This is Offbeat Home's archive of Do It Yourself posts.
How-tos, photos and topics of DIY discussion.
Five years ago my wife and I bought a great house with a small yard in downtown Madison, Wisconsin. Our firstborn, Sam, was about six-months-old when I started designing his sandbox. He was born in July so this gave me the winter to get it down on paper.
When winter arrived, we harvested our chillies before the frost could get to them and found ourselves facing Mt Chillington. Since we use dried chilli in pretty much all of our Indian dishes, drying and saving them was the most obvious answer for us, and there was a certain appeal in hanging bundles of homegrown produce from the ceiling too. Here is my entirely unsanctioned, over complicated, make-it-up-as-you-go-along guide to stringing, hanging and drying chillies.
It can be a challenge when it comes to Christmas shopping for your spouse, friend, parent, or co-worker… but the gift of booze is usually a win! The downside, however, is that a pre-packaged box or carton of booze can also come across as "easy" or "thoughtless." Well, I recently stumbled across a box that gave me an idea — a 12 bottle storage box could be transformed into "The 12 Beers of Christmas!"
This is my kitchen table. It was given to my husband by his parents when he bought his first bachelor's pad (now our family home), and it is a good one that performs all of its table-related duties. I am grateful for it, especially considering it is the only one we have. But sometimes I wish it was more … special. Besides a tablecloth, what are some ways I could gussy up this table and make it more uniquely ours?
I saw a Christmas card last year that had an AT-AT with reindeer antlers that said "Merry Force Be With You" and I thought that would be awesome in my yard, and then thought about adding the sleigh and tauntaun reindeer from there. Here's how we made all of this ourselves…
I'm making homemade toiletries for everyone on my gift-list this year. I'd love to make my own scents without having to buy expensive essential oils, just using the herbs and other yummy stuff around my house. I'd love to know about some good and useful scent combinations.
I'm all over adding whimsy to traditional Christmas decorating, but how about a little macabre action too? Here's how to make your own bedazzled baby doll part ornaments for seasonal sparkle with a dark sense of humor…