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Make a Shower Curtain from Recycled Sheets

Make a Shower Curtain from Recycled Sheets

After reading this article, you'll be well on your way to making your shower experience as green as possible. First, learn some surprising facts about why your shower curtain liner could be making you sick. Then, browse through an easy, straightforward tutorial for...

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Making Kombucha FAQ – Learn How to Make Kombucha

Making Kombucha FAQ – Learn How to Make Kombucha

What You Need to Know for DIY Kombucha Making kombucha is an art and a science. With this FAQ we are accumulating your questions and attempting to provide answers. If you have anything you'd like to add please join the discussion on our discussion boards. Q. What is...

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How to Make Liquid Fertilizer at Home

How to Make Liquid Fertilizer at Home

Give your garden a jump-start with a jolt of homemade liquid fertilizer. Whether it's made from seaweed, vegetable scraps, manure, or just plain weeds, liquid fertilizer provides a boost in garden fertility. Learn how to break the habit of costly commercial...

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How to Make Hot Sauce at Home

How to Make Hot Sauce at Home

This is from the Grow and Make Home Hot Sauce Making Kit Instructions and Recipes By Contributing Editor Will Johnston Making hot sauce is both an art and a science. If you focus on the science you will miss out on the art, but if you don't include some science, you...

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Make a hummingbird feeder at home with recycled materials

Make a hummingbird feeder at home with recycled materials

By Contributing Editor Kristina Strain It doesn't take much to transform an empty plastic bottle into a useful and attractive homemade hummingbird feeder. This project would make a terrific gift for any bird-loving family member or avid gardener on your list, and it's...

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Hemp vs Cotton: The sustainability of hemp as a resource

Hemp vs Cotton: The sustainability of hemp as a resource

One of the more fascinating aspects of the green movement is an awareness in raw material sources. Not since childhood have I been so interested in how things are made and where they come from. Some material resources can be derived for manufacturing with a minimal...

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Cheese and Yogurt Making FAQ

By Contributing Editor Kristina Strain We get a lot of questions about making cheese and wanted to provide this FAQ for those who want to learn more about the process. Q: How can I clean my cheese cloth for reuse? A: It's a good idea to not use soap for cleaning your...

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Back to School: Binder Repair Tutorial

Back to School: Binder Repair Tutorial

Make at Home Kits By Contributing Editor Kristina Strain Save a cruddy old binder from the landfill by repairing broken or crooked binder rings, and turning it into something cool and personalized. Materials: 1 ugly binder, ready to be resurrected and beautified 1...

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REFASHIONED APRON TUTORIAL: FROM SKIRT TO APRON

REFASHIONED APRON TUTORIAL: FROM SKIRT TO APRON

This project is a great way of giving a too-small skirt a second life as an apron. Here, I’m using a kids’ size 16 skirt I found at Salvation Army. First, assemble your materials: a cotton or cotton-blend skirt without an elastic waist, pins, a hand-sewing needle,...

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Green Gift Ideas: Make a Message Board from an Altoids Tin

Green Gift Ideas: Make a Message Board from an Altoids Tin

By Contributing Editor Kristina Strain Make gifts out of junk. It might not sound appealing when worded that way, but taking a thoughtful and creative approach to your gift list is a terrific way to green your holidays. Many of the everyday items we think of as...

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APRON TUTORIAL: FROM SHIRT TO APRON

APRON TUTORIAL: FROM SHIRT TO APRON

Easily transform a large men’s button-down shirt into an apron using these instructions. Materials: 1 large button-down shirt, preferably with a straight bottom hem. Also scissors, pins, a fabric marking pen or pencil (a colored pencil works in a pinch), and...

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How to make root beer

The average can of root beer soda has over 10 teaspoons of sugar, not to mention high-fructose corn syrup and other additives. If you love a cold can of root beer, learn how to make homemade root beer instead of buying it from the store and wasting the cans and...

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