Spotted: Epic Yarnbomb

January 17, 2012 by  
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bike yarn bomb

You know we love a good yarnbomb around here, and this one that the folks over at Street Art Utopia shared combines yarnbombing with something else close to my heart: bikes! I just discovered this street art site this morning and am slowly becoming obsessed with it. There’s so much guerrilla art eye candy!

History of the Yarnbomb

Yarnbombing got its start back in Houston, Texas in 2005 when one savvy crafter, Magda Sayeg and a few of her pals decided to liven up their urban landscape by covering things like lamp posts, street signs, and benches with yarn.

The group was called Knitta Please, and they kept up the yarn bombing goodness until around 2007. Sayeg still yarnbombs, for fun and profit! In 2010, she covered a bus in Mexico City, and is working now on covering the air conditioning ducts at Etsy headquarters.

Since 2005, yarnbombing has caught on all over the world. You can see bursts of knitted color in almost any major city, and there’s even an International Yarnbombing Day!

Have you gus spotted an awesome yarnbomb near you? I’d love to hear about it or see a photo!

yarnbomb

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Spotted: Wine Box Container Garden

January 17, 2012 by  
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wine box container garden

I know, spring is a long ways off, but the beauty of container gardening is that you can grow your plants in a sunny indoor spot when the weather gets too cold!

This wine box container garden from LLH Designs is such a simple, sweet way to create reclaimed containers for growing herbs, greens, and other plants that are happy in containers. Linsey started hers back in March and has them set up outside, but you could just as easily stick these beauties on a table under a sunny window.

Sourcing Wine Boxes

Want to get your hands on wine boxes to try this out? Try asking around at the local liquor store or grocery store. I bet they have some in the back that they’d be happy to part with if you ask really nicely. If stores around you are a bust, you can also find second hand wine boxes at the thrift store and sometimes even on eBay.

Via: Pinterest

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DIY Bead Board Chalkboard for List-Making

January 17, 2012 by  
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craftRECYCLED logoDIY Chalkboard

I spotted this very cool, handmade bead board chalkboard at a local coffee roaster. They use theirs to keep track of vendors, but you could use it for any list-making that you want! The ridges in the bead board are perfect for keeping your writing in line. (In line! Get it?)

DIY Bead Board Chalkboard

Materials

  • Bead board, cut to whatever size you need
  • Medium grain sand paper
  • Chalkboard paint
  • Paint Brush
  • 2 short wood screws
  • Picture hanging wire

Directions

  1. Use your sand paper to sand down the rough edges of your bead board.
  2. Grab your chalkboard paint and brush, and go to town! It will probably take 2-3 coats to get a nice, even surface. The trick with painting bead board is getting into those nooks and crannies with the brush. I use a stabbing motion to get at those hard-to-reach places when I’m painting bead board. Let it dry completely.
  3. About 1/3 of the way from the top of your bead board, screw in a wood screw on either side of your bead board. Wrap the picture wire around the back of each screw, and use the wire to hang it from the wall.

Sourcing Bead Board

If you buy the bead board new, this isn’t really an eco-friendly project. Luckily, there are a few ways that you can track down scrap bead board to use instead.

  • Check out your local Re-Store. The Habitat for Humanity Re-Store takes in all sorts of odds and ends from home improvement and construction projects. You’ve got a really good chance of finding a piece of bead board there.
  • Freecycle. Freecycle is a great resource for finding all sorts of items to repurpose, and bead board is no exception. Find your local Freecycle group, and send a wanted message!
  • Professional reclaimers. You can also look for companies like Barnwood Designs that specialize in reclaimed wood.

Have you guys done any fun projects with upcycled bead board or other found wood? I’d love to hear what you’re making in the comments!

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