Recycled Craft: Custom Portable Art Case I have a couple of budding artists in my house, and it seems like we have projects and materials spread all over the house. I consider this a good thing- but I still wanted to contain the supplies a bit, and in a fun way. I made this custom art suitcase out of a thrifted book. It was very inexpensive, and makes a great portable, and customizable art studio! Let’s get crafting! The first thing you will want to do is prepare your book. How to Build an Earthen Oven (A Low-Cost Project) Reducing the amount of technology we consume is kind of a beneficial thing to do, both for your health and that of the environment. A lot of us love to spend time in nature so a way to cook in nature will surely help enjoy the time spent there. Building an Earthen Oven isn’t that complicated. The design dates back from the 18th century and the work is fairly rudimentary, so you don’t have to have building experience to succeed. You will require the following list of materials: sand, dry clay, straw or dry grass (even hay works), bricks (fire bricks are preferred), canvas tarp (to mix your cob together with),and of course water. The project you’re about to mimic has a dome of 22 inches, 6 inches thick walls and an entrance of 12 inches across.
Practical Solution for Small Apartments: Hidden Bed Limited space is something more and more people are struggling with when leaving in large and crowded cities. With the trend growing from year to year, and megacities being a certainty in the future, why not plan ahead? Try to make this three-in-one piece of DIY furniture. DIY: Learn How To Build a Root Cellar From Recycled Materials Once upon a time, just about every household had a root cellar either beneath the house or built into the land nearby, where summer produce would be stored for use throughout the winter. Now that root veggies and hard-fleshed fruits are showing up at farmer's markets (and home gardens!), it's a great time to start storing these goods to enjoy during the cold months that are just around the corner. Building your own backyard root cellar from upcycled materials is easy to do, so you can channel your inner Ingalls and keep these great foods fresh and lively for months.
The Anti-Fridge IMAGE: Owner of Defunct Amusement Park | Alpine, TX | 1-Person Household | Former WW II Prisoner of War | 2007. From You Are What You Eat by Mark Menjivar, “a series of portraits made by examining the interiors of refrigerators in homes across the United States.” Found via GOOD, where you can see many more photos from the series. In America, 99.5% of households own at least one fridge. For many people who hear that statement, the surprising news is that 0.5% (1,520,299 households) don’t! What do those people do? Collage: Explore Creative Collaging Art, Assemblage, Photomontage Arts & Crafts : Explore Creative Collage Art See also: Instructional Collage Projects Mixing art and imagination! Collage and assemblage art are compositions of various elements (such as paper, wood, fabric, feathers, leaves, and other found objects) pasted down with an adhesive glue or paint. Within this collection of collage and assemblage resources you'll find a collection of Creativity Portal's collage workshops, projects, and tutorials plus Web sites that explain the collage process and share free tips, techniques, and tutorials for your own creative collage projects.
How to Build Your Own Pizza Oven Eating pizza is not an unhealthy habit, and definitely not an obscene one like many would like to suggest. The benefits and hazards of eating pizza depends a lot on what ingredients has the pizza you’re going to consume for lunch or dinner. But besides all of this debate, there is the simple pleasure of making your own pizza and eating it with your family and friends. For this result to be the best, a pizza oven will definitely prove quite useful. Building your own pizza oven might seem like a great challenge at first, but when you see how a DIY project like this is completed, you will be eager to try it in your own yard.
DIY Idea: Make Your Own Portable Outdoor Kitchen You may have seen all those beautiful outdoor kitchens with a fancy counter top and powerful grills and ovens. Well, everyone would want such a thing for their home, but usually they come at a price; a high price that is. Fortunately the DIY community doesn’t let you down and provides with a lot of projects to build an outdoor kitchen by yourself. Not all will be thrilled to build a structure of stone and bricks, and some might even say the cost to such an endeavor isn’t worth the trouble. For all these people, we have the perfect solution: DIY portable kitchen made out of wood. Mastering Food Preservation: Winter Storage Techniques An important part of eating locally year-round in Maine is learning to store food for the winter. To further knowledge about this, the Master Food Preserver Program includes a section on Winter Storage Techniques. Kathy Hopkins, the Somerset County Extension Educator, was the evening’s guest and spoke about creating a root cellar of our own. Root cellars are a way to store produce over winter, or until you have more time to can or freeze it. Storage conditions are dependent on three factors: temperature, moisture and ventilation. To help you navigate what can be a confusing range of storage requirements, here’s a general overview.
DIY Shibori (Japanese Tie-Dye) Today marks HonestlyWTF’s four year anniversary. Four years! To celebrate, we’re revisiting the very first tutorial we ever featured on the site: shibori tie dye. Lauren and I first discovered shibori after discovering an old photo on the web. Pick Your Pizza: 6 Outdoor Ovens You Can Build If you like pizza, what could be better than having your own wood fired pizza oven at home? Very little, I suppose. The effort required to make these ovens varies from extreme to quite easy. sewing 101: recycled paper basket Thanks to a few recent online purchases, I had an enormous pile of long brown packing paper strips in my studio. I couldn’t bear to just recycle it; it seemed to have so much crafty potential. So tasked with the challenge of creating a project to help get organized for the new year, I decided to turn that pile of paper into a woven basket.
Survival Garden: Part 1 Growing A Survival Garden May Soon Become A Necessity! Have you considered that... survival gardening may soon be a true matter of survival and not just a choice? With the rapid decline of our financial system and food supply, grocery store produce and other products, may soon be at a crisis level shortage like we have never seen. At that point, gardening would no longer be a "choice" for a more self sufficient lifestyle, it would be a matter of survival for everyone! This scenario is fast-becoming very probable and real. With the costs of living rising all the time, you can see the practical benefits of growing your own garden... you can save money, increase your family's health, and become more self sufficient all at the same time by growing vegetables in your backyard.