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8 Oct

Simple Sustainable Kitchen Crafts: Make a Wine Cork Trivet and a Monogrammed Kitchen Towel

There’s nothing like a legitimate reason, i.e., excuse, for the healthy number of bottles of wine passing through my apartment these past months: My mother’s birthday is in November. I’ve been doing this for her. For the trivet I’m making out of wine corks and a hose clamp to protect her tabletop from scalding pots and pans!

My mother’s a big recycler. She’ll appreciate both the gesture and the rationale behind the gift: saving money, making instead of buying, reuse, repurpose, and don’t waste.

9-inch Wine Cork Trivet: First, collect 50 to 60 natural wine bottle corks. Make sure to avoid synthetic corks; they’re not heat resistant. Purchase a stainless steel hose clamp from the hardware store or online. Hose clamps are adjustable and come in varying sizes–a pair of 12-inch diameter hose clamps can be purchased for under $15. Next, with a flathead screwdriver and a ruler, adjust your clamp to a 9-inch diameter.

Hose Clamp Wine Corks

Tridon Hose Clamp and Natural Wine Bottle Corks

Next, with the hose clamp laying flat, place the corks, starting from the outer rim and working your way in toward the center. You’ll need to use some elbow grease when arranging the corks so that they fit snuggly. Use a book to flatten the corks. Tighten the clamp further. And finally, cut the excess metal.

wine cork hot pot trivet

Natural wine corks and a hose clamp = Wine Cork Trivet!

To make the monogrammed kitchen towel + gift wrapper, I used scrap white cotton cloth and two iron-ons–a simple flower and my mother’s initial “A” from the book SUKI Iron-Ons by Darrell Gibbs and Julia Gibbs. Alternatively, you can also handwrite an initial or hand draw a flower or design on the towel using a colored Sharpie Pen!

suki iron ons

SUKI Iron-Ons by Darrell Gibbs and Julia Gibbs

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Iron-On Flower from SUKI

TA-DA!  Here’s the Wine Cork Trivet all wrapped up in a reusable monogrammed kitchen towel wrapper and ready to go!

Iron-on kitchen napkin - SUKI

Iron-on Monogrammed Kitchen Towel Gift Wrapper

CHEERS!

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5 Oct

Edible Crafts: How to Make Chocolate Bowls and Cups

Imagine an espresso cup or dessert bowl made from white or dark chocolate… or BOTH! Well, no need to imagine it. Check out these two video tutorials.

I can’t wait to make white chocolate dessert cups–minus the colored beads–and fill them with coffee gelato!

Chocolate-Dessert-Cup

WATCH: How to Make White Chocolate Dessert Cups (via Gretchen’s Bakery)

This process lends itself to a group activity!

DIY Homemade ChocolateBowls

WATCH: How to Make Chocolate Bowls (via JustEatRealFood)

Happy edible crafting!

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1 Sep

Happy Pub Day! MUG MEALS

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It’s the first day of September. I’m sure you’re thinking what I’m thinking: Where did the summer go? I’m less sure you’re thinking what I’m also thinking: Why can’t every meal be made in a mug?!

For all my kindred spirits out there, we have a special single-serving treat for you. Today we’re stoked to publish Leslie Bilderback’s Mug Meals: More Than 100 No-Fuss Ways to Make a Delicious Microwave Meal in Minutes, the highly anticipated follow-up to the bestselling Mug Cakes! Because mugs aren’t just for cakes and coffee anymore; now you can make every meal in a mug—in minutes!butterscotch pudding

Inside are over 100 mouthwatering and lightning-fast recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert. Whip up a mugful of Huevos Rancheros to start off your day, then lunch on a steaming cup of French Onion Soup or Pork Chops and Apple Sauce. Serve dinner to your whole family in mugs stuffed with Poached Salmon with Dill, Pasta Puttanesca, or Candied Sweet Potatoes—and finish things off right with a decadent Pumpkin Cheesecake. The options are endless, and you can’t beat the clean-up!

To kick off the party, head over to All You for ten mouthwatering recipes from Mug Meals, including one for this Coconut Shrimp, so we can all hold on to summer for just a little while longer. coconut shrimp

 

Order your copy today!

Mug Meals

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And don’t miss out on all these other quick and convenient cookbooks by Leslie Bilderback!

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13 Jun

10 Beer Bottle Crafts

Are you throwing or going to a barbecue this weekend? For 4th of July or before the end of the summer? Will there be beer?

Before you or your host toss those empty beer bottles and caps into the recycling bin, visualize making one or all of these 10 DIY projects that turn your empties (caps, too) into something really cool and useful. Remember Father’s Day is just around the corner… CHEERS!

1. SIX PACK OF SOLAR-POWERED “LIGHT” BEER: Popular Science’s Dave Prochnow

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2. SALT AND PEPPER SHAKERS: S. Pres, Oh!

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3. CANDLE HOLDER: Threadsence

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4. BOTTLE CAP CANDLES: Draft

BeercapCandles5. CLOCK: Apartment Therapy

BeerBottleClock

6. BOTTLE CAP HOT PAD | TRIVET: My Amphetamines and My Purls

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7. MODULAR SHELVING: Instructables Ten Green

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8. BRACELET HOLDER: Gliter, Wits & Grits 

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9. WASHI TAPE SUMMER VASE: Sweet Paul

SummerVase

10. BOTTLE HERB GARDEN: Design Sponge

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CAUGHT CRAFTING: SMPCraft’s Spotlight on NYC Crafting

SMPCRAFT #CAUGHTCRAFTING Thursday morning, Astoria, Queens. Accessorizing with a lovely temporary floral tattoo she learned to make from DIY Temporary Tattoos: Draw It, Print It, Ink It by Pepper Baldwin!

PROJECT OF THE MONTH: JUNE DIY Father’s Day Gifts to MAKE NOW

PROJECT OF THE MONTH: JUNE DIY Father’s Day Gifts to MAKE NOW

Father's Day is less than three weeks away -- Sunday, June 19th in the U.S. -- just enough time to start prepping for what would make dear old pops feel loved....What dad, what MAN, wouldn't want to get a bright red tool box full of homemade BBQ, bacon, and chili flavored chocolate? Or a handmade Paracord hammock? Does he play golf?--hand dipped tees? Does he like to hike? Enjoy nature and the great outdoors? How about homemade beef jerky? Or does he enjoy watching sports--Remote Control Cookie? What about beer? One of the coolest new items coming out of Japan is a Frozen Beer Slushy Maker by Kirin Ichiban that perfectly pairs with the DIY black and tan soap! Scroll and click for more homemade DIY Father's Day gift ideas sure to make pappy happy! Hashtag #SMPCRAFT #DIYFATHERSDAY!

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