You might’ve seen those expensive upside-down planters in designey gift shops, but you can make your own using large cans with plastic lids, coffee filters, coat hangers and packing tape, with some fancy fabric to cover them. The only thing we’d change is subbing fishing line for the wire handles, which we reckon look a little too bucket-like.
The stripes on this T-shirt are meant to resemble lined paper of the sort you used in exercise books or loose-leaf ring binders at school. If you were worried people wouldn’t get this immediately, you could even start writing something on it. Instructions here.
File this next to the 5-minute chocolate cake in a mug – if you want ice cream fast, but can’t be bothered going to the shops, here goes. Obviously this makes vanilla ice cream but you can tweak the recipe for whatever flavour you want.
Ingredients 1/2 cup milk 1/2 teaspoon vanilla 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar (or to taste) 6 tablespoons salt 2 freezer bags: one medium, one large ice ice baby
Put the milk, vanilla and sugar in the medium-sized freezer bag. Seal well. Fill the large freezer bag with ice and add the salt. Put the smaller bag in the larger bag and seal the larger bag. Holding the bag in a tea towel (because it’ll be pretty cold), shake and mix until the ice cream thickens. This should take about 10 minutes.
If there are two or more of you, you can even shake the ice cream while sitting on the couch by gently tossing the bag back and forth between you, like a ball.
This fan started out plain white, but was disassembled, the parts spray-painted and then put back together again. To be sensible, you’d tape off the mechanism so you don’t create a fire hazard. Instructions (such as they are) here.
This ‘mod eye makeup’ tutorial is a little underwhelming to be honest, but one thing to take from it is using a dark eyeshadow only in the crease of the eyelid, rather than over the entire lid. Use cream eyeshadow to get a sharper, more stylised look that looks more like Twiggy’s actual makeup.
It is dispiriting to move into a new rental property and the kitchen is really ugly, but you know you’re not allowed to do anything about it.
Well, you can! These kitchen cupboards are covered with contact paper that peels right off when it’s time to move out, and the fancy splashback is a bunch of plastic placemats stuck to the wall with double-sided tape.
Rather than buying fabric or plastic reusable shopping bags, make them from old T-shirts you’d only throw out anyway. Basically, just lay the T-shirt flat, trace the shape of the bag, cut it out, sew around the outside and then use the tips of your scissors to make little horizontal slits in the fabric to create that string-bag look.
Have you ever lived in a house that had a picture rail and wondered what else you could do with it? How about “display your high heels”? And if you don’t have a picture rail, you could always buy some moulding from a hardware store and attach it to your wall, as recommended by Martha Stewart.
Imagine the praise (pardon our pun) you’ll get when you tell your friends you made your own mayonnaise!
2 egg yolks, at room temperature 2 tsp lemon juice (or any type of vinegar) 100ml olive oil (don’t use extra virgin as it can taste bitter) 100ml vegetable oil Pinch of salt White pepper
Put the oils in a jug and the egg yolks, lemon juice and salt in a glass or ceramic bowl (don’t use a metal bowl as this can give the mayo a bitter flavour). Hand-whisk the mixture to combine – resting the bowl on a damp cloth helps stop it from sliding around. Add the oil gradually, about a tablespoon at a time, and whisk well before adding the next tablespoon. Add salt, pepper and extra lemon juice to taste.
Store in an small airtight container with a piece of cling wrap under the lid and directly on the surface of the mayo to prevent a skin from forming. Keeps in the fridge for up to a week.
If you’ve ever read women’s magazines you’ll have come across one or all of these tips before – how to use food products including eggs, beer, olive oil, honey, lemon and avocado to improve your hair.
The one we can definitely give a thumbs-up to is removing grease from your hair using cornflour. It’s way cheaper than dry shampoo. Leave it in for 10 minutes and then brush it out. In our experience this works best on pale hair.
I love Greek yogurt, but Fage, my favorite kind, is a bit on the expensive side. For Christmas, my parents got me a yogurt maker (this one from Amazon), but the yogurt that comes out of it isn’t thick like Greek yogurt. So I made myself a yogurt strainer. Here, I’ll show you how.
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Vintage with a conscience? You know you love it.
This store is for people who want to pay ‘vintage’ prices rather than ‘op-shop’ prices, but it’s really well organised – laid out much more like a boutique than a charity shop. Plus, if you’re wanting to get your Joanie Harris on with vintage brooches and scarves, they have an excellent range of those.
For a site I am starting in September we are doing a monthly feature called FRIEND CRUSH where you nominate a friend or girl you admire [stalk] from afar from your school/community and talk about how much you love her and we all SPREAD THE GIRL LOVE AROUND. If you would like to nominate your…
We’re quite intrigued by Tavi’s new website. Watch this chick.
“we have some news. tah dah ! we’re launching a new men’s publication. it’s called smith journal. more to be revealed this week fine friends”—Australian hipster bible Frankie now has a magazine for the blokes.
Here’s a decoration that doubles as a gift. Just spray-glue fancy paper to old aluminium cans, fill them with soil and plant herbs or little flowering plants in them. It’s pretty self-explanatory, but instructions are here.
These would make great housewarming or birthday presents when you’re low on cash but have a garden and a recycling bin to raid. Or if you’re hosting a party, you can cluster them on windowsills, use them as table centrepieces or whatnot, and then give them to your guests as party favours to take home.