12 Ways to Use a Tea Towel.

By: Chrisjob Oct 25, 2009

Studiopatro

Studiopatro is a San Francisco design studio that creates amazing typographic, nature, and geometric-inspired tea towel. Their work is so beautiful you'll want to do way more than simply dry dishes, and thankfully, they've offered twelve ideas to use tea towels in your life and decor.

  • Easy apron
  • Frame-able art
  • Line your tea tray
  • Protect your tender hands 
  • Dry fresh greens
  • Create a cushion
  • Give as gifts
  • Wrap as gift wrap
  • Line your bread… Continue Reading
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8 Alternative Uses for Plastic Wrap.

By: Chrisjob Oct 22, 2009

 

Plastic wrap, cellophane, Saran Wrap, cling wrap... whatever you call it, this just-a-bit-too-sticky surface does what it does - sealing food in containers to keep it fresh - and does it well. Turns out, there's at least eight other things it can do, as well, and they've been compiled thusly by Diane Rixon at DIYLife.

  • Salvage corked wine
  • Preserve paint and spackles
  • Pack silverware
  • Get a non-slip grip
  • Banish frizzies
  • Keep ice cream fresh
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Ten Alternative Uses for Tennis Balls.

By: Chrisjob Oct 15, 2009

Tennis ball with lock and keysThey're green. They're fuzzy. And there's at least ten other ways to use 'em beyond bouncing on the court. Volley on over to This Old House. and check 'em out.

1. Erase scuff marks.
2. Protect a padlock.
3. Remove a broken lightbulb.
4. Cushion the blow.
5. Install a parking guide.
6. Open a jar.
7. Make a hitch cover.
8. Collect change for tolls.
9. Keep a door open.
10. Get a better grip.

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Ten Alternative Uses for Used Tea Bags.

By: Chrisjob Oct 12, 2009

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Once you've given your tea bag a dunk, you could head right to the compost bin. OR, you can give it a second chance with one these alternative options for steeped tea bags.

  • Soothe Tired or Injured Eyes
  • Flavor Your Meat
  • Make “Less Sinful” Drinks
  • Around-The-House Cleaner
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Pantyhose Candle Jar Cozies and Tattoos

By: Diy maven Sep 15, 2009

Jar Candle Cozy

Have you ever seen or considered doing this...stretching pantyhose or tights over candle jars?CraftyChi's suggests ripping holes in the hose for added interest. I'm not sure if I like the… Continue Reading

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Ladder Turned Bookshelf

By: Diy maven Sep 08, 2009

 

Got an old ladder? Need a new bookshelf? Problem solved.

Via Dudecraft.

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Ten Unusual Uses for a Colander.

By: Chrisjob Aug 25, 2009

The colander. It drains liquid away from solid stuff you don't want soggy, and, well, not much else.

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Except, apparently, it does! DIYLife has assembled ten clever uses for this seemingly at-first-glance multi-tasker.

1. Grease splatter reducer.
2. Warm a serving bowl.
3. Berry storage.
4. Bathtub toy scoop.
5. Play accessory.
6. Craft template.
7. Bug tent.
8. Wind chime.
9. Lamp shade.
10. Holiday display.

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Six Extraordinary Uses for Shampoo.

By: Chrisjob Jul 28, 2009

Stuck zipper? Crunchy cuticles? Out of shaving cream? Just reach into the shower...

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Shampoo, in all it's sodium lauryl sulfate goodness, can do a whole heap of tasks, soap-y and… Continue Reading

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Alternative Uses for Tea Bags

By: Diy maven Apr 15, 2009

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Woo Hoo! Today is Tea-Bagging Day! For all those tea-baggers out there, here’s some alternative uses for teabags, to help celebrate the… Continue Reading

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How To: Create an Art Easel from a Pair of Recycled Crutches

By: Chrisjob Feb 19, 2009

I know this is weird, but when I was a kid, I longed to break my ankle or a foot so I could walk around on crutches. I know, I know, but the kids always got to leave class early, and everyone did all these nice things like carry their lunch tray....

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Had I broken something, and were there a pair of 12-year-old crutches in my parents' basment, I'd probably make one of these: an easel. And even though I don't have a pair, the technique… Continue Reading

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How To: Print With Bubble Wrap.

By: Chrisjob Jan 23, 2009

The repeated circular pattern with the inconsistencies of air makes bubble wrap a fascinating stamp for inking and printing. DaisyYellow has a great tutorial here.

(Honestly, I find the photo of the material as attractive as the results.)

 

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Weave Magazine Coasters

By: Lilybee Jan 21, 2009

I have a squillion magazine and no coasters. Fidgety Fingers has a solution!

Their coasters require nothing but some magazines that you're prepared to sacrifice, opposable thumbs and a little up-cycling wiliness.

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The tutorial has fairly clear pictures and once you get started you can whip up a few dozen in no time. I'm thinking that junk mail and… Continue Reading

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Vintage Quick Tricks Using 7-Up.

By: Chrisjob Jan 17, 2009

TipNut has scanned a vintage cookbook from 1961 offering some clever and alternative uses for 7up. I imagine they'd still apply with a bottle of fresh soda.

* Tangy 7up Cubes
* Pork butt or ham glaze
* Mock champagne punch.
* 7up basted fish fillets
* Chocolate sauce for ice cream
* Zip up fresh fruit
* As liquid in fruit pies

 

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15 Alternative Uses for Credit Cards

By: Diy maven Jan 09, 2009

Has the economy prompted you to cancel a credit card or two even though you’re still getting those fake ones in the mail? Here’s 15 ways to make use of all of them that won’t cost you a thing. Actually, in some instances, they’ll even save you money.

  1. Open a spring latch lock. (Doesn’t work on a deadbolt, thankfully.)
  2. Ice scraper.
  3. Paint scraper.
  4. Aquarium glass scraper.
  5. Caulk edger, like… Continue Reading
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15 Alternative Uses for Lemons

By: Diy maven Aug 20, 2008

When life gives you lemons, make....acne remover????? Apparently so. But if acne isn't a problem for you, maybe one of the other 14 alternative uses for lemons might be useful.

1. Fingernail Cleaner

2. Acne Remover

3. Guitar Cleaner

4. Sore Throat Treatment

5. Food Preservative

6. Antibacterial Soap

7. Natural Insecticide

8. Stain Remover

9. Cheese Grater Cleaner

10. Metal Shining Solution

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