There are loads of podcasts that can motivate and educate creative folks or DIY devotees, but these five favorites — focused on crafting, knitting, decorating and home improvement — manage to be both informative and fun (available on Spotify, your Apple podcast app and other popular podcast platforms).
"Pour yourself a glass of wine because it's craft hangout time …” croons the opening song of Craft Hangout, an energetic, popular biweekly podcast. Host Eliza Kapitan makes it feel a lot like being at one of those pottery workshops with friends, where the wine flows and everyone gets a little loose at the pottery wheel. She and her cohosts, Leeloo Thatcher and Jessie Katz Greenberg, define craft broadly as “an activity involving skill in making things by hand,” and discuss everything from Bob Ross's The Joy of Painting public television program to how to start an Etsy shop for selling your handmade goods. The Craft Fails segment is always a laugh, too, with tales of artsy projects gone awry.
Behind the Studs
DIYers love Behind the Studs, a thoughtful and sometimes hilarious podcast dedicated to fixing up and maintaining your home. Hosts Colin Shaw and Jimmy Driscoll, longtime friends from New England (with the accents to prove it), run their own renovation and home improvement companies. Their podcast, launched in 2018, includes conversations on large-scale projects, such as the pros and cons of installing a swimming pool; maintenance advice (gutter cleaning, for instance); or remodeling tips (build your own bathroom vanity on a budget). Browse the episodes — a treasure trove of home repair knowledge, each about a half hour long — to find the advice you're after, and enjoy.
Decorating Tips & Tricks
A home might seem postcard-perfect, but it needs character to be truly wonderful. That's the thinking behind the Decorating Tips & Tricks podcast, which is all about encouraging listeners to tap into their intuitive design sense and develop their own styles. Hosts Kelly Wilkniss and Anita Joyce — a former trial attorney and engineer, respectively, who met as bloggers — share their decorating tips and wisdom, such as how to declutter a bookshelf (start by considering a theme or turning to seasonal inspiration) and what it means to arrange your home in a wabi sabi way, referring to the Japanese concept of imperfect beauty. The episodes brim with inspiration that's easy to digest and put into practice.
There's no need to tell someone who knits just how fun and therapeutic the yarn life is, but if you need confirmation, listen to Shinybees, Jo Milmine's “knitting, comedy and yarn podcast.” The British host — whose Scottish grandmother used to call her Shinybees as a child — says she likes to “knit in the pub, with a real ale or a nice gin,” and makes you feel like you're her pal drinking a pint beside her. The show is full of Milmine's amusing banter (mostly with herself) as she delves into such topics as cat-themed knitting patterns, useful resources for beginner knitters, how to carve out time in your life for more knitting and, for yarn hoarders, how to pare down your stash. October's episodes celebrate Socktober — with lots of “knitty chatter” about socks.
Fix It Home Improvement
"Covering projects that every homeowner should know,” Fix It Home Improvement is the practical, no nonsense — but unintimidating — podcast for listeners who are set on DIYing fixes and upgrades in their homes. The host is Jacy Elsesser, a former real estate investor and hardware store owner, who begins his short (about 20 minutes) weekly episodes imparting a related historical fact about the repair at hand. On an episode about what to know about portable air conditioners, for instance, he shares that ancient Egyptians hung wet reeds in their windows to cool the desert air. The shows are approachable and entertaining, but definitely focused: Axes and hatches; wall-mounted handrails; and drop ceilings have all been dissected. Elsesser also has a YouTube channel where he offers his home improvement expertise visually.