4 Clever Ways to Use Up Your Leftover Watermelon Rind

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It’s already August and looks like the first days of school are right around the corner! The weather on the other hand, didn’t seem to get the memo because I’m still sporting my flip flops and shades. While I have no problem with an extended summer, there are only a few things I crave during these hot, humid days and at the top of my list… is watermelon! Although it’s super juicy, bright red and delicious, watermelon is one of those fruits where a lot ends up going to waste. But did you know that the white rind we’re so quick to throw away has many great uses? Try some of these options below and see how waste-less you can be!

  1. Pickled Watermelon Rind: Hey, you pickle cucumbers so why not try it with watermelon rind? Use your favorite pickling recipe and use watermelon rinds where they call for cucumbers. You’ll be pleasantly surprised by the similar taste and texture!
  2. Sweetened Watermelon Rind: Though the white rind of the watermelon is not as sweet as the red flesh, it’s still edible and definitely has a great crunchy texture. If you have a sweet tooth and you’re craving a great refreshing snack, dice up some watermelon rind and top with your favorite sweetener whether it be sugar, equal, honey or even coconut milk.
  3. Acne Treatment: We’ve all gone through it… being a pimple-faced teenager dreading going to school. Eating watermelon rind can help with acne problems but rubbing the rinds on the skin surface can also help clear up acne
  4. Watermelon Cups: (My personal fave!): This may be a bit time consuming but if you want your guests to rave about your food AND your drinkware, grab yourself some mini watermelons and make some personalized watermelon cups. The natural juices from the watermelon will also be a great added taste for all party goers. All you need is an x-acto knife and a steady hand.

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DIY: How to Make a Beautiful Vertical Garden Room Divider Using Ikea PS 2012 Plant Stands

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You might think that if you live in an urban apartment or low-light space you can’t have a green wall or vertical garden of your own, but weve got a new DIY Ikea hack makes it as easy as 1,2,3.  All you need to make a living room divider like the one you see above is a few (we used 3, but you can use less or more) Ikea PS 2012 plant stands, some potted plants and about an hour of your time. The best part about this DIY is that everything is modular so you decide how many stands you want to use, and you can make your vertical garden as long as you like – you could even make it span your whole apartment. Another great perk is that the stands are all easily moveable so you can take your plants closer to the window during the day if you like and move them back at night or you can use them to create different configurations depending on what you need – a verdant dining nook, a wall around where you sleep or an herb garden in your kitchen. Scroll down and click on the pages below for the full tutorial.

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DIY: How To Make Homemade Fortune Cookies for Valentine’s Day

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While fortune cookies may seem as commonplace as Chinese restaurants are ubiquitous, they’re actually quite intriguing. No one really knows where they came from, except that wherever it was, it wasn’t China. Some speculate that they are the modern day descendants of the Japanese omikuji cookie, which also contained small slips of paper with fortunes written on them, and though many people have tried to claim that they created the famous treat, an official ruling has never been made. No matter where you think fortune cookies really came from, there’s one thing that most people agree on – they don’t taste very good! That’s why I decided to try my hand at making a homemade version for Valentine’s Day. Not only is this DIY version so much more light, crisp and delicate, it’s also a lovely way to show the people you love how “fortunate” you are to have them. Read on for the recipe!

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Message in a Bottle Valentine’s Day Necklace Charm Kit

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Send your Valentine exactly the right “message” with this beautiful glass bottle charm. This kit has everything you need to create a personalized charm – all you have to supply is the words written inside your rolled up scroll. Make sure you order yours by February 10th, 2012 to ensure delivery by Valentine’s Day.

What’s included in the kit:

– glass bottle charm (if you’d rather buy just the bottle, click here)
– jump ring
– piece of paper to write your message on
– red thread to tie your message


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HOW TO Organize All Your Shoes by Creating a Pinterest Shoe Collection

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Have you ever gone last-minute shoe shopping for a special event like a wedding, a date or a vacation because you felt that you simply did not own a pair of shoes that would be suitable for the occasion? I have, and over a hundred pairs of shoes later, I realized that I really didn’t need that many shoes – no one on earth does. But what was making me feel that I did?

A little “sole”-searching (I’m sorry for going there) led to an understanding of my behavior patterns and a solution that seems to be working for me. The main problem was that my mental inventory of what kinds of shoes I already owned was very foggy because many of my shoes were stored away in boxes and I just couldn’t recall that I even had them. The issue is very similar to the one that we tackled with the fridge triage box – if you can readily see what you have, you can use it to its fullest potential. But unlike with food, it’s not like I could just pile all of my shoes in one giant box; well, I could, that would drive an organization freak like myself bonkers. So I decided on the next best thing – a Pinterest shoe board collection showing all of my shoes right at my toetips! This simple idea is saving me a ton of time getting ready because there’s no need to rifle through all of your shoeboxes searching for a pair that will match your outfit, and it also saves you from needlessly buying yet another pair of silver, strappy sandals because you forgot that you already own 3 of them. If you are an avid Pinner, you probably already know how to create such a board, but just in case you’re not, read on to see how you can create your own money-saving, time-saving, waste-saving Pinterest shoe collection.

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How to Make a DIY Storage Bed Using an Ikea Bookcase

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When I first moved into my tiny apartment, I knew that I really wanted a storage bed but had a lot of trouble finding one for cheap. Then I remembered that my old bed in my childhood home was not a real bed frame at all but an old bookcase with a mattress on top and thought hey, why not just do the same thing and build a DIY storage bed in my new place? This would work with almost any kind of bookcase as long as it’s sturdy and the right dimensions, but since Ikea Expedit bookcases are in abundance and can be gotten for super cheap second hand on craigslist, I recommend you use those. The Ikea Expedit also has a built in grid system that’s great for organizing all of your junk and is a nice height as well. On top of all that, it’s really easy to take this “storage bed” apart when you outgrow it so you can effortlessly return the bookshelf back to its original purpose or sell it. Read on for the full DIY tutorial.

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Kandy’s DIY Tip: How to Revamp Your Jeans

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We are coming into fall now, and the super bright jeans aren’t really for fall. I love this dark red print for fall, and black for me is an all around seasonal color. I love to make my own clothes and I want to be a fashion designer so this is like a serious start for me. My parents don’t like that I LOVE revamping my clothes, but I can’t help it. I know that I’ll make money off of this one day. I already sell some bow ties and jewelry that I make. Great start right. So For this project I’d suggest that you try black pants for bleaching, but you can use black jeans if you’d rather chose to use fabric paint which I’d suggest silver.

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DIY Olympics Edition: How to Make a Sparkly Patriotic Flag Clutch Out of an Old Video Tape Case

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The Olympics are in full swing, and in addition to watching the games, isn’t it so exciting to see folks donning all kinds of patriotic fashion from star-spangled outfits to union jack nails? I, too, wanted to show my support for team USA and team Japan but I didn’t want to end up buying random tsotchkes that I would only wear once, so I decided to recycle myself a DIY flag clutch out of an old video tape box. This DIY is uber easy (if you start now, you might even have it ready for the next event), and the best thing about it is that you can rep two different teams if your nationality is hyphenated like my own. When you’re at the pub rooting for team USA, just flash the American flag side and when it’s time for your other team to strut its stuff, just flip your clutch to show the other flag!

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How to Make a Korean Dosirak Box Using Your Leftovers

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If you’re not yet familiar, a dosirak box is to a bento box what Kourtney Kardashian is to Kim (just indulge me for a sec here) – just as delicious, just as well put together, but just a bit less famous. Essentially the dosirak is a Korean bento box, and the idea is completely the same except that instead of filling your tiny compartments with crunchy and tart sunomono, you would use a form of kimchi or other pickled veggies. In the end though, it’s really all up to you what goes in your dosirak box – it doesn’t even have to be Korean (hey, I used halal in mine). It’s just a simple and smart way to use up your leftovers, and present them prettily so that you’ll want to eat them again.

Click page two below to see the ingredients I used for mine.

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DIY: How to Make a Geometric Neon Bib Necklace to Add a Pop of Color to Your Wardrobe

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So before I get into this DIY, I just want to make it perfectly clear that the design you see for this bib necklace is not my own. It’s actually inspired by the Andean Collection’s Honeycomb Necklace, which I’m absolutely in love with, and the only reason I decided to make my own version instead of purchasing one is that I wanted a particular colorway – neon pink with a spot of tangerine – that they didn’t offer. So I have to give credit where credit is due and lead you to their website if you like this necklace because they’re a company that not only creates striking modern pieces of jewelry, they do it in a way that helps women and men who need it. So purchase this necklace from them if you can!

OK, if, for some reason you’re still here after I said my piece, I’ll show you how I made my own DIY neon version of this bib necklace. Scroll down and click page 2 below for the full DIY tutorial.

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Krissy’s “Napa in NY” Themed Wine-tastic Bridal Shower!

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We bridesmaids breathed a collective sigh of relief when Christina walked through the door and looked all kinds of excited, happy and ready to party at her “Napa in NY” themed bridal shower! I hope you had a wonderful time Kris – we love you!

And shoutout to JJ, Helen and Ember Room for hosting this very special event. Here are a few highlights:

The radiant bride-to-be wore a colorful one-shouldered frock that echoed the wine-y decor.

Custom made signage stating the law that we live by.

Blow girls, blow!

You had me at “Merlot”

Recycled cork placeholders!

Halmohnim could not be more proud of her radiant granddaughter.

Hope you had a “grate” time!

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HOW TO: Make Your Boyfriend’s T Shirt into a Cute New Tank Top

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Step 1. Steal your boyfriend’s shirt. I’m just kidding. Don’t steal. But if you notice that your boyfriend (or husband, brother, friend, dad, guy on the couch) has an old t shirt that they hardly wear anymore, they should be fine with you taking it as long as you ask nicely. And this project will work just as well with any oversized t shirt you already have in your own closet too. There are only a few steps and when you’re done, you’ll have a cute tank top just in time for summer. Read on for the full instructions!

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Don’t Need Extra Bra Padding? Repurpose Those Pads as Shoe Inserts

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Some women just have naturally large breasts and while the rest of us hate you, we still wanted to share this easy fashion DIY idea showing how to repurpose those extra bra pads that you clearly don’t need (again, damn you) with you. It’s pretty straightforward – just pop the pads out of your bra and stick them in your heels to use as shoe inserts. Not only will you save money by not having to buy shoe inserts – they’re not cheap, you know – your feet will be nice and comfy. Total cost for this DIY? $0.

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DIY: How to Make Lace-Up Leggings

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Please excuse my Ashy Larry legs and beaten up TOMS wedges.

I’ve been rocking the black lace up leggings I got in Japan last summer for the past few days and noticed they’ve been creating quite a buzz – not necessarily all positive. Some people are intrigued by them, some baffled and a few girls have asked me where they can get a pair. Good question! I haven’t seen them outside of Japan – has anyone else? I guess like just about anything else in the world, they can probably be found on eBay, but if you want to refashion a pair of your old leggings and give them a little facelift, turning them into a pair of lace ups is the perfect beginner’s fashion DIY project.

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YOU WILL NEED:

– pair of old leggings (3/4 length works best since part of your leg should be exposed to show the ribbon)
– long ribbons (I used two different kinds here to illustrate the crazy combos you can create but feel free to just use black leggings and black ribbon or whatever colors you like)
– scissors
– needle and thread
– pins

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Quick Fashion Fix: Do You Ever Wear Your Clothes Backwards?

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Have you ever purchased a top or dress because you loved the print or fabric, only to realize that it was too low-cut or that the shape was unflattering when you brought it home? That was the issue we faced when Ruth brought this lovely watercolor print shirt to our last swap party. Everyone loved the print and the drape of the fabric, but the dashiki-like cut paired with the super low slit at the bosom was kind of strange. You might know that at Clossette, we’re in the business of repairing and refashioning preloved clothes and making them desirable again, so I played with the idea of sewing the slit in the front up or hemming the sides of the top for a more slim fit, but then it donned on me – why not just wear the shirt backwards? There is a really pretty lace inset that’s meant to sit at the back of the shoulders that could get a lot more attention in the front of the shirt, and this quick fix required zero sewing! Click the […] below to see how the shirt looked after we simply put it on backwards and tell us in the comments if you’ve ever employed this DIY quick fix on your own wardrobe instead of just throwing a garment away.

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HOW TO: Make a Furoshiki Cloth Gift Wrap

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Furoshiki style cloth gift wrap seems to be all the rage these days with more and more people looking to wrap their holiday presents in a way that doesn’t waste paper, but almost everyone I’ve spoken to about it has expressed the same concern – where do I get one of these? Well, you could purchase one – Furoshiki.com has some really lovely ones – but if you read Clossette on the regular, you know that’s not how I roll when I could just as easily make one from something I already have. If you want to do the same, read on to see how an easy DIY on how to make your own furoshiki gift wrap from an old dress, shirt or piece of fabric. It’s really simple to do and people love getting presents wrapped in these because it’s like getting 2 gifts in one!

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