100 + Ways to Reuse Old Magazines

by DIY Maven

100 + Ways to Reuse Old Magazines

You'd think with the advent of the intertubes, I wouldn't be such a magazine junky, but, god forgive me, I LOVE getting glossy periodicals in the mail. The down side is, of course, they do start to accumulate, and even though we diligently deposit them in the recycling bin (after being picked through and disemboweled with a blade

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Make Your Own Chalkboard Paint.

by Chris Gardner

Historically, they were called blackboards, and then sometime in the mid-20th century, they became green, and thus chalkboards. Now, you can turn anything chalkable, but are mostly limited to the original black.

Make Your Own Chalkboard Paint.

Until now.

"The Craft at Home blog has a recipe that makes any acrylic paint of your preference chalk-friendly, though darker colors are still more effective as an actual writing surface. That recipe requires powdered tile grout and...

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How to Turn 3 Chairs into 1 Bench

by DIY Maven

 

bench made of chairs

Carpenter Ryan McPhail took 3 worn, secondhand chairs, which he bought for 18 bucks a piece, and turned them into one clever bench. The seats of the chairs were broken, so this reincarnation seemed the perfect solution! To make one of your own, you'll to gather the following:

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How to Make Test Tube Vases

by Chris Gardner

I saw these a few weeks ago on Cribcandy: clever, and tongue-in-cheek without being kitschy. At $9 a piece, they’re not ridiculously overpriced, but a purchase is never as fun as a DIY attempt.

How to Make Test Tube Vases
 

Materials

Test tubes
Scrap hardwood and power saw
        Or
Wooden craft blocks
Spade bit, matching the size of the test tube
Electric drill or drill press
Sandpaper
Wood stain, or finishing oil, paste wax, etc

1. Obtain the test tubes. Ask friends or...

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