Clever DIY project du jour: Make chair seats from old neckties
For how-to, see Mag Ruffman’s ToolGirl blog here.
I’ve been looking for a simple homemade surface cleaning solution that would smell good AND work. Here’s the latest one I’m trying from skinny scoop. The one tweak I’d make is using organic fruit if possible so that there’s no risk of chemical residue in your cleaning fluid.
Once you’ve made a batch and tried it, you might want to make an extra batch so that you always have one “brewing” and one that’s ready to use.
This un-consumptive or up-cycled way to use holiday catalogs (or frankly any used catalog or magazine) is a nice example of how to give ordinary, even annoying and sometimes unwanted, items a second life. (See the details below from
Ideally, we would all stop receiving unwanted catalogs and convert all of our magazine and newspaper subscriptions to online options, but until then there are good ways to re-use them.
Beyond this holiday garland they suggest stacking up your unwanted pubs and doing a mass shredding which you then save to use in packages (instead of buying packaging) throughout the year.
This is not a final solution mind you. We have to reduce what we buy, use, and have in order to end over-consumption and what I’ve dubbed ‘living beyond our footprint’ but that takes time. And anywhere we can give products a second use is a start.
I’d love to hear your ideas for creative ways to give things a second, third, even fourth life. The more lives a product has the less damaging it is.
In keeping with the theme of recycled holiday trim, and for the festively ambitious, give your folding skills a try with this origami star garland made from holiday mailers.
How-to DIY details/tutorial here.