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5 Things to Do with… Pens

Don't just toss your dried-out pens! Save them up to use in one of these nifty projects that incorporate old ballpoints.

The pen is mightier than the sword, everyone knows that. But when a pen runs out of ink, its power diminishes—or does it? The rigid, cylindrical shape of these writing instruments, not to mention their ubiquity—it seems like there is a handful of ballpoints stashed in a drawer in every home—means they are perfect for a range of purposes around the house and yard. Scroll down to see five favorite DIY uses for pens that, even though they no longer write, should not be written off.

 

1. ASSEMBLE A LAMPSHADE

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For pens with no ink, there’s a lamp at the end of the tunnel. To make one like this sample from the Spanish design firm En Pieza, find either a plastic or pliable metal band and size it to fit the lamp of your choice. Then use either glue or wire to attach a few packages’ worth of empty pens to your chosen frame.

 

2. BUILD A SEWING CADDY

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Tangle-proof your adventures in sewing with a portable thread organizer. Start with a tiered block of wood (or three one-inch-thick pieces stacked like stairs). Next, drill holes to accommodate as many spools as you plan to store. Finish by staking pens into the holes you have drilled. Curbly provides the easy step-by-step guide.

 

3. CONSTRUCT A SPRINKLER

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Here’s a clever way to make the cheapest sprinkler you’ll ever own. After securing a connection between your garden hose and a plastic bottle cap, drill about a dozen holes into the container. Next, cut hollowed-out pens two inches from their tips. Slot the pens into the holes, then watch as water flows where ink once ran!

 

4. CREATE A STYLUS

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Turn a low-tech pen into a touchpad stylus! First, completely hollow out the pen, then wrap copper wire around a small piece of conductive foam. Thread the wire through the pen, forcing the foam to fit snugly through its point. Finish by coiling the remaining wire around the outside of the pen so that you can grip it during use.

 

5. MAKE A MEMORY

Uses for Pens - Hand Print

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When it’s time to head home after vacation, you can’t fit the beach in your carry-on, but you can try the next best thing: memorializing your handprints in the sand. Make a handprint, fill the indentation with plaster of Paris, then set a pen into the plaster, toward the base of the palm. Once dry, the pen hole makes it possible for you to hang the mold around a doorknob or on your holiday tree!


3 Simple Steps to a Backyard Ice Skating Rink

Whether you have ambitions of becoming an Olympic skater or just a capable one, you can refine your skills at home by building your own backyard ice skating rink.

Backyard Ice Rink

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Over the snowy-white winter, adults and children make the most of the cold by taking part in a smorgasbord of seasonal activities—ice skating chief among them. If a member of your family loves to play hockey or pirouette, you can, with some effort and elbow grease, bring the enjoyment closer to home. That’s right, you can build a backyard ice rink! Don’t worry, advanced degrees in engineering are not a prerequisite; this is a simpler project than it seems, with just three steps from start to finish.

MATERIALS AND TOOLS
- Plastic tarp
- 2-inch-thick lumber
- Rebar stakes
- Garden hose (with spray nozzle)
- Staple gun

 

1. BUILD THE FRAME

Backyard Ice Rink - Frame

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Plan to make the frame for your backyard ice rink on the flattest part of your property. Why? Because each of the four corners of your frame ought to be on the same level. That’s easiest to achieve, of course, on an even surface, but it’s certainly possible to build a frame that corrects for the slopes and dips of changing terrain. In ideal circumstances, you would need to use only 2″ x 4″ boards. However, to correct for changes in ground elevation, you can buffet the construction with boards in other dimensions, say, 2″ x 6.” Once you’ve devised a plan, enlist a helper and set to work, bearing in mind that each piece of lumber should be secured with a rebar stake. (Most commonly employed to pitch tents on camping trips, rebar stakes brace the frame against the force exerted by expanding ice.)

 

2. LAY THE TARP

Backyard Ice Rink - Tarp

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Once you have succeeded in building a rink frame, proceed to line it with a white or clear tarp. (It’s essential to use a light-colored tarp, because dark colors naturally absorb heat, causing ice to become slush.) Push and smooth the tarp until it covers the bottom of the frame as well as its sides. Keep bunch-ups and wrinkles to a minimum. Extend the tarp over the edges of the frame and onto its exterior, leaving enough material so that you can staple the tarp into position. Secure it at the corners and at three-foot intervals along the sides. Trim away any excess, or simply roll the tarp against the frame, so nobody trips accidentally.

 

3. FILL THE RINK

Backyard Ice Rink - Filling

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You’re almost there. Resist the temptation to rush ahead, however, or you might end up skating on thin ice! When you’re ready to fill the rink with water, first check the weather forecast. Provided the next couple of days are expected to remain below freezing, go ahead and fill the tarp with about one inch of cold water. It should freeze within six to eight hours. Next, with the spray nozzle fixed to the end of your garden hose, apply one inch of hot water. Repeat the process until you have three to five inches of rock-solid ice. Test the ice for stability by tapping its surface all over with a broomstick—or a hockey stick, if you have one ready and waiting. Assuming that all has gone according to plan, the ice should now be ready to support you and the figure eights you’ve been itching to do since summer.

Tip: Don’t rush inside after you’re finished skating! Keep the ice surface smooth by shoveling up the shavings and spraying on an additional layer of hot water.


Top Tips for Troubleshooting Holiday Lights

It's the same story every year...trying to figure out why a seemingly fine string of holiday lights has suddenly (and mysteriously) gone dark. Here are some tips on how to fix Christmas lights—and keep your sanity.

How to Fix Christmas Lights

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If you want to avoid frustration and preserve your holiday spirit, I don’t recommend that you spend time figuring out how to fix Christmas lights. It can be a discouraging and sometimes fruitless job, one seemingly fit for the North Pole’s top electrician. But if you are up to the challenge, white (and colored) lights may be waiting for you at the end of the (proverbial) tunnel. Read on to find out the most common causes of, and the easiest solutions to, problems with Christmas lights. Note that for your own safety, before attempting any of these repairs, it’s essential that you check twice to be certain your string lights are unplugged.

 

BURNT OUT

How to Fix Christmas Lights - Lighten Up

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The circuitry of holiday lights is often such that every bulb must be functional for the current to run the full length. Just as one rotten apple spoils the basket, a single burnt-out bulb compromises all others on the string. Finding the culprit can be a tedious job, so use a multimeter to make quicker work of locating the point at which the current is interrupted. Once you’ve identified the busted bulb, simply replace it with a new one to restore your festive display to its bright, shining glory.

 

BLOWN FUSE

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If you have an older string of holiday lights that won’t turn on at all, you can probably blame the fuse. This is so common a malfunction that many holiday light kits come with a replacement fuse. If yours didn’t, or if you’ve long since lost the replacement, it’s possible to buy one at the local hardware store. How do you switch in the new fuse? That’s easy—no need for a solderer. Simply slide open the little door on the plug, carefully remove the old fuse, and then insert the new one.

 

HIGH STRUNG

How to Fix Christmas Lights - Strung Out

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Christmas lights are tailor-made to be strung together, but if you link too many in a chain, all of that holiday spirit can overwhelm your electrical outlet. If you suspect overzealousness may be the root of the issue you’re facing, try dividing the lights among two or more outlets. Alternatively, purchase a holiday light splitter, an accessory that evenly distributes the electrical current, enabling you to add more strings to your holiday display in the absence of multiple outlets.

 

HEALTHY OUTLET

How to Fix Christmas Lights - Healthy Outlet

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If your lights are flickering, the electrical outlet may not be able to handle the wattage demands of your design. Have a look in your breaker box and check the amp capacity for the outlet in question. Your maximum wattage is the amp value shown multiplied by the number of outlet volts. If you have, in fact, maxed out the juice on your outlet, then cut back your display—or supplement with solar-powered lights. Because they require zero electricity, you can use as many as you like!


5 Things to Do with… Altoids Tins

Once all the mints are gone, there are still plenty of reasons to hold on to that empty Altoids tin. Try one of these 5 curiously smart uses for an old Altoids tin.

The next time you open an Altoids tin only to find that it’s empty, rest assured that even if there are no mints inside, there’s a lot of something else—DIY potential! With plenty of imagination and a minimum of tools, you can repurpose these versatile little boxes in dozens of creative and often quite practical ways. Either pursue your own fresh breath of an idea or re-create one of our favorite Altoids tin projects from around the Web. Scroll down to see them all!

 

1. PROTECT AN MP3 PLAYER

Altoids Tin Projects - Mp3 Player Case

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Here’s an Altoids tin project that lets you keep your Mp3 player in “mint” condition. It couldn’t be easier: First, drill a hole in the tin wide enough for the headphones jack. Then glue in some thick cloth to cushion the device. Any compact player will fit inside the tin—an iPod Nano, for example, or an iPod Shuffle.

 

2. MAKE A MINI TOOLBOX

Altoid Tin Projects - Mini Toolbox

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These days, everyone seems to have a loose collection of micro-size tools, if not for electronic devices, then for repairing eyeglasses or assembling flat-pack furniture. Make your own small-scale toolbox out of an Altoids tin, with nothing more sophisticated than red paint and a piece of readily available hardware.

 

3. BURN A CANDLE

Altoids Tin Projects - Candle

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Cheaper than it smells, this project reinvents the Altoids tin as a compact lidded candle. To make one, melt paraffin wax in a double boiler, dripping in a few drops of your favorite essential oil. Use nonflammable glue to attach the wick to the tin, then fill up the tin with the melted wax. Once it dries, let there be light.

 

4. PLAY A GAME

Altoids Tin Projects - Game

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It’s as easy as tick-tack-toe to turn an Altoids tin into a pocket-size travel game. After designing the board on a piece of paper, glue it onto the inside of the tin. For the game pieces, use small magnets (which you can buy at your local crafts store). Even on a bumpy train or car ride, you can expect the magnets to stay in place.

 

5. FASHION A FLY BOX

Altoids Tin Projects - Fly Box

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Attention, fly fishermen! If you’re looking for a fun way to pack flies on your trip down to the river, why not modify an Altoids tin for the task? There are only two steps in the process: First, glue a formfitting piece of foam to the bottom of the tin. Second, poke a hole into the foam for each fly you wish to store.


Be Nice to Mice: How to Build a Humane Mousetrap

If you want to get mice out of your house, but you don't necessarily want them dead, this easy-to-assemble (and kinder) mousetrap may be just what you need. Here's how to make it.

Homemade Mouse Trap

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None of us loves the idea of little Mickeys and Minnies scurrying around our homes. Some people insist they’re cute, and maybe they are, but the fact is that mice carry dangerous diseases and are capable of causing considerable damage. Fortunately, options exist beyond the cruel contraptions you may have seen in the past. Here’s a homemade mousetrap you can easily make out of items you probably already have on hand. And the best part is that it works without doing any harm.

Infographic: DIY Pest Prevention

This apparatus is called a bucket trap. You spread peanut butter on an empty can, which is then suspended by metal wire over an open bucket. When the mouse ventures onto the can in pursuit of the bait, the can starts to spin. The mouse consequently loses its balance and falls into the bucket, from which it cannot escape. Don’t worry; the drop is not likely to injure the mouse. By the time you arrive to set it free, the mouse may in fact still be enjoying the peanut butter!

MATERIALS AND TOOLS
- Bucket
- Empty soup or soda can
- Metal wire
- Peanut butter
- Wood beam or plank

Homemade Mouse Trap - Isolated

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STEP 1
Using a soup can? Carefully remove the lid (if it’s still attached) and drill a hole into the opposite end. With a soda can, you should be able to poke a hole in the bottom with a Phillips-head screwdriver.

STEP 2
For your trap to be successful, the bucket must be large enough to contain the mouse once it’s been caught. At minimum, choose a five-gallon bucket. Ideally, its interior surface should be smooth and free of any scratches that could help the critter climb out. To ensure the desired results, consider lining the bucket with a layer of oil or grease. An inch or so below the rim of the bucket, drill two holes, one directly across from the other.

STEP 3
Feed thin steel wire (or a repurposed clothes hanger) through the can, hooking the wire through the drilled bucket holes. Move the can along the wire so that it’s right in the middle of the bucket. At this point, make sure that the can is able to spin easily, or else you’ll have a tightrope-walking mouse with peanut butter breath running around the place.

STEP 4
Don’t give mice any reason to think twice about going after the peanut butter. Among your scrap wood, look for a beam or plank that, when angled against the bucket, will create a low, welcoming incline and a short distance to the top.

Finally, spread a generous amount of peanut butter over the can. Then wait.

If you’re trying to catch mice in a trafficked area like the kitchen, leave your trap overnight and check back in the morning. For areas like the garage, check back every few hours. It won’t be long before you’ve captured a critter—or even several. When it’s time to set the mice free, go to a location sufficiently removed from where you live. Otherwise, the mice are destined to return sooner rather than later. Happy (humane) hunting!


5 Things to Do with… Wooden Hangers

Give your extra wooden hangers a new life beyond the closet with one of these accessible DIY projects.

Eventually, we all find ourselves with more hangers than we know what to do with, and when they are not keeping our shirts crease-free, they are taking up valuable inches in our too-cramped storage spaces. Rather than boomeranging your extra hangers into the trash, let them come out of the closet. Scroll down to see five favorite DIY hanger projects to inspire your next home hack.

 

1. DISPLAY ARTWORK

DIY Hanger Project - Artwork Display

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Here’s a DIY hanger project for those who want to show off prints and photos in a fun, alternative way. Punch tacks into the wall, then hook on hangers with clips. The minute you get tired of one arrangement, it’s painless to rotate in a totally new display.

 

2. DRY DISHES

DIY Hanger Project - Dish Rack

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Use your spare wooden hangers to make a drying rack for dishes. First, remove the metal hooks that sit on the closet rod. Then space the hangers at whatever distance you want, securing them in place with screwed-in dowels. The upside-down hangers provide stability as well as a spot for mugs.

 

3. ADD LIGHTING

DIY Hanger Project - Chandelier

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A “bright” idea for any room is a chic DIY hanger chandelier. For a look of elegance, stain the hangers before you begin building the fixture, or spray-paint them in a bold color to make this repurposed chandelier even more overtly eye-catching.

 

4. HANG TOWELS

DIY Hanger Project - Towel Rack

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After a morning shower, don’t leave yourself hanging without a towel! Wall-mount a DIY hanger towel rack. It’s easy: Just nail an upside-down hanger to the wall. The metal hook can support full-size bath towels, while the horizontal dowel holds washcloths.

 

5. MAKE A TABLE

DIY Hanger Project - Snack Table

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To construct a DIY hanger coffee table, bolt together two pairs of hangers before fastening them as legs under a tabletop of your choosing—a cut-to-size pane of glass, say; considering the compact size of the design, even a serving tray would do the job nicely.


5 Things to Do with… Legos

Now that you're done building brightly colored worlds, maybe it's time to construct something truly practical from those buckets of unused Legos.

Thought you were too old for toys? Think again. Adults have ample reason to revisit Legos, if not for sheer amusement, then to adapt these childhood classics for practical uses at home. Either pursue your own vision or, if inspiration fails, follow one of the examples below. As you will see, creative minds have already pieced together numerous ways to repurpose Legos in projects that are as functional as they are eye-catching. So if you’ve been saving a bucket of these building blocks for your grandkids, why not break them out sooner rather than later? It won’t cost you a dime to do, and the result might prove invaluable.

 

1. ORGANIZE KEYS

Repurpose Legos - Key Holder

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Repurpose Legos to make a key organizer so that you’ll never again be blocked out of the house—get it? Start by fixing a small Lego base plate to a convenient spot on the wall. Then either poke a hole into a regular Lego block using a bradawl or find a piece with a built-in opening through which your key ring can slide.

 

2. FASHION A FLASH DRIVE

Repurpose Legos - USB

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Want to be able to distinguish your USB flash drive from all the others? Here’s how: With a hobby knife, hollow out a 2×4-dot Lego brick. (To accomplish this, neatly cut off the protruding “tubes” inside the brick.) Cut a notch in the brick to accommodate the USB connector. Take the housing off your thumb drive, fit the “naked” drive into the Lego, then use glue to attach a flat 2×4 brick to the back of the hollowed-out brick to close up the drive.

 

3. DISPENSE TAPE

Repurpose Legos - Tape Dispenser

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Like that almost-finished Lego set that’s missing just one piece, a home office is incomplete without a tape dispenser. Sure, there’s no reason you can’t buy one of these simple contraptions from Staples, but isn’t it much more fun to make your own? Use a strategically placed brick as the tear-off edge and a Lego wheel as the spool.

 

4. CREATE CUFFLINKS

Repurpose Legos - Cufflinks

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Accent your formal attire with a bohemian touch: Lego cufflinks. They’re super easy to make, but first you’ll need to either track down some cufflink backs at your local craft store or be willing to sacrifice an old pair of cufflinks so you can reuse the backs. Then you just need to collect two shallow Lego bricks in the color of your choice and connect the cufflink backs to the Legos with a strong adhesive.

 

5. HOLD TOILETRIES

Repurpose Legos - Toiletries

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Repurpose Legos to build a container for your toothbrush, which not only safeguards it against the force of gravity, but also keeps its bristles away from the soapy, wet sink. Customize the design however you like, choosing a shape, size, and color palette to match your grooming needs and personal style sense.


Concrete and Cement: A Case of Mistaken Identities

Let's review the "concrete" evidence and clear up the confusion once and for all.

Concrete vs. Cement

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It’s an old cliché of the Mafia: A fellow gets on the wrong side of La Cosa Nostra only to wind up wearing cement shoes at the bottom of a river. Well, those shoes may be made of cement, but little else in the world is composed of cement and cement only. Concrete, however, is everywhere. It’s even in the large, rotating drums of those ubiquitous vehicles we inaccurately refer to as cement trucks. It’s not surprising that people are always mixing up these sedimentary mixes, but while they look alike and behave similarly, solid differences exist between the two.

Cement vs. Concrete
Here’s one of the main reasons cement and concrete are so often confused: There is cement in concrete. That’s right, when cement is blended with water, it creates a paste. And when that paste is combined with aggregates like gravel and sand, the result is what we know and love as concrete. Cement itself is made from calcium and silica-rich materials, such as limestone and clay. Its unique adhesive properties make it an excellent binding agent, but on its own, cement is prone to cracking. Compared with concrete, which can last hundreds of years, cement is much less durable. To use an analogy, cement is to concrete as milk is to ice cream. Sure, ice cream has milk in it, but it isn’t milk. It’s actually much better.

Cement vs. Concrete - Tools

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Using Concrete and Cement
One of the strongest and longest-lasting materials known to man, concrete is used to build schools, bridges, sidewalks, and countless other structures. But you don’t need a hard hat to have success with concrete. Amateur handymen use it for DIY projects of all kinds, among them landscape edging, kitchen countertops, and front walkways. Cement, by comparison, is used mainly in smaller jobs (for example, grouting and specialized masonry) and in the repair of cracked or crumbling concrete.

Concrete and Beyond
Complicating matters further is the fact that you can buy dozens of different kinds of concrete. Each type responds to the demands of specific applications. For example, fiber-reinforced concrete, which resists cracking even under immense loads, ranks as a common choice for driveways. There’s also fast-track concrete, employed when time is of the essence. Before purchasing any concrete, be sure to consult with an expert or do a bit of research so that you understand the pros and cons of all the options available.


5 Things to Do with… Duct Tape

A favorite among homeowners for last-ditch repairs, duct tape takes center stage in these clever, practical creations.

Handymen love duct tape for its power to delay the inevitable—specifically, the trouble and expense that a proper repair job will eventually entail. But while this heavy-duty adhesive is famous for its application in unglamorous fix-its, the following duct tape DIY projects demonstrate just how much more this stuff is capable of.

 

1. CONSTRUCT A WALLET

Duct Tape DIY Projects - Wallet

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Rather than resorting to duct tape to hold together the remaining scraps of your ancient leather wallet, why not use it to make an entirely new one? Duct tape offers strong yet flexible construction, and you can customize your creation according to preference. Opt for classic grey or incorporate a handful of more exciting colors.

 

2. BUILD A HAMMOCK

Duct Tape DIY Projects - Hammock

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This duct tape DIY hammock might tucker you out, but once you’re done, you can nap on the fruit of your labor. Ring several very long strips of tape between two wooden dowels, making sure the tape completely covers the sticky sides. Add horizontal strips to form the netting. What else do you need? Only rope and a pair of sturdy trees.

 

3. DECORATE A SWITCH PLATE

Duct Tape DIY Projects - Switch Plates

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Here’s a duct tape DIY project that can give an “electrifying” vibe to your home: Decorate switch plates with patterned or colored duct tape. Glow-in-the-dark duct tape provides a particularly practical benefit (in addition to its cosmetic one) by rendering light switches visible at night. Your shinbones will thank you!

 

4. MAKE A CAN COOLER

Duct Tape DIY Projects - Koozie

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Without a can cooler, game day quickly becomes warm beer day. Keep drinks chilled by making your own duct-tape can koozie. It’s easy: Mold thin-profile bubble wrap around the bottom and sides of a 12-ounce can, then apply a layer of duct tape to hold the shape. Final step? Relax in time for kickoff.

 

5. CRAFT A TABLECLOTH

Duct Tape DIY Projects - Tablecloth

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Combine duct tape and plastic sheeting for an easy-to-clean tablecloth perfect for an al fresco dinner. Start with a section of plastic sheeting big enough to cover your surface, then follow the inspiration of your duct tape muse. Duct tape is water resistant, but if it gets stained, replacement tape costs little and is a cinch to apply.


5 Things to Do with… Light Bulbs

Got a burn-out bulb? There are many fun and useful ways to repurpose it as an accent for your home.

You flipped the switch only to see the light bulb flash with that familiar blue flare? My friend, you’ve got another burnt-out bulb on your hands. Don’t fret: Not everything is lost, just the filament. You can repurpose the bulb itself into a slew of creative home accents. Scroll down to see five favorite light bulb DIY projects.

 

1. CREATE A CANDLE

Light Bulb DIY Projects - Candle

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Counterintuitive though it may seem, a burnt-out light bulb makes for a quirky and stylish light source—that is, with some modification. Step one: Fill the bulb with lamp oil. Step two: Insert a short length of hemp string to act as a wick. Step three: Glue the bulb to a coin or a washer so that it stands up straight. Done!

 

2. FASHION A FISH TANK

Light Bulb DIY Projects - Aquarium

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This light bulb DIY project enables you to see the sea in all its glory, right on your desk top or window sill. Your choice of aquatic plants can be cultivated in a hollowed-out, water-filled oversized bulb. The best part? You don’t need to water fauna that is… under water. Simply provide sunlight and watch it all grow.

 

3. MAKE A WALL HOOK

Light Bulb DIY Projects - Wall Hook

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Need a place to hang your hat? Fill the shell of a light bulb with mortar mix. Once it has dried, attach a screw to the end and dazzle up the outside with a unique design. What you get is an out-of-the-ordinary wall hook, which in contrast to some other light bulb DIY projects, offers a straightforward practical benefit.

 

4. TACKLE A TERRARIUM

Light Bulb DIY Projects - Terrarium

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Use pliers and a screwdriver to prep your light bulb. Once you’ve removed all its guts, add in a few tablespoons of sand or a small handful of pebbles, or both, but avoid dirt. Air plants survive best here; skip the finickier species. As a final step, place any decorations you like, e.g. small shells, before adding a little H2O.

 

5. WEAR A BULB

Light Bulb DIY Projects - Jewelry

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Make your penchant for repurposing projects known to the world: Wear a light bulb as a fashion accessory. You might even consider filling the bulb with colored sand or dyed water. Whatever you do, stick with a smaller bulb. A big one would swing and knock against things, and you’d look pretty silly wearing it.

 

If and when the proverbial light bulb goes on over your head, please share your light bulb DIY project ideas in the comments section below!