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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
There are some nights when the thought of dragging your tired little tuchis out the door is more painful than walking away from an all-you-can-eat chocolate buffet. Especially when the weather outside is frightful, the fire is so delightful, and there’s a little herb involved. What follows are some madly marvelous munchies to help you camp out on the couch. Now, quit bogarting the remote! Barbecue Popcorn There’s no better munchie food than popcorn, but why not bump it up a notch with some zingy barbecue flavoring? Buy your fave popcorn, and pop according to directions. Read More
Europeans have been baking with olive oil for thousands of years, so they know that if you partially freeze olive oil, it acts a lot like butter. Once in the oven, the cold pockets of oil react with the heat to make steam, creating flakiness. About an hour before starting to bake, place the olive oil in a thin plastic container. Freeze until it’s opaque and congealed but still soft, like the consistency of slightly melted sorbet. Top this pie with a scoop of coconut-milk ice cream and you’ve got a dairy-free confection that’ll tempt even die-hard butter lovers. 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
  Make Your Own Peanut Butter Flax Seed Bars Oh, the sadness of biting into a mass-produced protein bar in the middle of the woods! You’ll never have to struggle with that cognitive dissonance again with these super simple bars. They’re chewy and toasty and not too sweet. Plus, they can take a beating in your backpack. You can really customize these to suit your tastes, using a different nut butter or adding up to a cup of your favorite dried fruit or nuts.  Ingredients ½ cup smooth peanut butter ¼ cup agave nectar ¼ cup brown rice syrup 1 tsp. Read More
Take your vagina into your own hands. Health-wise, I mean. Stick your hands down your pants all you want, but I’m going to tell you about DIY gynecology. GynePunk, a Catalan collective from Calafou, is working to develop an emergency gynecological medicine tool kit. Like a risk-reduction kit, but for your lady bits. This toolkit would let you take samples from yourself and test them without having to pay for a doctor or be subjected to the “bureaucratic, statistical forms that perform a role of judgement of your practices, capacities or choices,” as described by GynePunk. 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