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It's February, which means — at least for BUST HQ in Brooklyn — that both the weather and the world can seem dreary and grey. And having some brightness and fun around you can help you feel a little bit brighter. These cute cushion covers definitely fit the bill. We're bringing you an excerpt from Tie & Dye: Colorful Clothing, Gifts, And Accessories by Lizzie King; it's already out in the UK and will be released in the US on March 7th (in the meantime, it's available for...

The holidays are almost here, and if you've left your present-buying expedition to the last minute, don't panic! Luckily, BUST has got some awesome DIY gifts ideas you can make in the nick of time and that will be so much more meaningful than anything you could buy in a store! 1. DIY Wall Hanging Photo by Megan Senior 2. Holiday Cookies Photographed by Julia Stotz 3. DIY Book Purse Photographed by Megan Senior 4. Feminist Em-Broadry Hoop ArtExcerpted from Crafting with Feminism: 25 Girl-Powered Projects to Smash the Patriarchy by Bonnie...

  This DIY book puts the fun—and funny—back in feminism! Whenever I craft, I inherently do it with feminism (as with basically everything I do). But BUST contributor Bonnie Burton’s new DIY book brings the ideology front and center. Crafting with Feminism: 25 Girl-Powered Projects to Smash the Patriarchy (out October 18 from Quirk Books) is full of simple tutorials ranging from utilitarian (a slice-shaped “Pizza Not Patriarchy” lunchbag, a découpaged “Drinking Dames” flask) to cheeky (“Feminist Badges of Honor”) interspersed with inspiring quotes from badass ladies...

We're excited to bring you this excerpt from Crafting With Feminism: 25 Girl-Powered Products To Smash The Patriarchy by Bonnie Burton. Needlework has long been considered a dainty art for well-behaved women, but we think it could use a 21st-century update. Bring some fresh ’tude to homespun wisdom with these fun and fierce wall hangings. Supplies Colorful patterned fabric (1/2 yard per 8-inch hoop)Self-adhesive felt lettersRuler and fabric chalk (optional)8-inch embroidery hoopScissorsEmbroidery floss and needle Instructions 1. Attach self-adhesive letters to fabric to spell out the saying of your choice....

Spruce up your skin with this soothing DIY! Pumpkins aren’t only good for Halloween carving and T-Day treats. Turns out, they’re also rich in vitamin C, which makes them good for your skin, helping to fight free radicals and promote collagen production. This beauty DIY blends creamy pumpkin puree with mineral-rich, hydrating molasses and inexpensive, pore-cleansing white kaolin clay to create a rich face mask loaded with vitamins and minerals. Optional pumpkin pie spice adds a bit of exfoliation and a circulation boost. Pumpkin Gingerbread Face MaskINGREDIENTS-...

Miranda Hobbes from Sex and the City may have said it best with, "The only two choices for women: witch or sexy kitten." As Halloween queens, we are so much more than those two options. While I appreciate a rockin' rack and a bangin' booty as much as the next girl, and by no means think you should shelf the multi-functioning black bodysuit or pleather dominatrix boots (because, you just never know), I have also grown tired of these store-bought costumes. You know, the costumes that...

Halloween may have a reputation for being a children’s holiday, but don’t let all of the candy and pumpkin juice fool you—there are plenty of grown-up witches out in the world looking to have some adult fun on the night of fright. Now you’ve probably already seen every brewery and cider brand bring out their fall flavors for the season but what about those who would rather get a little stone-y on All Hallows Eve? Well if you’re a witch that enjoys an herbal potion, you...

Photo: Megan Senior; Model: Naimah Terry; Hair/Makeup: Mary Guthrie; Nails: Miss Pop; Dress: Modcloth; Location: The Landing at Industry City You don’t need knitting needles to whip up this quick chunky scarf! Whether you’re a knitter or a quitter, you can make this easy scarf using a technique called “arm knitting,” in which your limbs are used as giant knitting needles to create super-chunky knit fabric. It’s easy to learn, and best of all, it’s fast—you can complete a scarf in far less time than it...

Light up your life with delicious-smelling DIY candles! Now that the days are short and the nights are long, a little candlelight makes everything cozier. I jokingly tell people that I started making candles when I realized it would be cheaper than continuing to buy them at the rate I was going — but I’m only half-kidding. Whether you’re a wick-burning addict like myself, or just want to kindle your own flame, here’s a great starter tutorial (that I adapted from CandleScience.com, a great place to get...

I actively avoided embroidery for almost two decades. In my mind, it was linked to patriarchy, ideals I could never meet, and other old-timey hobbies I saw as a waste of time. My grandmother taught me how to embroider when I was little and I adorned every pillowcase and zip-up sweater I owned. I thought I was the coolest kid on the block, but my fellow middle-school students didn’t agree. I stopped sewing after I got picked on for having embroidered cats on my sweatshirt. In...
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