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  Freakebana (a name coined last year by an editor at The Cut and pronounced freak-eh-ba-na) is the mutant stepsister of ikebana, the Japanese art of arranging flowers. Ikebana dates back to the sixth century and utilizes natural objects that you can find in your vicinity, like rocks, branches, seedpods, and blooms. It’s more about letting the flowers do their thang as opposed to arranging them in a meticulous way like most mainstream Western bouquets. While ikebana highlights minimalism and balance, freakebana’s primary focus is doing whatever the hell you...
  The ancient Japanese art of sashiko—using a running stitch to mend and embellish fabric—is the perfect way to fix worn clothes, breathe new life into old favorites, and give all manner of projects a super cool aesthetic, as this new book, Make + Mend (out August 21) proves. With easy to follow, step-by-step instructions, author Jessica Marquez offers up sashiko-inspired items for making (a quilted clutch; patchwork table linens; a shibori bandana, pictured), as well as ways to mend (pattern darning, patching jeans, altering hems)....
Jewelry that features real, live plants is definitely a cool look for nature lovers. Whether you want to add a specific succulent to your style, or just want to feel like a frondescent goddess overflowing with the bounty of summer, the following simple steps will help you whip up your own horticultural cuff. Or buy premade pieces—shown on the next page—from someone whose green thumb may outshine your own. MaterialsScissorsE6000 waterproof glue (the precision-nozzled tube, labeled “for beads and jewelry,” is extra helpful)1" blank bracelet cuff...

Espadrilles—the classic footwear for hot sand beaches, breezy summer strolls, cold drinks on sunny patios, and lazy days in a hammock—have been keeping a big secret: They’re surprisingly easy to make yourself! Say what?! Yep, this casually stylish shoe, originally conceived by the Catalan peasants of Spain as far back as the 1300s, is easy to pull together in a crafternoon. So grab your sewing machine and materials and put your best foot forward. MaterialsOne pair of espadrille shoe soles in your preferred size*¼-yard cotton-linen or...
Join the BUST Craftacular at World Maker Faire When: September 22nd and 23rd, 2018Where: New York Hall of Science 111th street, Corona, NY 11368 The BUST Craftacular returns to the World Maker Faire this September for the 9th consecutive year. Featuring 75+ local artists and businesses selling homemade wares, our vendors will be featured next to 800 exhibits and multiple stages of art, spectacles, science projects, cosplay, electronics, tool demos and much more. Vendors will have the opportunity to target a new market of people eager to learn, shop and partake in...
Macramé is having a moment, and it’s no wonder. Using an age-old technique that is almost as easy as tying your shoes, today’s macramé artists are creating marvelous, modern items that can fit into any decor. This wall hanging is adapted from a larger project in Emily Katz’s new book, Modern Macramé: 33 Stylish Projects for Your Handmade Home (Ten Speed Press), and is a great introduction to the craft.  What You’ll Need Main Color Rope (MC): 100' navy cotton rope (5mm diameter), cut into ten 10'...
Marble Painting with BreadxButta  Thank you to everyone who came out to Industry City for the BUST Craftacular featuring the BUST School for Creative Living. With over 100 vendors, and 50 DIY classes and demos, the day was full of creativity, learning, and shopping. November Sage Palm Reading Workshop with L'enchanteur Essential Oils with Chop Wood Carry Baby The event featured the second-ever edition of the BUST School for Creative Living. We partnered up with dozens of professional teachers who taught an electric variety of introductory workshops such as herbalism,...
Turn food scraps, flowers, and plants into wearable art with bundle dyeing, an easy, non-toxic, and sustainable technique that extracts beautiful colors from everyday natural materials. The process, good for any natural fabric (silk, wool, cotton, or linen), uses dyestuffs (whole dye plants and extracts) that are playfully spread onto fabric, bound into a bundle, and steamed to release organic color. Upcycle an old garment or bundle dye a piece of silk to make this go-to spring accessory. What You’ll Need35" x 35" light-colored silk fabric...
As a lifelong tree hugger, deciding to go zero waste (i.e. creating as little trash as possible) was a no-brainer for me. So many resources are put into the products we consume, only to be destined to live forever in a landfill. When I embarked on my zero-waste journey (#trashfreeinla), I realized most of my trash came from eating out and single-use disposables like coffee cups, straws, utensils, and napkins. Not only are these items used for mere minutes, but also an alarming amount end...
Neon signs can be really expensive, especially a custom one. But with this simple faux neon craft, you can put your name—or any word you want—in lights, for about $20. Go get lit!  Materials  Marker Poster board String 18-gauge wire Wire cutters Scotch tape Hot glue gun EL wire with battery pack (a fancy name for light-up cord, available on Amazon) White or black electrical tape Tacks or nails   Instructions   Using a marker, write the word you want to light in cursive on a piece of poster board. The battery pack will be attached to the end of...