DIY http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/4801/all en-US 23 Recipes for Slime Your Kids Can Make — and Even Sell! http://www.wisebread.com/23-recipes-for-slime-your-kids-can-make-and-even-sell <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/23-recipes-for-slime-your-kids-can-make-and-even-sell" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-543333194.jpg" alt="Kid making and selling slime with slime recipes" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>At a Girl Scout retreat last weekend, I watched a middle school girl knead and roll a cerulean ball of pliable, shiny, stretchy &hellip; stuff &hellip; as she chatted with friends. The other girls at the table couldn't take their eyes off it.</p> <p><em>&quot;</em>What slime recipe did you use?&quot;</p> <p>&quot;Can I touch it?&quot;</p> <p>At an age where interests lean toward Snapchat and heavy eye makeup, it was refreshing to see the childlike wonder that a plastic bag of slime brought out in these young teens.</p> <p>That's why the trend of making, Instagramming, and even selling various types of slime in middle schools all over the country warms my heart. It's hands-on. As a non-Newtonian fluid with properties that change with ingredient variations, it's also science-y. It appeals to kids' senses, not just their eyeballs. And since it's made with just a few dollars' worth of household materials, it's frugal fun, too. It can even be a source of spending money for kids who get so good at slime-making that other kids want to buy it. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-businesses-your-tween-can-start?ref=seealso" target="_blank">13 Businesses Your Tween Can Start</a>)</p> <p>If your child wants to get in on the slime trend but needs some instructions to get started, here are some winning recipes.</p> <h2>1. Opaque slime</h2> <p>The <a href="http://www.hometrainingtools.com/learning-center/how-to-make-slime/" target="_blank">original slime recipe</a> has been around for a generation. It calls for just three ingredients: school glue, borax, and water. The result is a whitish, flexible putty. Note that slimes containing borax are not edible; the powdery substance can be toxic in large doses.</p> <p>For extra fun, try <a href="https://sciencebob.com/make-your-own-bouncy-ball/" target="_blank">molding your slime into a ball</a> and bouncing it. It will lose its bounce gradually, but keeping it moist in a plastic bag will help.</p> <h2>2. Clear slime</h2> <p>This is the same recipe as above, but <a href="https://www.stevespanglerscience.com/lab/experiments/glue-borax-gak/" target="_blank">with clear glue</a>. The difference is striking!</p> <h2>3. Liquid starch slime</h2> <p>Just as borax does, liquid starch can cross-link the polymers in glue, creating that moldable blobbiness that's fun to knead. If you hate mixing powders with your hands, like I do, you might prefer <a href="https://sciencebob.com/make-some-starch-slime-today/" target="_blank">this recipe</a> to the borax version. The resulting slime is the kind that kids can use to make rude noises when moving it in and out of a plastic container. If you don't get it, just ask your tween.</p> <h2>4. Fake snot</h2> <p>Younger kids might enjoy this <a href="http://littlebinsforlittlehands.com/fake-snot-edible-gelatin-slime-science-activity/" target="_blank">gross-out snot version</a> more than the middle school set. The recipe includes gelatin, corn syrup, and water.</p> <h2>5. Flavored edible slime</h2> <p>Perhaps disturbingly, the fake snot recipe listed above is an edible slime. To make it more palatable, you can take the same recipe and <a href="http://littlebinsforlittlehands.com/taste-science-with-edible-gelatin-slime-activity/" target="_blank">add flavored extracts</a> or small amounts of fruit juice. (Giving it a different name would probably help, too.)</p> <h2>6. Nickelodeon slime</h2> <p>Gen-Xers will remember the early cable Nickelodeon show <em>You Can't Do That on Television,</em>&nbsp;on which the young actors (including Alanis Morissette) were doused with buckets of gross green gook. This <a href="http://www.wikihow.com/Make-Nickelodeon-Slime" target="_blank">reverse-engineered recipe</a> calls for Jell-O, flour, Johnson's Baby Shampoo, water, and food coloring.</p> <h2>7. Sticky kitchen slime</h2> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/OAe0jEW0RHo" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>Dish soap, water, and flour. This is a <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OAe0jEW0RHo" target="_blank">convenient slime recipe</a> to whip up on a snow day, since you probably already have all the ingredients in your kitchen. Only make this one if the idea of slime that adheres to your hands doesn't revolt you.</p> <h2>8. Soapy slime</h2> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/idkWcHYnqjA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>For some good clean fun, mix <a href="http://www.playbasedlearning.com.au/2009/11/slippery-slime/" target="_blank">soap flakes</a> or a <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=idkWcHYnqjA" target="_blank">microwaved bar of Ivory</a> with water. This slime is ideal for keeping in a large container and running your hands through it, since the consistency can be soupy.</p> <h2>9. Sticky edible slime</h2> <p>Cook sweetened condensed milk with cornstarch on the stovetop for a <a href="http://childcentralstation.com/2011/05/super-stove-top-slime-off.html" target="_blank">slime that you will have to lick off</a> your fingers. Flavor this with chocolate syrup to make <a href="http://chemistry.about.com/od/slimerecipes/a/chocolate-slime-recipe.htm" target="_blank">chocolate slime</a>.</p> <h2>10. Cookie cutter slime</h2> <p>Using soluble fiber such as Metamucil, you can <a href="http://chemistry.about.com/cs/howtos/ht/flubber.htm" target="_blank">make this slime that is easily sliced</a> with a knife or shaped with a cookie cutter without sticking.</p> <h2>11. Bathroom slime</h2> <p>Mix a thick <a href="http://www.wikihow.com/Make-Slime-with-Just-Shampoo-and-Toothpaste" target="_blank">shampoo one-to-one with toothpaste</a>, then freeze to take out the sticky factor. You'll end up with a translucent putty that's easy to make without a trip to the store.</p> <h2>12. Colored slime</h2> <p>To any of the above recipes, add a few drops of food coloring or liquid watercolor paint. If you add green color to the clear slime, it looks like the ectoplasm in <em>Ghostbusters</em>.</p> <h2>13. Glitter slime</h2> <p>Replace the glue in any of the basic recipes with clear glitter glue, or use clear glue and pour in glitter from a jar, and you will have a sparkly slime that's perfect for glam party favors.</p> <h2>14. Galaxy slime</h2> <p>This twist calls for three batches of glitter slime in different colors &mdash; using colored <a href="http://diyjoy.com/kids-crafts-diy-galaxy-slime-recipe" target="_blank">glitter glue, food coloring, or acrylic paint</a>. Lay them side by side and twist them together to get a streaky, Milky Way effect.</p> <h2>15. Black light slime</h2> <p>Use diet tonic water in the Metamucil slime recipe, and you've got a goop that glows under a black light.</p> <h2>16. Attraction slime</h2> <p><a href="http://chemistry.about.com/od/slimerecipes/fl/How-To-Make-Magnetic-Slime.htm" target="_blank">Mixing iron oxide powder</a> into a classic slime recipe will make goop that is attracted to strong magnets. This one is not safe for really little kids who might put the slime or the magnets in their mouths. Watch out for pets around this one, too.</p> <h2>17. Mood ring slime</h2> <p>Color any slime recipe with <a href="http://amzn.to/2mVoFsf" target="_blank">thermochromatic pigment</a>, available on Amazon, and you'll get a <a href="https://www.thoughtco.com/color-changing-slime-recipe-609157" target="_blank">substance that changes color</a> when you press your palm into it, touch it to a cold drink, or heat it with a hair dryer. This one should drive the middle school kiddos wild.</p> <h2>18. Slime with mix-ins</h2> <p>Once the novelty of kneading a polymer gets old, you can crank up the sensory factor of your slime by adding mix-ins, as if you're working at Cold Stone Creamery. You can pretty much add anything you want: <a href="http://www.theidearoom.net/halloween-monster-slime-recipe/" target="_blank">Small toys</a> or &quot;<a href="https://www.stevespanglerscience.com/store/jelly-marbles-clear-spheres.html" target="_blank">alien eggs</a>&quot; add pleasant textural and visual surprises as you knead.</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/FXrfoudPos4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>This is a great way to make holiday-themed slime, such as <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FXrfoudPos4" target="_blank">eyeball slime</a> for Halloween or star-spangled slime for Independence Day.</p> <h2>19. Sandy slime</h2> <p><a href="http://frugalfun4boys.com/2015/04/07/how-to-make-sand-slime/" target="_blank">Glue, detergent, and smooth sand</a> make this product that stretches like regular slime but has a nice grainy texture. <a href="http://amzn.to/2n4GZj2" target="_blank">Colored sand</a> would be a fun twist.</p> <h2>20. Fluffy slime</h2> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Q6qxULdP5UE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>Adding shaving cream and foaming soap to typical slime ingredients yields a <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q6qxULdP5UE" target="_blank">slime with a lot of air</a> in it, which makes for bubbles to pop and the ability to create pretty swirly shapes.</p> <p>&quot;Adding shaving cream makes it fluffy, which is something that many middle schoolers like. You can also make it more stretchy by putting in a little bit of lotion, which is also something middle schoolers like,&quot; explained a middle school source who agreed to speak with me on the condition of anonymity.</p> <p>Adding in scented personal care products also create a pleasant feel on the fingers.</p> <h2>21. Homemade &quot;Floam&quot;</h2> <p>Take a standard slime recipe and <a href="http://www.growingajeweledrose.com/2013/12/homemade-floam-recipe-for-play.html" target="_blank">add polystyrene beads</a>, the kind that fill a bean bag chair. You can buy them at a craft store, or upcycle Styrofoam packaging by crumbling it up. The result is a more moldable slime, sold commercially as Floam.</p> <h2>22. Iceberg slime</h2> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/ID37N1O0Jmg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>Start with fluffy slime. Set it out to <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ID37N1O0Jmg" target="_blank">dry uncovered for two days</a> to achieve a crunchy crust on the top, for the sheer pleasure of breaking holes in the top and watching &mdash; and listening to &mdash; the surface crack.</p> <h2>23. Avalanche slime</h2> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/hyXO09Lj7IM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>This project involves <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hyXO09Lj7IM" target="_blank">combining white slime in a container with colored transparent slime</a> to create a whirled, multicolored effect.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/carrie-kirby">Carrie Kirby</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/23-recipes-for-slime-your-kids-can-make-and-even-sell">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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No problem. You can make a sturdy tote by upcycling things you already own. It's possible to make a pretty awesome tote bag without spending any money at all. Here are 10 items that you can easily transform into a tote.</p> <h2>1. T-shirt</h2> <p>If you have an old T-shirt in your closet, try <a href="http://www.mommypotamus.com/no-sew-t-shirt-tote-bag-tutorial/" target="_blank">turning it into a tote bag</a>. This no-sew tutorial takes just 10 minutes to complete. You'll need some sharp scissors and a washable marker. Cut the sleeves and neckline area off your shirt. Then figure out how deep you want your bag to be. Cut fringe at the base of your to-be bag, turn it inside out, and tie the fringe.</p> <p>Alternatively, you can leave the fringe out for a more stylish look.</p> <h2>2. Wool sweater</h2> <p>You can make a <a href="http://shabbynest.blogspot.com/2009/09/how-to-make-green-tote.html" target="_blank">felted tote bag using an old wool sweater</a>. Just wash the sweater using hot water and dry on high heat. This will make the fibers shrink and ultimately add strength to your bag. Cut the arms and neckline out of the shrunken sweater. Turn it inside out and then stitch along the bottom to close.</p> <p>You can also fold over the edges of the strap and hem if you like, but felted wool likely won't fray much if at all.</p> <h2>3. Jeans</h2> <p>Maybe you've recently lost some weight and are looking for ways to use your discarded roomy jeans. Make a tote out of 'em.<a href="http://www.craftymisadventures.com/2012/10/upcycled-denim-purse.html" target="_blank"> Upcycled denim</a> makes a particularly ingenious tote that has built-in pockets. What about a handle? Use the leg seams! It's super simple and will stand up to heavy loads. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-new-things-you-can-make-with-old-denim-jeans?ref=seealso" target="_blank">20 New Things You Can Make With Old Blue Jeans</a>)</p> <h2>4. Rice bag</h2> <p>Do you buy your rice in bulk? Keep the bag! Once you slice and dice it a bit, you can sew around the edges and <a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/Reusable-Grocery-Bag-Made-From-a-Rice-Bag/" target="_blank">make a durable grocery bag</a> that will last for years. You only need a few tools: scissors, a needle, and nylon thread. The rest is in the magic of folding it into the classic grocery bag shape and sewing it up.</p> <p>You can follow this exact same process using any stiff bag. <a href="http://www.fresheggsdaily.com/2012/01/make-your-own-feed-bag-tote.html" target="_blank">Feed bags for chickens</a> and other livestock make great choices as well. This type of bag is exceptionally easy to clean. That's great news if you plan to use it to pick up produce at the farmers market.</p> <h2>5. Place mats</h2> <p>Use place mats for this<a href="http://www.papernstitchblog.stfi.re/2016/06/01/budget-friendly-diy-crossbody-bag/" target="_blank"> DIY cross-body bag</a>. To make it, lay the place mats atop one another, inside out. Start at the bottom seam and thread with an embroidery needle. Stitch along three sides of the mats, leaving the top open. Turn bag right-side out. To add a strap, pull a loop from the inside of the bag. The tutorial says to then thread a purse strap through the loop on both sides.</p> <p>If you don't have a purse strap to use, consider braiding a thick rope using old T-shirts to your desired length.</p> <h2>6. Rag rug</h2> <p>You can complete a very similar project using an<a href="http://atticlace.blogspot.com/2013/06/diy-rag-bag-i-recently-picked-up-some.html" target="_blank"> old rag rug</a>. Fold your rug in half and pick up one of the corners to invert it slightly. (This will give the bag a nicer shape.) From there, you stitch both sides using an embroidery needle and floss. The author of this project used a yard of burlap to create a strap. Divide the yard in half and then sew onto the inside of the bag by hand. Yes, by hand. As you can imagine, the rug is likely too thick to run through a sewing machine.</p> <h2>7. Bed sheet</h2> <p>Here's a tote bag that will also transform<a href="http://www.brit.co/tote-blanket/" target="_blank"> into a picnic blanket</a> for those on-the-fly gatherings. What do you upcycle in this case? A full-size cotton bed sheet! This project may take you an entire weekend to complete, but it's well worth the effort.</p> <p>Lay out the sheet horizontally. You'll first cut out a square of fabric that will serve as the blanket. Then you'll use what's left over to make the tote. You eventually attach the two pieces so it's all connected and handy. The strap for this bag is made from the thicker piece at the top of the sheet.</p> <h2>8. Beach towel</h2> <p>This<a href="http://www.morelikehome.net/2015/09/beach-towel-tote-tutorial.html" target="_blank"> beach towel tote</a> helps you carry stuff to the beach and then soak up sun without getting sandy. You just need two towels. To sew the tote, start by making a comfortable pillow that you fill with stuffing. I think this project could also work if you leave the whole pillow portion out. Either way, you'll end up folding in the sides of the pillow to roll into the bag form. Then you sew a fabric pocket on the outside and make your straps. Boom. Beach bag.</p> <p>For the pocket and straps, it's helpful if you have a stronger fabric. Duck cloth works well, but you may also use old jeans.</p> <h2>9. Broken umbrella</h2> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/VcQS27AnM1M" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>We all have a wonky umbrella somewhere in a closet just waiting to be turned into this <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VcQS27AnM1M" target="_blank">DIY tote bag</a>. The bonus here is that the bag will be so compact that you can stash it almost anywhere. To make this bag, you'll need some thread, pins, and a needle. You'll also need to create a rough pattern and find a patch to cover the hole where the fabric used to attach to the umbrella.</p> <p>To detach the umbrella fabric from its frame, carefully snip the thread that attaches it. Check for any holes and patch them. Fold the fabric in half, trace and cut to your pattern. Then sew along all the edges by hand or using a sewing machine.</p> <h2>10. Plastic bags</h2> <p>Plarn is yarn made from discarded plastic bags. You make it by simply laying a plastic bag out flat, removing the handle portion, and cutting the rest into strips. You then tie two strips together, then three, and so on, before rolling your upcycled yarn into a ball to use as you like.</p> <p>Once you've made a ball of your own plarn, you can knit or crochet up dozens of cool things. Here's a tutorial for a<a href="http://www.myrecycledbags.com/2007/07/03/crocheted-plarn-tote-bag/" target="_blank"> plastic yarn tote bag</a> that will long outlive all your individual plastic bags. You'll need a size 9-mm metal hook and crochet skills. When you've completed the project, your bag will measure approximately 12 inches wide by 12 inches long with a 4-inch bottom that expands. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/18-clever-ways-to-reuse-your-plastic-shopping-bags?ref=seealso" target="_blank">18 Clever Ways to Reuse Your Plastic Shopping Bags</a>)</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-you-already-own-that-can-be-turned-into-a-tote-bag">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-amazing-diy-lamps-you-want-in-your-house">9 Amazing DIY Lamps You Want in Your House</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-surprising-uses-for-empty-beer-and-soda-cans">9 Surprising Uses for Empty Beer and Soda Cans</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-128-creative-ways-to-upcycle-your-trash">Flashback Friday: 128 Creative Ways to Upcycle Your Trash</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/18-clever-ways-to-reuse-your-plastic-shopping-bags">18 Clever Ways to Reuse Your Plastic Shopping Bags</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-ideas-for-cheap-festive-fall-decor">12 Ideas for Cheap, Festive, Fall Decor</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> DIY Home crafts DIY diy projects diy tote bag recycle tote bag tote bags upcycle Mon, 20 Mar 2017 10:30:21 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1911157 at http://www.wisebread.com Flashback Friday: 128 Creative Ways to Upcycle Your Trash http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-128-creative-ways-to-upcycle-your-trash <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/flashback-friday-128-creative-ways-to-upcycle-your-trash" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/little_girl_box_528717000.jpg" alt="Little girl upcycling her trash" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Before you head over to the trash can, take a moment to consider if that empty can or citrus peel in your hand can be put to good use. Believe it or not, you might be able to save tons of cash by upcycling your garbage and turning it into something useful. Here are 128 creative ways to make your trash work for you.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/paint_sample_cards_7253325.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-beautiful-things-you-can-make-with-paint-sample-cards?ref=fbf">25 Beautiful Things You Can Make With Paint Sample Cards</a> &mdash; Once you've chosen the right color paint for your office, you no longer need the paint sample cards you were using, right? Wrong! Those colorful swatches can actually turn into beautiful home decor.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-to-reuse-clothes-that-no-longer-fit?ref=fbf">7 Ways to Reuse Clothes That No Longer Fit</a> &mdash; Rather than tossing or donating those clothes you know you won't wear, see if you can use them in other ways. You could make that pile of t-shirts into a stellar quilt! Or turn an old sweater into a pair of cozy mittens.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/iStock-596059078.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-surprising-uses-for-empty-beer-and-soda-cans?ref=fbf">9 Surprising Uses for Empty Beer and Soda Cans</a> &mdash; Upon first glance, an empty soda or beer can might only seem like a piece of trash, but look again and you will see a container with a endless potential. Turn it into a mini planter, a Wi-Fi booster, jewelry supplies, and more!</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/18-clever-ways-to-reuse-your-plastic-shopping-bags?ref=fbf">18 Clever Ways to Reuse Your Plastic Shopping Bags</a> &mdash; Beyond a backup poop bag for your pup, an empty plastic bag can easily be turned into something amazing. An emergency rain hat is just one option of many.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/woman_orange_face_509346224.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/egg-pan-sugar-softener-and-50-other-uses-for-citrus-peels?ref=fbf">Egg Pan, Sugar Softener, and 50 Other Uses for Citrus Peels</a> &mdash; Hold your peels! That citrus skin has more value than you could possibly imagine. Turn it into essential oil, a household cleaner, or a bird feeder. Oh, and there are 49 other brilliant uses here for you.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/17-ways-to-use-old-newspaper?ref=fbf">17 Ways to Use Old Newspaper</a> &mdash; Since many people don't even read newspapers anymore, when you have some lying around, what are you supposed to do with them? Before you toss them out, consider upcycling them into book covers, gift wrap, disposable tablecloths, or something else you need!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/chrissa-hardy">Chrissa Hardy</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-128-creative-ways-to-upcycle-your-trash">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-122-no-fuss-dinner-ideas-thatll-save-you-money">Flashback Friday: 122 No-Fuss Dinner Ideas That&#039;ll Save You Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-surprising-uses-for-empty-beer-and-soda-cans">9 Surprising Uses for Empty Beer and Soda Cans</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-you-already-own-that-can-be-turned-into-a-tote-bag">10 Things You Already Own That Can Be Turned Into a Tote Bag</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/18-clever-ways-to-reuse-your-plastic-shopping-bags">18 Clever Ways to Reuse Your Plastic Shopping Bags</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/37-brilliant-ways-to-reuse-an-empty-milk-jug">37 Brilliant Ways to Reuse an Empty Milk Jug</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> DIY Food and Drink compost DIY fbf flashback friday recycle reuse saving money Spending Money trash upcycle Fri, 03 Mar 2017 10:30:32 +0000 Chrissa Hardy 1901986 at http://www.wisebread.com 9 Surprising Uses for Empty Beer and Soda Cans http://www.wisebread.com/9-surprising-uses-for-empty-beer-and-soda-cans <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/9-surprising-uses-for-empty-beer-and-soda-cans" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-596059078.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="142" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you enjoy a can or two of beer or soda, you may want to think twice before throwing your empties into the trash or recycling bin. The humble aluminum can has a multitude of uses, and can save you money on the most surprising things. All it takes is a little imagination, and a few basic tools. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/beer-donuts-and-11-other-recipes-you-can-make-with-beer?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Beer Donuts and 11 Other Recipes You Can Make With Beer</a>)</p> <h2>1. Make Friendship Bracelets</h2> <p>An empty can has a great shape to turn into a bracelet that easily fits on a wrist. Of course, you'll have to do a little work to make it safe to wear, but the results can be stunning. Simply use a box cutter or pair of kitchen shears to cut off the top and bottom of the can, and then cut it into segments that work for you. You may want a <a href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/148970700153802524/" target="_blank">very wide bracelet</a>, or a bunch of smaller widths. About an inch is good for starters though. Make sure there are no sharp edges, and then decorate it by wrapping ribbon or cloth around it. If you have someone with a particularly large wrist, you can cut it, but make sure you wrap those edges carefully, or round them off. If the can already has a really great design, you don't need to wrap it at all!</p> <h2>2. Make a Beer Can Stove</h2> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/ui8t3pivqtk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>If you do a lot of camping, or like cooking in the outdoors, you don't have to buy a portable stove. You can make one out of an <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ui8t3pivqtk" target="_blank">empty beer or soda can</a>, and it works incredibly well. All you need is something to cut the can with, and some fuel (rubbing alcohol works beautifully). The best part is, if you leave it behind, or it gets thrown in the trash, it costs nothing to replace.</p> <h2>3. Organize Your Stuff</h2> <p>Pens. Pencils. Screws. Hair Ties. Batteries. Cutlery. There are hundreds of different items at home that can be <a href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/444660163179816887/" target="_blank">organized inside empty cans</a>. You just have to cut the top off the can at the height that works best for you. If you have a junk drawer, cut them just below that height, and you can quickly organize all those little bits and pieces that clutter it up. For the garage or workshop, you can make them different sizes for different items. You could even screw them to the wall.</p> <h2>4. Create a Beer or Soda Can Lantern</h2> <p>Creating a <a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/Beer-Can-Lantern-DIY-Tutorial/" target="_blank">lantern out of a beverage can</a> takes a little skill and dexterity, but if you can follow a pattern, and work with a few basic household tools, you shouldn't have any problems. Simply cut an oval in your can, and spray paint it any color you want. Then, create a stencil of your favorite subject matter, and use it to cut a sheet of heavy-duty aluminum foil. Put the two together, add a light, and you have something very fun and decorative. You could even use these at Halloween in place of pumpkins&hellip; and they don't wither and die.</p> <h2>5. Make Your Own Jewelry</h2> <p>If you have the time and the patience, <a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/Aluminum-Can-Flower-Jewelry/" target="_blank">beer can jewelry</a> can really set those tongues wagging. It will be unique, unusual, and not available in any stores. Some people simply cut out parts of the empty can's design into interesting shapes, like teardrops or ovals. Others go the extra step, adding imitation gemstones, glitters, and other adornments. Take some inspiration from these <a href="https://www.etsy.com/listing/154087553/craft-beer-can-earrings?utm_source=Pinterest&amp;utm_medium=PageTools&amp;utm_campaign=Share" target="_blank">earrings selling on Etsy</a> (yeah&hellip; you could make money!).</p> <h2>6. Plant Seeds and Cuttings</h2> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/-QGBGe7kjJ8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>An empty beer or soda can is a great vessel for <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-QGBGe7kjJ8" target="_blank">starting your garden's plants</a>, flowers, and herbs. All you need to do is remove the top of the can with a can opener to give it a clean, safe edge. Then, spray it your favorite color. Add soil, seeds or cuttings, and a little water, and you can save serious money on planters you would buy at a home improvement store or garden center.</p> <h2>7. Boost Your Wi-Fi Signal</h2> <p>Do you have a poor Wi-Fi signal in your home? You could fork out a lot of cash on a signal booster, or a Wi-Fi router upgrade. Or, you could take one of your empty cans and <a href="http://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Wi-Fi-Booster-Using-Only-a-Can" target="_blank">make a booster</a> that will take you from two bars to four. It should take you less than 10 minutes from start to finish. Just make sure all the edges are safe, especially if you have kids in the house.</p> <h2>8. Make Some Impressive Chainmail</h2> <p>If you are into historical re-enactments, attending Renaissance Fairs, or want to make some extra cash on the side, you can use the pull-tabs from your <a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/Genuine-chainmaille-from-pop-tabs/" target="_blank">beer and soda cans to create chain mail</a>. Not only does it look really authentic, it can be done with just the pull-tabs and a few simple tools. If chain mail isn't your thing, you can use the same techniques to make <a href="https://www.pinterest.com/explore/soda-tab-crafts/" target="_blank">lampshades, belts, bowls</a>, and several other creative ideas.</p> <h2>9. Create Unique Gifts for Friends and Family</h2> <p>The material used to make a beverage can is not as thick as it used to be. While this means you don't get a lot for the scrap, it means you can do some very cool things using tools you will find around the house. The material is so soft that you could actually draw into it with an empty ballpoint pen, and punch through it with a nail and create some beautiful <a href="https://snapguide.com/guides/make-hole-punch-signs-with-pepsi-tins/" target="_blank">personalized punch designs</a> Just make sure you clean out the can thoroughly, and find something suitable on which to mount your finished piece of art.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-surprising-uses-for-empty-beer-and-soda-cans">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-128-creative-ways-to-upcycle-your-trash">Flashback Friday: 128 Creative Ways to Upcycle Your Trash</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-you-already-own-that-can-be-turned-into-a-tote-bag">10 Things You Already Own That Can Be Turned Into a Tote Bag</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/eight-natural-ways-to-make-water-more-flavorful">Eight Natural Ways to Make Water More Flavorful</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/18-clever-ways-to-reuse-your-plastic-shopping-bags">18 Clever Ways to Reuse Your Plastic Shopping Bags</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/start-now-you-can-make-these-23-delicious-holiday-gifts">Start Now: You Can Make These 23 Delicious Holiday Gifts</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> DIY Food and Drink beer beer can DIY empty cans diy projects home home decor recycle soda can upcycle Fri, 24 Feb 2017 11:00:10 +0000 Paul Michael 1898050 at http://www.wisebread.com 18 DIY Christmas Ornaments That Are Better Than Store Bought http://www.wisebread.com/18-diy-christmas-ornaments-that-are-better-than-store-bought <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/18-diy-christmas-ornaments-that-are-better-than-store-bought" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-495986648.jpg" alt="diy christmas ornaments" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Food and gifts for the family can be really pricey, but your holiday decorations and ornaments don't have to be. Store-bought ornaments can look generic, and your friends might end up with the same ones. With DIY ornaments, your decorations will stand out from the crowd. The best <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-frugal-christmas-decorating-hacks">DIY Christmas ornaments</a> can also serve as a great keepsake and can honor cherished memories and moments of your life.</p> <p>Whether it's your first Christmas and you don't have many ornaments to begin with, or you just don't want to break the budget this year, here are plenty of ways to decorate your tree on a budget.</p> <h2>1. Filled Glass Ornaments</h2> <p>Fill a glass or clear plastic ornament with artificial snow, glitter, snowflakes, small glittery pom poms, twigs, holly, bayberry, or evergreen for a festive feel. A pack of <a href="http://amzn.to/2fGnTIB">10 glass ornaments</a> is under $7 and you can fill them with items you have around the house for cheap, customized ornaments.</p> <h2>2. Snowman Ornaments</h2> <p>Fill a glass or clear plastic ornament with small marshmallows. Use <a href="http://amzn.to/2gQqCUZ">puffy paint</a> to draw a snowman face.</p> <h2>3. Glitter Ornaments</h2> <p>Swirl a layer of <a href="http://amzn.to/2fGnZ2V">Beacon Glitter It Glue</a> on the inside of a glass or clear plastic ornament. Add glitter of your choice and swirl around inside the ornament. Pour out the excess glitter and enjoy your sparkly new ornament. You can also use puffy paint to draw on a snowman's face to a white glitter ornament.</p> <h2>4. Painted Ornaments</h2> <p>The easiest DIY ornament involves the use of puffy paint or <a href="http://amzn.to/2gd4wLv">paint pens</a>. Simply draw whatever you like on a <a href="http://amzn.to/2fvy4Vf">plainly colored ornament</a>. You can add polka dots with a small piece of sponge, add a monogram, or draw on Santa's belt. You can also use <a href="http://amzn.to/2gQqWDb">letter stickers</a> to spell out words and holiday phrases, like &quot;Ho Ho Ho.&quot; You can also print out your favorite logos, images, or superhero signs, which you can glue to your affordable ornament.</p> <h2>5. Pine Cone Ornaments</h2> <p>The hardest part about this DIY is finding a pine cone. Then, just hot glue each end of a piece of twine or jute onto the end of the pinecone so that you can hang it on your tree. Spray paint the pine cone or hot glue a piece of ribbon tied into a bow for an added touch.</p> <h2>6. Name Tag Ornaments</h2> <p>Create a personalized name tag for each of your guests. Use a stamp, stickers, or a paint pen to write the name of your guest on the <a href="http://amzn.to/2gcYpGO">name tag</a> and hang from the tree using ribbon or twine. Decorate the name tags however you like.</p> <h2>7. CD Ornaments</h2> <p>Have leftover CDs lying around that you don't want anymore? Break them into small pieces and glue the broken pieces onto the outside of a ribbon filled glass or clear plastic ornament.</p> <h2>8. Orange Ornaments</h2> <p>Cut oranges crosswise into &frac34;&quot; slices for a pinwheel effect. Bake in the oven at the lowest temperature for four hours. Every hour, turn the slices with a spatula to ensure they aren't too dried out and still have an orange color. Create a tiny hole in the top of each slice and string twine through. As an added bonus, cats don't like the smell of citrus, so these ornaments can deter your cats from fiddling with the tree.</p> <h2>9. Apple Ornaments</h2> <p>Insert a piece of floral wire into a small apple (like a mini sweet lady apple) with enough wire at the top to wrap around the tree branch. Aim for smaller, lighter apples so they don't weigh down your tree.</p> <h2>10. Key Ornaments</h2> <p>Simply attach standard or skeleton keys to your tree using ribbon. It looks festive and regal (and allows you to embrace your love of keys). You can also spray paint the keys different colors.</p> <h2>11. Washi Tape Ornaments</h2> <p>Use your favorite <a href="http://amzn.to/2fGe3qg">washi tape</a> to make any designs you like on the outside of a glass ornament.</p> <h2>12. Gold Leaf Ornaments</h2> <p>Either choose plainly colored ornaments or paint a plain ornament with your favorite colored paint. Then, add gold leaf paper for an elegant touch. <a href="http://amzn.to/2fGoYQL">Gold leaf paper</a> often comes with an <a href="http://amzn.to/2gd2Xgg">adhesive</a>. When you're painting the ornament, you can either paint the outside or add a bit of paint inside the ornament, then swirl it around and pour out the excess paint.</p> <h2>13. Ombre Ornaments</h2> <p>Simply pour some <a href="http://amzn.to/2gAkfov">glass stain paint</a> into a bowl. Dip the glass or clear plastic ornament into the bowl and let the remaining paint drip off to create an ombre effect. Either leave the ornament as-is or fill it with mementos.</p> <h2>14. Beach Ornaments</h2> <p>Fill a glass or clear plastic ornament with sand, small seashells, and glitter to create a beachy scene. You can also use puffy paint on the outside to draw on seagulls, fish, and anything else that reminds you of your favorite days at the beach.</p> <h2>15. Cinnamon Tree Ornaments</h2> <p>Use a piece of naturally coiled wrapped wire to form a loop. Push the ends into the hollow ends of a cinnamon stick. Hot glue small sprigs of fresh rosemary perpendicularly to create branches. Attach small buttons, beads, or rhinestones to the rosemary (to look like tiny ornaments). The ornament will smell great and look cute on your tree.</p> <h2>16. Candle Holders</h2> <p>Turn a wine glass upside down to use the base as a candle holder. You can put anything you like in the wine glass, such as ribbons, small poinsettias, mini pinecones, cranberries, or ornaments.</p> <h2>17. Cinnamon Men Ornaments</h2> <p><strong><em>Ingredients</em></strong><em>: </em></p> <ul> <li>1 cup unsweetened applesauce</li> <li>1 1/2 cup ground cinnamon</li> <li>2 T craft glue</li> </ul> <p><strong><em>Method</em></strong><em>:</em></p> <p>Mix the three ingredients together in a bowl and then form into a ball with your hands. Roll the dough out to about &frac14;&quot; and use cookie cutters to create your favorite ornament shapes. Use a toothpick, bamboo skewer, or straw to poke holes at the top, which you can wrap a ribbon through to hang the scented ornaments from your tree. Allow them a few days to dry or place them in a 200&ordm;F oven for 1-2 hours. Decorate the ornaments with glitter, puffy paint, rhinestones, beads, and candy.</p> <h2>18. Clay Ornaments</h2> <p><strong><em>Ingredients</em></strong><em>: </em></p> <ul> <li>1/2 cup cornstarch</li> <li>1 cup baking soda</li> <li>3/4 cup water</li> </ul> <p><strong><em>Method</em></strong><em>:</em></p> <p>Mix the ingredients together in a pot aver medium heat until the dough thickens to the consistency of smooth mashed potatoes. Once it has slightly cooled, place the ball of dough in a bowl and cover with a damp cloth until it has fully cooled. Knead the dough and roll it out to about &frac14;&quot; and use cookie cutters to create your favorite ornament shapes. Use a toothpick, bamboo skewer, or straw to poke holes at the top, which you can wrap a ribbon through to hang the scented ornaments from your tree. Place them in a 175&ordm;F oven for one hour, turning them over halfway through cooking. Use paint or glitter to decorate. You can also use food coloring to the water before mixing up the batter for custom colored ornaments.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-cannon">Andrea Cannon</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/18-diy-christmas-ornaments-that-are-better-than-store-bought">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-frugal-christmas-decorating-hacks">14 Frugal Christmas Decorating Hacks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-festive-and-easy-diy-holiday-decorations">14 Festive and Easy DIY Holiday Decorations</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-festive-ways-to-dress-up-your-property-for-the-holidays">13 Festive Ways to Dress Up Your Property for the Holidays</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-holiday-pet-dangers-to-avoid">11 Holiday Pet Dangers to Avoid</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-festive-frugal-ways-to-spruce-up-your-home-for-the-holidays">6 Festive, Frugal Ways to Spruce Up Your Home for the Holidays</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> DIY Home Christmas Christmas ornament Christmas tree decorations diy decor DIY gifts diy ornament Holidays Mon, 05 Dec 2016 12:00:14 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1845595 at http://www.wisebread.com 20 Cheap and Easy DIY Kitchen Improvements http://www.wisebread.com/20-cheap-and-easy-diy-kitchen-improvements <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/20-cheap-and-easy-diy-kitchen-improvements" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_cooking_pot_534722067.jpg" alt="Woman making easy DIY kitchen improvements" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Cook, clean, repeat. Making meals day in and day out is a lot of work! No wonder Americans <a href="https://www.zagat.com/b/the-state-of-american-dining-in-2016">dine out between four and five times</a> per week. Are you ready to lighten your load a little, or cheer up your kitchen space? If so, here are 20 fun and easy DIY improvements.</p> <h2>1. Fancy Furniture to Kitchen Island</h2> <p>Google some of the images for &quot;dresser into kitchen island&quot; and you'll be as stoked as I was (and you'll be looking at dressers along with me, at yard sales!). Not only are these practical, but some of them are <a href="http://www.remodelaholic.com/from-dresser-to-kitchen-island/">really great-looking</a>.</p> <h2>2. Cutting Board Holder</h2> <p>Do you use separate cutting boards for raw meats and another for ready-to-eat foods? Safer, for sure, but storing multiple cutting boards can be a pain. Sleek sets of cutting boards aren't cheap ($30 and up), so instead try one of these <a href="http://amzn.to/2fpmq9E">wire step file organizers</a> at a bargain for $11.75 (even less if used). It'll also hold some cookbooks and small baking sheets.</p> <h2>3. Ditch the Drawers</h2> <p>Ugh, my poor, aching, back. I have come to despise my deep cupboards (where is that darn yellow casserole dish?). Maybe I'll install these awesome <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZH0gHFRI_rU">DIY pullout drawers.</a></p> <h2>4. Make a Cheerful Rug</h2> <p>Love my hardwood floors, but rugs do &quot;warm up&quot; the room, and they are nice to stand on while doing dishes. Why not <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YADYD28wIWU">make your own</a>?</p> <h2>5. Sharp Storage</h2> <p>I love my big knife block, but if your knives weren't all purchased together, consider this handy <a href="http://amzn.to/2fRSmHJ">magnetic knife bar</a>. At less than $25, it'll keep your knives easy to find. It's also easy to install.</p> <h2>6. Hang 'Em High</h2> <p>Pots and pans everywhere? I know, I had that problem, too, until my husband built me a <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PnVRZPzNBvk">hanging pot rack</a>. This project takes only about 45 minutes and what a terrific space-saver it is.</p> <h2>7. Fun Retro Look</h2> <p>Putting ingredients into Mason jars not only looks neat in your pantry, but the clear glass is practical. Take it a step further with a <a href="http://amzn.to/2gBGryR">label maker</a> and go nuts organizing.</p> <h2>8. Shelf Space</h2> <p>Wall space with no cupboards attached? Lucky you &mdash; try your hand at building some <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cxnduhQDuMo">floating shelves</a> and store/display your stuff.</p> <h2>9. Peg It</h2> <p>Remember pegboard? Guess what: It's cool again. Pegboard is inexpensive stuff, and it's not just for the garage, anymore. Paint it, or leave it in its natural state, add hooks, and ta-daah! Instant storage. A 2' x 4' piece is only about $6.</p> <h2>10. Cover It</h2> <p>I have, like&hellip; zero... craft ability, but even I can run a hot glue gun. You can use twine, rope, or even raffia to <a href="http://www.frugelegance.com/rope-wrapped-cans/">cover an old coffee can</a>; fill with spatulas, ladles, wooden spoons. Then, utensils are not only easy to find, but look great.</p> <h2>11. Hook It</h2> <p>Don't forget about <a href="http://amzn.to/2ggkr8n">cup hooks</a>! For about $6, you can buy a package of 30 sturdy hooks. Just screw them in &quot;wasted space&quot; spots in your kitchen and voilà! Hang up potholders, aprons, and, well, cups.</p> <h2>12. Outdoors In</h2> <p>I love fresh fruit in a bowl, but it does take up valuable counter space. Solution? Snag an inexpensive plant holder on clearance in a big-box garden shop and hang it inside for a &quot;hanging&quot; fruit basket.</p> <h2>13. DIY Countertop</h2> <p>Building your own <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U7GuE2O2DAo">concrete countertop</a> is not a project for a beginner or a weekend, but if you have the skills, it's pretty cool!</p> <h2>14. Spicy Solution</h2> <p>No built-in spice rack? Don't despair. Here is a <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bwiSU26xPRI">spice-rack project</a> that can easily be done in an afternoon.</p> <h2>15. What's for Dinner?</h2> <p>Like those big menu boards you see in restaurants? How about a place to easily write shopping lists, post family notes, or schedules? Try making your own <a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/Magnetic-Dry-Erase-Wall/">dry-erase board</a> &mdash; a project that is really fun <em>and </em>practical!</p> <h2>16. Plant It!</h2> <p>Fresh herbs make your cooking efforts so much better. Why not plant an <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cu6Cda37Us4">indoor herb garden</a>? It's a snap. I love having chives, rosemary, basil and cilantro around.</p> <h2>17. Rakishly Handsome</h2> <p>Watch for old rakes at yard sales. Cut the handles down, clean, and hang on a wall. A rake is, as it turns out, perfect for hanging wineglasses, potholders, or kitchen towels, and they have a lot of fun character.</p> <h2>18. Re-Purpose the Wipes Container</h2> <p>Love those handy pop-up wipes containers? Re-use by covering with pretty wrapping or contact paper, and fill with plastic bags.</p> <h2>19. Snack Extravaganza</h2> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2g4ea0j">Hanging shoe pockets</a> aren't just for shoes. Hang one in your pantry and add snacks, tea and cocoa packets, gravy or sauce mix packets, etc.</p> <h2>20. Cookbook Character</h2> <p>Need additional cookbook storage? Why not try making a <a href="http://www.wherethesmileshavebeen.com/how-to-make-and-install-pallet-bookshelves/">bookshelf out of a pallet</a>? The instructions include super-helpful information about how to select safe pallet wood.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/marla-walters">Marla Walters</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-cheap-and-easy-diy-kitchen-improvements">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-decorate-your-christmas-tree-for-under-30">10 Ways to Decorate Your Christmas Tree for Under $30</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-clever-ways-to-improve-your-home-gym">10 Clever Ways to Improve Your Home Gym</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/18-smart-ways-to-reuse-your-empty-glass-bottles">18 Smart Ways to Reuse Your Empty Glass Bottles</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-cool-diy-home-improvements-for-20-or-less">10 Cool DIY Home Improvements for $20 or Less</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-beautiful-things-you-can-make-with-paint-sample-cards">25 Beautiful Things You Can Make With Paint Sample Cards</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> DIY Home crafting decorating home improvements Homemade kitchen projects storage Fri, 02 Dec 2016 12:00:09 +0000 Marla Walters 1843718 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Ways to Decorate Your Christmas Tree for Under $30 http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-decorate-your-christmas-tree-for-under-30 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-ways-to-decorate-your-christmas-tree-for-under-30" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/family_christmas_tree_614873318.jpg" alt="Family decorating Christmas tree for under $30" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>When I moved into my first &quot;grown-up&quot; apartment after college (many moons ago, now), I wanted to do everything just right &mdash; including the holidays. But between travel expenses and a growing gift list, my holiday tree-trimming budget was tight.</p> <p>Without years' worth of accumulated ornaments, I had to get creative and keep my spending in check. Here's how I did it &mdash; and here are 10 ideas to decorate your own Christmas tree for under $30.</p> <h2>1. Take a Walk in the Woods</h2> <p>Potential ornaments are all around us &mdash; even outside. Pine cones are classic holiday decorating fare. Even better, they're sustainable, biodegradable, and entirely free.</p> <p>Add dimension to dried pine cones with flocking. Just dip the tips of the pinecone scales in glue and brush with white, silver, or gold flocking powder. Fresh out of flocking supplies? Leftover household or craft paint (applied very lightly) works too. When done, attach a twine or satin loop to the broadest end and hang!</p> <h2>2. Tie One On</h2> <p>Simple bows all in the same color add drama and elegance to a tree. Use them as ornaments in their own right or to fill in sparse areas between traditional ornaments. At this very moment, my local dollar store is selling a package of 18 small red &quot;velvet-like&quot; bows for $1.00.</p> <h2>3. Get Thrifty</h2> <p>You really can find anything at thrift stores &mdash; including Christmas tree ornaments. Oddly enough, many ornaments that find their way into secondhand stores are handmade (donated during estate liquidations or as part of a family's downsizing project, I suspect). Give these little one-of-a-kind treasures new life by making them part of your annual holiday tree. Most secondhand ornaments can be picked up for $. 25 to $. 50 apiece.</p> <h2>4. Pick Up Sticks</h2> <p>Have a yard full of leaves and twigs? Me too. Arrange five 3&quot;&ndash; 4&quot; long sticks into a rustic star shape, securing each of the five points with thin wire or twine. Use wire or twine to also reinforce the five areas where two sticks intersect/overlap. Nestle completed ornaments into the boughs of your tree or feature a large one as a tree-topper.</p> <h2>5. Frame It</h2> <p>Recycle tiny photo frames by turning them into unique ornaments. Insert vintage holiday scenes cut from old greeting cards or trim family snapshots down to size. Then, hot glue a loop of nylon ribbon on the back for easy hanging.</p> <h2>6. Fold It</h2> <p>Mastering basic origami forms like stars, hearts, cranes &mdash; and even Christmas trees &mdash; doesn't take much time, and it's an activity kids will gladly try with you. As I write this, there's a 1000-sheet set of origami paper for sale on eBay for $9.73 (shipping included). That's a lot of ornaments!</p> <p>Nestle finished creations in the boughs of your tree, but remember, fresh-cut trees can dry out quickly and pose a fire hazard. Use extra caution when combining paper ornaments with natural branches and hot holiday lights.</p> <h2>7. Uncap It</h2> <p>Don't toss out those bottle caps. Instead, arrange three into a snowman shape (concave sides up) and connect by hot gluing a single strand of ribbon the back. Paint the concave sides white then add frosty facial details with permanent marker or paint.</p> <h2>8. Unlock It</h2> <p>Though they're quickly getting snatched up by jewelry designers and collectors, vintage skeleton keys can be still be found at garage and estate sales for a dollar or two apiece. Add a unique look to your tree by spray painting the keys a glossy white and hanging with a bright red satin ribbon.</p> <h2>9. Break Out of the Mold</h2> <p>Small vintage aluminum baking molds can be had for less than $. 50 in most thrift stores. Collect a dozen or so in classic heart, leaf, and star shapes. Turn them into quaint tree ornaments by simply hot-gluing a loop of ribbon to the back of each.</p> <h2>10. Throw a Party</h2> <p>Why not crowdsource your tree decorating duties? Host a potluck style ornament party where guests exchange ornaments with one another. Keep the vibe lighthearted by encouraging homemade, secondhand, and comical contributions.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kentin-waits">Kentin Waits</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-decorate-your-christmas-tree-for-under-30">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-pretty-projects-for-pine-cones">5 Pretty Projects for Pine Cones</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/my-budget-challenge-2016-how-to-live-frugally-when-you-have-no-time">My Budget Challenge 2016: How to Live Frugally When You Have No Time</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-cheap-and-easy-diy-kitchen-improvements">20 Cheap and Easy DIY Kitchen Improvements</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-creative-ways-to-upcycle-used-baby-furniture">8 Creative Ways to Upcycle Used Baby Furniture</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/help-for-the-decoratively-hopeless-or-the-cheap-myscha-theriault-on-btr">Help for the Decoratively Hopeless (or the Cheap): Myscha Theriault on BTR</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living DIY christmas trees crafting decorating Holidays ornaments pine cones thrift stores Tue, 29 Nov 2016 12:00:14 +0000 Kentin Waits 1839212 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: How to Avoid Busting Your Budget on a DIY Project http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-how-to-avoid-busting-your-budget-on-a-diy-project <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-how-to-avoid-busting-your-budget-on-a-diy-project" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_diy_project_70882027.jpg" alt="Woman not busting her budget on DIY project" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found articles on how to avoid busting your budget on a DIY project, money myths that lead to debt, and tips for buying stylish and affordable furniture.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.frugalvillage.com/2016/11/10/how-to-avoid-going-over-budget-on-your-diy-project/">How to Avoid Going Over Budget on Your DIY Project</a> &mdash; Make detailed, step-by-step plan so you know exactly what tools and supplies you'll need for this project. [Frugal Village]</p> <p><a href="https://getoutofdebt.org/100298/4-money-myths-that-can-lead-to-debt">4 Money Myths That Can Lead to Debt</a> &mdash; Many people believe that a big purchase can be made more affordable when broken into monthly payments, but this doesn't leave a lot of room for error if your financial situation changes for the worse. [Get Out of Debt Guy]</p> <p><a href="http://www.dumblittleman.com/2016/11/buying-furniture-on-a-budget.html">Top 10 Tips for Buying Stylish Furniture on a Budget</a> &mdash; Look for plain, inexpensive pieces that you can dress up with your creative touch. [Dumb Little Man]</p> <p><a href="http://www.cultofmoney.com/2016/11/09/7-financial-gifts-kids-christmas/">7 Financial Gifts for Kids this Christmas</a> &mdash; It's never too early to start saving! Open a savings account for your child and encourage her to deposit a portion of any gift money she receives. [Cult of Money]</p> <p><a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/The-Bite/2016/1030/Reduce-greenhouse-gas-emissions-by-eating-less-meat-report-says">Reduce greenhouse gas emissions by eating less meat, report says</a> &mdash;&nbsp; Almost 25% of global greenhouse gas emissions come from agriculture, forestry, and other forms of land use, and methane emissions from livestock production account for 40% of agricultural GHG emissions overall. [The Monitor]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Things-Everyone-Should-Experience-42231128#photo-42231128">Don't Waste Any More Time &mdash; Experience These Amazing Adventures Right Now</a> &mdash; Want to try something new? Go on one of these amazing adventures for the experience of a lifetime! [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.morewithlesstoday.com/common-sense-packing-tips-when-visiting-family-no-more-overpacking/">Common Sense Packing Tips When Visiting Family &ndash; No More Overpacking!</a> &mdash; If you visit long-distance family on a regular basis, leave an extra set of clothing and toiletries at their house to avoid having to pack commonly-used items every time you go. [More With Less Today]</p> <p><a href="http://www.vanessaalvarado.com/2016/11/easy-idea-for-hiding-office-or-studio.html">Easy Idea for Hiding Office or Studio Clutter: A Work from Home Tapestry Solution</a> &mdash; Hang a tapestry to hide the business clutter in your home office when you're not working. [Vanessa Alvarado]</p> <p><a href="http://www.fivecentnickel.com/2016/11/09/different-types-savings-accounts/">The Four Types of Savings Accounts That Everyone Should Have</a> &mdash; An emergency fund is crucial, but once you've saved enough for that, look into building up short-term and long-term savings. [Five Cent Nickel]</p> <p><a href="http://moneypantry.com/money-saving-tips-for-new-parents/">45 Money Saving Tips for New Parents</a> &mdash; If you plan to have multiple children, opt for gender-neutral clothing to make it easier to reuse your child's wardrobe. [Money Pantry]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-how-to-avoid-busting-your-budget-on-a-diy-project">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-your-dvd-player-region-free-in-seconds">Make Your DVD Player Region-Free in Seconds</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/remove-car-dents-quickly-and-cheaply">Remove Car Dents Quickly and Cheaply</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-really-easy-ways-to-unclog-drains">10 Really Easy Ways to Unclog Drains</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/quickly-removing-scratches-from-cds-and-dvds">Quickly Remove Scratches From CDs and DVDs</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-new-things-you-can-make-with-old-denim-jeans">20 New Things You Can Make With Old Denim Jeans</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> DIY best money tips diy project Mon, 14 Nov 2016 11:02:12 +0000 Amy Lu 1830891 at http://www.wisebread.com Start Now: You Can Make These 23 Delicious Holiday Gifts http://www.wisebread.com/start-now-you-can-make-these-23-delicious-holiday-gifts <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/start-now-you-can-make-these-23-delicious-holiday-gifts" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/christmas_baked_goods_77270193.jpg" alt="Making delicious holiday gifts now" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I have had no time to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-easy-to-make-deluxe-gifts-for-under-15">get my craft on</a> and no money to spend on thrift store gifts, because I am hellbent on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/my-2016-budget-challenge-why-i-need-to-find-31k-this-year">making an extra $31,000</a> by the end of the year.</p> <p>However, my insane work schedule and budget have not stopped me from completing my holiday DIY gift list early. It's not even October, I have made 100% of my gifts from scratch, and I barely had to leave my house.</p> <p>What's my holiday gift hack? Make ahead edible gifts.</p> <h2>1. Surplus Fruit Jam</h2> <p>I have a gigantic mission fig tree in my backyard. Even after I invited all of my fig-crazed neighbors over to pick as many figs as they could eat, I was still left with 50 pounds of fresh figs that I turned into 130 eight-ounce jars of fig jam. Total cost: $100 for jars and a 10-pound sack of cane sugar. (I traded figs for lemons and oranges with neighbors in order to keep my ingredient cost to a minimum).</p> <p>Figs might seem like an exotic and rare fruit, but in southern California, there are feral fig trees that pop up in vacant lots. They are everywhere. Also, figs are like zucchinis, you only need one plant to supply an entire neighborhood.</p> <h2>2. Marmalade</h2> <p>I never liked marmalade until I figured out <a href="http://www.myromanapartment.com/jam-session-master-lemon-marmalade-recipe/">my own recipe</a> for lemon marmalade. The basic recipe is made with just three ingredients: lemons, cane sugar, and water.</p> <h2>3. Preserved Lemons</h2> <p><a href="http://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/1016212-preserved-lemons">Salt preserved lemons</a> are one of my secret weapons in the kitchen. I use preserved lemons to perk up everything from traditional North African <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/105044/lamb-tagine/">tagines</a> to store-bought salad dressing. They are delicious as a garnish for fish or poultry. My favorite way to eat them is as a flavoring for thick, Greek-style yogurt that I then use as a savory topping for flat bread.</p> <h2>4. Limoncello</h2> <p>Limoncello, or Limoncino as it's know in Florence, is the classic Italian after-dinner drink made from grain alcohol, sugar, and lemon peel. Although most American recipes call for vodka, every Italian mixologist I know uses a high-proof spirit like Everclear as the base. For people who love kitchen science, I prefer to use the <a href="http://gizmodo.com/how-to-make-the-best-limoncello-youve-ever-had-1533528095">vapor method</a> of infusion because I think it results in a smoother tasting drink.</p> <h2>5. Citrus Salts</h2> <p><a href="http://www.101cookbooks.com/archives/citrus-salt-recipe.html">Citrus salts</a> are elegant food gifts that are super simple to make. All you need is citrus zest and flaky sea salt. Packed into small glass jars, citrus salts are great stocking stuffers, but they would also make beautiful wedding favors.</p> <h2>6. Canned Peaches</h2> <p>Eating a summer peach that was picked and canned at peak ripeness in the dead of winter is such a pleasure. Anyone who puts up food knows that preserving surplus food is a great way to save money and enjoy out-of-season flavors. Now is your last chance until next year to capture summer in a jar.</p> <h2>7. Blackberry Syrup</h2> <p>I grew up in Oregon, so I know that it is totally possible to eat too many blackberries. Since Marionberries grow everywhere, wild, my family never spent a dime to enjoy this summer fruit. As an adult, I now spend $8 per pound for a substandard blackberry experience.</p> <p>For the love of all that is good and beautiful, if you have access to free, feral berry bushes, don't take that for granted. Stretch the last harvest of the season by making <a href="http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/blackberry-syrup-108407">blackberry syrup</a> instead of blackberry jam. It's amazing on everything from pancakes to ice cream.</p> <h2>8. Pickled Okra</h2> <p>Okra gets a bad rap. It's slimy. It's like eating a tiny luffa. But even haters will enjoy spicy, garlicky <a href="http://nchfp.uga.edu/how/can_06/pickled_dill_okra.html">pickled okra</a>, especially if it's served in a bloody mary as an edible stir stick.</p> <h2>9. Ketchup</h2> <p>Ever wonder why there are so many varieties of mustard and so few varieties of ketchup? Answer: Ketchup is a pain in the butt to make. Five years ago, I lost eight hours of my life making homemade ketchup from the sad, leftover tomatoes in my garden. It took that long for the tomato puree to cook down. <a href="http://www.saveur.com/article/Recipes/Ketchup">This recipe</a> makes ketchup that is so delicious, that my friends are still begging me to make it again to this day. To avoid my lengthy ketchup odyssey, use paste tomatoes that have more meat and less juice. (If you don't grow your own San Marzano tomatoes, buy the canned version when they go on sale.)</p> <p>Unlike store-bought ketchup that has a shelf life of &hellip; forever, homemade ketchup needs to be refrigerated and has a life span of just a few weeks. If you want to make ketchup in advance, be sure to follow <a href="http://nchfp.uga.edu/how/can_03/tomato_ketchup.html">these instructions</a> on how to can it properly.</p> <h2>10. Mustard</h2> <p>Mustard is a handmade food that requires advance preparation. Mustard needs time to marinate and mellow out, as freshly made mustard is very bitter. I use <a href="http://honest-food.net/2015/05/08/how-to-make-mustard-2/">this versatile recipe</a> as a jumping-off point because I can make it with a mortar and pestle and live out my wizard fantasies, and because it has a shelf life of 12 months in the refrigerator.</p> <h2>11. Fermented Tabasco-Style Hot Sauce</h2> <p>The secret ingredient of Tabasco sauce is time. It's aged in oak barrels for over three years! My food snob friends are suitably impressed by the <a href="http://honest-food.net/2014/08/21/fermented-hot-sauce-recipe/">artisanal version</a>, even though I can never wait longer than 100 days for my hot sauce to ferment.</p> <h2>12. Cranberry Sauce</h2> <p>True story: I learned how to can because I wanted to be able to eat my homemade cranberry sauce year-round. As it turns out, I am not the only person who craves that sweet/tart flavor in the offseason. <a href="http://www.motherearthnews.com/real-food/canning/homemade-cranberry-sauce-zbcz1511.aspx">Cranberry sauce</a> and peanut butter sandwiches are so yummy.</p> <h2>13. Cured Olives</h2> <p>When I was a starving student, I made <a href="http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/recipe/marinated-olives-rosemary-and-orange-peel">marinated olives</a> as the fancy holiday gift I gave everyone. Because olives are expensive and I was poor, I brined my own olives that I had foraged for free from my local park. Because I live in Los Angeles &mdash; where it's ridiculously hot until the end of November &mdash; I have subsequently switched to <a href="http://www.motherearthnews.com/real-food/curing/how-to-cure-olives-zmaz76zhar.aspx?pageid=1#PageContent1">salt curing olives</a> because I'm lazy.</p> <h2>14. Dried Persimmons</h2> <p>I was never a fan of persimmons until I tasted the dried persimmons sold by Korean and Japanese fruit vendors at my local farmers market. Luckily, I didn't have to look far to find a recipe to make my own. My superstar, homesteading neighbors not only own an over-productive persimmon tree, they also wrote this <a href="http://www.rootsimple.com/2012/11/how-to-make-hoshigaki-dried-persimmons/">bang-up tutorial</a> on how to make Hoshigaki (dried persimmons). These fruits are gorgeous when dried, and look great on a holiday cheese plate.</p> <h2>15. Prickly Pear Jelly</h2> <p>Nopal, aka prickly pear cactus, grows like a weed all over my neighborhood, so it's a free produce for the taking. Prickly pear cactus fruit season runs from September through January, but the cactus pads can be harvested and eaten year around. Fair warning: unless you love getting repeatedly stabbed with cactus needles, I highly recommend that Nopal newbs take the time to <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H-yR3pYw9fM">learn how to prepare</a> the spiny fruits and pads before harvesting any part of the plant.</p> <p>I find most prickly pear jams to be revoltingly sweet, but my neighbors developed a <a href="http://www.rootsimple.com/2010/08/low-sugar-prickly-pear-jelly-recipe/">low-sugar prickly pear jelly</a> that highlights the subtle taste of the fruit.</p> <h2>16. Pickle Prickle</h2> <p>My favorite way to eat prickly pear cactus is to <a href="http://foodpreservation.about.com/od/Pickles/r/Pickled-Nopales.htm">pickle the cactus</a> pads. My Mexican neighbor makes a spicy nopalitos salad that is my all-time favorite taco topping, but if you can't handle the heat of Mexican recipes, you can substitute cactus pads for okra in pickled okra recipes.</p> <h2>17. Pine Cone Syrup</h2> <p>Yes, I have a foraging instructor. (Insert pretentious hipster joke here.) Pascal Baudar regularly publishes free recipes for the budget-minded on Facebook, which is where I found this recipe for <a href="https://www.facebook.com/pascal.baudar/posts/10154236824069759">Pinyon pine cone syrup</a>. Made from a 50/50 mix of brown sugar and unripe pine cones, Pascal's sun-cooked syrup is based on an old French recipe. Pretty much every European country has their own version of pine syrup, so if Pinyon pine cones are not available in your area, <a href="http://sparxmind.com/maple-syrup-vs-pine-syrup/">check out the comments section</a> of this food blog for instructions on how to make Italian Mugolio, Romanian Sirop Muguri de pin, and Polish Syrop z Sosny.</p> <h2>18. Homemade Vanilla Extracts</h2> <p>Most flavored liqueurs are just infused spirits. If you can make flavored vinegar, you can make your own specialty cocktail supplies. One liter of bargain vodka can be turned into 20 fancy gifts.</p> <p>One of the easiest make-ahead gifts from the kitchen is <a href="http://www.myromanapartment.com/homemade-vanilla-extract-cheap-vodka/">vanilla extract</a>. We use vodka in our personal recipe for a pure vanilla taste, but you can use rum if you want a richer flavor. For home use, we decant our homemade extract into a huge bottle. For gift giving, we decant the extract into tiny bottles that we <a href="http://kirbiecravings.com/2015/12/homemade-diy-extracts.html">seal with wax</a> for extra glamour.</p> <h2>19. Bathtub(less) Gin</h2> <p>Celebrity mixologist and food blogger Jeffrey Morgenthaler created a step-by-step tutorial on how to <a href="http://www.jeffreymorgenthaler.com/2007/how-to-make-your-own-gin-without-a-still/">make your own gin without a still</a>. All the street cred without the risk of blindness!</p> <h2>20. Dried Blenheim Apricot Liqueur</h2> <p>This recipe is a twofer. Make an <a href="http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/blenheim-apricot-liqueur">apricot flavored liqueur</a> by infusing brandy with dried fruit. The soused apricots can then be dipped in chocolate and turned into <a href="http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/chocolate-dipped-apricots">boozy candy</a>.</p> <h2>21. Vermouth-Soaked Cocktail Olives</h2> <p>Fact: An excellent martini cannot be made with a mediocre olive. For those hard core gin drinkers who think a proper martini involves waving their bottle of gin in the general direction of France, <a href="http://imbibemagazine.com/homemade-cocktail-olives/">these olives</a> will provide all the vermouth required for the driest martini.</p> <h2>22. Offseason Maraschino Cherries</h2> <p>It's early autumn, and I want homemade maraschino cherries in time for Christmas in December, so I can be that girl who serves the totally from scratch Shirley Temple punch at her Chinese takeout Christmas dinner party. Shirley Temples are the perfect drink accompaniment for salty stir-fry! Source: I grew up in my grandparent's Chinese restaurant. So, to ensure I have maraschino cherries on my schedule, I am <a href="http://www.thisgirlwalksintoabar.com/2014/04/how-to-make-homemade-maraschino-cherries-from-frozen-cherries/">making my own cocktail accessories</a> out of frozen cherries.</p> <h2>23. Metheglin</h2> <p>Metheglin sounds like the name of Bilbo Baggins' lady friend, but it's actually flavored mead. Although there are 3,000 years of metheglin recipes available, I've been meaning to try <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/wordofmouth/2012/feb/15/how-to-make-metheglin">this recipe</a> because it is flavored with lemons and herbs that are already growing in my backyard (and I am lazy and cheap).</p> <h3>On Wrapping and Packing</h3> <p>Good labels and presentation can make the humblest recipe look incredibly elegant and costly. Pinterest and Etsy are full of gorgeous labels and gift tags to buy or recreate. When is a gift not a gift? When the box arrives and it's full of broken glass and spoiled food. Pack food gifts carefully or hire a professional shipper to help you.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/max-wong">Max Wong</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/start-now-you-can-make-these-23-delicious-holiday-gifts">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-128-creative-ways-to-upcycle-your-trash">Flashback Friday: 128 Creative Ways to Upcycle Your Trash</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-delicious-uses-for-leftover-hot-dogs">7 Delicious Uses for Leftover Hot Dogs</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-surprising-uses-for-empty-beer-and-soda-cans">9 Surprising Uses for Empty Beer and Soda Cans</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buy-these-9-christmas-gifts-now-and-save">Buy These 9 Christmas Gifts Now and Save</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/eight-natural-ways-to-make-water-more-flavorful">Eight Natural Ways to Make Water More Flavorful</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> DIY Food and Drink Christmas Christmas gifts DIY DIY christmas gifts frugal living holiday saving money Thu, 29 Sep 2016 10:30:07 +0000 Max Wong 1802000 at http://www.wisebread.com 25 Beautiful Things You Can Make With Paint Sample Cards http://www.wisebread.com/25-beautiful-things-you-can-make-with-paint-sample-cards <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/25-beautiful-things-you-can-make-with-paint-sample-cards" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/paint_sample_cards_7253325.jpg" alt="Beautiful things you can make with paint sample cards" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I have a love-hate relationship with interior decorating magazines. They are full of good ideas &mdash; for people with money.</p> <p>Consider this advice: The cheapest way to remake a space is with paint. Yes, repainting the walls or your furniture is one of the more affordable ways to redecorate. However, I still cringe when I repeat this mantra to other budget decorators because I remember a time in my life when I was too poor to afford $60 in paint. Also, even if I had the money to repaint the places I lived in when I was a starving student (dorm rooms, my office), they didn't allow me to paint over the high gloss, Navajo White paint that covered the walls, ceilings, and moldings like a membrane of sadness.</p> <p>Fortunately, there's a fantastic, free design tool available at every paint store that you can use to spiff up your lodging: paint card (or chip) samples.</p> <p>In researching this story I realized that many of these projects are scalable. You can scale greeting card instructions up to make wall murals, table tops, and headboards, and scale quilt patterns down to make tiny art pieces. Use this list as a jumping off point!</p> <h2>1. Butterflies Are Free</h2> <p>Well, almost. For the cost of a <a href="http://amzn.to/2crmdHk">butterfly stamp punch</a> you can create a kaleidoscope of butterflies anywhere you want. (Vocabulary geeks please note that kaleidoscope is the <a href="https://www.reference.com/pets-animals/call-group-butterflies-fa80701d0ec8218">actual collective name</a> for a group of butterflies, I'm not just making a paint chip color pun)! Frame your paint chip butterfly collection <a href="http://vi.sualize.us/i_love_intricate_paper_from_family_business_almond_tree_designs_this_framed_erfly_artwork_is_189_but_there_are_many_more_beautiful_things_on_their_website_decor_erflies_color_art_picture_oPca.html">under glass</a> as a charming reference to the real thing, create <a href="http://www.itsnotbadatall.com/funny_pictures/html/Paper_Butterflies-2432.html">3-D sculptures</a>, or use them to <a href="https://www.blog.brightstarkids.com.au/decorating/butterfly-art-using-paint-swatches/">decorate your walls</a>, gifts, or cupcakes.</p> <h2>2. Bookmarks Galore</h2> <p>Turn a paint chip into a <a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/Bookmark-from-Paint-Samples/">gift tag</a> or <a href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/550002173227282761/">bookmark</a> for your favorite bibliophile or design maven.</p> <h2>3. Channel Your Inner Jonathan Adler</h2> <p>I will see your <a href="https://urbanrusticblog.com/tag/tea-towel-wall-hanging/">Jonathan Adler tea towel</a>, and raise you a <a href="http://vivafullhouse.blogspot.com/2010/11/happy-thanksgiving.html">Thanksgiving table runner</a>, a <a href="http://www.nestbuilding101.com/2012/04/cheap-trick-give-away.html">monogrammed door placard</a>, and <a href="http://rightathelm.tumblr.com/post/27175465334/diy-paint-chip-art">this giraffe family</a>.</p> <h2>4. Pantone Masterpieces</h2> <p>Own your own pixelated <a href="http://www.fastcodesign.com/3042011/famous-art-recreated-from-pantone-color-chips/1">Van Gogh</a>, Vermeer, Munch, Magritte, or da Vinci, with the help of Pantone color chips.</p> <h2>5. Magnets</h2> <p>Turn your leftover Pantone chips from your pixelated masterpiece project into <a href="http://howaboutorange.blogspot.com/2011/03/diy-pantone-chip-magnets.html">magnets</a>.</p> <h2>6. Give New Life to Old Needlework Patterns</h2> <p><a href="http://design-milk.com/ixxi/">Ixxi</a> is a Dutch company that allows you to create large-scale wall art from a single image. You can get the same effects by using old cross-stitch, needlepoint, or intarsia knitting patterns and paint chips.</p> <h2>7. Mid-Century Modern Mosaics</h2> <p>Replicate your favorite midcentury public art in paper tiles. This can be a simple as recreating the <a href="https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/474x/da/9b/75/da9b750084451101a6606f9bf0426894.jpg">rainbow pattern</a> from your public library's bathroom to the complexity of <a href="http://www.skibbereeneagle.ie/web/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/tcrTottenham-Court-Road-tube-011.jpg">Sir Eduardo Paolozzi's mosaic murals</a> in the Tottenham Court Road tube station.</p> <p>Broken full-length mirrors are one of my favorite things to trash pick because it's so easy to turn the frame into a <a href="http://p9.hostingprod.com/@moderncactus.com/mosaic_sun3.jpg">custom headboard</a> or panoramic art piece. Use the work of midcentury artists like <a href="http://www.ackermanmodern.com/mosaics.html">the Akermans</a> as inspiration for your own unique <a href="http://img0103.psstatic.com/158437996_vintage-mid-century-mosaic-tile-top-cafedining-table-.jpg">tabletops</a> or <a href="https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/53/0b/09/530b09fc1d3693c2a297940e271044b5.jpg">wallpaper</a>.</p> <h2>8. All Your Base Are Belong to Us</h2> <p>And all your paint chips too! Replicate your favorite <a href="https://laughingsquid.com/8-bit-video-game-pixel-tile-art-installation-in-stockholm-subway-station/">8-bit video game art</a> using paint chips. What do you mean when you say that <a href="https://cnet3.cbsistatic.com/img/bMkwLf-XvpWaX0e6ep-xB9qMy_g=/570x0/2013/07/27/5edc7731-f4de-11e2-8c7c-d4ae52e62bcc/bl-106a-alt5.jpg">Space Invader</a> isn't chic? Unpossible.</p> <h2>9. Geodesic Paper Balls</h2> <p>Because of their similar weight, just about any craft involving <a href="http://www.marthastewart.com/272077/recycled-ornaments-how-to">upcycling old Christmas cards can</a> be used to upcycle paint chips. Because I am an architecture nerd, my favorite way to preserve favorite holiday cards is to turn them into these <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/leticial/5267411783">geodesic ornaments</a>. For a video tutorial on how to make these <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GhlGRUr1owk">go here</a>.</p> <h2>10. Wreath</h2> <p>Unleash the stylist within with this <a href="http://www.styleathome.com/how-to/diy-projects/article/diy-project-paint-chip-wreath">paper wreath</a>. This would make a lovely centerpiece or host gift for holiday parties.</p> <h2>11. Bunting</h2> <p>When did bunting become a thing? While I wasn't paying any attention, DIY garlands have overtaken the holiday crafting scene. And by holiday, I mean <em>any</em> holiday. Check out this $17.50 <a href="https://www.etsy.com/listing/202547149/13-foot-halloween-garland-pennant?ref=listing-shop-header-2">Halloween pennant garland</a> you could make for much less. Or this mod <a href="http://www.creatingreallyawesomefunthings.com/halloween-c-r-a-f-t-2-paint-chip-garland/">Martha Stewart bunting</a> you could use to decorate your aluminum Christmas tree. Or this <a href="https://craftedincarhartt.wordpress.com/2013/10/15/fall-diys-inspired-by-candy-corn/">candy corn bunting</a> you could make at Thanksgiving for that one person in your life who insists that <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-bonkers-candy-corn-recipes">candy corn is delicious</a> and not disgusting. Or this <a href="http://alanajonesmann.com/2013/02/diy-ombre-heart-garland/">ombre heart garland</a> for Valentine's Day. Or this <a href="http://modernparentsmessykids.com/diy-paint-chip-easter-garland/">Easter garland</a> inspired by plastic Easter eggs.</p> <h2>12. Gifting</h2> <p>For anyone who scrapbooks, paint chips are an obvious raw material just waiting to be turned into <a href="http://www.createcraftlove.com/paint-chip-gift-tags/">gift tags</a>, <a href="http://makezine.com/2011/12/21/paint_chip_gift_decoration/">ribbon</a>, and of course, <a href="http://www.ebay.com/itm/Memory-Box-WOODLAND-DEER-metal-die-Christmas-/111524379875?roken=cUgayN&amp;nma=true&amp;si=9dqRkzsmOo6zeDpqw1aB2ilIfpU%3D&amp;orig_cvip=true&amp;rt=nc&amp;_trksid=p2047675.l2557">cards</a> for every occasion.</p> <h2>13. Change of Address Cards</h2> <p>Did you just finish repainting your new pad? Stamp or print your new address onto paint chips to create these clever <a href="http://ohsobeautifulpaper.com/2011/05/anns-paint-chip-sample-moving-announcements/">moving announcements</a>. Cover the back of large chips with a white sticker, then stamp, and mail like a postcard.</p> <h2>14. Renovation Coasters</h2> <p>Leftover tiles? Paint chips? Marry two common renovation leftovers into these <a href="http://craftycpa.blogspot.com/2011/07/return-on-creativity-paint-sample.html">swell coasters</a>.</p> <h2>15. Decoupage</h2> <p>If you can make a coaster, you can <a href="http://frecklephoto.com/collaborative-collage-color-wheel/">decoupage a tabletop</a>.</p> <h2>16. Charmed, I'm Sure</h2> <p>Use photographs and paint chips to create this <a href="http://www.little-windows.com/blogs/project-center/8185963-pics-n-paint-chips">lightweight charm necklace</a>.</p> <h2>17. 3D Puzzle Animals</h2> <p>When I was in kindergarten, my aunt made me a set of <a href="http://www.handmadecharlotte.com/diy-paint-chip-animal-friends/">these animals</a> out of leftover colored plastic sheeting, but paint chips will work just as well. This site has free animal templates, but don't stop there! Show your kids the assembly technique and then let them draw their own zoo full of fantasy animals.</p> <h2>18. Color Matching Game</h2> <p>All you need to create <a href="http://www.craftinginmycloset.com/search?q=matching+game">this learning tool</a> for toddlers are paint chips, clothespins, a hot glue gun, and scissors.</p> <h2>19. Hooked on Phonics!</h2> <p>Turn your kid's <a href="http://schoolofmonkeys.blogspot.com/2011/10/paint-chip-phonics-learning-game.html">phonics lesson</a> into a portable game with paint chip flash cards.</p> <h2>20. Layered Paper Art</h2> <p>Use this <a href="http://www.brit.co/3d-paper-art/">basic technique</a> to create paper art inspired by <a href="http://kidworldcitizen.org/2012/01/01/create-a-mola-folk-art-from-panama/">Panamanian Molas</a>. Or create sophisticated paper sculptures and <a href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/550002173227282648/">textured wall coverings</a> a la <a href="http://designcrushblog.com/2014/09/03/maud-vantours/">Maud Vantours.</a></p> <h2>21. Decorative Arrows</h2> <p>I'm not sure how and where I would ever use <a href="https://ideas.evite.com/diy/diy-valentine-arrows/">these arrows</a>, but this project proves that you can make stylish party decorations out of the contents of your junk drawer. For extra thriftiness, I would substitute bamboo takeout chopsticks instead of paying for wood doweling.</p> <h2>22. Party Pinwheels</h2> <p>While I am not sure how I would use decorative paint chip arrows, I am totally sure that <a href="http://www.lisaleonardonline.com/blog/diy/how-to-make-pinwheel-straws">paint chip pinwheel straws</a> will be featured props at the next house warming party I attend.</p> <h2>23. Mobiles</h2> <p>Combine ornament and bunting projects to create shockingly chic mobiles for <a href="http://www.happinessishomemade.net/up-up-away/">babies</a> and <a href="https://www.etsy.com/listing/180687728/beth-collection-5-white-pom-poms-and?ref=shop_home_active_1">bohemians</a>. How cute are these <a href="http://www.lovethispic.com/image/83812/paper-balloon-crafts">hot air balloons</a>?</p> <h2>24. Lighting Design</h2> <p>Cover an ugly fixture with this glamorous <a href="http://www.heygorg.com/2011/09/diy-paint-swatch-chandelier.html">paper shade</a>.</p> <h2>25. Color Code for Organization</h2> <p>I thought I had invented a new upcycle when I used my old paint chips as labels for my file boxes. Even from across the room I know what is in every box just from the color of the paint chip! Yay organization! My feeling of genius was short lived when I found this design maven's blog. Her custom <a href="http://inmyownstyle.com/2010/06/in-artful-order.html">file tabs</a> made from old paint chips make me want to run out and buy the Rolodex that I don't need.</p> <p>What's better than a list? A <a href="http://diy.allwomenstalk.com/ideas-for-diy-journals-diaries-smash-books-and-all-the-extras/27/?utm_campaign=PostSharing&amp;utm_medium=Image&amp;utm_source=pinterest">color-coded list</a> that also acts as a bookmark for your Filofax.</p> <p>Why have a white board <a href="https://cheltenhamroad.wordpress.com/2012/07/11/paint-chip-calendar-tutorial/">calendar</a>, when you can match your dry-erase schedule to your décor?</p> <p><em>Do you have a favorite upcycle project for paint chips? Please share your design savvy with your fellow readers in the comments below. </em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/max-wong">Max Wong</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-beautiful-things-you-can-make-with-paint-sample-cards">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-6"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/18-smart-ways-to-reuse-your-empty-glass-bottles">18 Smart Ways to Reuse Your Empty Glass Bottles</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/18-awesome-practically-free-upcycled-craft-projects">18 Awesome, Practically Free Upcycled Craft Projects</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-cool-ways-to-make-treasure-out-of-trash">12 Cool Ways to Make Treasure Out of Trash</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-creative-ways-to-upcycle-used-baby-furniture">8 Creative Ways to Upcycle Used Baby Furniture</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-cute-ways-to-upcycle-shoeboxes">12 Cute Ways to Upcycle Shoeboxes</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> DIY Home art crafts decor design paint cards paint chips projects recycling redecorating upcycling Tue, 06 Sep 2016 09:30:26 +0000 Max Wong 1785278 at http://www.wisebread.com 37 Brilliant Ways to Reuse an Empty Milk Jug http://www.wisebread.com/37-brilliant-ways-to-reuse-an-empty-milk-jug <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/37-brilliant-ways-to-reuse-an-empty-milk-jug" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_74703775_MEDIUM.jpg" alt="upcycle your empty milk jugs with these craft ideas" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I like to make stuff.</p> <p>Alas, I have a zero dollar budget for craft supplies. But who needs money when you've got a recycling bin full of possibilities? Before you throw out another plastic milk jug, consider the crafty potential. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/18-awesome-practically-free-upcycled-craft-projects?ref=seealso">18 Awesome, Practically Free Upcycled Craft Projects</a>)</p> <h2>Toys and the Like</h2> <p>Like that old saying goes: If you chop your own wood, you warm yourself twice. Now apply that maxim to toys (and other stuff.)</p> <h3>1. Dutch treat</h3> <p>Can a Netherlander please explain why pink milk jugs exist for any reason other than as the raw material for these cute <a href="http://www.zelfmaakideetjes.nl/decoratie/laat-je-kinderen-sparen-de-12-leukste-spaarpotten-die-je-zelf-of-samen-kunt-maken/8118/5/">piggy banks</a>?</p> <h3>2. Button Spinners</h3> <p>These mesmerizing <a href="http://www.housingaforest.com/homemade-toys-button-spinner/">party favors</a> can be whipped up in a flash using supplies from the junk drawer.</p> <h3>3. Beach Shovel</h3> <p>Make a speedy vacation toy that you won't have to bring home. This is a great community <a href="http://tinkerlab.com/milk-jug-shovel/">sandbox tool</a>. It's no big deal if you forget it at the playground. When it breaks, you can recycle it without guilt.</p> <h3>4. Toy Scoop</h3> <p>As a beekeeper, I actually use this scoop design to pick up bees. The thin edge of the milk jug allows me to pick up piles of bees without squishing anyone. But this scoop is also a <a href="http://craftyjournal.com/milk-jug-toy-scoop/">great cleanup tool for Lego blocks</a>. Yeah, it's a <a href="http://www.gapphotos.com/imagedetails.asp?view=making-a-scoop-out-of-a-recycled-milk-carton-&amp;imageno=89487">glorified dustpan</a>. But crafters take note: The edge of the dustpan will let you clean up the finest of powders.</p> <h3>5. Word Whale</h3> <p>Cute-ify your toy scoop with a sharpie and some creative cutting to make this <a href="http://deceptivelyeducational.blogspot.com/2012/07/word-eating-whale-nouns-verbs.html">super-functional tub toy</a>. Christian mommy bloggers use this DIY toy to tell the story of Jonah and the whale, but extra credit goes to the mom who figured out how to turn the milk jug caps into floating vocabulary cards for kids.</p> <h3>6. Water Balloon Jug Toss</h3> <p>Weaponize your Word Whale by turning it into a <a href="http://kidfriendlythingstodo.com/2015/07/diy-milk-jug-water-balloon-launch-outdoor-summer-game-for-kids/#_a5y_p=4086828">water balloon launcher</a>.</p> <h3>7. Snowflake Ornaments</h3> <p>All you need to make these <a href="http://eveofreduction.com/recycled-craft-how-to-make-milk-jug-snowflakes/">Martha Stewart-worthy winter decorations</a> is an X-ACTO knife, scissors, a cookie cutter, a hole punch, and a washable marker.</p> <h3>8. Butterflies</h3> <p>All the fun of the classic vintage toy without the toxic fumes! Milk jugs are translucent enough that you can trace pictures through it, so you can use clip art, comic books, or any small illustration as the basis for these art pieces. Use a thin black Sharpie pen to trace the outlines and color in the image with colored permanent markers. Although <a href="http://alphamom.com/family-fun/crafts/milk-jug-decorative-window-crafts/">the instructions</a> for this project were written for small children, the <a href="http://alphamom.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/milkjugbutterflytemplate2.pdf">butterflies</a> are so pretty that even teenagers and adults will want to get in on the coloring action. Warning: this is addictive.</p> <h3>9. Hanging Mobile</h3> <p>Wondering what to do with your growing squadron of no shrink Shrinky-Dink Butterflies? Turn them into a mobile for the newest baby you know.</p> <h3>10. Bunting</h3> <p>Do you want to hoard your handmade ornaments and butterflies all to yourself? Display your collected works as a <a href="http://remadesimpleblog.blogspot.com.au/2012/01/milk-jug-love.html">bunting</a>.</p> <h3>11. Stencils</h3> <p>Are you a ninja with scissors? Upcycle the leftovers from your upcycled project into another tool. Use the plastic outline leftovers from your snowflakes, butterflies, etc. to make your own <a href="http://adirondackgirlatheart.com/2015/01/recycled-milk-carton-stencils.html">stencils</a>.</p> <h3>12. Reading Igloo</h3> <p>Go big or go home! This <a href="http://blog.re-play.com/crafts/reading-igloo/">playhouse</a> is perfect for kids and <a href="http://rachfeed.com/video-tutorial-how-to-make-an-igloo-using-milk-jugs/">adults</a>.</p> <h3>13. Halloween Skeleton</h3> <p>Win the neighborhood pumpkin-carving contest without even touching squash. <a href="http://littlegenegreenbean.blogspot.co.uk/2010/09/mr-bottle-bones.html?&amp;cuid=dbeefa0816fb06639c767cc736897188">Mr. Bottle Bones</a> is made entirely of recycled milk jugs.</p> <h3>14. El Esqueleto</h3> <p><iframe width="420" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/UvtdBrKN0h0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>Since I live in a Latino neighborhood, instead of Mr. Bottle Bones, I am making <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UvtdBrKN0h0">Señor Botella de Huesos</a> for Dia de los Muertos.</p> <h3>15. Dinosaur Skull</h3> <p>Why limit yourself to human skeletons? <a href="http://www.daniellesplace.com/html/dinosaurs.html#milkjug">Faux dinosaur taxidermy</a> will improve any décor. Trust me on this.</p> <h2>16. Space Cadet</h2> <p><a href="http://chefhades.blogspot.com/2012/02/space-cadets.html?m=1">Milk jug astronaut helmet</a>? $0. Hilarious photographs of your children looking ridiculous? Priceless.</p> <h3>17. Roman Helmet</h3> <p>&quot;I'm Spartacus!&quot; &quot;No, <em>I'm</em> Spartacus!&quot; Fortunately, there are enough milk jugs in the recycling bin that you can all be <a href="https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/fd/d6/df/fdd6df52f6e7193c1bd916ada8efe26d.jpg">Spartacus</a>.</p> <h3>18. Lion Mask</h3> <p>Mix and match your new <a href="https://existenciando.wordpress.com/2012/10/13/mascaras-de-papel/">lion mask</a> with your roman helmet for gladiator larping.</p> <h3>19. Cone of Shame</h3> <p>My vet charges $10 for those stupid, plastic <a href="http://www.thriftyfun.com/Alternative-To-Elizabethan-Pet-Collar-1.html">Elizabethan collars</a> aka lampshades. Make your own shaming tool for your pet out of a plastic jug for free.</p> <h3>20. Carnival Masks</h3> <p>Carnivale, Mardi Gras, Halloween. <a href="http://diytag.com/carnival-masks-with-recycled-milk-jug/">This classic mask</a> design also works for Stanley Kubrick-themed costume parties.</p> <h3>21. Easter Gear</h3> <p>Skip buying plastic boxes at the dime store, and upcycle your own <a href="https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/97/90/97/979097dc070fde756d76787fceefdddf.jpg">Easter accessories</a>. I mean, how cute are these <a href="http://larajanetownsend.blogspot.com.au/2013/02/make-me-milk-bottle-easter-bunny.html">Easter bunny</a> egg holders?</p> <h3>22. Gift Box</h3> <p>Although this design is billed as a sandwich keeper, this <a href="http://www.cremedelacraft.com/2013/07/DIY-Milk-Jug-Lunch-Box.html">simple folded box</a> would make a cute and reusable alternative to a gift bag.</p> <h2>Lighting Design</h2> <p>The Internet is full of shockingly beautiful and elegant lamp shades made from recycled milk jugs.</p> <h3>23. Faux Capiz Shell Chandelier</h3> <p>Hide the ugly lighting in your rental apartment with this <a href="http://shoestringpavilion.blogspot.co.uk/2010/07/faux-capiz-shell-chandelier.html">chic and cheap</a> hack.</p> <h3>24. Jellyfish Chandelier</h3> <p>Use this artist's <a href="http://www.beautifullife.info/industrial-design/medusae-pendant-lamps-by-roxy-towry-russell/">seriously gorgeous work</a> as inspiration.</p> <h3>25. IQ Lamp</h3> <p>Don't worry. You don't need brains, just good hand-eye coordination, to make this <a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/Contruct-IQ-LAMP-Using-Milk-Carton/">incredible fixture</a>.</p> <h3>26. Flower Party Lights</h3> <p>If you can make a bunting, you can make these <a href="https://recreationsproject.wordpress.com/2012/08/17/tutorial-milk-jug-flower-lights/">glamorous mini shades</a> for your twinkle lights.</p> <h3>27. Ambient Lamp</h3> <p>It's not cute, just incredibly clever. Turn a headlamp and a milk jug full of water into a <a href="http://lifehacker.com/5896796/make-an-ambient-lamp-out-of-a-milk-jug">camping lantern</a>.</p> <h3>28. Lotus Votive Holders</h3> <p>Everyone looks more attractive in the dark. Unplug yourself from modern life for one weekend and enjoy the <a href="http://www.blissbloomblog.com/2013/04/make-milk-jug-votives.html#.V61NoJMrIk5">candlelight</a>.</p> <h2>House and Garden Tools</h2> <p>Although plastic milk jugs are great for arts and crafts, I personally prefer to hack milk jugs to create lightweight, recyclable tools.</p> <h3>29. Watering Can</h3> <p>Yeah, I know. <a href="http://ajourneytoadream.blogspot.co.uk/2012/03/helpful-yet-simple-diy-for-spring.html?showComment=1332868588728">This is so obvious</a>. I use my old milk jugs to collect, store, and dispense <a href="http://www.wormcompostinghq.com/how-to-use-worm-compost/how-to-make-compost-tea-with-worm-castings">worm tea</a> with no spillage.</p> <h3>30. Ollas</h3> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/pCkeB2l3ODQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>Ollas are an ancient <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pCkeB2l3ODQ">below-ground watering system</a>. Traditional Ollas are made from clay, but modern life gives me no time and milk jugs. I use what I've got.</p> <h3>31. Garden Cloches</h3> <p><a href="http://garden.org/learn/articles/view/546/">Cloches</a> are miniature greenhouses, traditionally made from glass. But a plastic milk jug cloche works just the same.</p> <h3>32. Plant Labels</h3> <p>Why pay for plastic plant stakes or garden tags when you can make your own? I use a box cutter and a metal ruler to cut the flat sides of the jugs into thin strips. Pro tip: it's easier to write with a permanent marker on the textured side of the plastic.</p> <h3>33. Measuring Scoops</h3> <p>Yes, this is the practical version of the Word Whale. Avoid cross-contamination by using these home made <a href="http://www.nwedible.com/garbage-made-useful-milk-jug-garden/">measuring cups</a> to measure out stinky stuff like fertilizer or paint.</p> <h3>34. Portable Storage for the Garage</h3> <p>A variation on those measuring scoops also make <a href="http://www.familyhandyman.com/garage/storage/reclaim-your-garage-organize-it#21">handy organizers</a> for hardware and other small things that get lost in the garage.</p> <h3>35. Vertical Garden</h3> <p>If you have a thin balcony or porch railing, you won't even need to build the trellis to use this sleek, space-saving garden hack. For safety and picking ease, just face these <a href="http://www.1001gardens.org/2013/10/vertical-garden-with-reused-plastic-milk-bottles/">hanging planters</a> toward the inside of your balcony, please.</p> <h3>36. Upside Down Tomato Planters</h3> <p>As seen on TV&hellip; but a lot cheaper. Grow tomatoes upside down inside <a href="http://www.dreamgarden101.com/milk-jug-upside-down-planter/">hanging milk jug planters</a>.</p> <h3>37. Beaded Curtain</h3> <p>Don't forget to save those milk jug lids to upcycle into that <a href="http://fvue.nl/wiki/Wave">beaded curtain</a> your yard always needed.</p> <p><em>What's your favorite milk jug hack? Please share your DIY genius.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/max-wong">Max Wong</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/37-brilliant-ways-to-reuse-an-empty-milk-jug">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-7"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/18-clever-ways-to-reuse-your-plastic-shopping-bags">18 Clever Ways to Reuse Your Plastic Shopping Bags</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-128-creative-ways-to-upcycle-your-trash">Flashback Friday: 128 Creative Ways to Upcycle Your Trash</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-unique-ways-to-use-school-supplies">12 Unique Ways to Use School Supplies</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-surprising-uses-for-empty-beer-and-soda-cans">9 Surprising Uses for Empty Beer and Soda Cans</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/19-ways-to-reuse-old-towels">19 Ways to Reuse Old Towels</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living DIY arts and crafts milk jug plastic milk jug recycle reuse upcycle Thu, 25 Aug 2016 09:30:33 +0000 Max Wong 1779111 at http://www.wisebread.com 8 Creative Ways to Upcycle Used Baby Furniture http://www.wisebread.com/8-creative-ways-to-upcycle-used-baby-furniture <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-creative-ways-to-upcycle-used-baby-furniture" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/baby_white_crib_97471605.jpg" alt="Learning creative ways to upcycle used baby furniture" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Every parent knows just how costly it can be to set up a nursery. From cribs and changing tables, to dressers and chairs, you can spend many thousands creating the perfect room. And then, after a few years, it's time to get rid of most of it. With safety regulations constantly changing, it may not be possible to <em>sell </em>used baby furniture on the secondhand market. But with a little creative thinking, you can <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-cute-ways-to-upcycle-shoeboxes" target="_blank">repurpose these items</a>. Here are eight ideas to get you started.</p> <h2>1. Turn a Crib Into a Kids' Workstation</h2> <p>Cribs can be an expensive purchase, and yet they don't serve much of a purpose beyond a few years. However, with a little creativity and ingenuity, you can turn that crib into a wonderful desk/workstation that is the perfect height for you children. This <a href="http://alittlelearningfortwo.blogspot.com/2011/08/repurposed-cot.html">instruction guide</a> gives you all the tips you need to create a workstation that's both attractive and functional, and reuses almost all of the crib. All you really need to purchase for the conversion is a piece of MDF or particleboard, and some blackboard paint.</p> <h2>2. Use the Crib Spring as a Drying Rack/Pot Rack</h2> <p>If you dismantle the crib and are wondering what to do with the crib spring, don't throw it out. With some chain, a few hooks, and a little paint, you can turn that boring crib spring into a drying rack for the laundry room, or a <a href="http://adiamondinthestuff.com/2013/10/crib-spring-drying-rack-wash-room-decor.html">pot rack for the kitchen</a>. Just make sure the ceiling hooks you use go into something substantial, you don't want the whole thing coming down on you.</p> <h2>3. That Old Changing Table Makes a Great Potting Station</h2> <p>The basic changing table &mdash; three shelves, the top one being used to hold a changing pad &mdash; is a functional piece of furniture for any baby room. Of course, once the toddler is out of wearing diapers, there's not much call for it. Well, the way it is set up makes it an ideal potting table. You really don't need to do much to it, other than painting it a color that matches your new set up. If you have a little more time and materials, you can add a handy hutch to the top, making the changing table into a <a href="http://www.shelstring.com/2011/06/baby-to-potter.html">fully functional potting station</a>.</p> <h2>4. An Old Dresser Can Become a Kitchen Island</h2> <p>This doesn't just apply to the baby dresser, but any old dresser you have that has outlived its usefulness in the bedroom. <a href="http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/painted-dresser-as-kitchen-isl-97355">Take an old dresser</a>, apply a new coat of paint, and add some hooks, a paper towel holder, a stone top, and some new hardware. The result is a kitchen island that completely transforms the look and feel of the room. If you don't like stone, you could make the top of the island a butcher block. Add wheels, and it could move from kitchen to dining room, making a handy serving station.</p> <h2>5. Crib Sides Make Great Magazine Racks</h2> <p>Turn a crib on its side 90 degrees, and you suddenly have a whole lot of real estate that will hold dozens of magazines comfortably. The best part is, this is as simple as remove the side and propping it at a slight angle against the wall. Voilà, <a href="http://nodimedesign.blogspot.com/2012/04/reduce-recycle-reuse-and-renew.html">instant magazine rack</a>. If you want something a bit more permanent, you can mount it to the wall, either at an angle, or flush (leaving enough room to let the magazines easily slide over the rails). A touch of paint can really make this one stand out as a feature on a wall.</p> <h2>6. Turn That Crib Mattress Into Outdoor Seating</h2> <p>While you're busy turning the crib into something cool, don't ignore the mattress. With a little ingenuity, you can quickly turn it into a fun and <a href="https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/8c/34/85/8c3485907e9c997e1704c0ac41983288.jpg">functional outdoor seating station</a>. It can be as simple as a crib mattress cover, some old palettes, and some throw pillows. Many crib mattresses are designed to be waterproof, for obvious reasons, so they hold up well outdoors. You can also <a href="http://fabrehabcreations.blogspot.com/2012/01/repurposing-crib-mattress-into-kids.html">turn it into a daybed</a> for use indoors.</p> <h2>7. A Changing Table Can Be Transformed Into a Bar Cart</h2> <p>Or a dessert trolley, if you feel the need to wheel out your impressive confections on a regular basis. However, <a href="http://www.rusticrediscovered.com/2013/08/my-new-bar-cart.html">the bar cart</a> is a fantastic use for that old changing table, and with some wheels and a new paint job, few people will recognize it as a piece of old baby furniture. Adding a cheap accordion-style wine rack is a great finishing touch, especially if you paint it the same color as the cart.</p> <h2>8. Use Crib Ends to Create a Cool Chalkboard Easel</h2> <p>If you happen to have a crib with a solid headboard and footboard, you can quickly and easily turn them into a <a href="http://www.the-red-kitchen.com/2010/02/crib-to-easel.html">very cool easel for signage</a>. Use chalkboard paint (or whiteboard material), and you can make it customizable on a daily basis, which is great for small businesses. But it's also a very handy thing to have to announce birthday parties, anniversaries, play dates, and so on.</p> <p><em>What have you done with furniture the kids have outgrown?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-creative-ways-to-upcycle-used-baby-furniture">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-8"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-beautiful-things-you-can-make-with-paint-sample-cards">25 Beautiful Things You Can Make With Paint Sample Cards</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-cool-ways-to-make-treasure-out-of-trash">12 Cool Ways to Make Treasure Out of Trash</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/18-awesome-practically-free-upcycled-craft-projects">18 Awesome, Practically Free Upcycled Craft Projects</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/18-smart-ways-to-reuse-your-empty-glass-bottles">18 Smart Ways to Reuse Your Empty Glass Bottles</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-decorate-your-christmas-tree-for-under-30">10 Ways to Decorate Your Christmas Tree for Under $30</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living DIY Home baby furniture changing tables crafts cribs decorating repurposing upcycling Wed, 27 Jul 2016 10:00:16 +0000 Paul Michael 1757120 at http://www.wisebread.com How to Create Your Dream Backyard on a Budget http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-create-your-dream-backyard-on-a-budget <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-create-your-dream-backyard-on-a-budget" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/backyard_party_78624345.jpg" alt="Family creating a dream backyard on a budget" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Summer has arrived, and your number one priority might be giving your backyard or other outdoor space a party-perfect makeover.&nbsp;We chatted with DIY and design experts Ben and Erin Napier, who are currently working with <a href="http://promo.bankofamerica.com/ccsearchlp6/">Bank of America</a> to provide brilliant tips on how to make a dreamy outdoor space on the cheap. Ben and Erin approach their projects with a realistic and relatable point of view, because they want you to succeed without having to sacrifice. All of their projects are attainable &mdash; even by the newbiest of newbies. And what's better than that?</p> <p>Here are some of their best pearls of outdoor DIY wisdom.</p> <h2>Start With Seating and Lighting</h2> <p>If you're planning on hosting a summer soiree, you need the right seating and the right ambience to make it memorable. Erin Napier told us that she and Ben prefer to entertain at night, since it gets so hot during the day where they live. She also suggested stringing party lights around the yard to create a magical setting. For additional seating and decor, &quot;pull things from inside the house into the backyard. Bring rugs and lamps and the dinner table outside, and it makes great décor. Just make sure to bring them back inside before it rains!&quot; Erin said.</p> <p>Unfortunately, since mosquitoes and summer typically go hand in hand, do what you can to keep those pests away. Erin suggests going with citronella plants over the typical candles and sprays.&quot; If you can find citronella plants, buy all they have! Put them in pots and they keep away mosquitoes and bugs. Plants do an awesome job keeping bugs away naturally, and they are just as good as candles. You just need to have them strategically placed around your yard,&quot; she said. You can find these at Home Depot, or any major garden center.</p> <p>Just be careful if you're a dog owner, as they can be <a href="https://bonnieplants.com/growing/growing-mosquito-plants/">toxic to dogs</a>.</p> <h2>3 Yard Decor Choices Even the Pros Worry About</h2> <p>When it comes to DIYing, mistakes are part of the journey. But to avoid any missteps that can easily destroy your budget, Ben and Erin recommend being cautious in three areas: Lawn furniture, paint for your porch, and flowers.</p> <p>When asked what people typically overspend on, Ben told us, &quot;Lawn furniture that&rsquo;s not going to hold up and be durable. Be sure to look for metal that can be used year after year with a metal-bonding paint.&quot;&nbsp;</p> <p>Speaking of paint, don't waste your money on latex paint for your porch. Erin said, &quot;Painting a porch with latex paint is a bad idea. You'll need to redo it because it doesn't hide scratches. Only use old-ace enamel paint because will hold up for a few years.&quot;</p> <p>As for flowers, Erin is all about perennials. &quot;They bloom all year long, even in colder months, whereas annuals need to be replanted.&quot;</p> <p>When it comes to lawn care, Ben reminds us that timing is everything. &quot;It gets so hot in Mississippi, people water and mow their yards in brutal heat during the afternoon, which does more harm than good. Do the mowing and watering in the early morning, and cut your yard a little taller in order to create shade for the roots and allow for more water to be absorbed.&quot;</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/WaYqp0rHhBA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>So in terms of staying on budget, Ben says you need to set a budget, choose priorities, and make a plan. Once you're ready to shop, you can earn cash back with the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/bankamericard-cash-rewards?utm_source=wisebread&amp;utm_campaign=napier" target="_blank">BankAmericard Cash Rewards credit card</a>. Or really, anytime you shop, this card should be in your wallet. Earn 1% cash back on every purchase, 2% at grocery stores and now at wholesale clubs, and 3% on gas up to the first $2,500 in combined grocery/wholesale club/gas purchases each quarter. Knowing what to buy for the backyard, you can get cash back on your DIY buys, which can help extend your budget.</p> <h2>Must-Have Tools</h2> <p>Not all tools are created equal, so make sure you have the right ones in your toolbox before you start redecorating. Ben's three must-haves are a drill, a hammer, and a pair of pliers. Erin added, &quot;And a caulk gun. That's worth spending money on. Tape measures are a must, too. We seem to have thousands of them.&quot;&nbsp;</p> <p>And in terms of splurging on the right tools, if you have a little wiggle room in your budget, and plan to do more DIY projects in the future, Ben recommends getting a skill saw, a miter saw, and a table saw.</p> <p>For more of Ben and Erin's home improvement tips, and some brilliant how-to videos, head over to <a href="http://promo.bankofamerica.com/ccsearchlp6/" target="_blank">Bank of America</a>. Also, be sure to check out their blog at <a href="https://erinandben.co/">https://erinandben.co/</a>. They update it every day with more fun and creative ideas.</p> <p><em>Do you have any additional outdoor DIY tips you'd like to share? Leave them in the comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/chrissa-hardy">Chrissa Hardy</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-create-your-dream-backyard-on-a-budget">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-beautiful-things-you-can-make-with-paint-sample-cards">25 Beautiful Things You Can Make With Paint Sample Cards</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-cool-diy-home-improvements-for-20-or-less">10 Cool DIY Home Improvements for $20 or Less</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-ideas-for-cheap-festive-fall-decor">12 Ideas for Cheap, Festive, Fall Decor</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/18-amazing-diy-decorating-projects-that-are-easier-than-you-think">18 Amazing DIY Decorating Projects That Are Easier Than You Think</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/secret-lawn-tonic-recipe-from-golf-course-groundskeeper">Secret Lawn Tonic Recipe From Golf Course Groundskeeper</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Budgeting DIY Home credit cards decor design DIY diy projects gardening home improvement interview lifestyle outdoor decor party tips Thu, 23 Jun 2016 10:30:09 +0000 Chrissa Hardy 1737243 at http://www.wisebread.com 18 Clever Ways to Reuse Your Plastic Shopping Bags http://www.wisebread.com/18-clever-ways-to-reuse-your-plastic-shopping-bags <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/18-clever-ways-to-reuse-your-plastic-shopping-bags" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_5549801_LARGE.jpg" alt="reusing plastic shopping bags" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Plastic shopping bags, once a staple at every store you could think of, are under attack. In August 2014, California imposed a <a href="http://www.ncsl.org/research/environment-and-natural-resources/plastic-bag-legislation.aspx">statewide ban on plastic bags</a>. The same bags are also banned in Hawaii, and the Outer Banks region of North Carolina. And on May 5th, New York City Council approved a <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/06/nyregion/new-york-city-council-backs-5-cent-fee-on-plastic-bags.html?_r=0">$0.05 fee on plastic grocery bags</a>. Make no mistake, plastic bags are either going to disappear from your state, or start costing you. So, when you do get a bunch, what are you going to do with them? They can be <a href="http://ecowatch.com/2013/08/06/the-danger-of-plastic-bags-to-marine-life/">hazardous to marine life</a>, and the environment, so you don't want to throw them in the trash. Instead, you can get crafty. Here are 18 ways you can reuse those plastic shopping bags.</p> <h2>1. Use Them as Packing Material</h2> <p>Forget packing peanuts and bubble wrap. That stuff is expensive, and as you usually never see it again, you're throwing your money away. Instead, pack your fragile items in a thick and cushioned cocoon of old plastic bags. If you have bags that are free from holes, you can even blow air into them and create an air pillow. But even just using them scrunched up, you can keep items safe and sound without having to buy pricey packing supplies.</p> <h2>2. Cover Paint Trays</h2> <p>When you're painting a room in your home, you will find out quickly that paint trays are a pain to wash out. You can buy paint tray liners, but at over $1 a pop, that's a lot of money to throw away. Instead, grab a plastic shopping bag and put the paint tray inside it. Flatten it down, pour the paint as usual, and you have a paint tray liner that cost almost nothing. When you're done, let it dry, remove it, and turn it inside out. Then, use it again. You can also use plastic bags to wrap your paintbrushes in. Do this for the duration of the job, instead of washing each time.</p> <h2>3. Scoop the Poop</h2> <p>When you walk the dog, take plastic grocery bags with you. You can't count on the local park having a well-stocked supply of poop bags, and you don't want to be that dog owner that just walks away from the mess. The bags are perfect for scooping, tying, and disposing. A word of caution though; make sure the bags don't have those safety holes in the bottom. Scoop with one of those and you'll be scrubbing your hands with bleach for a while. Ugh.</p> <h2>4. Line Bathroom Trashcans</h2> <p>Plastic grocery bags are the perfect size for the little trash cans you have in the bathroom or office. Sometimes you'll need to stretch out the top a little to make it fit snug, but it works. You should also keep a few extra bags at the bottom of the can, so you can quickly take out the old one and replace it with a fresh one. Stock up once a month.</p> <h2>5. Dispose of Cat Litter</h2> <p>Keep a big supply of plastic bags next to the cat litter boxes. When it comes time to scoop and sift, the plastic grocery bags are perfect for holding the clumps. Then, tie a couple of knots and throw away as usual. If you have an old diaper genie, you can store them in there until it gets full, saving you a few trips to the garbage can. If your plastic bag is big enough, you can also use it as a liner to the cat tray.</p> <h2>6. Separate Wet Clothes From Dry</h2> <p>If you go swimming, take plastic bags with you in your gym bag. When you're done, put the wet clothes in the bag and tie it up, then pop it in the gym bag and you'll avoid getting your other clothes wet. You can use the same trick if you're traveling. Put your used clothes and underwear in plastic bags if you don't have access to laundry, and wash when you get home.</p> <h2>7. Make an Emergency Rain Hat</h2> <p>You. Will. Look. Ridiculous. But, do you care about looking silly, or keeping your head dry? You can easily turn a plastic bag into a makeshift rain hat and it will protect your hair and head from a downpour. Who knows, maybe it will become the next big fashion trend. You can also use the same hack as a shower cap.</p> <h2>8. Create Bags, Rope, and More!</h2> <p>If you're very crafty, patient, and have a <em>lot</em> of plastic bags at home, you can make some incredible things from them. For instance, <a href="http://allwomenstalk.com/8-clever-uses-for-plastic-bags/2">here is a crocheted bag</a> made entirely from old plastic shopping bags. It will last hundreds of trips to the store, and looks cool. You can also make a <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6KiZXRK5h44">very sturdy rope</a>, friendship bracelets, sandals, and whatever else you can imagine.</p> <h2>9. Use as Furniture Stuffing</h2> <p>Plastic bags are soft, and when you put a bunch of them together, you can fill out pillows and cushions without spending a dime on polyester padding. One quick idea&hellip; get an old pillowcase or cushion cover, stuff it with old plastic bags, and sew it shut. You now have a cheap pet pillow for a dog or cat that you won't mind throwing away once it's well used.</p> <h2>10. Store Food in the Fridge</h2> <p>Before reaching for the cling wrap or foil, see if a plastic grocery bag will do the job first. They are a handy size for storing watermelons that have been cut in half, and also cover whole plates of food. Just make sure the bag you're using is clean and dry, and has not been used to hold anything hazardous to anyone's health.</p> <h2>11. Sick Bag!</h2> <p>How many times have you been driving along when a young kid says, &quot;I'm gonna be sick!&quot; Well, you have a few options. After you panic, you can try and find a place to pull over. That isn't always possible though. The kid could roll down the window and try throwing up but really, that's a mess just waiting to happen &mdash; and other drivers will not be happy. Instead, just keep a few grocery bags (without safety holes) in the glove compartment. They make excellent sick bags that can be tied and thrown away at the next rest stop.</p> <h2>12. Protect Plants From Frost</h2> <p>If you live in a place where the climate cannot make up its mind (psst&hellip; looking at you, Colorado) then you may have plants out ready for summer that could be at risk of a frost attack. You can protect them by wrapping a plastic grocery bag around them overnight, and removing it in the morning.</p> <h2>13. Go Fly a Kite</h2> <p>The lightweight plastic is perfect for catching and holding the wind, and can easily be made into a simple kite to keep the kids entertained at the park. All you need is a plastic grocery bag (or more, depending on how big you want to go), some plastic or wooden sticks, tape, and kite string. Make a cross shape with the sticks, tape it together, wrap the bag(s) around it, secure with more tape, and finally, securely attach the kite string. You can also use a few bags for a tail. Get creative. It's a fun project with a fun outcome.</p> <h2>14. Emergency Gloves</h2> <p>Keep plastic grocery bags handy in the car and the garage. When you have to do something a little messy, especially where oil is concerned, you can pop a bag on each hand before you get to work. They're thin enough to allow you to feel what's going on, but durable enough to keep the oil and grease off your hands. This can also work for those nasty jobs like toilet cleaning, drain cleaning, and anything else that leaves your hands messy.</p> <h2>15. Drop Cloths</h2> <p>You can buy plastic drop cloths from hardware stores, but sometimes, you really don't need one that's 12-ft square. If you're doing some light touch-up work, maybe on a door, baseboard, or end table, cut open a grocery bag and place that down. Secure it with tape if need be.</p> <h2>16. Keep Feet Dry</h2> <p>When you're planning to head out into wintry weather, pop a plastic bag on each foot before you put your foot inside your boot or shoe. No matter what you encounter, your feet will be keep clean and bone dry while you get to work. The bags also add an extra layer of warmth.</p> <h2>17. Boil Water</h2> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/xV2gsWHhDhY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>Seriously. If you're out in the wilderness, camping, or hiking, and need access to clean drinking water, a plastic grocery bag can be a lifesaver. This YouTube video shows you just how to make <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xV2gsWHhDhY">fresh water with a plastic shopping bag</a>.</p> <h2>18. Make a Sling or Tourniquet</h2> <p>Another great survival tip; keep a few plastic bags handy when you go out into the wild, or off on another adventure. If the worst should happen, and you do get a wound, break, or other injury, a plastic bag can be used to tie off the circulation and/or make a handy sling.</p> <p><em>What are some other clever uses for plastic shopping bags? Share with us!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/18-clever-ways-to-reuse-your-plastic-shopping-bags">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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It wasn't until I had it in my hand, reading the $3 price tag, that I recognized it as identical to the empty tequila bottle I'd tossed into the recycling earlier.</p> <p>Maybe you're embarrassed (like me) by the loud jingling sound when you push your bins to the curb, or you'd rather spend your money on a fine vintage than on home decor (like me); either way, <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-cool-ways-to-make-treasure-out-of-trash" target="_blank">turning empty bottles into art</a>, light fixtures, and useful household objects is a smart move. Here are some ideas.</p> <h2>Without a Glass Cutter</h2> <p>If you don't own a glass cutter or any other fancy tools, you can still get artsy with intact empties. For all these ideas, start by soaking the bottle in warm soapy water to get the label off. If there is any residue left after the soak, a solvent such as lighter fluid can get it off.</p> <h3>1. Bird Feeder</h3> <p>All you need to make an inverted <a href="https://thechickenstreet.wordpress.com/2011/10/17/wine-bottle-bird-feeder/">wine bottle into a bird feeder</a> is one plank of wood and some basic woodworking tools.</p> <h3>2. Candy Jar</h3> <p>Fill a clean, dry bottle with candy as an alternative to a treat bowl on your desk &mdash; or use mini bottles for candy-filled adult party favors. To dress it up, add a <a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/Chalkboard-Painted-Wine-Bottle/step3/Actually-Painting-the-Bottle/">stripe of chalkboard paint</a>, where you can write the name of the gift recipient or party guest, or the type of candy.</p> <h3>3. Yard Torch</h3> <p>Anyone can stick a candle in an empty wine bottle, but with a few dollars' worth of supplies from the hardware store, you can <a href="http://helloglow.co/diy-wine-bottle-citronella-candles/">turn your empties into torches</a> that could stylishly illuminate your whole backyard. Just fill the bottle with marbles and fuel, stick a tiki wick through a metal coupler, and light it up.</p> <h3>4. Table Card Holder</h3> <p>At a rustic-style wedding, a wine bottle with a cork in the top could handily <a href="http://www.weddingchicks.com/2013/09/24/natural-chic-wedding/">hold a table number</a>. Slice the cork halfway down from the top, and place the card in the resulting slot.</p> <h3>5. Vase</h3> <p>While an unadorned empty bottle can hold flowers as is, you can also dress it up by painting the surface, swirling paint inside for a <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/03/craft-of-the-day-paint-swirl-vase_n_1466328.html">Venetian glass effect</a>, or spraying it with adhesive and wrapping with a pretty ribbon.</p> <h3>6. Candelabra</h3> <p>Line up half a dozen identical empties (hello, six-pack discount) and put candles in the tops to make a casual candelabra. For more polish, spray the bottles with metallic paint. Or spring for one of these <a href="http://www.beveragefactory.com/wine/wine-gifts/fleur_wine_bottle_candelabra_42-232.html?CAWELAID=1372128416&amp;CAGPSPN=pla&amp;CAAGID=28020747258&amp;CATCI=pla-93389998458&amp;catargetid=320012430000341573&amp;cadevice=c&amp;gclid=CjwKEAjw6sC5BRCogcaY_dKZ2nESJABsZihxgCrTjzNzhxPcnCAvSK_Iox2dRDGStb08-ayllmuLmBoCqunw_wcB">candelabra bottle toppers</a> to hold all your candles in a single bottle. You could <a href="http://www.shanty-2-chic.com/2015/03/diy-wine-bottle-wall-sconce.html">attach your bottle candelabras to a sconce</a> to make them into permanent wall decor.</p> <h3>7. Rolling Pin</h3> <p>Keep a clean empty in the kitchen for this purpose.</p> <h3>8. Boot Holder</h3> <p>Have tall leather or vinyl boots that flop over on the closet floor and get unsightly creases? Put some pebbles in the bottom of empty bottles, and stand them up inside the boots to make them stand at attention.</p> <h3>9. Vessel for a Gift</h3> <p>A pretty, very clean bottle can be repurposed to hold so many homemade goodies: infused oils, homemade infused vodka, bubble bath &mdash; the options are endless. If the gift will take a long time to use, securely attach a fancy drawer pull to the cork to make the bottle easy to unstop.</p> <h3>10. Garden Edger</h3> <p>Bury your bottles upside down to demarcate the borders of your garden. This idea is probably best used in a yard not frequented by children who could break a bottle and get hurt.</p> <h3>11. Slow-Drip Irrigator</h3> <p>Drill a small hole through the cork, fill the bottle with water, replace cork, and place upside down in the planter.</p> <h3>12. Leveling Tool</h3> <p>When hanging framed pictures on the wall, use a bottle to make sure it's exactly straight. Fill the bottle with water even with the top of the label and hold it so that it's bottom is perfectly aligned with the frame's top. Adjust until the water in the bottle is level.</p> <h3>13. Bottle Tree</h3> <p>Popular in the <a href="http://ritamonette.blogspot.com/2010/12/legend-of-bottle-tree.html">American South</a> and linked to folk beliefs about trapping bad spirits in the glass, trees festooned with colored bottles can be a beautiful landscaping feature, especially in winter. There are many <a href="https://www.pinterest.com/2309jrw/bottle-trees/">spectacular ways to arrange bottles</a> on real trees or frames specially built for the purpose. Blue is the most popular color for these, so bring on the Bombay Sapphire gin, Skyy vodka, and Blue Nun wine.</p> <h2>With a Glass Cutter</h2> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2210p40">Glass cutting tools</a> run from about $5 to $30 (not as fancy as I thought!). They can come in the form of a simple hand tool, or in the form of a drill bit. What they do is score the glass so that you can break it off along the score line. To break it, you need to alternately heat and cool the glass a few times. Or, you can knock the portion of the bottle below the score line off using a hammer. Then you need to sand the sharp edge. Using this technique, you can remove the bottom or top from a bottle, opening up more ways to reuse it.</p> <h3>14. Hanging Planter</h3> <p>Remove the bottom, then <a href="http://diyready.com/wine-bottle-crafts-how-to-make-wine-bottle-planters/">fill with plants</a> wrapped in moss for a cool upside-down, sun-catching planter.</p> <h3>15. Drinking Glasses</h3> <p>You'll see a lot of online tutorials on turning empty wine bottles into drinking glasses. While this is possible, keep in mind that the freshly cut edge of a bottle will be extremely sharp, and <a href="http://thespacebetweenblog.net/cut-bottle-string-trick-really-work/">may not cut cleanly</a>, depending on your method and skill. You'll need to do a lot of <a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/Drinking-Glasses-from-Wine-Bottles/">grinding and sanding</a> to get the edge smooth enough to raise to your lips.</p> <h3>16. Bottle Chandelier</h3> <p>There are many, many possible designs for chandeliers made of wine bottles online. What most designs have in common is that you cut your bottle open, <a href="http://www.diynetwork.com/how-to/make-and-decorate/decorating/how-to-make-a-chandelier-from-old-wine-bottles">string a light inside it</a>, and attach it to a wood or metal holder to suspend from the ceiling. What with the glass cutting, the wood or metal working, and some minor electrical work, it's a bit of a project. But the results can be stunning, and would be great decor for a rec room, man cave, or deck.</p> <h2>With a Drill</h2> <p>Using a tile and glass bit, you can <a href="http://www.familyhandyman.com/tools/drills/how-to-drill-a-hole-in-glass/view-all#step2">drill a hole in a glass bottle</a> with a little practice and care.</p> <h3>17. Lantern</h3> <p>Drill a hole into the back of a wine bottle and thread through a string of small LED lights to make a beautiful lantern. This technique could also be used when making a chandelier.</p> <h3>18. Party Lights</h3> <p>Drill a hole in the bottom or side of a bottle, then <a href="http://witandwhistle.com/2009/11/03/diy-wine-bottle-light/">shove in a string of holiday lights</a>. You could also push the lights in the top of the bottle, but it wouldn't look as elegant.</p> <p><em>Any clever re-uses for glass bottles we've missed? Please share in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/carrie-kirby">Carrie Kirby</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/18-smart-ways-to-reuse-your-empty-glass-bottles">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-10"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/18-awesome-practically-free-upcycled-craft-projects">18 Awesome, Practically Free Upcycled Craft Projects</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-pretty-projects-for-pine-cones">5 Pretty Projects for Pine Cones</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-beautiful-things-you-can-make-with-paint-sample-cards">25 Beautiful Things You Can Make With Paint Sample Cards</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-creative-ways-to-reuse-egg-crates">11 Creative Ways to Reuse Egg Crates</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-cool-ways-to-make-treasure-out-of-trash">12 Cool Ways to Make Treasure Out of Trash</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> DIY Green Living crafts decorating eco friendly empty bottles glass bottles lighting projects recycling Wed, 01 Jun 2016 09:30:24 +0000 Carrie Kirby 1721636 at http://www.wisebread.com