DIY http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/4801/all en-US Pick Up One of These Frugal Hobbies This Weekend http://www.wisebread.com/pick-up-one-of-these-frugal-hobbies-this-weekend <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/pick-up-one-of-these-frugal-hobbies-this-weekend" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/couple_hiking_map_000078571079.jpg" alt="Couple picking up frugal hobby this weekend" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I've recently come to the realization that many of my non-essential expenditures are focused on preventing boredom. Whether that's trying out new restaurants, collecting vintage cameras, or buying crafting supplies, hobbies can get surprisingly expensive. Fortunately, there are many hobbies that allow you to occupy your leisure time without racking up huge bills at the end of the month. My goal is to replace my less frugal hobbies with some of these inexpensive alternatives and I encourage you to do the same.</p> <h2>1. Succulent Gardening</h2> <p>Succulents are the perfect plant for a beginner gardener with a black thumb, like me. The only really bad thing you can do is overwater them. And while gardening in general is quite frugal (as long as you start from seeds and don't go crazy at the local nursery), succulent gardening is even more so. You never need to actually <em>buy</em> a succulent. They propagate themselves easily from cuttings begged, borrowed, or stolen (just kidding, NOT stolen!) from friends and family. All you need are some pots with good drainage (look for them at thrift stores to keep costs down) and some soil.</p> <h2>2. Cook Your Way Through a Cuisine or Cookbook</h2> <p>Cooking your way through a cookbook or, alternatively, a cuisine, can be a way to get your creative juices flowing, while avoiding eating out. Instead of becoming a &quot;restaurant foodie,&quot; which can get expensive, become a &quot;home gourmet foodie.&quot;</p> <p>When I first got married, I decided to learn to cook all of the American classics, from chili con carne to classic pot roast. I gave myself a free course in cooking as well as saved us money we would have otherwise spent on restaurants. To keep this hobby frugal, and look for accessible, down-to-earth cookbooks or food blogs.</p> <h2>3. Become a Thrifter</h2> <p>Instead of trolling the aisles of Target and picking up various knick-knacks you don't need, why not start browsing the aisles of your local thrift store instead? The thrill of finding something unique and awesome for $2 is just incomparable. True, it might not be something you <em>need</em>, but if you're going to shop anyway, at least you're only paying a fraction of the price. And if you find some cool stuff, you can always sell it on eBay or Etsy.</p> <h2>4. Play Board Games</h2> <p>An evening with friends playing board games can be surprisingly lively and fun. Start with classics like <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00IL5XY9K/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00IL5XY9K&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=Y2FJC6NZNYZBMYUW">Scrabble</a> or <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00CV5PN2W/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00CV5PN2W&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=37KK3JKMLQAZRLPI">Monopoly</a>, and graduate to <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00U26V4VQ/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00U26V4VQ&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=2EZWYIDHRX6DJFNQ">Settlers of Catan</a> or <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001JQY6K4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B001JQY6K4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=NSLUDKC35IBQAMZK">Dominion</a>. The game might set you back $20-$40, but it can give a group of people many hours of entertainment. Warning: This hobby can get expensive if you get obsessive, or greedy for all the games (And expansion packs! And special editions!), and is thus best suited for the casual hobbyist. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-amazing-board-games-you-can-diy">8 Amazing Board Games You Can DIY</a>)</p> <h2>5. Make Origami</h2> <p><iframe width="430" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Qzeaw7UXscw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>Origami, the art of folding paper into creatures and shapes, is a wonderfully frugal hobby. All you need are some squares of paper, which you can cut from scrap paper, or you can buy a pack of colored origami paper for a very reasonable price. Check out YouTube videos and online tutorials to start learning.</p> <h2>6. Take Up Running</h2> <p>Running is one of the cheapest forms of exercise. You don't need a gym membership or any fancy gear except for a pair of running shoes. Get some friends together to make things more fun. Your health (and your wallet) will thank you.</p> <h2>7. Learn to Knit or Crochet</h2> <p>A <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00URN9DM6/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00URN9DM6&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=BZ4YNRH7TWYEJ5OT">pack of yarn</a> from your local craft store will only set you back a few dollars and can occupy you productively for several hours. It's therapeutic to have something to show for your hard work, and maybe you can even save money on birthday presents by making knitted or crocheted headbands, hats, and other cute creations for your friends.</p> <h2>8. Explore the Outdoors</h2> <p>Check out the local outdoor hiking trails in your area. Exploring the outdoors can be a great way to get some exercise and entertainment at the same time. Look for local wildlife and learn to recognize local plants, using free resources from the Internet or borrowed books from the library, as well as local nature centers.</p> <h2>9. Try Geocaching</h2> <p>If you need more of a challenge, try <a href="https://www.geocaching.com/play">geocaching</a> &mdash; a kind of global scavenger hunt where you download GPS coordinates and enter them into a GPS device (an app on your smartphone, if you already have one). You then head out into the outdoors to find the cache, where you add your name to the cache's log once you find it (and sometimes find other treasures too).</p> <h2>10. Read a Book</h2> <p>Reading can be free if you have a library card. Many libraries also offer ebooks for free &mdash; you can download and keep it for two or three weeks and then &quot;return&quot; the ebook. If you don't like going to the library (or if it takes you several months to get through a book), many classic novels are available for free on Amazon.</p> <h2>11. Learn a New Language</h2> <p>Language skills will serve you well in the professional world, and it's also a fun pastime that can open the door to new friends and cultural opportunities. There are many free language resources on the Internet, such as Duolingo, LiveMocha, and more.</p> <h2>12. Upcycle</h2> <p>If you enjoy crafting but don't want to spend the money on craft supplies, upcycling might be for you. A simple search on Pinterest reveals a myriad of ways to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-cool-ways-to-make-treasure-out-of-trash">turn your trash into treasure</a>, from melting down old candles to make new ones, to turning old t-shirts into rugs and tote bags, and sweaters into pillows and mug cozies.</p> <h2>13. Write</h2> <p>Get your thoughts out into a journal or blog. You can write about anything: your daily life, your cat's escapades, your personal poetry, or stories about your life. You could even turn this into a paying side gig &mdash; I started out writing descriptions of my travels and ended up writing for this blog!</p> <p><em>What hobbies do you like doing in your spare time that don't cost anything?</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/pick-up-one-of-these-frugal-hobbies-this-weekend">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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Best of all, for only $20 or less, these gifts won't break the bank!</p> <h2>1. DIY Baskets</h2> <p>DIY baskets are affordable and fun to make. Some of the best DIY baskets for a new homeowner include:</p> <ul> <li>Cleaning basket: Include things like all-purpose cleaner, sponges, a dustpan, and rags for a gift that will keep their new home in tip-top shape.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Tool kit: Make your own by including all the must-haves, or you can simply purchase an <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000E20HWA/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000E20HWA&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=T5AIOQU57BN5CMHZ">affordable tool kit</a> instead.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Gardening kit: Include affordable essentials like a trowel, rake, shovel, and fork, or just purchase a complete <a href="http://amzn.to/1PhzZ9t">garden tool set</a>.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Coffee kit: Everybody needs coffee, so think about gifting gourmet coffee with a nice new <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00004SPEU/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00004SPEU&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=HZAS46RYVADZ3NOB">electric grinder</a> or mug. You can even create your own personalized coffee mugs with a little paint.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Kitchen set: Include must-haves like utensils, an oven mitt, a peeler, and/or a meat thermometer for a DIY kitchen basket. Add an <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0898215153/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=0898215153&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=W5JHIVMJ6V2LVCY4">inexpensive cookbook</a> and a new <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000WW3HEC/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000WW3HEC&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=YWMMDDO7FWMH26QH">cookbook holder</a> to complete the gift.</li> </ul> <h2>2. Gifts They Can Eat</h2> <p>What better way to welcome someone into their new home than with something delicious? There are several food gifts you can give that won't cost much, such as:</p> <ul> <li>Home cooked meal: Make a meal for them to enjoy and include the recipe card.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>DIY food basket: Include one of your favorite simple recipes and the ingredients required to make it. You can always add a nice new kitchen accessory as well, like a new wooden spoon.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Beers on you: All you need to do is purchase an affordable cooler and fill it with ice, beers, lemons, limes, and any other drinking accessories you think they'll like.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0073GXDAS/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0073GXDAS&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=RN6KDZZF3OHF4T7O">Indoor herb garden</a>: They'll be able to grow their own fresh herbs indoors to enjoy in about six weeks.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Popcorn kit: Wrap up a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00006IUWA/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00006IUWA&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=CPOEP3ETDCECCAS4">popcorn maker</a> with a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00SQDZX5K/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00SQDZX5K&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=KJRD6XGTPT3W36GY">popcorn and seasoning collection</a> so they can enjoy a movie after a long day of unpacking.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00TUYGRU4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00TUYGRU4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=MKLK6FXQ4A6PK64G">Mushroom farm</a>: Who doesn't love fresh mushrooms? With this gift, they can grow fresh organic mushrooms right from their new kitchen.</li> </ul> <h2>3. Personalized Items</h2> <p>Embroidered, engraved, and monogrammed items are some of the best personalized gifts you can buy. Take the DIY approach, or purchase them already embroidered or engraved. Some of the best items to personalize include:</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00FDN7I3Q/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00FDN7I3Q&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=G67YHFJAOZYOSZS2">Cutting boards</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.personalcreations.com/product/2015-family-holiday-ornament-30180303?sk=&amp;ref=REDscltwunkwn&amp;productGroup=PCHRBSL&amp;viewpos=4&amp;ratings=4.2500&amp;reviews=12&amp;trackingpgroup=PCHRBSL">Holiday ornaments</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.personalcreations.com/product/character-charm-key-ring-30024412?sk=&amp;ref=REDscltwunkwn&amp;productgroup=PCHRGG30&amp;viewpos=20&amp;ratings=4.1138&amp;reviews=167&amp;trackingpgroup=PCHRGG30">Keychains</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.personalcreations.com/product/always-kiss-me-goodnight-pillowcases-30132361?sk=&amp;ref=REDscltwunkwn&amp;productgroup=PCHRGG30&amp;viewpos=17&amp;ratings=4.7143&amp;reviews=42&amp;trackingpgroup=PCHRGG30">Pillowcases</a></li> <li><a href="http://griffanie.com/hey-there-doormat/">Welcome mats</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.freutcake.com/favorite-things/diy-polka-dot-napkins/">Napkins</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00UXPD1PS/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00UXPD1PS&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=GYS3GTJKEJU6ZNCE">Kitchen signs</a></li> </ul> <h2>4. Things They're Sure to Need</h2> <p>There are certain things that we could all use more of, especially after moving into a new place. Put a unique spin on the essentials to suit your friends' style and personality. All of these items can be found for under $20:</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B010R5ZRC8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B010R5ZRC8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=BSK75IFGPTFD67K2">His and hers glasses</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00SRGPELO/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00SRGPELO&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=QOJRRCJ4XUGER7YN">Nessie ladle</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009BLGMLA/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B009BLGMLA&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=P7XNT5XFUWHKGYWM">Utensil holder</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00W3CODOC/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00W3CODOC&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=FOV4FHYWJPYHE757">Key holder</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0018PFBVY/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0018PFBVY&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=FXXMV3UBFMJTBYHT">Decorative candle holder</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0000CF9JC/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0000CF9JC&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=SLBBEAXLH7KH5IQO">Wooden serving bowls</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.uncommongoods.com/product/state-slate-cheese-boards">U.S. cheese board</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;fst=as%3Aoff&amp;keywords=scented%20candles&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;qid=1446753520&amp;rh=n%3A1055398%2Ck%3Ascented%20candles%2Cp_36%3A1253523011&amp;rnid=386465011&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=GHJAYYCIMVZNVGE5">Scented candles</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00ZSNL9IQ/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00ZSNL9IQ&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=C6O6DYO2PDPX26NG">Hanging planter</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00TQ8FC2S/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00TQ8FC2S&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=VWTGLDNHE563IPLE">Display trays</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008LYT86O/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B008LYT86O&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=IUTXAFQGQDSNKU7O">Vintage bottle opener</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00GNIGT1C/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00GNIGT1C&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=CF3Y64NENQYSYQGC">Spice rack</a></li> </ul> <h2>5. Wine Essentials</h2> <p>Wine is the perfect gift for almost any special occasion, particularly after a stressful move. If your friends are wine drinkers, gift them handy essentials such as:</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://amzn.to/1WrZvOZ">Wine aerator</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009N23UFS/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B009N23UFS&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=VT7GXH3LDBNNDGYN">Aerating wine glasses</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00AM4KKHM/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00AM4KKHM&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=3T7CK7YFL67MDHSH">Corkscrew set</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003YFI0O6/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B003YFI0O6&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=SAQ57NHXAZUOGTJI">Bottle opener</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002QCBY1E/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B002QCBY1E&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=PCGS7KCOHQYHOBE4">Cork cage</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000KFSNFO/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000KFSNFO&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=5Q6SDZ6QX4XTS3Q6">Wine bottle thermometer</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00T236XIE/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00T236XIE&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=NOJ2ULAMQSG2GO6E">Wine chiller</a></li> </ul> <h2>6. Good Luck Charms</h2> <p>Everyone needs a little good luck, especially after a move. Consider a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00PSI4T4C/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00PSI4T4C&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=MLMW6FZEYFIWQNGH">sage kit</a> so that they can cleanse their new home and attract good fortune. You can even give them unique garden sets to entice good luck, like a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00R19QYCG/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00R19QYCG&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=6YRQDXMX7WYYMWVS">growing wishes seed kit</a>, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002F914G8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B002F914G8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=HY2KHHLVFVDMCBJR">lucky bamboo plant</a>, or <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00YSNT66Y/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00YSNT66Y&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=7X7GSVHAW56FX3AF">bonsai tree kit</a>.</p> <h2>7. Relaxation Aids</h2> <p>Everyone loves to relax after a stressful event and there is nothing more stressful than moving. Help your friend pamper themselves with items like unique <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00B1DQKEU/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00B1DQKEU&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=BEP5JKT2TYADLDIM">bath salt sets</a>, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0155KFTHS/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0155KFTHS&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=36RQPOKP67YQMFS7">tea samplers</a>, and <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00L62K8TY/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00L62K8TY&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=N6ZERHMKJET5LY5X">crackling candles</a>. These and other spa necessities can be combined to form one large relaxation basket.</p> <h2>8. Pet Treats</h2> <p>Giving your friends' pet a new toy or <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00QNUGFLO/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00QNUGFLO&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=MJKXG5XXWVROD524">gift basket</a> will make you their new favorite guest. Including a pet in the gift-giving festivities usually means a lot to the homeowners as well.</p> <p><em>What are your favorite affordable, unique housewarming gifts? Please share your thoughts 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/andrea-cannon">Andrea Cannon</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/almost-50-unique-housewarming-gifts-for-less-than-20">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/5-amazing-easy-diy-bath-and-body-products">50 Amazing, Easy DIY Bath and Body Products</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/stylish-but-cheap-gift-warp-ideas">Stylish but Cheap Gift Wrap Ideas</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/are-you-dreaming-of-a-frugal-christmas-6-things-you-can-make-that-people-on-your-list-will-use-and-w">Dreaming of a Frugal Christmas: 6 Things You Can Make That People on Your List Will Use and Want</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/5-cool-diy-christmas-gifts-for-the-under-6-crowd">5 Cool DIY Christmas Gifts for the “Under 6” Crowd</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/last-minute-wrapping-paper-5-options">Last Minute Wrapping Paper: 5 Options</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> DIY Shopping gifts Homemade housewarming presents Wed, 02 Dec 2015 12:00:26 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1617395 at http://www.wisebread.com 14 Festive and Easy DIY Holiday Decorations http://www.wisebread.com/14-festive-and-easy-diy-holiday-decorations <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/14-festive-and-easy-diy-holiday-decorations" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_holiday_decorations_000053976300.jpg" alt="Woman making easy and festive diy holiday decorations" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Want to jazz up your place for the winter season ahead? Making your home feel festive is as easy as grabbing a glue gun. Here are a bunch of simple and inexpensive projects that will warm your heart throughout the holiday season and beyond. (Related: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-frugal-fall-decoration-tips?ref=seealso">7 Frugal Fall Decorating Tips</a>)</p> <h2>1. Thankful Pumpkins</h2> <p>These <a href="http://eclecticallyvintage.com/2013/11/thanksgiving-traditions-thankful-pumpkins/">thankful pumpkins</a> give everyone in the family a chance to showcase what they're thankful for this year. Coat the pumpkin in a light paint color and then use a Sharpie marker to write anything you wish. They'd make a wonderful centerpiece at your Thanksgiving dinner.</p> <h2>2. Photo Board</h2> <p>With this <a href="http://www.shanty-2-chic.com/2013/09/thankful-photo-board.html">thankful board</a>, everyone will know whom you love and cherish this season. You'll need a 1&quot; by 8&quot; pine board to sand and stain. Then, use the free template to print out the word &quot;thankful&quot; on card stock. Stick the letters to the board with bronze nail heads and use super glue to attach a few clips to hold the photos. If you change up the lettering, this project would also make a cool holiday card holder.</p> <h2>3. Dollar Centerpieces</h2> <p>If you're hosting the big dinner this year, try wowing your guests with a <a href="http://www.blesserhouse.com/2014/11/dollar-store-thanksgiving-tablescape.html">Dollar Store tablescape</a>. The author found orange candles, fake pumpkins (that she painted), and poster board for placemats. Accent everything with pine cones and other free nature finds from your backyard.</p> <h2>4. Thrifty Finds</h2> <p>Take a stroll around your local thrift shops to see what holiday decorations are on the shelves. I recently found a deal on a ceramic holiday village &mdash; 10 houses for $5! I've seen anything from limited edition snow globes to porcelain ornaments to vintage tree toppers. Most everything is gently used and offered at a fraction of its original price.</p> <h2>5. Moving Makeover</h2> <p>If you do come across something you like, remember that you can personalize it with paint. That holiday village I bought? I'd love to give it this <a href="http://www.the36thavenue.com/loving-the-dollar-store-christmas-village/">chic makeover</a> using some ivory shades. Make sure your village is clean, then spritz the paint just enough to get a light coating. Do some detail work with watered down acrylics before letting everything dry.</p> <h2>6. Tricky Sticks</h2> <p>Make <a href="http://www.momendeavors.com/2013/12/diy-giant-popsicle-stick-snowflakes.html">gigantic snowflakes</a> to adorn on your walls with <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00380E7RQ/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00380E7RQ&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=5WSJ4HEM47HW5IEH">popsicle sticks</a>. Grab a big pack of sticks, then attach them together in different patterns using a hot glue gun. Let set a while before hanging. You can also give them a coat of colorful or sparkly spray paint for extra flair.</p> <h2>7. Sweater Trees</h2> <p>Make a set of cozy <a href="http://finditmakeitloveit.com/2013/12/sweater-trees-easy-cheap-free.html">sweater Christmas trees</a>. You'll cut out a sturdy tree template from an empty cardboard box. Then, cut a few pieces of knit fabric out of old sweaters and hot glue them around the tree. Slap a square of burlap on the trunk and you're done!</p> <h2>8. Pinecone Garland</h2> <p>Bring the outdoors in with this <a href="http://blog.freepeople.com/2013/10/diy-fall-garland/">pinecone garland</a>. Collect pinecones of all assorted shapes and sizes. You can paint them different colors or add accent flower, berries, and other items. Just hot glue everything to a piece of twine. You can even use some fine wire for extra support.</p> <h2>9. Woodland Sign</h2> <p>Get a little rustic charm going with this <a href="http://livelaughrowe.com/diy-woodland-sign/">woodland sign</a>. Attach a few boards together (or use a single piece of wood) and then stain and distress. Then use a stencil to paint on whatever saying you like. You may also try free-handing, if you're talented like that. Seal your board and hang with jute.</p> <h2>10. Sparkle Branches</h2> <p>Bring some bling to your living room with these <a href="http://www.momtastic.com/diy/170919-holiday-decorating-making-sparkly-branches/">sparkle branches</a>. Scour your backyard for the best woody specimens. Once you've found them, spray with paint and then adhesive. Sprinkle glitter onto the branch and admire your crafting powers.</p> <h2>11. Snowball Garland</h2> <p>All you need is fishing line and cotton balls to make this classy <a href="http://www.jamiedphoto.com/diy-snow-and-white-trees/">snowball garland</a>. Hot glue the cotton balls to the line and then use it for whatever you think needs some winter spirit. I love the idea to use the garland as a festive backdrop for photos.</p> <h2>12. Sweet Aroma</h2> <p>Not into decorating? You can make your house smell like the holidays with these amazing <a href="http://tipnut.com/fragrant-home-13-simmering-pot-recipes/">simmering potpourri</a> recipes. My favorite combines cinnamon sticks, cloves, and allspice. Fill a pot with water and simmer the ingredients on low all day long.</p> <h2>13. Frosty Candles</h2> <p>Leave it to Martha Stewart to show us how to make these gorgeous <a href="http://www.marthastewart.com/264490/frosty-salted-pillar-candles">salted pillar candles</a>. Fill a rimmed tray with <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B010813796/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B010813796&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=GR3JS45QJUQFOH7X">epsom salts</a>. Coat the outside of your candle with some Mod Podge, and then roll in the salts. Let dry before lighting.</p> <h2>14. Spiffy Lights</h2> <p>Want to keep your Christmas lights up all year? Try <a href="http://www.landeeseelandeedo.com/2014/12/gold-christmas-decor-mantel-details.html">spray painting them</a> to spiff them up. Simply take the bulbs out of the sockets, coat the cord in gold spray paint, and let everything dry before you plug it back in. While you're at it, use the rest of your can of gold paint to make matching accents that will last the whole season.</p> <p><em>What are your clever holiday decoration tricks?</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-festive-and-easy-diy-holiday-decorations">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/10-easy-holiday-lighting-hacks">10 Easy Holiday Lighting Hacks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-frugal-christmas-decorating-hacks">14 Frugal Christmas Decorating Hacks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-scariest-halloween-frights-you-can-make-from-trash">13 Scariest Halloween Frights You Can Make From Trash</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-diy-halloween-costumes-for-your-pets">13 DIY Halloween Costumes for Your Pets</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/15-cheap-and-delicious-punch-recipes-for-holiday-parties">15 Cheap and Delicious Punch Recipes for Holiday Parties</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> DIY Christmas crafts decorations Holidays Homemade lights Thanksgiving Wed, 25 Nov 2015 18:00:08 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1615577 at http://www.wisebread.com 9 Easy Mason Jar Gifts You Can Make http://www.wisebread.com/9-easy-mason-jar-gifts-you-can-make <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/9-easy-mason-jar-gifts-you-can-make" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/mason_jars_gifts_000046411370.jpg" alt="Creating easy mason jar gifts you can DIY" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>A gift in a mason jar is unique, heartfelt, affordable, and easy-to-make. We've found some of the best mason jar gift ideas that will meet all your gift-giving needs this season.</p> <h2>1. Food Mixes</h2> <p>This is the easiest way to gift homemade cookies or other sweet treats. Layer all of the dry ingredients for a recipe inside a mason jar, and simply tie the recipe card to the top. The ingredients will look beautiful stacked up, and the person receiving the gift can just add the necessary wet ingredients when they're ready to enjoy.</p> <p>You can also package completed food items (like cookies) in a decorative mason jar. Get really creative with store-bought goodies, like making snowman and Santa-inspired <a href="http://www.thehappyhomebodies.com/2010/12/secret-santa-cookie-deliveries.html">Oreo and Nutter Butter treats</a>.</p> <p>Some other delicious mason jar treat ideas include:</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://laurenconrad.com/blog/2012/12/diy-gift-guide-gingerbread-in-a-jar/">Cookies</a></li> <li><a href="http://mommyknows.com/how-to-rainbow-cupcakes-in-a-jar/">Cupcakes</a></li> <li><a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/10646/brownie-mix-in-a-jar-ii/">Brownies</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.howdoesshe.com/smores-in-a-jar/">S'mores</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.themuse.com/advice/need-a-lastminute-gift-diy-holiday-mason-jars">Bark mix</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.theknot.com/real-weddings/mason-jar-popcorn-favors-photo">Popcorn</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.buzzfeed.com/christinebyrne/puppy-chow#.auN4Z5Qwn">Puppy chow</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.joyoushealth.com/blog/2013/11/22/granola-breakfast-in-a-mason-jar-recipe/">Granola</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.buzzfeed.com/christinebyrne/honey-orange-butter#.dtJ96wl4o">Flavored butter</a></li> <li><a href="http://bakeat350.blogspot.com/2011/09/diy-vanilla-extract-works-for-me.html">Flavored extract</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/recipe/cinnamon-pancake-mix-jar">Pancake mix</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.sunset.com/food-wine/holidays-occasions/quick-bread-in-a-bottle">Bread</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/food-recipes/a10714/curried-lentil-soup-december-recipes/">Soup</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.buzzfeed.com/christinebyrne/salty-caramel-bourbon-sauce#.kw8APnm39">Sauces</a></li> </ul> <h2>2. Drink Mixes</h2> <p>Either make the drink and pour it into a decorative mason jar, or include all of the dry ingredients so the recipient can just add water, milk, or liquor. Wrap a &quot;Drink Me&quot; label around the top for added flare. Some of the best drinks to give in a mason jar include:</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://taracooks.com/?p=2632">Spiced tea or cider</a></li> <li><a href="http://laurenconrad.com/blog/2011/12/diy-gift-guide-sweetness-in-a-jar/">Hot chocolate</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.inthekitchenwithkp.com/recipes/homemade-peppermint-mocha-mix-jar">Peppermint mocha</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.dominosugar.com/recipe/cappuccino-mix-in-a-jar-680">Cappuccino</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.carbon-footprint-defined.com/mulled-wine-recipe.html">Mulled wine</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.buzzfeed.com/rachelysanders/how-to-make-a-chai-tea-kit-to-give-as-a-gift#.kmWK1PGr6">Chai tea</a></li> <li><a href="http://somethingturquoise.com/2015/05/15/mason-jar-bloody-mary-gift-and-spice-recipe/">Bloody Mary mix</a></li> </ul> <h2>3. Canned and Jarred Items</h2> <p>Canning and jarring may be easy, but most people don't want to invest the time or energy. Consider making a big batch of jam, caramel sauce, chocolate sauce, mulled cherries, or canned preserves so you can share some with your loved ones.</p> <h2>4. Travel Cups</h2> <p>One of the many uses of a mason jar includes an impromptu travel snack cup or drink mug. You can decorate the jar however you like, and can even personalize it for the person receiving the gift. You can even craft a <a href="http://myfrugaladventures.com/2014/05/how-to-make-diy-mason-jar-cups/">hole for the straw</a> so that you can sip on the go.</p> <h2>5. Decorative Vases</h2> <p>Paint the jar with glitter and <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001IKES5O/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B001IKES5O&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=4PTZXGLC6AVARUUB">mod podge</a> to <a href="https://www.plaidonline.com/mod-podge-rocks-golden-glitter-keys-mason-jars/5323/project.htm">create unique designs</a>, which can also double as a luminary or pen holder. Add things like twine, wooden labels, ribbon, and buttons for added personality. You can also mod podge things like sheet music or comic books pages around the outside for a truly unique gift. Cover the jar in <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000RMPLJ6/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000RMPLJ6&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=DDSO6RNS2G4SIPMS">chalkboard paint</a> instead for some cute vintage flair!</p> <h2>6. Candles or Luminaries</h2> <p>Did you know can make <a href="http://gardentherapy.ca/flower-jar-candles/">candles in a mason jar</a>, which you can scent, color, and decorate in any way you like? If you don't like the idea of pouring hot wax, consider transforming the jar into a glass lantern, <a href="http://www.createcraftlove.com/mason-jar-fall-luminary/">decorative luminary</a>, or <a href="http://iowagirleats.com/2011/11/19/diy-holiday-decor-for-less-than-15/">candle holder</a> instead. Or just fill the jar with a string of small sparkling lights for a unique lighting effect.</p> <h2>7. Terrariums and Snow Globes</h2> <p>Mason jars are spacious enough to fit terrariums and even <a href="http://eatandrelish.com/tag/diy/">snow globes</a>. Create a whole scene, a scrapbook jar, or an ode to a <a href="http://masonjarcraftslove.com/vacation-memory-jar/">family memory</a>. You can even use it to house a gift card, which is cute, affordable, and will show that you took the time to create a unique gift.</p> <h2>8. Soap Dispensers</h2> <p>Turn any mason jar into a soap dispenser or lotion container. Fill it with DIY soap, shampoo, body wash, lotion, or other personal items. You can even make your own <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-diy-laundry-detergent-recipes">laundry detergent</a> to use at home or share with your friends.</p> <h2>9. DIY Air Fresheners</h2> <p>Consider making your own DIY air freshener or <a href="http://www.thehappierhomemaker.com/2013/10/the-scent-of-fall-simmering-pot-recipe/#_a5y_p=1021107">simmered potpourri</a>, beautifully housed in a decorated mason jar. You can simmer the potpourri yourself or you can prepare a jar of mulling spices, so the recipient can heat it on their stovetop at home. Some of the best holiday items to simmer include oranges, cranberries, cinnamon, cloves, apples, and vanilla.</p> <p><em>What are your favorite ways to use mason jars? Please share your thoughts 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/andrea-cannon">Andrea Cannon</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-easy-mason-jar-gifts-you-can-make">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/how-to-make-moonshine">How to Make Moonshine</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/win-your-next-potluck-with-one-of-these-23-cheap-easy-potluck-dishes">Win Your Next Potluck With One of These 23 Cheap, Easy Potluck Dishes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/eight-natural-ways-to-make-water-more-flavorful">Eight Natural Ways to Make Water More Flavorful</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-make-a-piggy-bank">How to Make a Piggy Bank</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/foods-you-can-grow-in-the-comfort-of-your-home">Foods You Can Grow in the Comfort of Your Home</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> DIY Food and Drink edible gifts gift ideas mason jars unique gifts Tue, 17 Nov 2015 12:15:13 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1613349 at http://www.wisebread.com 15 More Cheap and Easy DIY Toys Kids Will Love http://www.wisebread.com/15-more-cheap-and-easy-diy-toys-kids-will-love <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/15-more-cheap-and-easy-diy-toys-kids-will-love" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/colorful_crayons_000051716822.jpg" alt="Creating cheap and easy DIY toys kids will love" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Looking for a great birthday or Christmas gift for your child? There are lots of toys you can DIY to give a personal touch. Check out the projects below for some major inspiration. And share your favorite do-it-yourself toy projects in the comments. (Related: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-awesomely-fun-toys-you-can-diy?ref=seealso">15 Awesomely Fun Toys You Can DIY</a>)</p> <h2>1. Colorful Crayons</h2> <p>Melt together a bunch of <a href="http://ourbestbites.com/2012/02/how-to-make-muffin-tin-crayons-and-a-printable/">old crayons</a> using <a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;field-keywords=silicon%20molds&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;url=search-alias%3Daps&amp;linkId=LK2BUROPZI6ZG46O">silicone</a> molds or cupcake tins. You'll be giving new life to something that might otherwise be tossed out &mdash; and even young kids can help with this project! Just take all the broken remnants, remove the paper labels, toss them in your molds, and bake at 250 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 to 20 minutes.</p> <h2>2. Drum Set</h2> <p>Have a bunch of old paint cans you need to recycle? Try assembling this crazy <a href="http://www.floridaysmom.com/paint-can-drum-set/">drum kit</a>. You'll clean your cans and then give them a coat of spray paint. Attach the cans together with bolts and screws. And don't forget to add some fancy stuff like cymbals. Grab a pair of sticks to start jamming.</p> <h2>3. Felt Food</h2> <p>Here's a quiet toy your kids will play with again and again: <a href="http://everydaydishes.com/creative-crafts/diy-felt-play-food/">felt food</a>. Find a stack of felt in assorted colors, print out the free template, and get cutting. Adhere everything together with hot glue and stuff some of the foods (like bread) will <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000YZ7G44/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000YZ7G44&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=7CMLIPMBEOLX5657">poly-fil</a>. You'll make watermelon, bacon, pizza, and more.</p> <h2>4. Sand Blocks</h2> <p>Got an old Jenga game hanging around? Use the wooden pieces to make these cool <a href="http://adventure-in-a-box.com/make-rainbow-sand-blocks/">rainbow sand blocks</a>. Glue three of your blocks into an open-ended rectangle, then do it again. You'll make the rainbow sand using cornmeal and food coloring. Then, place the sand into a plastic bag and glue the bag in the middle of your blocks. Add two more blocks on top to finish the frame.</p> <h2>5. Nature Blocks</h2> <p>For kids who would rather be outdoors than anywhere else, you can make <a href="http://adventure-in-a-box.com/how-to-make-waldorf-inspired-nature-blocks-creative-challenge/">nature blocks</a>. These blocks are inspired by the Waldorf toys and are simple to make if you have access to a hand saw. Go into your yard and find branches of different diameters. Then, let them dry someplace for a few weeks. To finish, just cut them into sections.</p> <h2>6. Kinetic Sand</h2> <p>Stop spending all that money on store-bought play sand. Try making your own with this <a href="http://gimmiefreebies.com/make-your-own-kinetic-sand/">kinetic sand</a> tutorial. You'll need plain sand, corn starch, dish soap, and water. Mix everything together and consider adding some tea tree oil to the mix to keep it fresh.</p> <h2>7. Magnetic Fishing Set</h2> <p>If you have a sewing machine, you can whip up these <a href="http://www.makeit-loveit.com/2014/09/diy-toy-fishing-pole-that-reels-in-and-magnetic-fabric-fish.html">DIY magnetic fish</a>. Buy some round magnets, cut out fish shapes using scrap fabric and batting, and then sew the magnet into the fish. Make a quick pole using wooden dowels, spools, and rope. Don't forget the magnet at the end of the line so you can catch the fish!</p> <h2>8. Fruit Stand</h2> <p>Forget the play kitchen &mdash; try making a <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/pernfors88/4212633525/">fruit stand</a>. The maker of this project used an Ikea Rast table as the base. The rest is a creative mix of scrap wood, shelf supports, fabric, and little bins. Your finished product might not look exactly like the original, but the idea is to have plenty of places to stash play fruits and veggies.</p> <h2>9. Car Mat</h2> <p>This <a href="http://www.ragamuffin-baby.com/2012/09/vans-car-playmat.html">car mat</a> is absolutely adorable. The only problem is that it took the author over 20 hours to cut, sew, and embroider everything together. You can make something similar by picking up some <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00O7312OO/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00O7312OO&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=QLAJSUJV67RORM44">duck cloth</a> (or other thick, sturdy fabric) at the hardware store, cutting it to size, and painting on a roadway, houses, and other cool spots with craft paints.</p> <h2>10. Hideaway Tent</h2> <p>Give your children a hideaway with this simple <a href="http://www.makeit-loveit.com/2014/07/collapsible-fabric-play-tent-for-kids.html">play tent</a>. Create a foldable A-frame using 1&quot; x 2&quot; boards and dowels. Then use five yards of fabric to sew the cover that will tie onto the frame. This project takes around three hours from start to finish.</p> <h2>11. Painted Treasures</h2> <p>Don't feel like making a toy from scratch? Try finding something old and making it new again using spray paint. This <a href="http://www.justalittlecreativity.com/2011/09/pimp-that-cozy-ride-little-tikes-car.html">Little Tikes car project</a> is amazing and only took a couple cans of paint. Clean the toy well before disassembling and painting. You can try this makeover with play cars, houses, and anything else that needs freshening up.</p> <h2>12. Play Road</h2> <p>Before you toss out your old jeans, try using them in this <a href="http://www.howdoesshe.com/easy-diy-road-for-toy-cars-made-out-of-your-old-jeans/">DIY road project</a>. After you trace a pattern for both curved and straight pieces, cut out your fabric from the old jeans. Then use glue and <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001IKES5O/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B001IKES5O&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=Z4K4CH2V7TPJ75D5">Mod Podge</a> to fix everything together. Paint on some yellow lines and let the races begin!</p> <h2>13. Lego Table</h2> <p>Your kid will go crazy for this <a href="http://www.chaosandlove.com/targets-toy-emporium/">DIY Lego table</a>. You'll need an old table (a square works wonderfully) and some of those <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00K5W9TLY/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00K5W9TLY&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=VDJG4GHI7R2K4CI2">Lego bases</a>. Use glue to adhere the base plates to the table and give them some extra support with a few Lego bricks on the edges. Let the glue dry, and this project is done in around 20 minutes.</p> <h2>14. American Boy</h2> <p>Boys deserve dolls too! So, when I saw this <a href="http://ginadwagner.com/how-i-created-an-american-boy-doll-for-my-son/">American Boy</a> doll in my Facebook feed, my jaw dropped. The mom took a standard girl doll (new or used would be fine), cut its hair, washed off its makeup, and dressed it in some clothes she found on Etsy. You can also sew your own for a personal touch.</p> <h2>15. Doll House</h2> <p>Make a super <a href="http://turkeyfeathers.typepad.com/turkey_feathers/2006/06/in_an_old_house.html">doll house</a> using an old dresser. You'll need a relatively tall dresser as your base, and I recommended checking places like the Salvation Army and garage sales before buying new. Leave the bottom drawers on for storage. Then take the upper drawers out to make space for your rooms. Paint and fill with doll furniture to complete the project.</p> <p><em>What are your kid's favorite DIY playthings?</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/15-more-cheap-and-easy-diy-toys-kids-will-love">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/15-awesomely-fun-toys-you-can-diy">15 Awesomely Fun Toys You Can DIY</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-free-or-cheap-toys-that-will-make-your-kid-smarter">14 Free or Cheap Toys That Will Make Your Kid Smarter</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-child-products-that-are-cheaper-and-better-than-store-bought">10 Homemade Child Products That Are Cheaper and Better Than Store Bought</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-own-moon-sand-dirt-cheap">Make Your Own Moon Sand, Dirt Cheap</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/18-awesome-practically-free-upcycled-craft-projects">18 Awesome, Practically Free Upcycled Craft Projects</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> DIY children crafts gifts kids playing projects toys Mon, 16 Nov 2015 11:15:18 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1612421 at http://www.wisebread.com 19 Fun, Cheap Projects to Try This Weekend http://www.wisebread.com/19-fun-cheap-projects-to-try-this-weekend <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/19-fun-cheap-projects-to-try-this-weekend" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/couple_gardening_000053678990.jpg" alt="Couple doing fun, cheap weekend projects at home" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>By Wednesday, we're grateful to be over the weekday hump. On Thursday, we can sense the impending joy of Casual Friday. And then, it finally arrives: the weekend! Two blissful days free from work. Sure, there are some chores and errands to be done &mdash; but what about &quot;me&quot; time, or &quot;we&quot; time? Here are 19 fun, cheap weekend project ideas.</p> <h2>1. Create a Pallet Headboard</h2> <p>Wooden pallets have become incredibly popular for building all kinds of stuff. My personal favorite is the pallet headboard, which really shows off the rustic look of the pallet wood. This <a href="http://www.thinkingcloset.com/2014/02/24/so-you-want-to-build-a-pallet-headboard/">The Thinking Closet</a> has excellent instructions for selecting, building, and even lighting your headboard.</p> <h2>2. Anything Involving Washi Tape</h2> <p>Have you seen this stuff? Basically, it's a Japanese <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007Y85NY4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B007Y85NY4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=XEYEMV4XUHVHSMYD">decorative masking tape</a>, although maybe it's a little sturdier. <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/60-things-you-can-decorate-with-washi-tape">Washi tape decorating and project</a> possibilities are pretty much endless: Decorate the keys of your computer keyboard, cover the outside of your notebooks, use it to beautify the inside and outside of your lampshades, make your own gift wrap, label your power cords, make your own cute coasters, etc. I am currently obsessed with covering clean, empty tuna cans and making cute containers for paper clips, and loose change.</p> <h2>3. Start Your Own Podcast</h2> <p>Have something to share or teach? Why not <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-money-podcasts">make your own podcasts</a>? Apple makes it easy to get started with their <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/podcasts/id525463029?mt=8">app</a>, and here is a great <a href="http://www.howtopodcasttutorial.com/seven-reasons-to-create-your-own-podcast.htm">tutorial for making it your own</a>. It's time to share your wisdom with the world.</p> <h2>4. Make Mosaic Tiles</h2> <p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/ZWO8zlSZ1rw" width="420" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>Have old dishes around that you hate to part with? How about bits of jewelry? If you want to &quot;upcycle&quot; them, consider making mosaic tiles for your garden. First, learn to <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Ro93O0oUsg">smash plates</a> properly. Then, watch this video to learn more about <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OJ4JleHCKMk">what materials work well</a>. Finally, this lady will show you <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZWO8zlSZ1rw">how to make the stepping/paving stone</a>. My husband and daughter made two and they are a great addition to the garden.</p> <h2>5. Whip Up Some Wine Jelly</h2> <p>You needn't be an experienced canner to make <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/9492/wine-jelly/">wine jelly</a>. It is very simple and can easily be made in an afternoon. If you don't eat it all yourself, it makes a great hostess gift.</p> <h2>6. Make Energy Bars</h2> <p>Like a snack with your mid-morning coffee? Whip up a batch of these <a href="http://www.hawaiianelectric.com/heco/_hidden_Hidden/Recipes/Energy-Bars">energy bars</a> and you will be set for the week. Hint: Wrap them individually in waxed paper and twist the ends. They will stay crispy and chewy.</p> <h2>7. Learn Meditation</h2> <p>I had one heck of a time learning how to meditate (I usually just fell asleep), until I took a <a href="http://www.chopra.com/ccl/video/oprah-deepaks-21-day-meditation-experience-desire-and-destiny">meditation class</a>. There are many other classes available online, too. It will help with your stress levels and it may also help you learn to focus. I find that I feel refreshed afterward, but not groggy like after a nap.</p> <h2>8. Make Lip Balm</h2> <p>Make sure to round up the ingredients for this project during the week so that on the weekend, you can focus on actually making the lip balm. You'll need <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006WBEGNI/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B006WBEGNI&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=ZGVI44MOQIYBIES5">tubes</a>, labels, the ingredients, and <a href="http://wellnessmama.com/7055/homemade-lip-chap-recipe/">these handy instructions</a>. Any you don't use can be given as gifts.</p> <h2>9. Learn to Crochet</h2> <p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/BCDA44Sijx4" width="420" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>I have given up on knitting &mdash; it's just not in the cards for me. But as it turns out, crochet is very easy to learn and you can actually make a scarf in one weekend. Here's a video to get you started with <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BCDA44Sijx4">single crochet</a>, and once you've mastered that, move on to <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_kpC_z8Oc3A">double crochet</a> for the scarf.</p> <h2>10. Build a Terrarium</h2> <p><iframe width="420" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Oy6hX0jR8bA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>If you have a desk job, a terrarium is a good way to bring some nature and tranquility inside. They are an inexpensive craft, especially if you find your container at a second-hand store or use something you have around the house. Since you will probably end up buying bags of pebbles, charcoal, and moss, make several terrariums and ask with your kids or friends to help. Here are some easy <a href="http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/how-to-make-a-terrarium-139860">instructions </a>and a list of materials you will need. This video shows an <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oy6hX0jR8bA">easy way to build terrariums</a> using paper plates. Chopsticks are also helpful for moving things around.</p> <h2>11. Knot Up Some Macrame Plant Holders</h2> <p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/jDtnNYKZexk" width="420" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>These aren't your mom's tacky yarn plant holders. These macrame plant holders use <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00IFD5OH8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00IFD5OH8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=6INTZIJXD3TAMD3J">jute string</a>, and are really rustic and beautiful. They are also incredibly inexpensive.</p> <h2>12. Bake Bread</h2> <p>Even if you own a breadmaker, there is just something about the process of mixing, kneading, and baking your own bread that gives you such a feeling of accomplishment. Taking a bite of warm, fresh-from-the-oven bread with butter is a great incentive. I like this <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/6773/simple-whole-wheat-bread/">recipe for whole-wheat bread</a> because it is very uncomplicated and makes three loaves. And there's no need to be flummoxed by the kneading process &mdash; here is a <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ySOj0fFWo1U">video</a> showing how easy it is.</p> <h2>13. Make a Lamp</h2> <p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/FbSFtoKhxIE" width="420" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>Real talk: I have some weird items kicking around that I probably should have tossed, but I want to make lamps out of them. And as DIY Debbie explains in this video, you can <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FbSFtoKhxIE">make a lamp</a> out of just about anything.</p> <h2>14. Try a Rag Rug</h2> <p>Have any old sheets around? If not, don't despair. You can buy them at a thrift store and make one of these <a href="http://www.craftpassion.com/2010/03/recycle-tutorial-braided-rag-rug.html">neat rugs</a>.</p> <h2>15. Construct a Fire Pit</h2> <p>One of our favorite things to do on a starry night is to have a fire in the backyard. It's relaxing for two or for a group. As a precaution, check first with local authorities to make sure you can have a fire pit in your yard. (We are allowed to under the classification of &quot;cooking fires.&quot;) You also need to make sure that your pit is located away from other structures. Here are some <a href="http://www.lowes.com/projects/gardening-and-outdoor/build-a-fire-pit/project">step-by-step instructions from Lowe's</a>, using pavers.</p> <h2>16. Create Homemade Fruit Liqueurs</h2> <p>Oh, these <a href="http://www.growingagreenerworld.com/preserving-fruit-flavors-in-alcohol-homemade-liqueurs/">homemade fruit liqueurs</a> are fun. Right now we have cherry, strawberry, peach and apple. After extensive taste-testing (don't judge), we found that we preferred using vodka over the brandy, and vanilla bean over cinnamon. If you want to give them as gifts, pour them into cute <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00B80TJWQ/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00B80TJWQ&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=2BQT6NBG2SRSMOJR">mason jars</a>.</p> <h2>17. Make Your Own Soap</h2> <p>I am afraid to work with lye, so I was pretty excited to find that there are no-lye soap recipes out there! <a href="http://wholenewmom.com/recipes/how-to-make-soap-how-to-make-homemade-soap/">This one looks easy</a> and I like her suggestions for additions to the soap, such as lavender and peppermint.</p> <h2>18. Build a Garden Path</h2> <p>A meandering path around your yard adds charm and can also be very practical. <a href="http://www.familyhandyman.com/garden-structures/garden-paths/affordable-garden-path-ideas/view-all">These instructions</a> are extremely helpful. While it points out that mulch is the cheapest material, it does break down over time. So prepare to do a lot of shoveling! The results are really nice, though, and assuming your path isn't too long, it can be accomplished in a weekend.</p> <h2>19. Learn a New Language</h2> <p>Of course, you can't learn a whole language in a weekend, but you can learn some of the basics. There are <a href="http://www.openculture.com/freelanguagelessons">many resources online</a> to help you. I am proud to say I can now ask where the bathroom is and order a <em>Croque Monsieur</em> in French.</p> <p>Some of these projects will require some pre-planning and purchasing of materials beforehand, so make your selection and start planning before the weekend arrives.</p> <p><em>What are your favorite DIYs or weekend hobbies?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/marla-walters">Marla Walters</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/19-fun-cheap-projects-to-try-this-weekend">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/10-home-diy-projects-you-can-do-in-one-day">10 Home DIY Projects You Can Do in One Day</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/18-amazing-diy-decorating-projects-that-are-easier-than-you-think">18 Amazing DIY Decorating Projects That Are Easier Than You Think</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-smart-household-uses-for-rope">10 Smart Household Uses for Rope</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/40-ways-to-use-spray-paint-for-cheap-and-easy-decorating">40 Ways to Use Spray Paint for Cheap and Easy Decorating</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/17-diy-projects-to-make-your-home-look-amazing-and-3-you-shouldnt-try">17 DIY Projects to Make Your Home Look Amazing (and 3 You Shouldn&#039;t Try)</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> DIY Home DIY home decor washi tape weekend fun weekend projects Fri, 13 Nov 2015 11:15:33 +0000 Marla Walters 1608490 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Smart Household Uses for Rope http://www.wisebread.com/10-smart-household-uses-for-rope <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-smart-household-uses-for-rope" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/flowers_rope_vase_000040083826.jpg" alt="Learning brilliant household uses for rope" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Thick or thin, long or short, nylon or sisal, there are a seemingly endless number of rope varieties available to you these days. Although we all know the most common uses of rope, particularly in sailing, trucking, and other industrial applications, there are some wonderful ways to use rope around the home. Here are 10 of my favorites.</p> <h2>1. The Rope Tire Ottoman</h2> <p><iframe width="420" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/rLeBfF3EJ_4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>There are several&nbsp;<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rLeBfF3EJ_4">variations of this one</a> floating around on the Internet, and I myself opted for the <a href="http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/article/0,,20881524,00.html">small side-table version</a> for my bedroom. But depending on the tire, the type of rope, and the other materials involved, this could be good for any room in the house. If you find a really big tire, it could even work as a big table for the man cave.</p> <p>You can read <a href="http://www.handimania.com/diy/rope-ottoman.html">the complete instructions here</a>, but the basic steps are very simple. Take an old tire (or a new one if you're feeling flush), and wrap a long length of rope around and around the tire until it is completely covered. Apply hot glue as you're winding. Then top with the material and finish of your choice. Very easy, super-stylish, and a fun craft project. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-smart-uses-for-safety-pins">12 Smart Uses for Safety Pins</a>)</p> <h2>2. Rope Shelving</h2> <p>A rope shelf can be as simple as two lengths of rope holding a shelf to the wall, <a href="https://www.etsy.com/listing/242042527/30-swing-rope-shelf-nautical-nursery?utm_source=google&amp;utm_medium=cpc&amp;utm_campaign=shopping_us_b-home_and_living-storage_and_organization-shelving&amp;utm_custom1=38dfddeb-6646-4e44-9d24-1e3fdd9db3e7&amp;gclid=Cj0KEQjwnrexBRDNmZzNkf7c4c4BEiQALnlxhcaNMIw3THXpPBD-f83dyFSNeIfvR1djmTV_S0tIqT4aAlW38P8HAQ">like this example here.</a> I like this because it literally takes about 30 minutes of your time, from cutting the holes to hanging the finished shelf. If you're feeling more adventurous, add several shelves and hang them from something simple, like an old pipe of pipe. <a href="https://www.rhbabyandchild.com/catalog/product/product.jsp?productId=rhbc_prod398072">This version is over $300 at Restoration Hardware.</a> You can do the same yourself for less than $50, and all you need to do is learn how to tie the hangman's knot (<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cJwsJXbS_Ok">which you can do right here</a>). Go for it, and make a stunning set of shelves quickly, and easily.</p> <h2>3. Rope Rugs</h2> <p>With a length of rope, some glue, and a little patience, you can create a study rug for your entrance in no time at all. This <a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-make-a-rope-rug/">Instructables</a> project will show you the most simple rope rug to create, and it really is easy as pie. If you are feeling like you could go beyond that simple spiral design, try this one over at <a href="http://www.supertopo.com/climbers-forum/298197/How-To-Make-a-Rope-Rug">SuperTopo.</a> It's a real tied rope rug, and requires no glue or cardboard. However, it does need an awful lot more skill and patience, as the author states it takes about two hours from start to finish. It also makes a fabulous gift.</p> <p>You should also check out Martha Stewart's very easy-to-follow <a href="http://www.marthastewart.com/269741/braided-doormat?backto=true&amp;backtourl=/photogallery/braided-crafts">instructions for a braided rug</a>, right here.</p> <h2>4. A Floating Bed</h2> <p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/XXiCXDvg0Hc" width="420" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>Be warned &mdash; this is not for anyone dabbling in DIY. If you don't do this correctly, it could lead to some expensive repairs, and possibly some pretty nasty injuries. Having said that, do it right and it's a terrific way to <a href="http://www.lushome.com/25-hanging-bed-designs-floating-creative-bedrooms/108047">raise the bed off the floor</a> in a stunning and eye-catching way. The most important part to get right is securing the ropes from joists in the ceiling, and making sure the knots tied on each end are very secure. <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XXiCXDvg0Hc">This video</a> gives you a great insight into the process.</p> <h2>5. A Thick Rope Handrail</h2> <p>Here's a great way to give your simple staircase some personality. All you need is a large length of thick rope, preferable in a material that is not too coarse, and some brackets. <a href="http://stairropes.com/">StairRopes</a> has a lot of ideas and materials for this kind of project. You could buy directly from them, or use materials you have at home, or that you find in the local hardware stores. One of the things you will need to master is the &quot;manrope knot,&quot; which is used to give the handrail a beautiful, ornamental finish. You can <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uk64Y_aXSqQ">see it being tied right here.</a> And by the way, the Manrope Knot is also a great door handle.</p> <h2>6. A Rope Wall</h2> <p>How do you create a room divider that gives someone a semi-private area in which to work, or relax, and at the same time keep the natural light flowing throughout the home? Well, one of the best ways I have ever seen is the rope room divider. <a href="http://www.the-brick-house.com/2011/05/rope-wall/">The Brick House has detailed instructions</a>, but all you really need to do is build a series of long wooden boxes to house the top and bottom of the walls, and a lot of rope. Then, drill holes in the boxes, evenly along the length, and thread ropes between them, tying a very simple knot at each end. The tricky part is getting the ropes to hang evenly spaced, and taut. But get it right, and it will definitely be a talking point.</p> <h2>7. A Refined Cat Scratching Post</h2> <p>As the owner of two cats, I have gone out of my way to find projects that can help me create cat furniture that is not an eyesore. I don't know about you, but the cat trees available at most pet stores are horribly over-priced, and just as gaudy. DreamALittleBigger was my first port of call. I used a piece of carpet that I actually liked, and <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00DKA3OGO/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00DKA3OGO&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=I4XPJCALTZGZMLP2">100 feet of sisal rope</a> (never use synthetic for a cat). You can <a href="http://www.dreamalittlebigger.com/post/diy-cat-scratching-post.html">read the instructions here.</a> Once you master a simple post, do a search for some more complicated trees that used sisal rope.</p> <h2>8. Rope Letters</h2> <p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/GX0tH1pheKI" width="420" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>When my second child was born, I bought wooden letters spelling out her name, painted them, and hung them in the nursery. These letters were quite expensive. But, had I known about rope letters, I could have achieved the same result on a much lower budget. All you need is a length of rope in the color and thickness of your choosing (jute is good), and some <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00178QQXY/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00178QQXY&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=NJVLO5LVBZD3S3QA">Elmer's glue</a> and cornstarch. Lovegrowswild has a <a href="http://lovegrowswild.com/2013/08/how-to-make-rope-letters/">great tutorial for beginners</a>. Give it a try. There is also a variation that uses <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GX0tH1pheKI">hot glue and foam core</a>.</p> <h2>9. A Rope Chair</h2> <p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/CrDkj5lIr8U" width="420" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>If you were to see <a href="https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/236x/cb/6d/3a/cb6d3ad160e2e28ed92c1394b15586e9.jpg">this particular chair</a> in a trendy lawyer's office, you'd think, <em>wow, that must have cost a fortune.</em> And you'd be right. That one is very expensive, BUT you can make your own for almost nothing in comparison. With just 50 feet of &frac12;&quot; thick rope (any color), some plywood, threaded bars, and a few other bits and pieces, you can do it yourself and create something that is both comfortable, and stylish. Katie Cordeal's video shows you the <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CrDkj5lIr8U">step-by-step instructions right here.</a></p> <h2>10. Rope Mirror Frames</h2> <p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/THe6ulgMMdc" width="420" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>If you have some of those standard frameless mirrors that come with the houses, you don't have to replace them with expensive ones from the store. You can create <a href="http://st.hzcdn.com/simgs/3ec13ba9054978e3_4-0481/modern-mirrors.jpg">stunning frames</a> using a variety of different ropes, with different colors and textures. I framed my half-bath oval mirror with black rope, gluing it to the edge with hot glue, and doing it three times to give it some definition. You can choose large untreated sisal rope, or small rope that is 15-20 layers deep, <a href="http://www.prettyhandygirl.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/blogger-image-1110847860.jpg">like this one.</a> Martha Stewart also has a <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=THe6ulgMMdc">great tutorial for beginners</a>.</p> <p><em>What else have you made with rope? Let us know in the comments below!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-smart-household-uses-for-rope">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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But change isn't necessary, because it's spectacularly handy in its original form. Quite simply, the safety pin is an awesome gadget that is both inexpensive, and very versatile. You might only be using safety pins to fasten two pieces of fabric or clothing together, but they can do a whole lot more than that. Here are 12 uses for safety pins that you may never have thought of.</p> <p>See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/30-handy-uses-for-bobby-pins">30 Handy Uses for Bobby Pins</a></p> <h2>1. Eliminate Static Cling</h2> <p>As a guy, I've never had this problem. Honestly, I made a &quot;huh?&quot; face when I was told this one, but apparently it's a genius life hack. If you attach a small safety pin to the lining of your skirt, or slip, and the metal will divert the static electricity build up. And voila, your skirt is no longer sticking to your tights.</p> <h2>2. Fix Broken Flip Flops</h2> <p>If you wear flip flips a lot, you'll know how annoying it is when the bottom of the strap holder breaks. A safety pin <a href="http://www.tiptopflipflops.com/6-common-flip-flop-problems-solved/">is a quick and easy fix</a>. Simply push the pin through the plastic stem and fasten it. It's not ideal, but it will get you through the day until you can grab a new pair.</p> <h2>3. Thread a Drawstring</h2> <p>This happened to me recently, because kids will be kids. One of mine pulled the drawstring out of her pajama bottoms, and I was at a loss trying to figure out how to get it back in there. I did consider tying it to a knitting needle, but of course, I didn't have one. A safety pin was the answer. By attaching the pin to one end of the drawstring, I had no problem feeding it through the pajama waist.</p> <h2>4. Fix a Broken Zipper Tab</h2> <p>If the tab on your zipper breaks off (which always seems to happen at the worst possible time) you can easily solve the problem by attaching a safety pin. Of course, it's not the most attractive solution, but it's a quick fix until you can get it professionally replaced.</p> <h2>5. Give an Old T-Shirt Some Style</h2> <p>If you're looking for a way to put some <a href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/532480355918624707/">life back into an old t-shirt</a>, safety pins are a quick and easy way to do it. I saw someone in the office wearing a t-shirt that had long slits cut in it, which were then held together with safety pins. I asked the dumbest question, &quot;Where'd you get that cool shirt?&quot; Obviously, her reply was, &quot;I made it!&quot; Just make a few strategic cuts, wherever you feel they'd be the most eye-catching (or daring), and then use a variety of safety pins to close up the slits. The girl in my office used red and black safety pins on a grey shirt, but you can find safety pins in a massive array of colors.</p> <p>Give it a try on a shirt you were planning to throw out or donate first, just to get the hang of it. They also make great gifts if you buy new, plain t-shirts and decorate them.</p> <h2>6. Block the Sunlight in a Hotel Room</h2> <p>If you travel a lot on business, take a safety pin with you. It seems a lot of curtains in hotel rooms (almost all of them, actually) have a design flaw. They don't close all the way, leaving a shaft of bright light streaming into your eyeballs at the crack of dawn. I learned this the hard way. A safety pin can close the gap, and eliminate that awful glare.</p> <h2>7. Create a Safety Pin Bracelet</h2> <p>All you need is a big box of safety pins, a whole lot of small beads, and some string or fishing wire. You can see a <a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/Make-a-Funky-Safety-Pin-Bracelet/">completed project here,</a> with step-by-step instructions. What's more, every design is unique, and it's super cheap to make.</p> <h2>8. Secure Your Keys</h2> <p>If you're planning to go somewhere like an amusement park, or are doing another activity that will have you moving and jumping a lot, bring a safety pin. Use it to attach your keys to the inside of your pocket, and when that rollercoaster does a loop, you can be confident your keys won't end up flying out.</p> <h2>9. Make Samples Last Longer</h2> <p>When you get samples of things like ointments, creams, lotions, or anything else of that nature, don't tear it open, or even snip the corner. Instead, poke a hole in one side of the pack with a safety pin. The lotion will come out much more sparingly, and it will extend its shelf life.</p> <h2>10. Craft a Custom Ring</h2> <p>Here's another wonderfully simple, and elegant, use for a few safety pins. All you need are three small safety pins (preferably brass or gold colored, but it's your choice), pliers, a fat pen, and three washers. Complete <a href="http://www.mywhiteideadiy.com.es/2013/11/safety-pins-ring-diy.html">instructions are here</a>, it will take minutes of your time, and gives you something quite unusual to wear.</p> <h2>11. Organize Spare Buttons</h2> <p>If you do a lot of sewing or home alterations, you probably have a lot of buttons in your supply case. Safety pins are a terrific way to organize them. Just find the appropriate-sized pin, and thread buttons onto it based on color, size, style, or any other system you like. It makes it way easier to find just the right button quickly and easily. This is also a handy way to keep sets of keys together, too.</p> <h2>12. Hide Your Bra Straps</h2> <p>Here's another handy tip I got from a friend at work. If you're going out on the town and are wearing a dress or top that will show your bra straps, safety pins can help. First, you can use a pin at the back to pull the bra straps closer together, <a href="http://prommafia.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/bra-strap-clip2.jpg">like this</a>. You can buy expensive clips that do this, but safety pins work great. You can also use safety pins to connect the bra strap to the top of your shirt or dress, so that however you move, the bra strap won't reveal itself.</p> <p><em>Do you have a fantastic safety pin tip that isn't on the list? Please share it here.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-smart-uses-for-safety-pins">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/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-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/18-cheap-and-attractive-ideas-for-bookshelves">18 Cheap and Attractive Ideas for Bookshelves</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/eight-natural-ways-to-make-water-more-flavorful">Eight Natural Ways to Make Water More Flavorful</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-amazing-board-games-you-can-diy">8 Amazing Board Games You Can DIY</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/pick-up-one-of-these-frugal-hobbies-this-weekend">Pick Up One of These Frugal Hobbies This Weekend</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> DIY Style DIY life hacks safety pins style hacks Tue, 03 Nov 2015 11:15:25 +0000 Paul Michael 1605050 at http://www.wisebread.com 8 Amazing Board Games You Can DIY http://www.wisebread.com/8-amazing-board-games-you-can-diy <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-amazing-board-games-you-can-diy" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/000019777216.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Getting tired of the same old board games? Why not make your own? Several clever DIY games can be made with stuff you have in junk drawers or otherwise hanging around the house. Others come together as quickly as you can print a template. Liven up your game night with these awesome DIY options. (Related: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-awesomely-fun-toys-you-can-diy">15 Fun Toys You Can DIY</a>)</p> <h2>1. Guess Who</h2> <p>This <a href="http://www.almostmakesperfect.com/2015/01/07/diy-guess-who/">DIY Guess Who</a> will have your whole family laughing. Get photos of 25 of your nearest and dearest friends and family and print three copies (one for each board and one for the bag). Then cut them into squares and attach to plywood squares using <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Podge-CS11302-Original-16-Ounce-Finish/dp/B001IKES5O">Mod Podge</a>. Drill pilot holes into your base for the hinges that will attach each individual person's block to the board.</p> <h2>2. Monopoly</h2> <p>If you're bored with your Monopoly game, try creating your own using these <a href="http://instillingvalues.com/monopoly-download/">free templates</a>. The maker of the templates also offers a <a href="http://instillingvalues.com/easy-editable-monopoly/">totally customizable</a> one for just $2. You can print these out at home and then glue or tape onto an old board. Park Place can be whatever you want. I suggest getting them printed onto a single sheet of high-quality paper at a local office supply store.</p> <h2>3. Checkers</h2> <p>Is there anything more classic than a game of Checkers? <a href="http://niccolaontuesday.blogspot.com.au/2013/01/play-on-tuesday.html">Make your own</a> board and pieces using milk jug lids, fabric, and paint. You'll pencil in a grid and then color in alternating boxes. Then decorate your milk jug lids with permanent markers.</p> <h2>4. Tic Tac Toe</h2> <p>Here's a super way to keep your little ones occupied: <a href="http://sweetpenniesfromheaven.com/despicable-diy-tic-tac-toe/">DIY Tic Tac Toe</a>. Find eight smooth rocks and pick up an inexpensive chalkboard at a craft store. This particular game has a Minions theme &mdash; but you could paint the rocks however you'd like.</p> <h2>5. Memory Game</h2> <p>This paper <a href="http://www.eatdrinkchic.com/post.cfm/diy-paper-popsicle-memory-game">Popsicle Memory Game</a> is a great exercise for the mind. Print out the free template, cut out the pieces, and attach them to sticks using double-sided tape. Then mix them up, face down, and let your kids try to find the matching treats.</p> <h2>6. Rainbow Game</h2> <p>The <a href="http://mrprintables.com/rainbow-board-game.html">Rain and Rainbow Game</a> will give some color to your rainy day. It's a fun variation of Snakes and Ladders. After you print and assemble the game, the rules are easy. When you reach the bottom of a rainbow, climb up. When you land on a black cloud, slide back down.</p> <h2>7. Cereal Box Game</h2> <p>You probably already have all the materials you need to create this <a href="http://www.thecrafttrain.com/1/post/2014/01/diy-cereal-box-board-game.html">Cereal Box Game</a> on hand. Simply cut up your box, draw a path, and color it in. The rules are up to you. This is a wonderful project for younger kids who might just be learning how to play.</p> <h2>8. Family Memories Game</h2> <p>If you're looking for an inexpensive, personalized gift to give family this holiday season, try crafting this <a href="http://www.potholesandpantyhose.com/2011/12/diy-family-board-game/">Family Memories Game</a>. Take an old board game, cover it with white cardstock, draw your path on top, and decorate it with family photos. Use more cardstock to make your deck of questions. Ask about anything about birthdays, anniversaries, and even personal jokes.</p> <p><em>What's your favorite DIY board game for when you're bored?</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/8-amazing-board-games-you-can-diy">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/15-awesomely-fun-toys-you-can-diy">15 Awesomely Fun Toys You Can DIY</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/8-fun-and-frugal-things-to-do-with-origami">8 Fun and Frugal Things to Do with Origami</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-ideas-for-cheap-festive-fall-decor">12 Ideas for Cheap, Festive, Fall Decor</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/18-amazing-diy-decorating-projects-that-are-easier-than-you-think">18 Amazing DIY Decorating Projects That Are Easier Than You Think</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/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 Entertainment Family board games crafts DIY family time fun game night Mon, 02 Nov 2015 15:15:22 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1603198 at http://www.wisebread.com 16 Hacks for the Perfect At-Home Mani-Pedi http://www.wisebread.com/16-hacks-for-the-perfect-at-home-mani-pedi <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/16-hacks-for-the-perfect-at-home-mani-pedi" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_manicure_000060239516.jpg" alt="Woman learning hacks to get the perfect at-home mani-pedi" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Going to a spa for a manicure and pedicure is a luxurious treat, but this splurge comes with a luxurious price tag. If you want to keep your hands and feet looking great without shelling out big bucks, here are some simple mani/pedi hacks that you can try at home for spa-like results with a much lower price tag.</p> <h2>Soaks</h2> <p>Spas get pretty creative with their hand and foot soaks &mdash; special ingredients, scents, and lots of decorative accents. You can put the effort into creating a foot soak with rose petals if that's your thing, but the point of a hand/foot soak is to soften skin and relax muscles. So with that in mind, consider the following inexpensive ingredients to create a soothing soak.</p> <p>You don't need to purchase a home spa soaker, although you certainly can. Any large bucket or container that's clean can serve as a soaking tub. Add some warm water and your soaking solution of choice, and sit back and relax.</p> <h3>1. Epsom Salt</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0064GBCL0/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B0064GBCL0&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=H2S7XW5LDFSIVQPG">Epsom salt</a> softens dry skin. It also contains magnesium, which can help reduce muscle soreness and even <a href="http://www.arthritis.org/living-with-arthritis/pain-management/tips/warm-water-therapy.php">reduce arthritic pain</a>.</p> <h3>2. Apple Cider Vinegar</h3> <p>Vinegar also softens dry skin and has the added benefit of killing certain bacteria. The smell isn't the best, but your feet probably don't smell amazing right now anyway.</p> <h3>3. Baking Soda</h3> <p>Baking soda is a kind of miracle cure for rashes and irritation, so if your hands or feet need some gentle attention, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00CVY459K/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00CVY459K&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=HV32NBPXJEC4LPUC">baking soda</a> makes for a great soak. (Bonus: it's also a really good way to soothe diaper rash &mdash; just add some to baby's bath water.)</p> <h3>4. Essential Oils</h3> <p>The reason that spa soaks seem so luxurious (besides the really nice soaking basin) is the scent &mdash; spas LOVE to throw a bunch of essential oils into almost every treatment. You can easily do the same. A few drops of your favorite oil will soften your skin and smell amazing. Be sure not to go overboard with the oil (no more than 10 drops) &mdash; some oils, like eucalyptus, are caustic when applied too heavily and can cause skin irritation.</p> <h2>Exfoliate/Remove Dead Skin</h2> <p>Getting rid of dead skin is probably one of the biggest hassles in home pedicures. Your chosen method for removing dead skin depends on how much skin you need to remove, how much time you have, and how much you want to spend on a removal device. And some skin removal tools are best used on dry skin, so you may want to do this before the soaking step. Manual removal of dead, dry skin can be tricky, so be incredibly careful when wielding these implements.</p> <h3>5. Pumice Stone</h3> <p>The Body Shop makes an excellent <a href="http://www.thebodyshop-usa.com/bath-body-care/bath-body-top-rated/no-more-rough-stuff-pumice.aspx?utm_source=GoogleShopping&amp;utm_medium=sem_gen&amp;utm_campaign=061914_Generic&amp;utm_term=&amp;utm_content=Q42015&amp;cvosrc=cse.google.24166&amp;cvo_campaign=061914&amp;cvo_crid=68534326594&amp;vendor=CSE_GOOG&amp;mr:trackingCode=1D65DA9E-8749-E011-9D00-001B21631C34&amp;mr:referralID=NA&amp;mr:device=c&amp;mr:adType=plaonline&amp;mr:ad=68534326594&amp;mr:keyword=&amp;mr:match=&amp;mr:tid=kwd-18283950120&amp;mr:ploc=9033259&amp;mr:iloc=&amp;mr:store=&amp;mr:filter=18283950120&amp;gclid=CNH0sry_1MgCFUiEfgodNwUF4Q">pumice stone</a> that really does remove dead skin. Use it on hands and feet that have been soaked in warm water for at least 15 minutes. Continually rinse the stone to remove the dead skin that builds up.</p> <h3>6. Electric File</h3> <p>Although the mechanism is the same, electric files do most of the removal work for you, so they are great if you are lazy (like me). An electric file is best used on dry skin, as wet skin will simply coat the rough surface of the sander and make it impossible to use. The catch is that you often have to use the file for a long time to really get the dead skin off. Amazon carries an array of well-liked <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00SMHIVSQ/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00SMHIVSQ&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=OSOXP6WMZ3D5ME6A">electric files</a> that start at around $30.</p> <h3>7. Callous Slicer</h3> <p>I once had a professional pedicure with one of these, and it was amazing. However, I am terrified to try it myself. You simply soak your hands/feet, and then use the slicer to remove layers of dead skin, like your body is a block of parmesan. You can buy a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000094OWI/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B000094OWI&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=TU2KAUGNKX6TDYBJ">callous slicer</a> on Amazon, but use at your own risk.</p> <h3>8. Chemical Peel</h3> <p>Chemical peels have come a long way in the past few years, and there are many home-based options that are safe and effective, although they do take several days to work their magic. One good example is <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00461F4PA/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00461F4PA&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=L4HU7ACLXLIKWKQU">Baby Foot</a> (<a href="http://www.familysavvy.com/blown-away-by-baby-foot-the-most-amazing-product-ever-for-soft-smooth-feet/">read a review of Baby Foot here</a>) which uses alpha hydroxyl acids to eat away at dead skin. Your feet with be all gross and peeling for a week, but once you've molted that outer layer of dermis like a snake shedding skin, your feet will be soft and renewed.</p> <p>Make sure to follow-up dead skin removal with the liberal application of a deeply-moisturizing crème or body butter.</p> <h2>Treat</h2> <p>Many spas offer inexpensive or complimentary add-on treatments during mani-pedis, like paraffin dips or salt scrubs. The good news is that you can do these at home for relatively cheap.</p> <h3>9. Paraffin Dips</h3> <p>Paraffin dips are great for moisturizing skin and easing muscle aches and arthritis pain. And the good news is that you don't have to buy anything special to do them at home &mdash; you can use canning paraffin and a simple double boiler. In fact, WebMD has a handy <a href="http://www.webmd.com/osteoarthritis/tc/paraffin-wax-for-osteoarthritis-topic-overview">online guide to home paraffin dips</a>.</p> <h3>10. Keratin Gloves</h3> <p>Nancy Reagan (no, not THAT Nancy Reagan) <a href="http://bellareinaspa.com/">of Bella Reina Spa in Del Ray Beach, FL</a>, says that her customers love <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00EL2HUE2/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00EL2HUE2&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=RKCADRDU45IKIJOV">Keratin Gloves</a> (they also make <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00ELNCHXU/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00ELNCHXU&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=TTMNV2NKK6ODON2E">moisturizing socks</a>), an inexpensive home treatment that moisturizes hands and softens cuticles. Just warm in the microwave and wear while you binge-watch <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003FSTN52/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B003FSTN52&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=OC3BN7IYH5S73WUX">The Good Wife</a>.</p> <h3>11. Cuticle Treatments</h3> <p>Speaking of cuticles, <a href="http://www.rapdermbh.com/">Dr. Tsippora Shainhouse</a> (MD, FAAD of Rapaport Dermatology in Beverly Hills) advises, &quot;Do not cut your cuticles off or shove them back with instruments. Removing cuticles leaves a gap for infectious agents to enter [the body]. And shoving them back with a tool can damage the nail matrix, leading to potentially permanent ridges and dents in the nail plate.&quot;</p> <p>Instead, Dr. Shainhouse recommends applying a cuticle-softening lotion (she recommends <a href="http://www.sallybeauty.com/callus-remover/SBS-338300,default,pd.html">Dr. G's Antimicrobial Callus and Cuticle Exfoliator</a>) for one to two minutes, and then gently pushing your cuticles back with your own fingernails.</p> <p>If you don't like pushing or your cuticles are in bad shape, try applying <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002GP5XD6/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B002GP5XD6&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=IVV2IGEJNQ4QNOYI">Burt's Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream</a> at night. It softens skin and you can scrape away the dead stuff in the morning.</p> <h2>Trim and File</h2> <p>You probably don't need a primer on trimming your nails, because if you're old enough to read this blog, chances are you already know how a nail clipper works. Use a clean emery board to shape the nail to your liking (the American Podiatric Medical Association recommends <a href="http://www.apma.org/Learn/HealthyFeetTips.cfm?ItemNumber=9859">filing in one direction</a> and avoiding scratching or buffing the nail surface). Change <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00II80NXA/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00II80NXA&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=HPKSGZX4TSPP7JFM">emery boards</a> often (hey, they're cheap!) and never share your boards with anyone else, to avoid spreading bacteria and fungus.</p> <h2>Quick-Drying Polish (Optional)</h2> <p>Nail polish obviously isn't necessary, but if you enjoy it, then by all means, have at it!</p> <h3>12. Lamp-Cured Gel Polish/Shellac Home Kit</h3> <p>Gel/Shellac nail polish is fairly new, but it's a good value. You get roughly 10 days of chip-free wear, which is more than you can say for conventional nail polish. You can buy the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004WAGFQC/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B004WAGFQC&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=WAHXCQY2ELWSG6M4">UV lamp</a> starting at about $25 online. If you want to buy everything in one go, there are home kits (see some <a href="http://www.beautezine.com/7-of-the-best-at-home-gel-polish-kits-how-to-choose-which-is-best-for-you/">home gel kit ratings here</a>) that include polish (base, color, and top coat), a lamp, and acetone and alcohol wipes.</p> <p>There are some downsides to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-gel-nail-polishes">gel polish</a> &mdash; they are more expensive per bottle, and the variety of colors available pales in comparison to those available in conventional polish. It takes a while to remove them, and some medical professionals warn that the UV light used to cure the polish poses a skin cancer risk, but there aren't any conclusive studies on the <a href="http://www.foxnews.com/health/2014/05/01/are-nail-salon-uv-lamps-skin-cancer-risk/">dangers of polish-curing lights</a> yet.</p> <h3>13. Sunlight-Cured Gel Polish</h3> <p>Although not as durable as the shellac polish, there are gel nail polishes that can be cured using just sunlight. Sally Hansen offers a line of <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00LHT5774/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00LHT5774&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=YB2IPG2X53HWINBQ">Miracle Gel nail polish</a> with designer colors. The final finish is tougher than conventional polish, although the results don't last as long.</p> <h3>14. Fast-Drying Nail Polish</h3> <p>Many different brands offer <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004G7XZTG/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B004G7XZTG&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=M4PKXN7PRYZHU2EP">fast-drying nail polish</a>, available at your local drugstore or Amazon. These affordable polishes typically dry fully in three minutes or so (they say one minute, but that's not accurate), and are less likely to scuff or chip.</p> <h3>15. Any Glittery Nail Polish</h3> <p>Nail polish that contains sparkles tends to last longer than regular shiny or matte polish. It can be harder to remove, too, but if you want a polish job that lasts, apply a glittery polish as a top coat.</p> <h3>16. Quick-Dry Oil</h3> <p><a href="http://www.ulta.com/ulta/browse/productDetail.jsp?productId=xlsImpprod1320214">Quick drying oils</a> can be applied over the top of your nail polish to speed up the drying process. They are affordable and can be used with any color or other brand.</p> <p><em>Are there any home mani/pedi tricks that you love? Share them with us 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/andrea-karim">Andrea Karim</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/16-hacks-for-the-perfect-at-home-mani-pedi">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/how-to-give-yourself-a-manicure-at-home">How to Give Yourself a Manicure at Home</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/the-awesomeness-of-sodium-bicarbonate-27-uses-for-baking-soda">The Awesomeness of Sodium Bicarbonate: 27 Uses for Baking Soda</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/5-amazing-easy-diy-bath-and-body-products">50 Amazing, Easy DIY Bath and Body Products</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/the-5-best-gel-nail-polishes">The 5 Best Gel Nail Polishes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/eight-natural-ways-to-make-water-more-flavorful">Eight Natural Ways to Make Water More Flavorful</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> DIY Health and Beauty at-home beauty manicure pedicure spa treatments Thu, 29 Oct 2015 17:15:15 +0000 Andrea Karim 1602129 at http://www.wisebread.com 11 Brilliant DIY Light Fixtures http://www.wisebread.com/11-brilliant-diy-light-fixtures <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/11-brilliant-diy-light-fixtures" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/light_fixtures_000011363892.jpg" alt="Learning how to install DIY light fixtures in your home" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Why are all lighting options so vanilla? Or ridiculously expensive?</p> <p>Here's something you might not know: You can <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-cool-diy-home-improvements-for-50-or-less" target="_blank">make your very own</a>&nbsp;light fixtures. You don't even need much electrical knowledge. Learn how below.</p> <h2>1. Jar Chandelier</h2> <p>I'm one of those people who's obsessed with canning jars. So, I love this <a href="http://eastcoastcreativeblog.com/2014/01/diy-mason-jar-chandelier.html">mason jar chandelier</a> more than most projects I've seen. Make a ceiling plate from wood. Then, drill holes for wires. Punch holes in the tops of your jar lids. Attach everything together and bask in the warm glow.</p> <h2>2. Concrete Pendants</h2> <p>You can make a whole fleet of gorgeous <a href="http://www.brit.co/concrete-lamps/">concrete pendants</a> with just one $6 <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000H0IP9G/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000H0IP9G&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=PVPIYLX2OPXEEGCU">bag of mix</a>. You'll use recycled plastic bottles as your mold &mdash; one large and one small enough to fit inside the large one. After you've set your light, snake the cord through and hang using a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00WAPGKIE/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00WAPGKIE&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=XOX7YLLM2H4H6APR">cheap bracket</a> from IKEA.</p> <h2>3. Basket Light</h2> <p>Hunt around at thrift and antique shops for neat old baskets. Then make this simple <a href="http://www.younghouselove.com/2012/08/total-basketcase/">basket pendant</a> by flipping it upside-down. Stick a light kit inside and you're done. If you're looking for a specific finish on your hardware, you can also use a cheap pendant as your base.</p> <h2>4. Can Pendants</h2> <p>Check out these beautiful <a href="http://momspark.net/diy-quart-tin-can-punch-lanterns/">can pendant lights</a>! Buy a couple quart-sized tin cans at your local hardware store. Punch pretty designs in them with a hammer and nail. Then use a candlelight bulb kit to illuminate.</p> <h2>5. Industrial Track</h2> <p>Going for a more industrial look in your place? This <a href="http://www.thegatheredhome.com/how-to-make-fabulous-plumbing-pipe/">plumbing pipe light</a> is sure to please you. You'll need lots of threaded nipples (that's a thing), elbows, floor flanges, and tees. Take the handy shopping list with you to the store and ask for help if you need it. Then assemble the fixture, coat with rubbed bronze spray paint, and thread the electrical.</p> <h2>6. Orb Light</h2> <p>I'm sure you guys have seen those <a href="http://dearemmeline.blogspot.com/2013/03/diy-easy-embroidery-hoop-pendant.html">orb lights</a> on designer websites. Here's a chance to save some cash and make your own. This tutorial calls for <a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;field-keywords=embroidery%20hoops&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;url=search-alias%3Daps&amp;linkId=K4RU7CJFN4QQ35RG">embroidery hoops</a> &mdash; absolutely genius! You carefully connect them, then spray paint them whatever color you'd like. String the light through and enjoy.</p> <h2>7. Modern Pendant</h2> <p>Those of you who dig geometric patterns will go nuts for this <a href="http://www.stylemepretty.com/living/2014/09/10/diy-10-light-fixture/">$10 pendant light</a>. You'll spray straws in gold paint and then string them in triangular patterns. Attach them to a basic pendant kit, and you have a smart new light.</p> <h2>8. Doily Lamp</h2> <p>Have a more feminine signature style? Try this <a href="http://emmmylizzzy.blogspot.com/2012/04/doily-lamp-tutorial-finally.html">doily lamp</a> tutorial. Blow up a large balloon. Coat <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000BQR2EK/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000BQR2EK&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=AJQEBRKQOQYOVCGI">doilies</a> in glue or wallpaper paste. Stick them onto the balloon, leaving a bit of space to later thread a light kit. Let everything dry before hanging.</p> <h2>9. Lampshade Light</h2> <p>Turn your traditional view of lampshades around with this <a href="http://www.hometalk.com/6950857/diy-lampshade-pendant-light">DIY lampshade light</a>. You'll take the frame of two lampshades and attach them together using <a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;field-keywords=copper%20wire&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;url=search-alias%3Daps&amp;linkId=BA4I6S3IKQSLTZNH">copper wire</a>. Spray paint the pendant any color of the rainbow. Then hang with a standard light kit.</p> <h2>10. Chicken Wire Pendant</h2> <p>If you're cultivating a farmhouse style, try making this <a href="http://www.thewoodgraincottage.com/2013/09/05/laundry-room-farmhouse-light/">chicken wire pendant</a>. Again, you'll use some embroidery hoops as your frame. Then wrap in the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/mn/search/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;field-keywords=copper%20wire&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;url=search-alias%3Daps&amp;linkId=RSFISLNIA7GBPRG7">chicken wire</a> before painting. Stick your light kit through the top hoop and hang.</p> <h2>11. Cloud Light</h2> <p>By now, I think you've realized that if there's a hole in the top of something, you can make a light out of it. These fluffy (and temporary) <a href="http://www.diyhomestips.com/150/crafts/diy-cloud-lights-home-decoration">cloud pendants</a> are no exception to the rule &mdash; but they aren't plugged in. You need <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000YQKDE8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000YQKDE8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=ZWMIKHYSZODMQYBS">cotton batting</a>, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009CDE06G/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B009CDE06G&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=ZBWMPG3KWSC7NBTH">paper lanterns</a>, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0064RFHHO/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0064RFHHO&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=QF2C5MC44HJL7OGF">LED candles</a>, and a hot glue gun. Glue the batting to the lantern and place the candles inside. Then hang using <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001DDUZ1W/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B001DDUZ1W&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=ZMDLDKFCCSYPJYCB">fishing line</a>. What a fun idea for a little accent glow.</p> <p><em>What's the coolest DIY lighting solution you've ever seen?</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/11-brilliant-diy-light-fixtures">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-smart-household-uses-for-rope">10 Smart Household Uses for Rope</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/19-fun-cheap-projects-to-try-this-weekend">19 Fun, Cheap Projects to Try This Weekend</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-home-diy-projects-you-can-do-in-one-day">10 Home DIY Projects You Can Do in One Day</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/18-amazing-diy-decorating-projects-that-are-easier-than-you-think">18 Amazing DIY Decorating Projects That Are Easier Than You Think</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-5-online-resources-for-the-design-impaired">Top 5 Online Resources for the Design Impaired</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> DIY home decor lamps light fixtures pendant lights Tue, 27 Oct 2015 09:15:25 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1599960 at http://www.wisebread.com 13 DIY Halloween Costumes for Your Pets http://www.wisebread.com/13-diy-halloween-costumes-for-your-pets <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/13-diy-halloween-costumes-for-your-pets" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/dog_halloween_costume_000076280051.jpg" alt="Dog wearing DIY Halloween costume made by owner" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Don&rsquo;t leave your favorite furry friend out of the Halloween fun this year! You can make a cute costume for your pet in just minutes. Most of these comfortable getups work for either dogs or cats, so gather your crafting supplies and check out these 13 spook-tacular tutorials.</p> <h2>1. Piñata</h2> <p>My heart skipped a beat when I found this <a href="http://www.studiodiy.com/2012/10/22/haunted-housewarming-our-costumes/">DIY piñata</a> costume. You'll need a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/search/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;fst=as%3Aoff&amp;keywords=dog%20sweater&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;qid=1445350976&amp;rh=n%3A2619533011%2Cn%3A3024176011%2Ck%3Adog%20sweater&amp;rnid=2619534011&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=AMYI34SSSATT5VGK">dog sweater</a>, crepe paper, hot glue, and some time. Just cut the paper into fringe and glue it to the sweater. Throw in a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;field-keywords=dog%20sombrero&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;url=search-alias%3Daps&amp;linkId=GK2SS5ME4TY33I3J">pet-sized sombrero</a> to finish the look.</p> <h2>2. Beanie Baby</h2> <p>Strapped for time? You can whip up this <a href="http://www.doodlekisses.com/photo/enzo-ready-for-halloween?context=latest">Beanie Baby</a> costume in a few minutes. Grab a piece of white card stock, a pencil, a red marker, and a hole punch. Draw a heart on your piece of paper, cut it out, and then lightly outline the TY logo with pencil. Color the tag red, punch a hole, and attach to your four-legged friend.</p> <h2>3. Ballerina</h2> <p>Give your pooch the night of her dreams with this whimsical <a href="http://pitlandia.blogspot.ca/2012/09/diy-dog-tutu.html">ballerina tutu</a> costume. You&rsquo;ll need a wide elastic band, tulle, and piece of cardboard. Once you&rsquo;ve looped the elastic, just wrap the tulle around your cardboard form, cut, and then tie to the band. Poof it out and slip it onto your pet.</p> <h2>4. Angel</h2> <p>A little paper and glue can go a long way. Dress your cat in this divine <a href="http://petdiys.com/diy-cat-angel-costume/">DIY angel</a> costume. Twist together some white pipe cleaners to make a halo. Then cut wings out of paper and use elastic to wrap them around your cat. Done!</p> <h2>5. Elsa From <em>Frozen</em></h2> <p>You don&rsquo;t need kids to jump in on the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;field-keywords=frozen&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Afrozen&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;url=search-alias%3Daps&amp;linkId=YLRTYHXCK2J2XBU6">Frozen</a> trend. Doll up your pup in this <a href="http://jaderbomb.com/2014/10/15/homemade-halloween-costume-for-dogs/">Elsa snow queen</a> costume &mdash; complete with a wig. Use blue tulle to fashion a flowing skirt made for a princess. And the wig is just white yarn hot glued onto some felt.</p> <h2>6. Teddy Bear</h2> <p>Who doesn&rsquo;t love a cuddly stuffed animal? Turn your pet into a <a href="http://www.i-heart-pets.com/munchkin-the-shih-tzu/">Teddy bear</a> with this nifty tutorial. Find an old stuffed bear, cut its face out, and cut open the back of the toy. Leave stuffing in the arms. Then attach using some Velcro or string.</p> <h2>7. Lion</h2> <p>Maybe your pet wants to feel like the king of the jungle. Try this <a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/Lion-Dog-Costume/?ALLSTEPS">lion costume</a> on for size. It&rsquo;s especially perfect for larger dogs and requires a bit of sewing knowledge. You&rsquo;ll start by measuring your pet&rsquo;s head and neck so you can sew a simple base layer. After that, you&rsquo;ll pin fur to the base and then sew it into place. Don&rsquo;t forget the ears!</p> <h2>8. Candy Corn</h2> <p>This <a href="http://diymaven.com/2009/09/09/crochet-a-candy-corn-pet-sweater/">crochet candy corn</a> sweater will look cool and keep your kitty warm. You&rsquo;ll need orange, yellow, and white yarn. The project is completed in just 16 rows of various stitches. Definitely a great project for beginners looking to learn a new craft.</p> <h2>9. Bat</h2> <p>Martha Stewart&rsquo;s team came up with this <a href="http://www.marthastewart.com/852545/bat-wings-harness-costume">bat wing harness costume</a>, and it&rsquo;s a winner. You&rsquo;ll print out a wing template, cut the shape from three pieces of felt, and then stitch them together. Then cut a small rectangle of felt to secure to your pet&rsquo;s harness. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-7-best-pieces-of-homemaking-advice-from-martha-stewart?ref=seealso">The 7 Best Pieces of Homemaking Advice From Martha Stewart</a>)</p> <h2>10. Spider</h2> <p><iframe width="420" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/pwsuWyZM9O4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>Here&rsquo;s a <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pwsuWyZM9O4">DIY spider</a> costume that's creepy and crawly. The best part? Your pet won&rsquo;t mind wearing it. All you need are <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001VG5KPM/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B001VG5KPM&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=MZW442XVXRWZC5JS">pipe cleaners</a> and a dog (or cat) collar. Twist pipe cleaners until you get a nice, thick leg that&rsquo;s around 15 inches long. Then tie the legs to the collar, four on each side. Use the giant pipe cleaners for more drama.</p> <h2>11. Construction Worker</h2> <p>If you have an hour, you have enough time to make this <a href="http://chasethestar.net/2015/10/diy-pet-costume.html">construction worker</a> costume for your animal. Take two squares of orange felt and cover it with a strip of metallic silver duct tape and yellow felt. Cut a small hole into this new vest and loop elastic through for a custom fit. Finish off with a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00567GDAI/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00567GDAI&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=AMVNNLCNC7A6XKE3">foam construction hat</a>.</p> <h2>12. Painted Pet</h2> <p>Do you have, like, zero crafting skills? Check out <a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;field-keywords=pet%20paint&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Apet%20paint&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;url=search-alias%3Daps&amp;linkId=2JQC5MLQO5RB5TA6">pet paint</a>, a veterinarian-approved pigment spray that washes off your pet with mild shampoo. You can safely spray a costume &mdash; like this <a href="http://www.mypawsitivelypets.com/2013/10/i-painted-my-dog-to-look-like-tiger.html">tiger dog</a> &mdash; in no time at all. You can even get <a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;field-keywords=pet%20paint%20stencil&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Apet%20paint%20stencil&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;url=search-alias%3Daps&amp;linkId=SGQQ7TD2V6OHLPWT">pet stencils</a> to make the process easier. Rinse and repeat for another event.</p> <h2>13. Ghost</h2> <p>Or go with this <a href="https://instagram.com/p/e79EeZMW6d/">classic ghost</a> costume. It&rsquo;s so easy, a kid could make it. You&rsquo;ll need a small white sheet or piece of fabric. (It looks like the author may have used a white t-shirt.) Cut holes large enough for your pet&rsquo;s eyes and snout. Slip it on and spook your friends.</p> <p><em>Are your pets dressing up for Halloween? Share their costumes 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/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-diy-halloween-costumes-for-your-pets">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/14-festive-and-easy-diy-holiday-decorations">14 Festive and Easy DIY Holiday Decorations</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/13-scariest-halloween-frights-you-can-make-from-trash">13 Scariest Halloween Frights You Can Make From Trash</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-homemade-pet-products-that-are-cheaper-and-better-than-store-bought">7 Homemade Pet Products That Are Cheaper and Better Than Store Bought</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/12-ideas-for-cheap-festive-fall-decor">12 Ideas for Cheap, Festive, Fall Decor</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/15-ways-to-recycle-and-reuse-old-t-shirts">15 Ways to Recycle and Reuse Old T-shirts</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> DIY cats crafts dogs Halloween Holidays pet costumes Fri, 23 Oct 2015 17:16:47 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1597936 at http://www.wisebread.com 13 Scariest Halloween Frights You Can Make From Trash http://www.wisebread.com/13-scariest-halloween-frights-you-can-make-from-trash <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/13-scariest-halloween-frights-you-can-make-from-trash" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/diy_halloween_decorations_000050085508.jpg" alt="Making Halloween frights you can make from trash" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Halloween will be here before we know it, so here's a bunch of awesome ideas for decor that will cost you only pennies. Better yet, a lot of the supplies you'll need for these projects can be found in your trash and recycling bins. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-cool-ways-to-make-treasure-out-of-trash?ref=seealso">12 Cool Ways to Make Treasure Out of Trash</a>)</p> <h2>1. Milk Jug Ghosts</h2> <p>Talk about easy! These <a href="http://www.isavea2z.com/easy-halloween-craft-ideas-milk-jug-ghosts/">milk jug ghosts</a> take only minutes to make. Clean out your jugs, draw on a spook-tacular face with Sharpie marker, place several mini LED lights in each one, and line them up outside your home. Don't forget to weigh each one down with a few pebbles.</p> <h2>2. Milk Jug Skeleton</h2> <p>Apparently milk jugs are made for Halloween crafting. Check out these <a href="http://www.thepartyanimal-blog.org/milk-jug-skeleton-fun-recycled-craft-decoration-halloween/">DIY skeletons</a> made using seven old milk jugs, string, and patience. The tutorial walks you through the specific bones to cut from each jug. After you have them all ready, just punch holes in each so you can connect with your string. You can even coat your skeleton with <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000GLG7HS/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000GLG7HS&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=IC3LRAEQHZXV6QNE">glow-in-the-dark spray paint</a> for extra fun.</p> <h2>3. Acid Bath</h2> <p>Are you lucky enough to have access to an old oil drum? Creep out your neighbors with this <a href="http://www.fulcrumsites.com/haunt/html/new_props_9.html">acid bath</a> decoration. Slip yourself (or a dummy) into the drum with a scary mask on. Then use spray foam to create that skin-bubbling look.</p> <h2>4. Monster Yard Lights</h2> <p>Clean out a few plastic jugs and make these <a href="http://craftsbyamanda.com/halloween-monster-yard-lights/">monster yard lights</a>. You'll decorate them however you want before placing a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000R7PM36/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000R7PM36&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=AWPOITLNTF4LSXQB">tap light</a> inside to illuminate. To finish, insert a broom handle or another sturdy stick into the spout. Then place them wherever you need a little fright outdoors.</p> <h2>5. Poison Bottles</h2> <p>Use recycled jars, bottles, and boxes to make freaky apothecary <a href="http://magiamia.blogspot.com/2013/08/it-glue-gun-plastic-time-again.html">poison bottles</a>. You'll create your designs and words on the recycled bottle of choice and then paint over it with several layers of <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=GOP6VWKMNZ5WJZ6E">chalk paint</a>. You can leave them plain or coat with another color to cultivate a more distressed look.</p> <h2>6. Paper Jack O'Lanterns</h2> <p>If carving standard pumpkins isn't enough for you, try using your discarded newspaper in this giant <a href="http://www.spookyblue.com/halloween/giant-jackolantern/index2.htm">papier mache jack o'lantern</a> project. The author uses a vintage plastic pumpkin as a form, but you can build one from chicken wire or another object. Rip paper into 10 inch lengths, slather in a glue mixture, apply to your form, and let dry. Then get creative with cutting or painting your faces.</p> <h2>7. Specimen Jars</h2> <p>Okay. These <a href="http://laura.moncur.org/archives/2012/10/08/specimen-jars-for-halloween-decorations/">specimen jars</a> are beyond disturbing. Disassemble an old baby doll and distribute its body parts into recycled pickle jars. (I warned you, right?) Fill with water and a drop of red and green food coloring.</p> <h2>8. Bottle Lanterns</h2> <p>Or give your wine-loving friends a boozy spook with these <a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/Wine-bottle-jack-o-lanterns/">wine bottle jack o' lanterns</a>. Drink a bunch of cheap wine, then clean out the empty bottles. Spray paint the widest section (under the neck) orange. Draw their faces on with a Sharpie marker.</p> <h2>9. Bulb Spiders</h2> <p>Recycle all those burned out Christmas lights by making these <a href="http://web.archive.org/web/20150209234231/http://www.flickr.com/photos/34241256@N07/4221641924/">bulb spiders</a>. You'll wrap metal wire around the bulbs to create the legs. The author of this project left them colorful. I'll give them a coating of matte black spray paint.</p> <h2>10. Spooky Eyes</h2> <p>Use a couple used toilet paper rolls to make these <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GMPwGMts-ho">spooky eyes</a>. You'll draw eyes onto each roll and then cut them out using a hobby knife. To finish, place an LED light into each roll and position them in a dark area.</p> <h2>11. Living Dead Dolls</h2> <p>I don't know about you, but my daughter has tons of half broken Barbie dolls laying around the playroom. I might collect them up, spray paint them white, and make these <a href="http://www.madebygirl.com/blog/images/savers6.jpg">Dolls of the Living Dead</a>. After they've dried, accentuate their eyes using a fine tip Sharpie marker. I've seen similar projects using vintage dolls that are even more frightening.</p> <h2>12. Trash Corpse</h2> <p>While you're taking out the trash, snag an extra black bag to make this <a href="https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/39/99/47/399947e85bff575332e601bbfa2aaf72.jpg">trash bag corpse</a>. Fill the bag with crumpled newspapers and tie off different areas with rope to form the shape of a body. Bonus points for adding caution tape to section off your creepy crime scene.</p> <h2>13. Trash Ghosts</h2> <p>Only have white or clear bags? No problem. Try assembling these incredibly convincing <a href="http://www.monstertutorials.com/2015/03/27/ghost-1-how-to-make-a-packing-tape-and-trash-bag-ghost-tutorial/">trash bag ghosts</a>. You'll use a dress form or friend volunteer to frame out the body using packing tape. Then carefully remove your form by slicing it down the back. Do the same with the head before attaching the pieces with more tape. Distress and decorate however you like and hang with fishing wire.</p> <p><em>What are you decorating your home with for Halloween?</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/13-scariest-halloween-frights-you-can-make-from-trash">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-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/12-cool-ways-to-make-treasure-out-of-trash">12 Cool Ways to Make Treasure Out of Trash</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-cute-ways-to-upcycle-shoeboxes">12 Cute Ways to Upcycle Shoeboxes</a></span> </div> </li> <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/11-creative-ways-to-reuse-egg-crates">11 Creative Ways to Reuse Egg Crates</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/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-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <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> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> DIY Green Living arts crafts decorations Halloween recycling trash to treasure Wed, 21 Oct 2015 15:15:37 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1591933 at http://www.wisebread.com 15 Cool DIY Home Improvements for $50 or Less http://www.wisebread.com/15-cool-diy-home-improvements-for-50-or-less <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/15-cool-diy-home-improvements-for-50-or-less" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/couple_painting_000023944106.jpg" alt="Couple doing cool diy home improvements for $50 or less" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Not all great home improvement projects cost an arm and a leg. In fact, there are lots of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-cool-diy-home-improvements-for-20-or-less">cool DIY home improvements</a> that you can do for under $50. None of these jobs requires serious craftsperson skills, nor do they require specialized tools homeowners are unlikely to have in their garages.</p> <h2>1. Free Yard Makeover</h2> <p>Pick up trash, remove clutter, trim overgrown bushes, weed flower beds, edge your driveway and sidewalks, and generally get your yard in shape. It doesn't cost anything to do this if you already have the tools, and it can make your yard look a lot nicer and you'll feel better every time you come home.</p> <p>Tools required: <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00004R9YE/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00004R9YE&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=6J5D7JK7U3HEFEO6">Saw</a>, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00002N66H/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00002N66H&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=GNDD6QTMKD6EEBFD">hand pruner</a>, and <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00U2KFXAK/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00U2KFXAK&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=SK2UHJY7AJO4DWRI">manual edging tool</a>.</p> <p>Cost: Free!</p> <p>Time: One day.</p> <h2>2. Remove Worn Out Carpet</h2> <p>If you pull back your old, worn out carpet in a corner of a room to see what is underneath, you may be surprised to find a hardwood floor. Even if the floor under the carpet is not in great condition, a hardwood floor may be an improvement over ugly, distressed carpet.</p> <p>Tools required: <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000CRBHJE/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000CRBHJE&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=I3YZZTIQNS4DZ2BP">Carpet knife</a> and <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00002N5VN/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00002N5VN&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=MOFSLIPMVF6FTNXA">pry bar</a>.</p> <p>Cost: Free!</p> <p>Time: One day.</p> <h2>3. Replace Old Outlets and Light Switches</h2> <p>It is cheap and easy to replace worn out light switches and electrical outlets with brand new ones. Check local building codes to make sure this is considered a DIY project and turn off the circuit breaker before touching the wiring. You can even get replacement electrical outlets that have built-in USB ports for charging your phone.</p> <p>Tools required: <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00CDIY3HS/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00CDIY3HS&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=BVMD2IFAEWKZZLUX">Screwdriver</a>.</p> <p>Cost: Roughly $3 per switch/outlet.</p> <p>Time: 30 minutes.</p> <h2>4. Paint Your Front Door</h2> <p>This small project can make a big impact on your home's curb appeal. New paint can make an old door look new again. Choose a color that matches your siding, but makes your door stand out.</p> <p>For any painting project, save money by getting &quot;mistint&quot; paint at the paint counter of your home improvement store. If you are flexible on the color, you can get a $40 gallon of paint for $10 or less. You can even mix mistint paints together to adjust the color &mdash; for example, mixing in some lighter paint to make a lighter color.</p> <p>Tools required: <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002YC6FNS/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B002YC6FNS&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=5ZTCXWFNDD7DGS5I">Paint roller</a>, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00002N6HD/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00002N6HD&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=MWYJSWWSEVD7KOVF">paint brush</a>, and a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004HW7GMC/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B004HW7GMC&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=N7BQDSB5U6U77BSE">paint can opener</a> (or screwdriver).</p> <p>Cost: Around $20.</p> <p>Time: Two hours.</p> <h2>5. Paint Your Shutters</h2> <p>You can easily remove your shutters and paint them a different color. If you have a second story, you'll need a ladder to unscrew your shutters. Paint your shutters, allow them to dry for a few hours, and screw them back in place for an immediate, cheap upgrade to your home's exterior.</p> <p>Tools required: Paintbrush, paint can opener, and a ladder.</p> <p>Cost: Around $20.</p> <p>Time: One day.</p> <h2>6. Install Built-In Bookshelves</h2> <p>Create some built-in storage and a display area in your living room by installing built-in bookshelves. Locate the studs in your wall and install rails to hold metal shelf brackets. Place wood shelves in the shelf brackets and you'll be ready to load it up.</p> <p>Tools required: <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000IKK0OI/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000IKK0OI&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=3H4U6W7BTTNSLZ2C">Stud finder</a>, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005LTNLDI/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B005LTNLDI&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=5C7WYCE2F7JUUWQB">drill</a>, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000BQR7TU/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000BQR7TU&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=3NP3IMIR5LJACOUI">level</a>, and a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009CMV9D4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B009CMV9D4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=RQRJM5DNRTIYRGX3">saw</a>.</p> <p>Cost: $35.</p> <p>Time: One hour.</p> <h2>7. Update Your Porch Light</h2> <p>Does your front porch light look like something out of the 1970s? Mine was literally from the 1970s, and I replaced it with a brand new one. This simple upgrade made the entry to my house look decades newer.</p> <p>Tools required: Screwdriver.</p> <p>Cost: $35.</p> <p>Time: One hour.</p> <h2>8. Garage Threshold Kit</h2> <p>I had water and leaves coming in under my garage door and decided to do something about it. Installing a garage threshold helped keep my garage dryer and cleaner. You'll need to clean the garage floor and let the adhesive for the threshold cure for a few days before driving on it, so remember to park outside when you start this project!</p> <p>Tools required: <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0001N9YD0/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0001N9YD0&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=YI2UDNZCEO6MTBPU">Caulk gun</a>, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00002X204/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00002X204&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=U36OKRYWNSHOEK4N">utility knife</a>.</p> <p>Cost: $35.</p> <p>Time: One hour.</p> <h2>9. Paint a Room</h2> <p>If your walls are standard white, almost any other color would be a dramatic improvement! You'll need to move furniture away from the walls and put down drop cloths to protect your floor during painting.</p> <p>Tools required: Paint roller, paint brush, paint can opener, and a ladder.</p> <p>Cost: $40.</p> <p>Time: One day.</p> <h2>10. Mount Your TV</h2> <p>Installing a wall mount for your flat screen TV will free up space and is less expensive than buying a furniture stand. Make sure to choose a wall mount that is rated to handle the weight of your TV.</p> <p>Tools required: Stud finder, drill, and a level.</p> <p>Cost: $40.</p> <p>Time: Two hours.</p> <h2>11. Install a Clothesline</h2> <p>This is one of my favorite projects since it will save money on electricity, and save wear and tear on your dryer. In most yards, you will want to set a couple of 4x4 posts in concrete, screw 2x4 cross bars onto the posts, and install eye hooks onto the crossbars. Next, tie clothesline string between the eye hooks. If you are lucky, you can find a couple trees that can handle a clothesline instead of installing posts.</p> <p>Tools required: <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005Q7CFGO/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B005Q7CFGO&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=FLG3LT7IM4PTXF77">Manual post hole digger</a>, level, drill, and a saw.</p> <p>Cost: $50.</p> <p>Time: Three hours.</p> <h2>12. Install a Workbench in Your Garage or Basement</h2> <p>Install a built-in workbench in your garage or basement to make a work surface and storage area for your tools and project materials. I found used countertops and kitchen base cabinets for free. You can also use 2x4 boards and 3/4 inch plywood to build a workbench from scratch and anchor it to the wall. Put up some pegboard on the wall over the workbench for handy tool storage.</p> <p>Tools required: <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000P9H4VO/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000P9H4VO&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=EDP7B47N6VX5SLBO">Circular saw</a>, drill, stud finder, and a level.</p> <p>Cost: $50.</p> <p>Time: Three hours.</p> <h2>13. Install a Countertop Over Your Washer/Dryer</h2> <p>Install a countertop over your washer and dryer to make a surface for folding clothes and handy storage, as well. You will need to install 1x2 inch wood strips into studs to support the countertop which can be a sheet of 3/4 inch plywood cut to size. I had a 4x8 sheet of plywood cut at the home improvement store to save time and so it would fit in my car for the trip home.</p> <p>Tools required: Level, stud finder, drill, and a saw.</p> <p>Cost: $50.</p> <p>Time: Three hours.</p> <h2>14. Build Up Soil Around Your Foundation</h2> <p>The easiest way to keep water out of your basement is to build up soil around your foundation so that water will flow away. You can buy 50 pound bags of soil for a few dollars each, or bring in a truckload of soil for a larger project.</p> <p>Tools required: <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000B6Q6BA/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000B6Q6BA&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=2IYBSCNO2MYZDQUM">Shovel</a> and a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00004S1YK/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00004S1YK&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=RCSGVDBXA37NJKNL">rake</a>.</p> <p>Cost: $50.</p> <p>Time: Four hours.</p> <h2>15. Install a Programmable Thermostat</h2> <p>If your home has an older thermostat, you are missing out on energy savings and convenience. A programmable thermostat can automatically adjust the temperature setting when no one is home and at night to save money. You can easily replace your old thermostat with a basic <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0088A5X5G/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0088A5X5G&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=SX32K6QSUJGH7XNR">programmable thermostat</a> for $50 or less.</p> <p>Tools required: Screwdriver.</p> <p>Cost: $50.</p> <p>Time: Two hours.</p> <p><em>There are a lot of cool DIY projects you can complete for under $50 to make your home a place you will be proud of. What is your favorite cheap home improvement project?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/dr-penny-pincher">Dr. Penny Pincher</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-cool-diy-home-improvements-for-50-or-less">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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Halloween is just around the corner, and with it comes the inevitable and difficult decision of what costume you're going to wear for this year's party. But fear not! We have ideas for the perfect costume on any budget.&nbsp;</p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-simple-and-cheap-halloween-costumes-for-kids"><strong>20 Simple and Cheap Halloween Costumes for Kids</strong></a></p> <p>It's easy to get caught up in Halloween and become frustrated when a complicated costume goes wrong. Skip all that and go for simple and fun, instead.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-cheap-and-easy-halloween-costumes-for-adults" target="_blank"><strong>20 Cheap and Easy Halloween Costumes for Adults</strong></a></p> <p>Halloween dress up is not just for kids. Preserve your dignity &mdash; and your budget &mdash; with these classic and frugal costume ideas.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-halloween-costumes-for-people-who-hate-dressing-up" target="_blank"><strong>15 Halloween Costumes for People Who Hate Dressing Up</strong></a></p> <p>If you think dressing up is a drag but still need a get up for a costume party, consider one of these low-effort, high-reward &quot;costumes.&quot;</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-make-8-trending-halloween-costumes-on-the-cheap" target="_blank"><strong>How to Make 8 Trending Halloween Costumes on the Cheap</strong></a></p> <p>Halloween is just a few weeks away! That's plenty of time to put together one or two of these clever, trendy costumes.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/william-tran">William Tran</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/60-halloween-costume-ideas-that-can-save-you-money-and-time">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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