25 DIY gifts you can put together in mere minutes

25 DIY gifts to make in minutes

It’s likely that we’ve all been in situations where we’ve been short on cash at the holidays, or scrambled at the last minute to put together presents for people we forgot to add to our shopping list. Fortunately, there are several fabulous DIY gifts that can be created in 10 minutes (or less), and this infographic lists 25 of them! So, if you’re running short on time but have some cool supplies on hand, you can whip together anything from a body scrub to a recipe book, snow globe, or even a jar full of dog biscuits. Read on after the jump to find some great DIY presents for your friends, neighbors, and co-workers today.

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DIY: Craft an adorable Christmas village from recycled cardboard

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Remote Alaskan town is the canary in the US climate change coal mine

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The town of Shishmaref, Alaska lies on an island 30 miles south of the Arctic Circle and next to the Chukchi Sea. Its residents, Native Alaskan Inupiaq people, can really see Russia from their house! However, the rapidly changing climate, which is changing faster in Alaska than anywhere else in the nation, is keeping the Chukchi Sea from freezing as early as it used to – leaving the shoreline exposed to fall and winter storms. It’s also melting the permafrost upon which the town’s nearly 600 residents have built their homes, and the island is eroding as the permafrost melts.

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INTERVIEW: How These Pretty Rainwater Gardens Could Vastly Improve Water Quality in NYC

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Extruded 3D real estate maps show which NYC nabes are the most bang per buck

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You’ve probably seen heatmaps showing your area’s real estate prices, but they often don’t show the whole picture. Hoping to tell a more comprehensive story about average home prices in NYC, real estate developer Constantine Valhouli came up with a detailed illustration – sort of a bar chart overlaid upon a city map – showing the city’s 325 neighborhoods extruded based on sales price per square foot. The resulting images demonstrate how areas within the same boroughs (and often right next to one another) are composed of incredibly different sub-markets, and even point out pockets of value that exist within close distance to Manhattan. For example, Jersey City apartments go for about $400/sq.ft despite being about a 10-minute commute whereas comparably priced neighborhoods in upper Manhattan, northwest Queens, or emerging parts of Brooklyn can be up to 35 minutes away.

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Video: Mona Caron’s blooming murals pay homage to resilient weeds

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3D-printed prosthetic legs allow Derby the dog to run for the first time

The popularity of 3D printing has exploded in recent years, and one of the most innovative uses for this technology has been that of prosthetics—for people and animals alike. We’ve seen prosthetic limbs for ducks, and now a pair of 3D-printed legs is allowing a very special dog named Derby to run for the very first time in his life. Born with disfigured front legs, Derby has only been able to get around with the help of a cart purchased by his adoptive family, but now, with the help of a team of 3D engineers and veterinarians, Derby is able to run.

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BMW's i3 Prototype can park itself while its driver walks away

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Several cars on the market already have technology that allows them to park themselves without total interaction from the driver, but none of them allow you to completely get out of the car while it parks itself—until now. BMW has revealed a unique i3 prototype that features the company’s newest technology, which allows the i3 to drive to a parking spot and fully park itself while its driver walks off.

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Scientists may have discovered life on Mars

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Almost everyone has heard that there was once water on Mars, but that doesn’t answer the question of whether or not there is or was life there. But new information from NASA’s Curiosity rover might help us get one step closer to an answer. Scientists found evidence of methane spikes on the red planet’s surface, which may have come from bacteria-like organisms. If so, it could be the first time humans have ever detected alien life.

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This spectacular lookout frames dizzying views of Ecuador's Quilotao Crater

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Win a Boskke Planter, Vitra Cork Stools and more design goodness (worth $1200) in our Dwell Store holiday giveaway!

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Attention all design geeks! In the spirit of giving for the holidays, we’re teaming up with Dwell magazine to offer a lucky Inhabitat reader the chance to win some phenomenal design products from the Dwell store. The prizes include swoon-worthy home goods like a pair of comfy new Vitra cork stools (worth $940), a conversation-starting ceramic Sky Planter (worth $25), a handy and darling portable lamp ($245), and the elegant Boskke Cube 3 clear planter ($49.95). So give yourself a gift for the holidays and enter to win today!

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Orangutan killed over palm oil had 40 shotgun pellets in her body

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A female orangutan was shot and killed in Nyaru Menteng, Indonesia last week in the species’ latest struggle with the palm oil industry. Riddled with over 40 shotgun pellets, the orangutan was found with her arms and legs broken on a plantation owned by the Makin Group of Indonesia, a major provider of palm oil to the world market.

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Stunning Madrid apartment features space-saving, multifunctional plywood furniture

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Spanish architectural firm + BUJ+COLÓN Arquitectos has just completed renovation work on a gorgeous apartment in Madrid. The team used plywood strategically as both the primary material for the home’s furniture and a distinguishing dividing feature within the compact layout. The finished Plywood Trio apartment offers residents an elegant, efficient living space.

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IKEA transforms a Moscow movie theater into a giant bedroom

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Espresso is a compact urban bicycle designed for Asian cities

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Most bicycles on the market today cater to Caucasian riders, which is why Taiwanese design studio Gearlab designed Espresso, a smaller and more compact bicycle created for the average East Asian rider. Designed to help convince Taipei locals to swap their cars for two wheels, the Espresso Urban Bike is equipped with smaller 20-inch-rim wheels, making it easier to tout around in the cramped living spaces characteristic of high-density Asian cities. The majority of the bike is hand-assembled in Gearlab’s Taipei studio and comes with a front basket, chain guard, kickstand, fenders, and a built-in locking solution. Espresso was awarded with the 2014 Best Design award in the Golden Pin Design Awards.

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VIDEO: Behold! The World's Smartest Pizza Box

VIDEO: Behold! The World's Smartest Pizza Box

NOTE: The video states that the pizza box comes in two different sizes, but there are actually now six different sizes available. The GreenBox was invented by William Walsh after he…

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DIY VIDEO: How to Make an Edible Snow Globe Terrarium

DIY VIDEO: How to Make an Edible Snow Globe Terrarium

YOU WILL NEED: - 2 cups of coconut juice with coconut bits (can be substituted with another juice or beverage of your choice) - 3 teaspoons of agar agar (a natural gelling agent…

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It will soon be illegal to trash electronics curbside in New York

It will soon be illegal to trash electronics curbside in New York

In the state's ongoing effort to reduce its massive amounts of e-waste, New York has finally made it illegal to kick your unwanted electronics to the curb. Effective January 1st,…

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Unbelievable Challenge unveils winning designs for Santa Claus' Arctic logistics center

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Launched in spring 2014 by Ruukki Construction, the City of Oulu, Helsinki Design Week, and Snøhetta, the Unbelievable Challenge attracted 243 entries from 59 countries. In addition to…

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New York City's First Cat Cafe opens on the LES (PHOTOS)

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Want to know what it's like inside the Meow Parlour cat cafe? Come along with me... The first thing I noticed about the Meow Parlour is that these folks take their cat cafe…

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