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DIY Triangle Shelves. Photo: A Beautiful Mess This fun little project comes via the ladies over at A Beautiful Mess, combining the love of collectables, with the modern twist. Printers trays are back in fashion (though avid collectors will say they've always been in style!) , there is something rather special about showcasing our little treasures and keepsakes and these DIY shelves offer just the ticket. You'll find step-by-step instructions and photos at the link below. DIY Triangle Shelves via A Beautiful Mess Tagged : How-To, shelves, wall art, DIY Triangle Shelves Material : wood Design Style : colorful, contemporary, minimalist, scandinavian Techniques : woodworking Room : bedroom, Dining room, Entryway & Hall, Kid's Room, Kitchen, living room, Office & Workspace Decor Element : wall art. DIY Laundry Soap & Products.

Gardening and Foraging. Hobbit Houses: 15 Grassy Hill-Shaped Dwellings. “In a hole in a ground lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing to sit on or eat: It was a hobbit hole and that means comfort.” This line by J.R.R. Tolkien, author of the beloved The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings fantasy novels, has inspired hundreds of copycat underground hobbit homes around the world – and is itself inspired by ancient Viking hill houses.

These 15 green-roofed dwellings that take a page right out of Tolkien’s books come in all sizes for all kinds of functions, from hotels in New Zealand to backyard playhouses and vintage underground hill-dug duplexes. The World’s First Hobbit Motel (images via: wayfaring.info) For tourists the world over, New Zealand will forever be associated with The Lord of the Rings, since it served as the filming and production location for the film version of the saga. Modern Hobbit Home in Switzerland (images via: toxel) (images via: webecoist) How to Build a Solar Heating Panel with Soda Cans. If you’ve got good sun exposure on one side of your house, you can take advantage of free heat from the sun with this DIY solar heating panel, which uses old soda cans to collect and transfer the sun’s energy into your house. Sometimes, low-tech solar devices are much better than high-tech ones for home use, as they not only tend to be cheaper to make, but will also last much longer before any repairs or maintenance are necessary.

And even better, they can be built in part from repurposed or recycled components, which is something you don’t see very often in new solar devices. This solar space heater design uses old soda cans to increase the surface area for heat transfer inside of it, and in its most basic design, uses no external power to move the air. Double-glazed glass or polycarbonate panels make up the front of the device, allowing the sun’s rays to enter it while restricting heat loss to the outside air, and the box is also insulated for more efficiency.

Source: Blackle Mag Related: Homemade Tooth Soap Recipe: Healthy Alternative to Toothpaste. Ever since reading the booklet called, "The Perfect Prescription For Your Teeth: Three Simple Steps to Perfect Teeth and Gums All the Days of Your Life", we've been using tooth soap. At first I thought the lady who gave me the booklet was crazy. That was five years ago. We get our teeth checked and cleaned once a year and so far none of us have had cavities. In fact, my husband's gums are in way better shape now. Dr. See book for details. I've converted some of my family members and friends to using this when they've seen my how white my teeth are. It is very simple to make and inexpensive, too. Homemade Tooth Soap Recipe: Ingredients: 4 tsp Dr. 1/2 cup melted coconut oil 1 to 2 tsp Slim Sweet, xylitol (cavity preventing) or Stevia (all have no adverse effects on the teeth) 20 to 30 drops peppermint, spearmint, cinnamon, clove (helps with gingivitis and sensitivity) or sweet orange essential oils 1.In a small pan, boil a small amount of water. 2. 3.

Happy Teeth are Clean Teeth! God Bless, Refrigeration alternatives. 10 Plants That Repel Garden Insect Pests. 10 Plants That Repel Garden Insect Pests Please be sure to Join our email list and receive all our latest and best tutorials daily – free! Background photo – Yummifruitbat (Wikipedia) lic. under CC 2.5 We’ve been doing some research into plants that repel pests and have compiled a list of 10 plants that can be planted together with other plants as a simple form of insect control. The idea of selecting plants for insect control is not a new one – and is part of the overall subject of companion planting. Companion planting has actually been in use since ancient times; for example the mosquito fern has been planted alongside rice in China for over 1000 years in order to assist with nitrogen fixing and the crowding out of other weeds.

As time passes by, it seems that more and more people are getting concerned (rightly!) Companion planting for insect control can work in two ways a) plants that deter the pests and b) plants that attract the “good insects” that eat the ones that harm the plants. 15 houseplants to improve indoor air quality. DIY Household. Nature Sounds. Listen and download for free. Eco Energy. Gardening and Foraging. Companion Planting. Old-Fashioned, Pioneer & Primitive Skills & Resources. Hobbit Houses: 15 Grassy Hill-Shaped Dwellings. How to build a Hobbit house… Cozy Outdoor Fireplace Hut is a Warm Glowing Play Place. This artful outdoor fireplace from Haugen/Zohar Architects is integrated with a nearby playground, allowing families a chance to duck in and take the chill out of a cool evening playtime.

The fireplace, built on a playground in Trondheim, Norway, is a wonderfully whimsical structure that provides a place not only to warm up, but to spend time telling stories. Its unique shape is reminiscent of traditional Norwegian turf structures, with a hole at the top for the smoke to escape. A concrete base provides a seating area all around the fire, encouraging bonding over scary stories or tall tales.

Kids are encouraged to play in the structure, giving it a triple life as a decorative structure, a functional warming-up space, and an extension of the nearby playground. The architects, faced with an extremely limited budget, found an inexpensive building material at a nearby construction site. The small wooden pieces, stacked in 80 circles, let a warm glow through when a fire is lit at night. Eco-Housing Plan Has Humans Moving Into Forest Trees. Denmark-based architect Konrad Wójcik is on a mission to remind humans just how much we have changed the natural world.

With urban sprawl and a global population explosion, we have deforested much of the planet and left it a mess. He believes that the only way to cure this is for humans to get back to nature and let the planet heal itself. His proposal is called Primeval Symbiosis. It consists of small homes which look and behave like trees. Solar panels cover the tops and sides of the pyramid-shaped structures, drawing energy from the sun just as trees do.

The homes gather water from the environment and turn humans’ waste into fertilizer to nourish the forest around them. Each of the tree-like homes is supported by a single point, the end of which is anchored in the ground for stability. When one of the homes is no longer usable, it again behaves like a tree: its death allows other things to survive. Eco-Housing Plan Has Humans Moving Into Forest Trees. Hobbit Houses: 15 Grassy Hill-Shaped Dwellings. Free crochet pattern sites. Aquaponics. Sewing, Crochet, Yarn, Textile & Fiber Crafts. Water. Portable Solar Desalination 'Plant' That May Aid In Third World Water Woes. By Meera Dolasia on September 14, 2012 CCSSNAS-1NCSS-3Word Search 'Water, Water everywhere, not a drop to drink' - That, unfortunately, is the situation faced by millions of residents in developing countries who are surrounded by oceans, but have no access to fresh drinking water.

Now thanks to this ingenious portable ceramic desalination 'plant' created by Milan-based designer Gabriele Diamanti, there may be a viable solution. The Eliodomestico works just like a coffee percolator except, upside down. It comprises of two ceramic pieces that sit on top of each other. Fitted inside the top piece is a black container into which, salt water is added and then tightly sealed. The Eliodomestico is then placed in a sunny area causing the liquid in the container to heat up and turn to steam. The best part is that this portable device can desalinate up to five liters of water at a time and after the initial purchase price estimated to be about $50 USD, costs nothing extra to operate. Subtle Subterranean House is Underground & Understated. Many underground homes have relatively extreme designs, either due to ultra-wealthy clients who give their architects a (literal or at least metaphorical) blank check to design a luxury dream house, or because of existing conditions (for instance; retrofitting an old military base and/or missile silo to be a new home).

This modest alternative shows the power of simplicity in a nonetheless remarkable minimalist home in the ground. BCHO Architects started by carving a basic box-shaped void into the earth, holding a place for the space with likewise simple retaining walls of rough and raw board-formed concrete. A side stairway starts the sequence of movement down into this space, slowly taking into increasingly more enclosed areas.

Along the way, the naturalistic texture of this bounding structure is reprised in real-dirt exterior courtyard floors, rammed-earth walls outside and natural-finish wooden furniture inside. Sky Garden House - Architecture Linked - Architect &Architectural Social... - StumbleUpon. I think one of the reasons that many are skeptical about environmental design is because they think its terribly complex and costly. It does take a bit more effort on the front end, but it's definitely not rocket science.

This architecture by Guz Architects is a wonderfully developed minimalistic design with a curvilinear flare that really brings out the organic coverings. I'm most impressed with how design facilitates the needs of the plants and shrubs located throughout the house. See more at Guz Architects. DIY recipes. DIY Household. How to Make an Essential Oil Distiller from Kitchen Equipment. How To Make a Homemade Ozone Generator (Air Purifier) How to do it Youself DIY and make a Water alkalinization ionization ionizer water sytem unit. DIY Solar Still. How To Make Your Own Distilled Water Make your own distilled water from stream or lake water, salt water, or even brackish, dirty water, using these DIY Solar Still Plans. With just a few basic building materials, a sheet of glass and some sunshine, you can purify your own water at no cost and with minimal effort. Distilled water is not just for drinking, and it’s always worth keeping a few gallons of it on hand. Clean water free of chemicals and minerals has a number of valuable uses: • Always refill the lead-acid batteries used for solar energy systems or automobiles with distilled water • Water delicate plants like orchids with distilled water; minerals and additives like fluoride or chlorine that are present in most tap water can harm plants • Distilled water mixed with antifreeze is recommended for car radiators, as it’s less corrosive • Steam irons become clogged with mineral deposits unless you use distilled water How to Make a Solar Still The operation of the distiller is simple. 1.

Architecture. Need Faux Tin Ceiling Tiles? Colors and Sizes Available! Empty space next to the fridge? Make a Roll-Out Pantry. With some web-spiration, a 3D-Printer on hand and some empty space next to the fridge, I decided to make a roll out pantry. Optional: 3D-Printer + filament Supplies (as seen): (2) 2x6x8 construction lumber (1) 3/16x4x8 plywood (1) 3/4x4x4 plywood (scrap used) (4) Casters (8) Dowel rods (as shelf holders and railings) (3) 1/4"x6 Quarter round molding (14) #6 3/4" Flathead Screws (for dowel railing holders) (2) #6 32x3 Machine Screws with nut (for handle) (38) 1" Wood screws (for casters and scrap pieces to hold backing) (6) Scrap pieces of wood (can use leftovers from the 2x6x8 pieces) (48) Finishing nails (guess, not sure how many used) (2) Quarts of paint Tools: Drill Hand Saw Measuring Tape Clamps Straight Edge (square) Painters Tape Kreg R3 Jr.

Kit Dowel Rod Jig Kit Wood Glue Hacksaw Blade (off the hacksaw) Sandpaper Hammer Chisel. Composting Toilets. 20 of the Sneakiest Secret Doors (list) Hidden Doors and Secret Passageways are always a cool amenity to any house. Not only does provide mystery to your living quarters, but it also allows for a bit of privacy. Hidden doors and secret passageways seem to be a popular room addition since there are numerous companies on the web who specialize in such requests, like The Hidden Door Company, Creative Home Engineering and Hide A Door. Of course, you can easily get the typical hidden door in a bookcase, but we’ve found some pretty interesting ones below! 20. Mirror Secret Door This one is crazy! 19. Just because it looks like a dead end doesn’t always mean there’s nothing behind it… 18. This is the best place to keep that stack of cash or gold bars you don’t want the Uncle Sam to get their hands on!

17. This is one of the most famous hidden doors in history (at least to us). 16. 15. A hidden room under a set of stairs is definitely an unusual idea. 14. 13. This is seriously something out of the game Clue! 12. 11. 10. 9. 8. 7. 6. 5. Free Plans. Several free plans by Owen Geiger are now available: Preview the Economizer House Plan here.Economizer House Plan PDF Solar Pit House PDF Preview the Solar Pit House plan here. esert Shelters PDF Preview Desert Shelters by searching this phrase in the built-in search in the right hand column.

Craftsman Bamboo/Plastic Bottle House PDF (Honorable Mention in Shelters for All housing competition) Preview the Craftsman plan here. oot Cellar Plan Earthbag House for Haiti View download complete complete plans at Teach Democracy.org. Want to see more plans? How to Drill Your Own Water Well. How to Build an Outdoor Mud Oven for Use Now and When the SHTF. As part of a recent giveaway, one of the questions I asked was “What DIY project would you like to see featured on Backdoor Survival?” There were some amazing responses and over time, I hope to work through the list. Interestingly enough, two readers requested a similar topic and when more than one reader makes a request, I sit up and pay attention. The DIY projects were: 1. As luck would have it, this is a familiar topic since awhile back, I featured an article on DIY mud ovens.

For those of you that are new to the concept, outdoor Mud Ovens are common in third world countries where indoor cooking facilities are nominal and where cooking fuel consists of wood and biomass. Here is the full article: How to Build an Outdoor Mud Oven Rocket stoves and outdoor grills are great for cooking in a pot or skillet when the power is down or non-existent following a disaster or a worst case SHTF situation where fuel is either flat-out unavailable or intolerably expensive.

The Quest for A Mud Oven. How to Move Yourself Off-The-Grid.