DIY TV Craft Programs

By Genevieve Rice

As an arts and crafts addict, you’re always on the lookout for new craft projects and ways to render the old and tired into the revamped and personalized. Craft books and the Internet offer plenty of suggestions and step-by-step instructions, but you can also find entire television shows dedicated to your craft of choice. With a few clicks of the remote, crafters can find a wide range of crafting shows that demonstrate projects ranging from simple to painstakingly complex.

Scrapbooking

Discover new, creative ways to display you and your loved one’s photos and keepsakes with HGTV’s "Scrapbooking." Host Sandi Genovese shows budding scrapbook artists how to liven up family albums and baby book with cutting-edge techniques such as quilted pages, pop-ups and memory folding.

Needlecrafts

Marvel at ideas for sewing, knitting or cross-stitch projects from the good ol' boob tube. PBS features "Sewing with Nancy," the longest-running sewing program on television. Host Nancy Zieman offers simple how-to instructions on sewing projects ranging from cross-stitch to quilting. Knitters can put their knitting needles to work with the projects featured on HGTV’s "Knitty Gritty." Spunky host Vickie Howell shows how to make a wide range of fun, modern knitted goods such as leg warmers, iPod cozies and even jewelry.

General Crafts

Learn crafting techniques and find new projects with TV shows that feature a wide range of do-it-yourself craft ideas. HGTV's "B. Original" shows how you can make artsy marvels out of everyday objects. For example, one holiday-themed show features how to make Christmas “trees” out of steel scrubbers. Catch "That’s Clever" on HGTV, a traveling craft show. For inexpensive but inventive crafts, recipes and gardening ideas, take a look at "The Katie Brown Workshop" on PBS. Each episode of "That’s Clever" showcases a craft project demonstrated from three artists around the country. So, in a span of 30 minutes, you can watch Laura from Santa Fe make a glass flower paperweight, Steve from Wilmington, Delaware, put together a mochi tea tile and Cheryl from Memphis construct a wooden wine vine table. If you’re looking for creative ways to spruce up your household, check out "For Your Home" on PBS. Hosted by mother and daughter team Vicki Payne and Sloan Payne-Rutter, "For Your Home" features home improvement projects ranging from quick arts and crafts projects to garden revamps. For the ultimate in elegant crafting ideas, check out "The Martha Stewart Show" on NBC. In addition to cooking and entertaining ideas, Martha demonstrates projects ranging decoupage to scrapbooking.

About the Author

Genevieve Rice is a freelance writer currently living in Phoenix, Ariz. Rice has been published in a variety of publications, including the "Oklahoma Gazette," the "Oklahoma Daily" and "Boyd Street Magazine." She earned a Bachelor of Science in multidisciplinary studies from the University of Oklahoma.