How To Make Recycled Flowers from Plastic Bags.

by Chris Gardner

While you're waiting for your real annuals to bloom, bring those nasty plasties and a hot glue gun outside and make these clever recycled flowers.

How To Make Recycled Flowers from Plastic Bags.

Materials:

1. Plastic bags
2. Mini glue gun with multiple heat settings
3. Scissors
4. Dry Erase Marker

1. Cut the bag open. Then create multiple petals from the plastic

2. Use the glue gun to seal and crease the edges.

For full instructions, head over to Instructables.

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15 Alternative Uses for Baby Wipes (Complete with a bonus tip on how to make your own!)

by DIY Maven

created on: 05/15/08

Baby wipes are kind of like duct tape. Even if you don’t have a baby in the house or repair duct work on a regular basis, it’s not a bad idea to have both on hand. Books have been written extolling the versatility of our favorite grey tape, but if you haven’t heard about the awesome power of the butt wipe, here’s some alternative uses:

  1. Water-less pet baths for Fido or Fluffy.
  2. Remove crayon marks from painted walls, woodwork and...

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Creative Ways to Reuse "Disposable" Items.

by Chris Gardner

Creative Ways to Reuse "Disposable" Items.
Lifehacker users have compiled a list of creative uses to recycle your disposables, namely those that cannot be recycled in obvious ways. They include old standbys like the CD spindle bagel holder and placing fabric softener sheets in drawers to keep your clothes smelling fresh, but also some clever tips for yogurt containers, wine corks, bum CD-rs, and a link to a great Flickr group entitled, "How Can I Recycle This?"

  • CDs/DVDs and their...

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Make a Three-Tiered Plant Stand from a Recycled Tomato Cage.

by Chris Gardner

Make a Three-Tiered Plant Stand from a Recycled Tomato Cage.

Instructable-user CarlSandra2005 came up with this clever alternative use for a tomato cage: a tri-level plant stand. And since this only cost, what 25-cents, and you probably have at least three or four unused ones lying about, you could do them in multiples for a Jetsons-like effect. Simply use pliers to shape your cage appropriately, spraypaint a color of your choice, then fill. The only difficult part may be to find containers that will fit...

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Make a Cereal Box Magazine Organizer.

by Chris Gardner

Make a Cereal Box Magazine Organizer.

I cringe everytime I put a cereal box in the recycling bin. Sure, it's better than tossing it in the trash, but there's such stiff yet pliable material in my hands, yet at that moment, I'm not clever enough to come up with a project for its re-use. Luckily, someone else is (though I bet it wasn't the mogul herself)...

Materials

  • Large, sturdy cereal box
  • Craft knife
  • Straight edge
  • Decorative paper
  • Spray adhesive

Simply cut the box to...

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Curbly Video Podcast: How to Make a Handbag out of a Recycled Book

by Chris Gardner

Curbly Video Podcast: How to Make a Handbag out of a Recycled Book

I have a penchant for purchasing stuff that’s cool, but for which I don’t have specific plans or use. Case in point: I have piles of pulp and sci-fi novels from the 40s-60s. The art and colors are amazing, and the language provides for ridiculous quotes for ages. But after I slice out the illustrations, and force my way through the first and last chapters so I can say I ‘read’ them, these dime store masterpieces don’t escape from their cardboard homes often.   

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Puppetronics.

by Chris Gardner

From MocoLoco:

"Lighting by Georgiosi is influenced by music and objects of everyday. The Puppetronics concept is translated into a giant UV sculpture of a dancing puppet not unlike a jellyfish, synchronized to the music and suitable for any rave. Other items that are used in Georgiosi lighting include speakers, saws, screws, rubber balls and marbles, but you can also find slinky lights, scouring pads, mesh and sink strainers."

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DIY Flash Diffuser From an Airsickness Bag.

by Chris Gardner

DIY Flash Diffuser From an Airsickness Bag.

Hate the In-The-Cave look of flash photography? The answer lies in the airline Barf Bag. "Yes, that’s right… Those cute lil’ white plastic bags that the airlines keep tucked away in the back of every seat are absolutely perfect for diffusing the harsh beam of a direct flash. Just one barf bag (a/k/a: “flight discomfort bag”) stuck onto the top of a flash head will mellow...

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25 Alternative Uses for Inner Tubes.

by Chris Gardner

Okay, so you might not have a huge stockpile of unused inner tubes in your garage, just waiting for an uncommon use. But if you did, here's twenty-five things you might do with them.

25 Alternative Uses for Inner Tubes.

•    Deceptively simple dog toy.
•    Make rubber bands
•    Clear the drain.
•    Make a belt.
•    Clamp glued projects.
•    Make a rubber ball.
•    Use as a funnel or hose.
•    Temporary gaskets.
•    Make shoe insoles.
•    Reduce vibration.
•    Protect wiring.
•   ...

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Make a Mini Greenhouse from Recycled CD Cases

by Chris Gardner

This clever photo led me to this excellet tiny recycled greenhouse. What a use for the boxes of CD cases that I refuse to throw away. 

Make a Mini Greenhouse from Recycled CD Cases

Materials: Four compact disc cases

1. Remove the front (the clear part) from three of the cases.

2. Tape or glue the three cases in a box shape, and then add the final case on the back, as in the photo.

3. Help your little seedlings thrive by placing the greenhouse over the plant, using the lid as necessary.

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30 Uses for a Dead Tree.

by Chris Gardner

If you logged on to your local Craigslist, chances are you'd see at least one household with a dead or recently removed tree, begging for someone to help reuse the material. "Cool," you'd say, "but what would I do with a dead tree?"

DIYLife has 30 ideas.

30 Uses for a Dead Tree.
LEAVE IT ALONE
1. Leave it standing.
2. Turn it into yard art.

CUT IT UP
3. Use planks for fencing.
4. Build a big brush pile for wildlife.
5. Make garden mulch.
6. Use it for firewood and/or kindling...

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10 Alternative uses for Bananas

by DIY Maven

10 Alternative uses for Bananas

People are using bananas to make some weird stuff, let me tell ya. But, in the interest of spreading the knowledge, from the not-so-odd to the head scratchers, here goes:

10. Aphid deflector: Burying dried or cut-up bananas peels a few inches deep around the base of your rosebushes to detract aphids.

9. Fertilizer: Potassium rich, bananas are great for us as well as our gardens. Dry out leftover peels over the winter months. In the spring grind...

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10 Alternative Uses For Alka-Seltzer.

by Chris Gardner
10 Alternative Uses For Alka-Seltzer.

  1. Clean a toilet. Drop in two Alka-Seltzer tablets, wait twenty minutes, brush, and flush. The citric acid and effervescent action will help loosen the grime.
  2. Attract Fish. Fish dig on bubbles. Fill a tube jig with a piece of Alka-Seltzer and cast off.
  3. Clean hard-to-reach areas of deep vessels, such as a flower vase. Fill with water and drop in two Alka-Seltzer tablets.
  4. Polish jewelry. Dissolve two Alka-Seltzer tablets into a glass of water and...

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(DIYable) Hairpin Necklace by Mana Bernandes.

by Chris Gardner

Brazilian designer Mana Bernandes specializes in making beautiful jewelry from common, inexpensive items, like "Clasp" made from hair ("bobby") pins. While she doesn't offer a how-to, I bet one could figure out the technique from the photo. It reminds me of those regal neckplates you see on ossuaries and paintings from the Ancient Near East...a handmade version would certainly complement your handmade Pharoah costume nicely.

(DIYable) Hairpin Necklace by Mana Bernandes.

Other designs include:

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15 New Uses for Epsom Salt.

by Chris Gardner

Epsom salt - magnesium sulfate - are a major component of most bath salts, potting soils. and in some lotions and gels intended for pain relief. Its high magnesium content and gritty texture makes useful for all sorts of other tasks. Gomestic has assembled a mighty fine fifteen here.

15 New Uses for Epsom Salt.

  1. Eliminates Toxins from the Body
  2. Exfoliates Skin
  3. Athlete's Foot
  4. Cleans Bathroom Tiles
  5. As a First Aid
  6. Hair Conditioner
  7. Removes Foot Odor
  8. Keeps your Lawn Pleasant
  9. As a...

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8 Straight Benefits of Red Wine.

by Chris Gardner

"Wine is one of the oldest alcoholic beverages on the planet. Its history spans thousands of years and while heavy drinking of any alcoholic beverage rather brings lots of health-related troubles instead of benefits, current research suggests that a glass of red wine each day may be providing you with more than just a little relaxation. "

8 Straight Benefits of Red Wine.
  •  Reduced risk of death from nearly all causes: European researchers suggest that moderate daily...

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Top 9 Alternative Uses for Beer

by DIY Maven

Top 9 Alternative Uses for Beer

Instead of pouring that flat brew down the drain, you might want to try a couple of these tricks. 

Plant food. Beer has yeast in it and yeast is good for plants. A few tablespoons of flat brew added to the garden will enrich the soil.

Bee killer. Get yourself an old jar, punch a few 3/8" holes in its lid and then fill the jar with beer. Screw the top back on the jar and set it out in your yard where bees and wasps are a problem. The bees will love...

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Thirteen Remarkable Uses for No-Stick Cooking Spray.

by Chris Gardner

No-stick cooking spray reduces calories, sticking, and scrubbing. Apparently, it can also ease at least thirteen other areas of your life.

Thirteen Remarkable Uses for No-Stick Cooking Spray.

  1. Reduce grime and bulidup on your vehicle wheels
  2. Brighten and shine your automobiles grill, and prevent bugs from sticking
  3. Lubricate your keys to open a stuck lock
  4. Prevent your mailbox from freezing
  5. Stop wax from sticking to candlesticks
  6. Remove soap scum
  7. Spray a putty knife before scraping to ease clean up
  8. Stop a...

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How To Remove Oil Stains from Clothing and Fabric.

by Chris Gardner
How To Remove Oil Stains from Clothing and Fabric.

Somehow, in the gravy making marathon of Thanksgiving 2007, I got splattered with a bit of olive oil. I feared not, however, for I knew there were good tidings of a great DIY solution.

1.Simply lay out your clothing on a flat surface where it won't be disturbed.

 

2.Liberally sprinkle baby powder onto the spot. 

 

3. Allow it to sit for 24 hours. Shake clean, or use masking tape to remove the powder. If the stain is still present, simply repeat the...

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