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Top 10 Sites for Do It Yourself Projects : Planet Green. Ingenious DIY Idea: How to Declutter a Desk or Workspace. It happens to the best of us: we get seduced by some sleek ultramodern furniture design and forget to factor in what it will look like when we add cables, cords and other peripherals that have become essential in this age of electronic and digital technology.

Ingenious DIY Idea: How to Declutter a Desk or Workspace

This idea solves the problem from the other direction: rather than boasting an initially simple design, it relies on your actions after-the-fact to transform a messy desk into a brilliantly clean workspace. Van Mardian may have been the first to publicize this simple DIY desk organizing idea, but many people have since (and likely before) come to the same conclusion: a simple piece of composite pegboard mounted underneath a work surface makes it easy to use wire, zip ties or whatever other fasteners you may have handy and attach all your necessary-but-ugly essentials so they are not seen from above. DIY Continuous Ink Printer = Unlimited Free Printing.

Instead of paying for absurdly priced printer cartridges, build yourself a Continuous Ink Printer (CIS) which can be made by hacking an old printer to suck ink from external reservoirs.

DIY Continuous Ink Printer = Unlimited Free Printing

You can get the raw ink for dirt cheap so it’s essentially like unlimited printing for free (besides the paper). So now you can actually print your collection of pirated books! How to Transfer a Photograph Onto a Block of Wood. Black Labels, Bright Lights: 5 DIY Wine Bottle Lamp Projects. Admire the label art, open the bottle, drink the wine, put a stopper in, then consume the rest later … and then what?

Black Labels, Bright Lights: 5 DIY Wine Bottle Lamp Projects

While a true collector might still keep the empty glass around, most of us then dispose of the leftover container and move on. Here are some illuminating reasons to think twice before recycling them right away. (Instructions for the above DIY outdoor wine bottle wooden-wall torch at Design Sponge). More than decor, candles can add nice mood lighting to a space – particularly when filtered through dark greens and browns of a glass wine bottle.

Probably for safety reasons you do not find many home bottle cutter kits these days unless they are vintage/used ones – but find one and you can make any kind of customized, personalized, faux-engraved gift you want as the pictures above illustrate. These sound a bit complex, right? Dyed Buttons. Dyeing buttons and beads is fun and easy to do, enabling you to get the exact color you want whether using the buttons and beads on a coat, a pillow cover or in a necklace.

Dyed Buttons

They also look beautiful in a vase as part of a flower arrangement, helping the flowers to stand tall. Most buttons and beads are made out of nylon and Rit is one of the few dyes that will color these materials (it also dyes wood buttons!). That means you can transform plain buttons and beads into colorful accents that match or coordinate with whatever you are making. Prep, dye and rinse time: 30 minutes You’ll Need White nylon-based plastic buttons or beadsRit Dye, liquid or powderMeasuring cupMeasuring spoonsPlastic containersSpoonRubber glovesPlastic table coverPaper towels Step by Step Cover work surface with a plastic table cover. Instructables - Make, How To, and DIY. Lifehacker, tips and downloads for getting things done. My Flour/Sugar Drawers. (Note: If you missed the KitchenAid winner results, you can find them here.)

My Flour/Sugar Drawers

When Marlboro Man and I kicked his parents out of their house on the ranch so we could live there instead, I didn’t want to do a thing to the house. It was 30 years old, lived in, exceedingly comfortable, and I loved everything about it. The ceilings needed a fresh coat of paint, though, so after we kicked his parents to the curb, we decided to have it painted before we moved in. The day after the painter started, Marlboro Man said, “Why don’t we just go ahead and re-do the kitchen as long as we have this mess in here?” Six months later, we moved into the house, which by then had a brand new kitchen. And okay, we didn’t kick Marlboro Man’s parents to the curb. I asked my mother-in-law to help me figure out the design of the new kitchen because she’s good at that type of thing and she’d lived in the house for thirty years and knew all about the air and the light there.

I’m happy with the way it turned out.