How To Make This Marie Antoinette Costume

Filed under: DIY — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:29 am on Thursday, October 30, 2014

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.

Last Minute Crocodile Costume

Filed under: DIY — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:59 am on Tuesday, October 28, 2014

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.

Harvesting Your Own Salt

Filed under: DIY — Savvy Housekeeper at 8:53 am on Thursday, October 23, 2014

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.

According to Wikihow and posts like this, harvesting salt takes:

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:

Make Your Own Floor Lamp

Filed under: DIY — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:29 am on Monday, October 13, 2014

You know what? I cannot find a floor lamp I like within my budget. Maybe the solution is to make my own.

Like this one.

Or this one.

Or this one with copper pipes.

Or my favorite: this one.

Lego Brick Crochet Scarf

Filed under: DIY — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:11 am on Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Here’s a free tutorial to make a Lego Brick Crochet Scarf. Great gift potential.

Make Your Own Paper Lanterns

Filed under: DIY — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:47 am on Friday, September 26, 2014

Who knew making paper lanterns was so easy? It just takes paper, scissors, tape, and a flameless candle or other low-energy light source like LED lights. Check out this video to learn how.

Make Your Own Glow-in-the-Dark Shelves

Filed under: DIY — Savvy Housekeeper at 8:57 am on Thursday, August 14, 2014

Check out these glow-in-the-dark shelves that Mat Brown made for his kitchen. The shelves are from a piece of chestnut wood. He filled the cracks with resin mixed with powder that glows in the dark, like so:

The shelves were then sanded down and coated in linseed oil. The results are pretty nifty.

Make Your Own Altoids

Filed under: DIY — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:44 am on Thursday, August 7, 2014

Well look at this: Make Your Own Altoids.

It takes gum paste, powdered sugar, and flavored oil, presumably peppermint.

I like Altoids, as you can tell by my post about what to do with Altoids tins. I wonder if making your own is cheaper than buying them. Hmmmm…

The 1970s Wallpaper Is Gone

Filed under: DIY — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:52 am on Monday, August 4, 2014

I’ve been living with this 1970s wallpaper since I bought my house in 2007. Last week, as the first phase of our kitchen remodel, we finally tackled it.

The wallpaper was thin cardboard that was glued to the wall. The only way to remove it was to replace the wall. So we textured over the top to flatten the wall and painted.

Of course, that meant living for a week with the dining room in this state.

Words cannot express what a relief it is to not look at that wallpaper anymore!

Make Your Own Bubble Chandelier

Filed under: DIY — Savvy Housekeeper at 8:23 am on Thursday, July 31, 2014

Bubble Chandeliers are so pretty and fun. They can also be expensive, ranging from $300-$7,000, depending on size and where you buy it.

That’s a crazy price when you consider you can buy the glass balls for $2-$4 each. (Possibly cheaper if you shop around–eBay is a good place to start.)

Rachel from Small Notebook made a DIY bubble chandelier for $70 and tells you how to make one too.

She liked it so much, she put a smaller $30 bubble chandelier in her nursery.

Faire Frou Frou made a large 2′X4′ bubble chandelier for their boutique.

They say it cost about 10% the cost of buying the same thing. And it looks pretty easy to make, too!

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