Okay, A real short, simple one this week because a lot of stuff is happening right now.
Recently on my Facebook and Twitter pages, I started sharing craft and cookery ideas under the banner of the hashtag #MakeItMonday. I feel that it’s important to give yourself a project or two to tinker with for the sake of mental health. It keeps you sharp, it’s entertaining, and it give you a sense of accomplishment when you’re done.
So, for all of those DIY Field Operatives out there, here are some specialty crafted YouTube channels designed to teach you how to make it yours… whatever “it” may be.
Grant Thompson – “The King of Random”
Grant Thompson is probably one more well-known DIYers on YouTube and it’s easy to see why people love him. He’s has a wide range of interests, deep respect of his viewers, and has a deep passion for creating.
True to his title, part of the fun of Thompson’s channel is the random nature of the videos. One week he’ll show you how to make sweet smelling bath bombs for your amoré. The next he’s MacGuyvering a metal foundry for recycling aluminum out of a flower pot.
His varied tastes ensure that you won’t be doing the same boring stuff every weekend. Just check out a random video, and see where it takes your ideas.
For the foodies, there’s Tasted – a channel that, like a parent trying to make a fussy child eat, strives to make food fun.
In addition to sharing food and drink recipes on shows like “Superhero Kitchen,” “How to Drink,” and “Rustic As F#%K,” they also report on various food-related topics like new flavors of snack foods and options at popular restaurant chains.
My favorite show of theirs is “Why Would You Eat That?” – an exploration of traditional foods from other countries that often ends with hilarious results.
Bill Doran is a blessing to cos-players and LARPers the world over. If you ever needed a prop or suit of armor that you just couldn’t find online or didn’t want to spend the money on, he’s your man.
Doran’s videos not only show his process as he recreates props from movies and games, but his “Prop: Shop” series also goes into detail on specific techniques.
Personally, I get the most use out of his EVA foam tutorials (you know, the kind of foam people put on the floors of workshops and gyms to reduce the impact on your feet and knees).
If you enjoy and get good use out of his videos, you should consider going to his online store and buying his books and blueprints.