Meet Our First-Ever DIY Hero™

Reina Waller


The mother of three is a mixed-media artist and graphic designer with a love for all things botanical. Reina creates stunning flags with pressed flowers and other organic elements. Her ultimate life goal is to become a full-time artist, creating large-scale pieces, hosting workshops and markets, and forming an art collective with her community.

“Art is a gift that everyone should have the opportunity to connect with. If I could help others do so along the way, that would be the ultimate prize.”

Reina is taking home an impressive $25,000 cash prize and has also secured a feature in Make Magazine, which has been a community catalyst for the maker movement since 2005. We would like to extend a huge thank you to our entire DIY Hero Family! This competition has been unforgettable. Thousands of makers from around the world came together to share their unique and beautiful works. You, your family, and your friends helped us spread the word for American Lung Association and its mission to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease.

Thanks to our

Runners-Up

Kelly Naylor


MICHAEL BRONCO


KAROLINA KRUKOWSKA

Meet our

Competition Host

As a craftsman, Mark Bowe knows what it takes to make it big. The host of DIY Network’s Barnwood Builders is no stranger to the hard work and passion it takes to make something right. His background as a historian gives him the special eye and appreciation for the care that goes into crafting something amazing. This is exactly why he is the perfect guide for all of our designers, doers, and makers in their mission to become the DIY Hero. He’s here to help our competitors succeed while telling a few jokes and stories along the way!

The Cause

American Lung Association

The world would be a little less bright without the creativity of the makers across the globe. Because we care about supporting the health of our DIY superstars and the people who love them and their creations, DIY Hero, LLC is proud to show our support for the American Lung Association by donating 75% of the net proceeds from this Competition to the cause. ALA is saving lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease. Founded over 115 years ago the organization continues to pursue their mission to help the world breathe better through education, advocacy, and research.

Sponsored By

Barnwood Living fuses the rustic nature of their business of salvaging antique log cabins, barns, and timber frames with easy sophisticated style. As Mark Bowe's lifestyle brand, they offer a range of home goods, gifts, art, and apparel for the entire family. Barnwood Living has generously sponsored the DIY Hero competition by providing us with some of their amazing lifestyle products.

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*Barnwood Living does not operate this competition.