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How to Fold that Hoard of Plastic Bags that Lives Under Your Kitchen Sink

by M.E. Gray

Life Hack: The quickest and easiest way to fold plastic shopping bags

I am pretty good about remembering to bring my reusable shopping bags with me when I pick up groceries. I walk in the store with my canvas bags, and I leave with my groceries and only those bags (and usually a pint of Ben & Jerry's - don't judge me). No matter how hard I try, plastic shopping bags still seem to magically appear under my kitchen sink. While tiny bags are handy to have around (fellow pet owners may agree with me here), keeping them from looking like a literal wad of trash is tricky. I'm here to share with you a folding technique to beat all others. It's by far the fastest, and definitely the easiest, way to fold a plastic shopping bag.    

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How to Fold a Paper Rose

by DIY Maven
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Photo: Lexy Ward

I  love working with flowers. Fresh or fake, they just make me happier. While not all of us have a green thumb (I am not declaring I do as I am still struggling to keep my plants alive), paper flowers are the easiest way to enjoy some new blooms and keep them around far longer than a few days. And you can make this version in a matter of minutes! So hunker down with that hot glue gun and let's get to work.      

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How To: Fancy Towel Folding

by DIY Maven

How To: Fancy Towel Folding

What a clever and inviting way to add a little style to a guest bathroom. And did I mention it's FREE? Basically, the idea is folding one of our existing hand towels to construct an attached pocket, then fill the pocket with, well, whatever you want. A sprig of greenery, fancy

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Make a Folded Felt Gift Box

by DIY Maven

Make a Folded Felt Gift Box

So a few months ago I spotted these DARLING felt, flatpack breadbaskets from Teroforma, and I thought, "Dude, you can totally make that." My idea, however, was not a breadbasket, but a little gift basket. So I grabbed paper and pencil and came up with plan.

First, the supplies:

  • one 8" x 11" piece of heavy felt from the craft store, NOT the flimsy kind
  • a scissors
  • craft knife and cutting mat, optional but helpful
  • doo-dads to...

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Build a Folding Table

by DIY Maven

Build a Folding Table

A folding table can come in very handy. This little fellow comes to us from Handy Man Wire, who says that it can be constructed out of any wood of your choosing. (Because the maker is using his table on a porch, he built it out of cedar. Stainless steel and brass hardware was chosen for the same reason.) Since you can make it in an afternoon or so, it would be the perfect weekend project. Here's your shopping list!

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How to Properly Fold a Fitted Sheet

by DIY Maven

How to Properly Fold a Fitted Sheet

Okay, I’ll admit it. My folded fitted sheets look more like rectangularly shaped pillows rather than neat squares. Here’s a 4 stage method to help me make folding these confounding pocketed contraptions do-able, which will also make my linen closet look more orderly. The steps, according to BHG, go something like this:

“1. Folding fitted sheets works best on a flat surface, such as a table or bed. Lay the sheet right side down, elasticized corners...

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How to Make an Origami Baseball Mitt

by DIY Maven

How to Make an Origami Baseball Mitt

To honor this most holy of holy days, let us join together in the creation of a symbol of our joy: the baseball mitt.

What You’ll Need

A section of newspaper. (I’d suggest the sports section.)

Optional: a Sharpie

What You’ll Do

Fold 1/4 of the way in as shown below.

Fold corners to center.

Fold corners to center, again.

Turn over.

Fold up bottom about 2 inches three times.

Fold tip down and tuck into band.

Fold side as shown, tucking it into tip just...

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