Have an idea for a project? Not sure how to do it? Welcome to the Internet: the answers are here. There are so many resources for "how-to" and "do-it-yourself" online that it can be hard to figure out where to begin.
Ponder that question no longer. Here are some of my favorite "how-to-do-it" sites:
- Instructables is the place to go for illustrated instructions. It’s fun to browse, and it’s not too hard to post your own instructions. Some recent projects include Homemade Infrared Goggles! For Under $10, Concrete Countertops for the Kitchen – Solid Surface on the Cheap and How to build your own Jet Engine.
- MAKE Magazine is a magazine, but it’s a website too. And it’s also full of ideas, projects, and instructions for doing cool stuff–some of it a bit too cool for me. Recent do-it-yourself blog entries include HOW TO – Make a Moleskine-like notebook, AVR based homemade robotic cat toy and Go-llerblades – Motorized skates.
- wikiHow is a little less… something. In part because it’s a wiki, so there’s no single person responsible for editing (maybe). But I like it, because of the silliness of some of the topics. One nice feature is a button that will send you to a random project: three that I found that way include How to install a new toilet seat, How to Make Different Kinds of Smoothies and How to Be Successful Selling on eBay.