How to: Make Life-Size DIY Birch Tree Trunk Wall Art

created at: 08/26/2010

 These life-size birch trunks are made from cut-up cereal boxes and left-over house paints. This is an excellent way to utilize packaging that usually ends up in the bin and  

some of those half empty buckets of paint that seem to perpetually lurk in the corners of every garage.

You will need:

Cereal Boxes (or Similar Packaging)

Left-over House or Wall Paint

White Glue

Packing Tape

Poster Gum

How To:

#1: Cut boxes into flat sections, arrange with wider sections at the base of trunk and narrower pieces at the top. Continue Reading

How to live an Eco-Frugal Life

Earth Day Sacramento 2009

Happy Earth Day! To celebrate the event, the Coupon Sherpa has put together an online Eco-Frugal Life Guide (also available in PDF format) to remind us that living a green lifestyle will actually SAVE us money. And I’m not just talking green appliances that start saving you money in 10 years. Oh, no, no, no. The Sherpa’s eco-frugal advice will start saving us cash NOW.     

From conserving on food, personal hygiene, working out, cleaning, vacationing and even green savings for kids (I particularly like ‘The Definitive List of DIY Kid Products’), the Eco-Frugal Life Guide has too information to cover in one tiny post. Continue Reading

How to Make Your Own Fabric Softener

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If you haven’t given up drier sheets yet, you really should. (They’re icky…for a lot of reasons that I won’t go into here.) The best kind of fabric softener to use is the liquid kind, and this formula from Recipezaar is not only environmentally friendly it’s CHEAP! All it takes is…….

  • 1 cup of baking soda
  • 6 cups distilled white vinegar
  • 8 cups water
  • 10 to 15 drops of essential oil, OPTIONAL
  • 1 1-gallon container

To read how to mix it and use it, follow this jump. Continue Reading