DIY tutorials

Make a Tassel Necklace for Valentine's Day (DIY Tutorial)

MATERIALS AND SUPPLIES String or yarn scraps One long necklace chain An embroidery needle A bead A washer STEP ONE Cut your scrap string to roughly the same length. This length will…

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6 Eco-Friendly Exfoliants That Are More Effective Than Microbeads

Photo by Shutterstock SUGAR Janice Cox, author of Natural Beauty at Home (2002, Henry Holt and Company) swears by a simple raw-sugar scrub that sloughs off dead surface cells while…

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10 DIY Gifts You Can Make With Leftover Nail Polish

FRINGE BENEFITS Gussy up the fringe of a plain handbag or clutch with pops of statement-making color. + DIY Painted Fringe Handbag + The Storibook LITE BRITE Add a faux-marble finish to…

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Knit a Pair of Netflix Socks That Pause Your Show If You Fall Asleep

SMART SOCKS You’ll get a warning before that happens via an LED light in the cuff, which will flash red before the signal transmits. To continue watching your show uninterrupted,…

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Make Wool and the Gang's Pom-Pom Key Ring (DIY Tutorial)

MATERIALS AND SUPPLIES Yarn scraps, the more colors the better (we used Wool and the Gang’s Crazy Sexy Wool and Jersey Be Good) Cord or tassel-end findings (find similar styles…

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Celebrate "Star Wars" Day With a DIY Princess Leia Headband

Celebrate Star Wars Day, a.k.a. May the 4th, by recreating Princess Leia’s iconic hairdo. It couldn’t be easier: Simply create two braids with brown yarn, roll them into…

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Grow Your Own Microbial "Leather" in Your Kitchen (DIY Tutorial)

Photos from The Next Black Growing your own clothing is easier than you think. BioCouture’s Suzanne Lee has been spinning whole garments with little more than bacteria, yeast, and…

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Injured Koalas Need Your DIY Mittens to Treat Their Burned Paws

Know your way around a sewing needle? The koalas of South Australia, Victoria, and New South Wales need your help. After recent bushfires ravaged acres of the marsupials’…

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DIY Your Own Dry Shampoo With Common Kitchen Ingredients

Photo by Shutterstock Wash and dry your hair every morning? Ain’t nobody got time for that. Enter dry shampoo, a follicle cleanser that soaks up oil and refreshes your tresses…

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Knit Wool and the Gang's Stuffed Mouse for National Cat Day

The jig is up: We’re just a bunch of crazy cat ladies here at Ecouterre HQ. So of all the made-up holidays to embrace, it’ll have to be National Cat Day. Our friends at Wool…

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Recycle an Old Sweater Into a Pair of Cozy Slipper-Socks (DIY Tutorial)

MATERIALS AND SUPPLIES An old sweater Scissors Sewing pins Scrap yarn Large darning needle Paper or card stock for tracing Non-slip grip pads (optional) Fabric paint (optional) STEP…

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Refashion an Old Blanket Into a Stylish Poncho (DIY Tutorial)

MATERIALS AND SUPPLIES A blanket or throw you already own Scissors Pencil, fabric chalk, or vanishing-ink marker Sewing machine or needle and thread Embellishments like fringe, pom…

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Jazz Up an Old Tank Top With These Easy Embellishments (DIY Tutorial)

MATERIALS AND SUPPLIES Old tank tops Small pieces of stretch- or knit-jersey fabric Small pieces of felt Lace Sewing machine or needle and thread VERSION ONE: LACY ACCENTS Measure a…

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DIY Expandable Dress Protects Your Personal Space in Close Quarters

Some people have zero concept of personal space and get far too close for comfort. Which is why Kathleen McDermott crafted the Personal Space Dress that inflates when it detects a…

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Make a Veggie-Printed Tote for Trips to the Farmers' Market (DIY Tutorial)

MATERIALS AND SUPPLIES 1 yard fabric (we used unbleached muslin) 1 yard ribbon or twill tape Vegetables (try corn, bell peppers, celery, and carrots, and anything else that strikes your…

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Recycle an Animal Figurine Into a Playful Key Chain (DIY Tutorial)

MATERIALS AND SUPPLIES 1 or more key rings 1 or more eye screws 1 or more animal figurines Spray paint (Krylon Short Cuts are great for small projects) Awl STEP ONE Start by placing…

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Make Meow Meow Tweet's DIY Clementine-Nutmeg Body Scrub

MATERIALS AND SUPPLIES 2 organic clementines 1 cup demerara sugar ½ cup cornmeal ¼ coconut or sunflower oil ½ cup unsweetened coconut flakes 1 nutmeg or ½ tsp ground nutmeg ½…

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Upcycle Vintage Jewelry Into a Ladylike Camera Strap (DIY Tutorial)

MATERIALS AND SUPPLIES Old purse strap with a swivel clasp on each end Vintage necklace Vintage brooch Jump ring (or other jewelry clasps as needed for your necklace…

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