DIY is fun, satisfying, easy on the wallet, and in many instances, good for the planet. Of course there are times when it just sucks to have to do-it-yourself, but we're not talking about that kind of DIY. We're talking about the fun stuff...
Here's a roundup of some recent favorites:
- Even a vehemently anti-sewing DIYer like me can handle this project from The Angry Chicken that turns a long-sleeved tee into a lightweight cardigan in less than 5 minutes.
- Make your own "Drumstick"-style frozen ice cream treats, in all your favorite flavor combos, with these instructions from Instructables. Yummo!
- Create a super funk-a-licious bracelet from leftovers bits and bobs with Crafy Chica's fun and easy tutorial. And yes, I will definitely be making one of these - look at it, how could I not?!
- Save some cash while practicing the first "R" in the "Reduce/Reuse/Recycle" holy trinity by making your own laundry soap. It's super easy, dirt (?) cheap, and oh-so-satisfying; I've been making and using this for about 6 months now, and wouldn't even consider going back to store-bought detergent. My clothes are as clean as they were when I used ready-made, and they smell great. **NOTE: I did make a few changes to the recipe I found here, @ The Simple Dollar. I don't have - and so, don't use - washing soda. I have baking soda, so use it instead, and I did have a bottle of biological washing liquid (Dreft brand) when I started making my own, so I add 1 cup of that to each bucketful of homemade. When it's gone I probably won't buy any more.** Basically you just need a bar of soap, a cup of borax and/or baking soda (optional), some hot water, and a bucket (I use an empty kitty litter bucket) and you're good to go. Google around for more recipes and you'll see that it's a pretty relaxed process.