The first online DIY community I discovered was ThreadBanger, which pulls together a little bit of everything you could want from a DIY community; written and video tutorials, a user forum, themed shows including home decor, clothing, sustainable living, projects, techniques, idea roundups, and more. This is a great place for beginners to start, or just to wander around and get inspiration for your own projects.
The site says of itself:
ThreadBanger is the home of DIY fashion how-tos, home décor tips, and more! Let us teach you the techniques to make your OWN style.
Today's hippest trends aren't in New York, Paris, or Milan. They're waiting for you in your closet, your attic, and the thrift shop down the street. Make your own style, send us proof, and become a ThreadBanger!
The thing I found most inspiring about ThreadBanger is how open and inclusive a community it is. Most of the projects are made to be simple and easy to follow, even for a newbie like I was two years ago. The projects themselves are so creative and have such awesome uses for otherwise useless or wasted objects that it seems silly not to do them!
Some of my favorite ThreadBanger projects are:
Last year the site changed dramatically when its three core video hosts left, and since then the new posts have slowed down some, but the forums are still thriving and there is a huge backlog of projects to check out, as well as a couple of very determined Threadheads still posting regular video tutorials.