Fend Off Moths With Lavender Instead of Mothballs

I love the scent of lavender and here is a clever use for it! I even know several people that grow this beautiful flower. (Update – growing some myself at the moment!)

Fend Off Moths With Lavender Instead of Mothballs

Fend Off Moths With Lavender Instead of Mothballs

From Lifehacker:

Storing clothes for the winter with mothballs tends to leave them smelling less than ideal, if you’re looking to protect without the scent, DIY blog Stylelist Home recommends using lavender.

They tried a number of different natural repellents, including lemon peels, cedar, and cloves, but found lavender provided the best protection and scent. The lavender was placed inside a breathable muslin bag and packed with the garments. If you don’t want to worry about using a garment bag, eHow has a guide to creating a lavender ribbon that can be placed anywhere in the house, including the closet. For a full breakdown of Stylelist’s results, hit the link below. Photo by: audreyjm529.

8 Weird Ways to Get Rid of Moths | Stylelist Home

Store Pot Covers Inside Your Cabinet Doors with a Few Inexpensive Hooks

This is clever and a lot less expensive (and more flexible!) than purchasing an “organizer”. Good tip!

Store Pot Covers Inside Your Cabinet Doors with a Few Inexpensive Hooks

From Lifehacker:

Pot covers help your food warm faster and keep your stovetop splatter-free, but they’re also a huge pain to store. Lifehacker reader Hypargus uses a few inexpensive L-screws to create space-efficient storage inside a cupboard door.

The process is extremely simple: Trace your lid(s) on the inside of your cupboard door, screw your hooks in on both sides of the outline (about a quarter of the way up from the bottom), and you’re done. I’ll let Hypargus explain:

I wanted to find a space efficient way to store the fitted pot covers that go with my pots. I found a number of solutions on Amazon, but most of them involved some sort of a rack that you are supposed to either keep on a counter or which will occupy an entire shelf in the cupboard.

So I decided to do it myself. My solution: a couple of 2 cent L-screws strategically placed in the cupboard door next to my stove. Now I can store my pot lids in an orderly, space efficient way and have easy access to them (with one hand) while cooking.

You can find the square screw hooks at nearly any home supply store, or if you don’t feel like leaving the house, you can pick these up on Amazon:

Custom Lighting Made from Paper Cups, Spoons and Coffee Filters

Wow – this is taking the recycling effort to a whole new level! I had posted this example earlier, but take a look now!

Custom Lighting Made from Paper Cups, Spoons and Coffee Filters by Christian DuCharme paper lighting interior design design

From ThisIsColossal:

Custom Lighting Made from Paper Cups, Spoons and Coffee Filters by Christian DuCharme paper lighting interior design design

Custom Lighting Made from Paper Cups, Spoons and Coffee Filters by Christian DuCharme paper lighting interior design design

Custom Lighting Made from Paper Cups, Spoons and Coffee Filters by Christian DuCharme paper lighting interior design design

The folks over at CollaCubed spotted these great custom lights by Christian DuCharme installed at the Lafayette Espresso Bar and Market in New York. The first is the 300 Cups Lamp made from, yes, 300 paper coffee cups while the others are made from plastic spoons and coffee filters. A really striking use of materials. See more photos here.

Cheap, Washable Wetjet replacement pads, without sewing

Clever idea! We use the swiffer a lot around t his house, and this might make it more reasonable to use!

We’ve all seen the tricks to refill your Swiffer Wetjet with your own cleaners, but here’s a cheap and easy way to make replacement pads.

I had heard of other people using towels, and figured I’d give it a try.  But the only towels I could find when I was out were $2-3 a pop, plus I had to buy velco.  AND I don’t have a sewing machine, so it would be a lot of annoying hand stitching.  So I found another great source for the pads…

SOCKS! 

Specifically, mens, calf height tube socks.  They were $6 for 6 pairs.. so 50 cents a pad!  These were Hanes – you could probably find them cheaper.  With some careful cutting of the socks, you can make a cheap, washable pads for your swiffer.

Step 1

Remove the scrubber pad (optional)

Remove the scrubber pad (optional)
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I removed the scrubber pad, leaving behind the velcro so that it would help hold on the sock.

Step 2

Make the first cut

Make the first cut
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First, we want to lay the sock across the bottom of the swiffer.  Align the toe with one side, and lay the sock lengthwise along the swiffer.

Make a short cut in the middle of the swiffer, about 1/2 the size the swiffer.  Err on the short side.  You can always make it longer, but we want the sock to be snug! 

Step 3

Slide the sock on

Slide the sock on
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Slide the sock on by first placing one half of the swiffer in the toe, and then pulling the rest of the swiffer into the sock through the hole you cut.  Make sure the swiffer is tight against the toe.

Step 4

Tie a knot in the sock

Tie a knot in the sock
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To close off the other end, tie a knot in the sock & cut off the remainder.  Try to keep the knot snug – the sock stays on mostly through the elasticity.

Step 5

Cut some eyes!

Cut some eyes!
Almost done!  The only thing left is to cut some small holes for the sprayers.  Don’t even cut holes – just small slits.  They will open on their own.  

Step 6

Done!

Done!
You are all done!  The socks should be washable, though I am not sure how bad the cuts will fray.  I don’t have a sewing machine and didn’t feel like hand-stitching them over.  Suggestions?

If the socks are too thin, you could double them up to get a thicker pad. 

Keep Insects out of Sugary Drinks with Cupcake Liners

Clever idea as the summer gets hot and the bugs get thirsty! From Lifehacker: 

Keep Insects out of Sugary Drinks with Cupcake Liners

Having a few cocktails in your backyard is great, but if you’re not vigilant you may find a fly or wasp in your drink. It may look a little dorky, but placing a cupcake liner over your drink with a hole for a straw will help keep your beverage insect-free.

This tip comes from The Cupcake Blog who also has recipes for adult beverage cupcakes. Cupcake liners also come in handy to catch popsicle drips.

Cupcake Liner Summer Drink Covers | The Cupcake Blog

Clever things to do with Pallets

I have posted about upcycling shipping pallets before, but I wanted to have one post with some of my favorite things you can do with these wonderful things! Take a look (click on the pictures to go to the specific instructions):

How to Turn a Pallet into a Garden

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Turn a Pallet into a Rainy Day Shoe Rack

Turn a Pallet into a Rainy Day Shoe Rack

Pallet desk

Folding Pallet Chair

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Entertainment Center (TV holder AND Theater Seating!)

Country Sofa

Home plan ideas sofa con palets Rustic sofa with pallets

Paracord Laced Pallet, Hanging Chair

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Pallet Loungers

 

Outdoor Planters

Here are some great ideas for outdoor planters from Momtastic:

Outdoor Planters

Outdoor Planters

Now that Spring is here, I have been trying to find ways to add more flowers to my outdoor spaces without going over my budget

I love planters over flowing with my favorite flowers and like to keep herbs growing in an easy to reach outdoor area so they are easy to clip when I need them for cooking.   Here are nine unique and easy to make planters and vases that will grace any outdoor space- all made by simply re-purposing ordinary items.


1. Create chevron planters with scrap wood and paint.  91204 
2. Paint juice cans in your favorite colors. Display a collection of them to create impact. Dos Family
3. Paint and pile old tires to create a large and colorful display of flowers. Inspire Bohemia


1. Fit concrete blocks together to fit your space. Fill the holes with soil to grow succulents or herbs. Remodelista
2. Strap canning jars to old wood to create a wall hanging planter to grow herbs.  Not Just A Housewife
3. Mount a pallet on a wall to fill with potting herbs. Life On The Balcony


1. You can pick up old chandeliers at thrift stores for a few dollars. Re-purpose one to use as a unique hanging planter. Modish
2. Use hooks and chain bought at the hardware store to hang a colander. Inspire Bohemia
3. Snip the tops off of light bulbs. Wrap wire around neck to hang from tree branches to create pretty hanging vases.  Pinterest

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