DIY: Add Some Sleeves to Kids’ Summer Tees

Something crazy about kids is that they don’t stop growing until they’re at least a couple of decades old. Which means, of course, they need a new wardrobe virtually every season. This sure puts a damper on the ol’ pocketbook. One way you can save a little dough on your dear ones’ duds, though, is to make those summer T-shirts last through the fall by turning a short-sleeve shirt into a long-sleeve one. In parts of the country with milder winters, your kids may be able to wear these all winter long. Earth911 has culled some simple DIY tips from crafters who’ve got a few tricks up their sleeves on how to pull this off.

4 Easy, Earth-Friendly Cleaners You Can Make at Home

Everyone loves a clean home, but unfortunately, the cleaners we use to keep our spaces spotless are often filled with harmful, toxic chemicals. The Organic Consumers Association reports that cleaning ingredients can cause problems ranging from skin and respiratory problems to watery eyes and chemical burns. If you’re looking for a kinder, gentler and earth-friendlier way to clean, take heart: the solution is as close as your pantry or grocery store. Here are four common household items that just happen to make fantastic (and safe!) cleaning products. You’ll not only create a healthier environment, you’ll also save money and reduce the build-up of plastic spray bottles in your cabinets — and the landfill. Vinegar Buy a jug of white vinegar, and you’ll find many ways to use it. Dilute it with water to clean your windows, mirrors, bathroom — and even your floors. (Believe it or not, it’s even safe on hardwoods.) For heavy-duty jobs like litter boxes or soap scum, use it full strength. Lemon Juice It’s not just for squeezing in your iced … Continued

Buy or DIY: Summer Beauty Survival Kit

With summer in full swing, most of us find ourselves reaching for sunburn soothers, dry skin remedies and frizz-taming hair masks. Get everything you need all in one place with a handy summer beauty survival kit made from picks you can either buy or make yourself. Read on for ideas you’ll love. The Problem: Shiny Skin Buy It: S.W. Basics Toner A shiny T-zone is one of the few pitfalls of all that fun in the sun. Luckily, this common warm-weather woe is an easy problem to solve, and you won’t need harsh chemical additives to do it. Made from raw apple cider vinegar, witch hazel and organic essential oils, this super simple toner from S.W. Basics is perfect for summer and promises to leave skin both less oily and less dry. This pick also boasts the Environmental Working Group’s lowest toxicity score – meaning it’s free of any chemical ingredients that may be harmful to you or the planet. Price: Starts at $12 BUY IT HERE

Make a Free-Standing Clothing Rack from Galvanized Pipe

A step inside blogger Christine Keely’s West Philadelphia apartment reveals a stunning collection of found art, thrifted treasures and antique heirlooms that would make any vintage-lover drool. Sourced from thrift stores and flea markets around her neighborhood, Keely’s collection is in constant rotation – as she scores new items and sells the old ones in her Etsy shop, Black Oak Vintage. In addition to curating a veritable history museum inside her home, Keely features handmade projects and inspiration on her blog by the same name. Made for the thrifting pro’s recently-rented studio and showroom, this free-standing clothing rack is a stunning solution for small-space living and puts cheap store-bought alternatives to shame. Made from common hardware store materials like galvanized pipe and plywood, this clever clothing rack perfectly showcases Keely’s collection of vintage dresses and is sure to add a stylishly industrial touch to any room. “Before this, many of our clothes for sale had been stored in my own closet, so I can’t tell you how ecstatic I am to get them out!” she … Continued

Make Shelves from Trashed Skateboard Decks

We’ve seen skateboards transformed into everything from belt buckles to guitars. But when we spotted this rad shelving setup made from trashed skateboard decks, we just had to get a closer look. Blogger Brook Wilhelmsen of Being Brook devised the concept to please her 10-year-old, who is “totally obsessed with skateboards,” but this awesome idea is perfect for reuse-lovers of all ages. The setup may look complicated, but it’s actually a cinch to put together and virtually free. The hardest part will be figuring out which corner of your home could use a reuse spruce! Ready to give it a try? Get step-by-step instructions on how to build it yourself at Being Brook.