Home & Decor
In this post-Recession age of upcycling and Pinterest projects, Mason jars might just be the new duct tape: a versatile base easily transformed into everything from coffee mugs to bar shakers to chandeliers. All around town — notably at Diesel Cafe and Bloc 11 in Somerville, Darwin's and Puritan & Co. in Cambridge — Mason jar lights feature prominently in hip interior decor.
In her new book Mason Jar Crafts (Ulysses Press), author Lauren Elise Donaldson shares more than 30 innovative projects using this heirloom kitchen essential, with more than 150 step-by-step photos — and she shared with DIY Boston one easy and whimsical spring lighting project to update any room of your home: how to make a Mason jar night light.FULL ENTRY
Photo: Tara Bellucci for Apartment Therapy
Chances are, you have a lot of books. I know I do. They're mostly stacked predictably on bookshelves, but I recently decided to get a little creative. So, some of my cookbooks are now displayed front-facing, which encourages actually picking them up, and even (gasp!) cooking from them more often.
Want to mix it up? Check out more of our favorite ways to creatively display your favorite books:FULL ENTRY
Photo: Melissa Massello/Shoestring
In these penny-pinching times, cleverly using whatever you have on hand for project materials has become more popular than ever — including using actual pennies as the unorthodox base for everything from kitchen countertops to subway tile-style bathroom floors, DIY jewelry to tap shoes.
As of 2011, it costs the U.S. Mint more than 2.41 cents to produce each 1 cent penny thanks to the rising cost of metals used to make pennies (such as copper and zinc), creating an interesting crafting conundrum: Keep the pennies in circulation, thereby decreasing the need to mint more coins (to the tune of 4.3 billion pennies at a cost of $100 million dollars per year), or use them as a project supply more valuable for the metal they contain than as currency?
If you choose the latter, here are my 9 favorite penny projects — with dozens more on my Pinterest board: Pennies for Thought.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: Courtesy ChiWei Ranck, 1DogWoof.com
SXSW Eco, the sustainability satellite conference to the famous SXSW interactive, music, and film festival, was in full swing down here in Austin, Texas this week, and yesterday we spent the day hanging out in the Maker Space expo — learning about 3-D printed food, upcycling initiatives, and the manufacturing challenges facing the Made in USA clothing movement, just to name a few.
After some deep conversations about climate change and technology, it was great to joke around with Nerds for Nature and roll up our sleeves for some crafty DIYs with the ladies of Stitch Labs Austin at their sewing tables, even pitching in for a few rounds on a collaborative crocheted rag rug project.FULL ENTRY
How do you store stuff without hiding it? Make it a décor element! That's the key behind décorganization, open storage that's a visual part of the space. My DIY jewelry corkboard is chic and solves my storage issue, plus it's super simple to make.
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 »|