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Old Magazines Into Coasters

While I find coasters to be a hassle and I use the Bodum glasses which eliminates the need for them, there are many folks that use them.  In addition they make a great gift if you make them yourself.  So here is a quick way to reuse old magazine to make some fun coasters.

6-24-09coasters11. Tear out 6 magazine pages. Cut off the ragged edge on each, then cut each page in half lengthwise. I stacked them and cut them all at once with an X-acto knife and ruler. (To make a coaster with a finer weave, cut each of the half-page strips in half lengthwise again. And note that weaving will take you twice as long!)

2. Fold each strip in half lengthwise. Then fold the resulting piece in thirds, folding the cut edges inward first so they’re hidden inside. Now you have a long, thick strip. Fold it in half at the center. See steps pictured above. Repeat with each magazine sheet.

3. To start weaving, interlock two strips. This is the bottom left corner of your coaster.

4. Add another strip that wraps around the outside of the horizontal bottom strip.

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DIY Sunscreen

With so many sunscreens out there, why make your own?  check out the list of commonly found ingedients in sunscreen that causes cancer after the read more link

Materials:

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  • 8oz oil (olive, sunflower, jojoba, or soybean)
  • 1oz emulsifing wax
  • Sunblocking agent (zinc oxide or titanium dioxide) – available online
  • Essential oils of your choice (optional)

Go to Instructables for complete instructions. Good luck – and of course care should be taken with this DIY to make sure your skin is properly protected.

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Tiny Lights For a Tiny House

These great DIY lights are super small and inexpensive to make.  Add a magnet to attach almost anywhere

Reprint from Unplugged Range June 15 2009

Have you ever wanted to have small LEDs? LEDs that you could place all over the place without worrying too much about wires? Look no further, because these little LED clips can be used in this fashion. You can put them anywhere and they don’t have any wires since they are battery-powered. We thought that these lights could lead to a great bunch of home-grown designs for rooms and offices.

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Lunch Bots

Recently there has been allot of hype when it comes to plastics and chemical leeching.  One prime example is Nalgene water bottles and how they used to contain BPA’s.  These days you hear about how fill in the blank causes cancer, by the end we find that the majority of things we use will be the death of us.

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I have always loved how in the olden days they used to package everything in great little metal tins, they were so durable, reusable and most often recyclable by today’s standards.  This might just be me, I have come to realize I have this odd addiction to containers, but that’s for another day.

Lunch Bots are basically Tupperware but made from 100% stainless steel, they are washable, recyclable, durable and look awesome!  While they can’t handle liquids like soup, they are good for just about everything else.  Combined these with a reusable lunch bag and your golden.  Buy them for around $15 each or a set of all 4 for $50 here

Stop Electrical Drain

By this point I think everyone and their mother know how elctronics when not in use still sap electricity.  Here is a little gadget for your TV or Computer to stop wating electricity in its tracks when not in use via unplugged:

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Reprint: unplugged Taryn July 10 2009

We try and turn off all the unneccesary power-suckers in a standard routine every time we leave the house. The lights go off, the computer goes into sleep mode and the TV, DVD player and cable box each get a shut-down with the remotes on the coffee table. But when you’re in a rush to get out the door, you just look for the light switch and the TV power button to get the house dark and quiet. All those other peripherals get forgotten! But what if the DVD player, cable box and surround sound system went off automatically whenever the TV did?

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