Unusual Uses: Five Fresh Ideas for Christmas Lights.

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.

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.

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 Unusual Uses for a Colander.

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

Chris Gardner

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....


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...

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Weave Magazine Coasters


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.

created on: 01/21/09

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 old catalogs might also

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How to Make Crafty Fridge Magnets.

Chris Gardner
"Food comes in all kinds of shapes, sizes, and packages. Your kitchen cabinets, pantry drawers, and refrigerator shelves are already filled with marvelous little boxes and baggies of goodies. Some of these are cultural icons, others are silly modern wonders of neo-retro design.

You may even have your own little collection of interesting little containers in the form of left-over little boxes of candy from Halloween. What can you do with all...

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