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Flowers are great in gardens and bouquets but they have a short lifespan. Here are my two favorite ways to preserve their beauty for crafts and decorations.     *Do not put your flowers in a vase with water! They need to be as dry as possible*     Pressing   This will flatten the flowers and create great materials for 2D crafts like cards and bookmarks. (Works best with small flowers or petals) Materials : -flowers -wax...

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Some bottle caps have designs that you want to carry around with you, and after this tutorial you will be able to do just that!   A couple of materials you will need include: a bottle cap a marker a hammer safety pins.   Make sure that your safety pins are long enough to go through the bottle cap and connect. You’d hate to make the holes on the bottle cap...

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As many theater companies have been forced to stop production in order to flatten the curve and comply with state regulations, many are left with a creative ache. For theatre goers and for theatre makers there are solutions alike.  Save up to support local theaters once they reopen. Buy tickets for productions months in advance as gifts for others. Buy gift cards to theaters. Donate to...

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Bleaching clothes is coming back into style. There are hundreds of tutorials on youtube and tik tok; but here is one that you can easily do at home with some black clothes and cleaning products.   I love this style because bleaching black fabric gives you a rusty orange color that stands out and gets me excited for Halloween.       Materials:     Black clothing (cotton) Rubber Bands Gloves Cleaning Solution       Create/twist spirals into your...

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Aquafaba is a protein rich juice from chickpeas/garbanzo beans. These are good beans to have in quarantine. Aquafaba is a powerful egg white replacer in many vegan dishes and is a great alternative for allergies and a way to practice a zero waste lifestyle.  There are two main ways to procure aquafaba from the beans.  You can buy the beans and when you are ready to use...

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This week the IRL featured five talented student's from Devin Bell's Advanced Stop Motion Class! During the spring quarter we supplied kits with materials for animation and puppet building to students to support them during this period of remote learning.     Check out our social media pages  to see the incredible work students have been making - including some of their other work!       IRL Handles @irlspace - Twitter ...

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How to extend the growing season   The growing season of Chicago begins April 20th when the snow melts and ends the week before Halloween as temperatures dip below freezing. This estimate leaves us with 187 days of viable weather for food production. So how can we better utilize the 178 days of the year deemed ‘unfit’ for food production?    Below is a tutorial of the construction of...

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It's getting HOT this summer. Keep cool and use up the veggies in your fridge with this refreshing lunch. Make your own wraps and dipping sauce from scratch to save money.     Don't feel like reading? Follow this quick 1 minute video we made instead https://www.tiktok.com/@irl2dpu/video/6844496889786764549 Ingredients:   Wraps -1.25 cups of water -flour (1 cup) -corn starch (3 tbs) -salt (1/4 tsp)     Dipping Sauce: -peanut butter (1 cup) -water (1/4 cup) -maple syrup or honey (1tbs) -chili garlic sauce...

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It can be frustrating to know that your favorite screenprint is finally aging and showing signs of wear.    While there is no one way to fix this issue, I have found great success in the following process. If you do try this out, perhaps try it first on something that isn’t as dear to you just so that you get any errors out of the way...

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