Learn New Skills and Hobbies with Instructables

January 3, 2012 at 11:00 am | Posted in Craft Corner | Leave a comment
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Hello, fellow artists! It’s the Imikimi Team here, wishing you a very happy New Year! As it’s our first post back since we’ve entered 2012, we figured we’d do something a little different. There’s something about art that we all love. Perhaps it’s the idea of expressing ourselves, or perhaps the idea of creating something from nothing. And that’s precisely the reason why most of us enjoy other hobbies and activities. So today we’re going to be mixing things up a bit by featuring the resource that is Instructables.

Much like our other features, this is a learning destination. What does the site teach? To be honest, there’s not much that Instructables doesn’t teach. Want to learn how to cook? There’s how-to’s for that. What about crafting? Yep. Quilting? Yes. Building robots? There’s that too, and so much more. At its heart, Instructables is a learning community, with all how-to/DIY guides written by members. No topic is off-limits, so the website contains thousands upon thousands of how-to’s, across dozens of categories and subcategories. There really is no end to the things you can learn to create.

If you browse on over to Instructables.com, you’ll be able to get a better sense of what it has to offer. Scrolling down the homepage will yield just a minute sampling of some of the tutorials including travel, baking, electronics, crafting, sewing, and general life skills. At the top of the site, you’ll see the navigation, where the most general categories of tutorials reside. Let’s take a moment to explore a little deeper into the site by clicking “Living.”

Inside of the living category, we have before us roughly a dozen thumbnail images for different things you can learn to create. On the left side, you’ll see that the “Living” category has expanded to include dozens of subcategories. Looking through them, you’ll notice some like art, health, craft, decorating, Halloween, holidays, pets, printing, life skills, gardening, and more. All sorts of fun things to make fall inside. For fun, let’s check out the “Art” link. The moment you’re taken to the new page, you see all sorts of great projects you can undertake. In the images below are some fantastic ones, such as how to make a bubbling cauldron, an Iron Man costume, and a felt pumpkin plushie. By default, these are sorted by “Editor’s Picks.” Above the project list, you’ll see the different sorting methods. “Editor’s Picks” contains projects selected by Instructables staff for their clarity and quality of end result. But you can also sort projects by most popular, most recent, most views, etc.

Once you see a project you like, go ahead and click on the preview image or its text to view the full tutorial. Let’s take a peek at the The Starry Night Mosaic Table. Being an extremely well-written Instructable, this guide takes the time to explain all of the materials needed, the process, tips and tricks, and photos/videos along the way. You can click through step as single pages, or you can sign in to view them all on one long page. Whatever suits your needs best!

Keep in mind that tutorials can range from beginner-level, all the way to expert. Some users have been active in their respective skill (be it cooking, woodworking, painting, etc). Be sure to pick a tutorial that matches your appropriate skill level before moving on to more advanced projects. And while rummaging through the site, you just may stumble upon a new hobby which sparks your interest, one which you had never thought of trying before!

As always, we hope you had a wonderful holiday season, and thank you so much for taking the time to stop by the Imikimi blog. Stay tuned, as we’ll have more helpful features and resources for your consumption shortly! Thanks again!

Best Wishes,
The Imikimi Team

“An artist cannot fail; it is a success to be one.” — Charles Horton Cooley

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