Dinah Wulf DIY Inspired (1)

About Me

Hello, I’m Dinah! I’m a work at home mom in Southern California that loves to craft, decorate, repurpose and create.  I especially love trash to treasure projects. I get my inspiration from several people from Martha, to my 8 year old and 2 year old daughters, and my extremely talented older brother.  I spend hours getting inspiration from swap meets and flea markets, thrift stores, garage sales, and books and magazines. In this article, I tell a personal story that I think helped shape who I am today.

Deciding to be a stay at home mom was not easy for me because I had spent the last ten years working my butt off and prior to that, I spent several years in college getting degrees and even teaching a little at the state college level.  Working hard was in my blood. Everything changed when my amazing husband and I had our first beautiful little girl. 


Dinah Wulf DIY Inspired

Why I Started DIY Inspired

Becoming a parent, as many of you can attest, flipped my world upside down, and there was no way I was going to miss the first laugh, the first word, the first step, or any milestone in between.  Staying at home not only meant quality time with my daughter, but also allowed more time to do what I love

… get DIY crafty on the cheap.

With the support of my family and friends, I started this blog to simply test and challenge myself to start new projects, share my inspirations, and hopefully inspire a few others along the way. Every once in a while I’ll post about my travels or fun places I go with my family, but 95% of the posts you’ll read are DIY and craft tutorials.

DIY Inspired feature in Parents Magazine May 2016 Issue - Dinah Wulf

My Accomplishments

It’s been a crazy (and fun) few years, check out some of my accomplishments. I’ve been lucky enough to…

  • appeared on FOX News LA and KTLA 5 Morning News
  • be published in a couple magazines like, Real Simple and Parent’s Magazine
  • named one of Mashable’s Moms Full of Inspiring Advice
  • partnered with over 50 fabulous brands including Jo-Ann Fabric and Crafts, Home Depot, and GMC
  • been a brand ambassador for several notable companies
  • filmed some pretty cool professional videos




Looking back on the past year, I put together a 60 second video clip to remember what a great year I had!

Advertise With Me

If you are interested in advertising, here are my advertising guidelines. Feel free to email me with any questions at dwulf@diyinspired.com.

If you don’t know where to start, home is the best way to go!

Thank you for stopping by!


Comments (50)
  1. Jolene says:

    I love this site—you certainly are talented—love it all and especially love the broche magnet ideas (hint hint) great job

  2. Michal Sparks says:

    Hi Dinah!
    I’m going to be doing some fun DIY tutorials and would love to share them. Hopfully I am posting this to the right area. Not sure what category this should be, maybe you know. Have a great day!


    1. dwulf says:

      Hi Michal!

      Sending you an email! 🙂


  3. Mateusz Skrzyniecki says:

    Hi Dinah;
    I’m from Highland Park High School, and I’m designing a website for a green school club, and I would like to ask you for permission if i could use your link of your website on my green school club website if it’s okay. I really like the way you reuse old stuff and make it new. It is very awesome. So if you could give me an answer it would be awesome.
    Thank You
    Mateusz Skzyniecki

    1. dwulf says:

      Hi Mateusz! I would be honored if you used my site. Let me know yours so I can check it out. Thank you SO much!

    2. Esperansa says:

      I’m a new fan and I just wanted to tell you that I love your site! Thanks for all the great craft and DIY ideas! 😉

  4. Sheri says:

    LOVE your site! You’ve done a lot of work in a year- it may take me a while but I’m looking forward to investigating all these posts. I love DIY- especially when it’s well done.

    1. dwulf says:

      Thank you SO much, Sheri! You just made my day 🙂 I just spent some time on your blog and I love your writing style! You crack me up!! Thanks again!

  5. solange says:

    Hi Dinah,
    I love the burlap placemate idea.
    I bought a burlap to make the placemate, but the burlap leave a lot of lint. what i do to stop?

    1. dwulf says:

      Hi Solange!

      Thank you! Hopefully you didn’t wash them in the washing machine? When you first cut the place mat out of the burlap, go outside and vigorously shake them to get the excess lint off. You can also use a lint roller (I would do both). To keep them clean, hand wash them only. Do not wash them in the washing machine or they will no longer look like burlap! 🙂 Hope this helps!


  6. Caitlin says:

    I am new to Etsy, and I’ve been looking around to find blogs like yours…
    I was wondering if you ever feature specific Etsy shops on your blog, or do give-away with Etsy items?

    I’m trying to figure out the whole Etsy thing yet!
    Thanks for your time!

    1. Dinah Wulf says:

      Hi Caitlin! Sending you an email 🙂

  7. Stephani says:


    there is a kitchen and bath idea contest happening every month at LG Hausys HI-MACS and Viatera. This is the first month I believe.
    As far as I know there is not much limit on what moms can submit.
    I thought it was suitable for your blog.
    Please look into it!
    Happy Friday 🙂

  8. Elizabeth says:

    Hi Dinah,

    This is an absolutely stunning site. You have, by far, one of the most organized and clutter-less sites. I’m new to the blog atmosphere, but have really enjoyed your projects. I’m a huge DIYfan, and am always looking for fresh ideas for birthday and holiday gifts. I will certainly be coming back often for some original projects!

    Thanks for sharing!


    1. Dinah Wulf says:

      Thank you for your kind words, Elizabeth! I really appreciate it!

  9. Katherine says:

    Hi! My name is Katherine and I saw your blog and it made me think of my mom’s website! She repurposes old sheets to make essentially anything, especially these really cute pillow case dresses! We are trying to get a little more attention from people and so we figured aim it at the awesome mothers! We have a facebook page called Ashton-Bailey. And the website is ashton-bailey.com we also have esty. It would mean a lot if you could check it out. I’m not really big on blogs but I really enjoy yours! thank you so much

  10. pat says:

    Hi Dinah, just visiting your site for the first time. I love diy projects and my home i full of them. We live at the beach in De. and have an outdoor shower that we love to use-but it could use some prettyfying! Our condo rules forbid any outside the shower changes, but any ideas on how to fix up the inside-we’ve updated the fixtures-stucco walls and wooden door are the surfaces I have to work with- would be greatly appreciated.

    1. Dinah Wulf says:

      Hi Pat! Thank you so much for stopping by! Sometimes organization makes thing prettier. You could add decorative towel holders or vintage wire baskets for toiletries and other accessories. I have also seen plants and ivy inside outdoor showers that gives it a tropical feel (I’m unsure how to grow it in the shower). You could also add a wooden platform (for under your feet) surrounded by large smooth stones on the floor. Does that make sense? I can see it in my head! I hope this helps!

      1. pat says:

        Thanks Dinah, I have installed the wire holders-love the idea of the large stones around the wooden mini deck-thanks so much!

        1. Dinah Wulf says:

          Post a picture on my FB page if you are up to it! I’d love to see what you end up doing! http://www.facebook.com/diyinspired

  11. Sophia Kelly says:

    Hello there,

    I love your site, being a mama of twins it gives me great ideas. I was wondering who the best person to speak with regarding advertising?

    1. Dinah Wulf says:

      Hi Sophia! Please feel free to email me directly at dwulf@diyinspired.com – Dinah

  12. Tenille says:

    I am currently working on creating my own website to help and encourage moms. Do you have any advice on how to make this a successful venture? Thanks!

  13. Jill says:

    Is there JST an email list I could sign up for to get your updates, etc. I couldn’t find it. Thanks!

    1. Dinah Wulf says:

      I added a new email sign up bar! Thanks, Jill! You made my site better! 🙂 I signed you up!

  14. Teena says:

    Hi Dinah!

    I just discovered your site and LOVE it! I can’t wait to try these ideas with my kids…Can I share a fabulous site (if I do say so myself!) for gorgeous, free, designer colouring pages that I am sure you would re-purpose into something even better?! http://lecolouring.com

  15. Dinah Strini says:

    I have to admit that it was your name that caught my attention ! I don’t meet many other Dinah’s. Then looking at your site, I have to say you are by far the most talented Dinah.

    1. Dinah Wulf says:

      Ha!!! Thank you so much, Dinah! I have only met two other Dinahs… both lovely and both “Southern Belles”.

  16. Lisa Seriosa says:

    Hey Dinah! LOVE LOVE your site! I stumbled across it looking for a valentine activity to do with my 4 1/2 year old. (I found your paper heart garland) I am a stay at home mom of 2 and have a small home based business creating paper products – invites, party décor, greeting cards etc. Can’t wait to do more crafts on your site!

    1. Dinah Wulf says:

      Thank you so much Lisa! Glad you stopped by!

  17. Char says:

    Your ideas are great. I did find you through one specific one as I am hosting a Wine Tasting, Cheese and Chocolate shower for my friend this weekend. I was wondering if you could answer a question about Wine tasting game you had. You had on there ‘ Highest average for all guest wins’
    Did you have alot of people that just put 5’s right across. I would hope not but I’m trying to figure out how the best way to fit in a actual Wine tasting and this seems like the best one so far. Just don’t know how many to account for the winners, prize wise.
    Thanks for any assistance.

    1. Dinah Wulf says:

      Hi Char! So glad you like it. Actually, everyone scored pretty differently. It worked out well. I did get assistance from the place I purchased the wine from and let them know what I was doing. They helped a lot with my wine choices. Have a great party! I hope this helps. That shower is STILL my favorite I’ve bee to so far!

  18. Hi Dinah! You have such a great site and your projects are absolutely inspiring. They very much align with our goal to use what we have and remake them into beautiful new creations! Would it be alright for us to include your recycled map drawer makeover for a small roundup we are planning? Thank you!

    1. Dinah Wulf says:

      Thank you, Jane! Yes of course! Thank you for asking.

  19. Bob says:

    I love the square cube tables on rollers, they really look great (and different)…where did you buy those?

    1. Dinah Wulf says:

      Hi Bob! Just to make sure, are you talking about my coffee tables here? https://diyinspired.com/living-room-makeover-reveal/

      I found those gems at Living Spaces!

  20. Bob says:

    those are the ones…Thanks 🙂

  21. Joy says:

    I would love to share this DIY pumpkin on my blog of course with link back to you. Wouold that be ok?

    1. Dinah Wulf says:

      Hi Joy! Of course you can. It’d be an honor. Feel free to use one photo with a link back. Which pumpkin craft were your thinking? I have quite a few!

  22. Hi Dinah,
    I’ve admired your blog for some time, and have added you to my nominations for a blogger recognition award. I hope you have time to participate, and it gives you some traffic to your blog.


    Tracey Lee

  23. Masheila Srioudom says:

    HI Dinah
    I love your site. Are you Laotian? Keep up the amazing work!

    1. Dinah Wulf says:

      Thank you, Sheila! No, I am Filipino! 🙂

  24. Terri says:

    Hi Dinah,

    I’m putting together a booklet for a fundraiser. Would it be possible to email you so I can share more information? I’m hoping to include a post you wrote on flower arranging.

  25. Katie says:

    Hi Dinah,

    I love you work it is amazing! I recently found a Tangled invitation you did on Pinterest. I was wondering if you could give me some ideas where to find the stone wall paper that you used. I’m having a hard time finding it in my local craft stores and want to order some to make invitations for my daughter. Thanks for your time!!

    1. Dinah Wulf says:

      Hi Katie! I tried to find one online for you but had no luck. What about downloading a stone background and then printing them on white paper?

  26. Hi Dinah!

    I’m Steph and I write for Expert Home Tips, a UK home & lifestyle blog.
    I’m head crafter, and LOVE making things. I was wondering what’s the best way to get in touch about a potential feature?
    Some of my projects include:


    I look forward to hearing from you.

    Steph 🙂

  27. Alissa says:

    For the DIY painted mug, does the paint need to be dry before baking?

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