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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.

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.

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!

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...

Spray painting made easier with thumb tacks

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I love a product called Painter’s Pyramids, but when working with smaller items, like picture frames, you can instead use thumb tacks to keep the item off the ground while you’re painting it. This way, your paint won’t get stuck to whatever it is your item is sitting on...

For Halloween: Make a tiny Batmobile

Be the coolest parent on the block with this makeover for one of those Playskool cars. Full disclosure: the woman who did this says the bat decal/paint was the hardest part, and she shares tips on how to do it here. But if you can find a sticker that...

Office prank: Head in a jar

Office prank: Put a head in a jar for the fridge

Here’s a great way to scare your co-workers (or, at the very least, protect your lunch from getting pillaged). Make a head in a jar! You’ll need a few things for this: 1) A large jar, like from pickles 2) A copier and a willing face 3) some food...

Leftover Peeps? Roast them!

Stuck with leftover Peeps? Make them into s'mores

Stuck with too many Peeps after Easter? Set up a family campfire this weekend and make them into s’mores!

A stylish soap dispenser with a Mason jar

Mason jar soap dispenser

Have you seen those blue Mason jars in local home improvement and craft stores? Pick up a package for some stylish projects around the house. One of them is this nifty soap dispenser. Just poke a hole in the top of a jar’s top with a hammer and nail...

A perfect fit

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When you bring home fresh flowers, if they aren’t tall enough for the vase, stick the stems into straws. You can cut the straws to the exact height that you want. Next, put clear tape across the top of the vase in a cross-hatched pattern. When you put the...

Use a ‘faux fork’ if you forget yours

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Ever go to heat up your lunch at work and realize you forgot your fork? In a pinch, there’s a tip going around for how you can take simple office supplies to make your own. Well, I tried this and it’s a bit of a stretch, but if you’re...