Unusual Uses: Five Fresh Ideas for Christmas Lights.

By: Chrisjob Dec 09, 2009

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 Surprising Uses for Vicks VapoRub.

By: Chrisjob Dec 05, 2009

Vick's has been making it's mentholated topical ointment - VapoRub - since 1905, and it's covered the chests and ticklied the nostrils of North America ever since.Continue Reading

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Impromptu Air Freshener for Small Spaces

By: Diy maven Nov 02, 2009


created at: 2009-11-02

This exceptional hint originated on an airplane. In its bathroom. Here's how the story goes: Recently, a traveller on a particularly puny plane noticed that the scent emanating from its one bathroom smelled pleasant, but not air-freshener-y.Continue Reading

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12 Ways to Use a Tea Towel.

By: Chrisjob Oct 25, 2009


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
  • AsContinue 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
  • SealContinue Reading
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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

tea bag

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
  • Remove Warts
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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 idea. 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.


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...


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


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 techniqueContinue 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.

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 Continue Reading

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How to Make Crafty Fridge Magnets.

By: Chrisjob Dec 30, 2007
"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 allContinue Reading

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