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Erik’s recycled wine bottle torch

Erik’s recycled wine bottle torch
this clever outdoor diy idea comes from erik anderson of gerardot & co.- a creative branding and design agency in indianapolis. erik was kind enough to share a fantastic project that turns an everyday bottle into a modern backyard tiki torch. i love the way these torches look and am dying to find a backyard to use these in- too bad the closest thing we have is a 2×2 foot fire escape. but for those of you with yards, i hope you’ll enjoy this project from erik. click here for more info on the project and click here to check out erik’s work at gerardot & co. thanks, erik! CLICK HERE for the full project instructions after the jump! [****Safety Note: This is for outdoor use only. Tiki brand recommends that the wick never be set higher than 1-inch, and I recommend that you exercise the same discretion and common sense that you would with any small open flame.*****] Recycled Wind Bottle Torch 1. Helpful Tools: Channellocks, adjustable wrench, hacksaw, power screwdriver, and a funnel The Hanger 1.

Tiny Delicate Tissue Flowers This is what I've been up to lately, making these delicate tissue flowers. The flowers will be glued onto contorted willow branches as part of a table centerpiece (providing all goes well). I'm really happy with the results, light, delicate & airy. Perfect for summer decorations. Supplies:tissue paperscissorsstring - waxed dental floss works well Layer four pieces of tissue paper together measuring at 2 1/4" by 3 1/2". When you're finished with the accordion fold, it should look like the picture on the left. Your tissue flower should now look like the image on the left. Pull the first layer up.

paper star lantern tutorial I suppose it isn't exactly the right time of year for stars and lanterns, but I've got a paper folding fascination at the moment and so was drawn to a project I had wanted to do back in Autumn. During last lantern season I was looking everywhere for instructions to make these beautiful paper lanterns and couldn't find them anywhere. I ended up purchasing a lantern that was already made and since I've been struggling with some difficult folds and designs of other paper crafts, I decided to unfold the seemingly simple lantern I bought and figure the thing out for myself. Since in my own quest for instructions I crossed paths with many other people looking for the same thing, I thought I'd do my best to share what I learned. Begin with a 12" square of paper to end up with a lantern that is about 7" across when complete. (Feb., 2012 edit: A video tutorial of this project can now be found here.) For crisper creases and to help fold thicker card stocks, try using a bone folder.

DIY: Maison Martin Margiela Bottle Lamps Older DIY: Maison Martin Margiela Bottle Lamps by Izabella Simmons Issue 3 · European Travels · January 20, 2012 Newer Issue 3 · European Travels · January 20, 2012 Maison Martin Margiela's elevates the simple lamp-from-a-bottle into an elegant lighting fixture. The Line 13 collection debuted at Milan's Salone del Mobile a while back, which inspired us to come up with a DIY budget version. N.B.: For a more elegant solution, use a glass drill bit to drill a hole at the base of the bottle and run the cord through. Above: Maison Martin Margiela's display at the Salone del Mobile. Above: A liqueur bottle is yet another option for the lamp base. Above: Top the lamp with a simple white or black fabric shade (White Linen Drum Shade, $19.99; Black Linen Flat Lamp Shade, $24.99, both from Lamps Plus.) EXPLORE MORE: Issue 3: European Travels, DIY & Remodeling, Baths, Bedrooms, Dining Rooms, Living Rooms, DIY, Lighting Hotels, Lodging & Restaurants: La Maison Champs-Elysées in Paris By Janet Hall

How to Make a Personal Fire Pit For Cheap! My name is Karen and I haven’t lit anything on fire in 5 months. I’m sure I deserve some sort of a chip or something for that. You see … I’m a bit of a pyromaniac. Technically I’m not a *real* pyromaniac I guess. We light fires in the fireplace every night here in old Casa de Karen from October until March. 6 face cords every year go flying up that chimney. So what’s a pretend pyromaniac girl like me to do in September? The Answer … The Personal Fire Pit. Here we gooooooo … Materials you Need cheap glass frames – $4 small rocks – $2 any kind of metal mesh – $2 any metal planter with a lip (edge) on it – $8 (on sale) Step #1 – Making a Glass Box You need to make a glass box. Do two sides first and hold them in place somehow until they dry. Position them so your final side will be easy to silicone. Run another bead of silicone and place your last piece of glass. When you’re placing your glass, try to be a bit careful about it. P.S. Step 2: Making the pit. It’ll look something like this. 1. 2. 3. 4.

Playing With Rocks I've received a lot of interest in the romantic rock paperweight from my "Busy" post. It's been pinned, and I've received emails about it. Funny how something so simple speaks to us. I used the Splendid Transfer method (found on my sidebar) after rubbing the surface with a little gesso. You can read about gesso on my sidebar as well. That wasn't the only one I made, and I kept it. I used an Eiffel Tower image. Like I said, it was a broken piece of marble. Now it sits with another little rock, and my chippy lavender filled urn. Here's a beautiful image I transferred to a round piece of marble. Going to play with more rocks, and work on some furniture. UPDATE: Here is a breakdown of how I transferred the images. Clean the rockGesso is not necessary for the transfer here, it just adds tooth and depth. There are other ways to transfer images, but, this is how I did it with the rocks.

How to Make a Moss Chair August 4, 2010 by Robin Plaskoff Horton It’s eye candy, but maybe not seating. Los Angeles designer, Kyle Sugarman, created this cool moss chair and offered up the directions for the rest of to create on our own. Sugarman, who’s been featured on HGTV and The Style Network, has also left his creative mark with companies such as Microsoft, Lipton, and Target. • Find a side chair that has a nice solid seat–something with a great shape and with a vintage flair will really take this chair to the next level. • Once the chair is covered in newspaper you will then put a little spray adhesive down and a thin layer of chicken wire so that the moss has something to grab on to. • Section by section, spray a bit of adhesive on the back of each piece of moss and push it onto the damp newspaper/wire. • Once the entire chair is covered in moss, make sure to water it regularly in order to keep it healthy and growing. hat tip to casasugar

Skill Builder From light theremins to toothbrush timers the 555 timer is an extremely versatile component, for beginner and advanced projects alike. We've previously shown how to drive DC, servo, and stepper motors with simple 555 circuits. Now with our latest Weekend Project, MAKE Technical Editor Sean Ragan re-imagines the 555 as the brain of an all-in-one controller he calls the Dial-a-Speed: One Motor Controller to Rule Them All. Watch how he put it together: The stacking and layout of this build is both challenging and incredibly rewarding. We're still wowed by its design. The possibilities of the 555 are many. I love working with 555 timer. We'll be showing how to apply the potential drive of the Dial-a-Speed in another upcoming Weekend Project, but for now if you have your own 555 stories to tell, share them in the comments below or email us at

Petrobras told it can use deep-water vessel in Gulf | Business | Petrobras has received final approval to operate the Gulf of Mexico's first floating production, storage and offloading vessel, clearing the way for the Brazilian oil giant to start pumping oil from two deep-water fields, federal regulators said Thursday. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement took the "final regulatory step" in green-lighting the project, with the approval of a production safety system permit and a supplemental deep-water operating plan, the bureau said in a statement. The floating production, storage and offloading vessel, or FPSO, has a daily production capacity of 80,000 barrels of oil and 16 million cubic feet of natural gas. The ocean energy bureau said with the latest approvals, production at the Cascade and Chinook deep-water fields is expected to begin soon. The fields are in more than 8,000 feet of water about 165 miles off Louisiana, in an area called Walker Ridge.

Garden Games A patio floor does double duty as a Scrabble board. E. Spencer Toy Click to Enlarge "I like areas of double use," says Sacramento architect Kristy McAuliffe, and her 5-foot square Scrabble board rates at least a double-word score on the scale of inventive garden games. With the help of friend Keith Rogers, McAuliffe made a wood frame, then poured concrete and scored it into 3¾-inch squares separated by ¼-inch joints. After the concrete had cured for one month, she colored the squares using water-base concrete stains. McAuliffe then made 100 3¼-inch square letter tiles from baseboard trim. She found precut, adhesive-backed vinyl letters and numbers at a sign shop, stuck them on the tiles, and sealed each one with spray lacquer. The lightweight letters, which are stored in a canvas bag, fit on metal trays made by McAuliffe's friend, metal artist Crystal Weber. Games go late on summer evenings. More: Our favorite backyard projects

DIY: Chocolate Flower Bouquet for Mum | Mother’s Day is less than a week away! Have you gotten your Mother’s Day presents yet? If you haven’t, here is an idea for your gift. If your Mum loves flowers or if she loves chocolates, why not get her the best of both worlds and make her…. Our Mums have put in lots of blood, tears and sweat to raise and provide for us. Here’s a simple step-by-step guide to showing you how to make chocolate flowers for mum, with love: Things you need: - satay sticks - chocolate Ferrero Rocher - ribbons (both cloth and plastic ones) - scotch tape - cling wrap - tissue wrapping paper Step 1: Pierce the satay stick till midway through the Ferrero Rocher. Step 2: To keep the chocolate fresh, wrap a large square piece of clingwrap around the chocolate and secure the ends around the satay stick with scotch tape. Step 3: Now we move on to making the petals of the flower. Step 4: Leaving a margin of about 2.5cm (1 inch) from where the two ribbon ends meet, use a sharp scissors and cut lengthwise.

World Resources Institute | Global Warming, Climate Change, Ecosystems, Sustainable Markets, Good Governance & the Environment Sad Love Quotes that Make You Cry "Some of us think holding on makes us strong; but sometimes it is letting go." - Hermann Hesse Whilst sailing the rough seas of love, coming across such quotes makes you feel as if these deep quotes, that make you cry, were written for you. Yes they do! These heart rending quotes have the pain, the anguish to make your eyes swell with tears. Sad Love Quotes and Sayings Most of us, if not all, go through the trauma of losing someone we love, and that, perhaps, explains why there is no dearth of sad love quotes in this world. "Love can sometimes be magic. "It takes a minute to like someone, an hour to love someone, but to forget someone takes a lifetime." - Anonymous "The saddest thing in the world is loving someone who used to love you." - Anonymous "When you are in love and you get hurt, it is like a cut... it will heal, but there will always be a scar." - Anonymous "It's amazing how someone can break your heart and you can still love them with all the little pieces." - Anonymous