Tips

A big box can hold Christmas wrappings

Instead of using an ugly trash bag on Christmas morning, consider wrapping a large box. People can throw their trash in it. It’ll look much better when you’re taking you are taking pictures.

Re-use holiday tissue paper

Instead of throwing wrinkled up tissue paper away, just iron it. It’ll look almost as good as new. (You can also run wrinkled ribbons through your curling iron).

Decorate for the holidays on the cheap

Holiday decorating on the cheap: Use red, green or gold spray paint on branches and pine cones. You can also spray paint empty boxes and bows.

Water your Christmas tree the easy way

Two no mess ways to water your real Christmas tree: Use ice cubes or use a no-drip turkey baster.

Keep your gifts secret and separate

Do you have kids, (or older family members), who try to peek at their gifts under the tree? There’s a simple solution: Use a specific wrapping paper for each family member. Don’t put a name on the packages. You can reveal your “secret code” on Christmas morning.

A bucket of fun for the guy in your life

Consider this gift for the hard-to-buy-for man in your life: Five gallon bucket with a variety of low priced, cool guy items. (i.e., headlamp flashlight, new measuring tap, duct tape, new work gloves, Slim Jim’s, etc.)

Make your own fire starters

Make your own firestarters for your fireplace at home or the next time you’re camping. Collect items like pecan shells, sawdust and dry grasses and pack them into a cardboard egg carton. Pour melted wax on top and then just tear it apart when you need something to help...

Spray paint customizes a door mat

Buy a plain doormat and make it whatever color you want with a few coats of spray paint.

Recycle an old TV cabinet into a dog house

Here’s a great way to recycle an old TV cabinet: Turn it into a dog house!

Use waxed paper to make dusting easier

Doing some fall cleaning? Place a piece of wax paper on upper kitchen cabinets where dust and grease particles gather after you dust. Every few months, switch out the paper for a fresh sheet. (Thanks to This Old House for the tip and pic!)

Cupboard turned into chalkboard

Here’s a fun project. Paint a panel (or more) in your kitchen with chalkboard paint and use it for notes. Turn a drawer pull upside-down and use it to hold the chalk. I’ve also seen the inside of a cupboard door painted in chalk paint, with reminders on the...

Organize your quilting fabric with file folders

Tired of seeing piles of cut fabric in your sewing room? Then use file folders to keep the fabric organized. Cut the folders in half and drape the fabric over the tops of them. This is a great tip for people who do quilting, since they often deal with...