Recycled Aluminum Can Ginkgo Leaf Earrings

My seventh grade English teacher, Mrs. Gunn, had a thing for ginkgo trees. And since Mrs. Gunn was the kind of teacher you couldn’t help but love, we all developed an affection for the old, stinky trees.

Recycled Ginkgo Leaf Earrings

Almost ten years later in college, my friend – a biology major – taught me more about ginkgos. Like how they’re living fossils (they may be 270 millions years old) and that single trees can live for thousands of years. Ginkgo trees all turn the same brilliant color yellow in the fall because they’re so ancient. While younger trees evolved so that their leaves have more pigments, ginkgos only contain a single yellow pigment that we see when the chlorophyll dies. Ginkos’ fan shape is prehistoric as well. Most plants have veins that diverge and come back together to form complex networks. Not ginkgos; two veins at the base of the leaf split into two over and over in a simple but effective process called “dichotomous venation.”

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Make a Rad Magnetic Tie Clip

It’s a well-known fact that making presents for people makes the world a better place. Not only are you taking time to create the perfect gift for your mother, brother, or girlfriend, you’re making sure there’s one fewer person at the mall and lessening the chance that someone will get trampled to death by the shopping masses. If you’ve got a little extra time and want to use your very own hands to show someone you love them, this is just the miniseries for you.

Hello crafts people and non-crafts people alike! Today we’re starting with something easy: glue.

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I saw these cute little tie clips and immediately wanted to get them for everyone. Turns out, they’re $30 a piece! There was no way I was spending that much money on a tiny bit of metal. Instead, I got the materials and made one myself.


Although these little guys are called tie clips, there’s no reason you can’t wear them on your lapel, placket, or anywhere else.

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Bottle Cap Clamshell Caboodle

So. You’ve been making all this fancy DIY beauty stuff. You’ve got your own tiny apothecary filled with chapstick and wax and face oil and dry shampoo, but where are you storing it all? True, it’s what’s on the inside that matters, but everyone appreciates a pretty little something, right?

Since Laneia and I are going to be making chapstick with our campers, we’ve got a how-to so you can play along at home. Before you mix up your lip balm, why not have a few beers and make a container for it? It’s a little bit time consuming and you just might super glue your fingers together, but the finished product is worth all the work.
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