Repurposing And Upcycling Wood Pallets Into Furniture And Shelving.

DIY Wood Pallet Coffee Table

Wood Pallet Coffee Table

We wrote about repurposing wood pallets for wedding tables in our post “And I Pronounce You Jubbling” back in 2011. Here are so more ideas from RenewPurpose that don’t require instructions; viewing the final repurposed pallet-product and adding a little stain or paint is all you need to duplicate these ideas. If you get a chance, check out their iDevice cases and handbags made from repurposed tire rubber. Pretty cool stuff. [RenewPurpose via Good]


DIY Wood Pallet Couch

DIY Wood Pallet Couch

DIY Pallet Home Theater Seating

DIY Pallet Home Theater Seating

DIY Wood Pallet Shelving

DIY Wood Pallet Shelving

DIY Wood Pallet Shelving

DIY Wood Pallet Shelving 2

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Four-Ingredient Homemade Breath Mint Recipe From The Burlap Bag.

Homemade Breath Mints from The Burlap Bag.I think I figured out why Altoids come in a tin. If they didn’t, consumers would be pretty upset about spending $2.00 for less than 2 ounces of product. Thank goodness for The Burlap Bag’s latest DIY homemade breath mint recipe. With permission from The Burlap Bag, here’s how you can make your own breath mints and avoid (or reuse) the tin.

Ingredients
Homemade breath mints - ingredients.

  • 1 cup powdered gum paste mix
  • Some pepperment extract/flavor (don’t you love my exact measurements? add it until you like the taste.)
  • Powdered xylitol (or powdered sugar)
  • 1 tablespoon-ish water
Step 1, 2 & 3: Pour 1 tablespoon of water into 1 cup of powdered gum paste and mix it up. (word to the wise, please do this in a bowl and do not attempt to mix it on a piece of wax paper.)

Mix it/knead it until it’s all one solid mass of “dough”. If it’s too dry, add a little water. Too wet, add more gum paste mix. Common sense here, people.

Add in some peppermint extract! Add a teaspoon and see how you like the taste. Not strong enough for your taste? Add another teaspoon. And another. And another. Maybe you’re hoping for curiously strong… just go ahead and be crazy and add the whole bottle. (just kidding, that might be crazy. but now i’m curious…)


Mix and knead homemade mints.
Knead and add mint.
Step 4: Flatten it like a pancake on a surface of powdered xylitol/powdered sugar on wax paper. You could use a rolling pin but those things are my worst enemy! I always get everything all stuck to the roller. So I just flattened it with my hands. Make it the thickness of a normal breath mint…. maybe 1/4 of an inch?


Flatten homemade mints.
Step 5: Here’s the fun part! Cut out your little breath mints. You could literally just cut them into squares. Or use a big bubble tea straw as a cookie cutter and get PERFECT sized breath mints. Pull up the left over dough and roll it out again and keep going until all your dough is done.


Cutting out homemade mints.
Step 6: Lightly toss them in the leftover xylitol/powdered sugar that’s on your wax paper. This helps them not stick together.


Lightly toss your freshly cut homemade mints.
Step 7: Let them dry out for a couple of hours. They are pretty much ready to eat – but if you want them to get a bit harder, just leave them out. Then ENJOY ENJOY!


Homemade mints.

Founded by Lauren and Josiah, The Burlap Bag store and website is everything that is right about consuming less. They’re not out there pounding the eco-green friendly drum; they’re just helping people discover ways to consume less and do so in a self-deprecating, non-elitist tone. We need more places like The Burlap Bag. (Thanks Lauren!)

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The GreenWave Reality Connected Lighting Solution: DIY LED Lighting You Can Control With Your Mobile Phone. Necessary?

GreenWave Reality LED Lighting SolutionWireless smart bulbs or are they Wi-Fi lights? The GreenWave Reality Connected Lighting Solution, from GreenWave and NXP Semiconductor, includes a router, remote and 4-35 watt equivalent LED light bulbs. It’s a simple DIY lighting solution that allows users to remotely control their WiFi’d LED light bulbs. Here’s how you install the system:

    1. Screw in the GreenWave LED smart light bulb.
    2. Plugin the router.
    3. Setup each LED through an iOS or Android app.

There’s a lot of positive buzz about the GreenWave Reality Connected Lighting Solution and how great it is to be able to remotely control your homes’ lighting and I don’t get it. GreenWave Reality Connected Lighting Solution Yes, migrating your lighting to more energy efficient LEDs is good and the tech behind this product is amazing but I still don’t get why we need the router and remote/app to control our lights. Haven’t we all figured out the light switch?

Products like this turn lighting and home efficiency into an unnecessary gadget and my guess is that with the Greenwave Reality solution installed, spooking your spouse/kids at home by remotely controlling the lights will get more play than genuine concern about leaving the lights on.

So here is our suggestion: use the $200 you might have spent on the GreenWave Reality Connected Lighting Solution to buy and install 10 – 12 equivalent LED light bulbs. You’ve mastered the light switch and you deserve to save more electricity. [GigaOM, Gizmodo, Greentech Media, Inhabitat….]

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Adrian Candela’s DIY Furniture Made Out Of Cardboard.

Adrian Candela is building cardboard furniture out of the boxes used to ship our furniture. [Fair Companies]

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The 2 Ingredient Cookie Taste Test

2 Ingredient Cookie TestYesterday, we posted an article about the 2 Ingredient Cookie recipe from The Burlap Bag. The two ingredients are bananas and oats and the recipe is so close to foolproof, I had to make some and test them out on three cookie experts. So I made a batch and in an effort to suck-up to the judges, mixed-in some chocolate chips. Here are the results:

  1. Kid A: Too chewy. I can’t eat the whole thing.
  2. Kid B: It’s not bad. I could eat more but just not now.
  3. Kid C: Don’t like bananas. Not going to try it. (my l’il commie)

Personally, I loved the 2 Ingredient Cookies and I could even do without the chocolate chips. It’s a great, “on-the-go” and healthy snack you can stuff in your pocket as you’re leaving the house. Skip the Snickers/Granola/PowerBar and give the 2 Ingredient Cookies a shot. I may try this recipe with applesauce next time and see how it goes. You’ll be the first to hear about my success or failure.

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2 Ingredient Cookies From The Burlap Bag Is Our Awesome Recipe Of The Week.

2 Ingredient CookiesThere is so much to like about the 2 Ingredient Cookie recipe from the folks at TheBurlapBag.com. Not only are they healthy but the simplicity of the recipe might encourage people to bake when they would normally just do a store-bought cookie run. Here’s the ingredient list:

  1. Oats
  2. Bananas

You can add-in chocolate chips, raisins, cinnamon, nuts or you can stick with the oats and bananas.

Instructions:
Mash two bananas [the riper the better] with one cup of oats. Mix-in the options you want and you’ll have approx. 16 cookies. Use a greased cookie sheet and then bake for 15 minutes at 350 degrees and you’ve got your healthy, 2 Ingredient Cookies.

For more great ideas, be sure to visit TheBurlapBag.com.

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