New Uses for Old Things
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New Uses for Old Things
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Make ice cubes last longer at your next cocktail party: Put them in a colander set into a bowl. As they melt, the water will drain through the holes instead of sitting and turning the ice to slush.
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Colander holding ice. At a party, stash ice in a colander set on top of a bucket or a bowl. Water will drain out, and guests will get only the solid stuff.
Make your ice cubes last longer at your outdoor party. Place cubes in colander over bowl so water will drain.
Colander as Ice Bucket ~ Make ice cubes last longer at your next cocktail party: Put them in a colander set into a bowl. As they melt, the water will drain through the holes instead of sitting and turning the ice to slush
colander holding ice - no more watery melting ice for guests.
Let guests locate their seats in a creative way. Clip a miniature clothespin to the bottom of each paper to create the base for a rustic escort card display.
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Clothespin as Placecard Holder - Let guests locate their seats in a creative way. Clip a miniature clothespin to the bottom of each paper to create the base for a rustic escort card display.
Tischkarte Clothes Pins Place Card Holders (inexpensive idea & you could spray paint them even)
Clothespin place card holder
Mini Clothespins as Escort Card Holder - Brilliant (use colourful card, and decorate pin with ribbon/fabric/paint)
Use a Tension Rod to Store Cleaning Products
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Organized bathroom cleaners under sink. Secure a tension rod in the cabinet underneath your bathroom or kitchen sink, then hook on your most frequently used sprays and scrubbers for instant access.
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Tension rod under sink. Organized, easy.
Organize Bathroom Cleaners: The Strategy If you’re lucky enough to have closed storage under your bathroom sink, use it for stashing cleaning supplies and extra toilet paper. Give the things you use daily a prominent spot, and store everything else together.
Use a curtain rod under sink to organize cleaning supplies
Easy Under-the-Sink Storage Ideas - tension rod under bathroom sink for cleaners...
Use a Wine Rack as a Wall Organizer
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Wall-mounted Ikea wine rack used for garage organization
Wall-mounted wine rack used for garage organization (Ikea - $10)
Wall mounted wine rack is a terrific (and unexpected) solution for corralling gloves and rags or coiled extension cords, and it makes a pegboard even more of a powerhouse.
Use a Wine Rack as a Wall Organizer - 10 Cheap Organizing Hacks for a Clutter-Free Home - Real Simple
After: Rack ’Em Up. A wall-mounted wine rack ($10, ikea.com) is a terrific (and unexpected) solution for corralling gloves and rags or coiled extension cords, and it makes a pegboard even more of a powerhouse. To buy: Metal pegboard organizer, $12, lowes.com.
Use a Wine Rack as a Wall Organizer - Hang a wine rack on the wall of your garage or supply closet to stash rags, extension cords, gloves, etc.
Mini marshmallows may be too small for s’mores, but they’re a sweet way to catch wayward candle drips before they hit cakes and cupcakes—because it’s not so festive to find wax in your icing.
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How To Prevent Getting Candle Wax on Birthday Cakes
Anchor a birthday candle in a mini marshmallow to prevent wax from dripping on the frosting. DUHH! What a brilliant idea!
Cupcake topped with a candle in a marshmallow - prevent wax from getting all over frosting
use a mini marshmallow as a birthday candle holder
Anchor a birthday candle with a mini marshmallow to catch candle wax before it hits the cake
Use a Picture Frame as a Key Organizer
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Key hanger from old picture frame with key hooks glued on with strong glue...hmmm...could aso be used to hang necklaces!
Use an old frame, paint the backing & glue on some pretty hooks: cheap but cool key holder!
Grab some hooks and an old picture frame and voila! A key holder
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Use Jars as Floating Storage Spaces
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Jar lid used to clear off a desktop Use Jars as Floating Storage Spaces Fill small jars with tacks, nails, buttons, or other easy-to-lose supplies, then attach the lid of each jar to the underside of a shelf. Voilà! Instant storage without wasting a precious inch of shelf space.
Use Jars as Floating Storage Spaces. Going to do this with the many glass jars that come through out house!
Jar lid used to clear off a desktop- attach lid to underside of surface
attach jar lid to underside of pantry shelves
Use Jars as Floating Storage Spaces | 10 Cheap Organizing Hacks for a Clutter-Free Home | Real Simple
If you find yourself with a mismatched collection―or without bubbly―flip thick-walled Champagne flutes upside down to create a beautiful grouping of candle stands for a shelf or a mantel. Use heavy wineglasses for table centerpieces, as the wider mouths will provide more stability to withstand bumping.
Use Magnets as a Medicine Cabinet Organizer
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Medicine Cabinet Organizing Tricks Magnetize the Smalls Keep bobby pins, tweezers, and nail tools in line with magnets and a stick-on metal strip. It takes a minute to set up and will save you hours of hunting later on. To buy: Mini Magnetic Strip bulletin board (magnets included), $6.50, seejanework.com.
inside bathroom cabinet door
Use Magnets as a Medicine Cabinet Organizer -Mount a magnetic strip (we used the Mini Magnetic Strip Bulletin Board, $6.50, seejanework.com) on the inside of the medicine cabinet door to store tweezers, bobby pins, and other grooming tools in plain sight.
Great Organization Ideas!
Use a Stepladder as a Bedside Table
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Ladder as Bedside Table Cute for a spare bedroom
Make this side table out of old ladders that have been cut down to the appropriate size. To add more storage space, especially for a bedside table, add a second board to a lower rung on the ladder. My suggestion to keep the thrift store or flea market find looking neat would be to store items on the lower shelf in a decorative basket!
Bed with a step ladder as a night stand
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Step ladder bedside table
Give a punch bowl an elegant (and functional) touch with this floating ice sculpture. Simply fill the cake pan with water (or nonalcoholic punch), freeze, and pop out before serving.
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ice cube for punch bowl - make the ice in a bundt pan..
Inspiring new ways to use a bundt pan, cake stand, chip clips, and more kitchen items.
Great party idea to keep the punch cold but not get ice in everything!
Use bundt cake pan freeze some of punch to place in punch bowl to keep it cold....By:All it Takes is a Can Opener & Crockpot
Mold Ice With a Bundt Pan Give a punch bowl an elegant (and functional) touch with this floating ice sculpture. Simply fill the cake pan with water (or nonalcoholic punch), freeze, and pop out before serving
Freeze water in a bundt pan to keep your punch bowl cold. Freezing juice instead of water will ensure your beverage will not be watered-down!
When a plain napkin simply won’t do, break out the bangles and dress up a place setting.
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Repurpose bangles as funky napkin rings for your next dinner party.
Such a cute idea! Use extra bracelets as napkin holders.
I love the idea of using bangle bracelets for napkin rings!
Old bracelets as napkin rings. No money home makeover tips from Real Simple.
Repurpose Your Bracelets as Napkin Rings Colorful plastic bangles are great for a casual table, while metal ones complement a formal setting. You can also pin brooches down the length of a table runner and lean a place card in front of each one.
Place the bottle along one side of the fabric so that the bottle’s top meets the top of the fabric. Fold the excess material at the bottom over the bottle, forming a pocket of sorts. Then roll the dish towel evenly and secure at the neck with ribbon.
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Wine bottles wrapped with dish towels - An interesting idea for a housewarming gift
How to jazz up a bottle of wine gift. Place a wine bottle along one side of the fabric of a dish towel so that the bottle’s top meets the top of the fabric. Fold the excess material at the bottom over the bottle, forming a pocket of sorts. Then roll the dish towel evenly and secure at the neck with ribbon.
Wrap a bottle of wine in a pretty dish towel for a two-in-one hostess gift. | Creative Gift Wrapping Ideas | Real Simple Mobile
Great hostess gift idea! Place a wine bottle along one side of the fabric of a dish towel so that the bottle’s top meets the top of the fabric. Fold the excess material at the bottom over the bottle, forming a pocket of sorts. Then roll the dish towel evenly and secure at the neck with ribbon.
Fluff up wool sweaters by adding a few capfuls of vinegar to the rinse cycle.
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Laundry New Uses for Old Things
Vinegar as Sweater Fluffer Fluff up wool sweaters by adding a few capfuls of vinegar to the rinse cycle.
Use vinegar in rinse water to fluff up your winter sweaters!
New Uses for Vinegar Surprising powers behind an everyday household ingredient.
Fill an antique gravy boat with a bar of soap to transform it into an elegant soap dish.
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Gravy Boat as Unique Soap Dish | Double-Duty Decorating Ideas | Real Simple
awesome soap dish idea for guest bathroom
Talk about a broken antique...Fill an antique gravy boat with a bar of soap to transform it into an elegant soap dish.
Set a sweet table and use scalloped pastry tips in fun colors as place-card holders.