51 DIY Ways To Throw The Best New Year’s Party Ever

These sparkly, celestial decorations are so awesome, you’ll want to leave them up all year. Feel free to cover every non-glittery idea here in glitter and confetti.

1. Make a moon-shaped piñata.

Make a moon-shaped piñata.

Get the directions here.

2. Create origami paper star ornaments.

Create origami paper star ornaments.

The full directions are here.

3. Fold paper cubes to make a decorative string of lights.

Fold paper cubes to make a decorative string of lights.

Get the directions here.

4. Tape giant confetti to your walls.

Tape giant confetti to your walls.

5. Make these festive drink stirrers using pom-poms.

Make these festive drink stirrers using pom-poms.

These are created from bamboo sticks, pipe cleaners, and sparkly pom-poms.

6. Use metallic yarn pom-poms as cupcake toppers.

Use metallic yarn pom-poms as cupcake toppers.

You can make tiny pom-poms with a fork.

7. Cover your champagne bottles in glitter.

Cover your champagne bottles in glitter.

Get directions here.

8. Cut up strips of paper streamers for a backdrop.

Cut up strips of paper streamers for a backdrop.

9. Spray-paint bow-tie pasta to make an easy garland.

Spray-paint bow-tie pasta to make an easy garland.

10. Dip feathers in gold paint and glitter.

Dip feathers in gold paint and glitter.

Get the tutorial here.

11. Easily make these celestial spikes with glitter, Styrofoam balls, and spray-painted toothpicks.

Easily make these celestial spikes with glitter, Styrofoam balls, and spray-painted toothpicks.

12. This awesome chandelier is actually an Ikea hack.

This awesome chandelier is actually an Ikea hack.

Start with the $60 Tidig from Ikea and follow the instructions here.

13. Use colored paper to make these cracklers.

Use colored paper to make these cracklers.

Get the directions here.

14. Make a constellation cookie tray.

Make a constellation cookie tray.

Paint a tray with chalkboard paint and serve with star-shaped cookies.

15. Or make easy origami stars from strips of paper.

Or make easy origami stars from strips of paper.

16. Spray-paint a doily onto a lightbulb.

Spray-paint a doily onto a lightbulb.

When the light shines through, it will cast a nice pattern on your walls.

17. Hang giant tissue paper pom-poms from the ceiling.

Hang giant tissue paper pom-poms from the ceiling.

Get the directions here.

18. Serve gold-spun cotton candy.

Serve gold-spun cotton candy.

Get the recipe here.

19. Make your own party hats.

Make your own party hats.

20. Create masks for your guests.

Create masks for your guests.

Full tutorial here.

21. Hang some flashy pyramid ornaments.

Hang some flashy pyramid ornaments.

Get the tutorial here.

22. Spell letters out with pipe cleaners to make cake toppers or drink stirrers.

Spell letters out with pipe cleaners to make cake toppers or drink stirrers.

23. Fold these dodecahedron stars as table decorations.

Fold these dodecahedron stars as table decorations.

Full instructions are here.

24. Use glittery marshmallow stars if you’re serving hot chocolate.

Use glittery marshmallow stars if you're serving hot chocolate.

Recipe here.

25. Glue silver coins onto mounted Styrofoam letters.

Glue silver coins onto mounted Styrofoam letters.

26. Frame your mirrors with starry string lights.

Frame your mirrors with starry string lights.

27. Recycle that extra tinsel by making these drink stirrers.

Recycle that extra tinsel by making these drink stirrers.

Get the directions here.

28. String paper tassels together to create a garland.

String paper tassels together to create a garland.

Get the tutorial here.

29. Take a paint pen to some shot glasses.

Take a paint pen to some shot glasses.

30. Top your drinks with these sequined star stirrers.

Top your drinks with these sequined star stirrers.

Get the tutorial here.

31. Make pink and silver streamers out of leftover wrapping ribbon.

Make pink and silver streamers out of leftover wrapping ribbon.

Easily make them from leftover Christmas ribbon.

32. Create a sequined pallet photo backdrop for your guests.

Create a sequined pallet photo backdrop for your guests.

Get the tutorial here.

33. Serve your drinks in spray-painted mason jars.

Serve your drinks in spray-painted mason jars.

Be sure to include a festive swizzle stick.

34. Stick colorful squares of washi tape on the wall.

Stick colorful squares of washi tape on the wall.

35. Attach sparkly foam circles to balloon strings.

Attach sparkly foam circles to balloon strings.

Get the directions here.

36. Recycle brass tacks by making these baubles.

Recycle brass tacks by making these baubles.

Hang them on houseplants. Get the tutorial here.

37. The perfect party favor — golden disco ball pendants.

The perfect party favor — golden disco ball pendants.

Get the tutorial here.

38. Make diamond-shaped marshmallows.

Make diamond-shaped marshmallows.

Get the instructions here.

39. Wrap cardboard numbers in tinsel.

Wrap cardboard numbers in tinsel.

Get the tutorial here.

40. Cover your cookies with metallic dust.

Cover your cookies with metallic dust.

Get the instructions here.

41. Spray-paint the stems of your wineglasses.

Spray-paint the stems of your wineglasses.

Get the directions here.

42. Fill shiny matchboxes with confetti to give to your guests.

Fill shiny matchboxes with confetti to give to your guests.

Get the directions here.

43. Cover paper lanterns with glitter.

Cover paper lanterns with glitter.

Get the tutorial here.

44. Make a colorful chandelier out of paper.

Make a colorful chandelier out of paper.

Get the directions here.

45. Cut circles out of paper to create clocks for your cupcakes.

Cut circles out of paper to create clocks for your cupcakes.

Get the directions here.

46. Hang tassels off your balloons.

Hang tassels off your balloons.

Get the instructions here.

47. Make countdown champagne glasses by spray-painting numbers on them.

Make countdown champagne glasses by spray-painting numbers on them.

48. Hand out sparkle sticks.

Hand out sparkle sticks.

Get the tutorial here.

49. Make crowns for your guests.

Make crowns for your guests.

50. Make your own confetti poppers.

Make your own confetti poppers.

Get the details here.

51. Walk into a room holding a tray of ice cream, complete with lit sparklers.

Walk into a room holding a tray of ice cream, complete with lit sparklers.

Top 32 Sparkling DIY Decoration Ideas For New Years Eve Party

Top 32 Sparkling DIY Decoration Ideas For New Years Eve Party

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New Year’s Eve is the last and also the biggest night of a year. You should gather your family and friends together and throw a big party to say farewell to this year. In order to make this night memorable, you should prepare some fabulous DIY decorating ideas to dress up your party to make it sparkling. If you have no idea how to decorate, then you just need to remember to make everything glitter. Glittering table setting, star garland, golden balloons, spray painted bottles, champagne…let every bit of these spark! In order to have a nice New Year’s eve party, but also not break the bank, there are many Christmas ornaments that can be reused. You just need to give them some new year’s spirit. Take a look at these fabulous ideas together!


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Best Pumpkin Carving Trick Ever

This pumpkin carving tip is so simple, but it will seriously change the way you carve your jack-o-lantern forever!  You’re going to ask yourself why you didn’t think of this awesome, little Halloween hack before now.

Let me ask you a question: When you carve your pumpkin, do you cut off the top of the pumpkin to get to the guts?   I think most people do, and it’s how I always did it until a few years ago.  Welllllll……  not anymore!

A couple of years back, it occurred to me to try something different, and I think it really is the best pumpkin carving tip ever!

For starters, it’s a very quick and easy way to gut a pumpkin.

It’s also much less messy than the traditional carving method because the guts pretty much come out in one fell swoop but BEST of all… when you carve your pumpkin this way, it makes lighting the candle SO much easier.

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MY FAVOURITE PUMPKIN CARVING TIP EVER:

I cut off the BOTTOM of the pumpkin instead of the top!

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 That’s right, you cut off the BOTTOM.  Seriously.  Don’t you wish you’d thought of this years ago?

No more wrestling to get a lit candle down into the bottom of the pumpkin or struggling to light a candle that you’ve already placed inside!

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Simply cut a hole in the bottom of your pumpkin, and remove that piece for good.  Most of the guts will be pulled out with it, so you’ll only have to give your pumpkin a quick scrape on the inside.

Now, go ahead and carver your jack-o-lantern like you usually would.

AND WHEN IT’S TIME TO LIGHT YOUR PUMPKIN UP:

Simply set your pumpkin over top of a lit candle!

And check out how we decorated our pumpkin this year!  No scary faces here!  I pulled out he power drill and a large bit, and riddled it with holes!  Isn’t it pretty?

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Taaaa-daaaaa!

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What do you think?  This sure makes the whole pumpkin thing a bit easier doesn’t it?

However, if you prefer a more traditional jack-o-lantern, here’s a treat for you: over 700 FREE carving stencils for you to get creative with!   More than enough to get you and your entire family through a life-time of pumpkin carving!

29 Halloween Costumes You Can Make With 3 Things Or Fewer

Some great and easy ideas for quick and easy last minute costume ideas.

Bookmark this and come back to it on the day of Halloween.

1. An avocado.

An avocado.

Materials needed: A piece of cardboard, paint, and your own belly!

2. A jelly fish.

A jelly fish.

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Materials needed: An umbrella and a bunch of yarn.

3. No-face from Spirited Away.

No-face from Spirited Away.

Materials needed: A black hoodie (preferably long), and a DIY paper mask that you can draw on using sharpies/markers.

4. The Olympic Rings.

The Olympic Rings.

Materials needed: PVC tape and a rubber hoop cover (or wire). See how here.

5. An adult baby.

An adult baby.

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Materials needed: A onesie and a sippy cup. This costume wins because 1) Halloween is freezing and 2) you’re in a onesie.

6. A chocolate chip cookie.

A chocolate chip cookie.

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Materials needed: A dog bed and brown paint for the spots.

7. An evidence bag.

An evidence bag.

Materials needed: Clear tarp and red tape. See how here.

8. The snapchat ghost.

The snapchat ghost.

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Materials needed: A bed sheet and a sharpie.

9. Matt Murdock from the Netflix TV series Daredevil.

Matt Murdock from the Netflix TV series Daredevil.

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Materials needed: Some kind of black clothing to cover your eyes (scarf, shirt, bandana, etc.).

10. “I’m innocent but I’ve been framed!”

"I'm innocent but I've been framed!"

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Materials needed: A frame.

11. White trash.

White trash.

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Materials needed: A trash bag and a sharpie.

12. Magritte’s “Son of Man.”

Materials needed: A suit, a hat, and a green apple.

13. Your Tinder profile IRL.

Your Tinder profile IRL.

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Materials needed: Green and red construction paper and a pair of scissors.

14. Alice in Chains.

Alice in Chains.

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Materials needed: A name tag with “Alice” and a chain.

15. A Dell, which makes for a clever “Adele.”

A Dell, which makes for a clever "Adele."

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Materials needed: A Dell sign and a cute smile when people scoff at you for trying to pull off ‘Adele.’

16. A nudist on strike.

Materials needed: Clothes and a DIY sign.

17. Teenage Thor.

Teenage Thor.

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Materials needed: A hammer and a sharpie.

18. PB & J, the brands.

PB & J, the brands.

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Materials needed: Printed Jif and Smucker’s labels (or whatever labels you think make the best flavor combos).

19. One of the badass wives from Mad Max.

One of the badass wives from Mad Max.

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Materials needed: Bed sheets or white t-shirts or something white.

20. MC Hammer.

MC Hammer.

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Materials needed: A hammer and some construction paper.

21. A dungeon ghost.

A dungeon ghost.

Materials needed: A welded chain. See how here.

22. A sim.

Materials needed: Green paper, and the will to make an origami triangle. See how to do this here.

23. A soot sprite.

A soot sprite.

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Materials needed: cotton balls and craft eyes.

24. A crazy straw.

A crazy straw.

Materials needed: Vinyl tubing. See how here.

25. A ~smartie~ pants.

Materials needed: smarties.

26. A ghost that’s too spooky to have eyes.

A ghost that's too spooky to have eyes.

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Materials needed: A bedsheet.

27. A Chipotle burrito.

Materials needed: Tin foil and tissue paper.

28. A Facebook profile page.

Materials needed: A giant print out of your profile page, a friend’s, or a completely-made-up one.

29. An Abercrombie model.

Materials needed: An Abercrombie bag.

6 Different Ways To Build A Rocket Stove

A rocket stove is an efficient cooking stove using small diameter wood fuel which is burned in a simple high-temperature combustion chamber containing a vertical chimney and a secondary air supply which ensures almost complete combustion prior to the flames reaching the cooking surface.The principles were described by Dr. Larry Winiarski from Aprovecho in 1982 and stoves based on this design won Ashden Awards in both 2005 and 2006. Interest in rocket stoves has led to the development of rocket mass heaters and other innovations. Click the link below to see 6 different ways to build a rocket stove.

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I’m really intrigued by this beautifully simple concept, created by Dr. Larry Winiarski. The stove was designed for clean cooking in the developing world (where wood smoke fires cause millions of deaths, as well as a huge contribution to deforestation), but strikes me as a tempting project for the DIY-er (even with limited skills — shoot, I’m even thinking about trying this out). I started doing a little research when I got home, and discovered that there’s a kind of “open source” movement around the rocket stove: many people have shared their designs for these super-efficient, super clean wood burning stoves.

Looking for an alternative to the traditional outdoor barbecue grill, or even for heating your home (at least partially). In my digging, I came across a number of plans that look eminently practical for the weekend tinkerer.

1. The very, very simple 16-brick rocket stove.

This one requires no more than stacking some bricks… though I’m guessing they would need to be made of a material like adobe (for the insulative properties). That the stove’s creator, Dr. Winiarski, putting this one together.

2. The slightly more involved single-pot rocket stove.

You’ll need just a few more materials for this one from the Aprovecho Research Center, but it’s still pretty simple…

3. The big brick rocket stove

If you’re interested in something closer to the look of a conventional barbecue grill, this plan by the folks at Root Simple may be just the ticket. It’s a bit more involved than stacking bricks, but likely still within most of our skill sets.

4. The steel drum rocket stove heater.

Welding is definitely beyond my abilities, but if you’re handy with a torch (or know someone who is), check out this DIY rocket stove for indoor heating. Of course, make sure to follow the author’s safety precautions for operation, and consider his suggestion that such a stove could have implications for your homeowner’s insurance. (via Lifehacker)

5. The customized rocket stove plan.

The Rocket Stove Design base has an interactive tool (which apparently only works in the Firefox browser) that allows you to input elements of the stove you’d like to build, and spits out a plan for your stove in PDF format.

#6 The tin can rocket stove (10/1/11)

Yep, still looking around, and came across another really simple plan for a rocket stove made from tin cans. Jim Bonham, who made the video, has another one with some updates, and another (shorter) one on some of the safety issues involved in making this particular stove.

And a bonus…

While this short video doesn’t go into details about how to build the rocket stove water heater shown (I think you have to buy a DVD set for that), it’s still a pretty cool concept… (via Treehugger)

Know of other practical DIY rocket stove plans? Let us know about them in the comments.

10 Home Remedies For Arthritis

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Arthritis is an autoimmune disorder that causes inflammation of the joints. Areas like the jaw, elbows, knees and hips are most vulnerable. In the early stages, you may complain of pain from time to time. But being physically active gradually becomes more challenging as arthritis progresses – and as the condition worsens some find themselves home bound. In America, Arthritis is the number 1 cause of disability. [1]

There are over 100 different forms of Arthritis. It could be the primary disorder or a consequence of another disease. There is no official known direct cause of Arthritis. Genetics are regarded to play a huge role in the development of this disease. Doctors prescribe over-the-counter pain killers and anti-inflammatory for people suffering from arthritis. However as we know, these prescribed drugs may create side effects. As a result, people have begun looking for natural alternative treatments for Arthritis.

 

10 Home Made Remedies That Offer Arthritis Sufferers Relief

 

1. Ginger – The Chinese and Indian have used ginger extensively for 25,000 years against nausea and pain. Today, ginger remains one of the most widespread natural pain relievers, and this has been supported by some scientific studies. A study conducted in University of Miami School of Medicine headed by renowned rheumatologist Professor Ray Altman has discovered that ginger does provide relief from pain. [2] The proponents of the research studied the reaction of 250 subjects with osteoarthritis. Some were given placebo while the rest received ginger pills. The group noted that 67% of those taking ginger tablets reported significant relief from pain. So you could make it a habit of drinking a cup or two of ginger tea, and if you prefer a slightly sweeter taste- add honey.

2. Celery – Obviously a perfect choice for garnishes dishes, Celery has another use for medical purposes. Clinical studies show that Celery – surprisingly – contains more than 20 anti-inflammatory agents! One compound is polycetylene that provides relief for inflammation involved in rheumatoid arthritis, gouty arthritis and osteoarthritis. Another recent study conducted in America discovered the phytonutrient called luteolin, which is held responsible for the prevention of activation of a neuro pathway that allows inflammation. The same phytonutrient curbs down the excess production of TNF-alpha, which is known as the direct cause of inflammation. [3] If you are suffering from arthritis, drink as many celery juices as your lifestyle can afford.

3. Warm Water Bath or Hot Compress – Hot compress does a good job in providing relief from pain, and it has probably been mentioned in every health-related book. In the case of arthritis where joints are painful, you can get relief from pain by using a hot compress if the condition is still on its early stage or the joint pain is isolated. However, if the pain location is multiple, get on a tub filled with warm water and immerse for about 30 minutes to a maximum of 1 hour.

4. Peppermint – You may not know this, but peppermint contains significant anti-inflammatory agents and is extensively endorsed as an alternative medicine for mild headaches and toothaches. To get the same benefits for relieving arthritic pain, you can use the extracts of peppermint as a hot compress or as a juice. To make a hot compress out of peppermint, just pound some pieces of fresh leaves heated over the fire and apply it directly over the affected joints. To keep the leaves in place, wrap a bandage around it. To make a drinking juice, boil at least 4 sundried or air dried leaves in 2 cups of water for at least 15 minutes. Drink half or one full glass, depending on the severity of pain every four hours.

5. Epsom Salts – According the US National Academy of Sciences, deficiency in magnesium accounts for higher rates of stroke, stress-related disorders, osteoporosis, heart disease, chronic fatigue, and arthritis. Therefore, a little help from Epsom salts to soothe arthritic and joint pain could go a long way. Epsom salts are also known as hydrated magnesium sulfate. The high content of magnesium and sulfates Epsom salts is the reason why we will forever need help from this kitchen staple. Since magnesium is easily absorbed by the skin, enjoying a bath with a dash of Epsom salts is enough to soothe our joints from pain. The sulfates are not without part as they are responsible for the formation for joint proteins. [4] Here’s what you must do if your joints feel vulnerable and sore: immerse yourself in a tub of lukewarm water diluted with a cup of Epsom salts.

6. Fish Oil – In any illness that involves inflammation, one should pay attention to the hormones that control it and they are called prostaglandins, which are made from the omega-3 fatty acid. Do you know an item found in your kitchen that has a high content of omega-3? Yes, fish oil it is. The prostaglandins from omega-3 fatty acids are very relevant in arthritis because they are capable reducing inflammation. [5] Also, fish oil encourages the production of sulphate, which is mentioned in the previous item that is responsible for joint protein formation. So from now on, you might want to eat some fish that has high concentrations of fish oil but low in mercury concentrations i.e. Salmon.

7. Cinnamon and Honey – The combination of cinnamon and honey is considered a haven from several ailments including arthritis. A study at Copenhagen University indicated that a cup of honey and cinnamon before breakfast is a powerful beverage for providing relief of arthritic pain. [6] Simply mix 1 teaspoon of honey and half a teaspoon of cinnamon powder in a cup of hot water. Starting with a smaller amount is always good until you know “how much is too much” – however if you prefer a stronger taste, some make it 2 teaspoons of honey and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon powder.

8. Eucalyptus Oil – The oil from this medicinal plant has discovered to have anti-inflammatory and anti-arthritic properties. A study conducted in India suggests the potential action of eucalyptus oil as anti-inflammatory and ant-arthritic agent. Although it was tested via the in-vitro method, this breakthrough sets a platform for therapeutic use in the future, and encourages further studies. [7] For now, dab a drop or two of eucalyptus oil directly over the affected joint and massage it tenderly.

9. Cherries – This red fruit can lower the incidence of gouty arthritis attacks, and an interesting study performed in Boston can help point out the truth behind this claim. The proponents studied 633 subjects with gout, and results showed that those who had cherry intake for over a 2-day period has a significant 35% decrease of gouty arthritis attacks. [8] If you are suffering from gouty arthritis, try eating some fresh cherries or treat yourself to a refreshing glass of cherry juice. Simply put several pieces of cherries in a blender and add water for a delicious, natural juice treat.

10. Turmeric – This is a common kitchen spice found in almost all households in India and some parts of Asia. Some studies show the probability of turmeric as an alternative treatment for arthritis because of it anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Compounds present in turmeric suggest that it has a capability to ease symptoms of arthritis such as inflammation and pain, [9] although further studies are encouraged by experts.

Note: We also have another 2 pagea related to this arthritis – Top 10 Herbs For Arthritis and How To Make Hot Pepper Cream For Arthritis And Joint Pain

 

References

 

[1] “Arthritis.” Wikipedia. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 July 2013. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthritis

[2] Chapman, James. “How ginger can ease the agony of arthritis.” Health. Mail Online. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 July 2013. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-85239/How-ginger-ease-agony-arthritis.html

[3] Water, Sheryl. “The Incredible Powers of Celery Juice.” Natural News. N.p., 24 Oct. 2008. Web. 22 July 2013. http://www.naturalnews.com/024596_celery_juicing.html

[4] Breyer, Melissa. “Health Benefits of Epsom Salt Baths.” Food Matters. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 July 2013.http://foodmatters.tv/articles-1/health-benefits-of-epsom-salt-baths

[5] Moss, Margaret. “Arthritis: A Nutritional Approach.” N.p., n.d. Web. 22 July 2013.http://hciglobal.fatcow.com/library/articles/CMM022Moss.PDF

[6] “Cinnamon and Honey.” Rheumatoid Arthritis Support Group. MD Junction. N.p., 2 Jan. 2013. Web. 22 July 2013. http://www.mdjunction.com/forums/rheumatoid-arthritis-discussions/general-support/10368283-cinnamon-and-honey

[7] Rahman, Habibur, Chinna Eswaraiah, and Kamala Vakati. “In-Vitro Studies Suggest Probable Mechanism Of Eucalyptus Oil For Anti-Inflammatory And Anti-Arthritic Activity.” International Journal Of Phytopharmacy 2.3 (2013): n. pag. Abstract. Web. 22 July 2013. http://ijpp.ssjournals.com/index.php/journal/article/view/22

[8] Zhang, Y, et al. “Cherry consumption and decreased risk of recurrent gout attacks.” Arthritis and Rheumatism 64.12 (2012): 4004-11. Abstract. PubMed.gov. Web. 22 July 2013.http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23023818

[9] “Turmeric (Curcumin).” Vitamins and Supplements Lifestyle Guide. Web MD. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 July 2013.http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-and-supplements/lifestyle-guide-11/supplement-guide-turmeric

41 Genius Camping Hacks You’ll Wish You Thought Of Sooner

1. Make pizza in your pie iron with biscuit dough.

Get the complete recipe here. You can also just use sliced bread and a little butter.

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2. Line your pie iron with foil for easy clean up.

Line your pie iron with foil for easy clean up.

You can go from grilled cheese to apple pie pocket with practically no clean up.

3. Wrapping your meat in cabbage leaves will keep it from getting burnt to a crisp.

Wrapping your meat in cabbage leaves will keep it from getting burnt to a crisp.

The cabbage is dense and moist enough to create the perfect nonstick barrier. No more accidental charred-to-a-crisp meals!

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4. A miniature Tic Tac box makes a great miniature tackle box.

A miniature Tic Tac box makes a great miniature tackle box.

5. Adding sage to your campfire or fire pit keeps mosquitoes and bugs away.

Adding sage to your campfire or fire pit keeps mosquitoes and bugs away.

6. Kids can make an adorable and easy keepsake bracelet out of duct tape.

Kids can make an adorable and easy keepsake bracelet out of duct tape.

They can stick things on, like tiny pebbles, flowers, or leaves, and create a souvenir from their nature walk. Just make sure the sticky side is on the outside.

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7. Here’s an awesome s’mores hack your kids will love:

Here's an awesome s'mores hack your kids will love:

8. Stove top popcorn (like Jiffy Pop) can be made over a campfire.

They’re so easy to transport, and kids will be amazed when the foil begins to expand. Just be careful, as the handle will become very hot.

9. Keep extra duct tape for emergencies right on your water bottle.

Keep extra duct tape for emergencies right on your water bottle.

10. Make eggs and bacon in a paper bag.

It’s an easy way to make multiple breakfasts at once. Get the recipe/directions here.

11. Use an acorn cap to loudly whistle for help if you’re lost in the woods.

Use an acorn cap to loudly whistle for help if you're lost in the woods.

Get the step-by-step instructions here.

Or make a willow whistle.

Or make a willow whistle.

Get the instructions here.

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12. These compact towels can dry off two people after swimming and are dry to the touch within an hour of use.

These compact towels can dry off two people after swimming and are dry to the touch within an hour of use.

Purchase here.

13. Bailey’s dipped toasted marshmallows are a must for camping.

Bailey's dipped toasted marshmallows are a must for camping.

Toast a marshmallow over hot coals, and then dip the warm marshmallow into a cup of Bailey’s. They’re so delicious and addictive, you’ll want to make them even when you’re NOT camping.

14. Make flaming Jell-O marshmallow shots.

Make flaming Jell-O marshmallow shots.

HOW COOL IS THIS. Fill the marshmallows with a Jell-o mixture and dip into rum. Get the full recipe/directions here.

15. Make a last-minute camping spoon with a knife and a plastic bottle.

Make a last-minute camping spoon with a knife and a plastic bottle.

16. Fill a gallon milk jug with water and 1/4 cup salt to use as a salt block for your cooler.

The jugs mean that you won’t get water all over your food when the ice melts. The salt will make the cold last longer — however, it also means that the water in the jugs won’t double as emergency drinking water.

Read more about it here.

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17. Carry your seasonings in straws.

Carry your seasonings in straws.

Just use a lighter to re-seal.

18. You can also keep seasonings, toppings, and condiments separate but organized in stackable pill containers.

You can also keep seasonings, toppings, and condiments separate but organized in stackable pill containers.

Label with a Sharpie.

19. Blue cheese filled bacon-wrapped mushrooms are the savory version of a campfire s’more.

Blue cheese filled bacon-wrapped mushrooms are the savory version of a campfire s'more.

Get the full directions here.

20. This is the coolest tarp trick:

This is the coolest tarp trick:

Use a small stick to help secure the main center line. When pressure is put on one end, the line will tighten evenly, keeping the grommets from being torn out.

21. Pre-make your food and vacuum seal it.

Pre-make your food and vacuum seal it.

It will stay fresh longer and will be easier to pack.

22. Keep your toiletries hooked onto a shower caddy.

Keep your toiletries hooked onto a shower caddy.

You can buy one here for $9.95 or make your own.

23. Slit foam swim noodles lengthwise and slip over each awning strut.

Slit foam swim noodles lengthwise and slip over each awning strut.

Not only are you less likely to bump into them in the dark, but they’ll be padded!

You can also use a pool noodle to cushion a canoe before strapping it to your car to protect from scratching.

24. Carry some emergency TP in an Altoids container.

Carry some emergency TP in an Altoids container.

Especially if you’re going to be venturing off on a hike or nature walk.

25. A 16-ounce water bottle will hold 8–9 large eggs.

A 16-ounce water bottle will hold 8–9 large eggs.

Pre-scrambling your eggs will save you the trouble of having to figure out a way of transporting them. It also eliminates the need for a separate bowl and whisk.

26. This collapsible silicone coffee dripper takes up almost no space.

This collapsible silicone coffee dripper takes up almost no space.

And it has a super high Amazon.com rating. Get it here for $10.99.

27. For fewer burrs, rub the laces of your hiking boots with paraffin before hitting the trail.

28. Corn chips (like Fritos or Doritos) make a great substitute kindling when starting a fire.

Corn chips (like Fritos or Doritos) make a great substitute kindling when starting a fire.

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29. Make an inexpensive candle lantern out of a used tuna can and a candle.

Make an inexpensive candle lantern out of a used tuna can and a candle.

The foil will reflect the light and create more glow. It could potentially block some wind, as well.

30. Silicone cups are unbreakable and super easy to pack.

Silicone cups are unbreakable and super easy to pack.

Get ‘em here.

31. Make toothpaste dots.

Make toothpaste dots.

Spread them out on a plate, let them dry for 2–3 days, and then sprinkle baking soda over them. Once they dry, just pop them into a resealable plastic bag.

32. Keep your TP dry in a CD spindle.

If you’re trying to save space because you’re backpacking, take the tube out and flatten the toilet paper. Keep it in a plastic bag instead.

33. Instant grits will keep ants away from your campsite.

Instant grits will keep ants away from your campsite.

Just sprinkle wherever you see the ants.

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34. Use biodegradable trail marking tape so you don’t get lost while hiking.

Use biodegradable trail marking tape so you don't get lost while hiking.

Buy it here.

35. Safely remove a tick with a cotton ball soaked in liquid hand soap.

Keep it on the tick for at least 20 seconds. The tick will cease biting, back out, and will remain stuck to the cotton ball when it’s pulled away. If the tick has been embedded for awhile, keep it in a jar so you can test it for Lyme disease.

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Note that there is debate on whether this actually works. Here’s a testimonial that says it does, but there’s no scientific evidence to back it up, so try at your own risk and keep a pair of tweezers in your first aid kit.

36. Your deodorant doubles as a mosquito bite itch queller.

Your deodorant doubles as a mosquito bite itch queller.

37. Make solar camp lanterns out of mason jars and solar disks.

Make solar camp lanterns out of mason jars and solar disks.

Get the full directions here.

38. Johnson’s Baby Creamy Oil doubles as a super effective mosquito repellent.

Johnson's Baby Creamy Oil doubles as a super effective mosquito repellent.

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And you won’t smell like bug repellent.

39. Glue sandpaper to the top of your match holder.

Glue sandpaper to the top of your match holder.

Keeping your matches in a tupperware or stainless container will ensure they don’t get wet.

40. Cobble together a makeshift shower using a large water jug and a watering can head.

Cobble together a makeshift shower using a large water jug and a watering can head.

Get the full directions here.

41. Make camping sangria concentrate using a mason jar.

Make camping sangria concentrate using a mason jar.

No, you don’t have to go camping to try this delicious sangria. Get the full recipehere.

Non-Sandwich School Lunch Ideas for Kids!

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Keely McGuire has put together a list of 20 school lunch ideas that don’t involve – sandwiches!

What a great list. Most of the lunches on the list are healthy (and I suspect allergen free). This is a great resource and you should bookmark it!

Go get the 20 non-sandwich lunch ideas.

28 Outdoor Lighting DIYs To Brighten Up Your Summer

 

Forget candles. These creative lighting ideas are a cheap and easy way to get your backyard beautiful for summer entertaining.

1. Colorful Canning Jar Lights

Colorful Canning Jar Lights

Cover canning jars in translucent glass paint and hang them from chord fixtures to create a cluster of colorful lights, like this blogger did.

2. Paper Bag Lanterns

Paper Bag Lanterns

Cut small slits in paper bags and cover string lights— hanging ribbons add a party vibe. Find the full tutorial here.

3. Wine Bottle Torch

Wine Bottle Torch

Turn old wine bottles into snazzy torches with some basic hardware and a wick. Get the full tutorial here.

4.

Turn a Dollar Store basket in beautiful lighting with a simple chain and light. Check out this post for the how to.

5. Tin Can Lanterns

Tin Can Lanterns

Fill a tin can with water, freeze it, and punch a design using a hammer and nail. once the ice has melted, you can paint the can’s exterior. Find all the details here.

6. Hanging Railing Jars

Hanging Railing Jars

Just create little wire hangers for your jars and hang them on the railing or balcony. A full tutorial is here.

7. Cupcake Lights

Cupcake Lights

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Who knew cupcake liners made for sweet decor? Cut a small X in the top of a liner and secure it around the bulbs on a string of lights. Created by this blogger.

8. Glass Candle Lanterns

Glass Candle Lanterns

Use an old tuna can and glasses of various shapes and sizes to create outdoor lanterns. This post has all the details.

9. Hanging Tea Lights

Hanging Tea Lights

Simply hang tea lights from a tree with colorful ribbons and pretty bows. Pinnedhere.

10. Mason Jar Solar Lights

Mason Jar Solar Lights

Here’s a tutorial. You could use newspaper or tissue paper.

11. Tube Lights

Tube Lights

Turn textured plastic into subtle lighting with this tutorial.

12. Hanging Succulent Chandelier

Hanging Succulent Chandelier

This succulent chandelier used to be a pot rack. Nestle tea lights in jars amongst greenery for a subtle glow, like this blogger.

13. Ice Lantern

Ice Lantern

It won’t last long in the heat, but you can turn a balloon, water. and a freezer into a crazy cool outdoor lighting motif. Check out this tutorial.

14. Hula Hoop Chandelier

Hula Hoop Chandelier

Wrap lace or another decorative ribbon around a hula hoop, then wrap in icicle lights and you have a truly unique set of hanging lights. Created by this blogger.

15. Solar Light Chandelier

Solar Light Chandelier

Just replace the bulbs in an outdoor chandelier with solar lights. No electricity needed!

16. Wine Glass Chandeliers

Wine Glass Chandeliers

Turn sheets of vellum into little lampshades for wine glasses with this simple tutorial.

17. Grapevine Lights

Grapevine Lights

Make balls from grapevines (or wires if you don’t live on a farm) and wrap icicle lights around them to create glimmering orbs. This tutorial has all the details.

18. Beer Bottle Table Runner

Beer Bottle Table Runner

Stuff colorful string lights into beer bottles to make a nightlight table runner. Super easy, and blogged about here.

19. Glow-In-The-Dark Painted Planters

Glow-In-The-Dark Painted Planters

20. Fabric Lamps

Fabric Lamps

Cover plastic cups in colorful patterned fabrics and string them onto lights. Followthese directions.

21. Upcycled Outdoor Chandelier

Upcycled Outdoor Chandelier

This blog post shows you how to transform an indoor chandelier into backyard decor.

22. Starry Lights

Starry Lights

Restoration Hardware sells these battery-powered starry lights that you can wrap around an outdoor plant or trellis.

23. Birthday Hat Lights

Birthday Hat Lights

Cut the base off of cone birthday hats, polk some holes using thumb tacks, and wrap the hats around string lights. This post has all the info.

24. Seashell Lighting

Seashell Lighting

String seashells in tea lights or use them as a base for candles. All of these are byMartha, of course.

25. Origami String Lights

Origami String Lights

Practice some basic origami skills to create little paper lanterns for each string light. Posted here and here.

26. Glowing Light Orbs

Glowing Light Orbs

Follow this tutorial and make these glowing orbs for only $3.

27. Watercolor Orbes

Watercolor Orbes

Spray white paper lanterns with watercolor paint to add some color to your outdoor decor. This post shows you how.

28. Emergency Outdoor Light

Emergency Outdoor Light

29 Cool Recycled Pallet Projects

Reuse, Recycle & Repurpose Old Wooden Pallets

December 20, 2012 By  101 Comments

People amaze me.

I get a real kick out of re-purposed wooden pallet projects.  People have come up with some awesome ways to recycle and reuse wooden shipping pallets and it’s pretty darn inspiring.  While not specifically survival related, the mentality of creatively using resources is a key theme in any survivor’s mindset.  I put together a collection of some of my favorite recycled pallet projects below that I thought you would enjoy.

A note on using pallets.  Pallets are typically marked with either MB which means they’ve been chemically treated or HT which means they have been heat treated.  Some pallets are also pressure treated with preservatives.  You should try to avoid using MB marked and pressure treated pallets for interior projects and gardening projects.  Try to avoid those nasty chemicals if you can.

Have any of you re-purposed a wooden pallet?  Share and comment below!

 

Vertical Planter

Project can be found at: http://www.designsponge.com/2011/09/diy-project-recycled-pallet-vertical-garden.html

 

Wall Shelves

Project can be found at: http://www.myluckylemon.com/2011/04/pallets-of-love.html

 

Garden Work Bench

Project can be found at: http://www.bhg.com/gardening/yard/tools/make-your-own-potting-bench/#page=17

 

Variety of Chairs

Project can be found at: http://www.slownoodle.com/search/label/Recycle%20and%20Upcycle

 

Retro Coffee Table

Project can be found at: http://www.designfinch.com/2011/05/28/pallet-possibilities/

 

Wall Covering

Project can be found at: http://homedecorinterioridea.com/decorate-the-walls-of-your-living-room-with-recycled-pallets.html

 

 

Breakfast in Bed Tray

Project can be found at: http://ehomeandgarden.net/gallery/pallet-furniture-ideas-02

 

Room Divider

Project can be found at: http://ehomeandgarden.net/gallery/pallet-furniture-ideas-02

 

Office Furniture

Project can be found at: http://www.decoist.com/2012-02-24/office-design-from-recycled-pallets-at-brandbase-in-amsterdam/

 

Wickedly Cool Flooring

Project can be found at: http://ehomeandgarden.net/gallery/pallet-furniture-ideas-02

 

Dining Table

Project can be found at: http://super-simpless.blogspot.com/2012/10/recycled-pallets-sanded-finished-as.html

 

Mason Jar Chandalier

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Project can be found at: https://www.etsy.com/listing/66488968/mason-jar-chandelier-diy-candles?ref=shop_home_active

 

Compost Bins

Project can be found at: http://www.threeandathirdhomestead.com/2011/06/three-bin-composter-from-recycled.html

 

End Table

Project can be found at: http://www.treehugger.com/eco-friendly-furniture/home-furniture-pallets.html

 

Wood Shed

Project can be found at: http://www.motherearthnews.com/Modern-Homesteading/Pallet-Woodshed.aspx

 

Off Grid Cabin

Project can be found at: http://www.smartplanet.com/blog/design-architecture/firm-turns-shipping-pallets-into-transitional-homes-for-refugees/2841

 

Day Bed

Project can be found at: http://www.inhabitots.com/adorable-toddler-bed-made-from-shipping-pallets/

 

Stairs

Project can be found at: http://www.shft.com/shopping/most-architecture-brandbase-pallet/

 

Shoe Rack

Project can be found at: http://www.curbly.com

 

Recycled Walking Path

Project can be found at: http://littleecofootprints.typepad.com/little_eco_footprints/2010/07/pallet-dreaming.html

 

Barn

Project can be found at: http://charlesandhudson.com/pallet_shed/

 

Raised Bed Garden

Project can be found at: http://blog.greenergreengrass.com/2012/03/11/recycle-pallets-as-garden-planters/

 

Garden Tool Organizer

Project can be found at: http://gardenista.com/posts/diy-garden-pallet-as-instant-tool-shed

 

Retail Fixtures

Project can be found at: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/diy-reclaimed-pallet-shelving.html

 

Artful Coffee Table

Project can be found at: http://dishfunctionaldesigns.blogspot.com/2012/01/god-save-pallet-reclaimed-pallets.html

 

Flatscreen Backdrop

Project can be found at: http://www.simonetasca.com.br/

 

Pallet Sofa

Project can be found at: http://www.theironstonenest.com/2011/09/transformation-tuesday-outdoor-pallet.html

 

Pallet Headboard

Project can be found at: http://homebyheidi.blogspot.com/2011/06/introducing-pineplace.html

 

And finally… one last project to wish you Merry Christmas!!!!

 

Pallet Christmas Tree

Project can be found at: http://www.greendiary.com/10-creative-christmas-trees-recycled-materials.html

 

Remember, it’s not IF but WHEN,