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Indoor DIY Greenhouse

Countertop Greenhouses

Greenhouses have been put to use for centuries in order to provide extended growing seasons and for protective storage capabilities. By trapping sunlight inside and capturing warming energy they make ideal environments for starting seedlings and growing plants all year long. With a space-saving countertop greenhouse, the benefits of having a garden can be applied on a smaller-scale indoors providing a continual supply of greenery. These can be bought pre-made and can include glass or plastic frames. Kits can also be purchased, or you can construct your own with a bit of crafting skill and some basic materials. Instructables.com provides directions with… read more

DIY eco-friendly craft room project

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For families with children, or for those of you who are still children at heart, you’re probably constantly looking for new and exciting crafts and projects to tackle over the weekend. Here’s a neat video showing you how to organize your craft area, as well as giving you some new project ideas. Take a look:

Turning Junk Into Art

Junk into Art

If you’re the type of person who keeps old things around the house for no logical reason, and would like to put your junk items to good use, then this list of DIY projects is perfect for you. In fact, this list is great for anyone who likes hands-on projects and transforming trash into utilitarian art. The eco-living website, Our Every Day Earth, offers a few neat ideas for keeping junk out of the landfill or recycle bin. One of the first suggestions is turning a couple of CD cases into a garden cloche. This mini-greenhouse is perfect for seedlings… read more

Artwork that Utilizes Discarded Paint Chips

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It is not every day that we encounter paint chips. Most times we have no need for them. However, given the prevalence and accessibility of paint sample chips (they are, after all, free), it is all too easy to over accumulate them during the times we do need them. So, much like complimentary sugar packets they pile up and are either tossed out or stuffed away to be forgotten. One may simply think to recycle them. While this seems easy enough, and is certainly a commendable idea, it isn’t that simple. This is due to glossy sheen on some paint… read more

Get Organized with Cereal Boxes

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While often adding to the clutter of empty food containers in your recycle bin, cereal boxes can actually be used to detract from waste accumulation and even serve to keep your house organized. As implied with the directions above, making your own cereal box organizer is quite easy, indeed. You may even wrap it with old newspaper instead. But this is not the only way in which you can to style your organizer. Courtesy of Pinterest, below are examples of alternate styles that fit just as nicely into any office or workspace as they would into a child’s play area…. read more

DIY Reading Nooks

DIY Reading Nooks

Having a literacy rich home doesn’t mean having a full scale library at your disposal, but providing print for young readers as a part of their everyday environment. Whether from books, magazines, newspapers, brochures or digital words, having print rich materials on hand will encourage reading at home. Creating a designated space in the house can offer a special, quite place that will entice readers. Setting up an area for children to have easy access to reading materials is a way to draw them into reading time. Make sure the area is comfortable and has good lighting that is suitable… read more

Future Student Housing Is A “Hobbit Hut”

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Tired of the boring old dorm complex most universities have adopted? Looking to spice up your student years and hit the books in style? Is sustainability something that keeps you up at night? Then boy, this housing concept may be the stuff for you. A 33-square-foot hut developed by Swedish firm Tengbom Architects has been generating buzz this past week. It has about 5 different housing aspects built into its tiny frame, though the question on everyone’s mind is: will it actually work? The concept was initially created for the students at the University of Lund. Everything inside either folds,… read more

The Living Cube

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Till Konneker rented a studio apartment that didn’t have any built-in storage, which was of little concern to him, as he’d already made plans to transform the place into a livable den. Putting his creativity to work, Konneker designed and built “The Living Cube” to hold his storage items, as well as his television, books, media, and more. You can message Konneker at his website if you’d like the blueprints to make your own, or you can purchase a pre-built cube from his online store.   We’re in love with Konneker’s space-saving design, and his terrific use of minimalism. What… read more

DIY Air Purifier For $25

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Winter is coming, which means flu season, winter colds, stuffy noses, and other sicknesses nobody has time for. Sometimes our homes being more or less closed-off during this season can cause some of these common illnesses, since we don’t have natural ventilation from open windows. Also, if you haven’t kept up with the cleaning, your heaters are probably blowing dust all over the place. Enter the air purifier system. This nifty device filters out dust particles in the air and cleans up whatever room you’ve place it in. However, for a good-quality system, you’ll likely spend $50 – $150 to… read more

Techie DIY Tips

DIY Techie Tips

For some, the multi-tasking ability that comes with using a tablet PC along with a phalanx of other tech gadgets isn’t a question of desire, but one of necessity. Unfortunately, good tablets tend to be on the pricey side of things. Fortunately, DIY website Instructables has a neat tutorial on how to turn a used Macbook computer into a fully-functioning tablet. What would the benefits be of choosing a self-built mactablet over a brand new iPad? For starters, it’s recyclable. Sure, you could just as easily take your ancient Macbook down to your nearest Best Buy and recycle it, or… read more