Celebrities and DIY might sound incongruous together, but there are actually glamorous Hollywood celebs who do indulge in do-it-yourself projects. Here, we will take a look at the top twelve DIY celebs who you should follow on Facebook. We’ll also have a glimpse at why DIY has become so popular in the first place.
Why Has DIY Become So Popular?
First, let’s take a look at a few statistics about DIY from Statista.com:
- In 2007, the total expenditure of disaster repair home improvement project installations was about $3.3 billion.
- In 2011, 17.6% of total home improvement spending was taken up by DIY.
- In April 2014, the DIY retail sales in the US amounted to $27 billion.
- In 2014, DIY lumberyard sales amounted to $74.6 billion. For all three store types combined, the total sales are $322.8 billion. For 2015, DIY lumberyard sales increased to $77.8 billion while the total for all three store types is $338.3 billion.
- For 2015, 60% of survey respondents described their home improvement projects as DIY.
But what exactly is it about DIY which makes it such a popular hobby, or occupation, even, for most people? Take a look at the following list:
- Finishing DIY projects gives you that feeling of satisfaction. Even if you are not doing a full DIY project where you will cut every piece from scratch, there is such a feeling of satisfaction when you are creating an item using your own hands. Let’s say that you bought a DIY bookshelf kit from Ikea. Instead of simply buying a pre-built model, putting those pieces of wood together gives you a chance to sweat it out while finishing your project. DIY gives you a chance to use your hands and brain to come up with a product which you put together yourself.
- DIY teaches you that it’s perfectly fine to make mistakes. Another benefit of going DIY when building things around the house is that it teaches you that it’s perfectly fine to make mistakes. You might be swearing a lot or sweating a lot while putting together those screws and bolts, or pieces of wood and metal. But once you successfully finish the project after committing a few mistakes along the way, you will see how all your efforts are well worth it in the end. It teaches you the value of simply moving on and correcting your mistakes instead of dwelling on them.
- DIY allows you to connect with like-minded individuals. There’s a huge community of do-it-yourselfers out there, which you can easily join to increase your circle of friends.
- DIY can be turned into a business. If you find that you are very good at crafting things, you might even be able to turn DIY projects into a small business venture.
12 DIY Celebs You Should Befriend on Facebook
Now, if you are looking for some DIY inspiration, why not check out the official Facebook accounts of these twelve celebs? They DIY everything from food to home improvement projects – and you will get your dose of Hollywood celebrity news as well:
1. Blake Lively
Famous for her role as Serena van der Woodsen in the drama Gossip Girl, Blake Lively is now married to fellow actor Ryan Reynolds. On her Facebook page, she dubs herself as an entrepreneur while in interviews, Blake describes herself as a foodie and a cook. Taking cue from her idols Martha Stewart and Nigella Lawson, she has indulged in plenty of DIY and homemaking projects including getting into antiques, baking, and designing a custom-made oven. In 2014, Blake launched Preserve, a digital magazine where she personally chooses the featured one-of-a-kind items on site.
2. Felicity Huffman
There’s a DIY section at WhatTheFlicka.com, a website ran by actress Felicity Huffman. There are posts about how you can make ice cream in a bag, how to take care of the leather goods that you own, recipes for a crock pot picnic lunch, or even how to make Christmas slime. The site was launched in 2012 and it’s dedicated to women and moms, with the actress herself being a regular contributor.
3. Gwyneth Paltrow
Love her or hate her, Gwyneth Paltrow has made a name for herself in the upscale DIY industry, if you will. After establishing a career for herself as an actress, she launched a weekly lifestyle newsletter called Goop in 2008. Its goal is to encourage readers to “nourish the inner aspect” and on the website, you will find gems like the best gluten-free sweet laurel recipes, what the alternatives are to nut milk, and other recipes. There are also tutorials and detox/cleansing recipes on the site which, according to Gwyneth herself, she created to answer her own questions about health, wellness, fashion, food, and travel.
4. Jessica Alba
Co-founder of The Honest Company, actress Jessica Alba’s Facebook page is chockfull of celebrity, DIY, and mom-related information. THC is a consumer goods company which focuses on manufacturing non-toxic household product, launched in 2011. According to Jessica, she founded the company based on the idea that everything that touches you and your family needs to be non-toxic, beautiful to look at, and affordable.
5. Jeff Lewis
Jeff Lewis is famous for the Bravo series Flipping Out, where homes are renovated and resold for profit. The show is already on its eighth season. On his website JeffLewisColor.com and on his official Facebook page, the designer offers plenty of design inspiration for those who would like to improve their homes through DIY projects.
6. Lauren Conrad
Best known for her role in the reality TV series Laguna Beach and The Hills, Lauren Conrad ventured out into releasing a fashion guide, a fashion line, and an eco-friendly collection of bags. Her official Facebook page is also a treasure trove of DIY information on how to make watermelon-infused cocktails, how to banish blackheads, or how to do at-home manicures.
7. Martha Stewart
No DIY personalities list will ever be complete without the queen of homemaking herself, Martha Stewart. Fun breakfast ideas for kids, healthy living tips, recipes, beautifying your bedroom, how to keep everything clean, outdoor entertaining essentials, DIY tips – these and more are the things that you will see on her Facebook page and website, MarthaStewart.com.
8. Marie Kondo
Listed by Time Magazine as one of the world’s most influential people for 2015, Marie Kondo is a Japanese organizing consultant who has written four books. Her biggest hit “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing”. Using the KonMari method of decluttering, you can organize your home – and your life – in the ultimate DIY manner.
9. Nigella Lawson
How to freeze vanilla fudge, how to make peach melba, what you can use as substitute for clementine – these are the things that you will learn when browsing through Nigella Lawson’s Facebook page. Her website is Nigella.com and there are plenty of recipes, kitchen wisdom and cooking-related information that you can glean from there. Nigella is an English TV personality and food writer. One of her bestselling books is Nigella Bites, and you can see samples of recipes from the book through her site or her Facebook page.
10. Tori Spelling
From her stint as Donna Martin in Beverly Hills 90210, Tori Spelling now has four kids. Her experiences as a mom turned her website and Facebook page into a treasure trove of DIY tips for all the busy mothers out there. Her website is ToriSpelling.com and there’s a section there called Craft where there are plenty of DIY tutorials – ranging from how to make non-flammable sparklers, to how to organize a DIY Oscar Gold Party. While browsing through the site or her Facebook page, you’ll also have a glimpse of how the actress and her adorable kids live.
11. Vanilla Ice
How can an American rapper get involved in the DIY industry? Vanilla Ice’s reality TV show on the DIY network called The Vanilla Ice Project has become a surprising hit, as it is now on its fifth season. Vanilla Ice hosts the show which features new houses which have state-of-the-art improvements. If you’re looking for a home improvement inspiration, you should definitely catch the show, visit VanillaIce.com or check out the rapper’s Facebook page.
12. Vanna White
Co-host of The Wheel of Fortune, Vanna White surprisingly has a DIY aspect to her career. She is a crochet and knitting enthusiast and on her website, you will see a section dedicated to Vanna’s Yarns. The product line is called Vanna’s Choice, which is manufactured through the Lion Brand Yarns. Her Facebook page features plenty of celebrity news, behind-the-scene shots and even a few recipes and DIY tips throughout.
If you haven’t already done so, add these twelve celebs on your Facebook friends’ list so that you can get your daily dose of celebrity news and DIY tips.