As Napoleon Bonaparte said: “If you want a thing done well, do it yourself“. A real BellaStylista sure knows how to get fancy things without breaking the bank.

And that is what this new series #ChicOnABudget is about; the chicest cheap fashion items, designer and celebrity looks-for-less, and honest reviews on budget-friendly places to shop.


Instagram has quickly become a wonderful platform for DIY aficionados who will totally inspire you. I have found 10 of the best African DIY Instagram accounts that you NEED to follow now. These accounts cover everything: shoe DIYs, sewing projects, beauty, cuisine and much more. Get ready to follow some cool new accounts!

Locks and Trinket

Owned by fashion YouTuber/blogger, Miss Enocha this blog features mostly designer shoe-DIY projects, tips, and inspirations for fashion enthusiasts. She has more than 100k followers on Instagram.


Torera of Diydose offers tips, DIYs, and shares helpful videos on affordable living. She also occasionally posts about her personal style and some cooking tips as well.

The Style Minimalist

Prisca paints a colourful Instagram page, and also takes delight in remaking shoes, bags, and accessories to fit trends and times under her blog category Design it Yourself.

Muslima Hanie

Haneefah Adam is a visual artist as well as a modest fashion blogger. She offers DIY ideas and tips for fashion items on her blog and youtube channel.


Nedu is so passionate about creating looks with her sewing projects that she often hosts workshops for eager to learn participants. Her blog is a haven for tailoring DIYs

The DIY Lady

Lizzy is a fashion and beauty blogger who knows how to find the right deal. Her blog posts include fashion tips and outfit details, and a lot of DIY products for hair care.

Lauren Dixon-Paver

According to Lauren, a South African, she is a lover of words, maker of things, aesthetic Chameleon, designer, Stitch Witch and can usually be found making stuff. Her YouTube channel consists of home accessories, decor and sewing projects.

Thrift Diving

Serena Appiah‘s blog was created to “inspire you to decorate, improve, and maintain your home on a DIY (do-it-yourself) budget”. From cuisine to home decor she shares hacks to affordable living.

Style By Buiti

Mompreneur and blogger Beauty has an eye for details and uses resources around her to DIY top street style accessories.

Uzzy Mami

Uzo loves to make her own beauty products and DIY makeup routines with amazing hacks you’ll never have thought about.

Which other bloggers should we follow to feed our DIY junkie obsessions?