Essex DIY influencer backs HIPPO pledge to champion skill sharing


A self-taught DIY enthusiast in Essex is joining fellow social media influencers to back a UK campaign aimed at helping to instil DIY confidence by sharing tricks of the trade.

Paula Denham ventured into DIY because, as she professes, ‘the money went dry’. She said: “I decided to learn DIY after moving into my Essex home and running low on budget after renovation costs spiralled. It’s the best thing I did as it’s been so self-satisfying.”

Paula is one of six DIY enthusiasts who are divulging their inspirational ideas as part of a #DIYSkillShare campaign to encourage the nation to share their top DIY tips and learn new hacks.

Championing the mission is waste removal expert, HIPPO, which has created the #DIYSkillShare movement to help people hone in on their inner DIY hero. Among other influencers supporting the campaign are Jenny Game, Hannah Otto, Forida Ali and Becky Powley.

Paula’s idea involves adding winter garden glamour as well as a wellbeing boost by showing how to make a simple, watertight window box – using any spare wood or pallets – and filling it with cheery seasonal blooms. You can see her at work here

Paula, aka @homewiththedenhams, said: “I’ve achieved so much through DIY. I learned how to mix affordable luxury with investment pieces, and I taught myself. I hope #DIYSkillShare will inspire others to try DIY.”

HIPPO’s MD, Gareth Lloyd-Jones, said: “While many people would love to give DIY a go, confidence can hold them back. Recent research we carried out also showed that only 28% of Brits would speak to another person to learn new DIY skills. The #DIYSkillShare movement aims to encourage people to overcome their DIY hang-ups by sharing advice, tips, and success stories.

“What better way to help the nation build confidence than through the team of influencers like Paula who have gone from novices to DIY whizzes. As well as plucking up the courage to tackle jobs around their homes themselves, they have each generated a hugely impressive number of followers by recognising the benefits of sharing their experiences and learnings along the way.”

Here’s a flavour of how Paula and her fellow DIY enthusiasts are showcasing their skills and top tips to help motivate the nation into DIY mode

When it comes to the rubbish clearance, all these DIY enthusiasts vouch for HIPPOBAGs as the easiest and most convenient way to clean up as they go and because over 95% of the waste collected in them is recycled.

Over one million customers have used HIPPO’s skip bags to get rid of everything from old kitchens, bathrooms and piles of garden waste, to office products, soil and rubble over the past 20 years. A full list of exactly what can go into a HIPPOBAG can be found here:

HIPPOBAGs are available to buy online at or from more than 2,000 outlets across the UK including all major DIY stores. Find a stockist near you here

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