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Remember how stoked you’d get on the scent of Crayolas, or how happy cracking open a brand-new coloring book could make you feel? Well, it’s time to revisit this pastime of yore. Whether you want to indulge your OCD tendencies by penciling in a complex pattern, or simply zone out for a bit with a meditative marker sesh, there are now tons of coloring books out there designed for adults to enjoy. Dawn Finley, who hosts a monthly coloring event at the Women’s Center for Creative Work in Los Angeles, shared 5 of her favorite titles for tinting, and we added a couple of our own. Read More

DIY Pressed Flowers

BY BUST Magazine in DIY

With just a few pretty blooms and some ordinary household supplies, you can press flowers in a flash.  Pressing flowers has to be one of the easiest crafts in the world. Back in the day, blooms were preserved in a flower press or between the pages of a heavy book, and took weeks to dry completely. But today, a microwave can help you get the job done in one minute flat. Glue your finished petals to poster board and place them in a glass-fronted frame, and you’re done. And if you make it now, you’ll have bit of summertime to cheer you through the coming cold winter months. Read More
To add a little multipurpose bling to your outfit, skip the candy necklace and go slip on some crayon rings. These chunky bands provide artsy oomph, and as a bonus, they’re super easy and inexpensive to make. Read More
Do you love pineapples? So do I. Do you know the best way to cut one up? Neither did I. But after some practice, I’m proud to say that I’ve mastered a method that looks sweet and saves more of the good stuff.  What You Need: A whole ripe pineapple Chef’s knife Paring knife (optional) Cutting board Trim The Roughage Using a sturdy cutting board and sharp knife, slice off the base of the pineapple. Keep the leafy top to use as a handle while cutting. Stand the pineapple upright and trim down the outer skin. Read More
Summer officially started on June 21, which means these warm days are only going to get warmer. To cool down, the obvious way to start is by minimizing layers in our clothes. Unfortunately, this usually means running to the store to buy lightweight clothing, and if you’re anything like me, your budget cannot support the weather. Luckily, there is a way to keep cool, and it starts with our feet! Look to these awesome DIY sandals for a cost-effective way to sweat less this summer: 1) Cut Out + Keep’s Recycle Old Flip Flops This project is for anyone with an old pair of flip-flops. Read More
Curiosity cabinets gained popularity during the Renaissance, and are considered the precursor to museums. Originally, a “cabinet of curiosity” referred to an entire room filled with extraordinary items. Eventually, though, the term came to mean a single “curio” cabinet used to display a personal collection of objects—including (but certainly not limited to) preserved animals and bugs, bones, teeth, claws, feathers, horns, coral, stones, shells, plants, medical objects, drawings, paintings, interesting relics, and creepy doll heads. Read More
Are you missing Parks & Recreation? Have no fear—these crafts will help revive your love for one of the best shows to grace our televisions in a long while. Here are some fun crafts that pay homage to both the show and its D.I.Y.-superhero frontrunner, Leslie Knope. 1. This pattern advises to crochet a tiny horse in pink and white... but two shades of brown will better resemble Li’l Sebastian, the miniature horse (don’t call him a pony!) greatly beloved in Pawnee, Indiana.   2. Read More
 The BUST Craftacular will be teaming up with World Maker Faire for the 6th annual event at the New York Hall of Science at the old World's Fair Grounds on September 26th & 27th in Queens. This super popular, not-to-be-missed outdoor festival celebrating makers of all kinds will have giant robots, 3D printers, food, games, & lots more! Last year, the event drew over 85,000 attendees to the vast exhibition of hands-on maker stations, innovative creations, and artists. Read More
Baby showers usually blow. Don’t get it twisted; we love our friends and want their kids to have nice things. But sitting around watching someone open presents and playing lame games just isn’t awesome. Here are some tips on how to throw a shindig that both guests and the mom-to-be will love. Here’s what not to do: Don’t have a big gift-opening ceremony. Without it, people can come and go as they please without feeling like jerks, and the mom won’t miss out on valuable hang time with her homies. Don’t ban the guys. Read More