DIY fall decor using upcycled items from thrift stores

September 14, 2018 by  
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Fall is a great time to bust out new decorations, but you don’t have to break the bank to make your house stand out. Making DIY fall decor is a great way to save money and help the environment at the same time. From floating shelves to fall clothing accessories, here are eight autumn decorations you can make from common thrift store items or materials in your craft drawer. Cake Stand Pumpkin Display Nothing says fall like fresh pumpkins . You can proudly display these seasonal staples ( before you cook them up for dinner ) using an old cake stand, or you can build your own from old plates and a candlestick holder. If you are building one, simply mount the candlestick holder between two plates and paint them as desired. Glue down the plates to hold everything securely in place. You can build as many of these as you like, using different sizes holders to vary the heights. Related: Fall decorating ideas Floating Bookshelves Floating bookshelves can add a cozy and mysterious feel to a room, and you can build these imaginative holders with a few old hardcovers and a metal bracket. With a floating bookshelf, the bottom book holds everything in place while concealing the support bracket. Once completed, the shelf makes it appear like the books are floating on their own. For this project, all you need are a few metal brackets and some hardcover books. Start by attaching the bottom of the hardcover book to a metal bracket with a piece of fabric fastener. The fabric fastener should be attached so that it holds the bottom cover in place. The rest of the hardcover book should rest on top of the bracket. Then screw the bracket in place and install the bottom book. You can stack multiple books on top of the first one, just make sure the weight isn’t more than the metal bracket can handle. Stagger as many of these floating bookshelves on your wall to complete the look, and top each with your favorite knick-knacks. Sweater Pumpkins Cable knit sweaters make great DIY pumpkins that won’t rot if you forget about them. You can make these adorable fall decorations with a cable knit sweater, stuffing, yarn, twine and a sewing needle. Start by cutting the sweater in half at the armpits. Then, use the needle and yarn to create a running stitch along the bottom of the fabric, pulling it tight as you work around. With the bottom closed, fill the fabric with your stuffing material, leaving around 5 inches of sweater on top. The stuffing should turn the sweater into a rounded shape. Close the sweater with another running stitch around the top and add a piece of twine for a stem. Lastly, run some twine in sections from the top of the sweater to the bottom to create ridges, pulling tight for a more pumpkin-like appearance. Related: Front porch decorating for fall Basket Storage We could all use some extra storage around the house. Instead of buying new plastic totes, you can convert an old basket to serve as decorative storage space for all the seasonal items taking over your house, like blankets, scarves and boots. All you have to do is take an old basket and repaint it a solid color to match your existing decor. You can also paint a pattern on the basket to really make it stand out. Attach thick rope to the top of the basket to serve as handles, making a basket full of scarves, coats or blankets easier to move from the living room to the laundry room. Fall Clothing There are plenty of things around the house or at your local thrift store that you can upcycle and wear in the cooler fall weather. If you have any sweaters that are beyond repair, you can cut off the sleeves and use them as leg warmers, knit socks or tall boot socks. You can even make several pairs using just one sweater, depending on the size. If you have a blanket that has seen better days, cutting it just right can turn it into your new favorite scarf. The key is to getting the right dimensions. If you have another scarf on hand, use it as a reference point. Traditional scarves are anywhere between 55 and 82 inches long and 5 to 10 inches wide. Depending on the condition and size of the blanket, you should be able to get multiple scarves out of one piece. Seasonal Throw Pillows Take your love for fall to the next level by making throw pillow covers with old sweaters or flannel shirts. Start by cutting off the sleeves of the sweater or flannel, carefully following the seams. Then, put the pillow inside the shirt to get an idea of the best placement. Try to center the pillows with the pockets or buttons, which will lend these covers extra charm. Trim around the pillow, leaving an inch of fabric all the way around. Flip the fabric inside out and sew all of the sides together. Avoid sewing shut the buttons, as this is where you will insert the pillow. Once everything is sewed together, turn the shirt the right side out, unbutton the front, insert the pillow and re-button the cover. If your top of choice doesn’t have buttons, sew in buttons or a zipper on one side of the pillow cover. Related: Refresh your furnishings for fall Mason Jar Pumpkins You can make super cute DIY fall decor using old glass jars. All you need are the glass jars, non-toxic paint , twine and some faux leaves and corks for the stems. Start by painting the lids brown and the jars a dark orange. Once they have dried, screw the lids on the jars and use a piece of twine to tie around the jar just below the base of the lids. Add faux leaves and corks to the top of the lids, and feel free to paint on some fun Jack O’Lantern faces as well. Patio Lights Turning old tin cans into patio lights is a lot easier than you might think. All you need are some snips or shears, a hole punch, paint and tea lights. Start by removing any labels from the cans and cleaning them thoroughly. Use a strong hole punch to create patterns on the cans and paint them a warm fall color. If you do not have a hole punch on hand, you can carefully use a hammer and nail to create the same effect. Simply insert the tea light into the cans and place them around your patio, porch or even indoors. Images via Kamelia Hayati ,  John M. P. Knox , Sarah Dorweiler , Max Conrad , Shutterstock

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Henning Larsen unveils green, mountain-inspired buildings for Shanghai

September 14, 2018 by  
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Henning Larsen Architects has unveiled designs for the first phase of the “The Springs,” a mixed-use development currently underway in Shanghai that aims to embrace green living. Inspired by a style of traditional Chinese landscape painting called ‘shan shui,’ the Danish architecture firm crafted the buildings in the image of the dramatic, mountainous landscapes found throughout rural China. Trees and gardens will grow on top and around the stepped towers to create an immersive urban oasis of green. Developed for real estate company Tishman Speyer , The Springs is located on a 66-acre plot in Shanghai’s Yangpu district and will incorporate a mix of residential, commercial and retail. With a proposed 40 percent green ratio and a 33-acre wetland eco-park next door, the planned development embraces green living in both its surroundings and its design. At its core, Henning Larsen designed a series of terraced high-rises layered with greenery and clustered around a green public square to create a sheltered microclimate for improving air quality , reducing noise pollution and promoting natural light. “We wanted to create a protected environment in this city center that contributes to the potential for this development to become a new focus that generates and attracts public life in uptown Shanghai,” said Claude Bøjer Godefroy, design director and partner at Henning Larsen. “We understand sustainability in broad terms. It is important to offer people an environmentally friendly surrounding while at the same time developing a building that stages human interaction.” Related: MAD Architects-designed residences rise like mountains in a UNESCO Heritage site According to Tishman Speyer, The Springs will feature LEED Gold certification for the Core & Shell of the first phase. Public health will be promoted through a pedestrian-friendly design that boasts abundant open space and excellent transportation infrastructure.The Springs development broke ground July 12, 2018 and is slated for completion in 2020. + Henning Larsen Architects Images via Henning Larsen Architects

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This stylish work shirt made from retroreflective fabric is twice as visible at night

December 7, 2016 by  
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Once the sun sets, commuting by bike or skateboard becomes a risky game. The newest gear for night riders is a stylish shirt with retroreflective stripes sewn directly into the fabric, increasing visibility twofold. Ravelin ’s RS01 shirt makes the days of fluorescent vests and cheaply made reflective tape a thing of the past. The RS01 shirt doesn’t rely on gummy tape strips or battery-operated devices – its reflective pattern is integrated right into the fabric. By partnering with a technical fabric mill, Ravelin was able to weave a durable retroreflective cloth that will not fade or peel over time. The best part is how the bright checker pattern becomes invisible during the day, making it a great fit for both biking to work and a full day at the office. Related: Award-winning paper bike helmet keeps cyclists safe anywhere they go Once night falls, the RS01 shirt provides pedestrian visibility from nearly 700 feet away from a car’s headlights – twice that of a regular old white shirt. The designers also made sure that the shirt’s cut would not chafe underarms during extended bike rides, and skaters can twist and stretch without constriction. They even included a long drop tail to avoid any, er, unwanted exposure in the midst of activity. The shirt is available for backers on Kickstarter , starting at $85. Other enticing features include a cell phone pocket located at the waist, and wind-blocking panels along the the ribs to keep the chill out. This two-in-one design will likely earn a top spot on many active adventurers’ gift lists this year. + Ravelin Images via Ravelin

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Meet The T-Shirt That Could Make Stain Remover Obsolete

January 18, 2014 by  
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We’ve all been there: halfway through dinner and you drop a big dollop of sauce right in the middle of your new shirt. Stain removers may eradicate some of the mark, but you know the fabric will never look as good as new again. If only there were a shirt that it was impossible to stain…like the Silic , now gathering funding on Kickstarter. Created in San Francisco, the Silic features hydrophobic nanotechnology to repel water, liquids, and even sweat. Stains could be a thing of the past while wearing this shirt of the future. Find out how to get your hands on one by following the link below! READ MORE> Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: ecouterre , hydrophobic nanotechnology , self-cleaning t-shirt , Silic , stain remover , stain-resistant clothing , t-shirt , wearable technology        

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Time-Traveling Photographer Makes An Appearance In Her Own Childhood Memories

January 18, 2014 by  
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Have you ever imagined what it would be like to hang out with your younger self? To hear your childish voice and watch yourself experience certain sites and sounds for the first time. Perhaps issue some warnings about the things and people you should avoid later in life. Although actual time travel isn’t (yet) possible, but photographer Chino Otsuka used her skills to achieve the next best thing: inserting her adult form into iconic images from her childhood. See more pieces from her series ’Imagine Finding Me,’ by following the link below. READ MORE> Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: childhood memories , Chino Otsuka , Inhabitots , memory lane , Photography , pictures from childhood , time travel , vacation        

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Infographic: The True Cost of that $14 Shirt

July 20, 2013 by  
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There are hidden costs to buying cheap clothing. And if there’s one meager silver lining to the horrific Rana Plaza building collapse in Bangladesh earlier this year, it’s that consumers around the world are beginning to understand that fast fashion is often born from unsafe work conditions. A 2011 report by  O’Rourke Group Partners  found that labor costs just 12 cents for a typical shirt that retails for $14. Visit Ecouterre to view a new infographic that shows a complete breakdown of how much a $14 shirt really costs. READ MORE >   Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: $14 t-shirt , cheap clothes , eco-fashion , ecouterre , fast fashion , Rana Plaza , shirt , t-shirt , unfair labor , unsafe work conditions        

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There are hidden costs to buying cheap clothing. And if there’s one meager silver lining to the horrific Rana Plaza building collapse in Bangladesh earlier this year, it’s that consumers around the world are beginning to understand that fast fashion is often born from unsafe work conditions. A 2011 report by  O’Rourke Group Partners  found that labor costs just 12 cents for a typical shirt that retails for $14. Visit Ecouterre to view a new infographic that shows a complete breakdown of how much a $14 shirt really costs. READ MORE >   Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: $14 t-shirt , cheap clothes , eco-fashion , ecouterre , fast fashion , Rana Plaza , shirt , t-shirt , unfair labor , unsafe work conditions        

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Children and Teens Exhibit Signs of Technology Addiction

July 20, 2013 by  
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Photo via Shutterstock “Addiction” is a word that’s casually thrown around to describe the increasing attachment to digital technology among children, but new research shows that it may actually be a very apt describer. The majority of teens and younger children spend as much as 75 percent of their waking lives staring into some sort of screen, and they exhibit symptoms of withdrawal and depression when deprived of their gadgets. Head over to Inhabitots to learn why technology addiction is real, and how it may be affecting your kids. READ MORE >   Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: addicted to computers , Children , digital technology , Inhabitots , parenting , Screen addiction , technology addiction        

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Children and Teens Exhibit Signs of Technology Addiction

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Photo via Shutterstock “Addiction” is a word that’s casually thrown around to describe the increasing attachment to digital technology among children, but new research shows that it may actually be a very apt describer. The majority of teens and younger children spend as much as 75 percent of their waking lives staring into some sort of screen, and they exhibit symptoms of withdrawal and depression when deprived of their gadgets. Head over to Inhabitots to learn why technology addiction is real, and how it may be affecting your kids. READ MORE >   Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: addicted to computers , Children , digital technology , Inhabitots , parenting , Screen addiction , technology addiction        

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6 Hot Ways to Stay Cool Today

July 20, 2013 by  
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Temperatures are soaring across the northeastern US at present , with several areas experiencing their longest heatwaves in over a decade . If you’re looking to keep cool through this sweltering summer, but you don’t want to blast your air conditioning 24/7, check out our six tips to beat the heat today. From mastering the art of popsicle-making to testing out your swimming skills, there are plenty of ways to stay cool and healthy. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “energy efficiency” , air conditioning , east coast heat , heatwave , high temperatures , picnics , popsicle making , stay cool , staying cool , swimming        

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