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IT’S NO SECRET that the fashion industry is rough on the planet—it’s responsible for more than 1 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions a year, according to a report from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. And the United Nations Environment Assembly says that, next to agriculture, toxic waste from textile dyeing is the world’s biggest water polluter. On top of that, we throw most of our outfits out anyway—almost three-fifths of clothes get dumped within a year of production, according to a report by McKinsey...
  High Strung AS A FLORAL designer, I’ve long used citrus in my holiday arrangements as a nod to Victorian Christmas celebrations, which included fresh and dried fruit decorations. I also do this because winter is when most citrus is in season—I live in L.A. where farmers markets begin to overflow with all kinds of oranges in December. A few years ago, I turned dehydrated citrus slices into a garland, and have been stringing them together for customers ever since. With just a handful of materials, and...

Generally, a Ouija board comes with a pretty blah planchette (the plastic thing with the hole in it that you place your fingers on to receive messages from the dead as it slides to letters across the board). Well, there’s a craft for that. Whether your vintage board came sans planchette, or you just want something a bit more pleasing to look at, download our template and you can make a new one on the cheap.  Instructions 1. Print out our planchette design. Lay tracing paper on...
  Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic A COUPLE OF years ago, Leah Guerrero was in a Mexico City mercado when a vendor asked why she was buying so many clays and powders. When she told him it was for her skincare concoctions he said, “Eres una brujita” (“You’re a witch”), and something clicked. “A whole self-empowerment thing happened,” Guerrero says. “I was like, Yeah, I am. This is me now.” Guerrero had been an esthetician since she was 18, immersing herself in holistic skincare traditions...
Victor, Victorian   VINTAGE BEADED LAMPSHADES have been popping up on the sets of some of our favorite shows, like Chilling Adventures of Sabrina and What We Do in the Shadows, and they’ve left us thirsting for that same shady glamour. There is no need to throw down stacks of cash for the real old deal when you can give a basic lampshade a glow-up with this simple DIY. Materials Measuring tape Vintage-looking lamp base Non-pleated lampshade (at least twice as wide as the lamp base and a third of the...

  Windy Chien was sweeping up sawdust in her backyard woodworking shed when she had a “lightbulb moment.” The former record-store owner (she ran San Francisco’s famous indie shop Aquarius Records) turned Apple employee had quit her corporate job to focus on her own creativity, but wasn’t exactly sure what that meant. Having dabbled in macramé, this idea struck her: a year of knots. She decided to learn a new knot every day for a year, documenting it all on Instagram and now in her new book,...

Rhinestone-word barrettes are the season’s smartest accessory. But why let someone else put words in your hair? For the gal who wants to customize her drippin’ ’do, this super simple DIY will have you looking fly.  What You’ll Need: E6000 glue 3"-long black bobby pins  23mm flatback rhinestone letters (we got ours from Etsy, 4 for $4.25)  Instructions: Choose a word that is four or fewer letters and purchase the flatback rhinestone letters you need (they should be at least 23mm tall) to spell it out.  1. Lay the first letter of...
Cyanotype is an old photographic printing process, also known as “sun printing.” The chemicals ferric ammonium citrate and potassium ferricyanide are combined—this is where the magic happens—which makes them sensitive to UV-light, turning dark blue when exposed. Cyanotype was often used to make copies (hence the term “blueprint”) but English botanist Anna Atkins was the first to use it to make scientific recordings of plants in her 1843 book Photographs of British Algae: Cyanotype Impressions. By treating paper or fabric (like we do here), you...

Post BUST Zero Waste event, I found myself yearning for a new DIY project that would pair well with my skincare addiction. I found a magical little shop tucked away in Brooklyn Heights called Earth Speaks, which is a space covered wall to wall with tiny tinctures, an abundance of crystals, and housemade beauty products as far as the eye can see. Not to mention the best part: they’re female owned and operated! Earth Speaks hosts monthly workshops on DIY skincare and beauty products. I was lucky...

  With summer days in full force, your houseplants are living their best lives, which means it’s time to get propagating (i.e. growing a new plant from part of a “parent” plant). There are many ways to do this—as the owner of Folia Collective, an indoor-plant shop in Los Angeles, I’ve tried them all! But water propagation is easiest. It works for a variety of plants and allows you to see new roots as they develop. You’ll need: plants (some of the easiest to propagate in water...