Photo: Sweetly Scrapped via Etsy
Just as retailers across America gear up for the earliest holiday shopping push on record, with many consumers opting to shop on Thanksgiving Day rather than host family dinners, Manchester and Worcester are proving that local makers continue to go against the grain, making New England the handmade holiday capital of the country.FULL ENTRY
Our awesome tutorial comes from Keon Ruiter, a Ware, MA teacher by day and wreath designer by night who recently launched an Etsy shop. Check out Keon's step-by-step instructions for yarn-wrapped wreaths with felt rosettes:FULL ENTRY
Photo credit: via Friends of Fort Point Channel
Halloween isn't just about costumes and candy; it's also about being crafty. Sometimes the holiday feels like it's just for trick or treating with the kiddos or bar hopping dressed as sexy Hulk Hogan. Never fear, DIYers! There are fun Halloween events for you, too.FULL ENTRY
Inspired by a trip to Tulum, Mexico in late October a few years ago for a friend's wedding, I've been longing to do a Day of the Dead doll costume for Halloween but was totally intimidated by getting the sugar skull design just right. Thanks to the magic of Pinterest searches and this simple 5-minute homemade Halloween makeup recipe, using just water and two common household ingredients, I found everything I needed to give it a try.FULL ENTRY
Photo: BoomerangsAny self-respecting DIYer wouldn't be caught dead in a store-bought Halloween costume. Spending days and weeks — months, even — brainstorming great characters and then building a costume piece by piece, sewing and gluing pieces by hand if necessary, the DIY-inclined always finish first in costume contests — because, as Buzzfeed nailed it today, their thrifting addictions mean their "Halloween costumes are always on point."
If you're a little behind the 8-ball this year, don't fret: these three beloved Boston thrift stores have your back, taking to Instagram and Facebook to share a whopping combined 143 ideas so you can still build your own original Halloween costume, and on a budget.FULL ENTRY
A July 4th holiday invitation to a friend or colleague's vacation home is probably one of the best — and most coveted — of all weekend getaways in New England, and it's important to be a good houseguest so you get invited back. (And don't lose a friendship).
Show your hosts your gratitude with this thoughtfully prepared basket of handmade items, including some homemade cranberry cordial (perfect for the Cape) and red, white & blue "Scandinavian Love Spoons," pulled together in an inexpensive nautical themed basket — along with a handwritten thank-you note.FULL ENTRY
Man made takes on a whole new meaning these days, with even dapper city-dwelling dudes now excited to learn everything from urban beekeeping and making their own honey to building a tiny house from reclaimed materials for under $20K.
If your dad (or husband) is among that throng of postmodern men dominating the DIY movement, the traditional "weekend warrior" type of guy who likes to spend his free time tackling new skills and projects, then these Father's Day gifts are for you — er, him.FULL ENTRY
Photo: Melissa Massello/Shoestring
Since 2008, around the time Necklush arrived on the Etsy scene, multi-strand necklaces made from upcycled T-shirts have been all the rage in hipster fashion. The big secret is: these grunge-chic accessories take all of 5-minutes (and little to no crafting skill) to make.
Using thrift store tees from the Goodwill Outlet and Garment District's Buck-a-Pound, we created this little 3-minute video tutorial showing how to make a unique, personalized, and totally eco-friendly necklace in exactly as much time.
Hello, easy (last-minute) Mother's Day present!FULL ENTRY
Photo: Melissa Massello
Each year on Mother's Day, kids and spouses the world over decide to spoil Mom early in the morning with a good, old-fashioned, home-cooked breakfast in bed. And then, hearts full, those same moms get out of bed to face their special day…and the kitchen wreck left behind.
Spoil mom completely this Mother's Day with a delicious (100 calorie!) recipe that's not only fail-proof for kids of all ages and spouses of all culinary talent, it requires only the minimal cleanup of two muffin tins and a mixing bowl. (And no messy flour!)FULL ENTRY
About the Authors
Melissa Massello is a newspaper journalist turned startup junkie and lifelong Bostonian who prides herself on her do-it-yourself attitude. From making her prom dress out
|Tara Bellucci is a Boston-based writer that lives for fonts, food, and flea market finds. Whether decorating jars of her homemade jam for The Boston More »|