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You're Never Too Old to Make a Flower Press

by M.E. Russell

Make this DIY flower press from wood and bolts

I received my first flower press when I turned nine years old - maybe eight? The point is it was forever ago. I got it as a birthday gift from my best friend. The flower press came with a small instructional booklet on how to collect and preserve colorful wildflowers. On the front of the press was an illustration of Anne of Green Gables, happily picking florals and putting them into a giant basket. I still have that flower press, all these years later, with flowers wedged between the pages that are as old as the press itself. It was a fantastic gift that had me hunting for leaves and petals to collect and keep forever. Whether you're making one as a gift for a kid who loves getting outside, or you want to give yourself an excuse to explore the outdoors, a DIY flower press is a quick and easy project to make.        

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Homemade Candy Corn Recipe.

by Chris Gardner

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Candy corn's the kinda thing that divides loved one's right down the middle. Either you hate it, or you love it. And like all good things, if you love it, you should make it. And like those very all good things, the homemade version tastes even better.

Ingredients

1 cup granulated sugar
2/3 cup light corn syrup
1/3 cup salted butter
2 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted
1/3 cup powdered milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
red and yellow food coloring


What's your favorite thing to do with candy corn. Me? I combines 'em with peanuts. Tastes just like a Payday.

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How To: Quick and Easy Homemade Ice Packs.

by Chris Gardner

How To: Quick and Easy Homemade Ice Packs.

Your handpacked lunch. Sore joints. Picnics. Having a quick source of cold is infinitely helpful for keeping what you need chilled, and doing it well.

As it turns out, you can make your own - infinately sizeable and shapeable - but just limited how water freezes by adding something with a much lower freezing point, like alcohol....both the rubbing and the, er, vodka kind.

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Homemade Non-Toxic Mold Prevention Spray

by Lilybee

created on: 01/08/09

Mold. It's BAD NEWS. As well as just being gross it can do some pretty rotten things to your lungs. Prevention is definitely the way to go, as once you've got mold it's the very devil to get rid of. Luckily, you don't need harsh chemicals to stop mold arriving and bringing 50 gazillion of it's friends. Jennifer Chait, green-mama-maven over at Inhabitots has a recipe for an all-natural mold prevention spray.

You mix two cups

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Homemade Household Recipes to Keep Money in Your Pocket During a Recession.

by Chris Gardner

Clamping down on spending during tough economic times often means letting go of some extras, particularly some pleasant, but technically unnecessary, personal care products. So Gomestic offers this solution: don't buy them at all. Make 'em.

Homemade Household Recipes to Keep Money in Your Pocket During a Recession.

With recipes from DIY facial astringent to playdough and houseplant fertilizer, you can continue to have the things that make your life a little more beautiful.

  • Facial Astringent
  • Facial Scrub
  • Laundry...

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7 Deadly Homemade Weed Killers.

by Chris Gardner

Cheaper, less smelly, homemade, and WAY better for the environment and your own health, these seven techniques to rid your garden, walkways, and lifestyle of unwanted green growth provide a  great alternative to commercial chemicals.

7 Deadly Homemade Weed Killers.

1. Boiling Water.

2. Bleach (okay, maybe not so great for the environment)

3. Vinegat

4. Salt

5. Rubbing alcohol

6. Corn meal

7. Newspaper

Link and photo via Lifehacker.

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Make your own CHEAP dishwashing detergent and rinse aid.

by DIY Maven

Make your own CHEAP dishwashing detergent and rinse aid.

First we tackled the dryer; now we’re on to the dishwasher! Apparently, a homemade version is incredibly easy to make and cheap cheap cheap. (I found this recipe repeated on about a dozen other websites, but it’s so good, it required a Curbly appearance.)  

What you need:

For the detergent:

Mix 1 part Arm & Hammer to 1 part 20 Mule Team.

Add...

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DIY Pet Food.

by Chris Gardner

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My intense allergies will never allow me to share my home with any fuzzy quadrupeds. But were I able, I'd love to create amazing meals just for them. So, pet-lovers, throw out your canned pastes, extruded hydrogenized goos, and recalled nasties and give some of these a try.

  • Make Stuff offers recipes for sauteed liver, veal soup, fish cookies, kitty treats, budgie brownies, and others.
  • Simply Pets has 57 meals for dogs and 43 for cats
  • ...

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Easy homemade simmering potpourri recipes.

by DIY Maven

Easy homemade simmering potpourri recipes.

It’s that time of year when we might hanker for the scent of something warm and spicy emanating from the kitchen. If you don’t have the time or inclination to actually make an apple pie or cinnamon rolls, how about throwing together some simmering potpourri?

Spicy Simmering Potpourri

  • 1 oz. can cinnamon sticks, broken into small pieces 
  • 1 (1.12 oz.) can whole cloves
  • 1 (1.25 oz.) can whole allspice

Mix all ingredients in Ziploc bag or airtight...

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DIY Microwave Popcorn.

by Chris Gardner
Store-bought microwave popcorn is kinda nasty: it tastes processed, gritty, and generally nothing like popcorn. Plus, when you can make your own, it becomes overpriced, and unnecessary. When one doesn’t have the time during a commercial break to stand in front of the stove shaking for seven or eight minutes, DIY microwave popcorn is a totally usable alternative that puts that toxic, yellow sludge-covered stuff to shame.
DIY Microwave Popcorn.

Ingredients:
A brown paper...

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