The Best DIY Apps of the Year

Written by Kelly Weimert on October 26, 2017

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We’ve selected these apps based on their quality, user reviews, and overall reliability as a source for people who want to dive into DIY. If you want to nominate an app for this list, email us at nominations@healthline.com.

Anyone on the quest to achieve good health knows that it involves a lot more than eating right and exercising. Good health and wellness also means having peace of mind, a sense of self-worth, and an outlet for the feelings and emotions that you can’t quite explain or understand. It turns out that crafting and art therapy have been known to help people with PTSD and depression. And that’s precisely why DIY is so awesome!

Starting a fun DIY project is one of the easiest ways to get out of your head and immerse yourself in the present moment. Plus, DIY offers tangible evidence of your hard work and leaves you with a special memento to keep. Don’t know where to start? Fortunately, there are lots of apps to provide help and guidance. Whether you’re brand new to the DIY scene or you’re a longtime aficionado, our top picks will help you take any project to the next (easier) level.

Houzz Interior Design Ideas

houzz

iPhone rating: ★★★★★

Android rating: ★★★★★

Price: Free

Redesigning your home can be just the thing you need to feel recharged and refreshed. But trying to envision what color should go where and which items should be replaced by what is quite the challenge. This killer app by Houzz will let you experiment with different colors and pieces of decor directly in your home without the commitment. You can search for new items and paint colors in their store, then use 3D technology and your phone’s camera to view exactly how they’d look in your home. This app makes paint swatches and stripes on your wall a thing of the past.

Garden Compass

garden compass

iPhone rating: ★★★★★

Android rating: ★★★★✩

Price: Free

It’s no secret that giving love and attention to another living thing can bring all kinds of good vibes. So, if you know you want to get your hands dirty but aren’t sure where to start, consider cultivating a little garden and let this app be your guide. Garden Compass offers a breadth of tricks to make gardening easier. From plant identification to customized reminders of when and how to care for your particular plants, it’s definitely something any gardener — novice or expert — should have in their back pocket. And once you’re done, you can sit back and enjoy that fresh air — indoors and outdoors.

Snapguide How-tos, Recipes, Fashion, Crafts, iPhone Tips and Lifehacks

snapguide

iPhone rating: ★★★★★

Price: Free

If you simply have no idea where to start DIYing, then start with Snapguide. This app, featuring everything from how-to makeup tutorials to recipe suggestions and tech tips, is basically the mecca for any and everything DIY. Once you log on, you’ll be greeted by a super intuitive interface that can connect you to other makers, allow you to browse hundreds of DIY guides and ideas, and show you how to create your own how-to tutorials. And if you find yourself stuck on any one project, just ask for help directly from the app’s wide-ranging, ultra-helpful community. They’ve got your back.

craftgawker

craftgawker

iPhone rating: ★★★★✩

Price: Free

Craftgawker is kind of like Pinterest, but entirely devoted to crafting projects. On it, you’ll find a curated assortment of thousands of various DIY project ideas and how to execute them. Each project submitted by a user is reviewed by editors to ensure only the highest quality, most viable projects are shared. You’ll also discover how many people have tried and favorited a project, tips for completing it successfully, and be able to create your own page featuring all your favorites in one place. This app is perfect to get your creative juices flowing!

BrightNest

brightnest

iPhone rating: ★★★★★

Android rating: ★★★★✩

Price: Free

What if you could save money and get your DIY on? Well, BrightNest makes it incredibly easy to do that with its wealth of guidance and instructions for pretty much every home maintenance task you can imagine. Whether you’re looking for advice on repairing your washing machine, tips on making cleaning more efficient, or guidance on checking for mold, this app has you covered. It also comes with a scheduler that you can use to set daily reminders and notifications customized to your home to ensure it’s as clean and orderly as can be.

Makr: Custom Design & Logos

makr

iPhone rating: ★★★★★

Price: Free

If you prefer creative projects that don’t involve getting your hands (or house) dirty, then you’ll definitely want to give a little love to Makr. In addition to providing you with an easy way to create custom graphics all on your own, it can also save you a boatload of money. You can make everything from wedding invitations and business cards to custom T-shirts, straight from this free app. And that means you don’t have to pay someone a fortune to do it for you, and you’re in control of the whole process. It’s also incredibly easy to navigate, so no design experience is necessary to make a stunning design in a snap.

Craftsy

craftsy

iPhone rating: ★★★★★

Android rating: ★★★★✩

Price: Free

Whether you’re struggling with motivation to complete your DIY project or you’re someone who learns better with more structure — sometimes more than a basic how-to is necessary to get our crafty juices flowing. Enter: Craftsy. This app is essentially an all-inclusive class for nearly any project under the sun. Their classes feature videos from esteemed instructors, discussions from other students, and even links to purchase all of the supplies you need to complete any given project. It’s basically a crafty classroom in your pocket.

iHandy Carpenter

ihandy

iPhone rating: ★★★★✩

Android rating: ★★★★✩

Price: $1.99

If your DIY goals involve home improvements, then you definitely want to add this app to your proverbial toolbox. That’s because it essentially is a toolbox. iHandy will transform your phone into five different home improvement tools with near-perfect precision. There are three different leveling tools that ensure your photos, surfaces, and walls are well-aligned, as well as a ruler and a protractor to make certain your project is executed with precision and polish. Now, you can finally get to hanging those pictures on the wall — and in a straight line, at that!

Project Life

project life

iPhone rating: ★★★★★

Android rating: ★★★★★

Price: $2.99

Scrapbooks make amazing keepsakes, but the tedious cutting, gluing, and arranging that goes with them can be a real turnoff. That’s what makes Project Life so great. This app makes it super easy for you to create beautiful, cohesive, and professional-looking scrapbooks in almost no time at all and for zero mess. Once you’ve arranged your photos and comments in just the way you want them, you can order a professional-looking printed version directly from your phone. Grandma would be so proud!

Quiltography: Quilt Design Made Simple

quiltography

iPhone rating: ★★★★★

Price: $14.99

This app certainly isn’t the cheapest on the list, but if you’re an aspiring (or expert) quilter, it’s every bit the worthy investment. And it’s equally great for amateur and expert quilters alike. Quiltography helps you design your quilt from start to finish. From inside the app, you can organize your fabric using your camera, design each block of the quilt — including any sashing, borders, or cornerstones — and instantly determine the exact amount of each fabric you need to complete it. In short, quilting has never been easier.

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