Curbly Recession Busters: Free Alternative Christmas Trees

by DIY Maven

created on: 11/25/08

Christmas trees are the conifers of cut flowers: Beautiful but with short life spans. And, of course, they can be expensive. Just because you don’t have the bucks to spend on a tree this year doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the tradition of a Christmas tree.  Let’s think about this for a minute. What says ‘Christmas tree’ to us? First and foremost, the scent. Next might be their green-ness and conical shape. Of course they support ornaments–which...

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Top 15 Alternative Uses for Ice Cubes

by DIY Maven

This time of year, ice becomes troublesome. Around here, it’s everywhere. Roads, roofs, sidewalks. A certain hatred develops. What’s it good for, really, besides keeping my drink cold? And who wants a cold drink when it’s 8 degrees outside, anyway? Do I even NEED ice cubes in my refrigerator's feezer for the next three months? Apparently so, if I’m to attempt any of these alternative uses for the frozen blocks.

Water Plants and Christmas Trees:...

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Make Coffee Substitutes

by DIY Maven

whole grain barley

If you’re trying to cut down on your coffee intake, check out these recipes for coffee substitutes from make-stuff.com. The java alternatives are made from beech tree, chicory, wheat, barley, garbanzo beans and parsnip. Parsnip? Hmm, a little odd perhaps, but less expensive than coffee and I bet they won’t stain your teeth either, which means you’ll save money on teeth whitening too. Bonus!

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