The best gifts are always homemade! Try your hand at these crafts for your sweetheart this Valentine's Day.
Picture Frame Message Board: Super simple and you might even have the materials on hand! Turn a standing picture frame into a custom message board for you and your loved one to write notes, reminders, and special messages! Place a piece of scrapbook paper behind the glass for an added touch. You can write a permanent message behind the glass or keep it blank. Make it personal by decorating the frame as well! The last piece to this gift is velcroing a dry erase marker to the frame so you always have something to write with.
Homemade Candles: Candles are easy to make if you have beeswax on hand. You can also buy a kit with instructions for melting and pouring. The best part about making homemade candles are the customizable options! You can customize the color, scent, and holder. Try teacups, mason jars, or other sturdy containers that can withstand heat.
These structures tower over the rest! Learn about some of the tallest, biggest, and longest structures around the world.
The World’s Tallest Skyscraper:Burj Khalifa in Dubai, United Arab Emirates
This skyscraper was built in 2010 and has broken several structural height records. The building reaches to over 2,700 feet at the very tip. The structure consists of apartments, restaurants, swimming pools, and boasts an astounding 58 elevators. The design of the structure uses several techniques to make it sturdy and secure as it towers above. While this building is currently the tallest, it will be surpassed by The Kingdom Tower in Saudi Arabia which is projected to be completed in 2019.
The World’s Longest Bridge:Danyang-Kunshan Grand Bridge in East China
The bridge is over 100 miles and would take over one and half hours to cross the bridge by car. The bridge is used by the Beijing-Shanghai High-Speed Railway and runs parallel to the Yangtze River. The structure opened in 2011 after four ye...
Art has been known to be therapeutic in many different ways. Some find comfort in viewing art that has been created by others or creating their own. You do not have to be a professional artist to find comfort in both appreciating or creating art.
Improving Emotional Health: Studies have shown that looking at visual art stimulates the emotional processing areas of the brain. Viewing art triggers your brain to contemplate and make connections, even if you are not consciously aware. Individuals feel rewarded and receive pleasure from viewing art. Whether the response to the art is melancholy, pensive, or cheerful, it is healthy to process emotions and art can be instrumental in this process.
Making Connections: Art inspires connections to occur within the brain. It also is a great way for people to connect with those around them through a common source of discussion. Viewing art in museums or galleries has been a pastime for many years. People gather to experience the visual stimulus in sol...
Millions of people around the world are suffering from hunger. The statistics may surprise you.
About 795 million people, or one in every nine people, do not have enough food to live a complete and healthy lifestyle. This includes adults and children in many underdeveloped countries where the majority of the population suffer from the same condition.
Hunger leads to other issues such as stunted growth. Mothers who are malnourished may also have problem carrying or feeding their child.
Why do people stay hungry? Often the cause is not lack of food, but the lack of ability to afford food. Circumstances often make it difficult for those who are struggling to overcome their condition.
In order to fight hunger we have to fight poverty. About 19.4 million Americans suffer from extreme poverty. This is classified by families whose annual income is about $10,000 for four people. Around the world there are those who may be suffering even more. Their only chance of escaping extreme poverty being tra...
Grab a few of your closest classmates and get started building a Canstruction event at your college or university!
Giving Back: Many clubs, sports, or greek organizations are looking for a way to promote community service and rally their fellow students. Hosting a Canstruction event provides an opportunity for your group to host and participate in a competition where teams have to collect food donations for their materials. After the event all items are donated to a local food pantry. It’s a win for everyone!
Community Involvement: Hosting a Canstruction event at your school opens up involvement with the community. Each team needs a professional design, architectural, or engineering firm to compete which would promote help from local businesses. The competition and exhibition is also a unique community event for both students and locals to attend.
Building Relationships: College is about meeting new people and building friendships. Canstruction events promote teamwork and offer an opportu...
Planning for the future? Whether it be school, your career, your family, or for yourself, make a goal you can stick to! Here are some of the best resolutions that might actually last all year round.
Learn Something New: Whether it be a fact-a-day or a new skill, learning something new is an admirable task. There are plenty of online courses or apps that allow you to take a course for free. Learn German or take a cooking class. Don’t let your mind atrophy, keep it challenged and motivated. You may just find your next calling.
Stay Positive: Give yourself the chance for a positive outlook. The more you look on the bright side, the better you’ll feel. Your relationships will also benefit as you will spend less time finding ways to argue or disagree. People love positivity!
Donate or Volunteer at Least Once: Make this a year to give back. Make a donation to a charity that has a special meaning to you. You could also help your community by spending time at a local animal shelter or soup kitche...
Ugly Christmas sweaters are the top thing to wear to your holiday soiree. Make sure you have the most creative and interesting one. Pull out the ribbon and the hot glue gun!
The ugly sweater trend has re-surged in popularity in recent years. The last emergence was in the 80’s and had died down in the 1990’s. It originally began by finding the antiquated garments in thrift shops or your mom’s closet, but stores have recently begun to monetize on the trend by creating new sweaters in the “ugly” fashion. They also sell kits where you can “make” your ugly sweater with materials provided such as ribbons, ornaments, or battery-operated lights.
We like to promote the idea of build-your-own so here are the top materials to choose when building your unique and hideous holiday garment!
Jingle bells: What’s better than an ugly holiday sweater? An ugly holiday sweater where you can annoy your co-workers, friends, and family! You can get single jingle bells or sets on strings to drape them throughout...
As you enjoy time with family and friends, think of others who are less fortunate. But you can help! See how you can make the holiday season memorable for those who need it most.
Start a Donation Tree:
A trend that has been popular in recent years is a holiday tree in a workplace or school that collects donated items for those in need throughout the season. Traditional items collected are mittens and gloves, but you could do socks, food items, small gifts for children, etc. It’s a great way to have a single place to collect donations that inspire festivity. You could have those who donate put a special ornament on the tree with their name on it or keep it anonymous.
Several organizations allow you to sponsor a family in need for the holiday season. This could mean providing them with their Christmas dinner or toys for children in the family. It could also provide the family with warm clothes for the winter season. One of the best parts about this is that you could know exac...
Thinking about exploring your creative side in school, and maybe beyond? There are several ways you can find the major that fits your style and skills.
Animation is the idea of bringing art to life! This could be through story-boarding, 3D-illustration, or video game design. This field can be a great choice if you are interested in illustrating, on paper or digitally, and are able to implement these skills to bring stories and characters to TV screens everywhere.
If you can appreciate the history and value of art, a degree in art history might be for you. Your studies will show you the impact of different artists, genres, and movements throughout history. Career opportunities could be through museum curators, restoration of priceless masterpieces, or teaching the history to students of your own.
Graphic Design has a multitude of uses in various job industries. It could implement elements such as hand-drawn or digital illustration as well as web-design...
We're all about using cans after they have been created, but what about before that? See the journey the can goes through before they become beautiful Canstructions!
The history of the canning food actually began in France. As revolutions and wars progressed, people were desperate to find a way to preserve food for the military overseas. With a cash prize of 12,000 Francs being offered, Nicolas Appert was motivated to find a way. He began with champagne bottles and a cheese-lime mixture, and as his business and factory expanded he moved to glass bottles and tin cans.
Making The Cans:
There are a few ways to make the cans but the basic process is cutting shapes from aluminum sheets and applying a coating. The cans are then baked for rigidity to hold their shape.
Picking the Best Ingredients:
Food to be canned are harvested at peak ripeness, when nutritional value is at its highest. Some foods actual increase nutritional value through the canning process.