Grow and Make DIY Maker Blog

Owner’s Corner: Cleaning your hot yoga mat

Musing from the owner of Grow and Make: Will Johnston

I’m a big fan of ‘hot yoga’. This is Vinyasa yoga in a heated room, but not Bikram (which is a whole other level of commitment and suffering). It’s a great way to achieve deep stretching and build strength in your arms, shoulders, abdomen and hips. It’s also a great mental discipline for learning to let go and breathe. One problem is that the amount of sweat can make your yoga mat stinky (a vinegar smell). I’ve found the best way to clean my yoga mat is to use a spritzer bottle with water and a teaspoon of baking soda. Spritz the mat and then wipe with a damp cloth, so that you clean off the entire mat. If possible dry in sunlight. It works well for removing that yoga mat smell.

If you’re thinking that hot yoga could be for you, I would recommend that you spend some time trying to find a good instructor and a facility which fits your needs and style. Personally I like to have a shower available for after class. Going in, know that it’s not easy and is a discipline which requires commitment and sacrifice, but is well worth it.

Home of the future?

These new smart homes look awesome. Totally sustainable and off-grid.

The Passive Dome

Valentine’s Day DIY Heart Shaped Gift Box

Valentine’s Day DIY Heart Shaped Gift Box

Looking for the perfect DIY project to impress your Valentine? With this free printable & tutorial, you’ll learn how to make the cutest heart-shaped box that is ready to fill up with sweets and treats!


Click on the links to download, then save and print!

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We printed these templates on cardstock so that the box would be sturdy enough to hold chocolate truffles, but you could print it on regular paper too.



Once you have everything printed, decorate the pages!  Make sure to create your designs on the blank side of the pages so that the lines do not show. Carefully cut each pattern out with scissors or an x-acto knife.



The long rectangular strips will make up the sides of your boxes. Pre-fold these strips along the dotted lines.

Tape or glue the notched edge to the heart lid, using the interior solid lines as guides. Once done, tape the top and bottom corners of the heart together.

Repeat the process for the top and bottom lids, then fill and enjoy!

Holiday DIY Favorites

We have a selection of DIY Holiday Favorites. Check them out and take %15 off (coupon code: DIYfavorites)

Custom DIY Kits

If you are interested in a custom DIY kit for your party, event or group, let us know. We can put something together for you. Birthday parties, company team building, family night or a book group that wants to do something outside the box. We can setup a candle making kit, candy making package or any of our kits for your event. Just let us know.

Cocktail bitters making could be a lot of fun for a party or as a DIY corporate gift.

Daily Musings

We are sometimes asked if our cheese kits can be used with almond or soy milk. Our product manager Ingrid answers this question: Thank you for your question! These cheese recipes react with the whey and animal enzymes found in animal milk. To make cheese from Soy or Almond milk is a different process and requires different components. Our kits are not suitable for making vegan cheese.



A few weekend favorites.

Happy Hanukkah!

Portland Timbers make it to the MLS Championship game on December 8th. Congratulations Timbers!

I wanted to give a shout out to Hyatt hotels for their recent move to providing re-usable water bottles and filtered water stations at their hotels (the one I stayed at recently). It’s great to see this shift in direction away from disposable plastic bottles.

It’s a new DIY day…

This video of these Eritrean children discovering snow for the first time with their new life in Canada, is special.

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