How to: Homemade Outdoor Fireflies

by DIY Maven

How to: Homemade Outdoor Fireflies

If you've ever spent a warm summer night next to a wetland area, you've probably seen lampyridae. Their name might not ring a bell, but their tiny glowing bodies do. Lampyridae are fireflies, those belly-glowing beetles that seem to take people's breath away, especially when seen in multiples. In our second project from Lorene Edwards Forkner's book Handmade Garden Projects we're going to be making our own fireflies.

"Dazzle evening garden party guests with a fanciful flight of homemade fireflies. By day the informal cluster

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Bookworm: Handmade Garden Projects + BONUS Cocktail Table How-to!

by DIY Maven

Bookworm: Handmade Garden Projects + BONUS Cocktail Table How-to!

Lorene Edwards Forkner’s book Handmade Garden Projects is filled with  step-by-step instructions for over two dozen projects that will keep you busy for this growing season and beyond. Featherweight planters (made of peat and cement), vinyl wall flowers (made of LPs), a vintage-y outdoor chandelier (made of wire edging), a pergola (made of plumbing pipes) and much more, there’s something for every garden and every DIYer. You can snag it right now at Amazon for about $14.

 With the permission of Ms. Forkner’s publisher, Timber Press, we’re pleased as punch to share two original projects from Handmade Garden Projects. The first is this Gabion-Style Cocktail Table. 

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Roundup: 6 DIY Garden Trellis Ideas

by Green Couch Design

Roundup: 6 DIY Garden Trellis Ideas

created at: 04/10/2012

Gardens are one of the most creative things to do, whether it's blending the colors of annuals in your pots for just that perfect contrast, or developing the perfect layout for your garden path. Gardening is all about creating. So we thought we would finish out the week with a fun creative project that gets those artistic juices flowing.

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Making Burnt Brown Bag Sculpture

by DIY Maven

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Never in a million years would have I considered taking a match to a paper bag slathered in tacky glue to see what kind of effect would occur. But then again, I'm not in the habit of testing glue for flammability, which is exactly how this technique was discovered back in the 60's. It's a very cool way to get a metal sculpture look without the metal. To give it a shot, you'll need to gather up the following:

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The Composition Chair, made without any hardware or welding.

by Chris Gardner

Aluminum wire. A jig. A pair of pliers. A LOT of crossing and bending. Probably some band aids.

The Composition Chair, made without any hardware or welding.

Designer Kouichi Okamoto of Kyouei Design created "The Composistion Chair" using only a pair of pliers and a jig to bend aluminum wire. No bolts, soldering, reinforcements, screws, nails, glue, or welding required.

created at: 2009-05-15

Those kids in high school that used to make hand-wound chainmail got nothing on this chair.

Via.

 

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Tables Made out of Recycled Car Hoods

by DIY Maven

Tables Made out of Recycled Car Hoods

What Joel Hester can do with his welder and an old car hood is nothing less that remarkable. Rusty, discarded metal hoods are cleaned, buffed and clear-coated to preserve the aforementioned rust, which looks much better in this application rather than, say, hiding the engine of a 1987 Honda Civic.

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The Secret Life of Toothpaste

by DIY Maven

The Secret Life of Toothpaste

Any gal with a diamond knows that a toothbrush and a little toothpaste will make that rock twinkle. But toothpaste has other more lowly pursuits than putting the spark in your bling.

Cast Iron Sinks

Toothpaste will remove pot marks from cast iron (and vitreous glass) sinks and it’s a cheap alternative to more expensive cleaners. My Pepsodent (the lowest-priced I could find at the store) is a fraction of the cost of Kohler’s fancy Cast Iron Kitchen...

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