Enter the 14th Annual Shorty Awards

The Shorty Awards honor the best of social media and digital. See categories below. The early entry deadline is on December 9th, 2021.

From the 8th Annual Shorty Awards Best in DIY

Check out all these real life MacGyvers! They could crush an Iron Chef like competition between crafters. They use social media site such as Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, Tumblr, Vine, Instagram, Snapchat and Facebook to share tips and advice for others to make great inventions out of raw materials. The winner of the DIY Shorty Award will be a someone who finds DIY projects fascinating, enjoys learning and loves sharing what they can do.

Finalists

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A Beautiful Mess
Founded by Missourians Elsie Larson and Emma Chapman, DIY blog A Beautiful Mess has expanded since 2009 to include a shop, online classes, two photo apps (A Beautiful Mess and Party Party), two books (A Beautiful Mess Photo Idea Book and A Beautiful Mess Happy Handmade Home), and a following of more than 370k on Twitter and Instagram. The site spr…
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Almost Makes Perfect
Almost Makes Perfect was launched in the hopes that Molly Madfis could improve her crafting skills, create something of a digital hope chest for design, and share with the world that being crafty requires neither particular skill nor excess cash. Unique to Molly’s blog is her inclusion of personal stories from her journeys of marriage and home-buy…
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Joselyn Hughes
LA-based comedian Joselyn Hughes is all over the place, lauded by The Huffington Post, Flavorwire, JaneDough.com, and Funny or Die. In 2014, she launched a web series under the Nerdist umbrella called DIY, Dammit after years of building a following on Twitter and Instagram with her mad crafting skills. Her weekly “quickies" videos teach how to mak…
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Mr. Kate
Labeled “the antithesis of Martha Stewart" in an LA Times interview about her book A Hot Glue Gun Mess (half raunchy, heartbreaking tell-all memoir, and half twee DIY project tutorials), designer and metalsmith Kate Albrecht spearheads a DIY empire with her persona Mr. Kate. Billed as a lifestyle blog, it’s the jumpoff for her jewelry sales (piece…
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P.S.- I made this…
Erica Domesek, crowned Elle Magazine’s Fashion Queen of DIY, started PS I Made This in 2009, creating clear, step-by-step guides for DIY projects. Her first book was an editor’s pick on Amazon in 2010, catapulting her accessible DIY designs to internet fame. A spokeswoman for the Craft and Hobby Association, Erica’s been featured on The Rachael Ra…

Nominees

CrazyRussianHacker
Taras Kulakov started making origami instruction videos while he was working at a North Carolina Walmart for a small audience on YouTube… and then he started blowing things up. Crazy Russian Hacker’s channel has nearly a billion views now, and Kulakov specializes in flashy chemical experiments and varied life hacks, like how to use a fan as a leaf blower, w…
I Like To Make Stuff
His name is Bob, and he likes to make stuff. Straightforward, simple, down-to-earth: Bob Clagett of I Like To Make Stuff starts each of his YouTube videos the same way, and dives right into a weekly project, whether it’s woodworking, electronics, or 3D printing. He adamantly reminds us that he’s not an expert in any of these crafts, that he’s just like us a…
I Spy DIY
Back in Wisconsin, when Jenni Radosevich scoured department stores for fashions she’d found in magazines and came up empty, she’d Frankenstein the piece into being by herself. She then used her alchemical DIY skills to launch the blog I Spy DIY. Her book I Spy DIY Style has been featured on Martha Stewart, Rachel Ray Show, and The Today Show, and she’s know…
Oh Happy Day
Jordan Ferney’s goal of being “The Best Party Resource on the Internet" is realized through her DIY blog Oh Happy Day and their companion online store, which includes DIY accessories of their own creation and an expertly curated menagerie of twee décor, party favors, balloons, and place settings. The blog itself is a stream of whimsical color—simple buildab…
Steve Ramsey
Steve Ramsey believes that woodworking should be for everyone, and his weekly YouTube vlogs and tutorials provide nearly half a million subscribers with detailed DIY projects that range from practical to essential. Started with a homemade chessboard for his son that he filmed for fun, Ramsey’s hilarious and personable videos have expanded into an online soc…
Studio DIY
LA transplant Kelly Mindell’s Studio DIY is the apex of a lifetime of entrepreneurship, audience-building, Instagram fame, and a rabid love for DIY party planning. Together with the help of her husband/live-in photographer Jeff, Kelly posts daily recipes, pinata construction blueprints, and travel-inspired party inspiration. Readers are encouraged to try ou…