Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Use a Compact Disc (CD) to Scare away Yard Pests

An optical disc used to store digital data, originally developed for storing digital audio. The CD, available on the market since October 1982. Wikipedia®

Glass Bottle Garden Border

My friend and I have just started a glass bottle garden border around one of her garden beds. Any glass bottles can be used and it can be styled according to taste. Label peeling is facilitated by soaking bottles overnight.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Use Mason Jars to Cool a Hot Room

A Mason jar is a glass jar used in canning to preserve food. They were invented by John L. Mason in the early 1850s. Wikipedia®

Use Cassette Cases to Scrape Snow

Use cassette cases to scrape snow off car windows
Split the cassette case in half and use the inner edge to scrape snow and ice off car windows.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Create Grass Head Pet from Plastic Beverage Container

1) Cut the top off of a plastic two liter beverage container that cannot be returned for a deposit.

2) Measure a piece of old card stock headed for a recycle bin (file folders work well) to make a cylinder around the plastic container. Have child design a body on the card while opened flat.

3) Take an old sock or pantyhose stocking, fill it with a cup of potting soil, add some grass seeds and position them at the top. Tie the sock or stocking and cut off the excess.

4) Have your child draw a face on the sock head with crayons or coloring utensils that show up on the sock head.

5) Fill the plastic container with water and place the sock head on top so it soaks up water.

6) Put a platstic newspaper sleeve over the grass head pet and put it on a windowsill.

7) When the grass (hair) starts to sprout, take off the newspaper sleeve and keep it moist until a full head of hair grows in.

Have fun!


Use Plastic Soap Dispenser to make a Planter

Soap is an anionic surfactant used in conjunction with water for washing and cleaning, which historically comes either in solid bars or in the form of a viscous liquid. Wikipedia®

Friday, September 25, 2009

Use Plastic Newspaper Protective Sleeve to create Craft Project

A plastic bag used to protect newspapers from the weather elements.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Cut Box into Shape of Book End

1) Cut a small box into the shape of a book holder.

2) Cover with paper from magazines (collage) or plain paper inside and out.

3) Brush Mod Podge over it and use as book, pamphlet or file holder around the house.

Use Package Boxes to Store Items

Cardboard boxes are industrially prefabricated boxes, primarily used for packaging goods and materials. Wikipedia®

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Wrapping Paper Roll to create Spice Rack

Wrapping paper is a kind of paper designed for gift wrapping. The roll is a cylindrical cardboard tube on which the wrapping paper is wrapped.

Use Milk Cartons to Create Grass Plugs

1) Cut your half gallon milk containers lengthwise through the round plastic spout. Now you have two halfs.

2) Put potting soil or better yet soil that you have made in your backyard from composed kitchen vegetable waste.

3) Soak the soil well with water so the container feels heavy. Spinkle grass seed over the surface and gentle press the seed into the wet soil.

4) Slip a plastic newspaper sleeve around the half milk carton and then set the container outside in a partial sun area. After about 5 days start to check it and see if it needs more water. After the grass sprouts and grows about an inch of two, take off the plastic bag and keep the soil moist.

After about 30 days you have a grass plug to patch your lawn. When you pull out weeds, use the plug to patch the hole. When your dog urinates and grass dies, replace it with the grass plug!


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Monday, September 21, 2009

Transform Carpet Samples Into Designer Shoe Keeper

Tricycle, Inc.'s "Ample Sample" competition gives designers another chance to transform carpet samples into something useful, beautiful, or just downright cool. The 2009 Ample Sample Winner is Wuthichai Leelavoravong's "Shoe Keeper."


1) Measure on the back side and cut the carpet tile in half with a knife;

2) Measure and cut the carpet tile as shown in the picture (see instructions link with graphics). Then fold the carpet tile at the red line;

3) Clip the folder carpet tile with a binder clip on each side. Then, use two small nails to hang the finished piece on the wall;

Note: It is possible to create multiple pieces and group them in many different ways.

4) Pull the strip that is already cut out and insert a pair of shoe inside.

To learn more about this contest and Tricyle, Inc, visit www.tricycleinc.com

Use a Wooden Door to create a Desk

A wooden door is a moveable barrier used to cover an opening. Wikipedia®

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Use Cardboard Tube to keep Boots in Shape

Cylindrical shaped tube, made from cardboard, usually used to store paper items.

Use Ribbon as a Cat Toy

Do you have a left over ribbon from a birthday or holiday? Use it as a cat toy! Cut the ribbon in various lengths or shapes to fit your cat's play needs. Also, the ribbon is harder for your cat to swallow than string and it will add a little variety to your play.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Use Wine Corks to make a CorkBoard

Cork material is a prime-subset of generic cork tissue, harvested for commercial use primarily from the Cork Oak tree, Quercus suber, with Portugal producing 50% of cork worldwide. Cork consists mostly of suberin. Wikipedia®

Use Mesh Produce Bag to store small Items

When camping for several days, you'll have lots of small quantities of foods and condiments to keep in the cooler. Use mesh produce bags to make them easy to find while still allowing them to chill properly in the cooler.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Use a 6-Pack Bottle Holder to Organize your Cosmetics

Use a 6-pack bottle holder to organize your cosmetics!
1) Use decorative contact paper to cover the drink holder

2) Lay each side of the drink holder down onto the underside of the contact paper and trace with a pencil.

3) Cut each shape out with an exacto knife and carefully peel and stick on to the drink holder.

4) Decorate as wanted otherwise (with stickers, glitter glue, shape cutouts, etc.).
Place makeup brushes, hair brushes, hair products, etc. in empty drink spaces.

Use Wooden Wine crates as Planters

Wooden containers used to package and ship bottled wines.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Use Olive Oil to Fix a Squeaky Door

Use a rag or cotton swab to apply olive oil to the top of a problematic hinge in your home or automobile.

Use a Picture Frame to Create Jewelry Storage

A picture frame is a container added to a picture to enhance it, make it easier to display or protect. Wikipedia®

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Use Velcro Strips to Remove Pilling from Sweaters

Use velcro to easily remove pills from a soft sweater.
Use the rough side of a piece of velcro to gently pull of pills from a sweater.

Use a Nail File to open a CD or to remove Packaging

A nail file is a tool used to gently grind down and shape the edges of nails. They are often used in manicures and pedicures after the nail has been trimmed using appropriate nail clippers. Wikipedia®

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Use Ashes to grow Plants

Ashes make great compost
As civilizations that have towns around volcanoes have known for ages, ashes are great for growing plants. If you have a wood stove or a fire pit, you can mix the ashes with your compost to enrich your soil.

If you are using the compost to grow food, make sure you are careful of what you are burning, as you won't want plastic residues or other chemicals to get into your compos

Use a Pillow case for an Ironing Board

A pillow case is used to cover a pillow, which is a large cushion support for the head, usually used while sleeping in a bed, or for the body as used on a couch or chair. Wikipedia®

Monday, September 14, 2009

Use Foam to Cushion a Bed or as Packing Material

The most general definition of foam is a substance that is formed by trapping many gas bubbles in a liquid or solid. Wikipedia®

Use Glass Bottle as a Flower Vase

Old Bottles as Flower Vase
Any old glass bottle works very well as a flower vase. To add a decorative touch, you can paint the outside or use a hot glue gun to decorate with old jewels or beads.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Use Plastic Bottle to Keep Things Cold

Use old plastic bottles to keep items cold and provide a tasty treat
Need to keep your kids lunches cold?

1) Fill a used 12 oz plastic bottle half way with water and freeze.

2) In the morning fill the other half with juice and place in the lunch box.

Your lunch will still be cold and you will have a delicious drink to go with i

Use Discarded Apple iMac Computer

The iMac is a range of all-in-one Macintosh desktop computers designed and built by Apple Inc. Wikipedia®

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Use Baking Soda to clean your Bath Tub and Sink

Bath Tub and Sink Cleaner
You can have a fabulously clean bath tub and sink by utlizing white vinegar and baking soda.

1)Turn on the shower and wet the tub.

2)Sprinkle the baking soda over the entire tub and take your white vinegar and spray it all over the bath tub.

3)Do the same with your sink.

The mixture of the two will generate an active fizzle that allows you to clean stains naturally.

Anti-perspirant Deodorant

Deodorants are substances applied to the body mainly to reduce body odor which is caused by the bacterial breakdown of perspiration. A subgroup of deodorants are "antiperspirants", which prevent odor and reduce sweat. Wikipedia®

Friday, September 11, 2009

Use Car Wax to Clean Cloudy Car Headlights

Clean Car headlights
Cleaning your car headlights can be quite expensive. Here's a simple solution to save money and minimize waste:

1) Purchase car wax from a local auto parts shop. The cheaper the better. Some brands go for about .99. Car wax has an abrasive that's just right for this type of cleaning

2) Use a dry rag to apply the car wax on each head light and wipe off completely.

Your car headlights should be ready to go.

Fabric Softener Sheets

Sheets used to control static cling in your dryer. Also adds a fresh sent to your laundry.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Use Toothpaste to Heal a Bruise

Remove a bruise by applying toothpaste. Apply toothpaste at night and in the morning the discoloration will be minimized.

Peanut Butter

Peanut butter is a food paste made from ground roasted peanuts. It is popular throughout the world and used mainly as a sandwich spread. Wikipedia®

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Zip lock Bag

Ziploc is a brand of reusable, re-sealable zipper storage bags and containers originally developed by Dow Chemical Company, and now produced by S. C. Johnson & Son. Wikipedia®

Mouthwash to treat Athletes Foot

Mouthwash to treat athletes foot
Mouthwash can be used to treat athlete’s foot or toenail fungus. Soak cotton ball in mouthwash; apply on affected area several times a day. Repeat for several days.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Empty Tubes Of Last Remaining Contents

Wooden pencil can help remove products from tubes
Use a wood pencil to get the last remaining drops out of a tube. With the rising costs of toothpaste, creams, ointments, hair products, adhesives, icings and other products in tubes you want to get every bit out. Lay a pencil across the end and press down as you roll the tube up and over the pencil. As you use the product keep pressing the pencil down and rolling to squeeze out all product. Slide pencil out for reuse when finished.


The avocado (Persea americana), also known as palta or aguacate (Spanish), butter pear or alligator pear, is a tree native to the Caribbean, Mexico, South America and Central America. Wikipedia®

Monday, September 7, 2009


The toothbrush is an instrument consisting of a small brush on a handle used to clean teeth through tooth brushing. Wikipedia®

Use Essential Oils to Make Natural Mouthwash

Essential oils in water make for an excellent mouthwash
The recipe for a great and natural mouthwash is 2 drops of lemon essential oil, 2 drops of eucalyptus, and two drops of lavender oil. Mix these into a cup of warm water and swish away.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Make Clay from Flour, Salt, and Water

Combine 1/4 cup salt, 1 cup flour, 1/4 cup water and knead well. Add food coloring if desired. Children can participate in creating their own play dough and then using the dough to create shapes, critters, anything they can dream up. Use pasta shapes as decoration. Left out in the air, the dough will harden. In an air tight container, it will remain soft.


Honey is a sweet fluid produced by honey bees (and some other species) and derived from the nectar of flowers. Wikipedia®

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Coffee filters of paper are made from about 100 g/cm2 crêped paper. The crêping allows the coffee to flow freely between the filter and the filtration funnel. Wikipedia®

Use an Onion to Clean your Grill

1) Turn on grill and heat surface of the grill to a high temperature.
2) Cut a large onion in half and place the onion on a large grill fork with the flat side facing out.
3) Vigorously rub the onion up and down the grill surface to clean the metal.
4) Switch to the other half of the onion when the first half becomes worn down

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Use Shredded Paper for Pet Bedding

We use our shredded newspaper and junk mail as bedding for our pet rats. It can also be used for other small pets like hamsters and gerbils or even rabbits. This is better for the animals than traditional wood shavings which can irritate their lungs and its completely free. Best part is, since these animals do not eat meat (which could contain parasites) it can be composted when their done with it and used in the garden. Caution-don't use glossy sheets or envelopes with plastic.

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Fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum) is a plant in the family Fabaceae. Fenugreek is used both as a herb (the leaves) and as a spice (the seed). It is cultivated worldwide as a semi-arid crop. Wikipedia®

Use Old Rain Gutters for Growing Plants

Use old raingutters for growing. Repurposed raingutters as vertical gardening containers. Great for urban gardeners, apartment dwellers, intensive gardeners and anyone with a sunny wall on their home.