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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.  

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Nov 17, 2011

How to: Make a Mod Holiday Wreath from Trash!

created at: 11/17/2011

Okay, play along. Take a look at this space-y, sputnik-y wreath above. It's made from stuff likely in your trash can. 

Figure it out? Got it? Good.    

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Nov 07, 2011

DIY Furniture: An Awesomely Inspiring How-To Book

created at: 11/06/2011

I don't buy a lot of how-to books these days. It's not that I dislike reading, but rather I tend to go to web for most of my instructional needs. Sometimes, however, I come across a book that looks so amazing that I just need to get it. That's how I felt when I discovered DIY Furniture: A Step-by-Step Guide by Christopher Stuart. It's now at the top of my reading list; I plan on ordering a copy ASAP.

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Nov 01, 2011

Incredible Upcycled Table Made from a Vintage Door

created at: 11/01/2011

I'm not gonna lie…I haven't been this excited about a table in a long time. Don't get me wrong, I am often excited by tables and other assorted pieces of furniture, but this one, which is made from an antique door, is different. It's something I could actually make!

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Sep 19, 2011

How to: Make a Clock from Junk Mail

I once heard that it takes 300 points of contact to be swayed by a piece of print advertising (that you're not already seeking out). That means a political candidate has to call, be seen on a TV ad, or send you junk mail 300 times in order for that technique to be effective.

And other than coupons or sale annoucements, I can't imagine, in this day and age, where postage is expensive, and we're touched by thousands of ads before we even check the mail, that sending stuff to a mailbox is helpful.

And yet, still it comes. So, turn that waste upside down, and make something from it.

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Sep 14, 2011

DIY with a Purpose: Making the World's Least Expensive "Light Bulb" from an Upcycled Plastic Bottle

created at: 09/14/2011

Every once and while, some brilliant soul comes up with such an clever solution to a problem, it's simplicity and perfection is awe inspiring. Things are commonly accessible, but not common sense. Coupled with the fact that this one improves the lives of third world persons and saves energy they don't have to spare, I think this might be my favorite DIY project of the year.

created at: 09/14/2011

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Jul 15, 2011

Weekend Project: How to Make a Succulent Table from a Recycled Pallet

This straightforward DIY table has all the essential elements: upcycling, pallets, woodworking, plants, power tools, all wrapped up in a perfect mid-summer vibe.

Megan says, "Can you believe that our latest DIY project was once just a couple of junky pallets and some scrappy table legs?  Crazy…if I didn’t have photos, I wouldn’t believe it myself.  Not too long ago, we whipped out a coffee table sized succulent table out of an old shipping crate.  Now we scaled it up."

 

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Jun 07, 2011

Booze it Up! 13 Awesome Recycled Bottle and Craft Projects

Webecoist sez, "Got a recycling bin full of glass bottles? Why waste them when you could have a new table lamp, candle holder, shelving unit, hummingbird feeder – even a house? Reuse beer, wine and liquor bottles for these 13 fun and creative crafts and projects for the home and garden."  

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May 12, 2011

Man Builds an Entire Home Gym from Car Parts

Perhaps you're there for the standard oil change. Maybe you need new tires, a timing belt replaced, or worse, major engine work. Whatever the reason you're visiting the auto body shop, you're stuck there for the time being. Those dudes in the blue jump suit are holding your car hostage, until they've had their fill of upcharging you and overpriced filter changes.

So, what to do when you're hanging out, hoping the parts and labor will still allow you to eat this month.

You should exercise!

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Mar 22, 2011

How To: Spray Paint Like a Pro

I just went into my basement and counted. The results?

I have twenty-eight cans of spray paint. Okay, that also includes spray primer, and probably a clear coat or two, but twentyeight? I was surprised.

So, what's it mean? That spray paint is awesome, and the perfect medium for all sorts of DIY and art projects, of course!

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Mar 11, 2011

How To: Make This Amazing Geometric Mobile from an Old Phone Book

Yeah, buddy...Check out this super cool "himmeli" mobile my friend Elizabeth Abernathy [the brains behind Nuno mag] created using an upcycled, out-of-date phone book. (Right, it's out of date cause its a phone book. Got it.)

Elizabeth notes that hillemi are "

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Mar 08, 2011

Top Ten: Cool Stuff Made From Beer...Stuff

There's a surprising amount of DIY-able material available from a six-pack. There's, of course, the beer itself (might I suggest a Guinness float for St. Patrick's Day?), and then there's the bottle, the bottle cap, the cardboard sleeve, or perhaps the cans, their tabs, and the case packaging.

All of this is ripe fodder for making other stuff,

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Feb 28, 2011

How To: Make a Laptop Stand from Recycled Books (for under $5.00)

created at: 02/28/2011

Alex Braidwood is a clever fellow. 

Using two retired books, he created this attractive laptop docking station for nestle his laptop and save desktop space when connected to a monitor, keyboard, and mouse.

"The selection of these two books

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Jan 17, 2011

Make a Stackable Lunch Box from Recycled Cans

created at: 01/17/2011

According to Lunchboxes.com, a tiffin box is for a "Tiffin," a "lunch, or any light meal. It originated in British India, and is today found primarily in Indian English. The word originated when Indian custom superseded the British practice of an afternoon dinner, leading to a new word for the afternoon meal. 

The stacked design corresponds to exactly how I love to eat lunch: a little serving of lots of stuff, in order.

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Jan 13, 2011

Guy Makes Entire Village Community out of Recycled Junk

created at: 01/13/2011

Inhabitat reports, "'Once Upon a Time in Knoxville' is a new documentary about Rollo, a man who erected a small town of buildings using recycled windows, doors, beams and shingles from forklift pallets and old house trailers. He’s created his own building style dubbed 'Appalachian Gothic,' from which he was inspired to create a low-tech, low-consumption community."

Click to watch this fascinating trailer:  

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Jan 03, 2011

The 20KRKR...Or, How to Make a Rocking Chair from Shipping Pallets and Cardboard

created at: 01/03/2011

"Every year, the Rural Studio, a program of Auburn University's architecture school, located in Hale County, Alabama, pursues a research project called the 20K House.  [They] build a house on a budget of $20,000 that can be a sustainable, safe, spacious, dignified replacement for the mobile home. Each prototype is then documented and will hopefully become a model that can be replicated across the rural south for low-income homeowners."

created at: 01/03/2011

This year, the 20K house featured a fine front porch, a staple of Southern culture, and Wholman wanted to create a porch-worthy rocking chair with the same spirit of the 20K challenge. He came up with this incredible design, which forms the chair from upcycled shipping pallets and cardboard shipping tubes.

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Dec 30, 2010

How To: Make a Coffee Can Lamp

created at: 12/30/2010

Clever. Light-providing. Upcycled. Handmade.

There's only one problem with this DIY pendant chandelier project.

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Nov 19, 2010

How To: Make an Industrial Modern Coffee Table from a Shipping Pallet

created at: 11/19/2010

We love an inventive furniture how to project, especially those that are super inexpensive, take just a few hours, and result in the perfect space to simultaneously put your feet up, display your fave magazines and books, and keep your beverage within reach.

So, as you might imagine, this coffee table made from a free shipping pallet is about as good as it gets.  

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Feb 25, 2010

How To: Upcycled Tape Dispenser.

As it turns out, a standard 14 - 15 ounce can of veggies or tomato sauce has nearly the same diameter as the internal cardboard ring of a roll of masking tape. So, it makes a perfect roll on which to build all kinds of DIY tape dispensers.

3 Roll Masking Tape Dispenser

  

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