Exorcise your collection of outdated, scratched cds.... exercise those tired old dogs or guns or whatever they're calling biceps these days.... do both at the same time by making a dumbbell out of old cds. It's easy as can be, check it out here at Daily Danny.
Oh my... I'm a little turned off by the sports insignia and the idea that this guy probably drank all the beer in each can responsible for each tab himself, but who am I to be dismissive of this fine lad and his meticulous skills. Maybe he got all these tabs drinking Tab with his church group. I actually am coveting the chain mail a lot myself, simply because I think my kids would dig it. Suddenly imagining myself scavenging a whole lotta tabs.... if only for the head piece... Found at makezine.com.
I'm so excited about this oh-so-simple and extremely beautiful creation made from... you'll never guess it... plain old average egg cartons. Another great project for kids and adults alike. Thanks again to the awesome peops over at craftzine.com.
This is really cool. I've oft wanted to do make kaleidoscopes with the kid makers and tinkerers that I work with sometimes, but I've never seen a project that seemed quite manageable enough to do with nine year olds. But this one definitely is, and it's all reuse, to boot! Find yourself an old cd case, a yogurt lid, and a few other odds and ends, and you're in business. Found at makezine.com.
Oh MY yes, please please do and do NOT buy cheap, tacky, plastic crap from Hobby Lobby or Target or wherever to make your season merry. Not when you can make your own cheap, tacky, plastic crap! Well, it's cheap and it's plastic anyway.... More ideas for reuse wreaths at Alphamom. I especially like the white one made from plastic milk jugs... it looks so nice you'd almost think she bought it at Target for $19.99. Found at craftzine.com.
This was so exciting... putting our idea out to the good people of Austin, turning people on to this awesome vision and igniting this little spark of excitement that's going to keep this project blazing on towards completion!This meeting was to kind of to explain more to people what this reuse resource center is going to be like, how it's going to operate... and telling people more about how this model is very well established in places like Oakland, Chicago, New York City.... there's at least twenty of them in the U.S. Austin is so ripe and ready for a place like this.... it's pretty much a no-brainer. Our event was really well attended and people were excited! My assignment was to lay out a simple reuse project. I decided to do this marble labyrinth game.... I can't even tell you how excited I became seeing what people came up with. So excited that it's a little bit ridiculous. But there it was, what I have been dreaming of this whole time... people creating, having fun, and using all these scraps and odds and ends to boot... well, there just ain't one thing wrong about that. Austin Creative Reuse in action.
The eagle has landed! Come find out more about this scintillating new project on Thursday November 5th at AAMP at 411 W. Monroe. 7pm. Artists, teachers, makers of things, crafty folks, curious onlookers, anyone and everyone is welcome. More info at http://www.austincreativereuse.org/.
They'll have a devil of a time getting their little paws on this bounty. This is so cool... easily made with a soda bottle and a wooden bowl (or heck, it doesn't even have to be wooden) found at a thrift store or whatevah.
You know those ubiquitous wooden shipping pallets... made out of cheap wood... often seen discarded at the side of the road? Well this smart feller started this blog outlining how to build a whole house out of 'em. In the wake of Katrina he was feeling a wee bit annoyed about people not having places to live and stuff. Just a wee bit.
Hooray! I get so excited when people can build something so necessary and useful (and seemingly unattainable, even) out of a perfectly reasonable, plentiful resource, which it is our common practice at the moment to discard.
Wow... I just had a vision of how the world will shift... when we move away from further depleting our natural resources and open our eyes to these abundant materials right before us. We'll be like Pa Ingalls looking ravenously out at the fruited plains and thick forests of the West... exceptin' it's mungo that we'll be building our houses and chicken coops and cars out of... there's certainly enough to here to last us for a few hundred years....
Found this browsing around the M.E.C.C.A. site (Material Exchange Center for Community Arts)(it's the Mungo of Eugene, OR, don't you know) and I'm LOVING it. Kinda makes me want to move back to my homeland...
I am completely and utterly overjoyed by this discovery I made last night... earthships. There is no doubt in my mind that this is the direction we are going in! These houses are completely sustainable, they are built out of old tires and cans but look AMAZING, this really gives me hope that the future is not grim and Mad Max but instead just this whole other phase where we really raise our consciousness and live in tune with the earth.
I want to build one of these immediately, like right now, TODAY! Got any tires to give me?
My friend gave me this huge box of formula cans and they've just been sitting there kind of mouldering in my tinkering area... I decided today that it's high time I figure out what I was going to do with them, if I wasn't planning on chucking them in the recycling,which I must admit was tempting considering the rabid de-cluttering zest I was seized with today. Luckily I managed to stay those chucking impulses and search Google first, and as per usual my search yielded many fascinating reuse ideas.
One which you may well know is a tin can luminary. You fill your can with water, freeze it, and then go to town with a hammer and nail punching in the pattern of your choosing. You can do it simple or oh-so-fancy. This is quite fun and a very fun gift to make with, say, a 9 year old boy who might enjoy bashing the nails into the can. Another result found was from, specifically, formula cans, and it was this amazing house in Patagonia, weatherproofed with the cans... cut through and flattened into sheets. You can read more about it here.
And this game a fellow made, it's really hilarious... I'll absolutely have to give this a try, because my little fellows would sure love it: it involves stretching a balloon over the mouth of a tin can, setting them all in a row, and rolling a little marble or large ball bearing down a little ramp so that it
goes bing, bang, boing, bouncing across the little rubber trampolines. You have to see the little movie of it, you can watch it here.
Last but not least, you can make an absolutely fabulous hobo stove in about 5 minutes with nothing more than a can, a can opener, a knife, and some scissors. Watch the how-to-make video here.
Oh tin can, you contain multitudes. Of reuse-itudes (So sorry, I simply couldn't resist).
... made out of a silvery chip bag, of which we have plenty. I'm trying to think of other uses: one of those solar blankets you use when you're lost in the wilderness? Or... you could make a whole skirt out of the streamers, for your Halloween costume as a outer space hula girl? Certainly use these rather than buy tinsel for your Christmas tree... Any other ideas?
This man is one of my biggest inspirations... he builds homes with (with, not just for!) low income folks in Huntsville, TX out of the scraps and leavings from other construction companies (along with other choice bits like the picture frame samples lining the ceiling in this photo, as well as wine bottle corks, bottlecaps, bones, and license plates) and fashions them into beautiful, original, and inspiring homes... read the NYT article here.... re-live Mungo's visit with the man here...
You know how sometimes you have a little (or big) mental block against something? And then you finally finally finally after many months (or years!) make yourself do it, and then it's so much easier (though occasionally much much harder) than you thought? Well, that was my relationship between me and my nifty new journal.
I've had this book, How to Make Books by Esther K. Smith for about a year now... It's a FABULOUS, inspiring book... it finally inspired me to use this torn off old cover from a beloved (early) Richard Scarry book... All I had to do was clamp the cover and pages to a table, drill three holes, and then easy peasy, stitch it up in this very basic way.... it really only took half an hour, probably. And considering all the bucks I have spent on blank books over the years... and the fact that now I can make them oh-so completely custom-made and to-my-liking.... I'm actually almost wishing this one weren't quite so fat and full of pages, so I could make myself another, sooner. I guess I could get right on it with the Christmas gift making.... yes, that would be organized of me, wouldn't it....