It’s Stephanie, your friendly neighborhood Squidoo Magazines editor.
As you may or may not know, one of our magazines, Cozy, is devoted to all things for the home. And while there’s great content in Cozy, we need more of it, particularly of a certain type. It’s the stuff you like to read — that everyone likes to read — DIY articles. Specifically, practical, fun, beautiful, simple, unusual DIY projects.
People want to know about, see, and contemplate ways they can make their homes stand out, or just feel more homey. So if you can, if you’ve done something cool at your home, take a photo of what you’ve done. Create a lens telling us what you did and why, and point out the products you needed to complete the task.
If you’re getting ready to start a project, take a before shot, so we can do some fun before-and-afters, like Apartment Therapy did for this post on revamping a tired chalkboard wall.
Our Budget Decorator on Cozy, angelatvs, did just that with this lens on painting a dresser, and it turned out wonderfully. When we shared the piece on Facebook, we made sure to show the before and after. As we do more of these, we plan to do more Apartment Therapy-style “teases” where you only see the before on Facebook and have to click through to see the spectacular “after.” The after is lovely:
We’d also love to see even more step-by-step DIY’s like this cool project on Apartment Therapy, showing you how to make your own plywood table. It’s tremendously unique, fun, and do-able. Just check out the finished product:
Our own KateHon has done something similar with her enormously popular lens, 7 Upcycled DIY Ideas to Decorate a Teen or Tween Girls’ Bedroom. In it she describes how to create all the elements for a room she photographed and described beautifully. This lens has been pinned on Pinterest more than 10,000 times, which is just fabulous! The photo below comes from KateHon’s terrific lens:
We also need lenses on easy projects with a big payoff, like this one from Oh Happy Day!, where a beautiful and fun polka dot mural is made with nothing but cut sweet potatoes and acrylic paint.
There’s absolutely nothing complicated about the Oh Happy Day! project, and there’s not even a before and after. However, it’s fun, it’s easy, and it’s explained with the help of plenty of big photos. I could imagine a lens or how-to on a similar project coming together in a snap.
All this said, if you just love adding fun, interesting elements to your home, are a DIYer, or you just can’t stop getting inspired by all those Pinterest projects out there and need to do some yourself, please consider making a Cozy lens. We’d love to fill our online home with even more projects that inspire, delight, amaze, and help make people enjoy their homes even more.