Sunday, August 31, 2014

How to Make Colorful Oil Lamps

Summer nights are the perfect time to line a table with pretty, colorful candles. This year I decided to forgo the normal taper candles in favor of a mixture of glass jars filled with colorful candle oil. The result gave me a table that is a mix of the Old World (where I imagine oil-lit candles dotted along summer tables) and my bright, modern taste.
The candle jars are incredibly simple to make. I grouped mine with a couple of different size jars and colors in a corner, but I could definitely imagine them lining large banquet tables or spread along a path toward the house for a most wonderful way to light up the night.
To make the colorful glass jar candles you will need:
  • Glass jars
  • Hammer
  • Nail
  • Long-strand, untreated cotton wick
  • Oil
  • Wax dye
  • Paint stirrer
Start with a collection of clean and dry glass containers. Use mason jars, leftover applesauce jars, jelly jars or baby food jars. Any type of glass jar with a metal lid will work for this project. Upcycle your jars into something awesome.
1. Make a hole in the middle of each jar lid. To do this, place a nail on the jar lid and gently hammer it straight down. After the hole is made, pull the nail straight up and out.
2. String the cotton wick through the glass hole. Leave the wick long enough to reach down into the oil, and even coil a little for a longer burn. Trim at the top about 2 inches tall. Having the wick be untreated is very important to this project. A treated wick will not keep the flame long. Find these at your local craft store.
3. Fill the jars with your oil of choice. We experimented using a couple of different oils for these lights. We tried citron oil, tikki torch oil, basic paraffin wax oil and olive oil. The tikki torch oil was my favorite and seemed to keep the wick lit the longest.
4. Stir in melted wax dye to create a colorful display. Start with a small amount of wax dye and add more slowly as you stir with a paint stirrer. I noticed some craft stores even sell pre-colored liquid wax, which would be an even easier alternative.
5. Dip the wick into the oil, fully submerge it, pull it through the hole, tighten your jar lid and light the wick. As the wick burns down, simply pull up more of the wick to keep on burning.
Photos by Victoria Hudgins

Friday, August 29, 2014

How To Add Alexa Rankings Checker




Alexa.com provides traffic data, global rankings and other information on millions of websites. So Alexa rank is used to measure success of your website or blog. This tutorial will show you how to add a html form to your blogger blog to check alexa rank. 










1.Login to your Blogger account and go to "Layout" of your blog.

2.Now click on 'Add a Gadget' link from the section you need to add it.


3.Select 'HTML/JavaScript' and add the code given below and click save.


<form method="get" action="http://www.alexa.com/data/details/traffic_details" target="_blank">
<input name="url" maxlength="255" size="35" type="url" placeholder="Enter an URL..."/>
<input value="Check Alexa Rank" type="submit"/>
</form>



It will look like this:




Thursday, August 28, 2014

How to Make an Origami Shirt With Tie From Money

How to Build a Wood Bike Basket - Super Awesome



If you're looking to add a touch of style and function to your two-wheel ride, amp up your hip factor with a homemade bike basket. Reminiscent of a vintage crate, this DIY bike basket boasts a nostalgic quality that'll make you the envy of the bike lane.
DIY Wooden Bicycle Basket (Photo: Cameron Oden)
Things You'll Need
  • ¾" pine board
  • ¼" pine lattice
  • Tape measure
  • 220 grit sand paper
  • Miter saw
  • Wood glue
  • Brad nailer
  • ¾" brad nails
  • Leather straps with buckle
  • Butane torch (optional)
1.) Measure and cut pieces to length using a miter saw:
A - ¾" x ¾" x 7 ¼"
B - ¼" x 1 ¼" x 9 ¼"
C - ¼" x 2 ½" x 9 ¼"
D - ¼" x 1 ¼" x 14 ½" 
E - ¼" x 2 ½" x 14 ½"
F - ¾" x 9 ¼" x 14"
2.) Sand any rough edges using 220 grit sand paper.
3.) Working on a flat surface, attach "C" and "E" to "F" (the base of the basket) using wood glue and ¾" brad nails, making sure all corners line up. Use your glue sparingly and wipe away any excess.
4.) Glue and nail all four "A" pieces in each corner with ¾" nails.
5.) Flip the basket over and attach the remaining "C" and "E" pieces to the top of the posts.
6.) Measure and mark so the middle "B" and "D" pieces are spaced evenly. This will make it easier to line up each piece when nailing.
7.) Sand basket with 220 grit sand paper making sure to remove any rough edges.
Burn the Edges for an Antique Look (Optional)
1.) Place your crate on concrete in a safe area. Always have a hose or fire extinguisher near by when working with a blow torch. Follow the directions for your torch and wear proper safety gear.
2.) Practice on a scrap piece of wood, working to achieve a look with darker areas toward the edges. I always start on the bottom of a piece before moving to a more visible area. Burn until you reach your desired look.
Start burning on bottom of basket before moving to more visible areas. (Photo: Cameron Oden)
3.) Wipe clean with a damp towel and let dry completely.
Freshly charred basket ready for finish. (Photo: Cameron Oden)
Apply Finish and Attach to Your Bike
1.) Choose your finish. Minwax Early American stain was used in this project.
2.) Apply stain evenly, following the directions on the can. Wipe clean and let dry.
3.) You can attach your crate to the handle bars with two leather bracelets that you can find at your local craft store but these could be easily substituted with leather belts.
4.) Make sure the basket is secure before riding your bike. Take a test ride with a few books in the basket to avoid any unwanted surprises .
Finished basket. (Photo: Cameron Oden)
5.) Toss in your necessities and you're ready to hit the beach or the Farmer's Market or simply ride about town. Don't be surprised if people stop you to ask, "Where did you get that cool basket?"
Finished basket. (Photo: Cameron Oden)
via eHow

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Organize and Hide Your Electronics - Create a Charging System Out of a Wine Crate



Create a self-concealed storage system, perfect for wrangling and charging all of your go-to electronics. Using a favorite container, such as a metal box, wine crate or toolbox, you’ll be able to create a storage solution that will help you organize and conceal all of your gadgets in one neat space.
Materials:
  • Wooden wine crate
  • Power drill and hole-saw bit
  • Wooden dowels, ½ inch thick
  • Small sheet of plywood, ¼ inch thick
  • Wood glue
  • Power strip
To get started you’ll need a wooden wine crate or other box of your choosing. We love wine crates for their bold graphics, rustic appeal and decorative storage capabilities. (Ask your local wine store if it has any extra crates.)
Measure the inside length and width of the box to determine the size of plywood you’ll need to serve as the ledge. Most hardware stores will cut wood exactly to size for you right at the shop. Similarly, measure the depth of the box to determine the size for four supporting wooden dowels. You’ll want the dowels to be cut at least two inches (depending on the size of the gadgets you’re hoping to conceal) smaller than the overall depth of the box. The dowels’ length needs to allow enough room for the height of the tallest charger plugged into the power strip.
Using your hole-saw drill bit, drill a hole in the back of the crate where the main electrical cord will emerge. We used a 1 ½-inch round drill bit.
You should be able to thread the main power strip cord through the hole in the crate, so the power strip rests securely on the bottom.
Using wood glue, affix each of the four wooden dowels evenly around the inside perimeter of the crate. The dowels will act as supports, holding up the plywood board ledge.
Allow the glue to dry for at least two hours.
While the glue is drying, drill two equidistant holes in the plywood ledge, one on each side. For these interior holes, we used a 1-inch round bit. These holes will allow for threading of the gadget chargers through the board and can be used to pull the board up and out when changing out the cords.
When the glue is completely dry, it’s time to put all the pieces together. Reinsert the power strip into the base of the wine crate, plug the various gadget chargers into the power strip, and then thread them through the holes in the wooden plywood sheet before sliding the ledge into place inside the crate.
Plug each each of your go-to gadgets into their respective charging cords and delight in how they effortlessly charge with other odds and ends you’d rather keep hidden out of sight. You can even store additional treasures in the larger cavity underneath the ledge if you like.
At this stage, all you need to do is find the perfect place to plug in and display your new concealed gadget charging station. You decide whether or not to keep the top open or closed — it’s that simple!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Online Games - Texas Hold em Poker