DIY http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/4801/all en-US Best Money Tips: Creative DIY Blogs That Help You Save Money http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-creative-diy-blogs-that-help-you-save-money <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-creative-diy-blogs-that-help-you-save-money" 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_000015753538.jpg" alt="Woman attempting diy paint project after saving money" 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 some great articles on fabulously creative and frugal DIY blogs, the habits of highly motivated people, and the worst airports for penny pinchers.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.thepennyhoarder.com/21-fabulous-diy-blogs">21 Fabulous DIY Blogs to Spark Your Creativity and Help You Save Money</a> &mdash; These blogs cover topics like lifestyle, food, and finance, and are sure to instruct and inspire. [The Penny Hoarder]</p> <p><a href="http://sourcesofinsight.com/7-habits-of-highly-motivated-people">7 Habits of Highly Motivated People</a> &mdash; Figure out what your values are, then find ways to connect your daily work back to those values. [Sources of Insight]</p> <p><a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/Saving-Money/2015/0324/The-three-worst-airports-for-penny-pinchers">The three worst airports for penny pinchers</a> &mdash; Cincinnati has the highest per-mile landing fees in the country. [The Monitor]</p> <p><a href="http://www.artofmanliness.com/2015/03/26/how-to-contact-a-busy-person">How to Contact a Busy Person</a> &mdash; If you need information from someone, first research what you can, then ask specific questions. [The Art of Manliness]</p> <p><a href="http://www.consumerismcommentary.com/chip-credit-cards-fraud">5 Reasons Why New Chip Credit Cards Won&rsquo;t Reduce Fraud</a> &mdash; Regardless of the card type, all credit card numbers are still stored digitally. If a hacker is able to access a database of credit card numbers, those customers are still vulnerable. [Consumerism Commentary]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://blog.shoplet.com/promotionalproducts/6-steps-to-a-flawless-twitter-party/">6 Steps to a Flawless Twitter Party</a> &mdash; First, you need to choose and register a good hashtag. Then, brainstorm how you want the conversation to flow. [Shoplet]</p> <p><a href="http://www.retiredby40blog.com/2015/03/26/11-beautiful-free-organizers/">11 Beautiful, Free Organizers</a> &mdash; Put a power strip in the top drawer of your nightstand to keep your electronics (and their cables) hidden away while they charge. [Retired by 40]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Things-Worth-Money-3508809">11 Items That Are Worth the Big Expense</a> &mdash; A sharp, quality interview suit will help you feel confident, which in turn helps you make the best impression. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.bargaineering.com/articles/secrets-saving-1-million-401k.html">The secrets to saving $1 million in your 401(k)</a> &mdash; Go for equities, especially if you still have a good number of years until retirement. Although stocks are volatile, they have the most potential for growth. [Bargaineering]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/the-dirty-habit-that-can-improve-your-childs-health">The Dirty Habit that Can Improve Your Child's Health!</a> &mdash; Playing in the mud &mdash; and being exposed to bacteria and germs &mdash; actually improves the immune system's ability to keep you healthy. [Parenting Squad]</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-creative-diy-blogs-that-help-you-save-money">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/10-really-easy-ways-to-unclog-drains">10 Really Easy Ways to Unclog Drains</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/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-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/no-signal-5-quick-ways-to-boost-your-cell-phone-reception-updated">No Signal? 5 Quick Ways to Boost Your Cell Phone Reception. Updated.</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/secret-lawn-tonic-recipe-from-golf-course-groundskeeper">Secret Lawn Tonic Recipe From Golf Course Groundskeeper - Updated</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/14-effective-grease-and-oil-stain-removal-tips">14 Effective Grease and Oil Stain Removal Tips</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> DIY best money tips DIY blogs Tue, 31 Mar 2015 19:00:09 +0000 Amy Lu 1364084 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Basic Sewing Tricks That Will Save You Money http://www.wisebread.com/7-basic-sewing-tricks-that-will-save-you-money <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-basic-sewing-tricks-that-will-save-you-money" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000023158354.jpg" alt="hands sewing button" title="hands sewing button" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>You know those <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00CQR6C3O/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00CQR6C3O&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=TX6XFCOGHQV62HNZ">little sewing kits</a> you can buy at the grocery store? They're definitely worth the money when you consider how they might save your wardrobe. Back in the day, when a button would fall off a shirt or a hem would tear, it didn't always mean buying a new shirt or pants. Instead, people repaired clothing by hand to wear for years to come. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-your-clothing-fit-perfectly-with-these-10-no-sew-fixes?ref=seealso">Make Your Clothes Fit Perfectly With These 10 No Sew Fixes</a>)</p> <p>Here are a few invaluable mending techniques &mdash; and specific clothing fixes &mdash; that don't require a sewing machine.</p> <h2>Running Stitch</h2> <p><iframe width="605" height="340" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/k6657ZhHWgI?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>The <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k6657ZhHWgI&amp;spfreload=10">running stitch</a> (or straight stitch) is the easiest to learn, so it's worth adding to your repertoire. This stitch is basically under and over the fabric throughout the whole line of what you're stitching. You can use it to fasten most any two pieces of fabric together with good results. Under then over, under then over.</p> <h2>Whip Stitch</h2> <p><iframe width="605" height="340" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/v9kGyZDWZcA?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>I first became familiar with a <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v9kGyZDWZcA&amp;spfreload=10">whip stitch</a> on <em>Grey's Anatomy</em>. Unfortunately, I won't be showing you how to use this skill in the human body, however useful that might be. After pinning together the fabric you plan to stitch, you drive through both and whip around the edge before come up again through the bottom at the same level where you first stitch rests. Continue until you've finished your piece, then tie off.</p> <h2>Tie Off</h2> <p><iframe width="605" height="340" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/AhEUqBSgwjI?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>Along with stitching, it's key to know how to <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AhEUqBSgwjI&amp;spfreload=10">tie off&nbsp;sewing projects</a> so they'll stay strong and secure. The maneuver reminds me of <a href="http://www.offroad-ed.com/images/drawings/atv_turn_k_maneuver.jpg">making a K-turn</a>&nbsp;while driving. You'll stitch up through your fabric, then back down right next to where you started &mdash; leaving some loose thread. Then one more stitch through the back that you'll resolve back down through the loop you created to tie off into a knot before cutting free.</p> <h2>Sew a Button</h2> <p><iframe width="605" height="340" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/rQRq--7InTE?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>Learning how to <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rQRq--7InTE&amp;spfreload=10">sew a button</a> back onto a shirt is easy. First, thread your needle so you have a double thread to work with. Use a couple straight pins to create space for a shank. Stitching from behind your fabric, work through that first button hole and then choose either a straight or cross pattern through the button a few times before winding thread around the base to create that shank. Then, stitch to the back of your fabric again and knot to fasten.</p> <h2>Sew a Hem</h2> <p><iframe width="605" height="340" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/tMqK-fNrCrM?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>You'll find hems on most any piece of clothing you own, so it's good to know how to <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tMqK-fNrCrM&amp;spfreload=10">sew hems up</a> when they get loose. First, iron your hem flat back to its original allowance. Then &mdash; moving from left to right &mdash; use a catch stitch to work your way diagonally down the hem to fasten. This technique works well on most thick apparel fabrics, but you can also use a straight stitch if you're more comfortable. For a super easy fix, try <a href="http://www.amazon.com:80url=search-alias%3Daps&amp;amp;field-keywords=iron+on+hemming+tape/?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=YI7KFVGET6SCUJGL">iron-on hemming tape</a>, which I've use on anything from clothing items to DIY curtains.</p> <h2>Sew a Hole</h2> <p><iframe width="605" height="340" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/0sal9F4RXeY?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>I get tiny holes in my clothes all the time. To <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0sal9F4RXeY&amp;spfreload=10">sew holes shut</a>, start by matching thread to your garment. Then knot the end of your string or fix to your fabric using a few loop stitches. Working from the top of your project, sew the hole shut by moving from one side of the hole to the other. It's actually quite intuitive, you're just closing it back up again. Tie off to finish.</p> <h2>Patch Jeans</h2> <p><iframe width="605" height="340" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/ohDDHxZ-a3w?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>You can iron a patch onto jeans to fix tears and holes, but this <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ohDDHxZ-a3w&amp;spfreload=10">sewn patch alternative</a> allows you to be more creative with fabric choices. Start by measuring your hole and cut your patch so it more than covers the area. Iron the edges of the patch so they're clean, then fix it to the jeans with straight pins. Using color thread that matches the patch, start sewing from a corner with a running stitch technique until you work your way around the entire patch. Knot to finish.</p> <p><em>What are your go-to mending techniques? 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/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-basic-sewing-tricks-that-will-save-you-money">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/13-diy-clothing-projects-for-men">13 DIY Clothing Projects for Men</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/make-your-clothing-fit-perfectly-with-these-10-no-sew-fixes">Make Your Clothing Fit Perfectly With These 10 No-Sew Fixes</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/15-ways-to-recycle-and-reuse-old-t-shirts">15 Ways to Recycle and Reuse Old T-shirts</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/19-ways-to-reuse-old-towels">19 Ways to Reuse Old Towels</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-great-uses-for-old-ties">10 Great Uses for Old Ties</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> DIY Style mending needle and thread patching sewing Mon, 09 Mar 2015 17:00:10 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1324572 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Old Fashioned Skills That Save You Money http://www.wisebread.com/7-old-fashioned-skills-that-save-you-money <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-old-fashioned-skills-that-save-you-money" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/old-fashioned-vintage-woman-sewing-machine-Dollarphotoclub_70883513.jpg" alt="vintage woman sewing" title="vintage woman sewing" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Home brew? Urban gardens? What's old is new again, and those old fashioned homemaking skills from yesteryear are often more eco-friendly, sustainable, and &mdash; yes &mdash; less expensive than modern conveniences. They're also easy once you get into a routine. (See also: 1<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/18-awesome-practically-free-upcycled-craft-projects">8 Awesome, Practically Free, Upcycled Craft Projects</a>)</p> <p>So, check out these important skills from yesteryear that let you live on the cheap today. You may even develop some new hobbies in the process.</p> <h2>1. Bread Baking</h2> <p>Have you paid attention to the prices in the bread aisle recently? No, really. Store bought bread is expensive and contains all sorts of strange ingredients. I've started baking most of our bread at home to save money and keep our food simple. Some of the best recipes I make require nothing more than flour, yeast, and water. The rest is in the mixing, rise time, and actual baking. Start with this ubiquitous <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2006/11/08/dining/081mrex.html">No-Knead Bread</a> recipe by master baker Jim Lahey. You'll let it rise overnight and then bake in a dutch oven for an amazingly crisp crust. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/a-beginners-guide-to-homemade-bread?ref=seealso">A Beginner's Guide to Homemade Bread</a>)</p> <h2>2. From-Scratch Everything</h2> <p>In the past, most people actually made their pantry items from scratch. For example, oat flour is nothing more than rolled oats pulsed in your food processor. Same goes with almond meal. With some practice, you can blend together an amazing batch of hummus that costs half as much as its store-bought counterpart. The list goes on. And after a while, making wholesome foods in your own kitchen becomes automatic. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/35-grocery-items-you-should-make-at-home-and-5-to-buy">35 Grocery Items You Should Make at Home</a>)</p> <h2>3. Food Preservation</h2> <p>Eating local, seasonal produce is usually the cheapest, healthiest option for feeding your family. But what about in the off season? Instead of forking over extra cash to eat tomatoes from who-knows-where in January, consider learning the re-emerging art of canning. You'll need a few tools and some know-how (I love the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0762441437/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=0762441437&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=YPURNI7KXULSVNMU">Food In Jars</a> book, which breaks down the method of small batch canning into bits and pieces). I have yet to master it fully, so I choose to prep and freeze a lot of my ingredients to enjoy year round &mdash; most produce lasts a year this way. You can also pickle and dehydrate foods for unique taste and texture. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/preserving-in-season-foods-for-off-season-feasts">How to Preserve In-Season Foods for Off-Season Feasts</a>)</p> <h2>4. Gardening</h2> <p>Better yet, learn how to grow your own food in your backyard (or, for those of you with small outdoor spaces, <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/garden-ideas-for-small-spaces">on your patio</a>). There are a number of hearty plants even beginners can cultivate and harvest with much success. Start with easy-to-grow beets, snap peas, carrots, radishes, squash, peppers, lettuce, and a variety of herbs, like dill, cilantro, and basil. Just be sure to pay attention to the soil, light, and watering suggestions on your seeds' or plant's guide. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/get-a-great-container-garden-started-with-this-guide?ref=seealso">Get a Great Container Garden Started With This Guide</a>)</p> <h2>5. Sewing</h2> <p>There was a time not so long ago when a hole in a shirt didn't mean it was fated for the donation or garbage pile. Instead, a quick stitch would fix it right up like new. By learning how to sew, you can also customize your wardrobe and even add new wearables for very little cash. Get started by picking up an inexpensive sewing kit or a needle and thread. Then learn some beginner <a href="http://www.care2.com/greenliving/more-mending-basics-no-sewing-machine-required.html">mending techniques</a>, like how to sew on a button, repair small holes, and fix torn seams. It's a lot of under-over-under-over and tying off to finish. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-cute-and-frugal-diy-clothes-you-can-make-for-your-kids?ref=seealso">20 Cute and Frugal Clothes You Can Sew For Your Kids</a>)</p> <h2>6. Cleaning Basics</h2> <p>There weren't a lot of brightly packaged cleaning products back in the day. Instead, people made their own cleaners and solutions at home. Here are <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-diy-laundry-detergent-recipes">five laundry detergent recipes</a> to get you started. I've saved a bundle of money (and plastic) by making laundry soap at home, and my clothes are just as fresh and clean. All-purpose cleaning is also made simple with a mixture of 1:1 vinegar and water solution. Pour them together in a spray bottle and get busy cleaning. Add some alcohol to the bottle (a couple tablespoons) to make a streak-free window and mirror cleaner. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-clean-everything-with-just-3-all-natural-cleaners">How to Clean Everything With 3 All-Natural Cleaners</a>)</p> <h2>7. Soap Making and More</h2> <p>Even the whole bath and body DIY phenomenon has its roots in the past. After all, the general store didn't carry limitless products and solutions. Of course, you can get fancy by mixing together bath bombs and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/homemade-sunblock-and-6-other-non-toxic-recipes-to-get-your-skin-sun-ready">sunscreens</a>. I like to stick with the basics and use coconut oil as a moisturizer. Melting together olive oil, beeswax, and essential oils makes a quick and useful <a href="http://www.neverhomemaker.com/2014/10/homesteading-natural-vapor-rub.html">Vapor Rub</a>. Once you acquire the core ingredients, you can make most anything yourself. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-amazing-easy-diy-bath-and-body-products?ref=seealso">50 Amazing DIY Bath and Body Products</a>)</p> <p><em>What old timey skills do you rely on?</em></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/7-old-fashioned-skills-that-save-you-money">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/the-guaranteed-easiest-way-to-make-your-own-pickles">The Guaranteed Easiest Way to Make Your Own Pickles</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/how-to-make-moonshine">How to Make Moonshine</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/15-creative-delicious-things-you-can-make-in-a-blender">15 Creative, Delicious Things You Can Make in a Blender</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/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-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-homemade-liqueurs-to-bottle-now-for-tasty-holiday-gifts">10 Homemade Liqueurs to Bottle for Tasty Gifts</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> DIY Food and Drink handmade Homemade homesteading skills Fri, 20 Feb 2015 16:00:10 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1300084 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Life-Changing Ways to Repurpose Household Items http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-life-changing-ways-to-repurpose-household-items <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-life-changing-ways-to-repurpose-household-items" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/drawer repurpose.jpg" alt="repurposed drawer" title="repurposed drawer" 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 some great articles on life-changing ways to repurpose household items, the characteristics of those who are serious about their debt, and tips to keep you ahead of the game at work.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://smartycents.com/articles/10-ways-to-repurpose-household-items/">10 Life-Changing Ways to Repurpose Household Items</a> &mdash; Before you toss out your worn, warped cookie sheets and baking pans, try hanging them up as magnet boards! [Smarty Cents]</p> <p><a href="http://ptmoney.com/debt-doesnt-have-to-be-forever/">Debt Doesn't Have to Be Forever &mdash; 6 Characteristics of Those Serious About Paying Off Debt</a> &mdash; If you're serious about paying off debt, be open to asking for help &mdash; from a budget coach, for example. [PT Money]</p> <p><a href="http://timemanagementninja.com/2015/01/8-tips-to-keep-you-one-step-ahead-of-your-work">8 Tips to Keep You One Step Ahead of Your Work</a> &mdash; Get a head start on your work by planning out your day before you even leave the house. [Time Management Ninja]</p> <p><a href="http://couponpal.com/blog/forget-about-snowpocalypse-7-warm-places-you-have-to-visit-in-2015">Forget About Snowpocalypse: 7 Warm Places You Have to Visit in 2015</a> &mdash; Take a drive down the highway the runs through the Florida Keys &mdash; or make a stop for swimming, sailing, and scuba diving! [CouponPal]</p> <p><a href="https://smartasset.com/personal-finance/top-5-money-saving-skills-acquire-2015">Top 5 Money-Saving Skills to Acquire in 2015</a> &mdash; Learn how to sew and care for your clothing. You'll save a small fortune in dry cleaning and alteration bills! [SmartAsset]</p> <h3>Other Essential Reading</h3> <p><a href="http://www.biblemoneymatters.com/how-to-run-a-successful-crowdfunding-campaign/">How to Run a Successful Crowdfunding Campaign</a> &mdash; When you're seeking funds via crowdfunding, you have to reach people on an emotional level; it can't be just about business. [Bible Money Matters]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Things-Do-New-City-36647439">Want to Truly Love Your New City? Start With These 14 Things!</a> &mdash; Keep an eye out for hole-in-the-wall treasures. Make a point to try out a tiny restaurant or step into a cozy antique store. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://gradmoneymatters.com/money-making-ideas/how-to-stay-healthy-when-working-from-home.html">How to Stay Healthy When Working From Home</a> &mdash; Don't bring unhealthy snacks into the house. Stick with fruits and veggies for those between-meal munchies. [Grad Money Matters]</p> <p><a href="http://cashmoneylife.com/dow-jones-20000/">Five Reasons Why the Dow Will Probably Blow Past the 20,000 Mark in 2015</a> &mdash; Lower gas prices means consumers will have more money to spend on other products and services. [Cash Money Life]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/does-my-child-need-a-vitamin-supplement">Does My Child Need a Vitamin Supplement?</a> &mdash; The American Academy of Pediatrics says most kids can get the recommended amount of vitamins and minerals from diet alone. [Parenting Squad]</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-life-changing-ways-to-repurpose-household-items">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/20-new-things-you-can-make-with-old-denim-jeans">20 New Things You Can Make With Old Denim Jeans</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/20-money-saving-ways-to-reuse-old-pantyhose">20 Money-Saving Ways to Reuse Old Pantyhose</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/15-common-kitchen-cast-offs-you-can-repurpose-into-cool-new-things">15 Common Kitchen Cast-Offs You Can Repurpose Into Cool New Things</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/25-things-to-do-with-reusable-water-bottles">25 Things to Do With Reusable Water 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-really-easy-ways-to-unclog-drains">10 Really Easy Ways to Unclog Drains</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> DIY best money tips repurpose Thu, 29 Jan 2015 20:00:18 +0000 Amy Lu 1283851 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Cool Uses for a Slow Cooker http://www.wisebread.com/10-cool-uses-for-a-slow-cooker <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-cool-uses-for-a-slow-cooker" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/slow-cooker-Dollarphotoclub_23773807.jpg" alt="slow cooker" title="slow cooker" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I love my slow cooker, and I use it to make tons of delicious breakfasts, lunches, and dinners. But did you know you can also make crafts and other non-food items in the pot? It's true! (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-delicious-slow-cooker-breakfast-ideas-for-lazy-cooks?ref=seealso">12 Delicious Slow Cooker Breakfasts For Lazy Cooks</a>)</p> <p>Check out these 10 projects that will turn your world upside-down and give you some new skills to boast.</p> <h2>1. Candles</h2> <p>Need to make a gift for a friend? Try <a href="https://snapguide.com/guides/make-candles-with-a-crock-pot/">Crock Pot Candles</a>. Set your pot to the warm setting and fill some small glass containers with soy wax flakes. Place the containers in your pot and then pour in some boiling water around them. Cover and cook for two hours, until fully melted. Stir in coloring and carefully remove before placing in the wicks and adding any scented oils.</p> <h2>2. Play Dough</h2> <p>My daughter loves <a href="http://crockpot365.blogspot.com/2008/04/crockpot-play-dough-recipe.html">Slow Cooker Play Dough</a>. We can make it together and color it however she wants. Better yet, if you have allergies, you can use either rice or all-purpose flour. The rest is corn starch, water, cream of tartar, and some cooking oil. Warm it up in the pot, mix, and knead with food coloring.</p> <h2>3. Lotion Bars</h2> <p>I've made <a href="https://ourlittlefamilyadventure.wordpress.com/2012/10/22/organic-lotion-bars-made-simple-with-a-crock-pot/">Lotion Bars</a> on the stovetop before, but I love this idea to make them in a crock pot. You'll toss together a mixture of shea butter, coconut oil, beeswax, and vitamin E. Cook everything for one hour until fully melted, add essential oils, then pour into molds. (Note: You can use <a href="http://www.google.com/url?q=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FReynolds-Metals-00504-Cooker-Liners%2Fdp%2FB00578EKRY%2Fref%3Dsr_1_1%3Fie%3DUTF8%26qid%3D1420425563%26sr%3D8-1%26keywords%3Dcrock%2Bpot%2Bliner&amp;sa=D&amp;sntz=1&amp;usg=AFQjCNGEUJ33VoWItRk1OnESa1F5Rjpdcg">inexpensive liners</a> to keep the mess to a minimum.)</p> <h2>4. Lip Balm</h2> <p>The same method applies for this <a href="http://blog.diynetwork.com/maderemade/how-to/diy-beeswax-lip-balm/">DIY Lip Balm</a>. Melt beeswax before tossing in coconut and almond oils. Mix well. Then drop in some essential oils (flavor oils work best) before pouring into molds to set.</p> <h2>5. Soap</h2> <p>Make your own <a href="http://www.diynatural.com/crock-pot-soap/">Slow Cooker Soap</a>! All you need is water, lye, and a mix of different oils. After dissolving lye in a separate container, you'll pour your oils in the pot. When they're hot, add in the lye and stir for 5 minutes before letting cook for 20 minutes. You'll turn the heat off and stir in more water before smoothing out, adding mix-ins, and eventually pouring into molds to set.</p> <h2>6. Foot Bath</h2> <p>I definitely had to look twice at this <a href="http://crockpot365.blogspot.com/2008/08/crockpot-as-foot-bath.html">Crock Pot Foot Bath</a>. Believe it. This soothing soak will work best if you have a larger pot, of course. No real special formula &mdash; the author just put in water and bubble bath &mdash; but I suggest using a couple tablespoons of epsom salts for good measure. (Just make sure not to do this in a borrowed pot!)</p> <h2>7. Dyed Yarn</h2> <p>This <a href="http://www.creativegreenliving.com/2013/02/dye-yarn-in-your-slow-cooker.html">Dyed Yarn</a> project looks super cool. You'll need to use yarn made from at least 50% animal fiber. The magic is the food coloring and vinegar. You'll soak in the warm pot for between two and four hours before rinsing and spinning to dry.</p> <h2>8. Crayons</h2> <p>With a preschooler running around the house, we have our fair share or broken crayons in assorted colors. Use your crock pot to <a href="http://www.aboutamom.com/crock-pot-crayons/">melt them together</a> and create new art supplies (or even gifts). You'll remove all the paper from the crayons before piling them in color order. Melt on low. Then ladle into silicone molds to set.</p> <h2>9. Potpourri</h2> <p>While I prefer simmering applesauce to get my house smelling nice, you can also make <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/paula-deen/aunt-peggys-potpourri-recipe.html">Aunt Peggy's Potpourri</a> in your slow cooker. Toss in apples, lemons, oranges, water, bay leaves, and cloves. Then cook on low to diffuse the aroma.</p> <h2>10. Paint Removal</h2> <p>Do you have old hinges or other metal hardware covered in paint? Remove it <a href="http://www.familyhandyman.com/doors/how-to-remove-paint-from-hardware/view-all#step1">without using chemical strippers</a> inside your crock pot. Fill the pot with water and set to high. Place your items in the pot until the paint softens and comes off in one piece. You may wish to use a new (or old) crock pot for this job since paint contains some nasty stuff. Try finding one at a thrift shop on the cheap.</p> <p><em>What cool, non-edible uses have you come up with for your crock pot?</em></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-cool-uses-for-a-slow-cooker">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/25-gifts-you-can-make-today">25 Gifts You Can Make Today</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/15-ways-to-recycle-and-reuse-old-t-shirts">15 Ways to Recycle and Reuse Old T-shirts</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/13-diy-clothing-projects-for-men">13 DIY Clothing Projects for Men</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-fun-toys-and-games-you-can-make-at-home">10 Fun Toys and Games You Can Make at Home</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> DIY crafts crock pot slow cookers Tue, 27 Jan 2015 18:00:12 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1283355 at http://www.wisebread.com 12 Awesome Ways to Use Apple Cider Vinegar http://www.wisebread.com/12-awesome-ways-to-use-apple-cider-vinegar <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/12-awesome-ways-to-use-apple-cider-vinegar" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/apple-cider-vinegar-Dollarphotoclub_55532915.jpg" alt="apple cider vinegar" title="apple cider vinegar" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is one of the most versatile ingredients you have in your kitchen. And what's even more exciting is that its application can be extended far beyond the food world. First, it's important to understand that raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar will provide all the power and benefits versus distilled varieties. That's because that raw contains living nutrients and bacteria. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/254-uses-for-vinegar-and-counting">254 Uses for Vinegar and Counting</a>)</p> <p>Once you pick up a bottle, you can use it in these vastly different ways.</p> <h2>1. Food Dressing</h2> <p>My husband uses apple cider vinegar in place of balsamic vinegar on his salads. I sometimes use a splash in place of white vinegar in my baking (for making <a href="https://veganfoodaddict.wordpress.com/tag/apple-cider-vinegar/">vegan &quot;buttermilks&quot;</a> and the like). Basically, if a recipe calls for vinegar, you can likely replace it with ACV for a new twist.</p> <h2>2. Cold Remedy</h2> <p>Kill bacteria and ease your sore throat with apple cider vinegar. Dilute a couple tablespoons ACV into one cup of warm, filtered water. You can add raw honey for taste, if you like. Drink up four to six times a day.</p> <h2>3. Facial Toner</h2> <p>If you have bad skin like I do, check out how this gal <a href="http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-13304/how-i-cured-my-acne-with-apple-cider-vinegar.html">cured her acne</a> with apple cider vinegar. Depending on how sensitive your skin is, you'll dilute ACV with a little (or a lot of) water. Apply twice a day with a clean cotton ball after washing your face.</p> <h2>4. Foot Soak</h2> <p>Combine 1 cup epsom salts, 1 cup ACV, and water for this <a href="http://simplymal.com/pinterest-magic-3/">soothing foot soak</a>. When you're done lounging, use a pumice stone to smooth your softened calluses away.</p> <h2>5. Tooth Whitener</h2> <p>Apple cider vinegar can even <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=34oBoARmgIA">whiten your smile</a>. The acids in the vinegar eat away at the stains on your teeth. Simply pour some in a cup and swish around in your mouth for one or two minutes. Spit out and then rinse with water if you don't like the taste.</p> <h2>6. Fly Trap</h2> <p>We tried this trick for the first time over the summer, and it worked wonderfully. If you're noticing lots of fruit flies in your kitchen, pour some ACV into a small glass, cover with plastic wrap, and poke some holes in it. The flies will be attracted to the smell and congregate there so you can remove them.</p> <h2>7. Odor Remover</h2> <p>Does your room stink? Pour some ACV into a small bowl and place it near the source of the offensive odor. After a while, the vinegar will help absorb the odors until they're barely noticeable. (But it's a good idea to change the litter box anyway!)</p> <h2>8. Deodorant</h2> <p>Those of you looking for a natural stink-fighting alternative, check out this <a href="http://www.salubriousexclamation.com/2013/04/how-to-make-natural-spray-on-deodorant.html">Apple Cider Vinegar Spray Deodorant</a>. Just combine ACV with distilled water and essential oils in a bottle. Shake well before spritzing under your arms.</p> <h2>9. Hair Rinse</h2> <p>If you're interested in the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/diy-shampoo-the-baking-soda-experiment">Baking Soda Shampoo Method</a>, you'll soon discover the rinse is &mdash; you guessed it &mdash; apple cider vinegar. If the smell is too strong for your liking, dilute in a little water before pouring onto your head.</p> <h2>10. Sunburn Soother</h2> <p>Headed someplace warm on vacation? Well, you know the sunburn is likely to follow. This <a href="http://butterbeliever.com/sunburn-remedy/">Two Ingredient Fix</a> is simply apple cider vinegar and coconut oil. Wet a washcloth and splash on some ACV and apply to the burned area. Then nourish with the oil.</p> <h2>11. Produce Wash</h2> <p>Dilute ACV with a ratio of <a href="http://dontwastethecrumbs.com/2013/04/how-to-clean-produce-naturally-using-apple-cider-vinegar/">1 tablespoon to 1 cup of water</a> to wash your fruits and veggies naturally. All you do is soak them in a bowl for 5 to 10 minutes, then rinse and pat dry.</p> <h2>12. All-Purpose Cleaner</h2> <p>Just combine one part water with one part ACV (much like you'd do with white vinegar) inside a spray bottle. Add essential oils if you like. Then get to work! And don't worry. The vinegar smell will fade shortly after you clean. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-clean-everything-with-just-3-all-natural-cleaners?ref=seealso">How to Clean Everything With 3 All-Natural Cleaners</a>)</p> <p><em>What's your favorite awesome use for apple cider vinegar?</em></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/12-awesome-ways-to-use-apple-cider-vinegar">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/10-really-easy-ways-to-unclog-drains">10 Really Easy Ways to Unclog Drains</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-effective-grease-and-oil-stain-removal-tips">14 Effective Grease and Oil Stain Removal Tips</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/quickly-removing-scratches-from-cds-and-dvds">Quickly Remove Scratches From CDs and DVDs</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/52-uses-for-rubber-bands">52 Uses for Rubber Bands</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/build-a-bed-for-cheap-and-look-good-doing-it">Build a Bed for Cheap (and Look Good Doing It)</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> DIY General Tips cool uses natural cleaners Vinegar Mon, 26 Jan 2015 16:00:08 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1283247 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Bathroom Purchases for Under $10 That Are Well Worth the Money http://www.wisebread.com/10-bathroom-purchases-for-under-10-that-are-well-worth-the-money <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-bathroom-purchases-for-under-10-that-are-well-worth-the-money" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/smiling-plumber-man-bathroom-tools-Dollarphotoclub_73820049.jpg" alt="smiling plumber" title="smiling plumber" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Ah, the bathroom. That space in my house that's totally disorganized and constantly begging to be scrubbed. In the new year, I've decided to clean up my act by purging, sorting, and organizing. And there are lots of cool hacks that can help. Check out these smart bathroom essentials that you can purchase for 10 dollars or &mdash; in most cases &mdash; less.</p> <h2>1. Fabric Shower Liner</h2> <p><img width="200" height="200" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/fabric%20shower%20liner.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>Stop buying plastic curtains over and over again and invest in a fabric (reusable) <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00IU2PET2/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00IU2PET2&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=TCDVO2VEUZVHIB6G">shower curtain liner</a> that will last you years. Just make sure you wash it every month or so to keep it fresh and mold-free. I like to toss some baking soda with mine for good measure and hang to dry.</p> <h2>2. Shower Rings</h2> <p><img width="150" height="240" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/shower%20rings.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>And if you're regularly washing your shower curtain and liner, stop fooling with standard plastic hangers and try these <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0042ZB1YI/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0042ZB1YI&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=TOO3CW3KFIWCRIF2">double-glide shower rings</a>. They allow you to remove and replace your curtains with ease. And if you have an old set of standard rings, use them to <a href="http://imgur.com/q1juq">hang baskets</a> inside your shower for added storage.</p> <h2>3. Ball Jars</h2> <p><img width="200" height="200" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/ball%20jar.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>There are many ways to use glass jars in your bathroom &mdash; from housing cotton balls to holding hand soap. And you can pick up a set of <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00KF5STQC/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00KF5STQC&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=MKUSRYAXTDMVJBUP">Wide Mouth Ball Jars</a> for less than $10. The switch to glass over plastic packaging is subtle, but makes the room feel remarkably cleaner.</p> <h2>4. Over-Door Rack</h2> <p><img width="250" height="192" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/door%20hook%20rack.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>Whether you own or rent your place, space might be an issue in your bathroom. This <a href="http://amazon.com/gp/product/B004KKX9KE/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B004KKX9KE&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=AHV4ZNMPAMRF4VNU">over-door hook rack</a> allows you to hang towels, clothing, and other items with ease (and without screwing anything into the wall). Assign each member of your family a hook for simplified storage.</p> <h2>5. Shower Caddy</h2> <p><img width="113" height="300" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/shower%20caddy.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>I grew up using a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001340KF2/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B001340KF2&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=NYS4I7EWUNVJFN5C">shower caddy</a> and have continued the trend to this day. However, I'm quite surprised when I visit friends and family to find that not everyone is using this organization dynamo. Installation is easy &mdash; just slip it over your shower head and use the suction cups to hold it straight against the wall. Then fill with your favorite shampoos, conditioners, soaps, etc.</p> <h2>6. Step Organizer</h2> <p><img width="250" height="160" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/step%20organizer.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>Those of us lucky enough to have a bathroom closet probably don't keep it as tidy as we'd like. I can think of a hundred times when I've gone digging in the back only to find soaps or makeup I'd forgotten about years earlier. This <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0036OQU4C/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0036OQU4C&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=2R7362GNWNU46O2U">3-tiered cabinet organizer</a> is wonderful for displaying nail polish, moisturizers, toothpastes, soaps, and all other bath products.</p> <h2>7. Magnetic Strip</h2> <p><img width="180" height="270" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/magnet%20tape.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>Ever feel like you're always losing track of bobby pins, tweezers, and other small metal items? Stick a few <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005HY9XFC/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B005HY9XFC&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=YFFGQIZLXKPVYFAW">magnetic strips</a> on your wall or the inside of a cabinet. Then, simply let the magnets do their work corralling all that stuff in <a href="http://sprwmn.blogspot.com/2010/11/2-minute-bathroom-organization.html">one convenient place</a>.</p> <h2>8. Silverware Tray</h2> <p><img width="250" height="196" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/silverware%20tray.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>For all those random grooming tools, toothbrushes, combs, and more, try a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002I2KDN2/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B002I2KDN2&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=4WKCCXP5HKOCPUSF">plastic silverware tray</a>. The slots are long and lean, providing ample room for all the items in your makeup drawer. Most trays will fit inside standard vanities.</p> <h2>9. Adhesive Hooks</h2> <p><img width="200" height="279" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/command%20hooks.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>For larger items, like curling irons and hairdryers, try <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000FSORW4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000FSORW4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=XYU5AGUDIPQP2UNV">adhesive hooks</a> on the inside of your cabinet doors. That way, they're out of sight, but certainly not out of mind. You'll spend less time fumbling around with tangled cords. Standard hooks hold up to three pounds.</p> <h2>10. Jewelry Organizer</h2> <p><img width="250" height="216" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/jewelry%20organizer.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>Grab one of those <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00LXR31HI/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00LXR31HI&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=MKRFVHEWHZWNASZE">jewelry organizers</a> with the hook and fill it with your makeup and other small beauty products. You can hang it on your bathroom door when you're getting ready for a night out and want to see all your options. Otherwise, fold and tuck away. Bonus: You can take this pack on all your travels near and far.</p> <p><em>What's essential in your bathroom?</em></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-bathroom-purchases-for-under-10-that-are-well-worth-the-money">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/10-really-easy-ways-to-unclog-drains">10 Really Easy Ways to Unclog Drains</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-effective-grease-and-oil-stain-removal-tips">14 Effective Grease and Oil Stain Removal Tips</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/build-a-bed-for-cheap-and-look-good-doing-it">Build a Bed for Cheap (and Look Good Doing It)</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/52-uses-for-rubber-bands">52 Uses for Rubber Bands</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-spruce-up-your-unfinished-basement-for-under-100">10 Ways to Spruce Up Your Unfinished Basement for Under $100</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> DIY General Tips Home bathrooms cheap fixes Home essentials Thu, 22 Jan 2015 16:00:07 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1282541 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Awesome, Cheap Alternatives to Luxury Services http://www.wisebread.com/5-awesome-cheap-alternatives-to-luxury-services <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-awesome-cheap-alternatives-to-luxury-services" 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-kitchen-Dollarphotoclub_65447666.jpg" alt="woman cooking" title="woman cooking" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Ever wonder about the lifestyles of the rich and famous? I sure do. There are a number of services these people enjoy that the rest of us can only dream about. But if your bank account isn't teeming with funds, don't fret. Instead, employ a little creative thinking, and try these five alternatives to some of the more popular luxury services.</p> <h2>1. Home Chef</h2> <p>Yes, the idea of having someone cook up breakfast, lunch, and dinner certainly sounds appealing. And wouldn't healthier eating (and a clean kitchen) be so much easier if left up to someone else? With just a little forward thinking, you can be your own personal chef and create weeks or even months of meals that require nothing more than reheating.</p> <p>It all starts with a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-to-eat-every-day-a-month-of-frugal-meals">meal plan</a>. The rest is up to your preferred style of cooking. I highly recommend setting aside one weekend each month to do <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/save-time-and-money-with-a-monthly-assembly-or-bulk-cooking-weekend">bulk cooking</a>. You can make as many meals as you have space to store in your freezer. If you don't have a lot of space, I'm a huge fan of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/35-slow-cooker-recipes-for-busy-or-lazy-vegetarians">crock pot meals</a>. Toss everything in the pot and let the machine do the heavy simmering. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-tricks-to-keeping-your-kitchen-clean-while-you-cook">10 Tricks to Keep Your Kitchen Clean While You Cook</a>)</p> <h2>2. Cleaning Service</h2> <p>While professional house cleanings have become somewhat more attainable over the years, it's still a service I cannot find room to fund in my budget. And when the going gets tough, my sinks and toilets surely show it. Good news, though! Many of us can get on the path to a routinely cleaner house without spending much money or tremendous effort.</p> <p>For example, you could start following the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-militarys-four-step-plan-to-keeping-your-place-clean">military's guide</a> for keeping a tidier space that includes cleaning a little each day, creating a schedule that works for you, finding places for everything you own, and &mdash; of course &mdash; keeping your tools nearby. That plan breaks down the dirt and clutter, making it feel more manageable and, ultimately, quicker to complete. Making simple <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-clean-everything-with-just-3-all-natural-cleaners">DIY cleaning supplies</a> will also ensure you rarely run out of the essentials. Then treat yourself to a deep cleaning service maybe once or twice a year.</p> <h2>3. Grocery Delivery</h2> <p>If you don't like grocery shopping, I don't blame you. The stores are crowded, the lines are long, and you usually forget something despite drafting the most detailed list. Though grocery delivery services can be as inexpensive as around $5 per order (prices vary depending on location and order size), that's still an additional $260 a year minimum that you're spending when you could tweak your method for free instead.</p> <p>Make the trek to the store less intimidating by switching around your shopping hours. I find Saturday mornings or late weeknights best, but you can ask the clerks when they think traffic is slowest. Many <a href="http://www.wegmans.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/CampaignLanding?storeId=10052&amp;catalogId=10002&amp;langId=-1&amp;clear=true&amp;partNumber=CAMPAIGN_42855">stores, like Wegmans, offer apps</a> that help you find foods quicker and even estimate your order total before leaving home. You can even consider automating the delivery of non-perishable items (cereal, dog food, toilet paper) on sites like Amazon, which offer free delivery on many products.</p> <h2>4. Night Nanny</h2> <p>New parents out there might love the idea of a <a href="https://www.care.com/a/what-is-a-night-nanny-1309260937">night nanny</a> to take the edge off those sleepless periods. The idea that someone else could bring baby to my bedside for nursing and then shush him or her to sleep sounds like an absolute dream. Too bad this luxury costs upwards of $200 each evening!</p> <p>Though you can't quite DIY this service yourself, you can configure your setup to ease the most difficult days, weeks, and months of frequent wakeups. Consider stocking a basket in the nursery or at her bedside with snacks, water, reading material, and any other supplies (bottles, diapers, thermometer, etc.) so there's no need to search around. Moving baby to the parents' room is called <a href="http://www.babysleepsite.com/how-we-sleep/baby-room-sharing-affect-sleep/#.VKhAE0tofwI">room-sharing</a> and can help with calming fussiness. After all, it's much faster to reach into a bassinet to calm a crying newborn than it is to walk across the house.</p> <h2>5. Personal Shopper</h2> <p>As someone who could shop for days on end, I definitely could never see myself needing a personal shopper. However, many people hire shoppers, stylists, or image consultants to find whatever they need, exactly when they need it. Most often, these people seek out clothing that is fashionable and fits well for special events or everyday life.</p> <p>Empower yourself to be your own best shopper. If you find yourself floundering when it comes to assessing fit and form of your clothing, learn your body type and discover the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-style-secrets-for-women-that-flatter-every-shape">styles that flatter</a> your unique assets. Better yet, stop shopping so much. Many of us think we need different clothes when we have a closet full of workable items. Trying a minimalist or <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-essential-pieces-for-your-capsule-wardrobe">capsule wardrobe</a> can save you money, space, and time shopping &mdash; no assistance needed. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/50-ways-to-save-money-on-clothing?ref=seealso">50 Ways to Save Money on Clothing</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/5-awesome-cheap-alternatives-to-luxury-services">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/4-times-you-should-splurge-and-hire-a-pro">4 Times You Should Splurge and Hire a Pro</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-really-easy-ways-to-unclog-drains">10 Really Easy Ways to Unclog Drains</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/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-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/no-signal-5-quick-ways-to-boost-your-cell-phone-reception-updated">No Signal? 5 Quick Ways to Boost Your Cell Phone Reception. Updated.</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 - Updated</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> DIY contractors services Tue, 20 Jan 2015 12:00:13 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1281737 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Ways to Spruce Up Your Unfinished Basement for Under $100 http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-spruce-up-your-unfinished-basement-for-under-100 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-ways-to-spruce-up-your-unfinished-basement-for-under-100" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/couple-renovating-house-Dollarphotoclub_56437930.jpg" alt="couple renovating house" title="couple renovating house" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you watch HGTV long enough, you'll soon be convinced that every basement in the nation is a gleaming bonus space complete with glass-tiled bathrooms, recessed lighting, and in-floor heating. It's enough to create major basement envy and make you wonder if a home equity line of credit isn't called for in order to upgrade your own cave-like lower levels&hellip;</p> <p>Or, you could just check out these 10 simple ways to spruce up your unfinished basement for under $100.</p> <h2>1. Chuck the Junk</h2> <p>Decluttering is the first step in any successful project and it's critical when sprucing up common catch-all spaces like basements and garages. If you struggle with the process, learn how to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-rid-of-your-junk">get rid of your junk</a> and declutter with less drama.</p> <h2>2. Light It Up</h2> <p>Since basements don't get a lot of natural light, brighten things up with higher wattage bulbs. It'll make the space less spooky, more functional, and help show off the rest of the projects we'll cover.</p> <h2>3. Add Clip-On Shades</h2> <p>A lightweight plastic shade designed to clip directly on overhead bulbs is a simple, quick, and inexpensive way to dress up a ceiling light. For some reason, the shades are difficult to find at most retailers, but you can usually score them used for $10 or less on eBay or similar resale sites.</p> <h2>4. Get a Grip</h2> <p>Safety first. Since most unfinished basement stairs are crafted of simple two-by-fours, adding treads make them safer and improves their aesthetics. Paint stairs a neutral color first, add a railing if you haven't already, and install vinyl or rubber treads.</p> <h2>5. Hang Homemade Curtains</h2> <p>Sewing simple channel or tabbed curtains is the perfect weekend project to dress up all the windows in your basement. Depending on the size of the windows, consider repurposing matching tea towels or large cloth dinner napkins for this project (no hemming!). Create tabs from nylon ribbon or vintage neckties. Since natural light is at a premium in basements, make sure your rods are wide enough that when the curtains are open, no portion of the window is covered.</p> <h2>6. Dry It Out</h2> <p>Many times what keeps us out of our unfinished basements is the chronic dampness and resulting dank smell. If this is a problem in your basement, make solving it a high-priority project. Add a dehumidifier to combat the moisture and run it regularly, especially during summer months. Though dehumidifiers cost around $180 new, I just picked up a gently used one on Craigslist for $25 and it works like a charm.</p> <h2>7. Seal and Paint Walls</h2> <p>As with most projects, painting is a relatively simple way to make a dramatic change. If you have a large basement, control costs by focusing your efforts on those areas used most often by you and your family.</p> <p>Before painting concrete walls, clean them thoroughly and scrub away any mildew stains, repair cracks with fast-setting hydraulic cement, and then prime with a concrete primer. Use a quality masonry paint for best results.</p> <h2>8. Add a Large Rug or Floor Mat</h2> <p>If your basement is well sealed and stays dry during large rains, add a large area rug in key areas like the laundry, pantry, or crafting room. Though each space may not be finished in the traditional sense, inexpensive rugs, carpet remnants with finished edges, or interlocking floor mats can add a level of comfort that encourages expanded use for the whole family.</p> <h2>9. Add Shelving</h2> <p>Durable plastic shelves are perfect for the basement. They get items off of potentially damp floors, make use of vertical space, and encourage new levels of organization. A five foot shelf with four tiers retails for about $30.</p> <h2>10. Try Simple Decorating Projects</h2> <p>Once you have a clean, dry, safe, and well-organized basement, there's a lot you can do to incrementally improve the aesthetics. Consider differentiating work areas with paint colors and designs, adding pegboard to workshop areas, making a skirt for that old laundry sink, sanding and painting rusty pipes, or using salvaged vintage doors to create a unique folding room divider.</p> <p>Remember, there's a lot of wiggle room between unfinished and perfectly finished. If you're not ready to make a huge investment in your basement, find a happy medium. With some clever ideas, sweat equity, and patience, you can create a much more comfortable and functional space ― without burying your budget.</p> <p><em>Do you have an unfinished basement? How have you improved the way it looks or made it more functional without breaking the bank?</em></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-spruce-up-your-unfinished-basement-for-under-100">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-9"> <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-bathroom-purchases-for-under-10-that-are-well-worth-the-money">10 Bathroom Purchases for Under $10 That Are Well Worth the 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/is-diy-home-renovating-for-you">Is DIY Home Renovating for You?</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/secret-lawn-tonic-recipe-from-golf-course-groundskeeper">Secret Lawn Tonic Recipe From Golf Course Groundskeeper - Updated</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/14-effective-grease-and-oil-stain-removal-tips">14 Effective Grease and Oil Stain Removal Tips</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> DIY Home basement cheap fixes home renovation Mon, 19 Jan 2015 12:01:15 +0000 Kentin Waits 1281250 at http://www.wisebread.com 60+ Things You Can Decorate With Washi Tape http://www.wisebread.com/60-things-you-can-decorate-with-washi-tape <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/60-things-you-can-decorate-with-washi-tape" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/washi-tape-Dollarphotoclub_57474706.jpg" alt="washi tape" title="washi tape" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>In 2006, three artists from Tokyo asked to tour Japan's <a href="http://www.masking-tape.jp/en/whats/factory.php">Kamoi Kakoshi</a> masking tape factory. As part of their request, the artists sent the company a miniature portfolio of art that they had created using Kamoi Kakoshi's industrial masking tape.</p> <p>Up until that point, no one at Kamoi Kakoshi had ever considered the artistic application of its product. So when the artists requested colored masking tape, the company, recognizing a golden opportunity, were happy to oblige, and created the original 20 color set of washi tape.</p> <p>Eight years later, colored masking tape now comes in hundreds of colors and patterns and is sold and produced by companies around the globe under the generic term Washi Tape. &quot;Wa&quot; means &quot;Japanese&quot; and &quot;Shi&quot; means &quot;Paper&quot; in Japanese.</p> <p>In addition to its huge variety of colors, washi tape has several additional benefits. It is made from natural plant fibers like bamboo and wheat, so it is less toxic to the environment to produce than duct (duck) tape, and is biodegradable. It's also less sticky than it's tougher counterpart. It's easily removable and doesn't leave a sticky residue, so it's ideal for decorating temporary spaces.</p> <p>Unlike paint, washi tape doesn't require special training or cleanup to use, but it can give professional, paint-like, finished details to otherwise boring objects.</p> <p>Don't believe the hype? Just check out these these 60+ projects you can create with washi tape.</p> <h2>Pimp Your Ride</h2> <p>Richard Drew, a 3M employee, created masking tape in 1925. Drew designed masking tape specifically for auto body workers who complained that the heavy adhesive of regular tape destroyed the paint job on freshly painted cars.</p> <p>But why use auto paint, when you can use washi tape to personalize your <a href="http://followpics.me/washi-tape-bike/">bike</a>, <a href="http://shortsmallsweet.net/2012/05/mt-factory-tour-factory-tour-edition.html/">your car</a>, your <a href="http://blog.modes4u.com/japan/mt-masking-tape-workshop-in-japan.html">delivery van</a>, or <a href="http://ciaodesserts.com/2014/11/10/field-trip-mt-washi-tape-expo-in-taipei-2014-2o14mt%E5%8D%9A%E6%B5%B7%E5%A4%96%E9%A6%96%E5%B1%95%E5%9C%A8%E5%8F%B0%E5%8C%97/">city bus</a> instead?</p> <h2>Wall Paper Tape Your Dorm Room</h2> <p>Dorm décor has come a long way since I was in college (before the earth cooled). That said, most universities still forbid repainting dorm interiors. For anyone who isn't a fan of high gloss Navajo White, washi tape is a great way to add color to your <a href="http://www.everythingemilyblog.com/2014/01/diy-washi-tape-wall.html">walls</a>, <a href="http://molly-meg.blogspot.com/2013/02/xl-washi-tapes-ultimate-interior.html">ceiling</a>, <a href="http://ilovestickytape.blogspot.com/2009/11/jim-lambie-mental-oyster-floor-tape.html">floor</a>, and <a href="http://www.almostmakesperfect.com/2013/07/29/diy-washi-taped-decorative-doors/">doors</a> on a student budget.</p> <h2>Accent Interior Architectural Details</h2> <p>Sometimes a little washi tape goes a long way. Use it to make an <a href="http://makezine.com/craft/how-to-washi-tape-doorway-decor/">archway</a> pop, create an <a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-tMLcYMkVBDQ/TjYM6gyljEI/AAAAAAAAE7Y/E5IUWTp_ELs/s1600/10.jpg">accent wall</a>, showcase a <a href="http://www.canyoucomehome.com/2010/12/loving-golden-stripes.html">banister</a>, turn a <a href="http://www.standaard.be/cnt/dmf20121203_061?pid=2129701">staircase</a> into sculpture, or add <a href="http://lamaisondannag.blogspot.com/2012/02/happy-sunday.html">molding</a> to a <a href="http://www.pinterest.com/pin/40462096625782666/">room</a> that has none.</p> <h2>Un-Creep Your Bathroom Plumbing</h2> <p>Make the storage area under your sink a little more inviting by wrapping ugly <a href="http://honeywerehome.blogspot.com/2013/07/under-sink-organization-with-washi-tape.html">drainpipes</a> in cute washi tape.</p> <h2>Rejuvenate Grungy Laminate Kitchen Cabinets</h2> <p><iframe width="605" height="340" frameborder="0" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/T4KvWXNY2WY" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>Masking Tape, the washi tape division of Kamoi Kakoshi, is so happy to show you how to <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T4KvWXNY2WY&amp;index=59&amp;list=UU4xBxT2rXfJbjSXY-M1mOsA">spruce up a tiny apartment kitchen</a> with their product.</p> <h2>Washi Tape Your Washing Machine</h2> <p>And <a href="http://media-cache-ec0.pinimg.com/originals/af/e9/55/afe955ee644b8e5d12c658bf31a1a6bd.jpg">dryer</a>. And <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zoZZQsBWlyc&amp;list=UU4xBxT2rXfJbjSXY-M1mOsA&amp;index=55">dishwasher</a>. And <a href="http://media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/a4/29/66/a4296646466d7654cfa1d050ee85ede1.jpg">refrigerator</a>.</p> <h2>Upcycle Trashed Furniture</h2> <p>My neighborhood is the neighborhood of lonely <a href="http://lasillaturquesa.blogspot.com/2012/03/hasta-en-la-sopamt.html">nightstands</a> and end tables. Washi tape hides scratches, coffee rings, and bad paint jobs on <a href="http://thejaquets.typepad.com/my_weblog/2013/03/elsies-upgrade.html">tabletops</a>. For a more permanent surface, apply the tape, and then coat with a clear marine varnish.</p> <h2>Hack Your Ikea Furniture</h2> <p>Make your <a href="http://www.poppytalk.com/2012/10/five-minute-diy-washi-tape-sofa-legs.html">generic</a> <a href="http://dosfamily.com/2013/04/ikea-stool-diy-with-washi-and-decoupage/">furniture</a> <a href="http://i0.wp.com/decor8blog.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/43.jpg">unique</a> with <a href="http://www.currystrumpet.com/2013/10/before-and-after-nursery.html#more-15075">washi</a> tape.</p> <h2>No Furniture? No Problem!</h2> <p>While you search for the <a href="http://decoracion.facilisimo.com/blogs/ideas-practicas/cambia-el-estilo-de-tu-habitacion-con-washi-tape_758294.html">perfect</a> <a href="http://blog.templeandwebster.com.au/find-your-style-bedrooms/">bed</a>, why don't you <a href="http://media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/bd/d7/28/bdd728548c52ca013c2f76eb5f591e66.jpg">experiment</a> with <a href="http://modamadison.com/2014/04/10/diy-pinspo-washi-tape-headboard/">different</a> <a href="http://www.theredthreadblog.com/tutorial-how-to-make-a-colour-block-pillowcase">headboard</a> styles?</p> <h2>Colorize Your Cubical</h2> <p>You spend eight hours a day here. Why not make your <a href="http://mollasworks.tumblr.com/post/18375897653/wall-decoration-made-with-black-plastic-tape-size?_szp=406047">cubby</a> as <a href="http://maikonagao.blogspot.com/2014/08/diy-tin-can-washi-tape-container.html">cute</a> as possible? Transform the <a href="http://camillestyles.com/uncategorized/transformed-a-dry-erase-board/">dry erase board</a> into a <a href="http://www.modishandmain.com/how-to-use-washi-tape/">calendar</a>. Fix the <a href="http://www.mydiyhabits.com/2013/07/diy-dorothy-draper-file-cabinet.html">filing cabinet</a>. Even if redecorating the walls and furniture at work is strictly verboten, you can still get your secret decorating thrill on with these custom <a href="http://www.theorganizedclassroomblog.com/index.php/blog/custom-teacher-desk-organizers">drawer organizers</a>.</p> <h2>Customize Your Computer</h2> <p>Take a design cue from film editors who color-code their keyboards to help them remember hot key short cuts, and use washi tape to customize your <a href="http://minifanfan.com/2055383/Happy-Keyboard-for-Happy-People">laptop</a>. But why stop at the keyboard when you can <a href="http://instagram.com/p/JFuyg-GbXj/">transform</a> the <a href="http://suitsandaprons.wordpress.com/2012/11/28/laptop-cover-with-washi-tape/">exterior</a> too?</p> <h2>Why Limit Yourself to Just One Kind of Keyboard?</h2> <p><a href="http://weheartit.com/entry/55345891">Why?</a></p> <h2>Channel Milton From Office Space</h2> <p>I collect <a href="http://www.swinglineblog.com/04/riveted-people-love-staplers/">vintage staplers</a>. So, I had a visceral response to the <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vd4fj9Efl4s">red stapler</a> running joke in Office Space. Years ago, I practically started a rumble at work when the HR Lady at my former design-obsessed office &quot;confiscated&quot; my olive green, 1970's, 711 model Swingline stapler because it didn't conform to the company-mandated &quot;only black desk accessories&quot; rule. Not only was this stapler-napping carried out during my lunch hour, when my office supplies were alone and defenseless on my desk, but the HR lady had the nerve to leave me a pointed memo that described my vintage stapler as &quot;cruddy&quot; and &quot;old.&quot;</p> <p>To make a long story short, my fight with the HR Lady went all the way up to the head of the company, who, after listening to my impassioned defense of classic American design, granted my desk supplies an exemption to the &quot;only black&quot; rule.</p> <p>Most people do not have to engineer a &quot;staple-off&quot; to prove the value of their office supplies to their employers. And even people who are allowed to select their own non-black staplers from the office supply catalog have slim pickings. There are <a href="http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/product/home-new2/28610095.jsp?cm_mmc=LS-_-Affiliates-_-TnL5HPStwNw-_-1&amp;utm_medium=TnL5HPStwNw&amp;utm_source=AFFILIATES&amp;utm_content=TnL5HPStwNw&amp;siteID=TnL5HPStwNw-zVxooU9nq1YB070DZYKoAw#/">cute staplers</a> and there are <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Swingline-Heavy-Stapler-Sheets-S7039005/dp/B0006HUPU2">functional staplers</a>, but it's hard to find staplers that are both cute and tough enough for office work.</p> <p>Cue the <a href="http://www.organizedisland.com/washi-tape-project-desk-stapler/">washi stapler</a>.</p> <p>While you are at it, why not turn all your <a href="http://commona-myhouse.blogspot.com/2014/04/throwback-thursday-simple-craft-washi.html#.VHTqclXF8jY">boring</a> office supplies like your <a href="http://5eae90a62b612f40b38c-1ccd03d6a59c74a856783adfa2491cf2.r42.cf2.rackcdn.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/clipboard.jpg">clip board</a>, your <a href="http://www.mohawkconnects.com/feltandwire/2012/03/12/washi-watch-the-tape-of-things-to-come/">binder clips</a>, and your <a href="http://www.crazysuburbanmom.com/2012/04/stationery-and-office-supplies-better.html">binders</a>, into theft-worthy, fight inducing, design doodads during your lunch hour with a few rolls of mt, that you slyly added to the <a href="http://www.officedepot.com/a/browse/washi-tape/N=5+573641/">office</a> <a href="http://www.staples.com/Scotch-Expressions-Washi-Tape-Pink-3-5-inch-x-393-inch/product_200587?externalize=certona">supply</a> order?</p> <p>Not that I've ever done this.</p> <h2>Meta Jokes Are the New Irony</h2> <p>Don't forget to give your <a href="http://www.postfabriek.nl/2014/01/18/blogtip-vier-vandaag/">tape dispenser</a> a washi makeover. Or repair your <a href="http://hellomynameismandy.blogspot.com/2013/04/cheaptastic-sunglasses-makeover.html">nerdy</a> glasses with washi tape. (Extra points if you use <a href="https://www.etsy.com/listing/194805688/nerdy-glasses-washi-tape-full-roll-wt595">this tape</a> to fix your specs).</p> <h2>Make Manila Less Vanilla</h2> <p>Trust. Your <a href="http://iheartorganizing.blogspot.com/2012/09/washi-tape-file-labels.html">files</a> will look so cute. Upcycle used mailing envelopes by using washi tape as a combination wrap-around <a href="http://www.postfabriek.nl/2014/01/18/blogtip-vier-vandaag/">address label</a> and envelope re-sealer.</p> <h2>Bridezilla</h2> <p>Just once, I'd like to be able to wear a <a href="http://www.burdastyle.com/projects/masking-tape-dress?image=248180">bridesmaid's dress</a> this awesome.</p> <p>Use washi tape to create swoon-worthy <a href="http://www.theknot.com/weddings/photo/hanging-manila-escort-tags-134042">wedding</a> <a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Washi-Tape-Tea-Light-Candles-34839941">props</a>.</p> <h2>Give Your Windows a Treatment</h2> <p>Customize dingy venetian <a href="http://decorate4kids.com/girls-room/diy-washi-tape-blinds-perfect-for-a-childs-room/">blinds</a> or louvered closet doors. Just stick the tape onto each aluminum or wood slat. Coordinate the color with the rest of your décor, or turn your homely blinds into a design feature by creating stripes or plaid patterns with the washi tape.</p> <p>Continue a <a href="http://blog.landofnod.com/honest-to-nod/2012/07/try-this-tape-window-decoration.html">tape mural</a> onto a window.</p> <p>Fake <a href="http://thebeatthatmyheartskipped.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/41bbf239217234d784b6797bb707ebeb.jpg">etched glass</a> for real <a href="http://blog.modes4u.com/products/window-decoration-with-mt-masking-tapes.html">privacy</a>.</p> <p>Keep <a href="http://fancy.com/things/298753755/Geek-Living-Daily-120411-%7C-Geeky-Design-%7C-Geeky-Gift-Ideas">birds</a> from crashing into your windows.</p> <h2>Show Off Your Collection (With Your Collection of Washi Tape)</h2> <p>Upcycle <a href="http://www.cutoutandkeep.net/projects/washi-tape-photo-frame">thrift store</a> frames. Create a custom <a href="http://thisgirlslifeblog.com/2014/03/washi-tape-frame.html">matte</a>. <a href="http://diana212m.blogspot.com/2013/01/home-inspiration-washi-tape-picture.html">Frame</a> a photo. <a href="http://www.athomeinlove.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/casualgallerywall.jpg">Hang</a> a picture.</p> <p>Also&hellip;.</p> <p>How cute is this <a href="http://www.suburble.com/2013/05/washi-tape-specimen-art-tutorial.html">butterfly collection</a>?</p> <h2>Restyle Your Ceiling Fan</h2> <p>I have a love/hate relationship with ceiling fans. They certainly make life more pleasant, but man, most of them are just fugly. What's with the 80's Holly Hobby Styling? Replace the weird tulip lamps with a <a href="http://www.itallstartedwithpaint.com/washi-tape-drum-shade/">drum shade</a> for a clean, mod look or make your fan the focal point of a room by decorating the <a href="http://modpodgerocksblog.com/2013/02/decorate-a-ceiling-fan-with-chevron.html/chevron-ceiling-fan">blades</a>.</p> <h2>Let There Be Lig&hellip; Washi Tape</h2> <p>Washi tape elevates a simple <a href="http://www.101woonideeen.nl/zelfmaken/lamp-op-de-muur.html">light bulb</a> to art. Revamp dated <a href="http://www.craftcritique.com/2011/02/01/cha-scrapbooking-hambly-screen-prints/">floor lamps</a>. Hang <a href="http://mommo-design.blogspot.com/2013/04/washi-tape-wall-decor.html">twinkle lights</a>. Decorate <a href="http://www.acasarella.net/2013/05/washi-tape-paper-lanterns.html">paper lanterns</a>. Add pattern to the <a href="http://www.tealandlime.com/2012/01/washi-tape-lampshade-lining/">interior</a> and the <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/77328182@N04/6929724429/in/photostream/">exterior</a> of lampshades.</p> <h2>Take Charge of Your Chargers</h2> <p>Do you live or work in a communal space? Is there someone in your life who is always &quot;accidentally&quot; &quot;borrowing&quot; your chargers? Wrap washi tape around your phone and laptop <a href="http://sewtrashy.com/2013/03/quick-easy-diy-washi-tape-apple-charger/">chargers</a> so you know at a glance which plug belongs to you.</p> <h2>Organize Power Cords</h2> <p>Washi tape makes organizing power cords a cinch. <a href="http://thechicsite.com/2014/07/22/cord-labels/">Label</a> that messy snarl of cords or <a href="http://www.curbly.com/users/lexybward/posts/14930-make-it-washi-tape-power-cords">color coordinate</a> cords to match their machines. Upcycle toilet paper tubes into <a href="http://organizeyourstuffnow.com/wordpress/32181">cord wranglers</a> for extension cords and Christmas lights.</p> <h2>Switch Up Your Switch Plates</h2> <p>Often the ugliest things in a room are the <a href="http://www.gretasday.com/2013/12/diy-washi-tape-switch-plate-cover-tutorial/comment-page-1/#comment-115375">switch plates</a> for lights. That off-white plastic never looks clean.</p> <h2>Match Your Toenails to, Well, Anything Else</h2> <p>Washi tape makes custom <a href="http://www.craftsunleashed.com/jewelry-main/hair-accessories/washi-tape-nails/">nail art</a> easy.</p> <p><em>How do you decorate with washi tape? Feel free to supply links to your projects 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/max-wong">Max Wong</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/60-things-you-can-decorate-with-washi-tape">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/how-to-make-your-bathroom-look-awesome-for-under-100">How to Make Your Bathroom Look Awesome for Under $100</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/15-fantastic-chalkboard-paint-projects">15 Fantastic Chalkboard Paint 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/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/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-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-ways-to-live-large-in-a-small-space">20 Ways to Live Large in a Small Space</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> DIY cheap design organization washi tape Thu, 15 Jan 2015 10:00:07 +0000 Max Wong 1279997 at http://www.wisebread.com 14 Cool Things You Can Make With an Ice Cube Tray http://www.wisebread.com/14-cool-things-you-can-make-with-an-ice-cube-tray <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/14-cool-things-you-can-make-with-an-ice-cube-tray" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/ice cube trays.jpg" alt="ice cube trays" title="ice cube trays" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Do you have an old ice cube tray stuffed away in a kitchen drawer? I'm sure if you dig deep enough, you'll find one hiding back with your fondue pot or some other useless kitchen gadget. Drag it out of storage and start using it for way more than freezing water. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/you-wont-believe-how-much-you-can-save-with-an-ice-cube-tray?ref=seealso">You Won't Believe How Much You Can Save With an Ice Cube Tray</a>)</p> <p>These 14 genius ideas will spur some creativity, and if you use ice cube trays for something else equally smart &mdash; let us know in the comments!</p> <h2>1. Coffee Cubes</h2> <p>Cool a batch of your favorite strong-brewed coffee to room temperature, then mix with your favorite flavors and sweeteners before <a href="http://kirantarun.com/food/2014/04/08/iced-coffee-cubes/">freezing overnight</a> in an ice cube tray. Put several cubes in a glass and pour over with your favorite milk or creamer for a delicious beverage that would cost you a lot more if you bought it at the shop.</p> <h2>2. Lotion Cubes</h2> <p>Winter is the season of dry skin. Take a preventative approach by mixing together a batch of <a href="http://www.neverhomemaker.com/2014/08/diy-natural-lotion-cubes.html">DIY Lotion Cubes</a>. Melt beeswax, coconut oil, and shea butter together in a double boiler. Then add in any essential oils you like. Portion into cubes and let set before using. They make great gifts!</p> <h2>3. Multicolor Crayons</h2> <p>If you have lots of odd and ends of old crayons in your child's art supplies, take the wrappers off and <a href="http://theimaginationtree.com/2011/08/diy-rainbow-crayons.html">melt them together</a> in a silicone ice cube tray. Preheat your oven to around 200 degrees F and bake for 10-15 minutes.</p> <h2>4. Frozen Herbs</h2> <p>I got a little over-zealous at Thanksgiving and bought way too many herbs than I needed for cooking. So, I took the rest, chopped them up, and <a href="http://www.simplycanning.com/freezing-herbs.html">froze them with water</a> in an ice cube tray. Now when I'm cooking, I just pop out a cube and toss into whatever I'm making.</p> <h2>5. Perfect Portions</h2> <p>The same idea applies when I freeze portions of ingredients like pesto, pizza or pasta sauce, salsa, vegetable stock or broth, etc. Many ingredients you have left over after a big cook can be chilled into individual portions and tossed in whatever you're making. For example, I regularly <a href="http://www.neverhomemaker.com/2014/09/another-homemade-almond-milk-trick.html">freeze homemade almond milk</a> in cubes for use in my morning smoothies.</p> <h2>6. Smoothie Cubes</h2> <p>And sometimes when I don't leave enough minutes in my morning to make breakfast, I pop a few <a href="http://thethingswellmake.com/smoothie-fruit-cubes-or-homemade-baby/">Smoothie Cubes</a> in a cup and bring it on my morning errands. In a few hours, the drink is defrosted and ready to consume. Some smoothie cube recipes can also be used as baby food.</p> <h2>7. Candy Bars</h2> <p>You can make tiny candy bars at home using an ice cube tray. These bite-sized <a href="http://almondsandavocados.com/bite-size-chocolate-turtle-candy-bars/">Chocolate Turtle Bars</a> even allow you to make your own chocolate, customizing the flavor and ingredients if you have any dietary restrictions. Pour a small layer of chocolate in the tray first, let set in the freezer, then place in the caramel filling and more chocolate on top.</p> <h2>8. Cookie Dough</h2> <p>Skip the store version of ready-to-bake cookie dough and make your own. After you mix together your favorite recipe, portion out into your ice cube tray and let freeze. You can pop out each dough bite and store in an airtight container (or zip-top bag) until you're ready to bake. You may need to add a minute or two to the baking time to see those golden brown edges.</p> <h2>9. Granola Poppers</h2> <p>Yum. Mix together a few simple ingredients and then portion into an ice cube tray to make these <a href="http://www.smartschoolhouse.com/easy-recipe/granola-bar-ice-cube-tray/2">Granola Poppers</a>. They'd make a wonderful after-school snack or just help you from eating the entire batch in one sitting.</p> <h2>10. Dishwasher Tabs</h2> <p>I regularly make my own detergent, but I had never thought to store it in solid form until I saw this <a href="http://www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com/2013/04/make-your-own-dishwasher-detergent-tabs.html">Dishwasher Tab</a> recipe. Better yet, these tabs use all the standard ingredients (borax, baking soda, salt, etc.), but instead of putting vinegar in the rinse cycle, you add it right into the mix to help bind everything together.</p> <h2>11. Toddler Tray</h2> <p>I read a lot of Dr. Sears when my daughter was a baby, and he advocates letting kids graze versus eating large meals. His trick? The nibble platter. You can actually employ this concept quite easily <a href="http://www.wileyvalentine.com/blog/2011/11/21/mom-monday-toddler-lunch-idea/">using an ice cube tray</a> filled with a variety of fresh fruits, veggies, and other healthy snacks.</p> <h2>12. Paint Palette</h2> <p>We also use ice cube trays as makeshift paint palettes for rainy day crafts and art projects. Just squirt different colors into each cube and paint. You can even mix custom colors easily this way, creating a whole world of new hues for your kids to brush around. Pretty simple, right?</p> <h2>13. Jewelry Organizer</h2> <p>If you're strapped for space or just don't feel like spending money on a jewelry box or case, use some ice cube trays to separate and organize things like earrings and rings. My daughter likes to take my rings and hide them around the house, so I stack trays in my dresser drawer to keep jewelry safe and out of sight.</p> <h2>14. Mini Candles</h2> <p>Here's a fantastic gift idea: Make <a href="http://www.twiggstudios.com/2013/01/ombre-heart-candles.html">mini candles</a> for your friends and family using a silicone ice cube tray! This tutorial uses a heart shaped variety for some extra flair. Simply pick up some tea lights at the dollar store, remove the wax and melt with crayons for color, pour into your tray, and let set.</p> <p><em>What cool uses for ice cube trays have you come up with? 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/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-cool-things-you-can-make-with-an-ice-cube-tray">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-11"> <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/23-fantastic-uses-for-apples">23 Fantastic Uses for Apples</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/15-fantastic-chalkboard-paint-projects">15 Fantastic Chalkboard Paint 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/getting-by-without-a-job-part-4-get-free-stuff">Getting by without a job, part 4--get free stuff</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/how-to-make-moonshine">How to Make Moonshine</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-gifts-you-can-make-today">25 Gifts You Can Make Today</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> DIY Food and Drink Organization clever uses crafts freeze ahead ice cube tray Mon, 22 Dec 2014 16:00:07 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1270632 at http://www.wisebread.com 50 Amazing, Easy DIY Bath and Body Products http://www.wisebread.com/5-amazing-easy-diy-bath-and-body-products <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-amazing-easy-diy-bath-and-body-products" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/bath-soap-gifts-Dollarphotoclub_60635657.jpg" alt="bath soap gifts" title="bath soap gifts" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I don't know about you, but I love bath and body products. Unfortunately, they can also be quite expensive. Not to fret, my friends, because the web is teeming with amazing DIY products you can mix together using very basic, natural ingredients. In fact, you'll see quite a few components of these recipes repeated throughout this list. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-gifts-you-can-make-today?ref=seealso">25 Gifts You Can Make Today</a>)</p> <p>And the vast majority of these projects would also make wonderfully cheap (and impressive) gifts for birthdays and other holidays.</p> <h2>1. Copycat Bomb</h2> <p>Do you love those Lush bath bombs? So do I. This <a href="http://www.creatorsocial.com/index.php/butterball-dupe-cocoa-butter-bath-bomb-diy/">Butterball copycat recipe</a> is full of skin-softening cocoa butter. The fizz comes from the baking soda and citric acid.</p> <h2>2. Flower Bomb</h2> <p>For even more luxury, make <a href="http://www.lovelygreens.com/2014/04/how-to-make-natural-rose-lavender.html">Rose, Lavender, and Oat Bombs</a> filled with dried flower petals. If you're having trouble finding molds, check your local craft store with the decoupage or soap making items.</p> <h2>3. Soap Cupcakes</h2> <p>Or get fancy with your bath bombs and decorate by <a href="http://www.otionsoap.com/blog/2012/08/09/crazy-for-cupcakes/">piping on soap</a> like frosting on a cupcake!</p> <h2>4. Sweet Bubble Bath</h2> <p>This <a href="http://www.brit.co/picks/treat-yoself-to-this-5-minute-diy-bubble-bath/">Vanilla Honey Bubble Bath</a> takes only five minutes to put together. It should be used immediately (there's an egg white in the mix), but you can keep any excess in your refrigerator.</p> <h2>5. Bath Oil</h2> <p>Here's a <a href="http://www.bcliving.ca/garden/homemade-aromatic-bath-and-massage-oils">dual-purpose bath oil</a> that works equally well as massage oil. Your biggest decision is what base oil to use. I'd choose coconut oil because it helps with sunburns to psoriasis.</p> <h2>6. Bath Melts</h2> <p>I had never heard of <a href="http://happymoneysaver.com/homemade-relaxing-bath-melts/">Bath Melts</a> before researching this article. It's a similar idea if you're looking for a bath oil, just in solid form. The blogger who made this batch shared that it took $3 total to make a whopping 15 melts.</p> <h2>7. Sleepy Bath Salts</h2> <p>Unwind from your day with these <a href="http://www.naturallyloriel.com/nighty-night-diy-bath-salt-recipe/">Nighty-Night Bath Salts</a>. Epsom salts are made of magnesium chloride, which is thought to be a sleep aid. If you don't have the specific essential oil blend, you can use a combination of lavender, marjoram, mandarin, cedarwood, sage, etc.</p> <h2>8. Bubbling Salts</h2> <p>These <a href="http://www.savingwithshellie.com/homemeade-gift-lavender-bubble-bath-salts/">Lavender Bath Salts</a> also bubble with the addition of scented body wash. You can customize by using your favorite essential oils.</p> <h2>9. Detox Soak</h2> <p>We all need a cleanse every now and again. This <a href="http://www.triedandtrueblog.com/ginger-detox-bath-soak/">Ginger Detox Soak</a> is just what the doctor ordered, combining the detoxifying power of epsom salt, ginger, and apple cider vinegar.</p> <h2>10. Beard Oil</h2> <p>I'm making my husband this <a href="http://bumblebreeblog.com/2014/05/26/druff-beard-oil/">Beard Oil</a> for Christmas &mdash; but don't tell him! Apricot oil is the base for this mix, but vitamin E helps soften those dry beards in a flash. The rest is up to you with the essential oil mix, though I'd certainly recommend the tea tree for its antimicrobial properties.</p> <h2>11. Beard Balm</h2> <p>Whiskey and woodsmoke. Those are two rustic scents that take this <a href="http://transientexpression.com/diy-gift-beard-balm/">beard balm</a> to a whole new level of manly. Beyond the scents, the rest is a combination of shea butter, cocoa butter, jojoba oil, and almond oil.</p> <h2>12. Shave Soap</h2> <p>This <a href="http://soapdelinews.com/2013/08/natural-diy-lanolin-shaving-soap-recipe.html">Natural Shaving Soap</a> recipe has a base of lanolin and shea butter for extra moisturizing power.</p> <h2>13. Shave Cream</h2> <p>If you prefer a cream, try this <a href="http://www.mommypotamus.com/natural-homemade-shaving-cream/">simple shave blend</a> made with coconut oil, shea, jojoba, and liquid castile soap. Whip using a hand or stand mixer for that creamy texture.</p> <h2>14. Makeup Removing Scrub</h2> <p>Skip the harsh face soaps at the store and whisk together this <a href="http://liagriffith.com/seasalt-face-scrub-and-coconut-oil-makeup-remover/">Sea Salt Scrub and Coconut Oil Makeup Removing Combo.</a> The creator of this project packaged hers in some adorable glass containers with crisp labels.</p> <h2>15. Salt Soap</h2> <p>Here's a three ingredient <a href="http://apumpkinandaprincess.com/2014/05/pink-himalayan-salt-grapefruit-soap.html">Himalayan Salt Grapefruit Soap</a> combination that uses a goat's milk soap base for a twist. Alternatively, you can use shea butter soap base, and both can be found at your local craft store.</p> <h2>16. Coffee Soap</h2> <p>My husband would enjoy this <a href="http://www.essentiallyeclectic.com/2014/01/cinnamon-hazelnut-coffee-soap.html">Rustic Cinnamon Hazelnut Coffee Soap</a>. You mix together the soap bases to start and then fold in the cinnamon, hazelnut, and coffee grounds to give the whole thing texture.</p> <h2>17. Foot Scrub</h2> <p>Wow. <a href="http://soletshangout.com/diy-sugar-cookie-foot-scrub-a-valentine-to-yourself/">Sugar Cookie Foot Scrub</a> sounds so good, I could eat it. The ingredients all come from the kitchen (brown sugar, white sugar, olive oil, and vanilla extract), so I actually could swallow it with no repercussions.</p> <h2>18. Bath Paint</h2> <p>Here's a great gift for those kids on your list: <a href="http://www.meetthedubiens.com/2010/11/bubble-bath-paint.html">Bath Paint</a>! Just mix together bubble bath, cornstarch, and food coloring.</p> <h2>19. Bath Crayons</h2> <p>Or you could make them these <a href="http://www.diynatural.com/homemade-bath-crayons/">Bath Crayons</a> using a bar of white soap, powdered colors, and ice cube molds. Melt, mix, and set.</p> <h2>20. Bubble Gum Bath</h2> <p>Kids need bubbles, too. This <a href="http://www.smartschoolhouse.com/diy-crafts/bubble-gum-bubble-bath/2">Bubble Gum Bath</a> is made from unscented castile soap, vegetable glycerine, and some scented oil. Far fewer ingredients than in the brands you'll find at the store.</p> <h2>21. Lotion Bars</h2> <p>You won't see parabens, chemicals, or formaldehyde in these <a href="http://adelightfulhome.com/how-to-make-chocolate-peppermint-lotion-bars/">Chocolate Peppermint Lotion Bars</a>! The cocoa butter gives this blend a richness that's perfect for the winter months.</p> <h2>22. Lotion Cubes</h2> <p>I store my <a href="http://www.neverhomemaker.com/2014/08/diy-natural-lotion-cubes.html">DIY Lotion Cubes</a> in the fridge to keep them fresh. The mix of shea butter, coconut oil, and beeswax melts on contact with your skin.</p> <h2>23. Slow Cooker Bar</h2> <p>This <a href="http://www.missinformationblog.com/crockpot-lotion-bars/">Slow Cooker Lotion Bar</a> recipe uses the same ingredients as the rest, but can be made conveniently in your crock pot.</p> <h2>24. Tea Lotion</h2> <p>Your beverage-loving friends will enjoy this <a href="http://www.freshpickedbeauty.com/2012/12/wild-chamomile-body-cream.html">Wild Chamomile Lotion</a> made with loose leaf tea. Melt together the herbs and oils in a double boiler until combined. Then strain before beating into a smooth lotion.</p> <h2>25. Healing Salve</h2> <p>Give some TLC to super dry skin with this herb-infused <a href="http://herbalacademyofne.com/2014/01/how-to-make-a-healing-salve/">Healing Salve</a>. The instructions yield quite a few jars of the stuff, and I think recycled baby food jars would make perfect, low-cost packaging.</p> <h2>26. Basic Lip Balm</h2> <p>This <a href="http://threadedtogether.com/2013/12/02/small-batch-homemade-lip-balm/">DIY Lip Balm</a> takes only three ingredients to make: Coconut oil, beeswax, and essential oils.</p> <h2>27. Kool-Aid Balm</h2> <p><iframe width="605" height="340" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/yF6yXnmXXSc"></iframe></p> <p>Essential oils will not give your balm any taste. So, if you want a delicious blend like this <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yF6yXnmXXSc">Easy Flavored Lip Balm</a>, you can use drink mixes (like Crystal Light or Kool-Aid).</p> <h2>28. Natural Flavor Balm</h2> <p>For a more natural experience, <a href="http://www.brambleberry.com/Webpage.aspx?WebpageId=69&amp;CategoryId=148">choose flavored oils</a> over essential oils in the basic balm recipe.</p> <h2>29. Tinted Lip Balm</h2> <p>Or add some <a href="http://www.littlehomesteaders.com/2013/08/homemade-tinted-lip-balm/">beet root powder</a> to make a tinted balm for more special occasions.</p> <h2>30. Deodorant</h2> <p>This <a href="http://www.neverhomemaker.com/2014/08/5-minute-homemade-deodorant-review.html">5-Minute Homemade Deodorant</a> will change your life. It's made with baking soda, arrowroot powder, coconut oil, and essential oils. If you need a stronger stench-fighter, choose clove or lavender, which have high antimicrobial properties.</p> <h2>31. Edible Mud Mask</h2> <p>Well, not real mud. This <a href="http://www.essentiallyeclectic.com/2013/04/diy-edible-mud-mask.html">Edible Mud Mask</a> would make an awesome snack if you don't use the whole thing on your face. It's made with banana, Greek yogurt, cocoa powder, buttermilk, lemon juice, and honey.</p> <h2>32. Shampoo</h2> <p>I love coconut milk, so I think I'd also love this <a href="http://www.goddesslife.com/homemade-coconut-shampoo-recipe">Coconut Milk Shampoo</a>. Combine the nourishing liquid with castile soap and vitamin E, then lather, rinse, and repeat.</p> <h2>33. Conditioner Bar</h2> <p>These <a href="http://www.naturallycurly.com/curlreading/ingredients/how-to-make-your-own-diy-conditioner-bar/">spill-proof conditioner bars</a> are perfect for travel or giving as gifts. You'll need some special ingredients, like incroquat, but you can find most easily online at a low price. Rub the bar on your hair to condition and rinse.</p> <h2>34. Deep Conditioner</h2> <p>You likely have the ingredients you'll need for this <a href="http://sortofhomemade.com/homemade-deep-conditioning-treatment/">Deep Conditioner</a> in your kitchen. Mix banana, yogurt, avocado, coconut oil, and apple cider vinegar together for a treat your hair won't soon forget.</p> <h2>35. Strength Conditioner</h2> <p>This protein-packed <a href="http://www.indianbeautyspot.com/2013/10/natural-protein-conditioner.html#_">conditioning treatment</a> is made with egg, olive oil, and some of your normal daily conditioner. It helps promote healthy hair shafts and good growth.</p> <h2>36. Shine Spray</h2> <p>Cool! <a href="http://soapdelinews.com/2014/07/diy-shine-spray-leave-conditioner-recipe-dry-damaged-hair.html">DIY Shine Spray</a> is made with Argan oil and agave nectar. Spritz on hair, especially parched and damaged ends, to moisturize. I love how the blogger made her own labels for the containers.</p> <h2>37. Hair Dye</h2> <p>File this one under interesting! You can use coffee to <a href="http://www.indianbeautyspot.com/2013/09/natural-coffee-hair-dye.html">dye your hair</a>. If you already use a natural dye, like henna, you can use coffee to enhance the resulting color. It's all-natural, so why not give it a try?</p> <h2>38. Sugar Scrub</h2> <p>I like my scrubs to be invigorating, and that's exactly what this <a href="http://www.classyclutter.net/2014/02/lemon-lime-sugar-scrub.html">Lemon-Lime Scrub</a> is about. The sugar granules exfoliate dry flakes to reveal softer, smoother skin in their place.</p> <h2>39. Salt Scrub</h2> <p>This copycat recipe is for my favorite scrub on the market: Lush's <a href="http://www.pantryspa.com/beauty-remedies/face-remedies/diy-lush-ocean-salt-scrub-homemade-recipe-lush-copycat/">Ocean Salt Scrub</a>. It feels/tastes sort of like a margarita on your face with the lime juice, salt, and vodka. Yum.</p> <h2>40. Shower Jelly</h2> <p>Another Lush-inspired DIY, this <a href="http://www.rookiemag.com/2013/07/diy-shower-jellies/">Shower Jelly</a> is so much fun to give and get. You mix soap with gelatin (or agar-agar) and food coloring. Set in your fridge overnight until firm.</p> <h2>41. Scrub Bars</h2> <p>Or take this idea to solid form with these <a href="http://www.adventuresincoupons.com/diy-sugar-scrub-bars">Sugar Scrub Bars</a>. Mix together shredded soap, sugar, coconut oil, essential oils, and even a little food coloring for pizazz before pouring into molds.</p> <h2>42. Chest Rub</h2> <p>This <a href="http://www.neverhomemaker.com/2014/10/homesteading-natural-vapor-rub.html">Natural Vapor Rub</a> &mdash; made by mixing together olive oil, beeswax, and essentials oils &mdash; has worked wonders for my family. It's very similar to Vicks, and I've been able to make different strengths for my daughter as well as for myself and my husband.</p> <h2>43. Wash and Toner</h2> <p>Here's a wonderful spa set &mdash; <a href="http://www.cleanmama.net/2014/01/diy-oil-cleansing-method-skin-toner.html">DIY Face Wash and Toner</a> for oily skin. Once you stir together your concoction, store in a travel container that you can find at most drug or box stores.</p> <h2>44. Face Wipes</h2> <p>Use some microfiber clothes for gentle cleansing <a href="http://happymoneysaver.com/gentle-cleansing-facial-wipes/#_a5y_p=1489439">Face Wipes</a>. You'll soak and store them in a solution of water, coconut oil, and essential oils. To wash, pop them in a pillowcase so you don't lose any in the shuffle.</p> <h2>45. Face Mist</h2> <p>Do you have sensitive skin? This <a href="http://thechicsite.com/2014/04/18/face-mist-for-sensitive-skin/">Face Mist</a> is for you! Combine chamomile tea, essential oil, vegetable glycerine, and water in a spritz bottle. You can make your own label for gift giving, too!</p> <h2>46. Soap-Free Cleanser</h2> <p>Here's yet another Lush copycat recipe. This time it's for <a href="http://lovelygreens-shop.com/copycat-recipe-for-lush-angels-on-bare-skin/">Angels on Bare Skin</a>, a popular soap-free cleanser. The power comes from Kaolin clay, which you can purchase easily on sites like Amazon.</p> <h2>47. Sore Muscle Rub</h2> <p>Friends and family who struggle with aches and pains will love this <a href="http://www.organicauthority.com/health/make-your-own-essential-oil-sore-muscle-rub.html">Homemade Muscle Rub</a>. It's all natural and uses the power of eucalyptus, cinnamon, peppermint, camphor, and rosemary to massage pains away.</p> <h2>48. Bronzing Bars</h2> <p>These <a href="http://wellnessmama.com/9368/bronzing-lotion-bars/">DIY Bronzing Bars</a> contain natural SPF to keep your glow pretty and safe year-round. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/homemade-sunblock-and-6-other-non-toxic-recipes-to-get-your-skin-sun-ready?ref=seealso">Homemade Sunblock and 6 Other Non-Toxic Skincare Recipes</a>)</p> <h2>49. Shampoo Bar</h2> <p>Have you ever tried a shampoo in soap form? Once you do, you might never go back. Try this <a href="http://frugallysustainable.com/2011/12/shampoo-bar-soap-recipe/">Tea Tree Shampoo Bar</a> as an entry into the new way of looking at your hair care. Note: You'll need lye for this recipe, which you can purchase at chemical stores and online. By the time you're done with your soap, none of the chemical should remain due to <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saponification">saponification</a>.</p> <h2>50. Nail Polish</h2> <p>Yup. You can mix together <a href="http://saynotsweetanne.com/2014/quality-diy-nail-polish/#_a5y_p=1756649">your own nail polish</a> using bases you can buy online (or cheap top coats, etc. you can find at the drug store). To create, use glitter or even eyeshadow as pigment mixed with your base. Get creative and make a custom blend your friends will love.</p> <p><em>Will you be making any of these or other homemade gifts this year?</em></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/5-amazing-easy-diy-bath-and-body-products">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-12"> <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/homemade-lotion-recipes">Homemade Lotion Recipes</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/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-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-homemade-liqueurs-to-bottle-now-for-tasty-holiday-gifts">10 Homemade Liqueurs to Bottle for Tasty Gifts</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/7-old-fashioned-skills-that-save-you-money">7 Old Fashioned Skills That Save You Money</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/the-awesomeness-of-sodium-bicarbonate-27-uses-for-baking-soda">The Awesomeness of Sodium Bicarbonate: 27 Uses for Baking Soda</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> DIY Health and Beauty bath body gifts Homemade lotion soap Thu, 11 Dec 2014 16:00:09 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1267186 at http://www.wisebread.com How to Make Your Bathroom Look Awesome for Under $100 http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-make-your-bathroom-look-awesome-for-under-100 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-make-your-bathroom-look-awesome-for-under-100" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/plumber-bathroom-84469073-small.jpg" alt="plumber" title="plumber" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I recently came out of a gut bathroom renovation on a major budget. I'm talking replacing everything from the studs in the walls to the tile in the shower. Keeping the renovation affordable was a challenge, but I'm so happy to be showering in my dream bathroom now! (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-make-your-kitchen-look-awesome-for-under-100?ref=seealso">9 Ways to Make Your Kitchen Look Awesome for Under $100</a>)</p> <p>Even if you're not renovating the entire room, there are ways to perk up the look of your bathroom on a shoestring. Check out these tips on making your bathroom look awesome for under $100.</p> <h2>Go Bold on the Walls</h2> <p>A bathroom is such a small space that you can experiment with bold color and pattern without too much risk. So choose a vibrant color, a fun stencil or wallpaper, and let your imagination run wild!</p> <p>If you're a renter, you can do a lot with removable wallpaper or peel-and-stick wall decals, which can be a great affordable and temporary solution in a small area.</p> <h2>Hang Some Art</h2> <p>The bathroom is so often neglected when it comes to wall decor. Hang a large scale photo or picture to bring in some life and color to the room, and to make the bathroom a nicer place to hang out. Just avoid hanging original art or an expensive print, as the humidity can eventually damage the piece.</p> <h2>Raise the Bar</h2> <p>The shower bar, that is. Buying an extra long shower curtain and moving the shower curtain rod up several inches can give the illusion of higher ceilings and more space. Also, if the shower tile isn't your favorite, moving the shower curtain up higher can help to hide it. If you don't want to buy a new shower curtain, sewing a coordinating band of fabric to the bottom of your standard shower curtain will make it longer (and more unique).</p> <h2>Create Storage</h2> <p>Having a place for everything makes your bathroom more functional and more attractive. If your bathroom lacks hidden storage, considering adding your own. A few suggestions include:</p> <h3>1. Add a Shallow Cabinet or Shelves Over the Toilet</h3> <p>This &quot;dead space&quot; can be put to use with a few inexpensive shelves from the hardware store or even a wall-mounted cabinet.</p> <h3>2. Bring in a Bookcase, Cabinet, or Small Dresser</h3> <p>While you might not initially think to bring a piece of furniture into the bathroom, doing so can both increase functionality and make the bathroom look less utilitarian.</p> <h3>3. Optimize Storage With Cabinet Organizers</h3> <p>Buying an under-sink storage system can make the best use of your vanity storage space, reducing clutter in other areas of the bathroom.</p> <h3>4. Corral Clutter in Trays and Baskets</h3> <p>If you must have toiletries on the countertop, keep them contained using a tray or basket, thereby keeping the rest of the counter tidy. Using a wall-mounted rail storage system, like the IKEA Fintorp line, can also keep clutter off the counter.</p> <h2>Add Textiles</h2> <p>Investing in a set of coordinated textiles can make your bathroom look much more pulled together. If your towels are mismatched and getting a little ratty, consider buying a new set that coordinates or complements the colors in a statement shower curtain. Add a fluffy coordinated bath rug.</p> <p>I also really like the <a href="http://www.westelm.com/products/hamam-stripe-hand-towel-b606/">Turkish-inspired hand towels</a> that have become very trendy. They allow you to bring in some graphic stripes and color without screaming overly &quot;bathroom.&quot;</p> <h2>Replace Fixtures</h2> <p>Replace an old dated faucet with something more modern, or a garish light with a more elegant light fixture. Small updated details can add up to a big impact.</p> <h2>Add Accessories</h2> <p>One way to diminish the utilitarian feeling of the bathroom is to bring in accessories. Just be careful to limit them to avoid clutter. A plant, a pretty vase, a stool or chair, and other decorative accessories can bring in color and make your bathroom look more luxurious.</p> <h2>Tile-It-Yourself</h2> <p>If you're willing to do a little grunt work, tiling can be remarkably inexpensive. For under $100, you can get a bag of mortar, grout, and enough porcelain tile to refinish the floor, shower, or add an attractive backsplash. Your local hardware store probably carries easy-to-lay 12&quot; x 12&quot; or 12&quot; x 24&quot; porcelain tile at less than $1 or $2 a square foot, making a small bathroom floor doable for under $100. Rip up that old vinyl floor and put in a durable and updated tile floor to upgrade the look and value of your bathroom. Tutorials on how to tile abound on the Internet and are totally free!</p> <h2>Frame Out Your Mirror</h2> <p>If you have a large sheet mirror in your bathroom, you can make it look a lot more custom by framing it out with molding. This can be a super cheap DIY (this great <a href="http://thriftydecorating-nikkiw.blogspot.com/2011/10/frame-your-bathroom-mirror.html">mirror frame</a> cost under $30, and this <a href="http://www.amomstake.com/2013/11/how-to-frame-a-mirror-bathroom/">larger mirror</a> under $40), especially if you use salvaged molding!</p> <h2>Add Architectural Wall Features</h2> <p>Adding a wall feature such as board and batten or a beadboard half-wall can take your bathroom from builder-basic to custom. Here's a tutorial to do your own <a href="http://theturquoisehome.com/2013/04/how-to-install-board-and-batten/">board and batten</a> &mdash; it can be very affordable especially if you use MDF boards. Buying wood beadboard can be a bit more expensive; luckily beadboard wallpaper is very affordable (and here's a great step-by-step <a href="http://www.centsationalgirl.com/2012/01/installing-beadboard-wallpaper/">beadboard wallpaper tutorial</a>) and looks just like the real thing. Top it off with a chair rail or molding.</p> <h2>Paint the Vanity</h2> <p>A dated builder-grade wood vanity can look much more updated and chic with <a href="http://www.twodelighted.com/2012/02/20/my-painted-bathroom-vanity-before-and-after/#.VFUV7jTF8rI">new paint and hardware</a> (I don't recommend painting the vanity if it is laminate). Consider painting it a sophisticated shade such as gray, charcoal, or black, or opt for a fun pop of color. Remember to clean the vanity thoroughly, sand lightly, and apply a good primer before painting. I'd suggest an alkyd paint (such as the <a href="http://www.benjaminmoore.com/en-us/for-your-home/paint-products/advance-waterborne-interior-alkyd-paint#piSheen=793&amp;advs=0&amp;tab=2">Benjamin Moore Advance</a> Line) for a hard and durable finish. A quart of paint and primer won't set you back much, and the results can be amazing.</p> <p>If you want to keep the wood grain, a gel stain can be another way to update the finish on a wood vanity without having to sand down the entire thing.</p> <p>Finally, choosing some chic hardware to dress up your newly painted vanity puts the finishing touch on your project.</p> <h2>Shop for Salvage</h2> <p>If you have a <a href="http://www.habitat.org/restores">Habitat for Humanity Restore</a> in your neighborhood and haven't paid it a visit yet, make it your next priority. This is the best place to find gently used furniture, cabinets, fixtures, and hardware at bargain prices. For instance, I got the gorgeous floor model light fixture in our bathroom for $40 at the Restore, something that would have cost over $100 new.</p> <p>On recent visits to the Restore I've seen a pedestal sink, remnant slabs of granite, boxes of tile, mis-tinted paint, faucets and shower fixtures,and a variety of light fixtures, each for under $100. It can be hit-or-miss depending on what you're looking for, but every once in a while you can strike gold.</p> <p>If you don't have a Restore near you look for architectural salvage stores, junk stores, and thrift stores, as well as good old Craigslist. I bought a new granite vanity countertop off Craigslist for $90 &mdash; someone who was renovating decided not to use it and wanted to get rid of it, and it happened to fit the dimensions of my vanity perfectly.</p> <p><em>Being creative on a budget can greatly improve the look of your home. What's your favorite way to stretch your decorating dollars when it comes to the bathroom?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/camilla-cheung">Camilla Cheung</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-make-your-bathroom-look-awesome-for-under-100">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-13"> <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-really-easy-ways-to-unclog-drains">10 Really Easy Ways to Unclog Drains</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/home-improvements-that-pay-off">Home Improvements That Pay Off</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/recoup-more-of-your-investment-8-home-improvements-that-add-the-most-value">Recoup More of Your Investment: 8 Home Improvements That Add the Most Value</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-home-renovations-that-almost-pay-for-themselves">10 Home Renovations That Almost Pay for Themselves</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 - Updated</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> DIY Home Real Estate and Housing bathroom bathroom redo cheap design renovation Mon, 01 Dec 2014 17:00:06 +0000 Camilla Cheung 1260451 at http://www.wisebread.com How to Make Your Kids Room Look Awesome for Under $100 http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-make-your-kids-room-look-awesome-for-under-100 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-make-your-kids-room-look-awesome-for-under-100" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/child-bedroom-99772061-small.jpg" alt="child bedroom" title="child bedroom" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>When it comes to kids, fancy doesn't necessarily equate to fun. Sure, most youngsters would love to have <a href="http://www.rakuten.com/prod/hansa-great-dragon-ride-on-stuffed-animal-45-tall/249615793.html?listingId=284214186&amp;sclid=pla_google_EndeavourToys&amp;adid=29963&amp;gclid=CjwKEAiAj-KiBRC48YzhnLSg0D0SJAClOhK3oi08D0-fhUHtqYcwZax_VGidi2ziAzUWTxUJMPteYxoC3ozw_wcB">a rideable dragon to explore far-away lands</a>. But they're also just as easily entertained by a really good coloring book. So if you want to design an amazing bedroom for your child &mdash; one that reflects serenity, fun, and imagination &mdash; you're going to need a stock of creativity more than cash. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-make-your-kitchen-look-awesome-for-under-100?ref=seealso">9 Ways to Make Your Kitchen Look Great for Under $100</a>)</p> <p>There are tons of fantastical little improvements you can integrate into a kids room that require very little money &mdash; so long as you're willing to get down and dirty with a paint brush and maybe a spot of hot glue. Read on for our roundup of some of the best budget room design enhancements that are sure to amaze your little one for years to come.</p> <h2>1. Make a Pool Noodle Headboard</h2> <p>What's cheap, colorful, and protects your child's noggin? Why, <a href="http://www.m-magazine.com/posts/diy-pool-noodle-headboard-15337">a headboard made of pool noodles</a>, of course. Simply trace the shape of your desired headboard onto a sheet of wrapping or contact paper, cut the noodles with a kitchen knife to achieve the appropriate height, and hot glue the noodles onto the paper. Then use picture hanging tape to affix your new headboard to the old one &mdash; or straight onto the wall behind the bed. Voila! This project requires about 30 minutes and $15 dollars, depending on the brand of pool noodle you choose to buy. (See also:<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-ways-to-use-pool-noodles"> 20 Ways to Use Pool Noodles</a>)</p> <h2>2. Apply Giant Animal Stickers on the Walls</h2> <p>Adding larger-than-life accents to your child's bedroom walls is one of the easiest ways to breathe life onto a blank canvas. All you need is a roll of removable wallpaper (<a href="http://www.spoonflower.com/shop?shop=wallpaper">these gorgeous prints by Spoonflower cost about $7.50 per foot</a>) and stencils (<a href="http://www.thislittlestreet.com/blog/2014/04/24/diy-giant-animal-wall-stickers-with-free-printable/">lifestyle blogger Audrey Smit has flamingo and unicorn stencils available</a>) &mdash; plus a little patience while you trace and cut out your designs. This project requires about 30 minutes and $22.50, depending on how many and how large you want your wall animals to be.</p> <h2>3. Encourage Your Tyke to Channel His or Her Inner Monkey</h2> <p>Bringing you child's favorite part of the jungle gym right into their own little sacred space is a great way to promote fun and fitness. One relatively low-cost option is the climbing cargo net, a ladder made of rope and wooden dowels that promotes coordination, balance, and strength. All you need is the net &mdash; we recommend <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00A9UOQQU/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00A9UOQQU&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=V2XRZENEFTUF7FYV">the triple-wide climbing ladder by HearthSong</a> ($49.98) &mdash; and the know-how to affix it firmly to the ceiling. Then take a step back and watch your little monkey get to climbing!</p> <h2>4. Coat the Walls With Chalkboard Paint</h2> <p>Coloring books and poster board are cool, but for kids it's always more fun to draw on forbidden surfaces. So why not transform those boring white bedroom walls into a blank canvas? Simply brush <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001DCTH2G/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B001DCTH2G&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=OHRXP4JRK2DS3IZT">a thick coat of chalkboard paint</a> ($6.99) onto the wall and let the creating begin! This project won't cost you more than the price of a can of paint and a couple pieces of chalk, assuming you already have a paint brush at the ready.</p> <h2>5. Accent the Walls With 3D Art</h2> <p>Another low-cost way to dress up the bedroom walls is with a DIY flock of origami birds or <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00KUN6SYE/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00KUN6SYE&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=ZFLBNRG3LR33XNND">a cluster of decorative butterflies</a> ($3.99). These wall accents add texture to an otherwise flat surface, not to mention they are one of the trendiest features right now in kid bedroom design. Simply buy or create your desired 3D objects and secure them to the wall with double-sided tape. No matter which route you choose, this project will cost you no more than a few bucks.</p> <p><em>Have you gussied up your kid's room for cheap? What'd you do? 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/brittany-lyte">Brittany Lyte</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-make-your-kids-room-look-awesome-for-under-100">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-14"> <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/stretch-out-a-small-space">Stretch Out a Small Space</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/off-the-wall-21-clever-uses-for-leftover-wallpaper">Off the Wall: 21 Clever Uses for Leftover Wallpaper</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/top-5-online-resources-for-the-design-impaired">Top 5 Online Resources for the Design Impaired</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-cheap-ways-to-make-your-apartment-awesome-without-losing-your-deposit">10 Cheap Ways to Make Your Apartment Awesome (Without Losing Your Deposit)</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-really-easy-ways-to-unclog-drains">10 Really Easy Ways to Unclog Drains</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> DIY cheap decor interior design kids room Mon, 24 Nov 2014 19:00:10 +0000 Brittany Lyte 1258601 at http://www.wisebread.com 18 Amazing DIY Decorating Projects That Are Easier Than You Think http://www.wisebread.com/18-amazing-diy-decorating-projects-that-are-easier-than-you-think <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/18-amazing-diy-decorating-projects-that-are-easier-than-you-think" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/man-painting-canvas-85451640-small.jpg" alt="painter" title="painter" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Do you find lots of DIY home projects online that look absolutely amazing, but when you get to the instructions, well, your jaw drops at the difficulty? Me too. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-home-decorating-ideas-for-under-5?ref=seealso">15 Home Decorating Ideas for Under $5</a>)</p> <p>The good news is that there are plenty of straightforward projects out there that can make your home look fantastic (and give you the satisfaction of doing it yourself). Here are some of my favorites for every area of your home.</p> <h2>1. Painted Tablecloth</h2> <p>This <a href="http://ohhappyday.com/2013/05/polka-dot-tablecloth-diy/">Polka Dot Tablecloth</a> is so simple, a kid could make it. Cut out a dot shape using a potato, dip it in some textile paint, and stamp. Of course, if you have other ideas for designs, just use a brush or stamp and the same textile paint.</p> <h2>2. Painted Furniture</h2> <p>If you have an index finger, you can spray paint a variety of furniture pieces. I've given a bright coat to chairs, side tables, and even a dresser for design on a dime. There are definitely some <a href="http://www.sheknows.com/home-and-gardening/articles/952805/how-to-spray-paint-furniture-for-a-professional-look">best practices</a> here, including cleaning and lightly sanding, spraying outdoors in a well ventilated area, priming and painting with thin coats, and sealing with a clear finisher if your piece will be heavily used.</p> <h2>3. Fun Tile</h2> <p>Refresh that outdated backsplash by <a href="http://www.designsponge.com/2014/10/how-to-paint-a-tile-backsplash.html">painting over it</a>! You'll need a shellac-based primer, acrylic house paint, and a polyurethane top coat. I took this project a step farther by using metallic craft paint to create an artistic <a href="http://www.writingchapterthree.com/2014/10/the-hand-painted-backsplash.html">mixed-tile look</a> in my kitchen.</p> <h2>4. Stone Tub</h2> <p>That old bathtub can get a <a href="http://lovelycraftyhome.com/2013/01/28/update-your-boring-builder-bathtub-with-airstone/">spa-worthy makeover</a> using AirStone &mdash; a lightweight veneer you can buy at Lowes &mdash; and adhesive. You'll want to clean your tub well before beginning for optimum sticking power. From there, just apply the adhesive to the stone and stick. You can cut different sizes using a hacksaw.</p> <h2>5. Serene Fireplace</h2> <p>I've given <a href="http://www.bhg.com/decorating/fireplace/styles/how-to-paint-a-brick-fireplace/">new life to an old fireplace</a> in three homes now. Old red brick doesn't go with all decors, so paint those suckers by using a regular paintbrush and a foam brush (will help get in all the crevices) and good quality flat, semi-gloss, or gloss latex, depending on your tastes. Note: I've skipped the priming the last two times, and my results have been just as stellar. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/boost-your-homes-value-with-these-5-projects?ref=seealso">Boost Your Home's Value With These 5 Projects</a>)</p> <h2>6. Basket Pendant</h2> <p>Updating an old light fixture doesn't have to be expensive. I love this <a href="http://www.younghouselove.com/2012/08/total-basketcase/">Basket Pendant Light</a> idea &mdash; which features a cool $10 thrift store basket and cheap pendant light. Just remove the pendant's original cover, snake it through the basket, hang, and you're done (similar fixtures cost over $300!).</p> <h2>7. Haute Headboard</h2> <p>Head to your local lumber supply or box hardware store and get a large piece of plywood cut to size for this <a href="http://design-aholic.blogspot.com/2009/09/afternoon-headboard.html">DIY Headboard</a>. Once you have your board cut, cover it with batting and fabric, then embellish with nailhead trim. The cost was just $67 for a queen bed, and the time required was only an afternoon.</p> <h2>8. Towel Hooks</h2> <p>Tame all those bathroom towels with this <a href="http://myfabulesslife.com/diytowelrack/">beautiful rack</a> that assembles in only minutes. Cut (or have someone cut) your desired length from a 1x10 board, then sand it lightly and stain. Once it dries, mark where your hooks will go, hang, and then screw in your hooks. Bonus: The entire cost is less than $15 from start to finish.</p> <h2>9. Terrific Throw</h2> <p>Even if you've never once touched a sewing machine, you can still make a throw blanket for your couch to ward off chills. The classic is a warm <a href="http://lifeovereasy.com/diy-no-sew-fleece-throw-dorm/">fleece blanket</a>, where you take two pieces of fleece fabric, cut all along the edges, and then tie off to bind. If you live in a warmer climate, it's the same process for <a href="http://makelyhome.com/no-sew-color-block-summer-throw-blanket/">this throw</a>, just using jersey knit fabric.</p> <h2>10. Abstract Art</h2> <p>I recently went out looking for some art to cozy up our family room, and I was shocked at the price tags. This <a href="http://homecomingmn.blogspot.com/2014/02/diy-abstract-canvas-art.html">DIY Abstract Art</a> project looks a ton like a lot of the options I was considering, but at a fraction of the price. You'll need a large canvas, acrylic paints, a couple brushes, and about an hour of creative time.</p> <h2>11. Quote Pillow</h2> <p>Pillows with sayings scrawled on them are all the rage these days (that sounds like something my grandmother would say!). Fittingly, they can be quite expensive at the store. Make your own using this <a href="http://www.momtastic.com/diy/445213-diy-quote-pillows/">easy tutorial</a>, a linen pillowcase, stencils, and fabric marker. I'd paint words on both sides and flip to change things up every now and again.</p> <h2>12. Custom Chalkboard</h2> <p>Turn trash into treasure by taking an old picture frame and painting the glass on the inside with a couple coats of chalkboard paint. You can paint the frame with colorful spray paint, too! It's the easiest way to get a chalkboard in your house without painting the walls black. (See also: <a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Paper-Bag-Fall-Wreath-31822923?ref=seealso">15 Fantastic Chalkboard Paint Projects</a>)</p> <h2>13. No Sew Curtains</h2> <p>I made these <a href="http://www.writingchapterthree.com/2012/03/nursery-curtains-tutorial.html">No Sew Curtains</a> for my daughter's nursery a couple of years ago. The hardest part was picking out the fabric design I wanted. Iron your yards until they are smooth, then cut to your desired size. Instead of sewing, use hemming tape to create clean edges. You hang using curtain clip rings. Done!</p> <h2>14. Table Runner</h2> <p>The same idea applies with this <a href="http://www.homeyohmy.com/diy-no-sew-table-runner/">No-Sew Table Runner</a>, just on a smaller scale. You could make one for every month of the year or the change of seasons. Pick out your fabric, cut it to fit your dining table, hem using the iron-on tape, and enjoy.</p> <h2>15. Copycat Shelves</h2> <p>Skip the Restoration Hardware order and make your own <a href="http://7thhouseontheleft.com/2014/01/diy-restoration-hardware-inspired-shelving">Industrial Shelves</a>. As with many other projects on this list, you can get your 2x10 board cut down to the size you want (in this case, the author chose 30 inches for three shelves total) at the store for little or no charge. After staining them, hang with spray painted pipes and floor flanges.</p> <h2>16. Kitchen Cart</h2> <p>My eyes nearly popped out of my head with this <a href="http://ana-white.com/2014/07/plans/easiest-industrial-cart">DIY Kitchen Cart</a>. And here's why: You just use three boards cut to the size you want, stain them, then fasten together using metal angles, and then screw on some caster wheels. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-cheap-ways-to-make-your-apartment-awesome-without-losing-your-deposit?ref=seealso">10 Ways To Make Your Apartment Awesome Without Losing Your Deposit</a>)</p> <h2>17. Wrap Wreath</h2> <p>Liven up your front door by making a <a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Paper-Bag-Fall-Wreath-31822923">Wrap Wreath</a> using a foam wreath form and some recycled paper bags. Cut strips of the paper, twist, and then wrap around your form and hot glue to secure. You can make a more colorful wreath by using thick yarn instead of paper. Embellish however your mood strikes you. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-useful-items-you-should-never-throw-out?ref=seealso">10 Useful Items You Should Never Throw Out</a>)</p> <h2>18. Hand-Painted Rug</h2> <p>Upcycle an boring old rug into an amazing <a href="http://upcycledtreasures.com/2014/08/diy-painted-rug-inspired-west-elm/">West Elm Copycat</a>. You'll want to create a stencil of sorts using whatever design you think will match your home's decor. From there, draw the outlines using a Sharpie marker and paint over it using acrylic or latex. You can seal the rug using fabric protector to finish.</p> <p><em>Have you made any fab, easy DIY projects lately? 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/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/18-amazing-diy-decorating-projects-that-are-easier-than-you-think">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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