6 Insider Secrets Only DIY Bloggers Know (But Won't Tell You)

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Have you ever wondered why projects from DIY bloggers look so much better than anything you've made or arranged? It's not easy making a living as a DIY blogger, but the best, most successful internet entrepreneurs in this field know a thing or two about presentation and design.

Want to know how you can make your projects look and feel designer-worthy too? These blogger tips are well-kept secrets that most non-bloggers tend to overlook when incorporating DIY projects into their home. 

Explore these tips and tricks to figure out how you can upgrade your next craft project.

1. Lighting Is Everything When Taking Photos

A DIY blogger and a non-blogger can do precisely the same project and post it on social media. The photo from the expert will likely get a lot more engagement. Why? Lighting might be the critical factor. Well-lit photographs show detail much better than pictures taken in dim, poorly-lit environments. 

To upgrade your DIY project photos, try to take the picture in as much natural lighting as possible. Photos taken in the early or late afternoon with the sun positioned behind the camera will turn out the best. 

2. A Little Staging Goes a Long Way 

A non-blogger might make a project like a perpetual block calendar and put it on a desk with little thought. A DIY blogger will position that calendar on the desk and stage other elements around it to create a specific look and feel. For instance, a plant, pencil holder, or other accessories will enhance and add context to the project.

Staging a project is especially important for photography but also in everyday life. By taking time to consider what to position close to the block calendar (or another DIY project), you start developing a more creative and beautiful environment. Although it's important to remember—even a staged space can feel lived-in with the right details. Don't make the area feel too sterile while staging.

3. Create Groupings in Odd Numbers

A little design trick most bloggers know has to do with how you group items together. Basically, if in doubt, group items together in odd numbers. This secret is a guideline that is meant to make vignettes feel more significant.

In fact, some experts argue that our eyes will be more drawn to a grouping of three vases versus a pair of two vases. While we might not be able to discern why this is, it could be because odd groupings create more visual interest because things are not entirely symmetrical. 

Use this trick to position furniture, arrange wall art, and create places for your eyes to rest on open shelving. If you're just starting out, stick to groupings of three, which are much easier to style than larger odd numbers.

4. Use the Rule of Thirds for Photography

The rule of thirds is very similar to the previous rule but applies more to photography. For instance, if you take a photo of a group of three vases, you may not necessarily use the rule of thirds in the picture.

The rule states that a photograph should be broken down into nine separate boxes using two equally spaced vertical lines and two equally spaced horizontal lines. The main components of your photo should hit at least one of these lines or intersections. 

For example, think about that grouping of three vases again. Imagine taking a photo with the vases perfectly centered in the image. This technique would have the main component of the photo centered between the two vertical lines. To make this photo more interesting by using the rule of thirds, push the vases off to the right-hand side of the image instead.

By having the center of the grouping centered along the right-hand side vertical line, you're creating more visual interest and using a tried-and-true blogger trick. 

5. Even Great Photos Require Editing

It's easy to get discouraged when you take time to create a visually appealing photograph, have all the right lighting, and still, a DIY blogger's photo looks better than yours. It's important to remember that almost all pictures that professional bloggers post have been edited in one way or another.

You don't need an expensive editing program to improve the look and feel of your DIY project photos. Instead, download some free photo editing software on your phone and work on brightening up and improving the contrast in your shots.

6. Stick to Projects Within Your Aesthetic & Skillset

The best DIY bloggers know their skills and they know their design aesthetic. For example, you usually won't find a cross-stitching expert blogging about an advanced woodworking project. You also won't see someone who primarily works in a farmhouse style create a project that is modern and neon colored.

Even if you never intend on blogging, don't stray too far out of your skillset or design aesthetic. That isn't to say that you shouldn't step out of your comfort zone. Just be mindful that creating projects that aren't conducive to your design style might end up staying in a closet and ultimately become a waste of money and resources. Also, by working on projects that are too advanced for you, you might end up with an unsightly "Pinterest fail."

Although you may not become a savvy DIY blogger overnight, these blogger tips should help you at least understand how they can make their projects look so effortless and pristine and how eventually you can, too.