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How To: Fuse Plastic Bags + Make a Sunglasses Case!

by M.E. Russell

Reuse and recycle: Make fabric from old plastic bags

As Earth Day approaches (mark your calendars! April 22nd!), I've been thinking about ways to reduce and reuse the things I don't need in my life anymore. I'm pretty good about recycling what I can - cardboard, papers, and bottles go in the curbside recycling, and compost I take to the local natural foods store. Plastic bags go to grocery stores with those plastic bag bins up front, along with other random thinner plastics like cereal bags, plastic wrap, and bread bags. If you don't have access to a plastic bag recycling bin, you can reuse your plastic bags by fusing them together to create a waterproof, flexible fabric!       

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How To: Make a DIY Modern Birdhouse (No Woodworking Required)

by Chris Gardner

created at: 04/26/2011

A few years ago, I made a mid-century inspired birdhouse, modeled after the iconic Case Study houses. I created it using my growing collection of woodworking tools, like a table saw and router table, cutting complex angles, and using joints like rabbets and dadoes. It was fun and challenging, and nearly three years outside later, it's still very strong and holding up wonderfully.

But, of course I know that most folks, even other creative-types and DIYsters, don't have access to all these tools. So, I wondered: is it possible to come up with a modern, handmade birdhouse that doesn't required bunches of power tools and knowledge of complex joinery?

Of course it is. So, here's a DIY mod birdhouse that requires only an electric drill and a few toolbox staples. The whole thing can be made for around $10 in materials, and in just an hour or two.  

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Make It: DIY Metallic Geometric Planters in 5 Minutes

by Brittni Mehlhoff

 

Save money on expensive pots and planters with this quick and easy project that will conceal any ugly plastic container in about five minutes, for less than $1 a piece.   

Using some leftover contact paper, you can whip up some faux metal containers to hide the ugly plastic ones your store-bought houseplants came in. 

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4 Home Decor DIYs Salvaged from the Recycling Bin

by Faith Towers
4 Home Decor DIYs Salvaged from the Recycling Bin
Photo: Faith Towers

I've been making a concerted effort lately to remember to recycle as much as possible, and it's been working... we have double the amount of recycling as we do trash lately. And then I got to thinking - there must be all kinds of fun DIYs that I could do using all those empty vessels. Keep reading to check out four easy ones that I tried out.   

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Gift Guide: How to Assemble Your Own Creative Gift Kits

by Faith Towers

DIY Gift Giving Kits

Gift giving can be difficult. It's hard to know what someone wants or even what someone already has. But one thing's for sure... if you're buying for a DIY-loving friend, they're probably interested in trying a new craft. So today we're sharing a different kind of gift guide - one that will help you assemble kit-style gifts for ten of our favorite crafty hobbies.    

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Sewing 101: How to Make a Cozy Faux Fur Throw Blanket For Fall

by Faith Towers
Sewing 101: How to Make a Cozy Faux Fur Throw Blanket For Fall
Photo: Faith Towers

Now that the temperatures are getting a bit chillier, I've been spending the evenings curled up on the couch with throw blankets and a warm cup of tea. And if you have too, then you might enjoy the tutorial that I have for you today... I'm going to show you how to make an incredibly simple faux fur throw blanket with fabulous yarn tassels adorning the corners. Click through to check out the full photo tutorial.   

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Glue Gun Shootout: What's the Best Glue Gun on the Market? We Find Out.

by DIY Maven
Glue Gun Review
Photo: JoAnn Moser

 

Sure, your glue gun melts glue sticks, but does it drip glue all over the place when sitting on its "kickstand"? Does it seem to spontaneously tip over when sitting on said kickstand? Does it take forever to reach maximum heat? 

If your glue gun does any or all of these things, it might be time to break up with it and find a new model. After hours and hours of testing 6 models—4 corded and 2 cordless—of wildly varying prices, we've pinned down our favorites. Let's introduce our contenders (and our recommendations): 

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How To: Make Easy Literary Leaf Gift Tags (Free Template Included)

by Chris Gardner

created at: 12/07/2010

This year, all my Christmas decor is leaning towards the paper-y and the handmade. So, when all my Christmas presents ended up getting wrapped in brown craft paper and old books, I knew the leftover red and green gift tag stickers at the bottom of my wrapping paper organizer wouldn't do.

So, I came up with this easy way to create leaf-shaped newsprint gift tags for free! And free is a lot better than the $4.00 apiece they're asking at West Elm. Here's how:

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