Genius DIYs To Keep The Chaos Of The Season A Little More Organized
Brett Walther is back with more hacks and DIYs that turn ordinary items into extraordinary household helpers.
Holiday Wrapping Hacks
Ordinary item: Funnel
Extraordinary use: Twine and ribbon dispenser (great for gift wrapping!)
Don’t get yourself tied up in knots over tangled string. Nail a large funnel to the inside door of your kitchen cupboard, with the stem pointing down. Place a ball of string or spool of ribbon in the funnel and thread the end through the funnel’s stem. Voila—you now have an instant knot-free ribbon or twine dispenser. (As an alternative to funnels, you could also use a baby wipe container!)
Ordinary item: Aluminum Foil
Extraordinary use: Sharpen your scissors
What can you do with those clean pieces of leftover foil you have hanging around? Use them to sharpen up your dull scissors! Smooth them out if necessary, and then fold the strips into several layers and start cutting. Seven or eight passes should do the trick.
Droopy or lopsided flower arrangements just don’t cut it. That’s why the pros use something known as a frog to keep cut flowers in place. To make your own, insert an inverted berry basket into a vase (cut the basket to fit if necessary.) It’ll keep you stalks standing tall! Ordinary item: Hairspray Extraordinary use: Preserve a Christmas wreath When you buy a pine wreath, it’s fresh, green and lush. By the time a week has gone by, it’s starting to shed its needles and look a little dry. To make the wreath last longer, grab a can of hair spray and spritz it all over as soon as you get the fresh wreath home. The hairy spray traps the moisture in the needles!
If you have to move heavy furniture out of the way to clean or are rearranging the living room for a big party, protect wooden floors—and save yourself the trouble of dealing with scratches later—by pulling heavy socks over furniture legs and securing them with masking tape. This trick will also make it easier to push heavy furniture around. For everyday floor protection, consider putting band aids or soft patches on the bottom of furniture legs. If you have a rocking chair, fix a long strip of masking tape to the bottom of each rock to help keep wooden floors unspoiled.
Holiday Entertaining DIYs
Ordinary item: Candy cane
Extraordinary use: Making festive-flavoured vodka
Make your martini North Pole-style by mixing up some candy cane flavoured vodka. Just add a litre of vodka and seven crushed candy canes in a mason jar, shake, and store in your fridge for 48-hours. In a few days you’ll have a festive martini fit for Santa.