If you've ever used a computer, you're surely familiar with the concept of a Recycle Bin (Windows) or Trash Can (Mac). To sum it up, files that you've deleted are not actually gone from your storage, they've just been moved to a different location. You can then restore the files if need be, or empty them, permanently deleting them forever to free up space.
Learn how to recycle old jeans into a back-to-school notebook. You will need some old jeans, liquid silicone, scissors, chalk, and a notebook.
The problem with a lot of DIY projects is that they can require a lot of materials. You still end up with the satisfaction of something you built with your own hands, but the shopping trips can get pricey.
Plastic bags may be banned from retail stores in some cities, like Santa Monica, Seattle, and San Fransisco, and will be banned in Los Angeles shortly, but we still use billions of them every year. What else are we going to use for throwing away cat litter or picking up dog poop?
Plastic red cups are synonymous with college parties, beer pong, and generally a good time. The reason these cups are so rampant in the party scene is because they're cheap, easily disposable, and, well... who wants to drink out of a blue cup?!? Oh, to be young and in debt.
Chopsticks are very easily reusable, yet they always get thrown away. You use them when you get Chinese takeout, then toss them out without even a backwards glance.
If you have children, then you know firsthand how many crayons parents end up buying. There is no such thing as using a crayon until it disappears. Kids use crayons until they are a nub, and then they toss the crayon aside, never to use it again.
Learn how to make a ship in the bulb (aka a ship in a bottle). This cool diy hack demonstrates how to recycle an old lightbulb into a "ship in a bottle". Like the traditional ship in the bottle, the ship is first assembled outside of the bottle, then placed inside. Follow this fun how to hack video to learn how to make your own.
Learn how to recycle used paper. It's just a little project for your kids/students. You can add food colors or small flowers in order to make original paper for love letters, greetings, etc. You can also store the remaining mixture for future paper-making.
Electronic waste is becoming more and more of a problem for the industrialized world, especially since most electronics are full of precious and rare-earth metals that should be recycled. Even gold! Enter this video. It will show you how you can use chemistry to strip the gold from your old computer and other electronic parts and, well, have more gold! Who doesn't want gold?
In this tutorial, we learn how to recycle plastic grocery bags into a dog leash. To begin, you will cut the plastic bags in half, then cut off the handles of the bags. Next, apply glue to the entire bag, then roll up into a straight line. Continue to do this for several different bags, depending on how long you want your dog leash to be. When you finish this and the glue is dried, tie several bags together end to end, and have three rows of these. Now, take the bags and tie them in a knot aro...
In this how-to video, you will learn how to recycle your used coffee grounds into compost for your personal garden. Coffee grounds are very good for your soil and can be used for all winter long. If you stick a thermometer in there, you will see that it is about 106 degrees. This means that it is working on the inside. You can also your hand to test the heat inside the compost as well. You should make about a cubic yard of the coffee grounds for the compost to be effective. This video gives y...
By now we all know the slogan "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle." And many of us do just that every Sunday, visiting the recyling center to dump our latest fill of glass and plastic bottles.
Cereal boxes make great craft materials during the winter holidays, standing in for the much harder to bake and make gingerbread for faux gingerbread houses and making excellent durable ornaments.
Fashion a bikini absolutely no one else at the beach this summer will have by watching this sewing tutorial by GiannyL. Using only an old T-shirt, you'll learn how to cut the T-shirt into pieces and refashion it into a two-piece bikini.
In this tutorial, learn how to make fun kid's crafts by recycling items that you would normally throw out. You will learn how to save things like cardboard, paper, old books, dirt and even an old shoe! Turn these items into something fun and educational for your little ones with guidance from beloved actor, John Lithgow.
This Halloween, don't pass up the chance to dress up like the diva everyone is talking about— Lady Gaga. But you don't have to spend tons of money to get Lady Gaga's extravagant (in a weird context) look. You can recycle your way there with this recycled Lady Gaga Halloween outfit from GiannyL.
Ah, bunting. In the crafting/Etsy world, bunting is one of the simplest pieces of decor to make as well as one of the cheapest, yet because of its minimalistic simplicity it's also one of the prettiest crafts ever.
You don't have to own a Cricut, several volumes of themed scrapbooking paper, pinking shears, and ribbons in each color of the rainbow to call yourself a crafter. More complicated crafts do call for this kind of deep and expensive preparation, but the craft presented in this video practically requires nothing.
When you move into your first apartment, it's a magical and joyous experience. And then the reality hits that you're broke, have no furniture, and the shower doesn't work. We've all been there, and while we can't aid you with your shower problems, we can help with turning mismatched flea market chairs into a set of more coherent seats.
Going green and staying on a budget are two of the most important things these days. In this tutorial, learn how to do both while staying incredibly stylish.
For this project you will need a Chinese takeout container, a hole punch, paint brush, paint, a container for the paint and newspaper. Flatten the Chinese takeout container. Use your hole punch to make holes in it, choosing any pattern you would like. Place the container on the newspaper and paint the outer surface, using any color you prefer. Once you have allowed the pain to dry you can reassemble the Chinese takeout container, back to it's original look. Then you simply place a tea light i...
Shiho Masuda Teaches you to make 3-D origami star using recycled materials. The materials required are leftover wrapping paper, ribbons, two 3. 25" cardboard squares, ruler, scissors, glue, double sided tape and an X-acto knife. She cuts out 8 6"x6" squares from paper and glues them back to back to make four double sided squares. The four pieces are folded into 3"x 3" squares and stuck together with double sided tape. The 2 cardboard pieces are covered with paper and 12" ribbons are taped to ...
You will be shown how to use rice water to nourish and fortify your skin. You will be using just the rice water.
If you sew a lot, your probably have a massive quantity of old fabric scraps lying around. This four-part video will teach you how to recycle those strips into all sorts of fun textile projects. These include a quilt, tie-dye strips, and notebook covers for your children's (or your) books for school. No matter what your tastes, there is probably a cool fashion recycling tip for you in here.
Misplace your Microsoft Windows Vista Recycle Bin? Looking for instructions on how to replace it? It's easy! So easy, in fact, that this free home computing how-to can present a complete (and somewhat talky) overview of the process in just under a minute's time. For specifics, and to recover your own Vista Recycle Bin, watch this PC user's guide.
What can you do with old lightbulbs? Think flowers... Learn how to recycle old lightbulbs into a flower vase with sexy Gianny L! This is a cool vase out of pure junk, so don't throw away those old light bulbs... recycle them!
You can recycle your own cardboard boxes and get sheets of beautiful, handmade paper. It's quite easy. You'll need a paper mold, but those are very easy to make (you can use a cake pan or baking dish in a pinch!)
In this video, we learn how to recycle cans and make decorative candle votives. First, you will use a straight edge to remove any paper from the top of the can. Then, use the straight edge to cut parallel holes in the bottom of the can. Grab sharp scissors and continue to cut the holes from the bottom all the way up to the top of the can. After this, use scissors to help pry the folds up and into the air for a cute design. Make sure not to use your hands to pry these up, as the edges will be ...
In this video, we learn how to recycle plastic bottles to make hanging art. First, cut the bottom off of the bottle and then cut it in half. Then, cut the other end off of the bottle as well. After this, you can grab the bottle and start to paint your choice of color all over it. Use different colors and transition and blend with them. Lay these on one side to dry when you are finished. When you're done with these and they are completely dry, you can use them to decorate around your house. Th...
In this tutorial, we learn how to recycle an empty can into an ashtray. First, take your can and cut the top off. Then, cut 16 flaps into the can, not cutting the bottom off. Now, flatten them and fold them each into each other. Continue to do this until you have gone all around the can and you have a sort of star shape that has been make. Flatten all of the bends on the tray and then push the bottom of the can in. Now you can use this as a decorative ashtray without having to pay for it, enjoy!
Learn how to recycle a frumpy winter sweater into a sporty strapless dress! The sexy GiannyL demonstrates this DIY closet hack that's simple and cheap. All you need is one old frumpy winter sweater, pins, scissors, and a sewing machine. Cut along the pattern that Gianny L has demonstrated and sew. It's that easy. Now you have a sporty strapless dress and a matching jacket, too!
Save the Earth and look hot doing it! This swimwear project is cheap and easy. The sexy GiannyL demonstrates this DIY closet hack that's simple and cheap.
We'd never tell you not to recycle plastic water bottles, but there are other ways to reduce and reuse these commonly consumed products. And when we say "other ways," we mean ways that you've never even thought about.
This tutorial works best with soft fabrics, like jersey or terry cloth. You can even cut up old flannel to make the stuffing! This is a simple project that won't take longer than an hour or two to put together.
In this clip, learn how to save that old egg carton from the trash, and save yourself money at the same time. No need to buy little pots for plants that you are just starting out with, reuse those cartons and grow seedlings inside them! This tutorial will show you how quickly and easily you can be an eco-friendly gardener!
Are your magazines piled so high they're spilling over your desktop? Throwing so much paper away is a waste, so recycle your old magazines instead by making the origami flowers presented in this video.
In this tutorial, Elizabeth Gleeson shows you how to take an ordinary thrift store find like a slip and repurpose it into a totally cute and wearable minidress for summer. This look is so cheap to create and will look great all season long! So, follow along and save money this year with this quick and easy video from Emerging Thoughts.
This video shows you how to make an amazing lamp shade with a recycled book.
Being patriotic for the Fourth of July doesn't mean you have to completely surrender your fashion sense! Gianny L, master DIY fashion guru, will show you in this video how to snip a bikini out of an old tricolored shirt.