How To: Make Your Own Solar-Powered "Sun Jars"!

by Capree K

How To: Make Your Own Solar-Powered "Sun Jars"!

We've shared quite a few mason jar projects here on Curbly (did you see our roundup of 15 awesome uses for mason jars?) and we've even highlighted a purchasable sun jar, too.  Of course, it couldn't be too long before we found a DIYable version, right?  Well, at least not if the industrious people of the Internet have their way.  So, if you haven't yet exhausted your supply of jars from all those other rad projects and are looking for a fun, eco-friendly lighting solution, read on!  

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Seriously Cool DIY: Sprout a Sofa

by Craftmel

Seriously Cool DIY: Sprout a Sofa

How's this for yard art?  I'm absolutely certain the Jones' next door don't have a grass couch in their backyard.  This puts a whole new meaning on "green-living."   

The people at ReadyMade give a detailed how-to on their website.  It requires some work and getting a bit dirty, but I'm thinking it would be totally worth it to make a few of these before a big party, or other outdoor event. 

I just don't want to be in charge of all that...

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DIY Idea: Make a Mudroom Shoe Rack from Pallets!

by Capree K

DIY Idea: Make a Mudroom Shoe Rack from Pallets!

As with mason jars, there seems to be no limit on what you can do with a discarded pallet.  We've shared quite a few projects in the past, but this may be the simplest/easiest of the bunch!    

Tel Aviv-based design studio Junktion focuses solely on creating new things from old stuff.  They've upcycled a car trunk hood into a sofa, a collection of metal teapots and collanders into a chandelier, and old suitcases into medicine cabinets...

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The Top 3 Money-Saving Cleaning Must-Haves!

by Capree K

The Top 3 Money-Saving Cleaning Must-Haves!

There are a million different cleaning products on the market all vying for a spot in your supply closet, not to mention a chunk of your budget.  But before you bring home the next new wonder spray, consider these three money-saving cleaning must-haves: they're widely available, kid and pet friendly, and cheap, cheap, cheap!  

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5 Tips for a Green Workspace!

by Jill W

5 Tips for a Green Workspace!

Whether you work in a corner office, cubicle or home office, having a green mindset saves the planet, your health and lots and lots of money. It is relatively easy to create a green, healthy work environment through carefully considered choices. With modern day technology at our fingertips, creating a green and healthy office environment is an easily achievable goal that all companies big and small should set for themselves.  Check out these 5 tips to help you make your office environment a little greener and healthier!  

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America's Oldest Net Zero Solar House

by DIY Maven

America's Oldest Net Zero Solar House

(Image credit: Matt Grocoff)

Matt and Kelly accomplished their mission: To make their historic Ann Arbor home net zero. What does that mean? Well, besides it meaning they own the oldest net zero residence in the U.S., it ALSO means they'll never have another utility bill ever again.

created at: 11/22/2010
 

(The Gauss House circa 1913. Image credit: Matt Grocoff.)

Located in the Ann Arbor Historic District, the 110 year old 'All-American folk-Victorian' has been...

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Reclaimed Gym Floor Wall Hooks

by Capree K

Reclaimed Gym Floor Wall Hooks
Reclaimed gym floor wall hooks??  How clever!  Before you grab your wallet and get to ordering though, check out how to create a reclaimed wood wall treatment.  Totally adaptable to a wall hook feature, right?  If you're itching for some color, mask off a similar design and grab your favorite spray paint.  Easy.  Done.

For instant gratification, you can purchase the above pictured wall hook from UncommonGoods for $125.

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How To: Make an Awesome Wall Treatment with Reclaimed Wood

by Meg Allan Cole

How To: Make an Awesome Wall Treatment with Reclaimed Wood

In today's video I show you how to do your own Reclaimed Wood Wall. This is a project I have been wanting to do for months and am so thrilled with the result. My husband and I were first inspired by The Antonio Treatment, an HGTV show starring a laid back kinda punk rock/metal dude who does everything green and features his dog Chewie a lot. We dig him. Antonio does BIG heavy hauls and revamps and shows glimpses into the projects, without doing big DIY tutorials. So I thought it'd be cool to take the reclaimed wall idea and break it down for you.

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How To: Green Thanksgiving Clean Up Tips

by Jill W

How To: Green Thanksgiving Clean Up Tips

Thanksgiving is all about being grateful for everything we have. And this year, we hope the resources of our ecosystem are at the top of everyone's list. In order to celebrate these good gifts, check out these sustainable cleanup tips, which are easy to apply to everyone's feast.

  • Your dishwasher uses about half the energy, 1/6 of the water, and way less soap than you might use during hand dishwashing. If you have lots of dishes to wash, load your dishwasher with an eco-friendly detergent and air-dry the dishes rather than heat drying them.

Credit: Gary Gary [http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/200501523-001/Photographers-Choice]
   

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