If you’re fast with knitting needles, there’s still plenty of time to make pot holders as a Christmas gift.
These DIY Fruit Christmas Ornaments are cute. The tutorial shows you how to turn clear glass ornaments into strawberries, watermelons, pineapples, and oranges. They would be a great gift, too.
I kind of like this Himmeli-Style Christmas Star Tree Topper. You can make it yourself using round metal brass tubing and brass wire.
This is a pretty cool project: DIY Copper Pipe Ipad Holder.
If you know someone who is into yoga, here’s a great gift idea: Knit a Pair of Yoga Socks.
Free pattern: knit A Blanket For Seriously Cold People. I could use one of these right now.
I’ve written about 3D printing your own Christmas ornaments before. For example, check out this awesome Poinsettia Ornament we put on our tree last year. Here are 5 Christmas Ornaments You Can 3D Print:
Is it too late to make this Marie Antoinette costume? Maybe not, since the wig is made of paper. It starts out like this:
Pretty clever. Click here to learn how to make it.
For a last-minute Halloween costume, go as a crocodile. All it takes a narrow cardboard box, butcher paper, tape, and tissue paper. Pretty cool.
Living on the California coast, I have thought once or twice about harvesting my own salt from the ocean. I haven’t tried it, mostly because I suspect that the amount of effort and money spent on electricity would be higher than just buying salt in the store.
Then I ran into this video about Ben Jacobsen of Jacobsen Salt in Oregon. His passion about salt harvesting reawakened my interest in harvesting salt from the ocean.
Now I’m curious. I haven’t harvested my own salt yet, but maybe I will. It looks easy.
1. Collecting clean salt water in jugs or a cooler.
2. Running the water through a cheesecloth to get rid of seaweed/other particles.
3. Slowly evaporating the water over many hours, usually in an oven or on a stove top set on low heat.
4. Collecting the salt crystals.
A gallon of water will produce between 3-8 ounces of salt, depending on salinity. To make it worthwhile, you probably want to do a lot of water.
Here’s a video that shows the whole process from start to finish: