How to Create a Mosaic with old CDs

How to Create a Mosaic with old CDs

We’re at that place in time: everyone’s got CDs around but hardly anyone’s using them. They don’t have the same vintage appeal of records, so tons of old discs are finding themselves in the dump. But guess what? They can make for a magical DIY material. Here’s how one Instructables community member “Upmade” turned some old CDs into a breathtaking kitchen backsplash. You can use the method on just about anything with a few modifications.

Step 1: Cut the CDs

These Dynamite scissors work best. Get tips for this part of the process VIA Instructables/Upmade.

Step 2: Coat CDs that split with white glue before cutting, if needed

Read more VIA Instructables/ Upmade.

Step 3: Make the perfect cuts

Cut randomly, but it helps to separate pieces by size before you start the installation. Read more VIA Instructables/ Upmade.

Step 4: Start creating your backsplash with temporary adhesive

Read more VIA Instructables/ Upmade.

Step 5: Apply grout


This step presented some special challenges. Read more VIA Instructables/ Upmade.

Want to do this but don’t have a stack of old CDs around? Try Freecycle to see if you can score some.

See the full how-to VIA Instructables

This Farmer Built a Cozy Cob Home for $250 – Tenant Pays Rent in Milk

This Farmer Built a Cozy Cob Home for $250 – Tenant Pays Rent in Milk

A cob home is built from natural materials such as subsoil, water, fibrous organic material (such as straw), and sometimes lime.

Michael Buck, a 59-year old former art teacher and farmer, built an amazing one-bedroom cob house from scratch without any power tools whatsoever. Buck spent eight months creating this hobbit-style cob house design using a building technique he learned from a book. This is a great example of building a home on a budget.

Buck told Trehugger.com, “A house doesn’t have to cost the earth, you only need the earth to build it. I wanted to show that houses don’t have to cost anything. We live in a society where we spend our lives paying our mortgages, which many people don’t enjoy.”

According to Mirror.co.uk, Buck rents this cob house to a lady who pays her rent in milk.

Buck spent two years gathering materials that he himself found and salvaged. The floorboards are made from pieces of a derelict boat and the windows from a scrapped truck. The roofing is made from straw that Buck gathered and hauled from nearby fields.

Watch the videos below to see everything in this interesting cob house. Share if you know a hobbit who needs a home. 🙂

See more images at Trehugger.com

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Awesome DIY Drum Kit Chandeliers & Lights

Awesome DIY Drum Kit Chandeliers & Lights

If you’re a musician or music lover, have you ever thought of using old instruments to create beautiful home decor? Us DIYers and home decor lovers have found some amazing uses for old instruments. In this case, we found some amazing uses for drum kits we wanted to share with you.

The drum sets in these images and articles have been repurposed as chandeliers and lights to light up a living space like music can light up our lives. A few of the articles below actually have tutorials to walk you through the process of creating your own DIY drum kit chandelier or light setup.

Know any drummers who would love these? Feel free to share this with them! They’ll love it! – We did 🙂

 

Link – DIY Drum Kit Chandelier
Link – Drum Kit Chandelier – Instructables
Link – How to Create a Real Drum Shade Pendant Light
Link – Snare Drum Swag Lamp

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124 Creative DIY Ideas for Reusing Old Plastic Bottles

124 Creative DIY Ideas for Reusing Old Plastic Bottles

Reduce. Reuse. Recycle. HT&I loves when we can turn trash into new and useful green DIY projects. Plastic bottles can be used for a ton of items around the home, garden, and just about anywhere. Plastic bottles are durable, flexible, food-safe, and resilient.

There are 1000’s of simple DIY ideas you can do yourself for upcycling and recycling plastic bottles into amazing things for your home or workspace. Some of the impressive we’ve seen are room dividers and curtains, vegetable and herb containers, cute planters, chandeliers, and a sci-fi rocket jet pack for the kids–they’ll love it!

The articles below showcase some of the most amazing ways that people have repurposed and reused old plastic bottles. Here are 124 ways to reuse old plastic bottles that you can easily implement today.

Link – 23 Creative Ways to Reuse Old Plastic Bottles
Link – 31 Creative Ways to Reuse Plastic Bottles
Link – 30 Mind-Blowing Ways To Upcycle Plastic Bottles At Home And The Office
Link –  40 DIY Decorating Ideas With Recycled Plastic Bottles

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200+ Amazing DIY Pallet Projects Anyone Can Do

200+ Amazing DIY Pallet Projects Anyone Can Do

Wooden transport pallets have become popular for DIY projects in recent years because they can be used for so many things and are relatively easy to get. Another reason people love using wooden pallets is because there are so many decorations and items, such as beds, chairs, desks, gardens, you name it!

This rustic wood offers endless flexibility and creativity. Many pallet crafts can be built over a weekend. Wood Pallets can be transformed into some wonderful decor for your home or garden.

The articles below offer an enormous amount of fabulous ideas for inspiration. Click on the links below to see a ton of amazing DIY pallet projects.

 

Link – 22 Genius DIY Pallet Projects
Link – 110 DIY Projects That You Can Make & Sell
Link – 45 Easiest DIY Projects with Wood Pallets, You Can Build
Link – 42 DIY Recycled Pallet Bed Frame Designs

 

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Featured image via 101PalletIdeas.com

10 Awesome DIY Tree Stump Ideas to Enhance Your Yard

10 Awesome DIY Tree Stump Ideas to Enhance Your Yard

Featured image H/T www.designdazzle.com

Winter is upon us and it’s a perfect time to start thinking about ways to make your yard more interesting and inviting for family, friends and strangers alike. You can find a million cheap and easy DIY yard enhancements and we’ve found some of the best ways to use tree stumps.

If you have a few seemingly useless tree stumps around your yard, these 10 ways to repurpose that stump is exactly what you need.

With a little imagination, tree stumps can be the perfect decoration for your yard. The ideas below are presented as a means to spark innovation for your own creativity. We hope you find them interesting and insightful.

After seeing the 10 tree stumps in the article below, you’ll never see them the same way. When you’re “stumped” try one of the repurposing ideas below or make your own!

Awesome DIY Stump Ideas to Enhance Your Yard

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