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LOLI's DIY Beauty Box Promotes Fair Trade, Organic Ingredients

LOLI’s new DIY skin care kits are the new at-home beauty dream for the sustainable skin care lover out there who doesn’t always have time to get to the shops. Designed by Tina…

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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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Stitched Up: An Ethical Boutique That Doubles as a DIY Workshop

The brains behind creative hub Stitched Up describe themselves as “a one stop shop for sustainable fashion, fabrics and networking”. While their Manchester (UK)-based HQ is where…

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Pikkpack's Flat-Pack Shoes Require Only Three Pieces of Material

If you’ve ever wanted to make your own shoes, now is your chance with the super-easy Pikkpack shoe. Designed by Sarah Gulyas, the slip-on shoes can be woven together at home with just…

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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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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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OpenKnit: An Open-Source "Clothing Printer" That Lets You Make Your Own Garments

There’s 3D printers for chocolate, food, jewelry, houses, plastic parts and now there is a 3D printer to knit your own clothes. The OpenKnit Printer by Gerard Rubio will let you…

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Restore Dull, Tired Locks With LUSH's DIY Avocado Hair Mask

MATERIALS AND SUPPLIES 3-4 ripe avocados 2 lemons 3½ tablespoons olive oil 3½ tablespoons honey Handful of rose petals 1 cup millet flour STEP ONE Take a handful of rose petals and…

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Top 7 Popular Eco-Fashion Stories of 2012 (Vote for Your Fave!)

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14 Eco-Chic Gifts You Can Make Yourself (DIY Tutorials)

MULTIPLE PERSONALITIES Add instant oomph to an ordinary pair of pumps or flats with a set of shoe clips that fickle pickles can swap at will. + DIY Ruffled Shoe Clips + Capitol…

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For DIYers on the Move, a Compact Sewing Machine That Folds Flat

There’s a reason why sewing machines are gathering dust in attics and basements across the country. They’re big, bulky, and awkward to lug around. In lieu of the unwieldy…

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Turn a Pair of Printed Scarves Into a Breezy Caftan Dress (DIY Tutorial)

MATERIALS AND SUPPLIES Two medium-sized silk or satin scarves Cotton thread in a coordinating color Scissors Sewing needle Pins Measuring tape Body form (optional) STEP ONE Before you…

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7 More Last-Minute Halloween Costumes Haunting Your Closet

MARK ZUCKERBERG Score your share of “likes” by aping Facebook’s beleaguered boy-king. COSTUME COMPONENTS Gray T-shirt Hoodie Jeans Adidas fip-flops Downcast…

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Make Your Own "Texting" Gloves for the iPhone or Android (DIY Tutorial)

MATERIALS AND SUPPLIES A pair of gloves (preferably one you already own) Conductive thread (available in smaller quantities on the author’s site) A needle Scissors STEP ONE Cut 16…

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7 Last-Minute Halloween Costumes Lurking Inside Your Closet

WHERE’S WALDO Be the lovable guy everyone is searching for by donning a few simple pieces you probably already own. COSTUME COMPONENTS Red-and-white striped shirt Jeans Red…

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6 DIY Pumpkin-Skincare Products You Can Make at Home (Plus 1 to Buy)

Photo by Kim Love PUMPKIN BODY SCRUB ¼ cup cooked pureed pumpkin ¼ cup brown sugar Combine the ingredients in a small bowl. Apply the mixture to your body using a damp cloth. Scrub…

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Make Miu Miu's Detachable Collar Using Scrap Fabric (DIY Tutorial)

STEP ONE Grab a collared shirt that you already own (Sigl used her boyfriend’s). Fold the collar in half and mark the middle/halfway point with pins. STEP TWO Place your paper on…

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Jennifer Rieker’s Flat-Pack “Creo” Shoe Supports Your Local Shoemaker

Here’s the perfect opportunity to give your local shoemaker some love. Jennifer Rieker, a German designer, has developed a modular system that relies on the craftsmanship of a…

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