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Feb 23, 2012

Surreal Photos of Shrink Wrapped People

created at: 02/23/2012

When I first saw these photos by Japanese photographer Hal, I wasn't sure what to think...I mean, don't some people do this sort of things recreationally?  But after closer inspection I realized the whimsy in these unique, but bizarre, photos.… read more

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Jan 10, 2012

Antarctica or a Plastic Bag?

created at: 01/09/2012

If I told you these were photos from a cavern in Antarctica, you just might believe me, right? But the truth is, these striking images by François Delfosse are actually the "view" from inside a plastic bag.… read more

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Oct 18, 2011

Woven Plastic Cup Sculptures by John Mars

created at: 12/01/2010

created at: 10/17/2011

Here's an idea: After your next party, instead of throwing away all those ubiquitous red plastic cups, make some art out of… read more

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Aug 31, 2011

How To: DIY Pantry Recycling Center Makeover

I know it's not cool to say so, but I hate recyling. Or maybe it's more accurate to say I'm incompetent at it. I forget to take it out on time, I get plastics and papers mixed up, and trash things when I should recycle them and vice versa. So it's no surprise that our kitchen recycling area has long been an embarrassment:

created at: 08/31/2011

That's how our 'recycling center' used to look. Note the problems: 

  1. General disaster
  2. Sorting?
  3. Shallow pantry means the doors won't close when it's in this state
  4. How many brown paper bags does a guy need?

Well, after an inspiring trip to my local True Value store, I decided this was a solvable situation. I searched the internet far and wide for some recyling bins I could just buy, but our 10-inch-deep pantry made that very difficult.

When I spotted some sheets of white corrugated plastic at True Value (we're in their 2011 Blog Squad), a lightbulb went off: I could… read more

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Dec 08, 2010

Make a Melted Army Men Bowl

created at: 12/08/2010

Ever now and again, Dominic Wilcox's clever War Bowls cross my path. I spied them online eight or so years ago, then two years later, one was on display at my local contemporary art museum, then I read an interview with Wilcox in a magazine, and on and on. 

When I recently ran into them again, it occurred to me..."Maybe I should make one?" Then, as we all do when we have a light bulb moment, I… read more

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Nov 10, 2010

Pick Punch Makes Guitar Picks Out of Anything

created at: 11/10/2010

Oh, wow, twelve-year-old Chris would have been over the moon about this thing. Twenty-eight-year-old Chris is pretty excited about it, too.

Twenty-five bucks and some source material will get you (and anyone you know) as many guitar picks as you could ever need for the rest of your life. Or at least until it… read more

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Jan 02, 2010

How To: Fused Plastic Belt

Here's a fresh take on the fusing plastic bags/DIY Tyvek trick: creating a strong base with opaque white plastic bags for durability, then adding an attractive top layer for some graphic punch!

Materials:

  • 1.5" cotton webbing (or polyester or nylon)
  •  Plastic grocery bags or other plastic packaging
  • Fray Check or thread glue
  • Belt buckle (I took one off an old belt)
  • 3/16" metal eyelets and eyelet tool (make sure your belt prong will fit through this size)
  • Coordinating thread (and heavy duty thread if you have it around)
Tools needed:read more
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