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If you’ve stopped collecting plastic forks and disposable chopsticks, you’re one step closer to greening your kitchen. Some items, however, are harder to let go—like cling wrap. It’s just so easy and convenient! But infusing fabric with beeswax does a similar trick, creating malleable wraps that can cover cut fruit and veggies, hold a snack, or pack your favorite sammie. And the result is way cuter. Beeswax is naturally antibacterial (for a vegan version, you can sub candelilla wax, though the end result is less...

We're excited to announce our dates for this years BUST Craftacular and School for Creative Living, December 8 and 9 at the Brooklyn Expo in Greenpoint Brooklyn. We'll have vendors selling the cutest handmade gifts (just in time for the Holidays) and we'll have over 50 classes to choose from to keep you busy learning new skills. The school will feature dozens of local artists and businesses. Visitors will have the opportunity to learn crafts and trades and will take away tangible items made from scratch....
Every Halloween fanatic dreams of creating their own haunted house, but the concept can seem a little overwhelming. Don’t stress yourself to death—we have some simple tricks that will have you murdering the fright game. Getting Started 1. Let everyone know when your haunted house will be open. You may want to put a sign out or set up a Facebook event listing the dates and times, so that ghouls and goblins know when to come by. 2. Decide if you want to charge for entry. This...

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,...