5 reasons why DIYers should try craftgawker

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Whether you’re a DIY expert or just a crafty beginner, craftgawker is a must for everyone. Learn more below.

1. High quality projects you can’t find on Pinterest

This site beats pinterest anyday. Photo by author.

This site beats pinterest anyday. Photo by author.

Craftgawker is similar to Pinterest in many ways, but stands out by letting only the best of the best DIY projects show up on your feed. That means no more endless scrolling through unrelated posts. And most of all, it promises that all the images are nothing but professional and high quality.

2. Download the app, or use on your desktop

Download the app or check out the website. Photo by author.

Download the app or check out the website. Photo by author.

The app is completely free (woo-hoo!), and the design is even simpler than the desktop site. But if you’re desperate for a study break, the website is great for endless scrolling and has more options than the mobile app.

3. Simple layout= overall better experience

Quality is guaranteed when it comes to DIY projects. Photo by author.

Quality is guaranteed when it comes to DIY projects. Photo by author.

Personally, sometimes Pinterest is just a little too overwhelming. Posts on Pinterest are sometimes DIY projects, but most of the time they’re just links to other sites, pictures, etc. You’ll click on the image of a cool project, and what do you know, there’s no tutorial. With craftgawker, all posts are guaranteed to be projects you can actually do yourself.

4. 30+ categories to explore

From weddings to clothing, this site covers it all. Photo by author.

From weddings to clothing, this site covers it all. Photo by author.

From clothing to candles, this site will teach you how to make it all. Don’t know what you’re in the mood to make? Try clicking the randomize button found on the app. It’s a great way to explore multiple categories on your home feed.

5. Share on social media with the click of a button

Uploading to Twitter and Facebook is a piece of cake. Photo by author.

Uploading to Twitter and Facebook is a piece of cake. Photo by author.

There’s 100+ ways to share a post on the desktop site, from sites like Wanelo to Amazon. On the mobile app, you’re a little more limited. You can only share posts on seven different social media sites, like Facebook, Twitter, and Pocket.

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Steve Aoki Concert Hits Cal Poly

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Cal Poly's Rec Center was packed with Steve Aoki fans. Photo by Author

Cal Poly’s Rec Center was packed with Steve Aoki fans. Photo by Author

That’s right folks: Famous house DJ Steve Aoki came to Cal Poly’s Rec Center on Friday Jan. 31 at 6 p.m. The concert was full of excited students ready to dance the night away, but the best part was the crowd’s attire: the majority of students were wearing all wearing DIY bracelets, flower bras, headbands and even tutus (I take a little credit since most of these creations probably came from Beverly’s).

In case you missed out, DIY Dorm has it all covered for you. Check out DIY Dorm’s live tweets from the event, along with some photos below.

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The legend himself. Photo by author.

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DIY bracelets were sported by most at the concert. Photo by author.

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The concert lasted for almost 6 and a half hours straight. Photo by author.

And don’t forget to stay tuned this coming week for some Valentine’s Day themed blogs!

Beverly’s Fabric & Crafts Store: A DIYer’s Best Friend

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If you’re a student here at Cal Poly, chances are you’ve heard of Beverly’s. Need to make a last minute halloween costume? Want to get some holiday themed room decor? Need paper or art supplies for class? Get it all with one stop at Beverly’s. The store literally has anything you can think of– from coconut bras to birdhouses– and is an essential destination for any DIYer. Click the on the first circle below to see our journey to Beverly’s downtown.

How to Personalize Your Dorm: Transforming Your Space from Drab to Fab

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Make the most out of what little space you’re given. Photo by author.

Whether you’re in a double or a triple, every dorm room feels as if you’re stuck in a jail cell. Maybe its the white cinderblock walls, the uncomfortable, squeaky bunk beds, or the room capacity of five people (and that’s really pushing it). Most likely, its because of the sudden adjustment to having a spacious, homey room to a crammed room shared with strangers.

“Honestly, after going back to my own room at home during break, coming back to my triple dorm was so difficult,” freshman Hanna Boehm said. “It’s hard to keep everything organized in such a little space.”

Whatever your reason is for disliking you dorm, here’s a couple of tips and projects to make it feel like home.

3 Simple Tips to Personalize Your Space

1. Pictures, Pictures, and More Pictures

Obviously, this one is a “duh”. But take a look at the dorm room image above. If you were laying in that top bunk, would you really feel like you’re enclosed by cinderblocks? Didn’t think so.

2. Transform Your Mirror into Another Do-It-Yourself Project

A fun DIY project that took less than 30 mins! Photo by author.

A unique DIY project that took less than 30 mins. Photo by author.

Every college dorm either comes with a mirror, or its a “must” item to have (yes, even for you boys). Why not make it into something fun? For girls, take ribbon, flowers, or even sea shells and hot glue it around the border. Write your favorite quote on the mirror as a little reminder for every time you start the day. For guys, write little reminders in sharpie  to make your mirror into a to-do-list.

3. Decorate for the Holidays

There really is no place like home for the holidays. And until you actually go home, get yourself pumped up by decorating your dorm. Here’s some awesome Do-It-Yourself Projects that’ll get you in the holiday spirit:

But what if you’ve already done all of that? You already pinned up all your photos from Facebook and hung the halloween decorations your mom sent you from your window. Well for you Do-It-Yourself experts, here’s some different projects that will personalize your space and save you some money.

1. Make Your Own Book Cover

Protect your books and go to class in style. Photo by author.

Protect your books and go to class in style. Photo by author.

Most students rent textbooks to save money, but some of the student population decides to make a little profit. If students buy their books from websites like Chegg or Amazon, they can sell them back at the end of the quarter.

“The university store on campus is way too expensive,” freshman Rylan Younger said. “That’s why I rented my calculus book from Amazon for a fraction of the price.”

And depending on what shape the books are in, students can even can get more money back than they purchased them for. That’s where this Do-It-Yourself project comes in handy.

1. Find a paper grocery bag

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2. Cut bag along the edges, removing the bottom completely IMG_4263

3. Place book in center of bag, and then make sure both sides are completely even

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4. Mark the binding of the book on each side

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5. Make triangles from the lines on each side of the bag, and then cut along the outside lines of the triangle. Fold upward

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6. Fold about 1″ from the bottom (depending on your book size). Repeat for the top

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7. Fold in sides and tape down

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Now decorate the cover and ta-dah! If you got lost, don’t worry. Here’s a youtube video from Dulce Candy that will help!

2. Spice Up Your Phone Charger

Bet you won't ever lose your charger again. Photo by author.

Bet you won’t ever lose your charger again. Photo by author.

Mixing up phone chargers with your roommate can be awkward. Why not make yours stand out, while saving 10 bucks too? This project is very simple– all that’s needed is some duct tape (any color or pattern) and some scissors.

Wrap the duct tape around the base of the charger about two times. Cut off excess tape, and ta-dah!

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3. Design Your Own Quote Mug

Gotta love those cheesy and romantic quote mugs. Photo by author.

Protect your books and go to class in style. Photo by author.

It’s this simple: buy a mug for $4 at a supermarket, and write all over it in sharpie. Doodle funny cartoons, write your favorite quotes, or even color in your own design. Put your mug into the oven at 350 degrees for 30 minutes, and be proud of your cool creation.

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And before leaving, check out the DIY expert of the week, Layne Hayward, who’s been a making DIY projects since age 5.

This Week’s DIY Expert: Layne Hayward from Southern California

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Focusing on beauty and fashion, Layne Hayward– age 13–is a master at making her own DIY projects from scratch. 

Q: What age did you start making DIY projects? 

Layne: I grew up making little necklaces or making my own pillows. I remember when I was five years old that I also went to different sewing camps.

Q: What was your inspiration for your work?

Layne: My inspiration for making DIY projects is from seeing something I want, and then going home and making it. Another inspiration are my parents because when I was little, I remember watching them doing their own DIY projects.

Q: What items have you created and sold within the past year?

Layne: Last year, my two best friends and I made a bow making company , and we made around $60 each. In the past year, I have really gotten into making DIY things: headbands, bows, high-waisted shorts, dresses, bandeaus, an overall dress and decorated towels.

Q: Why do you love DIY projects so much?

Layne: I love making DIY projects because they don’t cost as much as buying it. Also, I make something that is one of a kind!

Coming Up Soon: Valentine’s Day Projects for Your Special Someone