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DIY Rotating Bookshelves, Staircases and Trap Doors

DIY Rotating Bookshelves, Staircases and Trap Doors
Man makes trap door bookshelf – And teaches you how! Ever seen those hidden bookshelves in the Munsters or Scooby Doo? Always wanted one of your own? First up, we have two awesome rotating bookshelf tutorials. Popular mechanics has a neat article about a mechanical engineer who started a company which specializes in installing secret passageways. Related Tutorials:

10 (More) Pieces of Clever Transforming Furniture: From Tetris Tables to Rooms in a Box Room in a Box: 10 Pieces of Clever Transforming Furniture Article by Urbanist, filed under Furniture & Decor in the Design category. (Check out our complete collection of Unusual, Creative and Transforming Furniture.) Why is transforming furniture so alluring? Does it appeal to our sense that innovation is progress, the fact that fewer materials for more uses is sustainable or simply a return to the childhood love of things that we can actively change and shape as we wish? This comfy number is not one nor two but three pieces of furniture in one: a sofa, lounger and a chair. Normally we think of convertible furniture as transforming from one useful thing into something else with a practical function. Next time you go on a picnic with some friends you may want to grab a second basket, the so-called Mealbox by Igland Design. Compact, clever and portable, the Fence Chair by Alain Berteau is a simple blend of traditional picket fence vernacular and sustainable modularity.

Booze it Up! 13 Rad Recycled Bottle Crafts & Projects 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, glass countertop, building block – even a whole glass-bottle house? Reuse beer, wine and liquor bottles for these 13 fun and creative crafts and upcycling projects ranging up to a recycled bottle home and garden. Wine Bottle Table Lamp (images via: wit and whistle) Turning any wine bottle into a table lamp is as simple as drilling a hole and inserting a strand of lights. Wine Bottle Candle Holder (image via: design sponge) How simple and elegant are these DIY wine bottle candle holders? Wine Bottle Shelves (images via: renest) Would you ever have thought of using wine bottles and slabs of wood to create a shelving unit? Bottle Trees (images via: recyclart, metaefficient, examiner) Turn your holiday tree into an ode to beer (or perhaps just a sparkling green alternative to a living tree) using reclaimed empty bottles. Beer Bottle Drinking Glasses

Perfect Summer Bangle Here's a fun tutorial on how to make a message bangle that's one-of-a-kind, done in the sun, waterproof and weatherproof. Even after several trips to the beach, it won't fade or wash off! Essentially, it's the Perfect Summer Bangle. Used in this tutorial: Inkodye Red Prepare. Transcribe. Perfect. Pour. Brush. Wipe. Wrap. Tape. Expose. Develop. Cut. Reveal. Wash. Enjoy. 18 Things a New Homeowner Should Do Immediately to Save Money So you’ve just moved into your nice new home. You’ve unloaded the boxes, unpacked most of your stuff, and are just starting to settle into your residence. Right now is the perfect time to walk through a checklist of ways to save money on your home. Starting on these things as early as possible will allow you to start saving money sooner rather than later. Here are eighteen things to check on or do immediately that will reduce the energy and maintenance costs of your home over the long haul. 1. If you have an unfinished attic, pop your head up there and take a look around. 2. This is the optimum temperature for your hot water heater. 3. While most modern hot water heaters are well-insulated, some are insulated better than others and many older heaters aren’t insulated well at all. 4. Ceiling fans are a low-energy way to keep air moving in your home. 5. Exposed hot water pipes lose heat as they move water from your heater to your faucet. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18.

20 Patronen MIT CHIP kompatibel zu PGI-525BK , CLI-526C , CLI-526M , CLI-526Y und CLI-526BK: Bürobedarf & Schreibwaren Unusual, Creative and Transforming Furniture Unusual, Creative and Transforming Furniture Ever wish you had a little more space in your apartment, or that your furniture was more than just functional? These days more and more designers are using unusual materials and new technologies to create transforming, collapsible, portable and sustainable furniture in all kinds of strange shapes and sizes. If you are thinking of redecorating you might want to skip your local shop and see what is out there on the web first. Transformable and Convertible Furniture (and More Collapsible Furniture) Can’t afford more space? These designs are perfect for a cramped urban apartment. Flat Pack Furniture: Going with flat pack furniture is another great way to save space as well as materials. Packing as Part of the Product: Another good way to save materials is to shop for items where the packing is actually an integrated part of the product.

Memorable Ways to Repurpose Old T-Shirts – Crafting a Green World Sewing Published on June 18th, 2010 | by Wenona Napolitano We all have them- those t-shirts we just can’t let go of. It could be a concert t-shirt from your favorite band, or a college shirt that remind you of the good ol’ days, or maybe it’s one of your child’s tiny tees that they’ve grown out of. But they don’t have to. If you have some craft and sewing skills you can turn your old t-shirts into upcycled, repurposed and memorable items. Like a pillow. There are instructions all over if you need them and Savvy Seams has a nice tutorial to turn a t-shirt into a zip off pillow cover to put over a form. Maiden Jane has a fancier tutorial for creating a pillow with the t-shirt and other fabric. If you have quite a few t-shirts you’d like to save, consider turning them into a quilt. I am considering collecting some of my kids old t-shirts and creating a quilt for each child. Goosetracks offers free DIY t-shirt quilt instructions and if you’re a non-sewer they offer quilt making services as well.

rolled paper flowers {tutorial} | jones design company Welcome to flower week – five days of simple and delightful flower projects. I could probably do three weeks of flowers because there are so many different ways to create them, but I’ve limited it to five of my current favorites. Before we get started, let me make a few disclaimers: 1. 2. 3. Okay, so let’s begin. Here’s what you’ll need: :: paper {either cover or text weight} :: florist wire :: scissors, pencil, glue gun STEP ONE: cut irregular circle This circle is approximately 8 inches, but you can do any size you wish. STEP TWO: cut spiral Start at the outside edge and cut in a spiral fashion to the center. I like a sort of bumpy shape so that the petals end up a bit irregular If you aren’t so sure about your cutting skills, feel free to draw your spiral before cutting. To add a little interest to my bouquet, I used a variety of yellow scrapbook papers {my favorite is that yellow dot} STEP THREE: roll your blossom start at the outside edge and coil tightly STEP FOUR: release coil

10 Most Popular DIY Sites | By Steve Ash Got a project? Need inspiration or advice from pros? Looking for support from fellow do-it-yourselfers? Check out these top-rated do-it-yourself websites. Do It From washing machines to alternative finance, this site has it all! This list was created by comparing the number of visitors per month to various websites. Transformable, Convertible & Collapsible Urban Furniture for Cramped City Living 10 Transformable, Convertible & Collapsible Urban Furnitures Article by Urbanist, filed under Furniture & Decor in the Design category. (Check out our complete collection of Unusual, Creative and Transforming Furniture.) Cramped? As cities become denser, we all find ourselves wishing we had more space at times, or wanting to make better use of the space we have. FlexibleLove is an amazing piece of furniture that is ecological, adaptable and highly practical. Tagei is a remarkably beautiful piece of craftsmanship, and somehow manages to be an attractive piece of furniture both when collapsed and extended. Scheren Regal presents an interesting shelving option. Futaba is a brilliantly simple design solution, and converts with amazing ease. ChairLibrary is perhaps a little garish but would certainly work for people whose houses are already overly filled with books. Mogga is a remarkably elegant chair that turns into a table. Next: More Convertible Urban Furniture