From printing techniques to ceramics, these tutorials will get you creating with your hands
These DIY tutorials invite you to take a break from the screen and try out different handmade techniques. From printing techniques to ceramics, you’re sure to find an activity that inspires you to turn your home into a crafts studio for the rest of the day. Our top experts will share top tips and guide you through their professional yet easy-to-follow processes. Give it a try!
Rocks come in all shapes and sizes and can be a great source of inspiration. Xènia Bas (@xenia_bas) is a ceramic artist and co-founder of Bas, a ceramic workshop in Barcelona. She believes that a clay pot not only provides a home for your plant, but has the power to enhance its beauty. In this tutorial, Xènia guides us through moulding our own rock-shaped clay pot by hand, and shares tips to create the perfect finish.
Embroidery enthusiasts, listen up! Why not turn your pieces into transferrable patches? Using appliqué, you will be able to give your pieces more uses and decorate all types of textile surfaces, such as cushions and clothes. In this tutorial, the brains behind the textile design brand Amarpo, Ana María Restrepo (@anamaria_10), shares her techniques for turning a piece you already have into an appliqué patch.
The environment you work in has the power to inspire great ideas. Gema Casado Olea, founder and director of DIY agency El Tarro de Ideas (@eltarrodeideas), is an expert in designing work spaces that adapt to the needs of each and every creative professional. In this DIY furniture tutorial, Gemma will guide you through creating a freehand sketch of your dream desk.
Macramé is a type of textile that is made out of knots. There are various types of knots that can be used, and they can be combined in an infinite number of ways to create both functional and aesthetic pieces, including hand-made jewelry. In this tutorial, textile artist and @FibraBohemia CEO Carla Marin teaches you how to make a macramé necklace.
Inject new life into an old t-shirt, pair of trousers, or another piece of clothing you haven’t worn for a long time using a stencil and spray paint. Krizia Robustella (@kriziarobustella) is a fashion designer based in Barcelona who owns her own brand. In this tutorial, she will teach you to turn your drawing into templates for decorating your old clothes, and share tips for adding color and creating textures.
Portuguese artist Maria Filipe Castro, better known as droolwool (@droolwool), is a needle felting expert who loves bringing colorful characters to life. She has exhibited her creations in galleries and also sells them through her online shop. Needle felting is a technique which involves compacting balls of fleece into different shapes using a needle. In this tutorial, droolwool shows us how to make a simple strawberry using common needle felting tools and materials.
Cyanotype is a monochromatic artisan technique that we can use to create original prints on pieces of paper, cardboard, fabric, and more. You will need a surface treated with chemicals and something to place over it, such as a photographic negative. When light hits the surface, it darkens, while the covered areas do not, thus creating a print. In this tutorial, Gabriela Rodríguez from the DIY design workshop Fabrica de Texturas (@fabricadetexturas) teaches us how to use the cyanotype process to create prints with leaves and flowers.
Silk is a versatile material offering a range of creative possibilities. Not only can it be used as a material for gowns and bedding, it can also serve as a surface on which we can paint. In this tutorial, the textile artist duo Desedamas (@desedamas) teach us how to prepare a piece of silk and make the most of its unique qualities. We will use it as a canvas on which we will paint two different types of gradient: light to dark and color to color.
Amigurumi is a word that comes from Japanese and that refers to the technique used to create three-dimensional kawaii objects and dolls using crochet. You usually begin by creating a magic circle so that you can continue working in the round. In this tutorial, Ameskeria (@ameskeria), a designer and photographer from Barcelona specializing in crochet, guides us through creating this basic structure, step by step, so that you can make your own voluminous amigurumi creations.
Handmade packaging is a unique touch brands can embrace to make their product that much more special. Using DIY techniques is sure to make your brand stand out and screen printing is a great tool for adding personality to your designs. In this tutorial, Elena Sancho, founder of Tatabi Studio (@tatabi), teaches us how to use this printing technique to create unique DIY packaging.
In botanical design uses, nature becomes a creative tool: the variety and versatility of succulents becomes a powerful source of inspiration. In this tutorial, Ceci from Compañía Botánica (@ciabotanica) shares ideas for botanical design projects that embracing the beauty of succulent species.
Repurposing and revitalizing items in our wardrobe can save money, help the environment, and produce one-of-a-kind pieces. Crochet designer and author Emma Friedlander-Collins, also known as Steel and Stitch (@steelandstitch), specializes in upcycling and remaking objects. In this tutorial, she shares a few simple ways we can extend the life of our wardrobe by using simple techniques to create pieces that are original and full of personality.
How a brand chooses to present their product can either add or subtract value in the eyes of the customer or recipient. The right packaging can enhance the quality of the product itself. Fatto (@fatto) is a creative studio that makes beaded accessories. In this tutorial, founders Elsa and Dani teach us how to quickly and easily create our own DIY packaging for a bracelet.