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12 Days of Christmas: How to Make a Mason Jar Snowglobe
12 Days of Christmas: How to Make a Mason Jar Snowglobe
Posted by Mark Watola on December 24, 2020
Snow globes make a nice souvenir or gift, but sometimes they can be pricey. If you want to make a custom snow globe for that special someone, check out this guide to learn how to make one right at home! Materials Needed: Mason Jar Glue gun Decorations Liquid clear glue Glitter Spoon Time: 15-20 minutes WARNING: When using hot glue, make sure not to burn yourself! Remove the lid from the jar. You might have guessed, but the lid of mason jar acts as the base of the snow globe....
12 Days of Christmas: How to Make a Christmas Tea Tree
12 Days of Christmas: How to Make a Christmas Tea Tree
Posted by Mark Watola on December 23, 2020
Tea packets make great stocking stuffers. But why not craft a specialty decoration out of tea packets? A Christmas tea tree is a simple, fun craft that doubles as both a decoration and useful present. Materials Needed: Cone Glue gun Tea packets Optional: Cardboard, Styrofoam, paper, ribbon Time: 10-15 minutes WARNING: When using hot glue, make sure not to burn yourself! First, if you would like to add a trunk, glue and place a piece of cardboard or Styrofoam...
12 Days of Christmas: Origami
12 Days of Christmas: Origami
Posted by Mark Watola on December 21, 2020
Christmas and origami don’t relate to most people. But the Japanese papercraft can create just about anything from holiday animals like reindeer, to tree ornaments, and even bows. We’ll share some Christmas origami projects to help you get into the holiday spirit! Bow You can buy bows to adorn your wrapped gifts, or you can make your own! A few folds and you have an elegant bow that adds another personal touch to a gift. Origami offers many different flower models that can top a gift or...
12 Days of Christmas: 5 Ways to Reuse Wrapping Paper
12 Days of Christmas: 5 Ways to Reuse Wrapping Paper
Posted by Mark Watola on December 17, 2020
If you use gift wrapping paper for the holidays, you will probably have some leftovers laying around. There may be those odd-shaped cuts of gift wrap and of course the unwrapped paper. Usually, it gets thrown away. Why not put it to use in other ways? Those odd-shaped cuts of gift wrap and unwrapped paper usually get thrown away. Materials Needed: Wrapping paper Scissors Tape Optional: pen or pencil Origami Origami can be crafted with most types of paper. For a...
12 Days of Christmas: How to Wrap a Gift
12 Days of Christmas: How to Wrap a Gift
Posted by Mark Watola on December 15, 2020
Do you find yourself giving gifts with gift bags and tissue paper? If you want to switch it up or want to learn new skills check out this guide to wrapping gifts. Video by Mark Watola Materials Needed: Wrapping paper Scissors Tape Optional: Pen or pencil Time: 5-10 minutes per gift This is the easiest wrapping method for a box. For oddly shaped packaging, you can place it in a box, go with a gift bag, or use this guide as an outline and adapt as needed....
12 Days of Christmas: Charcuterie Board
12 Days of Christmas: Charcuterie Board
Posted by Mark Watola on December 14, 2020
Photo by Leilani Angel During the holidays, eating great food requires catering or cooking. Impress your friends and family with a simple to assemble charcuterie board. A charcuterie board is an ensemble of meats, along with other ingredients, artfully laid out on a board or platter. The typical components of a charcuterie board are bread and crackers, cured meat, cheese, sweet, savory, and spread or sauce. Of course you can buy a pre-crafted charcuterie board, but where’s the fun in that?...
How to Maximize Heater Efficiency
How to Maximize Heater Efficiency
Posted by Avery Dietzen on November 30, 2020
Photo by Wes Hicks During the winter, it’s not surprising to have a heater running constantly. Maintaining your heater’s level of efficiency can extend the life of your heater and save you energy costs in the process. Below, we list a few ways to keep your heater running efficiently this winter: Change Air Filters If your heating system uses air filters, regularly changing them can keep your heater running efficiently. Dust and dirt block heat from getting through the filter, meaning the...
How to Light a Greenhouse With LED Grow Lights
How to Light a Greenhouse With LED Grow Lights
Posted by Mark Watola on October 29, 2020
Photo by Kinga Longa Switching greenhouse lighting to LED horticulture lights has its advantages. But how exactly do you light a greenhouse with LED lights? The answer is not cut and dry, as every greenhouse is different. Aside from the soil and water, the other two main components that determine a plant’s growth include sunlight and the plant’s needs. How much supplemental light do you need? Supplemental light works as a secondary light source to the sun. To determine how much supplemental...
How to Make Your Own Face Mask
How to Make Your Own Face Mask
Posted by Emily Klump on May 14, 2020
The CDC recommends that everyone wear a cloth face mask in public to slow the spread of COVID-19. By making your own mask, you are helping reserve surgical masks and respirators to those on the front lines. Here are two methods for making your own mask, as well as tips on how to chose your fabric. Anatomy of a cloth face mask: Face masks are made of two parts: the face covering and the ties or ear loops. The face covering is the part that goes over the face and is made of up one of more...
How to Safely Install Halloween Decorations
How to Safely Install Halloween Decorations
Posted by Tenesha Curtis on October 11, 2019
  How to Safely Install Halloween Decorations    Halloween is a time to frighten guests at home or clients at work. But it’s important to make sure you do so in a fun, safe manner. Here are a few things to consider while setting up your Halloween decorations to avoid damage to your property and loved ones.         Use Outdoor Lights Outdoors         ...

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