarts of the maker community!

Homesessive's DIY projects contains videos to instruct you in modifications or constructions you can make around the house, mostly for decoration.

Apartment Therapy's DIY section with unique ideas and projects for the home. That is an extensive section featuring modifications and instructions to make new, a very nice before and after section for inspiration, plus a wealth of information with regards to décor styles etc.

The DIY section form Popular Science magazine is also a very interesting repository of diy projects and solutions, leaning more toward science projects.

If the projects in your digital subscription to Craft magazine aren't enough to keep you busy, put the publication in your RSS feed: the frequently updated blog is heavy on fabric crafts, like knitted scarfs, hand-sewn stuffed animals, and baby shoes with light-up firefly appliques.

While Green Upgrader offers tips and tricks for greening every part of your life, the DIY blog makes change easy and accessible: fold used cereal boxes into gift packaging; upcycle mini blinds for a chic lampshade—or find links to stores and products that help you upgrade to green.

Do It Yourself tackles the bigger home improvement projects that always look so doable on Home Depot commercials—like adding light fixtures, putting in a patio, and building kitchen cabinets—plus basic car maintenance, interior decorating, and woodworking (among other jobs).

DIY Network's detailed videos and instructions make home repair a cinch by making it easy to tackle wallpaper application, drywall hanging, or kitchen remodeling. Easier projects—like hanging holiday decorations or learning to knit—get the same treatment.

Acme How-To. Packed full of information on home repairs and maintenance, you'll find instructions for any project on your list. This site is meant for people who have a project in mind and are looking for "how-to" more than "what-to" information.

The Natural Handyman offers his 35+ years of experience to do-it-yourselfers. There’s nothing this man hasn’t seen, and he shares it all. There is an extensive list of articles on everything related to home maintenance and repair. If you can’t find the answers you need you can submit your question to the Natural Handyman himself.

BHG's diy section. This site features many quick projects that can dress up a room or give you storage space you never knew you had. There are lots of instructions for easy projects that can add a certain something to any room, or the finishing touch to any project. The community section has a design star of the week and encourages you to share your project with everyone.

Some more creative ideas & projects from the blogosphere, can be found at :

ScrapHacker is your Hub for Scrappy Chic Inspiration & doable, hands-on D.I.Y Hack Tutorials. Clever -yet stylish- ideas on clever re-purposing, upcycling and recycling take centre stage.
A beautiful mess diy section
DIYDiva is an extensive hands on blog for around the house small and large projects.
2modern blog's diy section
Freepeople Bldg 25 blog diy section
Lowe’s Creative Ideas A ton of projects by category and ease. They have threaded comments on each project and mods that will answer your questions on what materials to use or how to modify the plans.
Curbly DIY design community. With the right tools and knowhow, every person can create a place that fits their personality. Curbly helps you bring out the best in your home.
Design Sponge blog's diy section
Dornob daily design ideas and diy projects for the home
Blue Velvet Chair, diy inspirational gallery
I Spy D.I.Y, spot the style and make it yourself
IKEA Livet Hemma, IKEA inspiration
IkeaHackers, projects and moding of IKEA products
Made by Joel stylish craft projects
Tip Junkie, with loads of tutorials and howtos
The art of doing Stuff, from Karen a regular diyarian

A very comprehensive list for DIY fashion blogs can be found here.
And a list of the top DIY blogs (in accordance to various rankings), can be found here.

Pinterest boards
Again the list, does not attempt to include all ; get into Pinterest and search under "DIY", to get you going :

SavvySugar. From easy DIY crafts to smart solutions for organizing your home or work space, SavvySugar is full of intelligent inspiration.
Learnvest. You'll find smart ways to make your home and work life easier with organizational tips along with crafty DIYs.
Real Simple. New Uses For Old Things. Here's a board that shares clever ways to repurpose and use old items to make your life easier around the home and out in the world.
AllYou Mag. This is the destination for seriously smart and clever ways to upcycle, reuse, and repurpose everyday items.
Young House Love. From tips for painting furniture to how to transform boring votives, you'll be ready to tackle all your home DIYs after perusing these ideas.
The 36th Avenue. Here's a board packed with smart and simple ideas for cleaning your home and keeping it in tip-top shape.
SavingsMania. Along with simple DIY tutorials that will make your life easier, you'll find cleaning solutions and fun and colorful ideas for organizing your home.

Have fun surfing !

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