Instructables: exploring - living - recycling - featured Sat, 30 Aug 2014 22:09:57 PDT BLOX v1.01 Nespresso Pod Pot Plant
Nespresso Pod Pot Plant - More DIY How To Projects]]> peskychloe This plant is a cute little way to use old coffee pods, and uses a minimal amount of tools. Be careful cutting the metal, as the edges will be sharp.If you need to know how to prepare Nespresso pods for using this way, please see my other instructable here Tools needed You will need3 nespresso po...
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Mon, 18 Aug 2014 06:45:30 PDT
Stain Glass Surfboard
Stain Glass Surfboard - More DIY How To Projects]]> danhitman These are purely sculptural pieces that combines recycling, stain glass, surfing and art. They are beautiful and are fairly cheap to produce so if you have no other use for crapped out old short boards then go for it. I have others on my site www.danielnaughton.comI have included two pieces to sho...
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Wed, 13 Aug 2014 08:04:24 PDT
Reforming Soap Scraps
Reforming Soap Scraps - More DIY How To Projects]]> mmchenry Many people buy bar soap in bulk, but the money you save often gets tossed when you stop using the scraps. Everyone does it. I got sick of throwing money in the trash and decided to start saving the scraps of bar soap. I melt them down once a quarter or so in a small saucepan and form a few new bars...
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Sun, 15 Apr 2012 09:59:18 PDT
Suit Clutch
Suit Clutch - More DIY How To Projects]]> spunk This instructable is about recycling an old men's suit into a clutch. This project is a nice way to give beloved but unused clothes a new purpose. You could use it to breath new life into an outgrown graduation suit - or make a clutch for your mother made of your fathers wedding suit...If you d...
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Sat, 28 Jun 2014 15:03:56 PDT
Shrunken Sweater Backpack
Shrunken Sweater Backpack - More DIY How To Projects]]> bofthem Oh Noes! Your favorite knit sweater, shrunken by the forces of heat and water combined! Never you mind, as you can still wrap its loving arms around you with the cunning aid of RECYCLING!Ok, so this tutorial describes how to turn a regular unshrunk wool sweater into a nifty backpack with some purpos...
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Fri, 11 Jan 2008 18:06:36 PST
Upcycled Modern Lantern
Upcycled Modern Lantern - More DIY How To Projects]]> cathychen Learn how to make this modern, artistic, yet simple lantern from recyclables. The design can be resized to fit different materials and accommodate different light fixtures and looks wonderful in multiples as indoor/outdoor lanterns for special events such as weddings.List of Materials1. 2 Sheets of ...
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Fri, 6 Jun 2014 20:08:56 PDT
Bike Inner Tube Jewelry
Bike Inner Tube Jewelry - More DIY How To Projects]]> shazni Bike inner tubes used to be one of those useless items that just ends up in the trash. But now, thanks to people becoming aware of the environment and pollution it is one of the top recycled item. Up cycling inner tubes into bags and clothing accessories are some ideas. I love doing green projects ...
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Tue, 20 May 2014 19:57:52 PDT
Recycled Paper Baskets
Recycled Paper Baskets - More DIY How To Projects]]> Muhaiminah Faiz Want to make something useful, creative and eco-friendly? Well, you can always use old newspapers, magazines, calenders, brown paper bags and so on to make a number of unique and awesome craft projects. Recycling old newspaper, magazines, calender into eco-friendly baskets is one of the amazing eco-...
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Tue, 6 May 2014 07:10:44 PDT
Recycled Personalized Cups
Recycled Personalized Cups - More DIY How To Projects]]> madminor I'm gonna show you how to make a Personilised cup, with anything you want printed on it, for free, using recycled materials. Please vote, favourite & have fun! Materials For this project were going to be basing this on a starbucks Seattle Latte cup. You can base it on any cup you want, but you wi...
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Mon, 5 May 2014 17:20:18 PDT
Kinky Knitting.
Kinky Knitting. - More DIY How To Projects]]> Snotflower This is an Instructable on how to make yarn out of used bicycle inner tubes- perfect for everybody who has ever thought that their jumpers aren't rubbery enough. Dead bike inner tubes are in abundance, ask your nearest bike shop or community bike workshop to give you some. Not only can you knit (o...
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Wed, 30 Apr 2014 06:45:54 PDT
Circuit Board Earrings
Circuit Board Earrings - More DIY How To Projects]]> Maramas This Instructable is for a simple little set of stud earrings made from something we all use daily, but we don't often see - the circuit boards in our myriad gadgets. You might even have a dead computer (or several...) sitting out in your garage, waiting to be scrapped at the recycling yard. Here'...
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Sun, 27 Apr 2014 16:51:31 PDT
Make a choker from used guitar strings.
Make a choker from used guitar strings. - More DIY How To Projects]]> lreale My friends and I save everything! When one friend suggested I could "do something" with her husbands used guitar strings, I took the challenge. Materials needed: Guitar string: Acoustic strings tend to be more flexible, but thinner electric also works. 20 and 26 gauge wire: I use regular hardw...
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Fri, 25 Apr 2014 22:01:43 PDT
Cardboard Cat House
Cardboard Cat House - More DIY How To Projects]]> lindarose92 A year ago I had the honor to be a Featured Author on this site. One of the questions I was asked in the interview was about the next big project I planned to make. My answer was "a bed for my cat". Actually, my idea was to recreate a cardboard cat bed I saw on the internet. I have multiple reasons ...
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Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:40:31 PDT
DIY Petticoat Zabzab I made this petticoat out of an old t-shirt and some cheap netting. It was cheap to make, under 5euro. It is very puffy ^_^
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Fri, 26 Jul 2013 08:27:25 PDT
Zombie Hand Holder
Zombie Hand Holder - More DIY How To Projects]]> lindarose92 Yesterday, later in the afternoon, I had this idea of a hand coming out of a wall that could be used to hold keys, jewelry or whatever you want. I thought this would have been perfect for the Zombie Contest but I realized that there was only one day left to enter! For some unknown reasons, ideas com...
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Mon, 8 Jul 2013 13:55:46 PDT
Recycled Map Bangle
Recycled Map Bangle - More DIY How To Projects]]> dancer31415 You will need: Map Glue Stick (does not need to be fancy) Bangle Form (Use a bangle you already have to find something the same size. Mine is a coffee mug) Decoupage medium (or liquid glue mixed with a bit of water) Rotary Cutter (you can use scissors too, if you want) Ruler Board (to protect surfac...
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Tue, 2 Jul 2013 21:30:40 PDT
Plastic Bags Crocheted into a Clutch
Plastic Bags Crocheted into a Clutch - More DIY How To Projects]]> dancer31415 You will need: Plastic Bag String, or plain yarn (I used standard plastic bags. You can learn how to crochet with plastic bags here) Crochet Hook (I used size I. You can adjust as needed) Tapestry Needle (the super cheap, big plastic kind) Button (I used a cover-your-own so it would match) Scissors...
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Tue, 2 Jul 2013 16:48:49 PDT
Hanging Moss Garden
Hanging Moss Garden - More DIY How To Projects]]> kfeenstra How to make your own Hanging Moss Garden Bike Tire Rim Salvage yards and Scrap Metal yards are a good place to start! Chicken Wire Cut chicken wire to double the size of the bike rim, with 2-4 inches extra on the edges. Using wire cutters, snip a quarter of the way up the length of the chicken...
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Tue, 21 May 2013 21:44:30 PDT
parasitic planters
parasitic planters - More DIY How To Projects]]> foobear When I bought my house, there was and still is a good deal of this invasive species established here called Japanese Knotweed.  It has an appearance like bamboo, but without much structural strength to it.   It's very prolific and tends to shade out other vegetation.  And it grows from a three inch ...
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Tue, 7 May 2013 18:50:35 PDT
free standing vertical planter
free standing vertical planter - More DIY How To Projects]]> foobear Here's a way to grow plants vertically using limited space and water.   It also allows seedlings to get up high into the sunlight, outwitting the aggressive invasive species in the yard, if you have them like I do. You could make a flowering fence with these if you were so inclined. I got the init...
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Tue, 7 May 2013 18:04:31 PDT
Cheap DIY Rock Star Jewelry
Cheap DIY Rock Star Jewelry - More DIY How To Projects]]> shizy25 Don't these look amazing? I'm totally loving these rock aka biker jewelry....It jazzes up almost any clothing! And it's sooooo easy and cheap! cheap being the bottom line! :-) What's more??? You would be recycling...all those useless bike inner tube will sure love their new home of glory :-D  The o...
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Thu, 2 May 2013 05:25:41 PDT
How to make a mountain pillow
How to make a mountain pillow - More DIY How To Projects]]> elewis03 I made a mountain pillow the other day with things I found from the thrift shop. It was relatively easy and you can do it too! What you'll need + pattern cutting I used: a green pillow cases from the thrift store, one small (10" x 30" or so) white & textured piece of fabric I found at the thrift ...
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Tue, 30 Apr 2013 14:51:33 PDT
Creating Activated Carbon From Food Waste (CCC Carbon Method)
Creating Activated Carbon From Food Waste (CCC Carbon Method) - More DIY How To Projects]]> nocureforcrazy For a full Youtube tutorial: Activated carbon is a porous substance derived from organic material (usually woody, fibrous stuff). The useful thing about activated carbon is that it can filter out contaminants from both water and air, which makes it an impo...
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Tue, 23 Apr 2013 20:29:40 PDT
Modular Water Jug Storage Bins
Modular Water Jug Storage Bins - More DIY How To Projects]]> randofo Around here I have more odds and ends than I know what to do with. I used to keep it in piles strewn about our tiny apartment until my fed up girlfriend came up with a solution to make the room a little more organized. It basically involved drinking a lot of bottled water and using the jugs the wat...
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Tue, 29 Jan 2008 12:45:34 PST
Cardboard Waste Tower dontstop1990 I made this when I moved into my dorm room at college and got fed up having such a messy trash and recycling situation. I designed something to elegantly separate trash from paper recycling and plastic/metal recycling. Having just moved to New York City, I was inspired by the efficiency of building ...
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Tue, 5 Mar 2013 16:29:14 PST
Recycled Crayons for Valentine's Day Kid's Craft
Recycled Crayons for Valentine's Day Kid's Craft - More DIY How To Projects]]> BounceyBunny It is my 4-year-old daughter’s first year in preschool, which means it’s the first time she gets to hand out Valentine’s Day gifts. After a considerable amount of searching for suitable craft ideas (since that’s much more fun than buying something pre-made from the store), I came across this excelle...
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Mon, 11 Feb 2013 10:53:40 PST
Paper-Green a new way to recycle and plant
Paper-Green a new way to recycle and plant - More DIY How To Projects]]> pchalita This is as far as I know an original idea of planting medium that is has not been currently developed or under investigation. Therefore (and until someone probes me otherwise) I am the developer of the adaptation and the rights of this idea are for public use and development as far as the name "Pap...
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Fri, 25 Jan 2013 11:30:30 PST
Woven Star
Woven Star - More DIY How To Projects]]> lindarose92 This star is very similar to the Christmas Star I posted some days ago and just like that one, it can be made with plastic bags or paper from magazines or newspapers...or anything you can think of! Take your piece of plastic (or paper) and divide it in at least 20 sections and cut them. I made t...
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Sat, 29 Dec 2012 05:54:45 PST
Paper Candle Holder
Paper Candle Holder - More DIY How To Projects]]> lindarose92 These candle holders are all made with paper. I used newspapers but you can also use magazines or anything you want! This technique is very useful to create many things, from necklaces to bowls! You can use them as candle holders but they could also be pen all depends on you! :) Tak...
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Mon, 24 Dec 2012 15:53:12 PST
Tire to Ottoman and Table.
Tire to Ottoman and Table. - More DIY How To Projects]]> shazni My husbands car tire needed changing a couple of years back and the tires were still lying around...I saw  this on Instructables :-D and thought hmmm...there are possibilities :-) ...but i wanted it much simpler .. and I didn't want it to be obvious that it's a  tire. I wanted it to look sooooo good...
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Thu, 20 Dec 2012 10:39:29 PST
Christmas Star
Christmas Star - More DIY How To Projects]]> lindarose92 This is a very nice Christmas ornament that I tried to make with plastic from a plastic bag, but you can also make it with paper (from books or newspapers, for example) or whatever you want! :) It's very easy to make and the result is really, really nice! PS: this is my first "step-by-step" and as ...
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Wed, 19 Dec 2012 13:25:22 PST
Recycled Wood Pallets Thanksgiving Turkey Decoration
Recycled Wood Pallets Thanksgiving Turkey Decoration - More DIY How To Projects]]> sarahppeters With a little bit of ingenuity and a old wood pallet, we were able to make a cute and rustic looking turkey to decorate our front yards with! Find a Wood Pallet If you drive around any "industrial" part of town, you're about 100% likely to find a pallet by a dumpster. Craigslist usually has someb...
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Mon, 19 Nov 2012 08:40:25 PST
Newspaper Weave 2 - Rack, Rustic Basket, Pencil Holder
Newspaper Weave 2 - Rack, Rustic Basket, Pencil Holder - More DIY How To Projects]]> shazni Here is my 2nd tutorial on newspaper weave. :-) Ii would show you the single , double ,and twist weave. I should have started with the pencil holder ( or vase ...if you stick a jam bottle inside!) in the first it's very simple and is a great beginners project and is great for s...
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Mon, 12 Nov 2012 10:20:55 PST
Newspaper Vase- Twist Weave
Newspaper Vase- Twist Weave - More DIY How To Projects]]> shazni Back here in Sri Lanka we encourage young girls with no income or education or orphans to start small business at home while looking after their kids. One of the ways we have found is newspaper's cheap and very versatile. It's the same as basket weaving...only cheaper as we use newspape...
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Wed, 10 Oct 2012 07:26:31 PDT
Vinyl LP Butterfly
Vinyl LP Butterfly - More DIY How To Projects]]> pudtiny After a lot of web searching I could not find satisfactory instruction on cutting vinyl records for art. They are various suggestion scroll saw, band saw. dremel etc. but these l felt all left a rough or melted edge. I tried contacting Paul Villinski ( as he produces som...
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Thu, 13 Sep 2012 03:50:07 PDT
Shopping bag from plastic shopping bags
Shopping bag from plastic shopping bags - More DIY How To Projects]]> dezine Just finished my new plastic shopping bag made from old plastic shopping bags! I recently posted a project on my website ( using my DIY super-large crochet hook and the whole idea behind designing the hook was to be able to make a shopping bag with plastic bags. Well, it's done and ...
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Fri, 27 Jul 2012 08:24:35 PDT
How to pulverize set plaster for re-use
How to pulverize set plaster for re-use - More DIY How To Projects]]> Miss Cabbit I did this at TechShop Menlo Park. To save yourself a few dollars, you can re-use old plaster molds to make fresh plaster powder. Find cardboard and/or thin plastic sheetss Dig for whatever you can use to wrap the old plaster chunks and prevent the dust you'll be creating...
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Sat, 30 Jun 2012 21:17:52 PDT
Milk Bottle Quilled Clock
Milk Bottle Quilled Clock - More DIY How To Projects]]> marfru Well this is another one of our favorites, bit of a oldy but I think it is time that it was given another showing. To see more from us go to If you are a big corporate and love our work sponsor us by ordering from us. Step by step instructions showing how to make your own beautif...
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Sat, 5 May 2012 04:44:28 PDT
LED Recycled Book Lamp
LED Recycled Book Lamp - More DIY How To Projects]]> marfru There are so many books that are simply thrown away as they have very little resale value, so follow our easy step by step instructions and see how easy it is to create your own upcycled lampshade by recycling your old books. n this Step by step project we will show you how to upcycle an old book a...
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Fri, 4 May 2012 12:26:41 PDT
T-Shirt Mini Beanbags - Learn How to Sew and Make Your Own Flexible Reading Bookstand reref * Reading can be so much fun, if you just have the right reading bookstand! This is perfect as a classroom project that can be continued as a reading project. My fourth Instructable (this starts getting familiar..) In this Instructable you can learn: - how to use a paper-template - how to make hid...
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Fri, 24 Feb 2012 12:40:19 PST
Wine bottle hanging lantern
Wine bottle hanging lantern - More DIY How To Projects]]> l8nite This is my interpretation of a couple of projects I've seen, primarily on Instructables, the 2 I could find are here... If I've used your information a...
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Mon, 9 Jan 2012 08:44:06 PST
Dog Cat recycling water bowl
Dog Cat recycling water bowl - More DIY How To Projects]]> jmsdo We have ALOT of indoor dwelling animals.  Filling water bowls all day is time consuming.  We have shopped for the fresh flowing commercial pet water fountains and found them to be expensive, low volume and poor quality.  I came up with a high volume no frills alternative.  Extremely easy to put toge...
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Mon, 19 Dec 2011 09:53:54 PST
Winterish wreath made of old CDs
Winterish wreath made of old CDs - More DIY How To Projects]]> anke-art As you might guess from my projects, I love recycling and repurposing, making everyday-stuff into something new. I have a gazillion old CDs which I saved for "the light-bulb moment", and it came last week. Why not make a cool wreath? I guess this wreath would look great on any office door or at you...
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Wed, 23 Nov 2011 04:54:37 PST
Reusable baby wipes from recycled t-shirts
Reusable baby wipes from recycled t-shirts - More DIY How To Projects]]> PixyMcCrafty Are you trying to be a little greener and reduce your waste, looking for a chemical free baby wipe for your little ones sensitive bottom, or just looking to save money? This is a very easy solution, with no sewing using materials you probably have in your house. You will need: Old cotton t-shirts ...
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Sun, 20 Nov 2011 20:24:28 PST
How to make paper
How to make paper - More DIY How To Projects]]> Kiteman There are several Instructables about making paper from recycled fibres. That is a fine activity, and one which kept me gainfully employed for four years. When I worked in a papermill, even though we were an entirely machine-made mill, most of the questions we got from local schools were about how ...
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Tue, 8 Nov 2011 09:29:26 PST
Matchbox Camera
Matchbox Camera - More DIY How To Projects]]> Mr Spoqui To make this mini-camera, you'll need a box of matches, a used toilet paper tube, a pair of scissors (or an x-cut), a pen and some tape. (Be advised, this camera doesn't really take pictures!) Instructions Draw, using the toilet paper tube, a circle on one of the sides of the match box's outer bo...
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Tue, 16 Aug 2011 14:37:17 PDT
Mod Circle side table, step stool, basket, etc.
Mod Circle side table, step stool, basket, etc. - More DIY How To Projects]]> INFUSEDgoods I've wanted to make a basket that looks like this for a while now.  Thanks to instructables and the cardboard challenge I got the motivation to make it happen.  When thinking about making it I decided I wanted it to have multiple uses and to look somewhat like an art piece.  So here it is, I like ho...
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Thu, 14 Jul 2011 23:56:29 PDT
3D Cardboard Decor
3D Cardboard Decor - More DIY How To Projects]]> vishalapr A few weeks ago I received a parcel that I ordered from a website and I got 2 huge cardboard cartons with them as they were packed inside the carton and sent! 5 days ago I was about to throw those boxes away and then I had to wait a bit because the garbage collection truck didn't come yet, so I tu...
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Thu, 14 Jul 2011 03:19:52 PDT
Glass Bottle Coat Rack nickodemus I made this from a few Dr. Enuf bottles (If you ever come to Tennessee, get one!) and scrap wood over the weekend. It turned out a lot stronger than I thought it would be, it holds even the heaviest of Winter coats...  For now it only holds belts, since Winter is over.
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Wed, 25 May 2011 10:35:33 PDT
Grocery Bag Jewelry
Grocery Bag Jewelry - More DIY How To Projects]]> AngryRedhead Thrift?  Frugality?  Eco-accessories?  Something you can do while being lazy on the couch?  You got it! This Instructable shows how to make a macrame bracelet entirely out of grocery bags (and a few beads if you prefer).  This same technique can also be applied to making a ring. Materials You w...
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Sun, 15 May 2011 19:18:16 PDT