DIY http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/4801/all en-US 7 DIY Crafts That Will Save You Money http://www.wisebread.com/7-diy-crafts-that-will-save-you-money <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-diy-crafts-that-will-save-you-money" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_diy_clothes_000054462560.jpg" alt="Woman using diy crafts to save money" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It seems obvious that making and doing things yourself will save you money. But some projects require so many supplies that they aren't realistic to take on, and sometimes manufacturers are simply able to make things cheaper.</p> <p>The seven <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/18-awesome-practically-free-upcycled-craft-projects">DIY crafts</a> below, however, are not only rewarding and fun, but can also save you cash.</p> <h2>1. Sewing</h2> <p>I'm sure you've heard this before, but sewing is the mother of all money-saving crafts. Even with <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-basic-sewing-tricks-that-will-save-you-money">basic hand sewing skills</a>, you can salvage damaged clothes and sew on missing buttons, adding many miles to your wardrobe. With a sewing machine and a little knowledge, you can alter clothing for fit and hem long curtains, skipping a trip to the tailor and saving real money. Acquire even more knowledge and skill, and you can make your own curtains, bags, placemats, napkins, pillows, clothes, and more. Not only can you make home decor and clothing items specifically to your taste and specifications, you bypass the costs that come with brand names and have control over the quality.</p> <h2>2. Candle Making</h2> <p>You might be surprised at how easy and affordable it is to <a href="http://www.candletech.com/candle-making/how-to-make-container-candles/">make your very own candles</a>. If you're a candle fanatic or enjoy giving them as gifts, then add a very personal touch while saving big bucks by making your own. Start by using upcycled containers, like jelly jars for medium-sized container candles and shot glasses for votives. Soy wax is often the easiest wax to start with, and look for wax that is made for container candles. Buy pre-tabbed wicks that match the size of your container and type of wax. Otherwise, you'll just need an old metal pot or kettle, another pot for double boiling, a candy or craft thermometer, glue tabs or a glue gun, clothespins, and fragrance or dye if desired. You only have to make a few candles to offset the cost of the supplies, and you've got unique and fun candles for your home and to give to friends.</p> <h2>3. Homemade Cards</h2> <p>I am always surprised by the high prices of cards at the store. It's common to find cards for upwards of $5 now, and you're paying for what amounts to a mass-produced piece of paper. Rather than spend time reading way too many cards trying to find just the right one, <a href="http://www.marthastewart.com/275212/all-occasion-cards/@center/276974/card-making-center">make your own cards</a> at home. You can tailor each card to the recipient and please your own aesthetic, all while saving money. Buy a pack of blank cards and envelopes &mdash; often similar to the price of one fancy greeting card &mdash; and decorate them with stamps, drawings, ribbon, photographs, and more. Get creative and have fun with it! Your friends and family will appreciate the personal touch.</p> <h2>4. Floral Arranging</h2> <p>Floral arranging is more than just a craft, it's an art. Using simple floral tricks is a fun way to save money while decorating your home or giving a gift. Turn grocery store flowers into <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/affordable-flowers-for-valentines-day-or-any-day">lovely floral arrangements</a> with the help of a vase, some know-how, and some optional embellishments. Try using foraged greenery to fill out arrangements, rather than spending money on fern fronds and eucalyptus at the store.</p> <p>Step your decorating game up a notch and <a href="http://thehort.org/blog/2013/12/diy-make-your-own-wreath.html">make your own wreath</a> to hang proudly on your door. During the holidays, I pick up the free cuttings at the Christmas tree stand down the street, and use the branches, a pair of gardening shears, and some wire or florist foam to make my own wreath that lasts for weeks. In the spring, use foraged twigs and dried flowers. You can also make wreaths out of lots of non-plant items, such as burlap, ribbon, ornaments, and more!</p> <h2>5. Quilting</h2> <p>A great quilt is a piece of art, and often represents hours and hours of labor. If you're in need of a new bed cover or want to give a quilt as a gift, don't worry! You don't have to spend tons of time, energy, and fabric money in order to make a great quilt. Save big by using recycled fabric from shirts, sheets, and scraps. Fill out the rest of your quilt with on-sale fabric, and choose a simple pattern. A baby blanket makes a thoughtful gift for an expecting mother, a bed cover is a nice newlywed present, and a homemade blanket is good gift for pretty much everyone.</p> <h2>6. Framing</h2> <p>A custom frame can often out-price the art inside, and that just seems wrong. You can pick up cheap poster frames at the store, but they are typically poor quality, can be unprofessional looking, and don't come in every possible size. If you enjoy hanging art and photos around your house, or want to give framed items as gifts, consider <a href="http://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Picture-Frame">learning framing</a>. You'll need a few supplies, but many of them are already part of well-stocked tool box. Framing your own photos makes the size, materials, style, and color totally customizable. You can mat your work with all sorts of fun materials, or just create a simple box frame. It's the best way to get your art looking just right without emptying your wallet.</p> <h2>7. Painting</h2> <p>It's amazing what a fresh coat of paint will do for a whole lot of household things. <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/40-ways-to-use-spray-paint-for-cheap-and-easy-decorating">A paint job</a> can breath new life into furniture, rugs, table cloths, frames, vases, and more. It also requires a relatively small amount of supplies, know-how, and work. Does your coffee table need a little love? Instead of kicking it to the curb, give it a good sanding, cleaning, and then spray or paint it a fresh new color. Add some pizzazz to a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/18-amazing-diy-decorating-projects-that-are-easier-than-you-think">rug or tablecloth</a> with a pop of color and design. Rather than spending money on a set of matching picture frames, pick up an assortment of wood frames at the thrift store and spray paint them to match. Or get inspired, and paint some new art work for your walls. Even blocks of color can make a fun statement.</p> <p><em>What crafts do you enjoy?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/laurel-randolph">Laurel Randolph</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-diy-crafts-that-will-save-you-money">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/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/13-diy-clothing-projects-for-men">13 DIY Clothing Projects for Men</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/three-kids-diy-projects-in-your-pantry">Three Kids&#039; DIY Projects In Your Pantry</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-great-uses-for-old-ties">10 Great Uses for Old Ties</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-gifts-you-can-make-today">25 Gifts You Can Make Today</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> DIY crafts creating home saving money Tue, 26 May 2015 17:00:25 +0000 Laurel Randolph 1431049 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Homemade Beauty Treatments That Actually Work http://www.wisebread.com/7-homemade-beauty-treatments-that-actually-work <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-homemade-beauty-treatments-that-actually-work" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_healthy_hair_000035012750.jpg" alt="Woman doing at home beauty treatments that actually work" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you're a woman, it's very likely you've at some point put mayonnaise in your hair or egg white on your face in at-home beauty treatments. (If you're a man, you might be gasping in horror at the thought.) Mostly, we do it to save money, but it's also because we trust our friends and family who tell us all the homemade <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-old-school-beauty-products-we-want-back">beauty treatments</a> actually work.</p> <p>The following at-home treatments are widely reputed to be effective. But keep in mind that everyone's skin is different, so test the different ingredients below (such as honey, apple cider vinegar, and coconut oil) separately to see how your skin reacts.</p> <h2>1. Avocado and Oatmeal Face Mask</h2> <p>Avocados are one of the best ingredients for any beauty treatment recipe because they are rich in vitamin E, fiber, B vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. They make your skin glow, especially if you also make them a regular part of your diet. When you pair an avocado with oatmeal, you get a great mask that reduces redness and moisturizes dry skin at the same time. Combine &frac12; an avocado, &frac14; cup of uncooked oatmeal, and two tablespoons of raw, organic honey. Blend, and leave on your face for 10&ndash;15 minutes. If you want, add one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar as a toner.</p> <h2>2. The Many Uses of Coconut Oil</h2> <p>Coconut oil can be used for virtually anything. Although it's not a common household item, I would recommend it become one. Coconut oil can be used for <a href="http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/features/oil-pulling">pulling out toxins</a> to create healthy teeth and gums. Oil pulling is done by swishing it around in your mouth for five minutes and then spitting it out. I have tried this before and haven't had a lot of luck, but my roommate does it on a regular basis and swears by it. You can also swallow a small amount of coconut oil and it will keep your skin healthy. Also use it topically on skin as an <a href="http://www.prevention.com/beauty/coconut-oil-cures-your-skin-and-hair">amazing moisturizer</a> or in your hair as a mask. It will also soften cuticles if you're giving yourself an at home mani or pedi. Just wipe on and let sit.</p> <h2>3. Facial Steam</h2> <p>Some facials include steam, which opens up the pores to help rid your skin of build-up from creams and makeup, as well as draws out any irritants that cause acne. To do this at home, use a basin, bucket, or other glass container &mdash; I use a large Pyrex dish. Fill it with boiling water and hold your face close with a towel over your head. Be careful not to spill or move it as it will burn. Add a drop of tea tree oil as a natural disinfectant and anti-inflammatory and some mint leaves to soothe and clean your skin. Hold for five to 10 minutes, but do not exceed 10 minutes.</p> <p>Afterward, use a mask of honey to draw out toxins. Do not scrub. Then, use toner (lemon juice or apple cider vinegar work great!), moisturize your face, and drink plenty of water.</p> <h2>4. Sunburn Remedies</h2> <p>Summer is coming up fast, which means it's time to always keep sunscreen on you. Even if you don't burn, sunscreen can prevent skin cancer. But if you do forget to continually reapply (as I always seem to), there are some homemade remedies that really work. Avoid soap as it could dry out your skin. Use a compress dipped in witch hazel or cold water to reduce inflammation. Take vitamin E and aspirin to reduce swelling. To treat your skin, use freshly brewed tea after it's been cooled, blended cucumbers, or cool (not cold) milk on a soft cloth. All of these will draw out the redness of the skin.</p> <h2>5. Tea Eye Treatments</h2> <p>Just like tea bags can be used for sunburns, they can also be used to reduce puffiness and redness. Caffeine can reduce swelling and herbal teas soothe inflammation. Steep two bags of tea in hot water for three to five minutes, then enjoy the tea while the bags cool down. Once warm, not hot, put the bags over each eye and cover with a soft cloth.</p> <h2>6. Olive Oil Hair Treatments</h2> <p>You've probably noticed a trend. Almost every homemade remedy has oil in it. That's because so many oils actually work! One of the most common household items is olive oil, and it can be used to create soft and shiny locks. You can use it as a <a href="http://www.livestrong.com/article/190335-a-homemade-olive-oil-hair-treatment/">deep conditioner</a>, serum or for your scalp, or you can add it to your shampoo for regular use. Keep in mind that taking a hot shower can actually strip your hair of essential nutrients, so if you don't see a change when you add the olive oil, this could be the reason. Olive oil can also be used for an <a href="http://howto.womenshealthmag.com/make-olive-oil-body-treatment">at-home body treatment</a>.</p> <h2>7. Coconut Lip Scrub</h2> <p>Have I mentioned how wonderful coconut oil is yet? If your lips are still dry from the winter, try mixing two tablespoons of coconut oil, two tablespoons of coconut sugar, and one teaspoon of honey for an invigorating lip scrub. Don't have coconut sugar? No problem. You can replace it with regular sugar. This scrub will strip away dead skin and keep your lips soft. Add your favorite essential oil to the mixture for added benefits!</p> <p><em>What are some homemade beauty treatments you can't live without?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/jennifer-holder">Jennifer Holder</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-homemade-beauty-treatments-that-actually-work">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/how-to-sell-your-hair-for-cash">How to Sell Your Hair for Cash</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-5-best-detangling-sprays">The 5 Best Detangling Sprays</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-give-yourself-a-manicure-at-home">How to Give Yourself a Manicure at Home</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-unexpected-home-uses-for-mayonnaise">10 Unexpected Home Uses for Mayonnaise</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> DIY Health and Beauty facials hair masks oils skin treatments Tue, 19 May 2015 13:00:10 +0000 Jennifer Holder 1423416 at http://www.wisebread.com 8 DIY Backyard Home Improvements That Save You Big http://www.wisebread.com/8-diy-backyard-home-improvements-that-save-you-big <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-diy-backyard-home-improvements-that-save-you-big" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/man_diy_home_improvements_000051008898.jpg" alt="Man saving big with DIY home improvements" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Every year, I draft a grand to-do list for backyard projects. And &mdash; every year &mdash; I barely cross even a few items off this list. Usually my goals are too lofty. Or maybe some of them are frankly too expensive. Whatever the case, I've found the solution. These easy (and cheap) DIY projects are novice-friendly and will transform your outdoor spaces from blah to beautiful. (Related: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/17-diy-projects-to-make-your-home-look-amazing-and-3-you-shouldnt-try?ref=seealso">17 DIY Projects to Make Your Home Look Amazing</a>)</p> <h2>1. Pallet Deck</h2> <p>Here's yet another awesome use for wood pallets &mdash; <a href="http://hoosierhomemade.com/how-to-build-a-wood-pallet-deck/">make a deck</a>! Pick up however many pallets you want for the size of your deck. Then clean them up, sand them down, and paint for a durable finish. Clear the area you want to stage by removing the grass, weeds, and debris. Lay concrete blocks in the soil &mdash; four feet apart &mdash; before setting your pallets on top. Grab your chairs, decorate, and enjoy!</p> <h2>2. Paver Patio</h2> <p>This <a href="http://www.bhg.com/home-improvement/patio/installation-how-to/diy-paver-patio/">paver patio</a> project takes a bit more patience, but it will pay off. You'll first clear the area and tamp the soil so it's firm and level. Lay landscape fabric, crushed stones, and sand over the area to prevent weeds from peeking through the stones. Then it's time to lay the pavers. You can rent a brick cutter or just lay whole bricks and stones. Whatever you do, position pavers no more than ⅛ inch apart. Total cost? $550 with all supplies.</p> <h2>3. Garden Fountain</h2> <p>There's nothing better than listening to the sound of running water outdoors. Try making this <a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Make-a-Garden-Fountain-Out-of-Well-Anythi/">DIY garden fountain</a> out of, well, anything. The schematic might look a little intimidating, but it's basically a basin for your water with a pump and decorative &quot;sculpture&quot; that the water flows through. You can find a pump at most garden stores, just make sure you get one that's labeled &quot;submersible.&quot;</p> <h2>4. Raised Beds</h2> <p>Create a garden out of nothing with this <a href="http://www.chrislovesjulia.com/2013/05/our-diy-raised-garden-beds.html">raised garden bed</a> project. This couple built a whopping <em>five </em>cedar beds for around $100. You'll make all your cuts before assembling the boxes using galvanized screws. The mitered frame is completely optional, but it definitely gives the beds that finished touch. Then excavate the ground, fill with dirt, and get planting.</p> <h2>5. Fire Pit</h2> <p>My husband and I want to build a <a href="http://www.bowerpowerblog.com/2013/04/its-the-pits/">fire pit</a> in our backyard. First, you'll want to check with your local government to make sure open flame fires are permitted in your neighborhood. From there, you need a metal ring, retaining wall blocks, drainage gravel, decorative rocks, and outdoor construction adhesive. After choosing your pit's location, you'll dig out the area and tamp the dirt. Lay your gravel around the metal ring. Then surround with the blocks, which you'll fasten together with the adhesive.</p> <h2>6. Stepping Stones</h2> <p>Get this! You can make these cute <a href="http://www.intimateweddings.com/blog/how-to-make-stepping-stones-with-a-cake-pan/">stepping stones</a> in a cake pan. No, really. You'll first want to gather some decorative mosaic glass or even smashed china for flair. Cut out a piece of contact paper, and arrange your glass in a pattern inside the pan. Slap on some gloves, mix together concrete, and cut out some metal mesh to give your stone stability. Scoop in a layer of concrete, lay the mesh, and finish with more concrete. Let sit for two days before removing.</p> <h2>7. Compost Bin</h2> <p>Many store-bought compost bins cost a pretty penny. This <a href="http://savvysavingcouple.net/2013/01/21/diy-how-to-make-your-own-compost-bin-for-under-5/">DIY compost bin</a> is well within most anyone's budget at just $5. Heck, you may even have the materials you need sitting in your garage. Take an 18 gallon plastic bin (with top) and drill 5/16 inch holes about two inches apart in all directions. Then add kitchen scraps, leaves, paper, and a scoop of soil to get started. You should have rich compost in around five weeks.</p> <h2>8. Privacy Screens</h2> <p>Our neighbors' yard (and all their stuff) is right next to our deck. So, we'd love to build a few of these quick <a href="http://www.hometalk.com/2087206/how-to-make-an-easy-patio-privacy-screen-step-by-step-tutorial">privacy screens</a> to give us all some space. The tutorial is so easy, I may even try constructing it completely on my own. And at just $30, I figure it's worth a try. You'll take standard wooden lattice panels and build frames for them. Then screw in some hooks to hang. It's as simple as that. I might paint mine for some extra oomph.</p> <p><em>What's on your backyard to-do list this year?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-diy-backyard-home-improvements-that-save-you-big">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/secret-lawn-tonic-recipe-from-golf-course-groundskeeper">Secret Lawn Tonic Recipe From Golf Course Groundskeeper - Updated</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-you-should-not-do-to-your-yard-this-fall">10 Things You Should NOT Do to Your Yard This Fall</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-household-fixes-you-should-stop-paying-others-for">5 Household Fixes You Should Stop Paying Others For</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/6-high-tech-tools-to-help-your-garden-grow">6 High-Tech Tools to Help Your Garden Grow</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-gardening-lessons-learned-the-hard-way">10 Gardening Lessons Learned the Hard Way</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> DIY Home backyard decks gardening landscaping outdoors patios Wed, 13 May 2015 13:00:10 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1415531 at http://www.wisebread.com 15 Quick Clothing and Shoe Repair Fixes You Should Own http://www.wisebread.com/15-quick-clothing-and-shoe-repair-fixes-you-should-own <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/15-quick-clothing-and-shoe-repair-fixes-you-should-own" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_tights_heels_000043595558.jpg" alt="quick clothing and shoe repair fixes you should own" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Dress shoes losing heel caps, spills, a run in a pair of pantyhose&hellip; it's a jungle out there. My office desk drawers are a testament to 30+ years of dealing with &quot;work clothes&quot; emergencies. People come to me for repairs. I am the Office Mom of clothing emergencies.</p> <p>Over the years, I have learned how to make <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-fix-18-common-wardrobe-malfunctions">quick fixes</a> inexpensively. Here are some tried-and-true fixes.</p> <h2>1. Pantyhose/Nylons</h2> <p>My number one solution is to keep a spare pair in my desk. However, sometimes even that back-up pair fails &mdash; and always right before a meeting or a presentation. Naturally! A squirt of hairspray will stop that run. If you don't have hairspray, a little clear nail polish will also do the trick. Unfortunately, both are smelly, so try to fix quickly so they have time to dry.</p> <h2>2. Instant Seamstress</h2> <p>I wish I had a nickel for every time someone has borrowed my <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00CQR6C3O/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00CQR6C3O&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=4VBRI7RDXWGXEE4F">sewing kit</a>. Aside from the needle and thread, the most often-requested item is the tape measure. This kit also contains some buttons, which are very handy, as well as small scissors.</p> <h2>3. Click, Clack, Busted Heel Cap</h2> <p>Every woman's nightmare: The doggone broken heel cap. They never break at home, do they? Always, every darn time, at work or on your way somewhere. Unless you like limping and clicking around all day (and explaining it a million times), you might want to make a very small investment in these <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007V63Y8Q/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B007V63Y8Q&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=TAUJEKDLWWY3E2FL">heel caps</a>.</p> <h2>4. Sole to Sole</h2> <p>Guys, if your <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008BIG4H6/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B008BIG4H6&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=XXVQ777SFGVH67N4">shoe soles</a> are worn out, you may save money by trying the repair yourself &mdash; and the rubber is made by Goodyear! They work on both dress shoes as well as boots.</p> <h2>5. Expensive Leather</h2> <p>It's upsetting to spend a lot of money on leather shoes only to scuff or scratch them. That is why you might try this <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000XJRYQ6/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000XJRYQ6&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=IYMJ7NIS2CSBUYEV">leather repair product</a>. You can even mix your own color. It also works on the couch, other furniture, car seats, coats, etc.</p> <h2>6. Sweater Saver</h2> <p>Ever <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jWGtvznk11s">snag a favorite sweater</a>, and put a hole in it? Don't worry, you can fix it! What do you need? Just a simple sewing needle for a small hole, or a crochet needle for a larger one.</p> <h2>7. Stuck Zipper</h2> <p>This hint could not be cheaper. Where is that #2 pencil? First try rubbing the pencil on the zipper (the lead may lubricate it enough for it to work). If it is more complicated, check out this video for <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2GdKGMBIl-o">un-sticking a zipper</a>.</p> <h2>8. Eyeglass Repairs</h2> <p>We even take our eyeglass repair kit with us on vacations &mdash; it is <em>that</em> handy. It can be really miserable to lose a screw in your glasses and be nowhere near an optometrist. This little <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000H3Q2FC/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000H3Q2FC&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=CYVDSZR5ZFQCAE7Y">eyeglass repair kit</a> is inexpensive and easy to pack.</p> <h2>9. Deodorant Smudges</h2> <p>I seem to pull this move most of the time when I am wearing black, which is just peachy because then it <em>really</em> stands out. Try dampening a washcloth or towel, wring it out really well, and gently brush off the smudge. Don't use a paper towel, which will just make matters worse.</p> <h2>10. Pilly Sweater</h2> <p>Sometimes I fail to notice that my sweaters have pills. You know what I mean &mdash; the little fuzzy balls under your arms or along side seams. It looks pretty crummy. I love this <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0034BV6KA/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0034BV6KA&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=BQOXTHGDOVBPO7CV">sweater shaver</a>, which gently removes those furry things and has never caused any harm to my favorite sweaters.</p> <h2>11. Lunch Disaster</h2> <p>I shouldn't be allowed to ever eat mustard, which usually ends up on me, not in me. My husband, who is a laundry wizard, bought me these nifty little <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00EDW2JC8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00EDW2JC8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=RQBO5IU4VFWSDD7G">stain wipes</a>. They fit easily into my purse and will tide me over (pun intended) until the clothing can be properly washed.</p> <h2>12. Hem on the Loose</h2> <p>Raid the office supply cabinet. Got packing tape? That will hold that hem until you can get it fixed properly. Don't be tempted to get out your stapler, which will damage the fabric.</p> <h2>13. Lint No More</h2> <p>My dogs have white fur. I like to wear black. See the problem? I buy lint brushes by the three-pack, but for the office, I love these <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Brushes-Travel-Compact-Purse-Pocket/dp/B005AJOB56/ref=sr_1_10?s=hpc&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1430191289&amp;sr=1-10&amp;keywords=lint+brushes">mini lint rollers</a> that fit in my desk or tote bag.</p> <h2>14. Sneaker Separation</h2> <p>This hint isn't that quick, since your shoes will need to dry at least overnight, but it's a good one. I wear my sneakers until the bitter end, so I was disappointed when a fairly new pair started &quot;flapping&quot; in the soles. They were otherwise in good shape and I didn't want to part with them just yet. <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002L9AL84/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B002L9AL84&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=3EDZ5PO4QAUIL2EE">Shoe Goo </a>to the rescue! My handy husband squeezed out a layer between the flapping soles and the shoes, let dry overnight, and the shoes were almost as good as new. It is also waterproof and really inexpensive. It also works on broken high heels.</p> <h2>15. The Last Resort</h2> <p>Buy <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00CCG97WW/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00CCG97WW&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=6WOICH2Q2YK45DMD">assorted safety pins</a>. Thank me later.</p> <p><em>What are your favorite, reliable, cheap sartorial save-the-dayers?</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/15-quick-clothing-and-shoe-repair-fixes-you-should-own">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/11-attractive-standing-desks-you-can-actually-afford">11 Attractive Standing Desks You Can Actually Afford</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-baking-soda-took-my-bathroom-from-yuck-to-yes">How Baking Soda Took My Bathroom from “Yuck” to Yes!</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/how-to-refill-an-ink-cartridge-with-a-small-piece-of-tape">How to refill an ink cartridge with a small piece of tape</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-basic-sewing-tricks-that-will-save-you-money">7 Basic Sewing Tricks That Will Save You Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-easy-home-maintenance-to-dos-for-spring">8 Easy Home Maintenance To-Dos for Spring</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Life Hacks DIY clothes mending repairs shoes Tue, 12 May 2015 21:00:10 +0000 Marla Walters 1414198 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: How to Save Money on Your DIY Projects http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-how-to-save-money-on-your-diy-projects <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-how-to-save-money-on-your-diy-projects" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/family_diy_paint_000019547812.jpg" alt="Family saving money on painting diy project" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some great articles ways to save money on your next DIY project, the best homemade face masks for acne, and a space-saving way to fold your plastic bags.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://moneyning.com/diy/5-tips-for-saving-money-on-your-next-diy-project/">5 Tips for Saving Money On Your Next DIY Project</a> &mdash; Figure out what tools you'll need for the job. Can you borrow some of them? If you'll need to rent, make sure to shop around and compare prices. [MoneyNing]</p> <p><a href="http://couponpal.com/blog/the-best-homemade-face-masks-for-acne">The Best Homemade Face Masks For Acne</a> &mdash; Turmeric is actually great for your skin! Make a turmeric face mask to combat acne. [CouponPal]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/How-Fold-Plastic-Bags-34411921">Get Organized and Fold Your Plastic Bags</a> &mdash; This method for folding plastic bags keeps them neat and compact and easy to carry wherever you go. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.kiplinger.com/slideshow/investing/T057-S003-5-great-technologies-launched-via-crowdfunding/index.html">5 Cool New Technologies Launched via Crowdfunding</a> &mdash; The Oculus Rift is a head-mounted display that puts you in a 3D virtual world. [Kiplinger]</p> <p><a href="http://blog.readyforzero.com/5-common-investing-excuses-give/">5 Common Investing Excuses Not to Give Into</a> &mdash; Many people are afraid of investing in the stock market because they think it's too hard, but there are many tools and options out there to make it simpler for the beginner investor. [ReadyForZero]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/Saving-Money/2015/0427/Take-advantage-of-the-low-euro-and-enjoy-summer-2015-abroad">Take advantage of the low euro and enjoy summer 2015 abroad</a> &mdash; If you need to convert currency, do it through U.S. banks and credit card companies; their rates are more favorable than what you would find at retail currency shops. [The Monitor]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/10-ideas-to-celebrate-cinco-de-mayo">10 Ideas to Celebrate Cinco De Mayo</a> &mdash; Learn how Cinco de Mayo came to be and research other important events in Mexican history! [Parenting Squad]</p> <p><a href="http://moneysmartlife.com/working-for-a-promotion-is-hard/">Coasting at Work is Easy Because Working For a Promotion is Hard</a> &mdash; Be willing to help your co-workers and management. It shows that you're a team player and that you're on top of your own work. [Money Smart Life]</p> <p><a href="http://www.listenmoneymatters.com/being-the-poor-friend/">Being The Poor Friend</a> &mdash; Suggest cheap (or free!) alternatives to dinner at a restaurant or drinks at a bar. Picnics are easy to put together, and exercising with a friend is social and good for you! [Listen Money Matters]</p> <p><a href="http://www.aspiringmillionaire.com/2015/04/you-might-have-enough-if.html">You Might Have Enough If&hellip;</a> &mdash; It's easy to get caught up in trying to make more and more money. You might already have enough if you can reach reasonable goals without living paycheck to paycheck. [Aspiring Millionaire]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-how-to-save-money-on-your-diy-projects">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/18-cheap-and-attractive-ideas-for-bookshelves">18 Cheap and Attractive Ideas for Bookshelves</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/eight-natural-ways-to-make-water-more-flavorful">Eight Natural Ways to Make Water More Flavorful</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/three-kids-diy-projects-in-your-pantry">Three Kids&#039; DIY Projects In Your Pantry</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/search-online-for-a-fix-before-you-toss-that-broken-gadget">Search Online for a Fix before You Toss that Broken Gadget</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/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> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> DIY best money tips DIY Tue, 05 May 2015 19:00:28 +0000 Amy Lu 1412607 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Creative DIY Blogs That Help You Save Money http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-creative-diy-blogs-that-help-you-save-money <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-creative-diy-blogs-that-help-you-save-money" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_diy_000015753538.jpg" alt="Woman attempting diy paint project after saving money" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some great articles on fabulously creative and frugal DIY blogs, the habits of highly motivated people, and the worst airports for penny pinchers.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.thepennyhoarder.com/21-fabulous-diy-blogs">21 Fabulous DIY Blogs to Spark Your Creativity and Help You Save Money</a> &mdash; These blogs cover topics like lifestyle, food, and finance, and are sure to instruct and inspire. [The Penny Hoarder]</p> <p><a href="http://sourcesofinsight.com/7-habits-of-highly-motivated-people">7 Habits of Highly Motivated People</a> &mdash; Figure out what your values are, then find ways to connect your daily work back to those values. [Sources of Insight]</p> <p><a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/Saving-Money/2015/0324/The-three-worst-airports-for-penny-pinchers">The three worst airports for penny pinchers</a> &mdash; Cincinnati has the highest per-mile landing fees in the country. [The Monitor]</p> <p><a href="http://www.artofmanliness.com/2015/03/26/how-to-contact-a-busy-person">How to Contact a Busy Person</a> &mdash; If you need information from someone, first research what you can, then ask specific questions. [The Art of Manliness]</p> <p><a href="http://www.consumerismcommentary.com/chip-credit-cards-fraud">5 Reasons Why New Chip Credit Cards Won&rsquo;t Reduce Fraud</a> &mdash; Regardless of the card type, all credit card numbers are still stored digitally. If a hacker is able to access a database of credit card numbers, those customers are still vulnerable. [Consumerism Commentary]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://blog.shoplet.com/promotionalproducts/6-steps-to-a-flawless-twitter-party/">6 Steps to a Flawless Twitter Party</a> &mdash; First, you need to choose and register a good hashtag. Then, brainstorm how you want the conversation to flow. [Shoplet]</p> <p><a href="http://www.retiredby40blog.com/2015/03/26/11-beautiful-free-organizers/">11 Beautiful, Free Organizers</a> &mdash; Put a power strip in the top drawer of your nightstand to keep your electronics (and their cables) hidden away while they charge. [Retired by 40]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Things-Worth-Money-3508809">11 Items That Are Worth the Big Expense</a> &mdash; A sharp, quality interview suit will help you feel confident, which in turn helps you make the best impression. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.bargaineering.com/articles/secrets-saving-1-million-401k.html">The secrets to saving $1 million in your 401(k)</a> &mdash; Go for equities, especially if you still have a good number of years until retirement. Although stocks are volatile, they have the most potential for growth. [Bargaineering]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/the-dirty-habit-that-can-improve-your-childs-health">The Dirty Habit that Can Improve Your Child's Health!</a> &mdash; Playing in the mud &mdash; and being exposed to bacteria and germs &mdash; actually improves the immune system's ability to keep you healthy. [Parenting Squad]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-creative-diy-blogs-that-help-you-save-money">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-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/make-your-dvd-player-region-free-in-seconds">Make Your DVD Player Region-Free in Seconds</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-really-easy-ways-to-unclog-drains">10 Really Easy Ways to Unclog Drains</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/remove-car-dents-quickly-and-cheaply">Remove Car Dents Quickly and Cheaply</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/no-signal-5-quick-ways-to-boost-your-cell-phone-reception-updated">No Signal? 5 Quick Ways to Boost Your Cell Phone Reception. Updated.</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-new-things-you-can-make-with-old-denim-jeans">20 New Things You Can Make With Old Denim Jeans</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> DIY best money tips DIY blogs Tue, 31 Mar 2015 19:00:09 +0000 Amy Lu 1364084 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Basic Sewing Tricks That Will Save You Money http://www.wisebread.com/7-basic-sewing-tricks-that-will-save-you-money <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-basic-sewing-tricks-that-will-save-you-money" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000023158354.jpg" alt="hands sewing button" title="hands sewing button" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>You know those <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00CQR6C3O/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00CQR6C3O&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=TX6XFCOGHQV62HNZ">little sewing kits</a> you can buy at the grocery store? They're definitely worth the money when you consider how they might save your wardrobe. Back in the day, when a button would fall off a shirt or a hem would tear, it didn't always mean buying a new shirt or pants. Instead, people repaired clothing by hand to wear for years to come. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-your-clothing-fit-perfectly-with-these-10-no-sew-fixes?ref=seealso">Make Your Clothes Fit Perfectly With These 10 No Sew Fixes</a>)</p> <p>Here are a few invaluable mending techniques &mdash; and specific clothing fixes &mdash; that don't require a sewing machine.</p> <h2>Running Stitch</h2> <p><iframe width="605" height="340" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/k6657ZhHWgI?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>The <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k6657ZhHWgI&amp;spfreload=10">running stitch</a> (or straight stitch) is the easiest to learn, so it's worth adding to your repertoire. This stitch is basically under and over the fabric throughout the whole line of what you're stitching. You can use it to fasten most any two pieces of fabric together with good results. Under then over, under then over.</p> <h2>Whip Stitch</h2> <p><iframe width="605" height="340" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/v9kGyZDWZcA?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>I first became familiar with a <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v9kGyZDWZcA&amp;spfreload=10">whip stitch</a> on <em>Grey's Anatomy</em>. Unfortunately, I won't be showing you how to use this skill in the human body, however useful that might be. After pinning together the fabric you plan to stitch, you drive through both and whip around the edge before come up again through the bottom at the same level where you first stitch rests. Continue until you've finished your piece, then tie off.</p> <h2>Tie Off</h2> <p><iframe width="605" height="340" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/AhEUqBSgwjI?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>Along with stitching, it's key to know how to <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AhEUqBSgwjI&amp;spfreload=10">tie off&nbsp;sewing projects</a> so they'll stay strong and secure. The maneuver reminds me of <a href="http://www.offroad-ed.com/images/drawings/atv_turn_k_maneuver.jpg">making a K-turn</a>&nbsp;while driving. You'll stitch up through your fabric, then back down right next to where you started &mdash; leaving some loose thread. Then one more stitch through the back that you'll resolve back down through the loop you created to tie off into a knot before cutting free.</p> <h2>Sew a Button</h2> <p><iframe width="605" height="340" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/rQRq--7InTE?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>Learning how to <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rQRq--7InTE&amp;spfreload=10">sew a button</a> back onto a shirt is easy. First, thread your needle so you have a double thread to work with. Use a couple straight pins to create space for a shank. Stitching from behind your fabric, work through that first button hole and then choose either a straight or cross pattern through the button a few times before winding thread around the base to create that shank. Then, stitch to the back of your fabric again and knot to fasten.</p> <h2>Sew a Hem</h2> <p><iframe width="605" height="340" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/tMqK-fNrCrM?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>You'll find hems on most any piece of clothing you own, so it's good to know how to <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tMqK-fNrCrM&amp;spfreload=10">sew hems up</a> when they get loose. First, iron your hem flat back to its original allowance. Then &mdash; moving from left to right &mdash; use a catch stitch to work your way diagonally down the hem to fasten. This technique works well on most thick apparel fabrics, but you can also use a straight stitch if you're more comfortable. For a super easy fix, try <a href="http://www.amazon.com:80url=search-alias%3Daps&amp;amp;field-keywords=iron+on+hemming+tape/?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=YI7KFVGET6SCUJGL">iron-on hemming tape</a>, which I've use on anything from clothing items to DIY curtains.</p> <h2>Sew a Hole</h2> <p><iframe width="605" height="340" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/0sal9F4RXeY?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>I get tiny holes in my clothes all the time. To <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0sal9F4RXeY&amp;spfreload=10">sew holes shut</a>, start by matching thread to your garment. Then knot the end of your string or fix to your fabric using a few loop stitches. Working from the top of your project, sew the hole shut by moving from one side of the hole to the other. It's actually quite intuitive, you're just closing it back up again. Tie off to finish.</p> <h2>Patch Jeans</h2> <p><iframe width="605" height="340" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/ohDDHxZ-a3w?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>You can iron a patch onto jeans to fix tears and holes, but this <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ohDDHxZ-a3w&amp;spfreload=10">sewn patch alternative</a> allows you to be more creative with fabric choices. Start by measuring your hole and cut your patch so it more than covers the area. Iron the edges of the patch so they're clean, then fix it to the jeans with straight pins. Using color thread that matches the patch, start sewing from a corner with a running stitch technique until you work your way around the entire patch. Knot to finish.</p> <p><em>What are your go-to mending techniques? Please share in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-basic-sewing-tricks-that-will-save-you-money">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-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/13-diy-clothing-projects-for-men">13 DIY Clothing Projects for Men</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-ways-to-recycle-and-reuse-old-t-shirts">15 Ways to Recycle and Reuse Old T-shirts</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-quick-clothing-and-shoe-repair-fixes-you-should-own">15 Quick Clothing and Shoe Repair Fixes You Should Own</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-clothing-fit-perfectly-with-these-10-no-sew-fixes">Make Your Clothing Fit Perfectly With These 10 No-Sew Fixes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-great-uses-for-old-ties">10 Great Uses for Old Ties</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> DIY Style mending needle and thread patching sewing Mon, 09 Mar 2015 17:00:10 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1324572 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Old Fashioned Skills That Save You Money http://www.wisebread.com/7-old-fashioned-skills-that-save-you-money <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-old-fashioned-skills-that-save-you-money" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/old-fashioned-vintage-woman-sewing-machine-Dollarphotoclub_70883513.jpg" alt="vintage woman sewing" title="vintage woman sewing" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Home brew? Urban gardens? What's old is new again, and those old fashioned homemaking skills from yesteryear are often more eco-friendly, sustainable, and &mdash; yes &mdash; less expensive than modern conveniences. They're also easy once you get into a routine. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/18-awesome-practically-free-upcycled-craft-projects?ref=seealso">18 Awesome, Practically Free, Upcycled Craft Projects</a>)</p> <p>So, check out these important skills from yesteryear that let you live on the cheap today. You may even develop some new hobbies in the process.</p> <h2>1. Bread Baking</h2> <p>Have you paid attention to the prices in the bread aisle recently? No, really. Store bought bread is expensive and contains all sorts of strange ingredients. I've started baking most of our bread at home to save money and keep our food simple. Some of the best recipes I make require nothing more than flour, yeast, and water. The rest is in the mixing, rise time, and actual baking. Start with this ubiquitous <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2006/11/08/dining/081mrex.html">no-knead bread</a> recipe by master baker Jim Lahey. You'll let it rise overnight and then bake in a Dutch oven for an amazingly crisp crust. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/a-beginners-guide-to-homemade-bread?ref=seealso">A Beginner's Guide to Homemade Bread</a>)</p> <h2>2. From-Scratch Everything</h2> <p>In the past, most people actually made their pantry items from scratch. For example, oat flour is nothing more than rolled oats pulsed in your food processor. Same goes with almond meal. With some practice, you can blend together an amazing batch of hummus that costs half as much as its store-bought counterpart. The list goes on. And after a while, making wholesome foods in your own kitchen becomes automatic. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/35-grocery-items-you-should-make-at-home-and-5-to-buy?ref=seealso">35 Grocery Items You Should Make at Home</a>)</p> <h2>3. Food Preservation</h2> <p>Eating local, seasonal produce is usually the cheapest, healthiest option for feeding your family. But what about in the off season? Instead of forking over extra cash to eat tomatoes from who-knows-where in January, consider learning the re-emerging art of canning. You'll need a few tools and some know-how (I love the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0762441437/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=0762441437&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=YPURNI7KXULSVNMU">Food In Jars</a> book, which breaks down the method of small batch canning into bits and pieces). I have yet to master it fully, so I choose to prep and freeze a lot of my ingredients to enjoy year round &mdash; most produce lasts a year this way. You can also pickle and dehydrate foods for unique taste and texture. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/preserving-in-season-foods-for-off-season-feasts?ref=seealso">How to Preserve In-Season Foods for Off-Season Feasts</a>)</p> <h2>4. Gardening</h2> <p>Better yet, learn how to grow your own food in your backyard (or, for those of you with small outdoor spaces, <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/garden-ideas-for-small-spaces">on your patio</a>). There are a number of hearty plants even beginners can cultivate and harvest with much success. Start with easy-to-grow beets, snap peas, carrots, radishes, squash, peppers, lettuce, and a variety of herbs, like dill, cilantro, and basil. Just be sure to pay attention to the soil, light, and watering suggestions on your seeds' or plant's guide. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/get-a-great-container-garden-started-with-this-guide?ref=seealso">Get a Great Container Garden Started With This Guide</a>)</p> <h2>5. Sewing</h2> <p>There was a time not so long ago when a hole in a shirt didn't mean it was fated for the donation or garbage pile. Instead, a quick stitch would fix it right up like new. By learning how to sew, you can also customize your wardrobe and even add new wearables for very little cash. Get started by picking up an inexpensive sewing kit or a needle and thread. Then learn some beginner mending techniques, like how to sew on a button, repair small holes, and fix torn seams. It's a lot of under-over-under-over and tying off to finish. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-cute-and-frugal-diy-clothes-you-can-make-for-your-kids?ref=seealso">20 Cute and Frugal Clothes You Can Sew for Your Kids</a>)</p> <h2>6. Cleaning Basics</h2> <p>There weren't a lot of brightly packaged cleaning products back in the day. Instead, people made their own cleaners and solutions at home. Here are five&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-diy-laundry-detergent-recipes">laundry detergent recipes</a> to get you started. I've saved a bundle of money (and plastic) by making laundry soap at home, and my clothes are just as fresh and clean. All-purpose cleaning is also made simple with a mixture of 1:1 vinegar and water solution. Pour them together in a spray bottle and get busy cleaning. Add some alcohol to the bottle (a couple tablespoons) to make a streak-free window and mirror cleaner. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-clean-everything-with-just-3-all-natural-cleaners?ref=seealso">How to Clean Everything With 3 All-Natural Cleaners</a>)</p> <h2>7. Soap Making and More</h2> <p>Even the whole bath and body DIY phenomenon has its roots in the past. After all, the general store didn't carry limitless products and solutions. Of course, you can get fancy by mixing together bath bombs and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/homemade-sunblock-and-6-other-non-toxic-recipes-to-get-your-skin-sun-ready">homemade sunscreens</a>. I like to stick with the basics and use coconut oil as a moisturizer. Melting together olive oil, beeswax, and essential oils makes a quick and useful <a href="http://www.neverhomemaker.com/2014/10/homesteading-natural-vapor-rub.html">vapor rub</a>. Once you acquire the core ingredients, you can make most anything yourself. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-amazing-easy-diy-bath-and-body-products?ref=seealso">50 Amazing DIY Bath and Body Products</a>)</p> <p><em>What old timey skills do you rely on?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-old-fashioned-skills-that-save-you-money">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-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/the-guaranteed-easiest-way-to-make-your-own-pickles">The Guaranteed Easiest Way to Make Your Own Pickles</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-popular-snacks-you-can-make-at-home">14 Popular Snacks You Can Make at Home</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/how-to-make-moonshine">How to Make Moonshine</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-homemade-liqueurs-to-bottle-now-for-tasty-holiday-gifts">10 Homemade Liqueurs to Bottle for Tasty Gifts</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/eight-natural-ways-to-make-water-more-flavorful">Eight Natural Ways to Make Water More Flavorful</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> DIY Food and Drink handmade Homemade homesteading skills Fri, 20 Feb 2015 16:00:10 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1300084 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Life-Changing Ways to Repurpose Household Items http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-life-changing-ways-to-repurpose-household-items <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-life-changing-ways-to-repurpose-household-items" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/drawer repurpose.jpg" alt="repurposed drawer" title="repurposed drawer" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some great articles on life-changing ways to repurpose household items, the characteristics of those who are serious about their debt, and tips to keep you ahead of the game at work.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://smartycents.com/articles/10-ways-to-repurpose-household-items/">10 Life-Changing Ways to Repurpose Household Items</a> &mdash; Before you toss out your worn, warped cookie sheets and baking pans, try hanging them up as magnet boards! [Smarty Cents]</p> <p><a href="http://ptmoney.com/debt-doesnt-have-to-be-forever/">Debt Doesn't Have to Be Forever &mdash; 6 Characteristics of Those Serious About Paying Off Debt</a> &mdash; If you're serious about paying off debt, be open to asking for help &mdash; from a budget coach, for example. [PT Money]</p> <p><a href="http://timemanagementninja.com/2015/01/8-tips-to-keep-you-one-step-ahead-of-your-work">8 Tips to Keep You One Step Ahead of Your Work</a> &mdash; Get a head start on your work by planning out your day before you even leave the house. [Time Management Ninja]</p> <p><a href="http://couponpal.com/blog/forget-about-snowpocalypse-7-warm-places-you-have-to-visit-in-2015">Forget About Snowpocalypse: 7 Warm Places You Have to Visit in 2015</a> &mdash; Take a drive down the highway the runs through the Florida Keys &mdash; or make a stop for swimming, sailing, and scuba diving! [CouponPal]</p> <p><a href="https://smartasset.com/personal-finance/top-5-money-saving-skills-acquire-2015">Top 5 Money-Saving Skills to Acquire in 2015</a> &mdash; Learn how to sew and care for your clothing. You'll save a small fortune in dry cleaning and alteration bills! [SmartAsset]</p> <h3>Other Essential Reading</h3> <p><a href="http://www.biblemoneymatters.com/how-to-run-a-successful-crowdfunding-campaign/">How to Run a Successful Crowdfunding Campaign</a> &mdash; When you're seeking funds via crowdfunding, you have to reach people on an emotional level; it can't be just about business. [Bible Money Matters]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Things-Do-New-City-36647439">Want to Truly Love Your New City? Start With These 14 Things!</a> &mdash; Keep an eye out for hole-in-the-wall treasures. Make a point to try out a tiny restaurant or step into a cozy antique store. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://gradmoneymatters.com/money-making-ideas/how-to-stay-healthy-when-working-from-home.html">How to Stay Healthy When Working From Home</a> &mdash; Don't bring unhealthy snacks into the house. Stick with fruits and veggies for those between-meal munchies. [Grad Money Matters]</p> <p><a href="http://cashmoneylife.com/dow-jones-20000/">Five Reasons Why the Dow Will Probably Blow Past the 20,000 Mark in 2015</a> &mdash; Lower gas prices means consumers will have more money to spend on other products and services. [Cash Money Life]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/does-my-child-need-a-vitamin-supplement">Does My Child Need a Vitamin Supplement?</a> &mdash; The American Academy of Pediatrics says most kids can get the recommended amount of vitamins and minerals from diet alone. [Parenting Squad]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-life-changing-ways-to-repurpose-household-items">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-9"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-new-things-you-can-make-with-old-denim-jeans">20 New Things You Can Make With Old Denim Jeans</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-common-kitchen-cast-offs-you-can-repurpose-into-cool-new-things">15 Common Kitchen Cast-Offs You Can Repurpose Into Cool New Things</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-things-to-do-with-reusable-water-bottles">25 Things to Do With Reusable Water Bottles</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-money-saving-ways-to-reuse-old-pantyhose">20 Money-Saving Ways to Reuse Old Pantyhose</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-your-dvd-player-region-free-in-seconds">Make Your DVD Player Region-Free in Seconds</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> DIY best money tips repurpose Thu, 29 Jan 2015 20:00:18 +0000 Amy Lu 1283851 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Cool Uses for a Slow Cooker http://www.wisebread.com/10-cool-uses-for-a-slow-cooker <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-cool-uses-for-a-slow-cooker" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000031353790_XXXLarge.jpg" alt="candle making" title="candle making" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I love my slow cooker, and I use it to make tons of delicious breakfasts, lunches, and dinners. But did you know you can also make crafts and other non-food items in the pot? It's true! (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-delicious-slow-cooker-breakfast-ideas-for-lazy-cooks?ref=seealso">12 Delicious Slow Cooker Breakfasts for Lazy Cooks</a>)</p> <p>Check out these 10 projects that will turn your world upside-down and give you some new skills to boast.</p> <h2>1. Candles</h2> <p>Need to make a gift for a friend? Try <a href="https://snapguide.com/guides/make-candles-with-a-crock-pot/">Crock-Pot candles</a>. Set your pot to the warm setting and fill some small glass containers with soy wax flakes. Place the containers in your pot and then pour in some boiling water around them. Cover and cook for two hours, until fully melted. Stir in coloring and carefully remove before placing in the wicks and adding any scented oils.</p> <h2>2. Play Dough</h2> <p>My daughter loves <a href="http://crockpot365.blogspot.com/2008/04/crockpot-play-dough-recipe.html">slow cooker play dough</a>. We can make it together and color it however she wants. Better yet, if you have allergies, you can use either rice or all-purpose flour. The rest is corn starch, water, cream of tartar, and some cooking oil. Warm it up in the pot, mix, and knead with food coloring.</p> <h2>3. Lotion Bars</h2> <p>I've made <a href="http://www.missinformationblog.com/crockpot-lotion-bars/">lotion bars</a> on the stovetop before, but I love this idea to make them in a Crock-Pot. You'll toss together a mixture of shea butter, coconut oil, beeswax, and vitamin E. Cook everything for one hour until fully melted, add essential oils, then pour into molds. (Note: You can use <a href="http://www.google.com/url?q=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FReynolds-Metals-00504-Cooker-Liners%2Fdp%2FB00578EKRY%2Fref%3Dsr_1_1%3Fie%3DUTF8%26qid%3D1420425563%26sr%3D8-1%26keywords%3Dcrock%2Bpot%2Bliner&amp;sa=D&amp;sntz=1&amp;usg=AFQjCNGEUJ33VoWItRk1OnESa1F5Rjpdcg">inexpensive slow cooker liners</a> to keep the mess to a minimum.)</p> <h2>4. Lip Balm</h2> <p>The same method applies for this <a href="http://blog.diynetwork.com/maderemade/how-to/diy-beeswax-lip-balm/">DIY lip balm</a>. Melt beeswax before tossing in coconut and almond oils. Mix well. Then drop in some essential oils (flavor oils work best) before pouring into molds to set.</p> <h2>5. Soap</h2> <p>Make your own <a href="http://www.diynatural.com/crock-pot-soap/">slow cooker soap</a>! All you need is water, lye, and a mix of different oils. After dissolving lye in a separate container, you'll pour your oils in the pot. When they're hot, add in the lye and stir for five minutes before letting cook for 20 minutes. You'll turn the heat off and stir in more water before smoothing out, adding mix-ins, and eventually pouring into molds to set.</p> <h2>6. Foot Bath</h2> <p>I definitely had to look twice at this <a href="http://crockpot365.blogspot.com/2008/08/crockpot-as-foot-bath.html">Crock-Pot foot bath</a>. Believe it. This soothing soak will work best if you have a larger pot, of course. No real special formula &mdash; the author just put in water and bubble bath &mdash; but I suggest using a couple tablespoons of epsom salts for good measure. (Just make sure not to do this in a borrowed pot!)</p> <h2>7. Dyed Yarn</h2> <p>This <a href="http://www.creativegreenliving.com/2013/02/dye-yarn-in-your-slow-cooker.html">dyed yarn</a> project looks super cool. You'll need to use yarn made from at least 50% animal fiber. The magic is the food coloring and vinegar. You'll soak in the warm pot for between two and four hours before rinsing and spinning to dry.</p> <h2>8. Crayons</h2> <p>With a preschooler running around the house, we have our fair share or broken crayons in assorted colors. Use your Crock-Pot to <a href="http://www.aboutamom.com/crock-pot-crayons/">melt broken crayons together</a> and create new art supplies (or even gifts). You'll remove all the paper from the crayons before piling them in color order. Melt on low. Then ladle into silicone molds to set.</p> <h2>9. Potpourri</h2> <p>While I prefer simmering applesauce to get my house smelling nice, you can also make <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/paula-deen/aunt-peggys-potpourri-recipe.html">Aunt Peggy's potpourri</a> in your slow cooker. Toss in apples, lemons, oranges, water, bay leaves, and cloves. Then cook on low to diffuse the aroma.</p> <h2>10. Paint Removal</h2> <p>Do you have old hinges or other metal hardware covered in paint? Remove it <a href="http://www.familyhandyman.com/doors/how-to-remove-paint-from-hardware/view-all#step1">without using chemical strippers</a> inside your Crock-Pot. Fill the pot with water and set to high. Place your items in the pot until the paint softens and comes off in one piece. You may wish to use a new (or old) Crock-Pot for this job since paint contains some nasty stuff. Try finding one at a thrift shop on the cheap.</p> <p><em>What cool, non-edible uses have you come up with for your Crock-Pot?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-cool-uses-for-a-slow-cooker">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-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/7-diy-crafts-that-will-save-you-money">7 DIY Crafts That Will Save You Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-ways-to-recycle-and-reuse-old-t-shirts">15 Ways to Recycle and Reuse Old T-shirts</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-great-uses-for-old-ties">10 Great Uses for Old Ties</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-gifts-you-can-make-today">25 Gifts You Can Make Today</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-unique-ways-to-use-school-supplies">12 Unique Ways to Use School Supplies</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> DIY crafts crock pot slow cookers Tue, 27 Jan 2015 18:00:12 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1283355 at http://www.wisebread.com 12 Awesome Ways to Use Apple Cider Vinegar http://www.wisebread.com/12-awesome-ways-to-use-apple-cider-vinegar <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/12-awesome-ways-to-use-apple-cider-vinegar" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000041644626_Double.jpg" alt="apple cider vinegar" title="apple cider vinegar" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is one of the most versatile ingredients you have in your kitchen. And what's even more exciting is that its application can be extended far beyond the food world. First, it's important to understand that raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar will provide all the power and benefits versus distilled varieties. That's because that raw contains living nutrients and bacteria. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/254-uses-for-vinegar-and-counting?ref=seealso">254 Uses for Vinegar and Counting</a>)</p> <p>Once you pick up a bottle, you can use it in these vastly different ways.</p> <h2>1. Food Dressing</h2> <p>My husband uses apple cider vinegar in place of balsamic vinegar on his salads. I sometimes use a splash in place of white vinegar in my baking (for making <a href="https://veganfoodaddict.wordpress.com/tag/apple-cider-vinegar/">vegan &quot;buttermilks&quot;</a> and the like). Basically, if a recipe calls for vinegar, you can likely replace it with ACV for a new twist.</p> <h2>2. Cold Remedy</h2> <p>Kill bacteria and ease your sore throat with apple cider vinegar. Dilute a couple tablespoons ACV into one cup of warm, filtered water. You can add raw honey for taste, if you like. Drink up four to six times a day.</p> <h2>3. Facial Toner</h2> <p>If you have bad skin like I do, check out how this gal <a href="http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-13304/how-i-cured-my-acne-with-apple-cider-vinegar.html">cured her acne</a> with apple cider vinegar. Depending on how sensitive your skin is, you'll dilute ACV with a little (or a lot of) water. Apply twice a day with a clean cotton ball after washing your face.</p> <h2>4. Foot Soak</h2> <p>Combine one cup epsom salts, one cup ACV, and water for this <a href="http://simplymal.com/pinterest-magic-3/">soothing foot soak</a>. When you're done lounging, use a pumice stone to smooth your softened calluses away.</p> <h2>5. Tooth Whitener</h2> <p>Apple cider vinegar can even <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=34oBoARmgIA">whiten your smile</a>. The acids in the vinegar eat away at the stains on your teeth. Simply pour some in a cup and swish around in your mouth for one or two minutes. Spit out and then rinse with water if you don't like the taste.</p> <h2>6. Fly Trap</h2> <p>We tried this trick for the first time over the summer, and it worked wonderfully. If you're noticing lots of fruit flies in your kitchen, pour some ACV into a small glass, cover with plastic wrap, and poke some holes in it. The flies will be attracted to the smell and congregate there so you can remove them.</p> <h2>7. Odor Remover</h2> <p>Does your room stink? Pour some ACV into a small bowl and place it near the source of the offensive odor. After a while, the vinegar will help absorb the odors until they're barely noticeable. (But it's a good idea to change the litter box anyway!)</p> <h2>8. Deodorant</h2> <p>Those of you looking for a natural stink-fighting alternative, check out this <a href="http://www.salubriousexclamation.com/2013/04/how-to-make-natural-spray-on-deodorant.html">apple cider vinegar spray deodorant</a>. Just combine ACV with distilled water and essential oils in a bottle. Shake well before spritzing under your arms.</p> <h2>9. Hair Rinse</h2> <p>If you're interested in the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/diy-shampoo-the-baking-soda-experiment">baking soda shampoo method</a>, you'll soon discover the rinse is &mdash; you guessed it &mdash; apple cider vinegar. If the smell is too strong for your liking, dilute in a little water before pouring onto your head.</p> <h2>10. Sunburn Soother</h2> <p>Headed someplace warm on vacation? Well, you know the sunburn is likely to follow. This <a href="http://butterbeliever.com/sunburn-remedy/">two-ingredient sunburn fix</a> is simply apple cider vinegar and coconut oil. Wet a washcloth and splash on some ACV and apply to the burned area. Then nourish with the oil.</p> <h2>11. Produce Wash</h2> <p>Dilute ACV with a ratio of one tablespoon to one cup of water to <a href="http://dontwastethecrumbs.com/2013/04/how-to-clean-produce-naturally-using-apple-cider-vinegar/">wash your fruits and veggies</a> naturally. All you do is soak them in a bowl for five to 10 minutes, then rinse and pat dry.</p> <h2>12. All-Purpose Cleaner</h2> <p>Just combine one part water with one part ACV (much like you'd do with white vinegar) inside a spray bottle. Add essential oils if you like. Then get to work! And don't worry. The vinegar smell will fade shortly after you clean. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-clean-everything-with-just-3-all-natural-cleaners?ref=seealso">How to Clean Everything With 3 All-Natural Cleaners</a>)</p> <p><em>What's your favorite awesome use for apple cider vinegar?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-awesome-ways-to-use-apple-cider-vinegar">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-11"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-really-easy-ways-to-unclog-drains">10 Really Easy Ways to Unclog Drains</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-effective-grease-and-oil-stain-removal-tips">14 Effective Grease and Oil Stain Removal Tips</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/quickly-removing-scratches-from-cds-and-dvds">Quickly Remove Scratches From CDs and DVDs</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/52-uses-for-rubber-bands">52 Uses for Rubber Bands</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cheap-and-simple-sunburn-remedies-that-really-work">Cheap and Simple Sunburn Remedies That Really Work</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> DIY General Tips cool uses natural cleaners Vinegar Mon, 26 Jan 2015 16:00:08 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1283247 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Bathroom Purchases for Under $10 That Are Well Worth the Money http://www.wisebread.com/10-bathroom-purchases-for-under-10-that-are-well-worth-the-money <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-bathroom-purchases-for-under-10-that-are-well-worth-the-money" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/smiling-plumber-man-bathroom-tools-Dollarphotoclub_73820049.jpg" alt="smiling plumber" title="smiling plumber" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Ah, the bathroom. That space in my house that's totally disorganized and constantly begging to be scrubbed. In the new year, I've decided to clean up my act by purging, sorting, and organizing. And there are lots of cool hacks that can help. Check out these smart bathroom essentials that you can purchase for $10 or &mdash; in most cases &mdash; less.</p> <h2>1. Fabric Shower Liner</h2> <p>Stop buying plastic curtains over and over again and invest in a fabric (reusable) <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00IU2PET2/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00IU2PET2&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=TCDVO2VEUZVHIB6G">shower curtain liner</a> that will last you years. Just make sure you wash it every month or so to keep it fresh and mold-free. I like to toss some baking soda with mine for good measure and hang to dry.</p> <h2>2. Shower Rings</h2> <p>And if you're regularly washing your shower curtain and liner, stop fooling with standard plastic hangers and try these <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0042ZB1YI/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0042ZB1YI&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=TOO3CW3KFIWCRIF2">double-glide shower rings</a>. They allow you to remove and replace your curtains with ease. And if you have an old set of standard rings, use them to <a href="http://imgur.com/q1juq">hang baskets</a> inside your shower for added storage.</p> <h2>3. Ball Jars</h2> <p>There are many ways to use glass jars in your bathroom &mdash; from housing cotton balls to holding hand soap. And you can pick up a set of <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00KF5STQC/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00KF5STQC&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=MKUSRYAXTDMVJBUP">Wide Mouth Ball Jars</a> for less than $10. The switch to glass over plastic packaging is subtle, but makes the room feel remarkably cleaner.</p> <h2>4. Over-Door Rack</h2> <p>Whether you own or rent your place, space might be an issue in your bathroom. This <a href="http://amazon.com/gp/product/B004KKX9KE/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B004KKX9KE&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=AHV4ZNMPAMRF4VNU">over-door hook rack</a> allows you to hang towels, clothing, and other items with ease (and without screwing anything into the wall). Assign each member of your family a hook for simplified storage.</p> <h2>5. Shower Caddy</h2> <p>I grew up using a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001340KF2/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B001340KF2&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=NYS4I7EWUNVJFN5C">shower caddy</a> and have continued the trend to this day. However, I'm quite surprised when I visit friends and family to find that not everyone is using this organization dynamo. Installation is easy &mdash; just slip it over your shower head and use the suction cups to hold it straight against the wall. Then fill with your favorite shampoos, conditioners, soaps, etc.</p> <h2>6. Step Organizer</h2> <p>Those of us lucky enough to have a bathroom closet probably don't keep it as tidy as we'd like. I can think of a hundred times when I've gone digging in the back only to find soaps or makeup I'd forgotten about years earlier. This <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0036OQU4C/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0036OQU4C&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=2R7362GNWNU46O2U">three-tiered cabinet organizer</a> is wonderful for displaying nail polish, moisturizers, toothpastes, soaps, and all other bath products.</p> <h2>7. Magnetic Strip</h2> <p>Ever feel like you're always losing track of bobby pins, tweezers, and other small metal items? Stick a few <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005HY9XFC/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B005HY9XFC&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=YFFGQIZLXKPVYFAW">magnetic strips</a> on your wall or the inside of a cabinet. Then, simply let the magnets do their work corralling all that stuff in one convenient place.</p> <h2>8. Silverware Tray</h2> <p>For all those random grooming tools, toothbrushes, combs, and more, try a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002I2KDN2/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B002I2KDN2&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=4WKCCXP5HKOCPUSF">plastic silverware tray</a>. The slots are long and lean, providing ample room for all the items in your makeup drawer. Most trays will fit inside standard vanities.</p> <h2>9. Adhesive Hooks</h2> <p>For larger items, like curling irons and hairdryers, try <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000FSORW4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000FSORW4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=XYU5AGUDIPQP2UNV">adhesive hooks</a> on the inside of your cabinet doors. That way, they're out of sight, but certainly not out of mind. You'll spend less time fumbling around with tangled cords. Standard hooks hold up to three pounds.</p> <h2>10. Jewelry Organizer</h2> <p>Grab one of those <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00LXR31HI/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00LXR31HI&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=MKRFVHEWHZWNASZE">jewelry organizers</a> with the hook and fill it with your makeup and other small beauty products. You can hang it on your bathroom door when you're getting ready for a night out and want to see all your options. Otherwise, fold and tuck away. Bonus: You can take this pack on all your travels near and far.</p> <p><em>What's essential in your bathroom?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-bathroom-purchases-for-under-10-that-are-well-worth-the-money">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-12"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-really-easy-ways-to-unclog-drains">10 Really Easy Ways to Unclog Drains</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-effective-grease-and-oil-stain-removal-tips">14 Effective Grease and Oil Stain Removal Tips</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/52-uses-for-rubber-bands">52 Uses for Rubber Bands</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/21-uses-for-salt-besides-seasoning">21 Uses for Salt (Besides Seasoning)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-spruce-up-your-unfinished-basement-for-under-100">10 Ways to Spruce Up Your Unfinished Basement for Under $100</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> DIY General Tips Home bathrooms cheap fixes Home essentials Thu, 22 Jan 2015 16:00:07 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1282541 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Awesome, Cheap Alternatives to Luxury Services http://www.wisebread.com/5-awesome-cheap-alternatives-to-luxury-services <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-awesome-cheap-alternatives-to-luxury-services" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman-cooking-kitchen-Dollarphotoclub_65447666.jpg" alt="woman cooking" title="woman cooking" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Ever wonder about the lifestyles of the rich and famous? I sure do. There are a number of services these people enjoy that the rest of us can only dream about. But if your bank account isn't teeming with funds, don't fret. Instead, employ a little creative thinking, and try these five alternatives to some of the more popular luxury services.</p> <h2>1. Home Chef</h2> <p>Yes, the idea of having someone cook up breakfast, lunch, and dinner certainly sounds appealing. And wouldn't healthier eating (and a clean kitchen) be so much easier if left up to someone else? With just a little forward thinking, you can be your own personal chef and create weeks or even months of meals that require nothing more than reheating.</p> <p>It all starts with a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-to-eat-every-day-a-month-of-frugal-meals">meal plan</a>. The rest is up to your preferred style of cooking. I highly recommend setting aside one weekend each month to do <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/save-time-and-money-with-a-monthly-assembly-or-bulk-cooking-weekend">bulk cooking</a>. You can make as many meals as you have space to store in your freezer. If you don't have a lot of space, I'm a huge fan of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/35-slow-cooker-recipes-for-busy-or-lazy-vegetarians">Crock-Pot meals</a>. Toss everything in the pot and let the machine do the heavy simmering. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-tricks-to-keeping-your-kitchen-clean-while-you-cook?ref=seealso">10 Tricks to Keep Your Kitchen Clean While You Cook</a>)</p> <h2>2. Cleaning Service</h2> <p>While professional house cleanings have become somewhat more attainable over the years, it's still a service I cannot find room to fund in my budget. And when the going gets tough, my sinks and toilets surely show it. Good news, though! Many of us can get on the path to a routinely cleaner house without spending much money or tremendous effort.</p> <p>For example, you could start following the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-militarys-four-step-plan-to-keeping-your-place-clean">military's guide</a> for keeping a tidier space that includes cleaning a little each day, creating a schedule that works for you, finding places for everything you own, and &mdash; of course &mdash; keeping your tools nearby. That plan breaks down the dirt and clutter, making it feel more manageable and, ultimately, quicker to complete. Making simple <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-clean-everything-with-just-3-all-natural-cleaners">DIY cleaning supplies</a> will also ensure you rarely run out of the essentials. Then treat yourself to a deep cleaning service maybe once or twice a year.</p> <h2>3. Grocery Delivery</h2> <p>If you don't like grocery shopping, I don't blame you. The stores are crowded, the lines are long, and you usually forget something despite drafting the most detailed list. Though grocery delivery services can be as inexpensive as around $5 per order (prices vary depending on location and order size), that's still an additional $260 a year minimum that you're spending when you could tweak your method for free instead.</p> <p>Make the trek to the store less intimidating by switching around your shopping hours. I find Saturday mornings or late weeknights best, but you can ask the clerks when they think traffic is slowest. Many stores, like Wegmans, offer&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wegmans.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/CampaignLanding?storeId=10052&amp;catalogId=10002&amp;langId=-1&amp;clear=true&amp;partNumber=CAMPAIGN_42855">grocery apps</a> that help you find foods quicker and even estimate your order total before leaving home. You can even consider automating the delivery of non-perishable items (cereal, dog food, toilet paper) on sites like <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/pantry/info/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=E7USBFASRD4EQJHN">Amazon</a>, which offer free delivery on many products.</p> <h2>4. Night Nanny</h2> <p>New parents out there might love the idea of a night nanny to take the edge off those sleepless periods. The idea that someone else could bring baby to my bedside for nursing and then shush him or her to sleep sounds like an absolute dream. Too bad this luxury costs upwards of $200 each evening!</p> <p>Though you can't quite DIY this service yourself, you can configure your setup to ease the most difficult days, weeks, and months of frequent wakeups. Consider stocking a basket in the nursery or at her bedside with snacks, water, reading material, and any other supplies (bottles, diapers, thermometer, etc.) so there's no need to search around. Moving baby to the parents' room is called room-sharing and can help with calming fussiness. After all, it's much faster to reach into a bassinet to calm a crying newborn than it is to walk across the house.</p> <h2>5. Personal Shopper</h2> <p>As someone who could shop for days on end, I definitely could never see myself needing a personal shopper. However, many people hire shoppers, stylists, or image consultants to find whatever they need, exactly when they need it. Most often, these people seek out clothing that is fashionable and fits well for special events or everyday life.</p> <p>Empower yourself to be your own best shopper. If you find yourself floundering when it comes to assessing fit and form of your clothing, learn your body type and discover the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-style-secrets-for-women-that-flatter-every-shape">styles that flatter</a> your unique assets. Better yet, stop shopping so much. Many of us think we need different clothes when we have a closet full of workable items. Trying a minimalist or <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-essential-pieces-for-your-capsule-wardrobe">capsule wardrobe</a> can save you money, space, and time shopping &mdash; no assistance needed. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/50-ways-to-save-money-on-clothing?ref=seealso">50 Ways to Save Money on Clothing</a>)</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-awesome-cheap-alternatives-to-luxury-services">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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Updated.</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> DIY contractors services Tue, 20 Jan 2015 12:00:13 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1281737 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Ways to Spruce Up Your Unfinished Basement for Under $100 http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-spruce-up-your-unfinished-basement-for-under-100 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-ways-to-spruce-up-your-unfinished-basement-for-under-100" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/couple-renovating-house-Dollarphotoclub_56437930.jpg" alt="couple renovating house" title="couple renovating house" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you watch HGTV long enough, you'll soon be convinced that every basement in the nation is a gleaming bonus space complete with glass-tiled bathrooms, recessed lighting, and in-floor heating. It's enough to create major basement envy and make you wonder if a home equity line of credit isn't called for in order to upgrade your own cave-like lower levels.</p> <p>Or, you could just check out these 10 simple ways to spruce up your unfinished basement for under $100.</p> <h2>1. Chuck the Junk</h2> <p>Decluttering is the first step in any successful project and it's critical when sprucing up common catch-all spaces like basements and garages. If you struggle with the process, learn how to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-rid-of-your-junk">get rid of your junk</a> and declutter with less drama.</p> <h2>2. Light It Up</h2> <p>Since basements don't get a lot of natural light, brighten things up with higher wattage bulbs. It'll make the space less spooky, more functional, and help show off the rest of the projects we'll cover.</p> <h2>3. Add Clip-On Shades</h2> <p>A lightweight plastic shade designed to clip directly on overhead bulbs is a simple, quick, and inexpensive way to dress up a ceiling light. For some reason, the shades are difficult to find at most retailers, but you can usually score them used for $10 or less on eBay or similar resale sites.</p> <h2>4. Get a Grip</h2> <p>Safety first. Since most unfinished basement stairs are crafted of simple two-by-fours, adding treads make them safer and improves their aesthetics. Paint stairs a neutral color first, add a railing if you haven't already, and install vinyl or rubber treads.</p> <h2>5. Hang Homemade Curtains</h2> <p>Sewing simple channel or tabbed curtains is the perfect weekend project to dress up all the windows in your basement. Depending on the size of the windows, consider repurposing matching tea towels or large cloth dinner napkins for this project (no hemming!). Create tabs from nylon ribbon or vintage neckties. Since natural light is at a premium in basements, make sure your rods are wide enough that when the curtains are open, no portion of the window is covered.</p> <h2>6. Dry It Out</h2> <p>Many times what keeps us out of our unfinished basements is the chronic dampness and resulting dank smell. If this is a problem in your basement, make solving it a high-priority project. Add a dehumidifier to combat the moisture and run it regularly, especially during summer months. Though dehumidifiers cost around $180 new, I just picked up a gently used one on Craigslist for $25 and it works like a charm.</p> <h2>7. Seal and Paint Walls</h2> <p>As with most projects, painting is a relatively simple way to make a dramatic change. If you have a large basement, control costs by focusing your efforts on those areas used most often by you and your family.</p> <p>Before painting concrete walls, clean them thoroughly and scrub away any mildew stains, repair cracks with fast-setting hydraulic cement, and then prime with a concrete primer. Use a quality masonry paint for best results.</p> <h2>8. Add a Large Rug or Floor Mat</h2> <p>If your basement is well-sealed and stays dry during large rains, add a large area rug in key areas like the laundry, pantry, or crafting room. Though each space may not be finished in the traditional sense, inexpensive rugs, carpet remnants with finished edges, or interlocking floor mats can add a level of comfort that encourages expanded use for the whole family.</p> <h2>9. Add Shelving</h2> <p>Durable plastic shelves are perfect for the basement. They get items off of potentially damp floors, make use of vertical space, and encourage new levels of organization. A five foot shelf with four tiers retails for about $30.</p> <h2>10. Try Simple Decorating Projects</h2> <p>Once you have a clean, dry, safe, and well-organized basement, there's a lot you can do to incrementally improve the aesthetics. Consider differentiating work areas with paint colors and designs, adding pegboard to workshop areas, making a skirt for that old laundry sink, sanding and painting rusty pipes, or using salvaged vintage doors to create a unique folding room divider.</p> <p>Remember, there's a lot of wiggle room between unfinished and perfectly finished. If you're not ready to make a huge investment in your basement, find a happy medium. With some clever ideas, sweat equity, and patience, you can create a much more comfortable and functional space ― without burying your budget.</p> <p><em>Do you have an unfinished basement? How have you improved the way it looks or made it more functional without breaking the bank?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kentin-waits">Kentin Waits</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-spruce-up-your-unfinished-basement-for-under-100">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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As part of their request, the artists sent the company a miniature portfolio of art that they had created using Kamoi Kakoshi's industrial masking tape.</p> <p>Up until that point, no one at Kamoi Kakoshi had ever considered the artistic application of its product. So when the artists requested colored masking tape, the company, recognizing a golden opportunity, were happy to oblige, and created the original 20 color set of washi tape.</p> <p>Eight years later, colored masking tape now comes in hundreds of colors and patterns and is sold and produced by companies around the globe under the generic term Washi Tape. &quot;Wa&quot; means &quot;Japanese&quot; and &quot;Shi&quot; means &quot;Paper&quot; in Japanese.</p> <p>In addition to its huge variety of colors, washi tape has several additional benefits. It is made from natural plant fibers like bamboo and wheat, so it is less toxic to the environment to produce than duct (duck) tape, and is biodegradable. It's also less sticky than it's tougher counterpart. It's easily removable and doesn't leave a sticky residue, so it's ideal for decorating temporary spaces.</p> <p>Unlike paint, washi tape doesn't require special training or cleanup to use, but it can give professional, paint-like, finished details to otherwise boring objects.</p> <p>Don't believe the hype? Just check out these these 60+ projects you can create with washi tape.</p> <h2>Pimp Your Ride</h2> <p>Richard Drew, a 3M employee, created masking tape in 1925. Drew designed masking tape specifically for auto body workers who complained that the heavy adhesive of regular tape destroyed the paint job on freshly painted cars.</p> <p>But why use auto paint, when you can use washi tape to personalize your <a href="http://followpics.me/washi-tape-bike/">bike</a>, <a href="http://shortsmallsweet.net/2012/05/mt-factory-tour-factory-tour-edition.html/">your car</a>, your <a href="http://blog.modes4u.com/japan/mt-masking-tape-workshop-in-japan.html">delivery van</a>, or <a href="http://ciaodesserts.com/2014/11/10/field-trip-mt-washi-tape-expo-in-taipei-2014-2o14mt%E5%8D%9A%E6%B5%B7%E5%A4%96%E9%A6%96%E5%B1%95%E5%9C%A8%E5%8F%B0%E5%8C%97/">city bus</a> instead?</p> <h2>Wall Paper Tape Your Dorm Room</h2> <p>Dorm décor has come a long way since I was in college (before the earth cooled). That said, most universities still forbid repainting dorm interiors. For anyone who isn't a fan of high gloss Navajo White, washi tape is a great way to add color to your <a href="http://www.everythingemilyblog.com/2014/01/diy-washi-tape-wall.html">walls</a>, <a href="http://molly-meg.blogspot.com/2013/02/xl-washi-tapes-ultimate-interior.html">ceiling</a>, <a href="http://ilovestickytape.blogspot.com/2009/11/jim-lambie-mental-oyster-floor-tape.html">floor</a>, and <a href="http://www.almostmakesperfect.com/2013/07/29/diy-washi-taped-decorative-doors/">doors</a> on a student budget.</p> <h2>Accent Interior Architectural Details</h2> <p>Sometimes a little washi tape goes a long way. Use it to make an <a href="http://makezine.com/craft/how-to-washi-tape-doorway-decor/">archway</a> pop, create an <a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-tMLcYMkVBDQ/TjYM6gyljEI/AAAAAAAAE7Y/E5IUWTp_ELs/s1600/10.jpg">accent wall</a>, showcase a <a href="http://www.canyoucomehome.com/2010/12/loving-golden-stripes.html">banister</a>, turn a <a href="http://www.standaard.be/cnt/dmf20121203_061?pid=2129701">staircase</a> into sculpture, or add <a href="http://lamaisondannag.blogspot.com/2012/02/happy-sunday.html">molding</a> to a <a href="http://www.pinterest.com/pin/40462096625782666/">room</a> that has none.</p> <h2>Un-Creep Your Bathroom Plumbing</h2> <p>Make the storage area under your sink a little more inviting by wrapping ugly <a href="http://honeywerehome.blogspot.com/2013/07/under-sink-organization-with-washi-tape.html">drainpipes</a> in cute washi tape.</p> <h2>Rejuvenate Grungy Laminate Kitchen Cabinets</h2> <p><iframe width="605" height="340" frameborder="0" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/T4KvWXNY2WY" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>Masking Tape, the washi tape division of Kamoi Kakoshi, is so happy to show you how to <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T4KvWXNY2WY&amp;index=59&amp;list=UU4xBxT2rXfJbjSXY-M1mOsA">spruce up a tiny apartment kitchen</a> with their product.</p> <h2>Washi Tape Your Washing Machine</h2> <p>And <a href="http://media-cache-ec0.pinimg.com/originals/af/e9/55/afe955ee644b8e5d12c658bf31a1a6bd.jpg">dryer</a>. And <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zoZZQsBWlyc&amp;list=UU4xBxT2rXfJbjSXY-M1mOsA&amp;index=55">dishwasher</a>. And <a href="http://media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/a4/29/66/a4296646466d7654cfa1d050ee85ede1.jpg">refrigerator</a>.</p> <h2>Upcycle Trashed Furniture</h2> <p>My neighborhood is the neighborhood of lonely <a href="http://lasillaturquesa.blogspot.com/2012/03/hasta-en-la-sopamt.html">nightstands</a> and end tables. Washi tape hides scratches, coffee rings, and bad paint jobs on <a href="http://thejaquets.typepad.com/my_weblog/2013/03/elsies-upgrade.html">tabletops</a>. For a more permanent surface, apply the tape, and then coat with a clear marine varnish.</p> <h2>Hack Your Ikea Furniture</h2> <p>Make your <a href="http://www.poppytalk.com/2012/10/five-minute-diy-washi-tape-sofa-legs.html">generic</a> <a href="http://dosfamily.com/2013/04/ikea-stool-diy-with-washi-and-decoupage/">furniture</a> <a href="http://i0.wp.com/decor8blog.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/43.jpg">unique</a> with <a href="http://www.currystrumpet.com/2013/10/before-and-after-nursery.html#more-15075">washi</a> tape.</p> <h2>No Furniture? No Problem!</h2> <p>While you search for the <a href="http://decoracion.facilisimo.com/blogs/ideas-practicas/cambia-el-estilo-de-tu-habitacion-con-washi-tape_758294.html">perfect</a> <a href="http://blog.templeandwebster.com.au/find-your-style-bedrooms/">bed</a>, why don't you <a href="http://media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/bd/d7/28/bdd728548c52ca013c2f76eb5f591e66.jpg">experiment</a> with <a href="http://modamadison.com/2014/04/10/diy-pinspo-washi-tape-headboard/">different</a> <a href="http://www.theredthreadblog.com/tutorial-how-to-make-a-colour-block-pillowcase">headboard</a> styles?</p> <h2>Colorize Your Cubical</h2> <p>You spend eight hours a day here. Why not make your <a href="http://mollasworks.tumblr.com/post/18375897653/wall-decoration-made-with-black-plastic-tape-size?_szp=406047">cubby</a> as <a href="http://maikonagao.blogspot.com/2014/08/diy-tin-can-washi-tape-container.html">cute</a> as possible? Transform the <a href="http://camillestyles.com/uncategorized/transformed-a-dry-erase-board/">dry erase board</a> into a <a href="http://www.modishandmain.com/how-to-use-washi-tape/">calendar</a>. Fix the <a href="http://www.mydiyhabits.com/2013/07/diy-dorothy-draper-file-cabinet.html">filing cabinet</a>. Even if redecorating the walls and furniture at work is strictly verboten, you can still get your secret decorating thrill on with these custom <a href="http://www.theorganizedclassroomblog.com/index.php/blog/custom-teacher-desk-organizers">drawer organizers</a>.</p> <h2>Customize Your Computer</h2> <p>Take a design cue from film editors who color-code their keyboards to help them remember hot key short cuts, and use washi tape to customize your <a href="http://minifanfan.com/2055383/Happy-Keyboard-for-Happy-People">laptop</a>. But why stop at the keyboard when you can <a href="http://instagram.com/p/JFuyg-GbXj/">transform</a> the <a href="http://suitsandaprons.wordpress.com/2012/11/28/laptop-cover-with-washi-tape/">exterior</a> too?</p> <h2>Why Limit Yourself to Just One Kind of Keyboard?</h2> <p><a href="http://weheartit.com/entry/55345891">Why?</a></p> <h2>Channel Milton From Office Space</h2> <p>I collect <a href="http://www.swinglineblog.com/04/riveted-people-love-staplers/">vintage staplers</a>. So, I had a visceral response to the <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vd4fj9Efl4s">red stapler</a> running joke in Office Space. Years ago, I practically started a rumble at work when the HR Lady at my former design-obsessed office &quot;confiscated&quot; my olive green, 1970's, 711 model Swingline stapler because it didn't conform to the company-mandated &quot;only black desk accessories&quot; rule. Not only was this stapler-napping carried out during my lunch hour, when my office supplies were alone and defenseless on my desk, but the HR lady had the nerve to leave me a pointed memo that described my vintage stapler as &quot;cruddy&quot; and &quot;old.&quot;</p> <p>To make a long story short, my fight with the HR Lady went all the way up to the head of the company, who, after listening to my impassioned defense of classic American design, granted my desk supplies an exemption to the &quot;only black&quot; rule.</p> <p>Most people do not have to engineer a &quot;staple-off&quot; to prove the value of their office supplies to their employers. And even people who are allowed to select their own non-black staplers from the office supply catalog have slim pickings. There are <a href="http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/product/home-new2/28610095.jsp?cm_mmc=LS-_-Affiliates-_-TnL5HPStwNw-_-1&amp;utm_medium=TnL5HPStwNw&amp;utm_source=AFFILIATES&amp;utm_content=TnL5HPStwNw&amp;siteID=TnL5HPStwNw-zVxooU9nq1YB070DZYKoAw#/">cute staplers</a> and there are <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Swingline-Heavy-Stapler-Sheets-S7039005/dp/B0006HUPU2">functional staplers</a>, but it's hard to find staplers that are both cute and tough enough for office work.</p> <p>Cue the <a href="http://www.organizedisland.com/washi-tape-project-desk-stapler/">washi stapler</a>.</p> <p>While you are at it, why not turn all your <a href="http://commona-myhouse.blogspot.com/2014/04/throwback-thursday-simple-craft-washi.html#.VHTqclXF8jY">boring</a> office supplies like your <a href="http://5eae90a62b612f40b38c-1ccd03d6a59c74a856783adfa2491cf2.r42.cf2.rackcdn.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/clipboard.jpg">clip board</a>, your <a href="http://www.mohawkconnects.com/feltandwire/2012/03/12/washi-watch-the-tape-of-things-to-come/">binder clips</a>, and your <a href="http://www.crazysuburbanmom.com/2012/04/stationery-and-office-supplies-better.html">binders</a>, into theft-worthy, fight inducing, design doodads during your lunch hour with a few rolls of mt, that you slyly added to the <a href="http://www.officedepot.com/a/browse/washi-tape/N=5+573641/">office</a> <a href="http://www.staples.com/Scotch-Expressions-Washi-Tape-Pink-3-5-inch-x-393-inch/product_200587?externalize=certona">supply</a> order?</p> <p>Not that I've ever done this.</p> <h2>Meta Jokes Are the New Irony</h2> <p>Don't forget to give your <a href="http://www.postfabriek.nl/2014/01/18/blogtip-vier-vandaag/">tape dispenser</a> a washi makeover. Or repair your <a href="http://hellomynameismandy.blogspot.com/2013/04/cheaptastic-sunglasses-makeover.html">nerdy</a> glasses with washi tape. (Extra points if you use <a href="https://www.etsy.com/listing/194805688/nerdy-glasses-washi-tape-full-roll-wt595">this tape</a> to fix your specs).</p> <h2>Make Manila Less Vanilla</h2> <p>Trust. Your <a href="http://iheartorganizing.blogspot.com/2012/09/washi-tape-file-labels.html">files</a> will look so cute. Upcycle used mailing envelopes by using washi tape as a combination wrap-around <a href="http://www.postfabriek.nl/2014/01/18/blogtip-vier-vandaag/">address label</a> and envelope re-sealer.</p> <h2>Bridezilla</h2> <p>Just once, I'd like to be able to wear a <a href="http://www.burdastyle.com/projects/masking-tape-dress?image=248180">bridesmaid's dress</a> this awesome.</p> <p>Use washi tape to create swoon-worthy <a href="http://www.theknot.com/weddings/photo/hanging-manila-escort-tags-134042">wedding</a> <a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Washi-Tape-Tea-Light-Candles-34839941">props</a>.</p> <h2>Give Your Windows a Treatment</h2> <p>Customize dingy venetian <a href="http://decorate4kids.com/girls-room/diy-washi-tape-blinds-perfect-for-a-childs-room/">blinds</a> or louvered closet doors. Just stick the tape onto each aluminum or wood slat. Coordinate the color with the rest of your décor, or turn your homely blinds into a design feature by creating stripes or plaid patterns with the washi tape.</p> <p>Continue a <a href="http://blog.landofnod.com/honest-to-nod/2012/07/try-this-tape-window-decoration.html">tape mural</a> onto a window.</p> <p>Fake <a href="http://thebeatthatmyheartskipped.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/41bbf239217234d784b6797bb707ebeb.jpg">etched glass</a> for real <a href="http://blog.modes4u.com/products/window-decoration-with-mt-masking-tapes.html">privacy</a>.</p> <p>Keep <a href="http://fancy.com/things/298753755/Geek-Living-Daily-120411-%7C-Geeky-Design-%7C-Geeky-Gift-Ideas">birds</a> from crashing into your windows.</p> <h2>Show Off Your Collection (With Your Collection of Washi Tape)</h2> <p>Upcycle <a href="http://www.cutoutandkeep.net/projects/washi-tape-photo-frame">thrift store</a> frames. Create a custom <a href="http://thisgirlslifeblog.com/2014/03/washi-tape-frame.html">matte</a>. <a href="http://diana212m.blogspot.com/2013/01/home-inspiration-washi-tape-picture.html">Frame</a> a photo. <a href="http://www.athomeinlove.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/casualgallerywall.jpg">Hang</a> a picture.</p> <p>Also&hellip;.</p> <p>How cute is this <a href="http://www.suburble.com/2013/05/washi-tape-specimen-art-tutorial.html">butterfly collection</a>?</p> <h2>Restyle Your Ceiling Fan</h2> <p>I have a love/hate relationship with ceiling fans. They certainly make life more pleasant, but man, most of them are just fugly. What's with the 80's Holly Hobby Styling? Replace the weird tulip lamps with a <a href="http://www.itallstartedwithpaint.com/washi-tape-drum-shade/">drum shade</a> for a clean, mod look or make your fan the focal point of a room by decorating the <a href="http://modpodgerocksblog.com/2013/02/decorate-a-ceiling-fan-with-chevron.html/chevron-ceiling-fan">blades</a>.</p> <h2>Let There Be Lig&hellip; Washi Tape</h2> <p>Washi tape elevates a simple <a href="http://www.101woonideeen.nl/zelfmaken/lamp-op-de-muur.html">light bulb</a> to art. Revamp dated <a href="http://www.craftcritique.com/2011/02/01/cha-scrapbooking-hambly-screen-prints/">floor lamps</a>. Hang <a href="http://mommo-design.blogspot.com/2013/04/washi-tape-wall-decor.html">twinkle lights</a>. Decorate <a href="http://www.acasarella.net/2013/05/washi-tape-paper-lanterns.html">paper lanterns</a>. Add pattern to the <a href="http://www.tealandlime.com/2012/01/washi-tape-lampshade-lining/">interior</a> and the <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/77328182@N04/6929724429/in/photostream/">exterior</a> of lampshades.</p> <h2>Take Charge of Your Chargers</h2> <p>Do you live or work in a communal space? Is there someone in your life who is always &quot;accidentally&quot; &quot;borrowing&quot; your chargers? Wrap washi tape around your phone and laptop <a href="http://sewtrashy.com/2013/03/quick-easy-diy-washi-tape-apple-charger/">chargers</a> so you know at a glance which plug belongs to you.</p> <h2>Organize Power Cords</h2> <p>Washi tape makes organizing power cords a cinch. <a href="http://thechicsite.com/2014/07/22/cord-labels/">Label</a> that messy snarl of cords or <a href="http://www.curbly.com/users/lexybward/posts/14930-make-it-washi-tape-power-cords">color coordinate</a> cords to match their machines. Upcycle toilet paper tubes into <a href="http://organizeyourstuffnow.com/wordpress/32181">cord wranglers</a> for extension cords and Christmas lights.</p> <h2>Switch Up Your Switch Plates</h2> <p>Often the ugliest things in a room are the <a href="http://www.gretasday.com/2013/12/diy-washi-tape-switch-plate-cover-tutorial/comment-page-1/#comment-115375">switch plates</a> for lights. That off-white plastic never looks clean.</p> <h2>Match Your Toenails to, Well, Anything Else</h2> <p>Washi tape makes custom <a href="http://www.craftsunleashed.com/jewelry-main/hair-accessories/washi-tape-nails/">nail art</a> easy.</p> <p><em>How do you decorate with washi tape? Feel free to supply links to your projects in the comments.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/max-wong">Max Wong</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/60-things-you-can-decorate-with-washi-tape">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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