background preloader

Recycled magazine coasters

Recycled magazine coasters
My latest after-dinner-while-watching-TV project: woven coasters made from magazine pages. To make a coaster like the green one above: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Related:  Paper

Make a gift bow from a magazine page In gift wrap emergencies when you've got the present but need some wrapping, here's an idea for turning a magazine page into a bow. There may be better ways to stick this thing together, but I used what I had on hand: staples and adhesive glue dots. Double stick tape or brads should work, too. Cut a magazine page lengthwise into 9 strips, 3/4" wide. If you're using a magazine that's 10 1/2" tall, you'll end up with: 3 strips, 10 1/2" x 3/4" 3 strips, 9 1/2" x 3/4" 2 strips, 8 1/2" x 3/4" 1 strip, 3 1/2" x 3/4" Twist each strip to form a loop at both ends and staple it in the center. Layer the three longest pieces on top of each other, spacing them evenly and securing each with a glue dot. Use other papers, like a map of your city.

Do-it-Yourself DIY String Wedding Lanterns Yarn Chandeliers - StumbleUpon Jessica of Wednesday Inc shows us how to make those gorgeous twine chandeliers from the inspiration shoot she shared with us this morning. Using balloons, glue and twine, you can also make these lanterns for your wedding – and then bring it home and use it as your very own mid century lampshade. What you will need are: balloons, glue, yarn, tray for glue, corn starch 1/2 cup of Corn starch, 1/4 cup of Warm water, clear fast drying spray paint, hanging lamp cord or fishing line (depending on your desired final product), and a lighting kit if you’re looking for a fully functional lantern. Jessica recommends using a sharpie to mark on the inflated balloon how much room you need to leave for the lighting cord. She also recommends coating the balloon with vaseline prior to wrapping the yarn coated with glue so it doesn’t stick on the balloon once it’s dry. Are you getting excited to try to do this at home as much I am? Instructions: 1.

How to: Make Your Own Gift Bows — Upcycle Magazine Home » Project Ideas Sunday, November 15, 2009 Show your family and friends your love of upcycling by decorating your gifts with these upcycled magazine bows. Start with a thin magazine or catalog. You can make two or three bows from each magazine depending on the number of staples. Using a pencil, curl each strip toward the staple. When you have curled all the strips it should look like this: You can either leave like this or cut your strips into smaller strips and give it a few extra curls to look like this: Happy Upcycling, Jill

6 Web-Based Alternatives to Microsoft PowerPoint Microsoft PowerPoint is the ubiquitous solution to presentations on most computers. But with a profound move to the cloud, there’s a range of alternatives (most free) based on the web. These solutions offer not only features similar to the desktop app, but the ability to load your presentation anywhere you get an internet connection and, in most cases, download a copy for offline shows and/or further customization in PowerPoint itself. In this roundup, we’ll look at a range of web-based alternatives for PowerPoint and in a future one, look at alternatives for Excel. Google Docs Google Docs is, of course, the first solution that comes to mind. The presentation tool is basic, but gets the job done in most cases. While all of this is nice, one important loss is the lack of animation. SlideRocket SlideRocket is one of the more featureful solutions on our list. I’m personally really amazed at the range of features available in this app. Acrobat Zoho Show Prezi 280 Slides Wow!

Recycled magazine baskets Some buddies came over last night and we made magazine baskets. My paper weaving phase is getting out of control. In the spirit of spontaneous DIY experimentation, we decided to create a new drink, whereupon we mixed peach vodka, raspberry lemonade, and Venetian Carnival Pinot Grigio (purchased for its exciting label). Not good; don't do it. To make these, cut about 10 magazine pages into 2.5" strips vertically.

Envelopes Making envelopes from magazines was one of my favorite crafts as a kid… right up there with friendship bracelets and bedazling (don’t judge). So today when I came across a stack of magazines I knew exactly what I needed to do with them. I feel like I just rediscovered an old favorite song (the one that you used to play over and over and over again and then promptly forgot about for about 6 years. Cue the nostalgia!) What you need: - Envelope (Pick any size you like–just make sure it fits within a single page of your selected magazine. 1. If you’re looking for more magazine craftiness, head over to How About Orange and learn how to make origami bows! Like this: Like Loading...

DIY Solar Lamp: Make Your Own Eco-Friendly Sun Jars | Designs &Ideas on Dornob - StumbleUpon The principle is simple and seductively clever: solar lights that store energy during the day and release light at night. These can be purchased ready-made in a variety of colors (yellow, blue and red) but they can also be built at home. A simple, less-technical approach involves buying a conventional solar-powered yard lamp and then essentially harvesting it for key pieces to put in a jar. This is simply a way of taking an existing solar lamp design and appropriating its parts to make something more attractive for display around a house or home. A more electronically-savvy individual can take the more complex route and built a solar lamp from the ground up using small solar panels – though the aesthetic result may not be as impressive. Whatever route you choose to go, these are fun and sustainable gadgets that make it easy to go green, automate the process of turning on lights at night and can add some color to your porch, patio, garden or windowsill.

Heart Basket: How to make a Danish woven heart basket, with illustrated instructions. Here is a simple paper craft so traditional, you probably made it in 2nd grade. Our Heart Basket is dressed up with silver and gold metallic paper, some satin ribbon, and a vintage Valentine "scrap." Add some fancy chocolates, and this is the perfect “door knob” gift from the office Valentine Fairy. A Victorian "scrap" is a small illustration, usually color lithographed, embossed, and die-cut. Materials Metallic silver paper, 8.5" X 11".Metallic gold paper, 8.5" X 11".Black construction paper, about 5" X 5".Thin ribbon. Instructions Copy template shape to silver and gold paper, and cut out one of each. Make your own "scrap" by cutting out a heart-shaped image.Glue your scrap to the black construction paper, and cut around it with the decorative-edge scissors. Tips Here is a shortcut for cutting your paper. Weaving Instructions

10 Tools for Digital Storytelling in Class Digital storytelling is simply using computer-based tools to tell stories. There are many different ways to do this – from making movies, recording voices, creating animations or electronic books. In schools they can help to take a task that might be seen as mundane – write a report, write a story, explain a process, describe an experiment – and turn it into something a whole lot more interesting. There are a great many tools out there that could be used for digital storytelling. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. For more help and information on Digital Storytelling, take a look at this site from the University of Houston and for more tools you really need to take a look at Alan Levine (CogDogRoo) 50 web2.0 Ways to tell a Story wiki. Got any favourites?

It's like Butta Recipes.Ah...I can almost smell the charcoal grills already. Fourth of July weekend is one of the biggest grilling weekends of the year. Steaks, burgers, chicken, hot dogs - you name it and it's thrown on the grill. Food from the grill is always amazing, but it is easy to get stuck in a rut. I have an easy way to spice up one of my favorite grilled treats, corn on the cob, with different kinds of compound butter.Compound butter may sound a bit scary, but it is so easy that it can hardly be considered cooking. But it will add that extra zing that you're looking for. Basil Butter (also great on grilled steak, chicken,white fish, and potatoes) 2 sticks room temp unsalted butter 1/2 cup chopped basil Kosher Salt and Pepper (to taste) Garlic Butter (also amazing on steak, grilled hamburger buns, potatoes) 1 stick room temp unsalted butter 4 cloves finely minced garlic 2 T chopped flat leaf parsley 1 T lemon juice Kosher Salt (to taste) Savory Chive Butter 2 sticks of room temp unsalted butter Directions:

Related: