Make Your Way Through the Holidays with Bust Magazine's DIY Guide to Life

The Bust DIY Guide to Life© The Bust DIY Guide to Life

If you like to stay busy even when you have time off, The Bust DIY Guide to Life ($19.77, Amazon) offers a bevy of projects that will keep your hands occupied through the holidays. From Debbie Stoller and Laurie Henzel, the editors of BUST magazine, this 368-page book provides a wealth of information and DIY projects, from hand-sewing to personal finance. So make today the first day of the rest of your do-it-yourself life with a holiday-themed project, how to brew your own ginger beer, ahead.

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Refreshing, non-alcoholic, and perfect to ease a winter cold, ginger beer is an ideal beverage for the holiday season. To get started, you'll need:

3 cups (720 ml) honey; 3 egg whites, beaten; 6 tablespoons (85g) chopped fresh ginger; Juice of 4 lemons; Juice of 1 lime; 6 tablespoons (45 ml) pineapple juice; 1/4 teaspoon active dry yeast; Sieve and cheesecloth; About twenty-two 12-ounce bottles with caps (available at brew shops).

Directions, below, courtesy of The Bust Guide to Life.

In a large pot, dissolve the honey in 2 gallons (7.5 L) water. Add the egg whites and ginger. Bring to a boil, simmer for several minutes, skim the scum off the top, and set aside to cool to lukewarm. Add the lemon juice, lime juice, pineapple juice, and yeast and give it a stir. Let stand for one minute, then pour through a sieve lined with rinsed and squeezed cheesecloth into a clean container. Bottle the ginger beer (ask the folks at your local brew shop for details if you’re a newbie). Let sit at room temperature for 48 hours, then pop the bottles in the fridge and enjoy. The ginger beer will keep for at least a few weeks in the fridge.

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You'll have to scoop up a copy to get all the other holiday-themed DIY projects, including how to create a decorative pom-pom garland (page 65), your very own snow globe let (page 64), and decorative snowflakes, pictured above.

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Plus, there are plenty of eco-fashion projects to keep you outfitted in DIY threads. Craft a cotton, plastic-bag inspired purse, aka a "faux plastic bag" (page 31); turn holey socks into handy gloves (page 136); or make a scarf out of felted wool (page 137).

Whatever you fancy, there really is something for everyone in this book. Whether it's help with a resume, advice on buying--and caring for--a bike, or tips to avoid an IRS mess, you'll find a tip, a trick you can use in the pages of The Bust Guide to Life.

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Make Your Way Through the Holidays with Bust Magazine's DIY Guide to Life
From ginger beer to decorations, the pages of Bust Magazine's DIY Guide to Life are packed with ways to create, craft, and bake your way through every day, including the holidays.

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