DIY: How to Make an Iconic Chrysler Building Halloween Costume

DIY: How to Make an Iconic Chrysler Building Halloween Costume

Originally published in October 2012

Celebrate the spirit of New York City and crown yourself as a DIY rock star by making this kick-ass Chrysler Building costume! If you’ve got foil, cardboard, felt, hot glue and a silver dress, you’re ready to rock

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DIY: How to Make Your Own Industrial-Style Shelf Out of Inexpensive Pipe

DIY: How to Make Your Own Industrial-Style Shelf Out of Inexpensive Pipe

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Simply comment below about where you would put your shelf and why by Tuesday, October 21st. We’ll select and announce the winner of the giveaway on Wednesday, October 22nd in our newsletter, so make sure you’re signed up to receive

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DIY VIDEO: How to Turn Your Blender into a Magic Bullet-Like Smoothie or Juice Machine

DIY VIDEO: How to Turn Your Blender into a Magic Bullet-Like Smoothie or Juice Machine

You will need:
- a blender
- a mason jar
- your smoothie ingredients (I used melon, apple, pear, locally-grown kale and water for mine)

STEP 1:
Very carefully unscrew the bottom cap of your blender pitcher. Be wary of the fact that the blade will

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DIY VIDEO: How to Make an Edible Water “Bottle”

DIY VIDEO: How to Make an Edible Water “Bottle”

Note: The Ooho is made using sodium alginate and calcium chloride using a formula developed by the designers. Our recipe is an approximation that replaces calcium chloride with calcium lactate, resulting in a membrane that is less tough.

YOU WILL NEED:

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DIY: How to Turn a Boring Tote Bag into a Double Wine Bottle Carrier

DIY: How to Turn a Boring Tote Bag into a Double Wine Bottle Carrier

MATERIALS:
- a tote bag (one with sturdy, hard fabric will work best since you don’t want your wine bottles clanging into one another)
- a needle and thread or a sewing machine
- a pencil
- scissors
- a ruler or a box of foil

STEP 1:
Lay your

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GIVEAWAY: Win This Fun Secret Compartment Cabinet + a Copy of DIY Book Past and Present!

GIVEAWAY: Win This Fun Secret Compartment Cabinet + a Copy of DIY Book Past and Present!

HOW TO ENTER TO WIN:

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That’s it! Good luck, and make sure you’re

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Bagels & BIG!NYC: DIY Terrarium Class with Twig!

Bagels & BIG!NYC: DIY Terrarium Class with Twig!

Have a love for mason jars and moss? Then this class is right up your alley! Join the amazing minds behind Twig Terrariums and get twiggy with materials found at our BIG!NYC reuse center to create a one of a kind terrarium! $65 per person, materials are included.

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DIY: How to Trick Begonias into Blooming Early Using a Terrarium

DIY: How to Trick Begonias into Blooming Early Using a Terrarium

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Colorful DIY Easter Eggs Pay Tribute to the NYC Subway System – Even the G Train

Colorful DIY Easter Eggs Pay Tribute to the NYC Subway System – Even the G Train

What does an NYC Easter egg look like? That’s the question that New York transplant and blogger Natalie Broulette asked herself, and the result was this basket of colorful subway-inspired eggs! Broulette tapped into her creative juices and made egg versions

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DIY VIDEO: Model Summer Rayne Oakes Shows You How to Make a Mason Jar Herb Garden for Your Kitchen Wall

DIY VIDEO: Model Summer Rayne Oakes Shows You How to Make a Mason Jar Herb Garden for Your Kitchen Wall

MATERIALS

- mason jars
- hose clamps
- screws
- recycled wood board (or boards depending on how many rows of herbs you want)
- glue to adhere the board to your wall before you secure with screws
- charcoal
- stones for drainage
- and herbs of course!

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Natural Mosaic DIY Workshop for Women’s History Month Program

Natural Mosaic DIY Workshop for Women’s History Month Program

Head over to the Morris-Jumel Mansion this weekend to join award-winning artist Andrea Arroyo in a special DIY workshop for Women’s History Month. Arroyo will show you how to create a three-dimensional seed mosaic using card-stock and everyday materials. Click

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DIY: How to Make Your Own Vertical Garden Room Divider Using Inexpensive Ikea Plant Stands

DIY: How to Make Your Own Vertical Garden Room Divider Using Inexpensive Ikea Plant Stands

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DIY Pop-Up Card Workshop

DIY Pop-Up Card Workshop

The holidays may be over but that doesn’t mean that you can’t learn some awesome new card-making skills to put to use in the new year! Join award-winning cartoonist Felipe Galindo as he teaches you how to create one-of-a-kind pop up cards using paper and cardboard.

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DIY Softwalks Kits Let You Turn Ugly Scaffolding into Fun Pop-Up Parks!

DIY Softwalks Kits Let You Turn Ugly Scaffolding into Fun Pop-Up Parks!

The Softwalks initiative was born out of the MFA Transdisciplinary Design program at Parsons, The New School. Students were inspired by the Department of Transportation’s amazing makeover of the city’s traffic heavy areas into giant pedestrian walkways like

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DIY: How to Make Your Own Storage Bed Using a Repurposed IKEA Bookcase

DIY: How to Make Your Own Storage Bed Using a Repurposed IKEA Bookcase

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DIY: How to Make a Gingerbread Brooklyn Brownstone

DIY: How to Make a Gingerbread Brooklyn Brownstone

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The DIY-Spirited Art Party Launches Tomorrow at The Boiler in Brooklyn

The DIY-Spirited Art Party Launches Tomorrow at The Boiler in Brooklyn

With so many economic challenges, The Art Party serves to offer peaceful alternatives that support creativity and social programs. A critical component involves incorporating resourcefulness and environmental consciousness into daily life. The group celebrates

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6 Inspiring Designs to See at Dwell on Design NY This Week

6 Inspiring Designs to See at Dwell on Design NY This Week

Who says hotel rooms can’t be uber-functional just because they’re tiny? Resource Furniture‘s 240-square-foot “Hotel Resource” booth aims to change the way travelers feel about compact accommodations by showcasing a luxury hotel suite outfitted with

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6 Clever Tips to Make Your Tiny Apartment Feel Larger

6 Clever Tips to Make Your Tiny Apartment Feel Larger

LIGHTEN UP
Professional interior decorators have been saying this for ages, but it bears repeating – lightening up your floor color can make your home feel more spacious and airy. Just like in fashion, darker colors are “slimming,” and tend to constrict,

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5 Common Weeds You Can Make into Healthy (and FREE!) Teas

5 Common Weeds You Can Make into Healthy (and FREE!) Teas

Image via Flickr

Found in many of NYC’s parks, red clovers make a tasty brew with a soothing, sweet punch. According to the foragers at Nona Brooklyn, the red clover is medicinally known to cure respiratory ailments and skin conditions, including eczema.

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Clever Earth-Sheltered House Uses Natural Surroundings to Reduce Energy Needs

Clever Earth-Sheltered House Uses Natural Surroundings to Reduce Energy Needs

Sustainable homes often feature high-tech bells and whistles but John Grzibowski’s clever house relies on the power of nature to keep it green. Located in Newburgh, NY, about an hour-and-a-half from NYC, the DIY earth-sheltered home strategically uses the

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Algae-Growing Vertical Garden Sprouts up in Manhattan Lobby

Algae-Growing Vertical Garden Sprouts up in Manhattan Lobby

The implementation and care of a vertical garden, however, does not technically break the agricultural Shabbat, explains Megan Whitman, senior director of arts and ideas at the center. “By not using the ground, we can still give the land a rest,” she explains.

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See How This Tiny West Village Apartment Uses Double Duty Furniture to Maximize Its Small Space

See How This Tiny West Village Apartment Uses Double Duty Furniture to Maximize Its Small Space

James’ home may be the size of a shoebox, but she made it look spacious and homey by painting the main living area in a bold plum color. The color not only brings out James’ personal aesthetic and tastes, but also makes the apartment’s historic decorative

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World Maker Faire New York 2014

World Maker Faire New York 2014

Calling all NYC makers! World Maker Faire will be returning this September to showcase the best of DIY – from space projects to robotics to art to 3D printers to sustainable technology! You can apply for volunteer position at the Faire, or just

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9 Ingenious Ways to Hack IKEA Furniture for Tiny Apartments

9 Ingenious Ways to Hack IKEA Furniture for Tiny Apartments

Have an awkward bit of space between your wall and a refrigerator or other appliance? Transform it into a slide-out utility drawer using a Laiva bookcase and some side panels!

A freestanding bar or countertop can divide up a small living space and add

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