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.
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.
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.
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.