crafts http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/5637/all en-US 11 Creative Ways to Reuse Egg Crates http://www.wisebread.com/11-creative-ways-to-reuse-egg-crates <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/11-creative-ways-to-reuse-egg-crates" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/recycled_egg_crates_000019998240.jpg" alt="How to creatively reuse egg crates" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I don't know about you, but I eat a ton of eggs. We have leftover crates upon leftover crates, and beyond <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-diy-crafts-that-will-save-you-money">reusing and recycling</a>, I've started repurposing them in fun ways around my house.</p> <h2>1. Seeding Storage</h2> <p>I actually <a href="http://lifehacker.com/5875765/use-an-egg-carton-to-jumpstart-your-garden-this-spring">started all our seeds</a> in egg cartons this year. They're the perfect size for germination. When the seedlings are ready for planting, just cut out the individual cups and plant directly into the ground. Of course, if you plan to try this one, use the paper cups versus the styrofoam ones.</p> <h2>2. Recycled Decor</h2> <p>Beautify your place on the cheap with this <a href="http://homemadeserenity.blogspot.com/2011/04/make-it-egg-carton-wreath.html">egg carton wreath</a>. You'll cut flower shapes from the cups and fashion leaves from the cover. Then paint with bright colors and glue to assemble. Just don't hang this wreath outdoors &mdash; the moisture will ruin it.</p> <h2>3. Jewelry Organization</h2> <p>Here's a cool <a href="http://shopwalkinlove.com/blogs/walk-in-love/11350757-egg-carton-organizers">jewelry organization project</a> that might also make a great gift. Cut an egg carton in half and paint it with spray paint. Then fill with jewelry and other knick-knacks. This tutorial instructs you to cut the top off the carton, but I think it would be nice to keep it on.</p> <h2>4. Veggie Storage</h2> <p>Or store your vegetables in <a href="http://www.thriftyfun.com/Egg-Crates-for-Veggie-Storage.html">stacked egg cartons</a>. This method will keep spoiled foods from leaking anything onto fresh ones. Bonus: If you have anything &mdash; like tomatoes &mdash; that need ripening in paper bags, they should mature perfectly in the cartons.</p> <h2>5. Scavenger Hunt</h2> <p>Send your kids on a <a href="http://www.iammommahearmeroar.net/2011/03/spring-scavenger-hunt.html">fun scavenger hunt</a> in the backyard. Print out what you want your child to find, stick it on the egg carton, and then hand it off. They can stick found items inside. The author of this activity provides a printout, but your yard might not contain the same stuff (depending on where you live).</p> <h2>6. Sewing Kit</h2> <p>Stow needles, thread, buttons, and more in this <a href="http://www.madebymarzipan.com/?tutorial=egg-carton-sewing-kit">egg carton sewing kit</a>. My favorite part is the personalized design. You can decorate it to suit your unique tastes. Or keep it basic. Whatever you do, don't forget the egg-shaped pin cushion.</p> <h2>7. Paint Palette</h2> <p>This <a href="http://www.realsimple.com/home-organizing/home-organizing-new-uses-for-old-things/egg-carton-as-paint-palette">egg crate paint palette</a> is pretty easy to put together. Open the crate, squeeze paint inside, and get creative. You can leave some cups open for mixing of colors. Otherwise, when you're done, just let everything dry and use again the next time you want to make art.</p> <h2>8. Gift Wrap</h2> <p>Skip the pricey gift bags and use an <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/kirstyneale/3560879400/in/gallery-paneamoreecreativita-72157623683672416/">egg carton to wrap</a> instead. You can paint and decorate in whatever colors or prints that match your theme. Works wonderfully for small items like soaps, underwear, jewelry, chocolates, and more.</p> <h2>9. Mosquito Smoker</h2> <p>Don't let mosquitoes ruin your next backyard bash. You can <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/bruce-lubin/an-easy-free-way-to-keep-_b_5648824.html">smoke them out</a> for free using an egg carton. Simply light one edge on fire and set somewhere safe to burn (like your grill top). Alternatively, you can try this same thing with one of those coffee to-go containers.</p> <h2>10. Bird Feeder</h2> <p>This quick and easy <a href="http://thecreativecubby.blogspot.com/2013/06/egg-carton-bird-feeder.html">egg carton bird feeder</a> project will please nature enthusiasts. Remove the lid from your egg carton. Then poke holes in each of the four corners. Thread a string through each hold, then gather together and knot. Fill with bird seed and enjoy.</p> <h2>11. Flower Vase</h2> <p>Create a quick centerpiece for your dinner table with this gorgeous <a href="http://cfabbridesigns.com/holidays/easter/egg-carton-vase/">egg crate vase</a>. Line the cups with plastic eggs and add a little water. Smaller blooms work best, and I love how the author of this project used broccoli to add texture to her arrangement.</p> <p><em>What do you do with your old egg cartons?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-creative-ways-to-reuse-egg-crates">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/13-wonderful-household-uses-for-essential-oils">13 Wonderful Household Uses for Essential Oils</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/5-homemade-stain-removers-that-actually-work">5 Homemade Stain Removers That Actually Work</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-surprising-uses-for-vinegar">21 Surprising Uses for Vinegar</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-ways-to-eliminate-ants-without-an-exterminator">8 Ways to Eliminate Ants Without an Exterminator</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> DIY Green Living crafts eco-friendly egg cartons egg crates recycling repurposing Thu, 16 Jul 2015 17:00:23 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1485981 at http://www.wisebread.com 15 Awesomely Fun Toys You Can DIY http://www.wisebread.com/15-awesomely-fun-toys-you-can-diy <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/15-awesomely-fun-toys-you-can-diy" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/child_playing_toy_kitchen_000046919258.jpg" alt="Kid playing with super fun DIY toy" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Have you been to a toy store lately? There are gadgets and dolls and blocks and other stuff for every age and every stage. So many options, in fact, that it can get quite overwhelming to choose something for your child. Plus, the prices on most of these toys are absolutely outrageous.</p> <p>So dig around the house for some raw materials and get back to the basics with this list of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-diy-crafts-that-will-save-you-money">DIY</a> toys will help you craft playthings your kids will enjoy for years to come.</p> <h2>1. Baby Gym</h2> <p>Cut a few boards and connect them with a dowel to make your own <a href="http://mthanded.blogspot.com.au/2014/09/wooden-baby-gym-tutorial.html">baby gym</a>. The tutorial is pretty lax because you can make it to suit your individual needs. Once the base is constructed, use links to tie up store-bought (or homemade) toys for playing. The best part? When your child grows out of it, you can sew a cute tent cover for more fun.</p> <h2>2. Kinetic Sand</h2> <p>If you haven't discovered the sand craze yet, save yourself some cash by making <a href="http://parentingchaos.com/diy-kinetic-sand/">kinetic sand</a> at home. This stuff holds shape but doesn't make a mess, so it's easy to pick up. You'll need some fine sand from a craft or pet store. After you've baked it dry, add glue and liquid starch until the mixture sticks together but not to your hands.</p> <h2>3. Rag Doll</h2> <p>So many dolls on store shelves look the same. Give your little one something unique with this <a href="http://www.makeit-loveit.com/2013/02/girl-boy-fabric-dolls-pattern-pieces-included.html">DIY rag doll</a>. You'll find patterns for both girl and boy dolls with a detailed sewing tutorial. The difficulty is up to you. The dolls might take some work, but when they're done, you'll be glad you put in the effort.</p> <h2>4. House Blocks</h2> <p>Skip the pricey block sets and make your own <a href="http://mermagblog.com/diy-stacking-house-blocks/">stacking house blocks</a> from scratch. You can cut blocks from 4x4 lumber, but I also recommend checking out your local craft store for cheap pre-cut blocks. Once they're all sanded, decorate with non-toxic acrylic paints and finish with beeswax polish.</p> <h2>5. Animal Spools</h2> <p>Or here's another stacking toy using <a href="http://www.handmadecharlotte.com/diy-mix-em-animal-spools/">wooden spools</a> instead of blocks. Download the free animal template, cut out the parts, and then tape together. Your child will play for hours making different combinations with the heads, bodies, and legs.</p> <h2>6. Play Garden</h2> <p>Grab an old box and get &quot;planting&quot; with this <a href="http://www.abeautifulmess.com/2014/03/diy-plantable-felt-garden-box.html">DIY play garden</a>. You'll use jersey fabric to make round tubes of pretend dirt filled with stuffing. The tutorial describes how to make a variety of colorful veggies from felt. When you've finished sewing, stuff everything together and let your child harvest.</p> <h2>7. Car Ramps</h2> <p>Your kid's cars will zoom faster than ever before with this super simple <a href="http://buggyandbuddy.com/make-wooden-toy-car-ramp/">car ramps</a> project. Cut a few wooden boards to around three feet long. Then paint each black like pavement. Add some yellow dashes for extra flair before placing your new roads on different level surfaces for downhill speed.</p> <h2>8. Toy Treehouse</h2> <p>My jaw dropped when I found this clever <a href="http://www.northstory.ca/dollhouse-no-way-build-your-kids-a-toy-treehouse/">toy treehouse</a> made from various found objects. The author of this project used a branch, cutting board, craft bird house, dowels, and some other thrift and Dollar Store trinkets. Better than spending nearly $200 for <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002RBWKOO/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B002RBWKOO&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=BPYYH7MJUXL7ZLXC">something similar</a>.</p> <h2>9. Play Kitchen</h2> <p>Start combing Craigslist now! You can use an old entertainment center as a starting point for this adorable <a href="http://www.greenyourdecor.com/7042/crazy-beautiful-toy-kitchen/">play kitchen</a>. Depending on how your old furniture is configured, you can make a shelf the cooktop, the cabinet a pretend refrigerator, and add hooks for play plates or towels. Give the whole thing a bright coat of paint for looks.</p> <h2>10. Slime</h2> <p>Everyone loves oozy slime, especially in <a href="http://frugalfun4boys.com/2014/09/29/make-sparkly-gold-slime/">metallic colors</a>. Mixing it together takes just a few minutes. You'll combine liquid starch, clear glue, gold powder, and glitter. Use different powder and glitter for different colors.</p> <h2>11. Cardboard Bed</h2> <p>Here's an awesome <a href="http://www.hellobee.com/2012/10/09/diy-cardboard-bed/">cardboard bed</a> you can make with recycled cardboard and a handy PDF. In other words: It's free. You'll cut out different shapes to make the headboard, footboard, side supports, and more. Then use the slots to nest everything together.</p> <h2>12. Story Stones</h2> <p>I had never heard of <a href="http://thinkcrafts.com/blog/2013/08/27/diy-story-stones/">story stones</a>, but they seem like a genius way to get your kid's imagination going. Look around your house, backyard, or at a park for a few smooth stones. Clean them well, then paint with different pictures &mdash; preferably around a theme. For best results, paint a white background where your image will go. It will help the colors pop.</p> <h2>13. Mini Foosball Table</h2> <p>I want one of these <a href="http://www.handimania.com/diy/mini-foosball-table-kids.html">mini foosball tables</a> for myself. The idea is that cool. You just need an adult-sized shoebox, some dowels, clothespins, and paint. Once you've assembled the playing field, toss in a ping pong ball and keep score.</p> <h2>14. Rainbow Rocker</h2> <p>This <a href="http://ramblingsfromtheburbs.com/2014/01/diy-rainbow-rocker/">rainbow rocker</a> is a multipurpose toy for toddlers that gets wonderfully physical. And the author's inspiration was a toy that retails for $188! To build, you'll need some birch plywood, pocket hole screws, food coloring (to stain wood), and isopropyl alcohol. With materials and printing of plans ($7 at an office supply store), you'll only spend around $50 on this project. Just cut your pieces, sand, stain, and assemble.</p> <h2>15. Play Grill</h2> <p>You can make this <a href="http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/diy-toy-grill-116515?image_id=1411234">pretend grill</a> for around $20. The most important part is a plastic mixing bowl, so if you have one you're willing to part with, it might be even cheaper. Drill holes in the bowl, make a tripod base for it to rest on with thick dowels. The grate is also made from dowels. After a coat of spray paint, you're done.</p> <p><em>What are your favorite DIY toys?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-awesomely-fun-toys-you-can-diy">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-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/14-free-or-cheap-toys-that-will-make-your-kid-smarter">14 Free or Cheap Toys That Will Make Your Kid Smarter</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-cheap-fun-things-to-do-with-kids-this-weekend">20 Cheap Fun Things to Do With Kids This Weekend</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-fun-toys-and-games-you-can-make-at-home">10 Fun Toys and Games You Can Make at Home</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-child-products-that-are-cheaper-and-better-than-store-bought">10 Homemade Child Products That Are Cheaper and Better Than Store Bought</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <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> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> DIY Family crafts fun kids playing toys Mon, 06 Jul 2015 13:00:11 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1475752 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Sites to Sell Your Arts and Crafts http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-sites-to-sell-your-arts-and-crafts <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-sites-to-sell-your-arts-and-crafts" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/man_with_clay_000045081946.jpg" alt="Man finding where to sell his arts and crafts online" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Maybe you create art or make crafts as a hobby. Or perhaps you've been dreaming of starting your own business using your homemade items as stock. Whatever the case, there are plenty of places online where you can list your wares and earn some pretty decent coin in return. Here's the lowdown on a few of the most popular <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-etsy-can-help-start-your-small-business">marketplaces for crafters and artists</a>.</p> <h2>1. Etsy</h2> <p>Over 30 million people from across the globe use <a href="http://www.etsy.com/">Etsy</a> to buy and sell anything from handmade jewelry to one-of-a-kind house decor. You can even sell craft supplies and rare vintage items, if that's more your speed. Overall, this is one of the most popular arts communities online and even offers the convenience of cool features like gift cards.</p> <p>Another bonus is low costs: there are no membership fees on Etsy, and it costs just $0.20 to list an item until it sells. The site does collect a 3.5% fee on the total sale price (including shipping) of each item. All sales transaction are done through Direct Checkout, PayPal, check, or money order. To learn more, check out Etsy's comprehensive <a href="https://www.etsy.com/seller-handbook">Seller Handbook</a> with details on photography, shipping, growth strategies, and more.</p> <h2>2. eBay</h2> <p>Marketplace giant <a href="http://www.ebay.com/">eBay</a> has been around since 1995. If you can dream it, you can likely find it somewhere on the site for a price. A few of the more prominent craft categories on eBay include woodworking, scrapbooking, ceramics and pottery, textile art, craft supplies, and even origami. One of eBay's most unique features is its different buying structures, including auctions. You can set a low auction starting price on your items and/or choose a set Buy-It-Now amount.</p> <p>Whichever you choose, understand that there are various <a href="http://pages.ebay.com/help/sell/fees.html">selling fees</a> involved in all transactions. You'll likely encounter an insertion fee, final sale fee, and some upgrade fees, depending on how you choose to list. The amounts vary by item, but &mdash; for example &mdash; a $30 sewn doll with $5 shipping will cost you $3.15, according to the <a href="http://www.fees.ebay.com/feeweb/feecalculator">fee calculator</a>. Read eBay's <a href="http://pages.ebay.com/buy/guides/crafts-selling-guide/">Crafts Selling Guide</a> for more details on making listings, selling your stuff, and shipping.</p> <h2>3. Bonanza</h2> <p>&quot;Find everything but the ordinary&quot; is <a href="http://www.bonanza.com/">Bonanza</a>'s site motto, and for good reason. You can discover anything from crocheted potholders to beaded necklaces to original canvas paintings. Better yet, the site is well known as a good alternative to some of the bigger name marketplaces out there. Over 50,000 sellers have shared that they prefer the site to others like Etsy and eBay for the low fees, customer service, and profitability.</p> <p>Like eBay, you'll find the craft items among many other things for sale like collectibles, women's retail fashion, makeup, and more. The difference? There are no fees unless your item sells. You'll encounter a 3.5% fee on final order values less than $500 &mdash; but that's minus a shipping fee exemption of up to $10 to keep some extra money in your pocket. Check out the <a href="http://www.bonanza.com/site_help/booths_setup">Selling on Bonanza</a> guide for more information.</p> <h2>4. Zibbet</h2> <p>How about no listing fees, no sale fees, and a free account? That's exactly what you'll get with <a href="https://www.zibbet.com/">Zibbet</a>. The site stays true to its mission by selling only handmade items &mdash; and absolutely nothing that has been mass-produced.</p> <p>If you currently sell goods on Etsy, you can use the site's handy import tool to automatically switch your listings to Zibbet. You'll also find some powerful promotional tools, like custom coupon codes and gift certificates that get buyers clicking again and again. Take advantage of your account's statistics to track your sales and progress. For more about selling with Zibbet, check out the site's <a href="https://www.zibbet.com/sell">selling page</a>.</p> <h2>5. iCraft</h2> <p>If you're trying to avoid sites that are bogged down by too much unrelated merchandise, check out <a href="http://icraftgifts.com/">iCraft</a>. The site features handmade items exclusively &mdash; nothing vintage, for resale, or food related &mdash; and is <a href="http://icraftgifts.com/what-considered-handmade.php">quite selective</a> about what can go up for sale. Their guidelines may sound overly specific, but your audience will be greatly targeted by the time they reach your store to browse around.</p> <p>There is a one-time registration fee of $25 to set up a store with iCraft. Instead of the standard listing fees included with other marketplaces, you choose between subscription rates ranging from $5 to $15 a month, depending on the number of items you'd like to list. That might all seem steep, but there are no commissions on sales. Plus, subscribers who pay their annual fees upfront get a 10% discount. Here's where you can learn more about iCraft's <a href="http://icraftgifts.com/sell.php">selling policies</a>.</p> <p><em>Have you used online marketplaces to sell your crafts? Tell us about your experiences below!</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/the-5-best-sites-to-sell-your-arts-and-crafts">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/sell-handmade-goods-buy-cheap-handmade-goodies">Sell handmade goods, buy cheap handmade goodies.</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-9-secrets-of-highly-successful-craigslist-sellers">The 9 Secrets of Highly Successful Craigslist Sellers</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/craigslist-vs-ebay-where-to-sell-10-common-items">Craigslist vs. eBay: Where to Sell 10 Common Items</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-bake-sourdough-bread-and-save-a-buck-on-every-loaf">How to bake sourdough bread (and save a buck on every loaf)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/18-amazing-diy-decorating-projects-that-are-easier-than-you-think">18 Amazing DIY Decorating Projects That Are Easier Than You Think</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Extra Income arts crafts DIY Homemade selling online Mon, 29 Jun 2015 11:00:13 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1467221 at http://www.wisebread.com 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-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/25-gifts-you-can-make-today">25 Gifts You Can Make Today</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-ways-to-recycle-and-reuse-old-t-shirts">15 Ways to Recycle and Reuse Old T-shirts</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/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/11-creative-ways-to-reuse-egg-crates">11 Creative Ways to Reuse Egg Crates</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-diy-clothing-projects-for-men">13 DIY Clothing Projects for Men</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 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-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-gifts-you-can-make-today">25 Gifts You Can Make Today</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-ways-to-recycle-and-reuse-old-t-shirts">15 Ways to Recycle and Reuse Old T-shirts</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/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/11-creative-ways-to-reuse-egg-crates">11 Creative Ways to Reuse Egg Crates</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-diy-clothing-projects-for-men">13 DIY Clothing Projects for Men</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 14 Cool Things You Can Make With an Ice Cube Tray http://www.wisebread.com/14-cool-things-you-can-make-with-an-ice-cube-tray <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/14-cool-things-you-can-make-with-an-ice-cube-tray" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/ice cube trays.jpg" alt="ice cube trays" title="ice cube trays" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Do you have an old ice cube tray stuffed away in a kitchen drawer? I'm sure if you dig deep enough, you'll find one hiding back with your fondue pot or some other useless kitchen gadget. Drag it out of storage and start using it for way more than freezing water. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/you-wont-believe-how-much-you-can-save-with-an-ice-cube-tray?ref=seealso">You Won't Believe How Much You Can Save With an Ice Cube Tray</a>)</p> <p>These 14 genius ideas will spur some creativity, and if you use ice cube trays for something else equally smart &mdash; let us know in the comments!</p> <h2>1. Coffee Cubes</h2> <p>Cool a batch of your favorite strong-brewed coffee to room temperature, then mix with your favorite flavors and sweeteners before <a href="http://kirantarun.com/food/2014/04/08/iced-coffee-cubes/">freezing overnight</a> in an ice cube tray. Put several cubes in a glass and pour over with your favorite milk or creamer for a delicious beverage that would cost you a lot more if you bought it at the shop.</p> <h2>2. Lotion Cubes</h2> <p>Winter is the season of dry skin. Take a preventative approach by mixing together a batch of <a href="http://www.neverhomemaker.com/2014/08/diy-natural-lotion-cubes.html">DIY Lotion Cubes</a>. Melt beeswax, coconut oil, and shea butter together in a double boiler. Then add in any essential oils you like. Portion into cubes and let set before using. They make great gifts!</p> <h2>3. Multicolor Crayons</h2> <p>If you have lots of odd and ends of old crayons in your child's art supplies, take the wrappers off and <a href="http://theimaginationtree.com/2011/08/diy-rainbow-crayons.html">melt them together</a> in a silicone ice cube tray. Preheat your oven to around 200 degrees F and bake for 10-15 minutes.</p> <h2>4. Frozen Herbs</h2> <p>I got a little over-zealous at Thanksgiving and bought way too many herbs than I needed for cooking. So, I took the rest, chopped them up, and <a href="http://www.simplycanning.com/freezing-herbs.html">froze them with water</a> in an ice cube tray. Now when I'm cooking, I just pop out a cube and toss into whatever I'm making.</p> <h2>5. Perfect Portions</h2> <p>The same idea applies when I freeze portions of ingredients like pesto, pizza or pasta sauce, salsa, vegetable stock or broth, etc. Many ingredients you have left over after a big cook can be chilled into individual portions and tossed in whatever you're making. For example, I regularly <a href="http://www.neverhomemaker.com/2014/09/another-homemade-almond-milk-trick.html">freeze homemade almond milk</a> in cubes for use in my morning smoothies.</p> <h2>6. Smoothie Cubes</h2> <p>And sometimes when I don't leave enough minutes in my morning to make breakfast, I pop a few <a href="http://thethingswellmake.com/smoothie-fruit-cubes-or-homemade-baby/">Smoothie Cubes</a> in a cup and bring it on my morning errands. In a few hours, the drink is defrosted and ready to consume. Some smoothie cube recipes can also be used as baby food.</p> <h2>7. Candy Bars</h2> <p>You can make tiny candy bars at home using an ice cube tray. These bite-sized <a href="http://almondsandavocados.com/bite-size-chocolate-turtle-candy-bars/">Chocolate Turtle Bars</a> even allow you to make your own chocolate, customizing the flavor and ingredients if you have any dietary restrictions. Pour a small layer of chocolate in the tray first, let set in the freezer, then place in the caramel filling and more chocolate on top.</p> <h2>8. Cookie Dough</h2> <p>Skip the store version of ready-to-bake cookie dough and make your own. After you mix together your favorite recipe, portion out into your ice cube tray and let freeze. You can pop out each dough bite and store in an airtight container (or zip-top bag) until you're ready to bake. You may need to add a minute or two to the baking time to see those golden brown edges.</p> <h2>9. Granola Poppers</h2> <p>Yum. Mix together a few simple ingredients and then portion into an ice cube tray to make these <a href="http://www.smartschoolhouse.com/easy-recipe/granola-bar-ice-cube-tray/2">Granola Poppers</a>. They'd make a wonderful after-school snack or just help you from eating the entire batch in one sitting.</p> <h2>10. Dishwasher Tabs</h2> <p>I regularly make my own detergent, but I had never thought to store it in solid form until I saw this <a href="http://www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com/2013/04/make-your-own-dishwasher-detergent-tabs.html">Dishwasher Tab</a> recipe. Better yet, these tabs use all the standard ingredients (borax, baking soda, salt, etc.), but instead of putting vinegar in the rinse cycle, you add it right into the mix to help bind everything together.</p> <h2>11. Toddler Tray</h2> <p>I read a lot of Dr. Sears when my daughter was a baby, and he advocates letting kids graze versus eating large meals. His trick? The nibble platter. You can actually employ this concept quite easily <a href="http://www.wileyvalentine.com/blog/2011/11/21/mom-monday-toddler-lunch-idea/">using an ice cube tray</a> filled with a variety of fresh fruits, veggies, and other healthy snacks.</p> <h2>12. Paint Palette</h2> <p>We also use ice cube trays as makeshift paint palettes for rainy day crafts and art projects. Just squirt different colors into each cube and paint. You can even mix custom colors easily this way, creating a whole world of new hues for your kids to brush around. Pretty simple, right?</p> <h2>13. Jewelry Organizer</h2> <p>If you're strapped for space or just don't feel like spending money on a jewelry box or case, use some ice cube trays to separate and organize things like earrings and rings. My daughter likes to take my rings and hide them around the house, so I stack trays in my dresser drawer to keep jewelry safe and out of sight.</p> <h2>14. Mini Candles</h2> <p>Here's a fantastic gift idea: Make <a href="http://www.twiggstudios.com/2013/01/ombre-heart-candles.html">mini candles</a> for your friends and family using a silicone ice cube tray! This tutorial uses a heart shaped variety for some extra flair. Simply pick up some tea lights at the dollar store, remove the wax and melt with crayons for color, pour into your tray, and let set.</p> <p><em>What cool uses for ice cube trays have you come up with? Please share in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-cool-things-you-can-make-with-an-ice-cube-tray">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-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/23-fantastic-uses-for-apples">23 Fantastic Uses for Apples</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/getting-by-without-a-job-part-4-get-free-stuff">Getting by without a job, part 4--get free stuff</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-fantastic-chalkboard-paint-projects">15 Fantastic Chalkboard Paint Projects</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-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/how-to-make-moonshine">How to Make Moonshine</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> DIY Food and Drink Organization clever uses crafts freeze ahead ice cube tray Mon, 22 Dec 2014 16:00:07 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1270632 at http://www.wisebread.com 18 Amazing DIY Decorating Projects That Are Easier Than You Think http://www.wisebread.com/18-amazing-diy-decorating-projects-that-are-easier-than-you-think <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/18-amazing-diy-decorating-projects-that-are-easier-than-you-think" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/man-painting-canvas-85451640-small.jpg" alt="painter" title="painter" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Do you find lots of DIY home projects online that look absolutely amazing, but when you get to the instructions, well, your jaw drops at the difficulty? Me too. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-home-decorating-ideas-for-under-5?ref=seealso">15 Home Decorating Ideas for Under $5</a>)</p> <p>The good news is that there are plenty of straightforward projects out there that can make your home look fantastic (and give you the satisfaction of doing it yourself). Here are some of my favorites for every area of your home.</p> <h2>1. Painted Tablecloth</h2> <p>This <a href="http://ohhappyday.com/2013/05/polka-dot-tablecloth-diy/">Polka Dot Tablecloth</a> is so simple, a kid could make it. Cut out a dot shape using a potato, dip it in some textile paint, and stamp. Of course, if you have other ideas for designs, just use a brush or stamp and the same textile paint.</p> <h2>2. Painted Furniture</h2> <p>If you have an index finger, you can spray paint a variety of furniture pieces. I've given a bright coat to chairs, side tables, and even a dresser for design on a dime. There are definitely some <a href="http://www.sheknows.com/home-and-gardening/articles/952805/how-to-spray-paint-furniture-for-a-professional-look">best practices</a> here, including cleaning and lightly sanding, spraying outdoors in a well ventilated area, priming and painting with thin coats, and sealing with a clear finisher if your piece will be heavily used.</p> <h2>3. Fun Tile</h2> <p>Refresh that outdated backsplash by <a href="http://www.designsponge.com/2014/10/how-to-paint-a-tile-backsplash.html">painting over it</a>! You'll need a shellac-based primer, acrylic house paint, and a polyurethane top coat. I took this project a step farther by using metallic craft paint to create an artistic <a href="http://www.writingchapterthree.com/2014/10/the-hand-painted-backsplash.html">mixed-tile look</a> in my kitchen.</p> <h2>4. Stone Tub</h2> <p>That old bathtub can get a <a href="http://lovelycraftyhome.com/2013/01/28/update-your-boring-builder-bathtub-with-airstone/">spa-worthy makeover</a> using AirStone &mdash; a lightweight veneer you can buy at Lowes &mdash; and adhesive. You'll want to clean your tub well before beginning for optimum sticking power. From there, just apply the adhesive to the stone and stick. You can cut different sizes using a hacksaw.</p> <h2>5. Serene Fireplace</h2> <p>I've given <a href="http://www.bhg.com/decorating/fireplace/styles/how-to-paint-a-brick-fireplace/">new life to an old fireplace</a> in three homes now. Old red brick doesn't go with all decors, so paint those suckers by using a regular paintbrush and a foam brush (will help get in all the crevices) and good quality flat, semi-gloss, or gloss latex, depending on your tastes. Note: I've skipped the priming the last two times, and my results have been just as stellar. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/boost-your-homes-value-with-these-5-projects?ref=seealso">Boost Your Home's Value With These 5 Projects</a>)</p> <h2>6. Basket Pendant</h2> <p>Updating an old light fixture doesn't have to be expensive. I love this <a href="http://www.younghouselove.com/2012/08/total-basketcase/">Basket Pendant Light</a> idea &mdash; which features a cool $10 thrift store basket and cheap pendant light. Just remove the pendant's original cover, snake it through the basket, hang, and you're done (similar fixtures cost over $300!).</p> <h2>7. Haute Headboard</h2> <p>Head to your local lumber supply or box hardware store and get a large piece of plywood cut to size for this <a href="http://design-aholic.blogspot.com/2009/09/afternoon-headboard.html">DIY Headboard</a>. Once you have your board cut, cover it with batting and fabric, then embellish with nailhead trim. The cost was just $67 for a queen bed, and the time required was only an afternoon.</p> <h2>8. Towel Hooks</h2> <p>Tame all those bathroom towels with this <a href="http://myfabulesslife.com/diytowelrack/">beautiful rack</a> that assembles in only minutes. Cut (or have someone cut) your desired length from a 1x10 board, then sand it lightly and stain. Once it dries, mark where your hooks will go, hang, and then screw in your hooks. Bonus: The entire cost is less than $15 from start to finish.</p> <h2>9. Terrific Throw</h2> <p>Even if you've never once touched a sewing machine, you can still make a throw blanket for your couch to ward off chills. The classic is a warm <a href="http://lifeovereasy.com/diy-no-sew-fleece-throw-dorm/">fleece blanket</a>, where you take two pieces of fleece fabric, cut all along the edges, and then tie off to bind. If you live in a warmer climate, it's the same process for <a href="http://makelyhome.com/no-sew-color-block-summer-throw-blanket/">this throw</a>, just using jersey knit fabric.</p> <h2>10. Abstract Art</h2> <p>I recently went out looking for some art to cozy up our family room, and I was shocked at the price tags. This <a href="http://homecomingmn.blogspot.com/2014/02/diy-abstract-canvas-art.html">DIY Abstract Art</a> project looks a ton like a lot of the options I was considering, but at a fraction of the price. You'll need a large canvas, acrylic paints, a couple brushes, and about an hour of creative time.</p> <h2>11. Quote Pillow</h2> <p>Pillows with sayings scrawled on them are all the rage these days (that sounds like something my grandmother would say!). Fittingly, they can be quite expensive at the store. Make your own using this <a href="http://www.momtastic.com/diy/445213-diy-quote-pillows/">easy tutorial</a>, a linen pillowcase, stencils, and fabric marker. I'd paint words on both sides and flip to change things up every now and again.</p> <h2>12. Custom Chalkboard</h2> <p>Turn trash into treasure by taking an old picture frame and painting the glass on the inside with a couple coats of chalkboard paint. You can paint the frame with colorful spray paint, too! It's the easiest way to get a chalkboard in your house without painting the walls black. (See also: <a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Paper-Bag-Fall-Wreath-31822923?ref=seealso">15 Fantastic Chalkboard Paint Projects</a>)</p> <h2>13. No Sew Curtains</h2> <p>I made these <a href="http://www.writingchapterthree.com/2012/03/nursery-curtains-tutorial.html">No Sew Curtains</a> for my daughter's nursery a couple of years ago. The hardest part was picking out the fabric design I wanted. Iron your yards until they are smooth, then cut to your desired size. Instead of sewing, use hemming tape to create clean edges. You hang using curtain clip rings. Done!</p> <h2>14. Table Runner</h2> <p>The same idea applies with this <a href="http://www.homeyohmy.com/diy-no-sew-table-runner/">No-Sew Table Runner</a>, just on a smaller scale. You could make one for every month of the year or the change of seasons. Pick out your fabric, cut it to fit your dining table, hem using the iron-on tape, and enjoy.</p> <h2>15. Copycat Shelves</h2> <p>Skip the Restoration Hardware order and make your own <a href="http://7thhouseontheleft.com/2014/01/diy-restoration-hardware-inspired-shelving">Industrial Shelves</a>. As with many other projects on this list, you can get your 2x10 board cut down to the size you want (in this case, the author chose 30 inches for three shelves total) at the store for little or no charge. After staining them, hang with spray painted pipes and floor flanges.</p> <h2>16. Kitchen Cart</h2> <p>My eyes nearly popped out of my head with this <a href="http://ana-white.com/2014/07/plans/easiest-industrial-cart">DIY Kitchen Cart</a>. And here's why: You just use three boards cut to the size you want, stain them, then fasten together using metal angles, and then screw on some caster wheels. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-cheap-ways-to-make-your-apartment-awesome-without-losing-your-deposit?ref=seealso">10 Ways To Make Your Apartment Awesome Without Losing Your Deposit</a>)</p> <h2>17. Wrap Wreath</h2> <p>Liven up your front door by making a <a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Paper-Bag-Fall-Wreath-31822923">Wrap Wreath</a> using a foam wreath form and some recycled paper bags. Cut strips of the paper, twist, and then wrap around your form and hot glue to secure. You can make a more colorful wreath by using thick yarn instead of paper. Embellish however your mood strikes you. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-useful-items-you-should-never-throw-out?ref=seealso">10 Useful Items You Should Never Throw Out</a>)</p> <h2>18. Hand-Painted Rug</h2> <p>Upcycle an boring old rug into an amazing <a href="http://upcycledtreasures.com/2014/08/diy-painted-rug-inspired-west-elm/">West Elm Copycat</a>. You'll want to create a stencil of sorts using whatever design you think will match your home's decor. From there, draw the outlines using a Sharpie marker and paint over it using acrylic or latex. You can seal the rug using fabric protector to finish.</p> <p><em>Have you made any fab, easy DIY projects lately? Please share in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/18-amazing-diy-decorating-projects-that-are-easier-than-you-think">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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Good news, though: It's still going strong. And when I started brushing this useful and stylish coating onto my walls and other projects, it was mostly available in standard black. Now the options are many &mdash; you can even <a href="http://www.abeautifulmess.com/2012/02/how-to-mix-chalkboard-paint-in-any-color.html">make your own</a> unique blend using &frac12; cup acrylic paint (in any color) and a tablespoon of sanded grout. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-things-to-do-with-used-corks-including-making-money-with-them?ref=seealso">25 Things to Do With Used Corks</a>)</p> <p>How will you use your batch? I'm here to help! The following projects make creative use of this ubiquitous medium. With each, you'll want to <a href="http://salvagedinspirations.com/how-to-season-a-new-chalkboard/">season</a> before using, which means shading a thin layer of chalk over the whole, erasing, and then drawing and doodling to your heart's content.</p> <h2>1. Calendar</h2> <p>Use an old window to make this cute weekly <a href="http://www.housebyhoff.com/2013/09/old-window-chalkboard-calendar-its-30/">Chalkboard Calendar</a>. You'll want to choose a window that has more than seven panes in all. Then paint each pane and let dry before writing. You can even add hooks for hanging coats and bags if you like.</p> <h2>2. Magnetic Board</h2> <p>I love this freestanding <a href="http://deniseonawhim.blogspot.com/2013/08/the-chalkboard-with-magnetic-personality.html?m=0">Magnetic Chalkboard</a> upcycled from an old mirror. The author used sheet metal cutouts to achieve the magnetic feature, but you can also try a can of magnetic primer applied directly onto the mirror (under the chalkboard paint) for a much easier solution.</p> <h2>3. Framed Chalkboard</h2> <p>Rather than cover your entire wall using chalkboard paint, try sectioning off single area for this <a href="http://www.meadowlakeroad.com/how-tos/large-diy-framed-chalkboard/">Framed Chalkboard</a> effect. After cutting pine boards with a compound miter saw, this family screwed and glued together their frame before staining. You can either paint the actual wall and mount the frame over top of it or, alternatively, paint a piece of plywood that fits inside the frame.</p> <h2>4. Another Framed Board</h2> <p>Better yet, skip all the construction and use an old wall mirror or picture frame as your project base. This particular <a href="http://www.youaretalkingtoomuch.com/2012/08/chalkboard-paint-vs-spray-chalkboard-paint/">tutorial</a> is helpful with deciding between using standard brush-on chalkboard paint versus the newer spray-on kind. Whatever you end up choosing, you'll prime and paint the mirror or glass and then let dry.</p> <h2>5. Party Favors</h2> <p>These <a href="http://www.maisondepax.com/2014/05/diy-monogram-chalk-slate.html">Monogram Party Favors</a> are fun for kids and adults alike, and they only cost two dollars a pop. Just find large wooden letters at your local craft shop. Then sand and prime them before smoothing on a couple coats of chalkboard paint.</p> <h2>6. Play Table</h2> <p>As a mom, I find this <a href="http://iheartorganizing.blogspot.ca/2011/10/organizing-legos-part-2-creating-table.html">DIY Chalkboard Play Table</a> absolutely genius. You can use an old table you already own or pick one up on the cheap at your local thrift shop. From there, paint the legs whatever color speaks to your playful side. The trick is slathering several coats of chalkboard paint onto the top and letting your child's imagination go wild.</p> <h2>7. Garden Markers</h2> <p>Those of you with green thumbs will enjoy this <a href="http://www.handmadeintheheartland.com/2013/06/easy-garden-markers.html">Chalkboard Garden Marker</a> project. Paint stir sticks are the star of the show (and cheap to boot). Coat them with chalkboard paint and let dry. The author uses a chalk marker versus standard chalk for more precise labeling.</p> <h2>8. Kitchen Jars</h2> <p>Organize your pantry using these <a href="http://pumpsandiron.com/2012/11/07/diy-chalkboard-paint-glass-jars/">Labeled Glass Jars</a> using &mdash; you guessed it &mdash; chalkboard paint. Clean your container thoroughly before taping off the section you want to paint. Slap on a few coats and let dry before labeling.</p> <h2>9. Serving Platter</h2> <p>Whether you're hosting a fancy wine and cheese soiree or an informal potluck, this <a href="http://www.soyouthinkyourecrafty.com/chalkboard-serving-tray-tutorial/">Chalkboard Serving Tray</a> will come in handy. The author made it by painting an old cabinet door. You could also use an existing platter or even large plate.</p> <h2>10. Refrigerator</h2> <p>I know. This idea sounds crazy. Would you believe I <a href="http://asouthernfairytale.com/2014/09/16/chalkboard-paint-refrigerator/">painted my refrigerator</a> using chalkboard paint? Our range and dishwasher are both black and the fridge was an off white, so rather than buying a matching appliance, I thought I'd give painting a try. So far, it's holding up well. Advice? Make sure you prime first.</p> <h2>11. Pantry Organizer</h2> <p>I painted the inside of our pantry door with chalkboard paint as well, creating a <a href="http://decorandthedog.net/decorandthedog/2012/03/organization-baby-steps.html">DIY Command Center</a> to stay organized. It eliminates searching for scrap paper to make grocery lists, that's for sure. Plus, I like how it looks.</p> <h2>12. Clipboard</h2> <p>This <a href="http://www.andersonandgrant.com/2013/07/kitchen-chalkboard-made-from-clipboard.html">Chalkboard Clipboard</a> looks easy to make and quite functional. I'd love to paint several and arrange on a wall in my office for mega-organization. You could pretty much use one of these guys in any room of the house, and I think they'd make fabulous frugal gifts.</p> <h2>13. Staircase</h2> <p>The <a href="http://houstonlifestyles.com/country-flair-in-bellaire/">Chalkboard Staircase</a> in this home is quite unexpected, yet it adds some interesting flair and personality to an otherwise boring space. The family uses the area to write positive affirmations that foster confidence and strength in their kids. I like the whole concept.</p> <h2>14. Banner</h2> <p>There are many reasons to celebrate with this all-occasion <a href="http://snapcreativity.com/easy-diy-chalkboard-banner/">Chalkboard Banner</a>. Just pick up some wooden shapes at a craft store, paint them, string on some twine, and write your message. Festive decor: Done!</p> <h2>15. Gift Tags</h2> <p>This tutorial is actually for <a href="http://www.gingersnapcrafts.com/2012/12/chalkboard-ornaments-tutorial.html">Chalkboard Ornaments</a>, but I think the finished product could double as amazing gift tags for any holiday. Much like with the banner above, you'll want some wooden cutouts in different shapes to paint. Let dry and tie to gifts with ribbon.</p> <p><em>Have you chalkboarded anything in your home? Leave us a note 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/15-fantastic-chalkboard-paint-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-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/make-a-crafty-airbrush-out-of-old-junk">Make a crafty airbrush out of old junk</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-cool-things-you-can-make-with-an-ice-cube-tray">14 Cool Things You Can Make With an Ice Cube Tray</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-gifts-you-can-make-today">25 Gifts You Can Make Today</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-ways-to-recycle-and-reuse-old-t-shirts">15 Ways to Recycle and Reuse Old T-shirts</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/a-denim-expert-reveals-why-you-only-need-3-pairs-of-jeans">A Denim Expert Reveals Why You Only Need 3 Pairs of Jeans</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> DIY Organization chalkboard crafts organization paint Wed, 05 Nov 2014 10:00:05 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1250693 at http://www.wisebread.com 12 Surprising Things You Should Keep in Your Fridge http://www.wisebread.com/12-surprising-things-you-should-keep-in-your-fridge <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/12-surprising-things-you-should-keep-in-your-fridge" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman-looking-refrigerator-463890563-small.jpg" alt="woman refrigerator" title="woman refrigerator" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>What do you keep in your fridge? If you're like most people in America, you store milk, eggs, meats, cheeses, soft drinks, juices, and a whole bunch of fruit and vegetables. In short, the fridge is for food, right? Well, not always. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/fridge-or-counter-where-to-store-fruit-for-best-flavor?ref=seealso">Fridge or Counter? Where to Store Fruit for Best Flavor</a>)</p> <p>Turns out there are lots of things better served cold, like these 12 surprising items you should consider keeping in your fridge.</p> <h2>1. Candles</h2> <p>You can extend the burning life of taper candles by storing them in your refrigerator. Place them in something that will stop them absorbing moisture, such as zip-lock bags, foil, or cling wrap. Then when the time comes to use them, you'll get more bright for your buck.</p> <h2>2. Rechargeable Batteries</h2> <p>When you're not using batteries, don't keep them in the junk drawer or garage cabinet. Instead, pop them in the fridge; batteries can be preserved by keeping them cold. You can extend them by minutes or hours, and can get some seemingly dead batteries to come back to life. The freezer works well for this, too.</p> <h2>3. Whole Wheat Flour</h2> <p>That's not a mistake. The wheat germ in whole-wheat flour has a short shelf life, and can go off pretty quickly. You should keep your whole-wheat flour in the fridge, but make sure you put it in an airtight container. Flour acts like sponge for other odors and flavors, and anything strong (like onion) can taint the whole batch. Nobody wants a bunch of onion flavored cupcakes.</p> <h2>4. Metal Spoons</h2> <p>Why would you want access to a cold spoon? This is a tip from people who work in the beauty profession. If you wake up with bags under your eyes, pressing the back of a cold metal spoon against them can take away the puffiness and swelling. This is, however, only a temporary solution. It also works with slices of cold cucumber, but the great thing about spoons is that they never go bad.</p> <h2>5. Skin Cream and Sunscreen</h2> <p>If you don't like the idea of pressing icy-cold metal to your face, store your skin cream in the fridge instead. Keeping it nice and cold will have a similar effect to the cold spoons, and it's also a soothing thing to put on in the hot weather. This goes double for sunscreen on hot days.</p> <h2>6. Nail Polish</h2> <p>Celebrity manicurist (yes, there is such a profession) <a href="http://www.kaitmosh.com/">Kait Mosh</a> says that heat and light are the enemies of nail polish, and will thicken it up over time. As the father of two young girls, I can't tell you how many times I've tried applying goopy nail polish, with awful results. To stop this happening, keep your nail polish in the fridge. It will prolong the life and keep it flowing freely.</p> <h2>7. Bowls and Plates</h2> <p>If you're a fan of ice cream (and who isn't?) or other cold foods, it doesn't hurt to devote a section of your fridge to a few plates and bowls. They stack nicely, and when it comes time for a helping of ice cream, the cold bowl stops it from melting as quickly. It's also good for any other foods that will benefit from staying colder, longer.</p> <h2>8. Olive Oil</h2> <p>You may not realize it, but olive oil is delicate. Many experts agree that the best way to store olive oil is in the same conditions as wine &mdash; roughly 57 degrees Fahrenheit. Of course, very few of us have a wine cellar or wine fridge, so the next best things is a spot in the regular fridge. (Note: High-end or premium extra-virgin olive oils should not get the same treatment, as it interferes with the flavor and aroma.)</p> <h2>9. Camera Film</h2> <p>Does anyone still use traditional camera film any more? Yes, they do. Like vinyl, it's starting to make a comeback. There are certain effects people want from traditional film that are difficult to fake in the digital world. However, it's a lot more difficult to get hold of camera film these days, and it's more expensive. So make sure it produces the best results by keeping your camera film in the fridge. It won't extend the shelf life though.</p> <h2>10. Nuts</h2> <p>You can double the shelf life of nuts by keeping them in the fridge. A tub of them in the pantry will last three months, but that can be extended to six months in your fridge. You can also freeze them and extend their life to over a year. Just like flour, remember to keep them in air-tight containers as they will absorb odors from strong-smelling foods.</p> <h2>11. Flower Bulbs</h2> <p>Professional gardeners can chime in on this one, but many people store tulip bulbs in the fridge for 12-16 weeks as a method of &quot;<a href="http://wcfcourier.com/lifestyles/home-and-garden/gardening/planning_tips/the-big-chill-learn-a-few-tricks-for-forcing-tulip/article_f11f53a6-ba73-11de-b0f4-001cc4c002e0.html">forcing</a>&quot; them to send up shoots:</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;">You can chill the bulbs in the old-fashioned way by potting them up and placing the pots in cold storage (40 to 45 F). An easier method, especially if space is limited, is to place the bulbs themselves in the fridge for the big chill, then planting in pots.</p> <h2>12. Dead Birds</h2> <p>How could I not include this <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nmLqs8qkP_Y">one</a>? Of course, don't expect to get your money back from the magic store. You have to admit, it's the most surprising item on the list!</p> <p><em>What do you keep in your fridge, other than the obvious items? Let us know.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-surprising-things-you-should-keep-in-your-fridge">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/beginners-guide-to-finding-your-interior-design-style">Beginner&#039;s Guide to Finding Your Interior Design Style</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/cooking-for-beginners-10-recipes-for-kitchen-newbies">Cooking for Beginners: 10 Recipes for Kitchen Newbies</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-gifts-you-can-make-today">25 Gifts You Can Make Today</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/20-awesome-uses-for-milk-crates">20 Awesome Uses for Milk Crates</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Home Lifestyle beauty crafts fridge refrigerator Wed, 15 Oct 2014 17:00:04 +0000 Paul Michael 1235099 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Homemade Child Products That Are Cheaper and Better Than Store Bought http://www.wisebread.com/10-homemade-child-products-that-are-cheaper-and-better-than-store-bought <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-homemade-child-products-that-are-cheaper-and-better-than-store-bought" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/mother-feeding-baby-466386317-small.jpg" alt="mother feeding baby" title="mother feeding baby" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Whether it's to save money, avoid harsh chemicals, or simply for the joy of creating, there are tons of good reasons to make your own baby and child products. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-homemade-pet-products-that-are-cheaper-and-better-than-store-bought?ref=seealso">7 Homemade Pet Products That Are Better and Cheaper Than Store Bought</a>)</p> <p>If you're feeling that DIY itch coming on, try these homemade child and baby products that are both cheaper, and better quality, than what you'll find at the store.</p> <h2>1. Baby Food</h2> <p>Pouches and jars of store-bought baby food are convenient, but homemade baby food tastes better and is more nutritious, not to mention cheaper (most pouches run over $1 each, which can add up with a hungry baby!). With my first baby I kept a variety of pre-packaged baby food for emergencies, but for meals at home I definitely made my own purees. Here's a great place to look for <a href="http://weelicious.com/homemade-baby-food-recipes/">baby food recipes</a>. Any fruit or veggie, cooked until soft, can be pureed, and the combinations are endless!</p> <p>Freeze extra purees in ice-cube trays for convenience. Then at mealtimes, heat up a few cubes. You can also buy <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00AM5NTIS/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00AM5NTIS&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=46CNNOKK67VRDHQ2">reusable baby food pouches</a> (easily cleaned in the dishwasher) for bringing homemade purees out when you're on the go &mdash; just remember to pack them with an ice-pack.</p> <h2>2. Diaper Rash Cream</h2> <p>With all the unpronounceable ingredients found in baby products these days, it's nice to know exactly what's going onto your baby's bottom. This recipe for <a href="http://wellnessmama.com/17140/natural-diaper-cream-recipe/">natural diaper cream</a> works as well or better than store bought. Although you'll have to buy all the ingredients, you'll spend less than buying the expensive organic brand diaper creams in the long run.</p> <h2>3. Baby Laundry Detergent</h2> <p>Little ones have sensitive skin that can sometimes be irritated by the chemicals in commercial detergents. It is easy and cheap to make your own with minimal and natural ingredients. Check out this tutorial on how to make your own natural <a href="http://dailymom.com/make/easy-diy-baby-laundry-detergent/">baby laundry detergent</a>.</p> <h2>4. Baby Wipes</h2> <p>If your child has sensitive skin, the alcohol in store-bought wipes might irritate his or her skin. You can make your own <a href="http://thenewlighterlife.com/homemade-baby-wipes/">homemade baby wipes</a> that don't have any irritating ingredients and that are almost as convenient as store-bought wipes.</p> <h2>5. Toys</h2> <p>If you've ever hung out with a baby or toddler, you'll have quickly realized that they can be surrounded by the most expensive, fancy, developmentally-appropriate toys, but all they want to do is play with a cardboard box. In fact, one of the most fun things to do with your child is to make things together. My daughter and I have spent hours creating furniture for her dollhouse (which was also a DIY my husband nailed together from wood boards). Cardboard beds, &quot;paintings&quot; for the walls, blankets and towels, a bathtub made from a plastic food box &mdash; all of these have inspired hours of creative play.</p> <p>Other examples of DIY toys we've tried include:</p> <ul> <li>Plastic cups and a wooden spoon for play cooking</li> <li>A hand-drawn &quot;map&quot; to drive toy cars on</li> <li>A paper gift bag and some play &quot;money&quot; made of paper for pretend shopping</li> <li>Paper crowns for dress-up</li> <li>Homemade <a href="http://fun.familyeducation.com/sculpting/recipes/37040.html">play-dough</a></li> </ul> <p>The vast majority of the &quot;interactive&quot; toys &mdash; the ones that make noises and have blinking lights &mdash; sit forgotten in the toy box. It's the toys with scope for imagination that get the most use.</p> <h2>6. Kids' Paints</h2> <p>Kids love to do crafts, and you can make your own washable <a href="http://www.allparenting.com/my-family/articles/967401/homemade-water-color-paints">watercolor paints</a>, diy <a href="http://easiepeasie.blogspot.com/2010/07/homemade-finger-paints.html">non-toxic finger paints</a>, <a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Homemade-Face-Paints-31540547">face paint</a>, or washable <a href="http://www.frugalfanatic.com/diy-crafts-washable-sidewalk-paint/">sidewalk paint</a>. Paint isn't expensive to buy, but by making your own you can ensure you know exactly what is going into each paint, in case little painted fingers find their way into curious mouths. Also, since these paints are made with common household materials, you have an unlimited supply.</p> <h2>7. Accessories</h2> <p>It seems crazy to spend a lot of money on kids' accessories when they're just going to get lost under the sofa cushions, so good thing it's super easy to make your own hair clips and accessories with some basic supplies and a glue gun. Check out these tutorials for <a href="http://www.usefuldiy.com/diy-easy-double-bow/">ribbon hairclips</a>, <a href="http://loniemae.blogspot.com/2012/04/diy-baby-headbands.html">baby headbands</a>, and for the little man in your life, <a href="http://thepleatedpoppy.com/2011/04/bow-tie-tutorial/">baby bowties</a>. In my opinion, these diy accessories are cuter than store-bought ones anyway.</p> <h2>8. Baby Linens</h2> <p>If you know how to use a sewing machine, the following baby linens can be made by sewing more-or-less straight lines. You'll have the satisfaction of having your child sleep in bespoke linens right from birth.</p> <ul> <li>Baby <a href="http://www.thinkingcloset.com/2013/03/27/burp-cloth-tutorial-for-the-beginner-sewist/">burp cloths</a></li> <li>Fleece-lined <a href="http://www.cheeriosandlattes.com/easy-baby-blankets/">baby blanket</a></li> <li>Baby <a href="http://aliceandlois.com/diy-baby-bibs/">bibs</a></li> </ul> <h2>9. Bubble Solution</h2> <p>Kids love bubbles and go through bubble solution fast! Instead of buying the bottles from the store, try making your own <a href="http://www.dosmallthingswithlove.com/2014/01/homemade-bubble-solution.html">homemade bubble solution</a>, which allows you to make as much as you need with easily accessible ingredients.</p> <h2>10. Nursery Decorations</h2> <p>Decorate your child's room with some DIY art &mdash; better yet, involve your child in the creation of the room's decor. Try this cute <a href="http://modernmommyhood.com/2011/12/button-letter-nursery-artwork-tutorial.html">button monogram art</a>, a <a href="http://www.pnmag.com/baby-buzz/project-nest-nursery-diys/">yarn mobile</a>, <a href="http://aedriel.blogspot.com/2009/05/sweet-girl-deserves-sweet-wall-decor.html">embroidery hoop art</a>, or a cute <a href="http://abeautifulmess.typepad.com/my_weblog/2011/10/10-ways-to-make-a-garland.html">DIY garland</a> for your child's room. Decor for kids' rooms can get expensive if you buy it in the store, and your homemade creations will be much more special.</p> <p><em>Do you create for your child? What kids' products have you made that are better than store-bought?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/camilla-cheung">Camilla Cheung</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-homemade-child-products-that-are-cheaper-and-better-than-store-bought">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-10"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-awesomely-fun-toys-you-can-diy">15 Awesomely Fun Toys You Can DIY</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-free-or-cheap-toys-that-will-make-your-kid-smarter">14 Free or Cheap Toys That Will Make Your Kid Smarter</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-fun-toys-and-games-you-can-make-at-home">10 Fun Toys and Games You Can Make at Home</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/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-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/this-year-s-hot-toy-is-next-year-s-trash">This Year’s Hot Toy is Next Year’s Trash</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> DIY Shopping babies crafts kid stuff kids toddlers toys Thu, 02 Oct 2014 17:00:06 +0000 Camilla Cheung 1225627 at http://www.wisebread.com 12 Ideas for Cheap, Festive, Fall Decor http://www.wisebread.com/12-ideas-for-cheap-festive-fall-decor <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/12-ideas-for-cheap-festive-fall-decor" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/autumn-candle-178492659-small.jpg" alt="autumn candle" title="autumn candle" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>This time of year gets the best of me when it comes to my inner nesting goddess. Whereas during the summer I'd rather cool off than decorate our spaces, fall brings me indoors and into full-on festive-mode. If you've been to the store to check out how much little knickknacks cost, your eyes might bug out of your head (which might help with a Halloween costume &mdash; but still!). (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-easy-fall-pizzas?ref=seealso">15 Easy Fall Pizzas</a>)</p> <p>Try these 12 inexpensive projects using items you can find in your backyard or otherwise on the cheap.</p> <h2>1. Cozy Candle</h2> <p>This <a href="http://passionatepennypincher.com/2012/09/the-friday-fluff-up-6-decorating-at-the-dollar-tree/#">autumnal candle project</a> costs just $6 for two, and most all of the supplies can be purchased at dollar discount stores. Fill a glass candle jar with some un-popped popcorn, stick a candle inside, and tie some raffia ribbon in a bow around it. I suggest embellishing your finished piece with colorful leaves you find outdoors for free.</p> <h2>2. Thankful Tree</h2> <p>Celebrate Thanksgiving early this year by making a DIY <a href="http://www.simplyvintagegirl.com/blog/index.php/2012/11/16/the-thankful-tree-with-chalk/">Thankful Tree</a>. Fill a Ball jar with assorted nuts (or wine corks), then poke in a few sticks from outside. The rest is flexible, as the author uses wooden chalkboard tags to write down her thoughts. You can also use inexpensive paper tags. Tie a ribbon or some burlap around the jar and place on your mantel.</p> <h2>3. Fall Potpourri</h2> <p>Don't just make your place look like fall, let the scents mingle and linger as well. This <a href="http://diana212m.blogspot.com/2013/09/the-perfect-fall-potpourri.html?m=1">fall potpourri</a> is made using ingredients you likely have on hand, including orange peel, apple, cinnamon sticks, cloves, vanilla and almond extracts, and plain water. Fill a stock pot and let simmer all day long to wrap yourself in the warm aroma.</p> <h2>4. Junkin' Pumpkins</h2> <p>Skip the patch this year and recycle your old aluminum cans to make these cute <a href="http://www.creativegreenliving.com/2013/10/make-tin-can-pumpkins.html">Junkin' Pumpkins</a>. Find some empty tin cans of assorted sizes and paint them orange using craft paint. Use branches and wire to make convincing stems, and then decorate with ribbon or whatever else you think will make them pop. Bonus: They won't rot, so you can keep them for next year's decor!</p> <h2>5. Gold Leaf</h2> <p>If you have an old frame begging for a photo, consider trekking outside and finding a leaf for this <a href="http://paulinaspassions.com/easy-diy-fall-decorations/">sophisticated art project</a>. Clean off any dirt or debris on the leaf with plain water, let dry, and then paint with metallic paint and let set. Place a clean sheet of paper or card stock behind the leaf and then frame for display.</p> <h2>6. Festive Garland</h2> <p>While you're looking for leaves, pick up some pine cones, too. You can make a <a href="http://blog.freepeople.com/2013/10/diy-fall-garland/">beautiful garland</a> by tethering the cones with twine or hot glueing other items you find &mdash; like flowers and leaves &mdash; to the string. Feel free to paint cones for a brighter look. Then hang over a door or fireplace mantel.</p> <h2>7. Pumpkin Planters</h2> <p>Maybe you'd rather hollow out your pumpkin and <a href="http://www.17apart.com/2012/10/how-to-fall-pumpkin-planters.html">plant some mums</a> inside. You'll need to drill a few holes in the bottom for drainage, but the rest of the project is super easy. Pack in some dirt, plop in your plant, and water as usual. For the best prices on pumpkins and mums, head to a local farm.</p> <h2>8. Carve-Less Pumpkins</h2> <p>I hate carving pumpkins. I usually cut myself or make a huge mess. You can <a href="http://bliss-athome.com/2013/10/10/tribal-painted-pumpkins/">paint pumpkins</a> using acrylics for a gorgeous addition to your indoor or outdoor decorations. One blogger even <a href="http://alisaburke.blogspot.com/2010/10/pretty-painted-pumpkins-tutorial.html">snagged puffy paint</a> for an impressive 3-D impact. Or let your pumpkin double as a <a href="http://www.betterrecipes.com/blogs/daily-dish/2012/11/19/chalkboard-pumpkins/">message board or table decor</a> using chalkboard paint and chalk.</p> <h2>9. Wrapped Wreath</h2> <p>Use those yarn remnants to make a <a href="http://www.mysocalledcraftylife.com/2012/09/25/diy-yarn-wrapped-fall-wreath/">colorful wreath</a> you'll use for years to come. You'll need a wreath form, that you can find at most craft stores, and &mdash; of course &mdash; yarn. Wrap the yarn over the form until you get the look you want. Then decorate using buttons, fabric flowers, or anything else you like.</p> <h2>10. Nature Wreath</h2> <p>Not as crafty? It's okay! Check your local fabric or craft store for a <a href="http://thirdfloordesignstudio.blogspot.com/2011/10/tuesday-tip-fall-wreath-rosettes.html?m=1">wood or wicker wreath</a> and then use hot glue to decorate it to your best ability. There's no right or wrong way. You can make simple felt rosettes or use items you find outdoors &mdash; acorns, leaves, etc. &mdash; for a punch of color.</p> <h2>11. Sensational Centerpiece</h2> <p>If you're hosting any gatherings, you'll likely want to jazz up your dining table. Don't over-think or over-spend. Instead, <a href="http://www.shanty-2-chic.com/2012/09/fall-table-centerpiece.html">glue together a few boards</a> (you can ask your store to cut them for you) and make a base to fill with whatever you choose. You can also use a container you already have on hand. Head to the farmers' market to stock up on small squashes, gourds, and pumpkins that will double as decor and food at a later date. Round out the look by placing a few candles in Ball jars.</p> <h2>12. Apple Candles</h2> <p>Or skip all that and try these genius <a href="http://www.marthastewart.com/273609/apple-votives">DIY Apple Votives</a>. Cut into the top of your apples with a paring knife to make enough space for your votive. You'll want to sprinkle a little lemon juice to keep the exposed fruit from turning brown. Oh, and you can skip the expensive steel tub and arrange these candles on your dining table atop a plate or other fire-safe surface.</p> <p><em>How do you decorate for fall? 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/12-ideas-for-cheap-festive-fall-decor">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/18-amazing-diy-decorating-projects-that-are-easier-than-you-think">18 Amazing DIY Decorating Projects That Are Easier Than You Think</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/23-fantastic-uses-for-apples">23 Fantastic Uses for Apples</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-amazing-diy-lamps-you-want-in-your-house">9 Amazing DIY Lamps You Want in Your House</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/40-ways-to-use-spray-paint-for-cheap-and-easy-decorating">40 Ways to Use Spray Paint for Cheap and Easy Decorating</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-great-uses-for-old-ties">10 Great Uses for Old Ties</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> DIY Entertainment Home autumn crafts decor DIY fall festive Holidays Fri, 26 Sep 2014 11:00:03 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1220813 at http://www.wisebread.com 13 DIY Clothing Projects for Men http://www.wisebread.com/13-diy-clothing-projects-for-men <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/13-diy-clothing-projects-for-men" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/sewing-accessories-453017147-small.jpg" alt="sewing accessories" title="sewing accessories" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>We've already covered <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-simple-and-stylish-diy-clothing-projects-for-women">20 Simple and Stylish Clothing Projects for Women</a> and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-cute-and-frugal-diy-clothes-you-can-make-for-your-kids">Cute and Frugal Clothing You Can Make for Kids</a>. Though men's clothing projects are much harder to find online, they're well worth seeking out. Any time you can bring new life to the duds you already own, you're saving money.</p> <p>So check out these 13 cool projects for DIY men's clothing and accessories and feel free to add your own in the comments!</p> <h2>1. (Re)Dyed Jeans</h2> <p>Have a pair of faded denim jeans? This <a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-redye-your-jeans/">smart tutorial</a> will show you how to refresh them for just $3. Grab a box of RIT dye at your local grocery or drugstore. You can go with traditional navy or blue, but there are a wide variety of colors from which to choose.</p> <h2>2. Cutoffs</h2> <p><iframe frameborder="0" width="605" height="340" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/pP49xtThaUo" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>If you have a comfy old pair of jeans, turn them into cool cutoffs with this <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pP49xtThaUo">simple tutorial</a>. It's really as easy as cutting the jeans and cuffing them. The author also uses a standard razor to create a naturally distressed look.</p> <h2>3. Pocket T-Shirt</h2> <p><iframe frameborder="0" width="605" height="340" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/zivXK2yda68" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>A printout pattern and piece of your favorite fabric jazzes up a plain t-shirt with a <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zivXK2yda68">new, useful pocket</a>. There's a bit of basic sewing involved, but it's nothing a novice can't handle.</p> <h2>4. Skinny Tie</h2> <p>Need a unique tie for a special occasion? Skip the store and try <a href="http://www.abeautifulmess.com/2012/04/mens-skinny-tie-diy.html">making your own</a>. You'll need a vintage tie to act as your pattern, but once you get going &mdash; you'll want one in every color.</p> <h2>5. Bow Tie</h2> <p>That's right, you can also create your own <a href="http://crafts.tutsplus.com/tutorials/how-to-make-your-own-bow-tie&mdash;craft-15098">stylish bow tie</a> for special events or, well, just because. This tutorial requires some basic sewing, but you can use whatever fabric matches your theme. And making the bow tie might be easier than tying one!</p> <h2>6. Leather Belt</h2> <p>Create a custom <a href="http://www.mrlentz.com/2013/10/how-to-make-a-leather-belt/">DIY Leather Belt</a> that will last you years and years. Find an old belt to serve as your pattern, as well as a long strip of leather, some hardware, and a few leather-working tools. You can dye it whatever color you like and then condition using olive oil.</p> <h2>7. Tank</h2> <p><iframe frameborder="0" width="605" height="340" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/woIWuKzWcjE" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>All you need is an old t-shirt, a sharp pair of scissors, and a marker to make this casual <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=woIWuKzWcjE">Tank Top</a>. This piece would be great to wear to the beach or at the gym for lifting weights. Plus, it's a good way to reuse an old shirt that might have pit stains!</p> <h2>8. Screen Print</h2> <p>This specific tutorial features a women's shirt, but the same <a href="http://www.collegefashion.net/fashion-tips/diy-fashion-screen-print-tee/">basic screen printing process</a> applies for men's (and kid's) shirts as well. Choose a design you wish to print and draw it onto freezer paper. Iron it onto your shirt on a flat surface. Then paint over the design using fabric paint and remove the freezer paper to let set.</p> <h2>9. Elbow Patches</h2> <p>Again, this <a href="http://www.brit.co/elbow-patch/">DIY Elbow Patch Sweater</a> tutorial features a women's shirt, but it's just as stylish for men. Plus, you can buy leather or fabric elbow patches if you want to skip the stitching for less than $10. Otherwise, you need an old sweater, iron-on adhesive fabric, and an iron.</p> <h2>10. Button Up Shirt</h2> <p>This manly sewing project creates a <a href="http://mellysews.com/2013/05/mens-shirt-pattern-tutorial.html">button-up shirt</a> for a fraction of what it would cost at the store. You can use whatever fabric you might have on hand or choose something specific, but you'll need two yards in all. The pattern is free after you sign up for the blog's email list.</p> <h2>11. Card Holder</h2> <p>These awesome <a href="http://cailamade.com/leather-card-holders-tutorial-made-for-man/">leather card holders</a> come together quickly and require minimal stitching. You can also play with the pattern a bit to get the look you want. A great place to find leather in all textures and colors is on <a href="https://www.etsy.com/craft-supplies?q=leather">Etsy</a>.</p> <h2>12. Paracord Bracelet</h2> <p>I see these <a href="http://stormdrane.blogspot.com/2009/01/woven-paracord-bracelets-one-strand-two.html">Paracord Bracelets</a> everywhere, and I never thought to make my own. Though the images might look tricky, you can click them for a closer view. It's a lot of figure eight weaving, but after a while, you should get the hang.</p> <h2>13. Hoodie</h2> <p>This <a href="http://www.craftstylish.com/item/30695/how-to-make-a-mens-fleece-hoodie/page/all">DIY Hoodie Project</a> surely requires some sewing skills. However, it doesn't look out of the realm of possibility. And the pattern is loose. You can use an old t-shirt &mdash; just make sure to leave a seam allowance.</p> <p><em>Alright you manly DIYers: what projects are you getting into?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-diy-clothing-projects-for-men">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-great-uses-for-old-ties">10 Great Uses for Old Ties</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/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-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-fix-18-common-wardrobe-malfunctions">How to Fix 18 Common Wardrobe Malfunctions</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-clothing-fit-perfectly-with-these-10-no-sew-fixes">Make Your Clothing Fit Perfectly With These 10 No-Sew Fixes</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> DIY Style clothing crafts men's clothing menswear sewing Fri, 19 Sep 2014 09:00:07 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1215197 at http://www.wisebread.com 12 Unique Ways to Use School Supplies http://www.wisebread.com/12-unique-ways-to-use-school-supplies <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/12-unique-ways-to-use-school-supplies" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/eraser stamp.jpg" alt="eraser stamp" title="eraser stamp" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I love finding dual purposes for everyday items. It's a sneaky way of getting more bang for my buck. And &mdash; chances are &mdash; if anyone in your family is in school, you have quite a collection of school and office supplies handy. (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>Break out your pencil boxes and your craft paper and let's get started!</p> <h2>1. Pencil Eraser Designs</h2> <p>For a custom <a href="http://cutesycrafts.com/2014/06/diy-eraser-stamped-4th-july-shirt.html">stamped shirt</a>, use your eraser. Cut out a simple shape or design using freezer paper, place it on a clean cotton shirt, and then dip an unused pencil eraser in fabric paint and get creative.</p> <h2>2. Large Eraser Stamps</h2> <p>For those bigger erasers, carve out a design and make a <a href="http://www.wardi.dk/2009/05/eraser-stamp-tutorial-part-5.html">smart stamp</a> for personalizing stationery or just plain fun. Don't forget: If you're going to use lettering, you'll need to write it backwards to make sense once stamped.</p> <h2>3. Pencil Beads</h2> <p>For a cute back-to-school accessory, look no farther than your pencil box. Colored pencils make wonderful, <a href="http://www.designmom.com/2011/08/diy-colored-pencil-jewelry/">vibrant beads</a> that can be drilled for use in necklaces, bracelets, brooches, and more.</p> <h2>4. Mega-Crayons</h2> <p>Turn those old crayon bits into a <a href="http://www.mollymoocrafts.com/for-crayon-out-loud/">great gift or party favor</a>. Simply take off any leftover paper, place remnant into a silicone mold, and bake at around 200 degrees for just five minutes (baking time will vary depending on your oven). Let cool before packaging.</p> <h2>5. Paper Clip Ornaments</h2> <p>For a super frugal way to decorate your tree this year, try these <a href="http://craftyjournal.com/easy-paperclip-angel-ornament/?cuid=b1dfac24b37c30de8b94cd5b618fecc6">paper clip ornaments</a>. All you need are butterfly flips, a bit of ribbon, and pearl beads. Once you get the hang, you can make dozens an hour for stocking stuffers!</p> <h2>6. Post-It Planner</h2> <p>I'm a big fan of Post-It notes, and I love this idea to use those little squares in a big way. Turn yours into a <a href="http://tatertotsandjello.com/2013/08/free-printables-easy-post-it-note-school-planning-wall.html">wall planning system</a> by arranging each square like a box on a calendar.</p> <h2>7. Three Ring Genius</h2> <p>Use a three ring binder to organize more than just class notes. You can use a variety of <a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/Neat-Electrical-Component-Organizing-in-Binders/">plastic inserts and baggies</a> to hold your memory cards, jump drives, etc. I use a similar method to organize my coupons, store punch cards, gift cards, and more.</p> <h2>8. Upcycled Hooks</h2> <p>Or you can use that old binder's insides for a <a href="http://upcycleus.blogspot.com/2011/07/upcycling-threering-binder-with-easy.html">quick hook system</a>. Once you get the metal out of the plastic cover, use screws to fasten the hooks to a wall or fence for instant hanging.</p> <h2>9. Rubber Band Remedy</h2> <p>Need to dry your makeup brushes? Try <a href="http://glossedintranslation.com/2012/01/11/bleurgh-its-french-and-brush-drying/">tethering them to a towel rod</a> using rubber bands. No towel rod? Easy &mdash; just use a hanger for the same purpose.</p> <h2>10. Clipboard Decor</h2> <p>Arrange various sizes and styles of clipboards into a gorgeous wall of art with these <a href="http://www.craft-o-maniac.com/2014/05/clipboard-wall-art-free-printables.html">free printables</a>. You could also clip photos, your child's artwork, and even use this trick to organize an office the chic way with important documents and to-do lists.</p> <h2>11. Clip Cord Holder</h2> <p><iframe width="605" height="340" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/L50GfLlhy70"></iframe></p> <p>If you've ever tried charging your devices at your desk, only to have all those cords fall straight to the floor &mdash; this trick is for you. Loop the end of your computer or phone charger cords through <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L50GfLlhy70">binder clips</a> and clamp onto your table or desk to hold steady.</p> <h2>12. Sharpie China</h2> <p>To upgrade basic dinnerware into something beautiful, try <a href="http://alwayswearyour-invisiblecrown.blogspot.nl/2013/09/the-one-with-sharpie-and-plate.html">drawing geometric designs</a> with Sharpie markers. To set, just bake the dish for 30 minutes at 300 degrees Fahrenheit. This projects lets you freshen your kitchen for less or give great gifts on the cheap.</p> <p><em>How do you upcycle school and office supplies into cool tools and decor? 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/12-unique-ways-to-use-school-supplies">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-13"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-great-uses-for-old-ties">10 Great Uses for Old Ties</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/17-ways-to-use-old-newspaper">17 Ways to Use Old Newspaper</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-useful-items-you-should-never-throw-out">10 Useful Items You Should Never Throw Out</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/18-ways-to-make-old-things-seem-new">18 Ways to Make Old Things Seem New</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/9-amazing-diy-lamps-you-want-in-your-house">9 Amazing DIY Lamps You Want in Your House</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> DIY crafts recycle reuse school supplies upcycle Wed, 17 Sep 2014 17:00:06 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1211250 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Useful Items You Should Never Throw Out http://www.wisebread.com/10-useful-items-you-should-never-throw-out <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-useful-items-you-should-never-throw-out" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/tea-tin.jpg" alt="tea tins" title="tea tins" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Whenever the seasons change, I get this itch to do a total cleaning to our drawers, kitchen shelves, and closets. Over the years, though, I've learned that sometimes my brain gets ahead of me with all this cathartic purging. I'm not advocating that you hold onto these things to the bitter end, but definitely give yourself some time before you decide to toss or donate them for good. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/21-disposable-products-you-can-reuse?ref=seealso">21 Disposable Products You Can Reuse</a>)</p> <p>You can repurpose a variety of items to meet your current needs &mdash; all while saving yourself money and more clutter in the process. Here are 10 items you might want to toss away with some smart ideas for how to use them in new ways.</p> <h2>1. Old T-Shirts</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/old%20tshirts.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>Before you take an armful of old t-shirts to the donation center, consider other ways you can use them in your home. You can cut them up into wash rags to save you cash on paper towels, for example. And if you're crafty, there are a number of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-simple-and-stylish-diy-clothing-projects-for-women">upcycled clothing projects</a> you can make, from fabric scarves to skirts.</p> <h2>2. Crib</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/baby-crib.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>Even if you don't plan to have any more babies, resist the urge to place that crib on the curb. You can make an awesome <a href="http://alittlelearningfortwo.blogspot.com/2011/08/repurposed-cot.html">desk for your big kids</a> using a little chalkboard paint and creativity. Simply cut a piece of particle board to the size of the mattress and adjust to the correct height. Add a chair plus some hanging accessories, and you're done!</p> <h2>3. Baby Gate</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/baby-gate2.jpg" /></p> <p>And that baby gate that's collecting dust? Keep it around if you suspect you might ever want to add a puppy to your family. If that's not the case, you can also use it <a href="http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/reusing-cribs-and-baby-gates-in-the-garden-170442">in the garden</a> as a frugal trellis.</p> <h2>4. Wine Corks</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/wine-corks.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>If you haven't heard, there's quite an assortment of wine cork crafts that are as functional as they are pretty. I love this <a href="http://stephanieteaches.blogspot.com/2014/03/wine-dont-whine.html">wine cork kitchen mat</a> that took over 240 corks and a lot of patience to make. If that project is a bit too advanced, start small with this wine cork <a href="http://www.adventuresintrying.com/2011/07/25/flashback-diy-wine-cork-board/">bulletin board</a>. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/21-disposable-products-you-can-reuse?ref=seealso">15 Common Kitchen Castoffs You Can Repurpose Into Cool New Things</a>)</p> <h2>5. Wooden Crates</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/fruit-crate.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>Fruit crates &mdash; old and new &mdash; can be reused for a variety of purposes. My favorite is this stylish <a href="http://www.remodelista.com/posts/diy-crate-shelves-on-wheels">rolling cart</a> made from three crates on their sides. Just fasten together and add the casters, which you can find inexpensively at most hardware stores.</p> <h2>6. Plastic Spray Bottles</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/spray-bottle.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>If you've finished your window cleaner or all-purpose suds, save those spray bottles and try making your own green cleaners to fill them with using ingredients like vinegar, water, and castile soap. You'll save money and improve your home's health &mdash; all while being green. (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 Just 3 All-Natural Cleaners</a>)</p> <h2>7. Tea Tins</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/tea-tin.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>I'm a tea fanatic, so I have quite my share of colorful tins of all shapes and sizes. I use them to house supplies like paper clips and pushpins. I've also seen some cute indoor herb gardens or even candles made by melting wax into the container and adding a wick.</p> <h2>8. Picture Frame</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/picture-frame.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>We all have an old picture frame somewhere lurking in our closets. Put it to good use painting over the glass and making a functional <a href="http://thefrugalhomemaker.com/2013/03/07/how-to-make-a-diy-chalkboard-from-an-old-picture-frame/">DIY chalkboard</a>. You can use it in your office or even incorporate it into your home holiday decor.</p> <h2>9. Window Shade</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/window-shade.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>Changed your window dressings? No problem. Before tossing that old window shade, consider giving it to your kids as a <a href="http://www.fromgardners2bergers.com/2014/02/diy-restoration-hardware-chalkboard.html">roll-up blackboard</a>. You can also use it for some sophisticated decor in much the same way. All you do is paint with chalkboard paint and draw on your desired image.</p> <h2>10. Toothbrush</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/toothbrush.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>According to the American Dental Association, you should be changing out your toothbrush every <a href="http://www.ada.org/en/about-the-ada/ada-positions-policies-and-statements/statement-on-toothbrush-care-cleaning-storage-and-">three to four months</a>. Use the discarded brushes for cleaning your home. They work especially well in the bathroom on tough grout stains and other hard-to-reach areas that need a little scrubbing.</p> <p><em>What do you regularly keep and re-purpose? 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/10-useful-items-you-should-never-throw-out">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-14"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/22-ways-to-reuse-paper">22 Ways to Reuse Paper</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/17-ways-to-use-old-newspaper">17 Ways to Use Old Newspaper</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/save-money-by-rekindling-the-art-of-reusing-your-stuff">Save Money by Rekindling the Art of Reusing your Stuff</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/17-cheap-and-awesome-reusable-replacements-for-disposable-products">17 Cheap and Awesome Reusable Replacements for Disposable Products</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-eco-friendly-changes-you-can-make-today">25 Eco-Friendly Changes You Can Make Today</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Green Living crafts DIY recycle reuse Mon, 15 Sep 2014 11:00:04 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1209318 at http://www.wisebread.com 11 Creative Ways to Use Golf Balls Around the House http://www.wisebread.com/11-creative-ways-to-use-golf-balls-around-the-house <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/11-creative-ways-to-use-golf-balls-around-the-house" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/golf-ball-179972287-small.jpg" alt="golf ball" title="golf ball" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I used to play golf several times a week, but now I never find the time. As a result, I have a lot of golf balls laying around the house.</p> <p>But there's no need to let those old balls clutter your home. With a little creativity, you can turn a typical golf ball into a nice home furnishing or even a nice accent to your garden.</p> <p>Consider these creative ways to put your old golf balls to use around the home.</p> <h2>1. Massager</h2> <p><iframe width="605" height="340" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/RT9HhJdegkM"></iframe></p> <p>Take one or two golf balls and roll them over any muscles that might feel tense. You can even place a pair of golf balls on the ground and then lay on them for a great back massage. During a recent road trip across the Midwest, I found myself using a golf ball to relieve tension in my neck as I drove. Golf balls also work great <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RT9HhJdegkM">on the arches of your feet</a>.</p> <h2>2. Light Dimmer Switch</h2> <p>Using just a drill and a long screw, you can turn a boring round dimmer switch into a golf-inspired dimmer <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Designer-Handmade-Candy-Queen-Designs/dp/B0032TML12">similar to this one</a>. You can use the whole ball, but it could also work if you cut the ball in half.</p> <h2>3. Vase Filler</h2> <p>People fill vases with everything from colored gems to sea shells to pinecones and peas. Why not golf balls? Select a mixture of colored and white balls to create a fun accent to any room.</p> <h2>4. Drainage for Potted Plants</h2> <p>Line the bottom of a pot with some golf balls and then place dirt on top. The golf balls will allow water to drain more easily, so there's less danger of over-watering. With the improved drainage, plant roots are less likely to rot.</p> <h2>5. Critters for the Garden</h2> <p>A look on Pinterest shows <a href="http://www.pinterest.com/explore/golf-ball-crafts/">a number of do-it-yourself projects </a>featuring golf balls transformed into small animals, including insects, spiders, and frogs. A little paint and some small wires are all you need to make whimsical decorations for your flowerbeds.</p> <h2>6. Christmas Ornaments</h2> <p>Golf balls are the perfect size and weight for some fun decorations to hang on your tree. It's easy to glue three balls together to make a snowman, or just decorate one ball to <a href="http://www.pinterest.com/pin/57561701461285092/">make a face of Santa </a>or other characters.</p> <h2>7. Meat Tenderizer</h2> <p>Sure, you could pound your steak with a fancy kitchen mallet, but if you don't have one handy, take a golf ball and roll it over the meat with some hard pressure. (Just make sure your golf ball isn't one you just retrieved from a scummy pond.)</p> <h2>8. Table Cloth Weights</h2> <p>So you're all set up for the picnic, but the table cloth keeps blowing away in the wind. You can solve this problem by sewing each of the four corners of the table cloth around a golf ball. It's just enough weight to keep the shoo-fly pie and watermelon off the ground.</p> <h2>9. Coat/Hat Rack</h2> <p>Glue or drill a few golf balls to some small pegs, then attach to a plank of wood <a href="http://www.pinterest.com/pin/285274957616892176/">for a sporty spot</a> to hang your jacket or cap.</p> <h2>10. Bath Tub Plug</h2> <p><iframe width="605" height="340" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/gdmgLxqEmtk"></iframe></p> <p>If your stopper is missing or broken, you may find that a golf ball fits perfectly into your drain. And <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gdmgLxqEmtk">according to one YouTube user</a>, the ball will gradually roll back into the drain on its own once you remove it, thus preventing heat from escaping your home.</p> <h2>11. Laundry Ball</h2> <p>We're delving a bit into the realm of pseudoscience here, but there are some companies <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=201kSpYAN8A">who have sold specially designed balls</a> with claims that adding them to your laundry cycle will clean your clothes without the use of detergent. The claims of these products have been largely debunked, but even some skeptics say <a href="http://www.straightdope.com/columns/read/944/do-laundry-balls-really-work">the mechanical action of a ball in the laundry</a> may have a positive effect. In which case, an old golf ball will work just as well.</p> <p><em>What do you do with your golf balls when you aren't spoiling a good walk? 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/tim-lemke">Tim Lemke</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-creative-ways-to-use-golf-balls-around-the-house">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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