How To Make Cereal Gift Boxes!

by Chris Gardner

Make gift boxes from your trash! Take advantage of your brightly colored recyclables, and they'll be no need for gift wrap.

How To Make Cereal Gift Boxes!

Materials 

  • Gift
  • Cereal box, or other clean food packaging
  • Cutting mat or scrap wood cutting surface
  • Ultility or craft knife (like a box cutter or X-acto blade)
  • Straight edge
  • Bone folder or large spoon
  • Pencil
  • Glue

1. Find the glued joint of your box and use the knife to open it, so that the box lies flat as one piece of cardboard.

2...

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10 Ways to Reuse Old Sweaters.

by Chris Gardner

Your winter clothes are out of storage again, and some of your sweaters might not look as presentable as when you put them away last year. Farrah Parkes from DIYLife has assembled some of the best tutorials 'round the 'net for recycling you sweaters.

10 Ways to Reuse Old Sweaters.

1. Simple instructions for using sweater sleeves to make extra long gloves 

2. Sew knit or felted mittens

3. Create a felted bag

4. A recycled sweater coin purse

5. Turn your old sweater into a...

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19 Alternative Uses and Ways to Recycle Plastic Shopping Bags.

by Chris Gardner

Even if you've already made the move to reusable bags when grocery shopping, you still seem to gather a collection from short trips to the pharmacy, hardware store, etc.

Here's ninetine other options to put them to good reuse.

19 Alternative Uses and Ways to Recycle Plastic Shopping Bags.
  1. As bathroom trash bags.
  2. Store soiled diapers
  3. Store glasses and containers that are apt to spill, such as children's sippy cups.
  4. Collect trash in the car.
  5. As packaging material.
  6. Store wet bathing suits and towels...
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14 Creative Ways to ReUse Your Garbage.

by Chris Gardner

Look into your garbage can: see anything that might still have some life left to it? Here's fourteen suggestions from the Simple Dollar to use your refuse in new and creative ways.

14 Creative Ways to ReUse Your Garbage.

Use covers from issues of The New Yorker as gift wrapping.

Add used dryer sheets to your stored clothes.

Make kitchen scrubbers with rubber bands from the Sunday paper and the mesh wrapping from fruit.

Use orange and lemon peels as air fresheners.

Use empty Kleenex...

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163 Things You Can Compost.

by Chris Gardner

Of course, some of these are obvious, but it's important to note exactly what's safe and useful to throw in your compost bin or pile. If you haven't started, now its the perfect time, as the falling leaves and dying summer plants (tomato vines, corn stalks, etc) are the perfect compost fodder.

Compiled by Marion Owen, from HGTV.com 

163 Things You Can Compost.
Here's the first 30 or so, but do be sure to check out the whole list.

·  paper napkins

·  freezer-burned...

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Thirteen Alternative Uses For Vodka.

by Chris Gardner

As always, there's more than one. You'll note the original list includes fifteen items, but an episode of Mythbusters debunked that vodka helps with poison ivy/oak, and that it deters bees. Still, thirteen other uses can't be beat.

Thirteen Alternative Uses For Vodka.

1. Remove a bandaid with less pain.

2. Clean the caulking around bathtubs and showers,

3. Clean your eyeglasses.

4. Prolong the life of razor blades

5. Clean vomit stains.

6. Use as an astringent

7. Mix with shampoo to...

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15 Wonderful Uses For Tea.

by Chris Gardner

Gomestic comes through again with another list of additional uses for a household item:

Fifteen Wonderful Uses for Tea.

15 Wonderful Uses For Tea.
  1. Soothe razor burn.
  2. Refresh tired eyes.
  3. Ease pain and bleeding of a lost tooth.
  4. De-stink your feet.
  5. Relieve pain from shots and injections.
  6. Reduce pain from sunburn.
  7. Salve poison ivy rash.
  8. Gargle to reduce toothache.
  9. Wash your hair.
  10. Clean wood furniture.
  11. Nourish your roses.
  12. Clean a mirror.
  13. Keep potted plants healthier
  14. Use as potpourri.
  15. ...

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DIY Tool Shelf (Using Old Pens!)

by Chris Gardner

Here's a final project attempting to recycle old ballpoint pens. (Here's my first, and a second.)

DIY Tool Shelf (Using Old Pens!)

Materials:

  • 10 used ball point pens
  • 1” Select Grade Pine, in the following sizes: 17x6” (back), 17x3 1/4” (shelf), 3 1/4 x 2” (x2) (shelf supports)
  • Wood glue and short bar clamps
  • 10 - 1 1/2” Wood screws
  • Electric drill and masking tape or drill press
  • 3/8” drill bit
  • Phillips driver bit
  • Drill bit for pilot hole and countersink
  • 1” spade bit
  • Utility Knife
  • ...

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More Items You Didn't Know You Could Recycle.

by Chris Gardner

"Ok sure, we can all recycle newspapers, magazines, our Coke cans, and our cereal boxes. Well, is that really it? Is that all you do to recycle? Take a look at my list below. If you are only recycling the obvious items you are not even chipping the surface. In fact, [this post] will not only tell you what to recycle, [it] will try to tell you how and where to do it."

Read the whole article here.


    * Auto
          o Car Batteries.
          o...

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22 Alternative Uses for Petroleum Jelly.

by Chris Gardner

According to Wikipedia:

"The raw material for petroleum jelly was discovered in 1859 in Titusville, Pennsylvania where it was stuck to some of the first oil rigs in the U.S. The workers disliked the paraffin like material because it caused the rigs to seize up, but they used it on cuts and burns because it hastened healing. Robert Chesebrough, a young chemist whose previous work of distilling fuel from the oil of sperm whales had been rendered...

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21 Things You Didn't Know You Could Recycle.

by Chris Gardner

" Garbage.  Americans produce more and more of it every year, when we need to be producing less.  Even the most waste-conscious among us can feel overwhelmed by the amount of household waste that goes beyond what municipal recyclers and compost bins can handle." Do your best by seeking to donate, reuse, and recycle the following.

Get all the details from Co-Op America. 

  • Appliances
  • Batteries
  • Cardboard boxes
  • CD/DVD/Video Games
  • Clothes
  • ...

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15 Household Uses for Table Salt.

by Chris Gardner

"Thousands of years ago salt was a valuable commodity and was used in place of money. Salt was given to the parents of the groom until the 8th century and by the 12th century it was sold for it's weight in gold. Salt has been used for many things through the years and in many ways but in our day we know it mostly for it's ability to enhance the flavor of our food."

15 Household Uses for Table Salt.
  • Discern a fresh egg.
  • Discourage ants
  • Cooking apples
  • Color pantyhose
  • Clean oven messes
  • ...

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30 Unique Uses for Dental Floss.

by Chris Gardner

You know you should floss daily. It removes the goo from in between your teeth that your brush simply cannot reach. While you have it out, check out 30 other uses from Gomestic.com.

30 Unique Uses for Dental Floss.

Some Highlights:

  • Hang things
  • Cut food into thin slices
  • Patch holes
  • Repair clothing
  • Separate stuck photographs
  • Remove food from a baking tray
  • Remove a tight ring from a finger
  • Repair glue joints in furniture
  • Clean inside small cracks and crevices
Floss illustration from...

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Top 10 Clever Uses for Fingernail Polish

by DIY Maven

Top 10 Clever Uses for Fingernail Polish

10. Gauge a bucket. Buckets usually have measured lines inside them, but they’re oftentimes illegible when viewed from above. Make those inside lines visible by marking them with a brush stroke of contrasting nail polish.

9. Pre-set a shower temp. Find your favorite water temperature, turn off the water and then mark the settings by putting a bit of polish on the stationary ring of the knob/knobs so you don’t have to fiddle with it in the...

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12 Other Things To Do with Cola.

by Chris Gardner

With a pH level around 3, regular cola can work its sweet and acidic magic on items all over the home. Lizzie from Gomestic offers 12 new ways to use the soft drink to make your life cleaner and more fun...(and more sticky?) 

12 Other Things To Do with Cola.
  • Clean a burnt saucepan.
  • Age a photograph.
  • Lighten an intense hair dye.
  • Clean your coins.
  • Clean the toilet.
  • Make a barbecue sauce.
  • Condition your hair.
  • Rid your plants of slugs.
  • Loosen rusty bolts.
  • Clean jewelry.
  • Settle an upset...

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15 Alternative Uses for Coffee Filters.

by Chris Gardner
15 Alternative Uses for Coffee Filters.

Tea Bags. Wrap loose leaf tea in a filter, then secure and suspend from a piece of string.

Line potted plants. Put a used coffee filter in the bottom of planters to prevent fine dirt particles from falling through the bottom.

Help little hands stay clean. Though adults should be responsible and not rely on disposable dinnerware, sometimes a coffee filter is the perfect size to contain finger foods (and protect carpet or clothing) in young hands...

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