Cut one side of an old cake pan with a coping saw. If you want a handle, drill two holes through the opposit side and bolt onto an old broom handle.
#2. Utility tray.
Here's a good way to store nuts, bolts, nails, screws and other workshop materials: bolt a heavy duty muffin tin to the underside of a bench or shelf by one cornor, using a washer as a spacer, so that the pan can be swung out as needed. Or attach cleats under your workbench or shelf to serve as runners for the rim of the muffin tin.
#3. Serving tray.
Avoid spills-use a muffin tin to carry cold drinks.
#4. Water bowl
If your dog makes a habit of overturning its backyard water bowl, drive a stake into the ground through the center hole of a tube pan to keep it upright.
If you use your dishwasher less than
once a day, toss a handful of baking soda into the
bottom between washes.
#2. Furniture blancher
To spruce up white painted furniture, wash it
with a solution of 1 Tbsp. baking soda in 1 Qt. warm
#3. Dog shampoo.
softness and luster to your pets coat. put 2 Tbsp.
baking soda in its bathwater. Baking soda also works
well as a dry shampoo for your dog.
A paste of baking soda and water will
ease the discomfort of bee stings.
Eliminate acid build up on car
battery terminals-apply a paste of 3 parts baking soda
and 1 part water with a toothbrush; rinse with water
and wipe dry. Wear safety goggles and rubber gloves to
protect eyes and hands.
#6. Skin emollient.
For softer, smoother skin, add 1/2 cup soda to
Bury peels no more
than 1 inch deep around rosebushes. If you have more,
add them to your garden's compost pile; they are an
excellent source of phosphorus and potassium.
#2. Wildlife food.
Place banna peels in an
empty birdbath in winter as forage for deer.
#3. Emergency shoe shine.
spur-of-the-moment job, rub your leather shoes with the
inside of the peel; then clean and buff with a paper
towel or napkin.
#1. Work stand.
For access to all sides
when painting or working with clay, set the piece on a
swiveling bar stool.
#2. Side table.
Drape a circular table cloth over a backless bar
stool; top with a sheet of glass.
Paint a wooden stool and place a vining
plant on top.
#4. Tomato cage.
Remove the seat; push the legs into the soil and wrap
them with strong twine to support small tomato plants.
#1. Orchid planter.
Line a plastic mesh basket
with sphagnum moss, add a little potting soil, plant an
orchid, and hang with monofilament line or yarn.
#2. Plant protector.
Invert a basket and
secure it firmly over small seedlings and plants to
protect them from rabbits and squirrels.
#3. Bulb cage.
To foil rodents, set a mesh
basket in a garden bed at the correct depth, place
bulbs inside, and cover with soil.
When mailing a gift, protect the bow
with an inverted basket.
#5. Bubble maker.
Dip the basket into a soap bubble solution and
wave it in the air to make clouds of bubbles.
Turn a basket upside down in a bowl
to hold flower stems in place.
Put baby bottle caps and nipples in a
mesh basket; using rubber bands, secure another basket
upside down on top. Place in the upper rack of the
Mount a bicycle wheel
horizontally atop a tall pole, then run strings from
the rim or spokes to pegs planted firmly in the ground;
train pea or bean vines on the strings.
Suspend a bicycle wheel
horizontally and hang tools or utensils from the spokes
and rim with S-hooks.
Fold a blanket in half,
then cut and hem a slit in the center to go over the
of blanket inside pot holders, hot pads, and place
between two blankets and stitch together.
#4. Mattress pad.
Cut the blanket to the
desired size, then sew on a strip of 1-inch-wide
elastic across each corner to secure the pad to the
#1. Cut each leg in half length
wise. Stitch all four halves into tubes and fill with
rags or fiberfill and stitch closed and use to block
winter drafts at windows and doors.
Cut 18 inches off one leg; close
one end with stitches and make a casing for a
drawstring at the other (or simply cut holes to thread
pieces of tattered jeans so that you have ready patches for a pair thats still worth saving.
Cut off one leg and hem the aw edges,
and and tie one end tightly with a decorative cord.
Stuff the leg with old pantyhose or other filler, then
close the other end with cord.
#1. Wire router.
Secure speaker or phne wires to the baseboard r
molding. Clip the eds ff bobby pinsso that they slie
easily int thecracks.
#2. Ornament holder.
Slip through ornament ring and clip to tree
#3. Zipper pull.
broken zipper with a bobby pin until fixed.
Use bobby pin to mark your place
in a book.
plants by layering, hold their stems down with bobby
#6. Invisible tie clip.
Run the rear apron of your necktie through the loop on the back of the front apron, then clip it to your shirt with a
Put book-filled shelves on exterior walls to help keep the heat in and the cold out and on the walls between rooms to muffle sound.
Glue together three or four old books to make an extra-heavy bookend.
Glue together three or four old unwanted books to make that stubborn door stay open.
Fill a shaker with borax and sprinkle on the soil all around beet plants.
#2. Diaper freshner.
Add 1 cup borax along with the recommended amount of soap or detergent to a hot water wash to eliminate odors and stains and make diapers absorbent.
#3. China shiner.
especially brilliant shine, rinse your fine china in a sink full of warm water with 1/2 cup borax added; rinse again in clear water.
#4. Flower preserver.
Place a 1-inch layer of 1 part borax and 2 parts cornmeal in an airtight container; put in 1 or 2 flowers and leave in a cool dry place. After 7 to 10 days, pour off the mixture and dust the flowers with a soft artists brush.
#5. Cat litter deoderizer
Blend 6 parts cat litter with 1 part borax to reduce odor in the litter box.
#1. Mole and rabbit repellent.
When set in the ground near molehills with 1/2 inch of their necks exposed, bottles will whistle in the wind and scare off moles. Half-filled bottless placed through out the garden will do the same for rabbits.
Use perfume, hair-tonic, or other exotically shaped bottles as oil and vinegar cruets.
#3. Drill holester.
To hold an electric drill or screw gun, cut the neck off a plastic bottle about halfway on the diagonal. Screw to the wall above your workbench or cut slits in the bottle so that you can put it on a belt.
#4. Boot trees.
Insert large soda-pop bottles into your boots to help them keep their shape.
#5. Newspaper saver.
Cut off large plastic bottle on the diagonal about a third of the way from the bottom. atie a piece of string around the neck of the bottle and attach the other end of the string to the delivery box. Ask your newsperson to put the bottle over the open end of the box after putting in the newspaper on a rainy day.
#1. Reach extender.
Attach a screw hook to a broom handle to lengthen your reach so that you can get hold of those socks behind the washer or the basket on the highest shelf.
#2. Closet rod.
Screw large screw hooks into beams in the closet ceiling and rest a broom handle on them. Hang out of season clothing on broom handles attached to the basement ceiling joists with screw hooks.
#3. Curtain rod.
Cut a broom stick to the desired length and drill holes at both ends. Hang it from L-hooks fitted the holes or finishing nails driven into the window molding and bent upward with pliers.
#4. Bird caller.
Insert a screw eye into the end of a short length of broom handle; remove it and sprinkle rosin into the hole. Then turn the screw back and forth in it to attract birds.
#5. Paint can holder.
Slide a broom handle into the rung of an aluminum extension ladder. Notch each end of the pole to keep the can from sliding off.
#1. Rain bonnet.
A bubble back kerchief will keep your hair dry.
To help keep ice cream firm on the way to the picnic, wrap it with bubble pack.
Glue to the inside walls of the doghouse to keep Rover warm on chilly nights.
#4. Picnic table cushion.
For pleasenter picknicking; stretch a length of bubble pack along the benches.
#5. Table pad.
When repairing glass or china, prevent breakage by covering the work surface with bubble pack.