Unusual Uses: Five Fresh Ideas for Christmas Lights.

by Chris Gardner

Friends, it's 2009, and wrapping your holiday lights around a tree trunk and a few lower branches has simply been done.

Christmas Decorating Ideas: Twinkling Lights

So, if you're into trying something new, check out these five ideas assembled by Diane Rixon at DIYLife. The best part is - you probably already have most of what you need to try them out.

1. Paper Doily Wreath.

2. Cascade of lights.

3. Glowing hanging baskets.

4. Winter topiary.

5. Bright birds.


Check out the list here.

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12 Ways to Use a Tea Towel.

by Chris Gardner


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 basket
  • ...

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8 Alternative Uses for Plastic Wrap.

by Chris Gardner


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
  • Seal...

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Ten Alternative Uses for Tennis Balls.

by Chris Gardner

Tennis ball with lock and keys
They'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 Unusual Uses for a Colander.

by Chris Gardner

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


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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I have a TON of old magazines - What can I do with them creatively?

by Laura V Eagle
  So I have a ton of old (not historic) magazines and I have no idea what I want to do with them.  I want to keep them because they actually have a lot of good information in them and I love some of the photographs as far as craft ideas, style and fun photograph ideas.  Any clue what I can do to not only preserve them but display/store them better than just in a cabinet taking up space?!?!  Thank so much!!!  I can't wait to hear your comments.

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