Constitutionally Modern DIY

Modern, funky craft/DIY creations. Good for gifts or yourself.

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WHAT:
Making things. Affordable and accomplishable things.

WHO:
Suitable for amateurs, average Janes/Joes.**

**Particularly useful for urbanites lacking power tools or even a kitchen table.

WHEN:
Whenever I goshdarn can. Lay off me.

WHY:
Because looking at other people's ideas is awesome fodder for my noggin so shouldn't I share a decent idea that someone else can make perfect? Send me a pic if you make something similar to what I post!

WHO'S THIS "ME"?
I am Lynn. I'm an urban planner by training, and a maker of random items by vocational calling. I do my projects in my apartment in Brooklyn, or on the stoop or roof. If you see a 5' 3 7/8" female breaking concrete blocks out on your street, you probably live on my block.

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High-density paintings by John Bowman.  At Winston Wachter.

White Cloak, by Eric Zener.  At Gallery Henoch.

True Blue, by Steve Smelka.  At Gallery Henoch.

Homemade body powder…$40 for a lot of it

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I wanted to make a carcinogen-free body powder that was lightly tingly.  Not quite Gold Bond, just a tingle.  I cobbled this recipe together somewhat randomly, and I think it’s worked out.  Good for men and women.

You need:

  • Rice flour
  • Baking soda
  • Corn starch
  • Arrowroot powder
  • Kaolin powder
  • Vitamin E oil
  • Peppermint oil
  • Tea tree oil
  • Powder dispenser
  • Sifter (like kind used for baking)

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Kissing cups…$7

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I’ve done a good deal of these ceramic paint-dipped things.  See past post here.  Found these oddly shaped cups that I love.  Make nice wedding gifts.

You need:

  • Ceramic cups
  • Ceramic paint
  • Oven
  • Plastic bowl for dipping and dripping

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so much tape

When I was but a wee lass (perhaps 13? 14?), I met a crazy person named PJ at the beach - the nicest sweetest dude you could imagine.  He forced me to memorize a poem, line by line, making me repeat after him.  I have amazingly never forgotten it.  

Somebody said that it couldn’t be done

But I with a chuckle replied

That maybe it couldn’t 

But I wouldn’t be one to say so till I tried

So I bucked right in with the trace of a grin

On my face, if I worried I hid it

I started to sing as I tackled the thing

That couldn’t be done

And I did it

Makes a nice gift for a kid.

Yet one more iteration of the hand-painted onesie.  This one I call the FEED ME Monster Series.  See past tutorial for steps.

Snowflake ornaments…<$5

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I’m on an extra fine sharpie kick.  I think the thin black lines really pop.

Years ago I had the good fortune to get a whole collection of beautiful blank ceramic dollops at a moving sale - ceramic dollops with holes for threading.  I painted trees on them last year (see post).  This year, drew snowflakes.

You need:

  • Something to draw on (cardboard is fine)
  • Rough idea of a snowflake
  • Pencil and compass
  • Extra fine sharpie
  • Small ruler
  • White eraser
  • Sparkle glaze & paintbrush
  • Something to hang your creation with

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Toothpaste trees!  An oldie but a goodie.

As evidenced by past posts (here also) on toothpaste trees, I’ve got lots of boxes of toothpaste.  This year I kept it simple.  Just an extra fine sharpie and a ruler.  A needle helped me poke a tiny hole through which to thread string.  Pretty simple, pretty neat.

Pale di San Martino di Castrozza.  Map here.

Hand-stitched snowflakes on takeout container tops…$4

Trash is so useful.  The takeout containers with the wonderfully round, shiny tops are my favorite to hoard.  Perfect for holiday decorations.

You need:

  • Silver top to a takeout container
  • Print-out of a snowflake
  • Nail
  • Embroidery needle
  • Thread
  • Scissors
  • Paper clip(s) and/or binder clip(s)

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Made more hand-painted onesies.  See past tutorial.

I got this awesome locker thing (for all the detritus of my crafting), and originally had some master plan to create special cabinet pulls that kept the loose doors closed and added flair…until I realized the simplest, cheapest solution possible was magnets.  Magnets dammit.  It took me 4 months to think of it.  Silly Lynn.

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