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How To: Make a Body Pillow Cover That's Actually Cute

by M.E. Gray

How to make a body pillow cover

Do you use a body pillow? I can't sleep without one. I used to be able to, but over the years my joints have started to require that extra support as I snooze. While my wife fortunately doesn't mind me cuddling something else all night long, I am miffed at the lack of options when it comes to shopping for a body pillow cover. Because of this, I've always made my own. Usually I just make them from an old sheet, but decided to make a fancier one for this newest body pillow I bought (body pillows are on back-to-school sale right now, just FYI!). If you can sew a straight line on a sewing machine, then you can make a body pillow cover of your own.           

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Curb The Clutter: Genius Ways to Store and Organize Cookware

Pots and Pans Organizer Ideas
Photo: Scott Clark

It's not an easy task to organize pots and pans in the kitchen... the varied shapes and sizes of the different pieces often end up occupying more space than they should. And let's not even get into trying to close a drawer full of utensils in disarray! But don't give up - there are plenty of ways to tame the mess. Here are twenty-two clever ideas and do-it-yourself projects to get everything under control once and for all.      

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IKEA Lighting Hack: Make a Pendant Light Out of a $6 Bowl!

by Stephanie Lee

IKEA lighting hack: Make a pendant light out of a $6 bowl!

I have a love-hate relationship with light fittings. I totally get that they can transform  the look of a room, but I've put off changing ours for aaaages because the ones I love best are always out of my budget. And when it comes to the crunch, I can't justify spending $150+ on a pretty light fixture when there are bills to be paid! That's where this IKEA lighting hack comes in.              

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How to Write a Meaningful Father's Day Card

by Amber Dickson
How to write a meaningful Father's Day card
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If you find conquering the blank space at the bottom of a Father’s Day card daunting, you are not alone.  It can be difficult to express yourself even if you have an ideal relationship with your father or father figure, let alone one that is more complicated.  When you want to write something heartfelt but don’t know where to start, consider using one of these prompts:         

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Two Weird Things You Should Start Putting in Your Dryer

by M.E. Gray

Two laundry hacks for your dryer

I'm always skeptical of "hacks" I see on the internet. Sometimes techniques touted as life hacks can be - well... hacky! On the flip side, we've tested a few hacks here on Curbly before with surprising success. I've seen these two laundry hacks pass through my media feeds a few times, and decided to finally give in and try them out myself. Both are supposed to optimize your dryer. Do they work? Let's find out!            

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How to Fold Everything in Your Dresser

by M.E. Gray

How to fold everything in your dresser

There's nothing quite like the frustration of trying to find a shirt in a dresser drawer packed full of balled up clothes. There's no order, and everything is kind of just shoved in there. While it may be tempting to just close up your dresser drawers when they start to get chaotic, being able to have everything nicely folded and visible will make getting ready in the morning a million times easier. So, rather than just tossing that tee in the back of the drawer, fold it properly the first time so you can find it when you need it. Keep reading for the best way to fold shirts, pants, socks, even underwear!         

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DIY 4th of July Popsicles, Two Ways: One for Kids and One for Adults!

by M.E. Gray

Recipe: 4th of July popsicles!

Here's a summertime tip: Always make popsicles. Summer is here, which means the Fourth of July is on the way and you probably have a barbeque to host. Whether you're holding a kid-friendly summer party or an adults-only celebration, popsicles will make everyone happy, including you! That's because they're ridiculously easy to make, you can prep them far in advance, and nothing tastes better on a hot day than a refreshing popsicle. We have two tasty recipes for you to prep this summer. The first popsicles are champagne-infused (adults only!), mimicking the colors in a bomb pop. The second are kid-friendly (but equally delicious) lemon-flavored fruity popsicles.        

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How to: DIY Graphic and Modern Wall Art for Under $10

by Lidy Dipert

 

How to: Make Graphic and Modern Wall Art for under $10

This summer is extra special because... I am celebrating my ten year anniversary with my husband! Seriously, it's crazy how fast time flies. To honor such a joyous occasion, we have decided to travel to Europe. Specifically, Paris and London! We have always talked about traveling more together, but that's always easier said then done when you have three young kids. And now, at last, we finally have a really good excuse to make that happen. I decided to create some graphic and modern wall art for our newly revamped kitchen to serve as a happy and positive reminder of our very special ten-day trip for our ten year anniversary and all for under $10! Do you sense a theme here? 

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DIY Outdoor Chair Makeover

by Lidy Dipert

 DIY Wicker Chair Makeover

When you only have a small budget for outdoor furniture, finding the right pieces can be a bit dissapointing at times. If you don't feel like waiting for those end-of-summer deals, try exploring your local thrift store. With some good scouting and creative imagination, you might find the perfect piece for your patio. 

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Glue Gun Shootout: What's the Best Glue Gun on the Market? We Find Out.

by DIY Maven
Glue Gun Review
Photo: JoAnn Moser

 

Sure, your glue gun melts glue sticks, but does it drip glue all over the place when sitting on its "kickstand"? Does it seem to spontaneously tip over when sitting on said kickstand? Does it take forever to reach maximum heat? 

If your glue gun does any or all of these things, it might be time to break up with it and find a new model. After hours and hours of testing 6 models—4 corded and 2 cordless—of wildly varying prices, we've pinned down our favorites. Let's introduce our contenders (and our recommendations): 

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15 Clever Tips For Gardening On A Budget

by Faith Towers
15 Clever Tips For Gardening On A Budget
Photo: Country Living

Gardening can be a rewarding experience that produces beautiful flowers and delicious vegetables, but it can get expensive if you're not careful. There are ways to cut back on spending though, and today we're sharing 15 of our favorites. Keep reading to check out lots of clever tips that will keep your green thumb and your wallet happy.   

 

15 Clever Tips For Gardening On A Budget
Photo: The Garden Glove

1. Share with a friend. Go to the local nursery with a buddy and split seeds, 6-packs, etc. with them so that you have a nice variety for half the price. Check out The Garden Glove for lots more great ideas.

2. Ask a neighbor if you can split their hostas with them. Once hostas are large enough, they can be dug up, split, and then replanted.

3. Regrow vegetables from scraps. Many vegetables, such as celery and scallions, will regrow by placing the bottoms of the stalks in water and then planting them in the ground once they grow roots.

 

15 Clever Tips For Gardening On A Budget
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4. Choose things that spread. Mint is a great example of a plant that spreads like crazy, so give it a try for areas that you'd like to quickly fill with greenery.

5. Focus on perennials. Perennials will come back every year, making them a more budget savvy choice. Sure you'll make a larger investment the first year, but very little every year after.

 

15 Clever Tips For Gardening On A Budget
Photo: Veggie Gardener

6. Trade yard waste for compost. Some towns will take your yard waste in exchange for compost that they cycle through each year. Or you could start your own compost pile! Learn more at the Veggie Gardener.

7. Make a rain barrel. To save money on your water bill, collect rainwater in a rain barrel and use it to water the garden.

 

15 Clever Tips For Gardening On A Budget
Photo: Country Living

8. Grow from seeds. This requires more patience than the instant gratification of buying seedlings or plants, but it will ultimately save you tons of money. Get more tips over at Country Living.

9. Buy pots and other supplies at Goodwill. Thrift stores usually have planters and other tools at deeply reduced prices. It's worth a try!

10. Use existing natural elements to your advantage. Have rocky soil? Collect those rocks and make a border for your garden out of them. Or chop up that fallen tree and turn it into the sides for a raised vegetable garden.

 

Photo: Mother Earth News

11. Go organic. Skip the pesticides and chemicals... it'll save you money and keep you healthier. Check out more handy tips at Mother Earth News.

12. Grow plants that seed themselves. Some annuals will drop their seeds after they've bloomed, and those seeds will germinate in the spring. Some examples include poppies, cosmos and black eyed susans.

13. Check out Craigslist. Scroll through the Farm and Garden section for tools and materials, and take a look at the Free section too. You never know what you might find!

 

15 Clever Tips For Gardening On A Budget
Photo: My Stay At Home Adventures

14. Scour your area for sales and coupons. Local plant sales will often have great deals, and you can sometimes find coupons for your nursery in the paper. Find more helpful tips over at My Stay At Home Adventures.

15. Set a budget when you go to the nursery. Be sure to set a specific budget for your trip to the nursery. It's easy to go crazy and buy every pretty plant you see, but your wallet won't be happy. Create a plan before you go, and stick to it.

 

15 Clever Tips For Gardening On A Budget
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21 Awesome DIY Planters to Kick Off the Summer Months in Style

by Brittni Mehlhoff

21 Awesome DIY Planters to Kick Off the Summer Months in Style

Unofficially, summer has already started and one of the easiest ways to freshen up your space, indoors and out, is with plants. So, why not try one of these 21 DIY planter ideas to help transform your space on a limited budget. Bonus! These planter projects won't take up your whole weekend. In fact, most of them will only take a couple of hours. You in? Let's get to it.

 

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