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Miles from any classroom, in the middle of Northern Nevada’s Black Rock Desert, Dana Albany, a “book sculptor,” creates a massive sculpture of the human body. It is composed of out-of-date textbooks and discarded library books. She names this giant figure: Body of Knowledge. It is burned to the ground. No one objects.

BODY of KNOWLEDGE by Dana Albany

BURNING MAN 2000, Black Rock Desert, northern NEVADA, USA

photo credit: “Scott Beale / Laughing Squid”

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Hobo Stove Pakoras with Backyard Foraged Dandelions

Our backyard has exploded with dandelions, and I’ve been keen to try out a camping recipe.

Hobo stove.

Upcycled from its previous life as a giant can of chickpeas, this simple device was also begging for a test drive.

Tinder. Twigs. Light.

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Dandeliiiiiiiions.

I plucked these golden nuggets straight from the yard and gave them a quick rinse. The moisture trapped in the petals hold the perfect amount to adhere the flour and spices - no need to add more. My take on the pakora mix consists of chickpea flour, coconut flour, fine cornmeal flour - a 3:1:1 ratio. For seasoning, add a pinch of garam masala, turmeric, salt, and chili powder.

Toss in bag. Coat.

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Fry.

Let the pakoras slide around the pan. Careful to turn and not burn. The hobo stove can pack a lot of heat. 

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Serve with a chutney or your favorite condiment. Can’t get more seasonal, local, homecooked, and energy-efficient than this!

BACKYARD FORAGED DANDELION PAKORA POPPERS….DONE~

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Everyone just read that in the voice of Gordon Ramsay from FWord right? Right…? Because otherwise I just wasted 30min of my life concocting this.

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19 Genius Ways To Upcycle Your Child’s Plastic Dinosaur Collection

Dinosaurs will forever be in fashion. Jurassic Park made them ultra cool back in the early 90s and today they’re just as awesome. Plus, they have a great many uses… 

Turn Them Into Drawer Handles

A little spray paint and a spot of DIY and you’ve got yourself one epic desk. [Photo: Apartment Therapy]

Add Them To Your Terrarium

Who said plants were boring? [Photo: Yellow Brick Home]

Fashion Them Into A Coat Rack

This is one upcycling idea guaranteed to jazz up your dingy hallway. [Photo: Etsy]

Make Them Magnets

Never has a fridge looked so terrifyingly brilliant. [Photo: Yellow Brick Home]

Go For A Garland

Who needs fabric bunting when you can make this gender neutral garland? [Photo: DIY Candy]

Stick Them To A Mirror

If you’re up for something a bit quirky, we love this fun idea. [Photo: Etsy]

Use Them As Planters

Let’s be honest, these look WAY more exciting than regular plant pots. [Photo: Off Beat Home]

Turn A Diplodocus Into A Loo Roll Holder

This is one way to jazz up your bathroom. [Photo: The Chic Site]

Give Them An Ornamental Status

A little lick of paint and you’ve got yourself some brilliant shelf liners. [Photo: Etsy]

DIY Yourself A Dinosaur Necklace

A brilliant gift idea, if we do say so ourselves. [Photo: Made From Pinterest]

Turn Them Into Cup Handles

Definitely a different look for your kitchen. [Photo: White Lights On Wednesday]

Cram Them Into A Transparent Box

That’s one way to decorate your lounge. [Photo: eBay]

Make Yourself Some Great Place Holders

Ideal for weddings. [Photo: Pinterest]

Use One As A Ringholder

We reckon this fella would look lovely on your dressing table. [Photo: Safari]

Make This Badass Toothbrush Holder

All you need to do is drill a hole through the middle of the toy. [Photo: Pinterest]

Get All Arty And Make This Wall Hanging

Whoever said dinosaurs can’t look artistic? [Photo: Etsy]

Make Yourself These Epic Napkin Rings

Makes napkins WAY more modern. [Photo: Hannah Kate Flora]

DIY Yourself A Dino Serving Dish

We could see this becoming the new cake stand. [Photo: Three Little Monkeys Studio]

Create Some Excellent Jar Toppers

Suddenly jam jars are everything. [Photo: Pinterest]

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Awful Craft Ideas™ for you all!

I grabbed a cheap wooden ‘60s cigar box at a house clearance. Quick sand, spray and spruce and it’s a multi-purpose Roleplay essentials case. (Mini is not included because the shop didn’t have any Dragonborn :’( )

If you’re upcycling something like this, whether it’s for RP props or themed storage, etc, here’s a few tips to DIY!

1. Repainting stuff!
Don’t be scared of the rattle cans. Spray paint is a quick and easy job that hides a multitude of sins. Don’t bother with the expensive ones (upwards of £7 per can!!). I use pound-store brands and they are just as good.
Before you spray, make sure the can is warmed up. Dunk it in a jug or sink full of warm water for a few minutes, if it’s been stored somewhere cold. Give them a really good shake for a couple of minutes too, otherwise you’ll get spatters - especially with metallic or textured spray!
When spraying, less is more! You can always come back later and add another coat, but you can’t take it back off, without starting from scratch. Pick an undercoat colour that will enhance the finished colour. Black or dark grey can pull down bright hues, while white or even yellow can add some vibrancy.
Spray in even strokes, keeping the can moving at all times. Hold the nozzle roughly a foot from your work. If it doesn’t cover in one quick coat, don’t worry! Let it dry, come back an hour or so later and give it another.
Always spray outside in a well ventilated area and use proper protective clothing.

2. Washing.
How do you make something wooden look really old and valuable? With woodstains and dye of course. But that’s too expensive, and too much like hard work for us!
Simply mix a tiny blob of dark brown (I use burnt umber) artists acrylic into a teaspoon of water and brush the mixture all over the wooden item, following the grain. Start with quite light, dilute wash and build up more layers or add more brown paint to darken it up. When this is dry, quickly brush the whole thing with a similar wash but of gloss black, or an even darker brown. Wait a few seconds then wipe away excess with a cloth or tissue - wiping along the grain! Finish off with a coat of gloss or satin varnish.

3. Burnished effect.
Another way to add age to wood is to give it that really well-worn look. As if countless hands have passed over the surface. Replicate this by rubbing the shaft of something like a barrel key or screwdriver across the hard edges, with some force. Continue doing this until it looks polished by centuries of handling.

4. A good rule of thumb.

Function comes before Form, except when Form is the Function.

Basically, design things that will work, and then make that look good, not the other way around. Unless of course, the sole purpose of what you are making is that it looks good.