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April 12

9 LEGO Hacks For Your Home You Need To Try

Posted by on April 12, 2015 at 8:00 PM

9 LEGO Hacks For Your Home You Need To Try

If you have a LEGO fan at all in your house, you may find you have a few extra LEGO bricks around. LEGO bricks and accessories can be used for endless fun kid projects, but you can also use them to make functional items for your home. These hacks are just the right amount of fun and function to give your space a twist on the cheap. Try some of these hacks and soon everything in your home will be awesome.

LEGO Minifigure Cord Holders

9 LEGO Hacks For Your Home You Need To Try

I just learned that the hand of a Minifigure is the perfect size to hold many different electronic cords including the Apple lightning cord. I got this idea from the blog Modernistic Design. Use a Minifigure to organize your cords and easily find your cell phone cord. It is so fun having those little guys waiting for you when you go to charge your phone. In addition, if you have more than one person’s cord into the same charger you can assign each person his or her own fun Minifigure and keep the cords organized.

LEGO Ping Pong Table

9 LEGO Hacks For Your Home You Need To Try

This is an awesome way to turn an old kitchen table or card table into a quick ping-pong table, as demonstrated over on Mod Frugal. Build your net using LEGO and there will be no question which side of the table the ball hit on. Whether you build this project for inside or outside, this will be the centre of your next casual party.  This hack is much cheaper than purchasing most ping pong sets. Buying a real ping pong table costs around $200 bucks and up, while a portable kit can cost anywhere from $25 to $50.  Two paddles and a few ping-pong balls should run you less than $15.

LEGO Key Holder

9 LEGO Hacks For Your Home You Need To Try

If you are always losing your keys, this is the hack for you from Man Made. With only a few simple LEGO pieces you can quickly create a key holder that will help you keep everyone’s keys in the house organized. I have seen several LEGO key holders around the web, but I like this one the best because the LEGO pieces you attach to your key ring are slim and does not weigh down your keys. Use this to keep other keys in check also such as your mail key or bicycle lock.

LEGO Lamp

9 LEGO Hacks For Your Home You Need To Try

This is a neat lamp from Recyclart that looks simple enough to make. This post does not have instructions but the pictures should give you plenty of inspiration. The shade is a simple box shape with some intentional holes to let light through. The most difficult part will be cutting a hole in the baseplate. I recommend using two smaller baseplates and cutting a half circle out of each of them using a hot wire. Once your hole is cut, you can glue the two plates together. Cutting the hole in two pieces should be simpler than attempting to cut a round hole out of the plastic baseplate.

LEGO Clock

9 LEGO Hacks For Your Home You Need To Try

Give your clock a makeover with this fun and inexpensive LEGO clock. This one is perfect from Our Nerd Home. You can easily change out the minifigures or LEGO bricks to match your mood. This project should be a quick to make, and will surely catch your eye. Clock kits run around $10 to $15, or you could try to use the parts from a thrifted clock for much less.

LEGO Bird Feeder

9 LEGO Hacks For Your Home You Need To Try

Over at Fun Craft Kids I love this awesome LEGO bird feeder. Build your own version and welcome all the migratory birds back. What a great way to connect a LEGO loving kid with nature. This project can be as simple or elaborate as you want, so start stacking those bricks.

LEGO Napkin Holder

9 LEGO Hacks For Your Home You Need To Try

Over on I Dig Pinterest they created a really neat napkin holder. This napkin holder was originally designed for a kids’ birthday party, but would look equally cool holding your napkins in your kitchen. Make it a race and see who in your family can build a napkin holder the fastest.

LEGO Hand Soap

9 LEGO Hacks For Your Home You Need To Try

Stop paying extra for hand soap in your bathroom or kitchen the looks fun and check out this LEGO hand soap from Rockin Boys. Grab a cheap bottle of clear soap at the dollar store and add LEGO for a bottle of soap that looks like you spent three times as much. Plus once the soap is gone, the LEGO could still be played with in this quick and easy hack.

LEGO Kitchen Counter

9 LEGO Hacks For Your Home You Need To Try

Over on the blog Geeky Gadgets there is an amazing IKEA counter featured that is covered from top to bottom with LEGO. This amazing design hack may not save you any money, unless you have a true LEGO fanatic in your house and have over 20.000 lego pieces laying around. This IKEA covered kitchen counter was just too cool not to include. Perhaps if you have a lot of LEGO, you could cover your end table with this same concept for a cheap but fun look.

Bargainmoosers, what would you make out of LEGO for your home?

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April 4

Moose Tutorial: Upcycling Furniture with Comic Books!

Posted by on April 4, 2015 at 8:00 PM

Moose Tutorial: Upcycling Furniture with Comic Books!

I love a bit of DIY and since I bought my first home a few years ago, I’ve been trying my hand at various tasks and activities round the house. Last week, I attempted to upcycle some furniture – namely my daughter’s beside cabinet. It was a plain and boring piece of furniture, as you can see from the below “before” image. I cannot even remember where we got this – maybe it used to belong to my mother, but I cannot even recall.

Moose Tutorial: Upcycling Furniture with Comic Books!

I decided to upcycle the cabinet to a comic-book styled piece, using paint and decoupage together to create an interesting finish. Here’s how to decoupage your furniture!

1. Plan your colour scheme and decoupage areas – before you start working on your piece, plan out what you are going to do. In my example, I didn’t want the whole cabinet covered in the comic book decoupage, just select surfaces. I think that completely covering it in the comic would have been too much, so I offset the colourful comics with some other plain surfaces of white and baby blue.

2. Take off all handles and hinges – before you start working on your item of furniture, remove all the accessories that you can, such as handles and hinges. Make sure you keep and store them in a safe place, somewhere that little screws cannot get lost. I actually stored mine in a Ziploc bag for safekeeping.

3. Clean and prepare your surfaces – give your furniture a good clean before you start, to make sure that you’d not getting dust mixed in with your painted areas. Depending on what type of surface you’re working on, you may want to sand some areas to help the decoupage adhere better to the furniture.

Moose Tutorial: Upcycling Furniture with Comic Books!

4. Paint the areas you want – on the faces you wish to show your paint, get painting! If you plan on using a light coloured paint and your furniture is of a dark finish, consider using a base primer coat of paint. When you’re working on the areas adjacent to the surfaces you want to decoupage, also consider painting on to the edge of these. For example, I used my white paint and painted the edge of the surfaces that were due to be decoupaged, about a centimetre around their edges. This way, when decoupaging on top, you don’t have to be as careful about making sure the paper goes right to the very edge, you have a few millimetres that you can work with.

For this project, I actually used some paints that were in my garage. The baby blue was a tester post from a few years back, and I also used a tin of white gloss which I already had. I had done 3 coats of the white gloss, but noticed that a little corner had easily chipped… so whatever type of paint you use will affect the final look on this project.

5. Cut and prepare your comics – when I started the gluing, because I was so excited to get started, I was cutting out a piece then gluing it on right away, without really planning ahead. However, as I went on, I found it much better to cut out the pieces and plan the whole face before starting to paste it on.

6. Get gluing – you can use whatever glue product you happen to have at home, be it modge-podge or PVC glue. You’re going to want to paste the back of each comic, and then paste more over the top once the paper is stuck to the surface.

Moose Tutorial: Upcycling Furniture with Comic Books!

7. Smooth out the creases – as the paper is drying, you may want to try and smooth out some of the creases and air bubbles which appear. I did this with an old Ikea card that I had lying round. The larger the original pieces of material that you are gluing, the harder it is to push out those creases. Keep this is mind when you are choosing what to stick on, and how large to make the pieces.

8. Add more decourapage layers – if you’re going to add more and more decoupage rather than just one layer, make sure you let each layer dry before adding more. I’d recommend 24 hours between layers. Here’s my little girl studying the comic during the construction process! Moose Tutorial: Upcycling Furniture with Comic Books!

Moose Tutorial: Upcycling Furniture with Comic Books!

9. Add more glue/varnish layers – once your piece is dried, you may want to consider adding a few more coats of glue, leaving drying time in between each one. For me, I added a couple of coats of clear varnish on the top, to really try and give this furniture a longer lifespan from all the kicks and knocks of life in a young child’s bedroom.

There we have it! What do you think of my finished product in the image at the top of this post? I was very pleased with myself. Moose Tutorial: Upcycling Furniture with Comic Books! And my daughter LOVES it.

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April 2

9 Fun Ways to Repurpose Wine Corks

Posted by on April 2, 2015 at 8:00 PM

9 Fun Ways to Repurpose Wine Corks

Red or white? No matter what you choose, you may find yourself left with a few extra corks laying around. No need to throw those corks in the recycling bin, there are many fabulous things you can make out of them. An added bonus, if you craft with the winery label showing you will have also have a record of all of your favourite wine brands. Here are nine amazing projects you can make at home out of wine corks.

Bunny Decoration

9 Fun Ways to Repurpose Wine Corks

Adventures in DIY created this super easy bunny rabbit. Throw your own together just in time for Easter with some hot glue and patience. You could also pick any shape and easily do the same concept.

Cork Drawer Knobs

9 Fun Ways to Repurpose Wine Corks

Dollar Store Crafts had the bright idea to replace drawer handles with champagne corks. You could also use regular wine corks, though I do like the shape the champagne corks give. If I was making this out of regular wine corks, I would turn them so they were longest left and right instead of drilling into the end.

Cork Board

9 Fun Ways to Repurpose Wine Corks

One of the projects most often made of wine corks is a cork board. Check out the version on A Beautiful Mess for a modern, chic and easy to make design. I love the pops of colour she added.

Wine Cork Boat

9 Fun Ways to Repurpose Wine Corks

Mama Pappa Bubba turned wine corks into both science and art with these wine cork boats. These would be fun to play with in the bathtub. I bet my daughter’s Fisher Price little people could stand on these boats. Save rubber bands from fresh produce like broccoli and this project is practically free.

Bath Mat

9 Fun Ways to Repurpose Wine Corks

This bath mat from Crafty Nest is lovely and so Zen. I picture this in a bathroom with white towels, lots of natural light and an extremely leafy green plant. Maybe I will light a candle, sink into the tub and have a glass of wine in this bathroom.

Garden Markers

9 Fun Ways to Repurpose Wine Corks

Shine Your Light will teach you how to make these super simple garden markers. This project is super fast so you can spend more time prepping your plants. I like her curly cursive handwriting.

Unique Bar Table Top

9 Fun Ways to Repurpose Wine Corks

You would have to drink a lot of wine for this project, but I think I am up to the challenge. Take a look at Decorating Obsessed and their fab new bar from an upcycled dresser and wine corks. Can you believe this whole project only cost her $20? Liquor prices not included.

Fridge Magnets

9 Fun Ways to Repurpose Wine Corks

These cute fridge magnets from Miss Mel and Miss Heather will add some instant character to your fridge. This idea looks really quick to make also. These could make a lovely hostess gift paired with a bottle of wine.

Snake Toy

9 Fun Ways to Repurpose Wine Corks

Here is some cute inspiration from Domestic Candy. This sweet snake could be a toy or decoration. Though this link does not have directions, it looks simple enough to make.

Bargainmoosers, what would you make out of leftover wine corks?

Image Credit: Jeric Santiago

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March 26

7 Clever Ways To Repurpose Magazine Holders

Posted by on March 26, 2015 at 8:00 PM

7 Clever Ways To Repurpose Magazine Holders

Spring cleaning has started at my house already. While I like to be organized, I could spend a small fortune in small bins and containers. Magazine holders are a storage container that can be made of cardboard, metal, plastic or sometimes even wood. These inexpensive containers usually cost only a few dollars at the dollar store. You can spend an extra buck or two more and find many stylish options at IKEA. Depending on the project, you can also make your own magazine holders out of cereal boxes following this tutorial from Crafty Journal after you raid the recycling bin. Make your containers even cuter by covering them with fabric, pretty paper or comics.

Create A Mail Storage System

7 Clever Ways To Repurpose Magazine Holders

Check out this mail rack on Lifehacker from user kazmataz. Using only a simple shelf, a few wooden IKEA KNUFF mail organizers and some wood stain, she created an awesome fixture to stash mail and other small items by the door.

Store Your Potatoes and Onions

7 Clever Ways To Repurpose Magazine Holders

I used to have a special wood box that kept my potatoes and onions organized, but it broke. I think I spent $40 on that box. Check out this idea from Mimi’s Crafty World to store your produce in metal mesh magazine holders. With a see thru container, you are less likely to end up with wrinkly potatoes you forgot about.

Hide Your Eyesore Modem

7 Clever Ways To Repurpose Magazine Holders

Your modem is a necessity, but they sure can be ugly on a shelf. Use a magazine holder to hide the eyesore just like they did at Design O.C.D. with very little effort. The box is open on one side and it should allow airflow to keep your router cool while looking chic.

Store Your Craft Supplies

7 Clever Ways To Repurpose Magazine Holders

If you like to DIY, it is very likely you have some spare craft supplies around. Storage containers geared at crafters can be pricey. I love this storage idea for yarn from Laughing Purple Goldfish using magazine holders. Even better, this could work for paper or scraps of fabric.

Organize Canned Goods In Your Pantry

7 Clever Ways To Repurpose Magazine Holders

If you are like me, you dig through the pantry looking for tomatoes and end up with a can of beans instead. Check out this perfect storage idea from PB&J Stories. Use magazine holders to organize your canned goods so you can locate them quickly and effortlessly. You can match your kitchen’s personality by recovering the outside in a pretty pattern.

Store Tea In A Corner Shelf

7 Clever Ways To Repurpose Magazine Holders

This tea and herb shelf using the Ikea wooden KNUF is a great idea. Check it out on Ikea Hackers. You could use this corner shelf idea for K-cups, spices, or any other small item storage.

Storage Inside A Cabinet

7 Clever Ways To Repurpose Magazine Holders

The Simple Life and Home mounted these containers on the inside of their cabinets to store long boxes such as aluminum foil and plastic wrap. You could use screws or even use command hooks for a removable option. This would work equally as well mounted in your bathroom cabinet to hold your curling iron or flat iron.

Bargainmoosers, what else besides magazines would you store in a magazine holder?

(Image Credit: The Shopping Sherpa)

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February 24

7 Fabulous Ways To Repurpose Tin Cans

Posted by on February 24, 2015 at 8:00 PM

 7 Fabulous Ways To Repurpose Tin Cans

Almost everyone has a tin can or three around the house. Many foods such as soup, beans, tuna, tomatoes, coffee and even maple syrup are more economical to purchase in a can. While I am not a huge fan of purchasing green vegetables in a can, I do always seem to have multiple cans go into my recycling bin every week. Some of the chic ideas below have changed my mind about saving those humble cans. Here are some amazing ideas that you can use to ditch the recycling bin and repurpose those cans to decorate  your home on the cheap.

Homemade Tin Can Clock

 7 Fabulous Ways To Repurpose Tin Cans

I love the pop of colour on this homemade tin can clock. Use these simple instructions from Easy DIY Toys to give your clock a new chic look. Wouldn’t this clock also be amazing in a matte gold for an antique look? Maybe I will take apart my old Ikea clock to make this project for my house. Expect a clock in a fun design and colour to cost you $20-$50 if you were to buy a similar clock at the store.

Tin Can Pedestal Stand

 7 Fabulous Ways To Repurpose Tin Cans

Need a pedestal stand in a snap to display cupcakes or other food for a party? This tin can pedestal stand from Sweet Paul will be super chic for your table. Use any decorative plate on top, some matching paint and some strong epoxy to create this fun look. I could see this project working for a wide variety of parties. This stand would look great at a chic brunch, or coordinate the design to match the decorations for your kid’s birthday party. A super basic cake stand will normally cost you between $25-$60 depending on the size and style of the stand if you were to buy a stand at the store.

Tin Man Family Marionettes

 7 Fabulous Ways To Repurpose Tin Cans

These marionettes are precious from Adventures at Home. Use several tin cans, empty leftover tea light metal wrappers, string and your craft supply stash to create this sweet little family of Tin Man Marionettes. This is a great project to pair with a Wizard of Oz movie night, or even read the classic book with a cup of tea. This is a great project for the whole family, or a super little gift to a child if crafted by an adult.

Tin Can Pendant Light

 7 Fabulous Ways To Repurpose Tin Cans

Need to shed some more light in your home? Shelterness featured these funky tin can pendant lights that will do the trick. This project could either use a bigger coffee can or several smaller cans for a multiple light fixture. Decorate using paint, drawing a bohemian designs with a sharpie, or using Mod Podge to decoupage a decorative paper onto the outside of the can. Ikea, Lowe’s and Home Depot should all have inexpensive pendant light hardware to complete your project. If you are replacing an existing light fixture that is wired into the ceiling, you may want to read over these tips from Do It Yourself first. Pendant lights normally start at around $50 and go up to well over $200 depending on the style.

Cork Covered Tin Can Pencil Cup

 7 Fabulous Ways To Repurpose Tin Cans

You can cover a tin can with almost any fabric, pretty paper or paint and turn it into a pencil cup. For a twist on this idea, I like the modern design of this cork covered pencil cup from The 3 R’s Blog. Using some contact paper and a printer, they were able to create stencils to paint a silhouette onto the cork. I could easily see these same decorative cups selling for $20-$30 in a boutique or gift shop.

Wall-Mounted Tea Light Holders

 7 Fabulous Ways To Repurpose Tin Cans

These chic tea light holders from Practically Functional are made using the smaller cans from wet cat food or tuna. Clean the cans well, then spray paint them with a metallic colored paint for extra shine. Wrap the outside in some pretty scrapbook paper or wallpaper and then mount on the wall. I would make at least three or four and group them together on the wall for effect. While a basic table tea light holder for a tabletop tends to be inexpensive, most wall mounted tealight holders generally ranged from $10-$40 depending on how many candles it holds.

Mosaic Multi-Purpose Decorative Cans

 7 Fabulous Ways To Repurpose Tin Cans

Wow, these decorative mosaic jars are impressive. Check out this Instructable by Creativeman as he turns tin cans and colourful craft foam into decorative mosaic pieces. This idea is so much simpler than cutting glass bits with tile cutters to make glass mosaic pieces. This is also a safer way to lets kids join in with the project, with an impressive end result. Use these cans to hold your kitchen spoons, art supplies, hairbrushes in the bathroom or just to hold miscellaneous items on your dresser.

Bargainmoosers, what would you make out of the humble tin can?

(Image Credit: Geofy Sowrey)

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February 14

Ikea Hacks – 6 Ways To Repurpose A Lack Table

Posted by on February 14, 2015 at 8:00 PM

Ikea Hacks   6 Ways To Repurpose A Lack Table

Ikea is well known for having affordable furniture and storage solutions. I love walking through their showrooms and seeing how the designers having taken a cramped apartment and folded it away like an origami swan. While Ikea has many great home solutions on the cheap, sometimes you want your furniture pieces to look and function a little differently. If you are even a little handy, you can use IKEA furniture to create some fabulous pieces for your home.

I am so excited to show you some of the amazing uses of the infamous Lack Side Table. The Lack Side table retails for around $13 and sometimes goes on sale for even less. This basic side table comes in a whole host of colours from brown black, to white, birch, green, red and more. The super low price makes it a perfect piece of furniture to experiment with for a larger DIY project. With a little time, you can transform that $13 table into a whole host of amazing things for your home. Check out a few of the ideas below.

Upholstered Ottoman

Ikea Hacks   6 Ways To Repurpose A Lack Table

Check out the fantastic upholstered ottoman created at Infarrantly Creative. Most small ottomans start at around $70 and only go up in price from there. Give your living room a pop of colour for much less with this fun project. Ikea has a whole host of fabric you can choose from at inexpensive prices right in the store. This project only calls for a yard and a half of fabric among a few other supplies such as foam for the cushion. I recommend finding a fun pattern while you are already at Ikea or shopping the remnants section at the fabric store to find a small piece of fabric on the cheap.

Reclaimed Wood Coffee Table

Ikea Hacks   6 Ways To Repurpose A Lack Table

This chic little coffee table made of reclaimed wood and two Lack tables will surely have your friends buzzing. Check out the great tutorial from Treasures and Travels for the full details of this amazing table. This great feature even has full video instructions included. I love the look of the wood on top of the table. No one will guess there is a Lack table hiding under there. A reclaimed wood table will cost you $200 and up for a basic coffee table.

Lego Table

Ikea Hacks   6 Ways To Repurpose A Lack Table

Over at Kojo Designs they have Lego storage figured out. A Lego table will easily run you $100+ on sale. Pick up a Lack table instead and you will have a place for those bricks. Adhere several Lego plates to the table using epoxy, gorilla glue or some other type of strong glue that works with plastic. Once dry the basic part of the table is now finished. I love how Kojo Designs attached a magnetic strip to the side. Then they attached various larger storage containers to the end of the table. Maybe that will mean one less Lego my foot finds as I try to walk across the living room floor.

Cat Tree

Ikea Hacks   6 Ways To Repurpose A Lack Table

Kitty lovers, I am talking to you! Check out this amazing Cat Tree at Ikea Hackers, one of the ultimate Ikea hack resources. For this project, you need four Ikea Lack tables, some metal brackets, some twine for kitty to scratch and a bath mat or two. This full size cat tree has two shelves, but if you only have one kitty you could consider building it a little smaller with one less shelf. If you have priced out a kitty condo anytime in the last few years, you know they easily start at $80 for a tiny version. Larger cat trees range to around $200. In addition, they are a huge carpeted eyesore in your living room. This amazing Lack hack will blend in to your living space easier, making life for both you and your kitty a bit brighter.

Mod Planter Table

Ikea Hacks   6 Ways To Repurpose A Lack Table

This crazy easy Instructable teaches you how to install a planter into the centre of your Lack table. Plant a herb garden or your favourite flowers right in the center for a mod looking piece. The creator of this hack quickly discovered the centre of the table can be filled with all sorts of decorative fun. A few ideas they used to fill this table include shells, a small bubbling water fountain, pebbles with candles and more. I love all the different ways this hacker changed one inexpensive table to create multiple different looks throughout the year.

Brass Corners Side Table

Ikea Hacks   6 Ways To Repurpose A Lack Table

You can make your Lack table look like a much more expensive piece of furniture than it is with this hack from Our Chocolate Shavings. Pick up some brass corners at any hardware store for roughly $5-$8. Glue or nail the corners on to the edges of the table to give your table a chic look for very little time or effort.

Bargainmoosers, what would you create with a Lack table?

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January 30

4 DIY Gifts That Everyone Will Love

Posted by on January 30, 2015 at 8:00 PM

4 DIY Gifts That Everyone Will Love

Every year my good girlfriends and I make Do It Yourself Christmas gifts for each other.  It sure beats spending $20 each on a present.  You can’t get very much with $20 these days except for a gift card.  Each year we are surprised at the creativity and ingenuity at the gifts we create for each other.

These Do It Yourself gifts are great for all year round, not just Christmas, so I thought it would be nice to share more DIY gifts that are surprisingly easy.

Hidden Book to Store your Valuables

4 DIY Gifts That Everyone Will Love

These are very expensive when you buy them at craft stores.  They usually sell for $20 to $25.  I bought one online a few years ago for the same price and it was a bit less “discrete” than this Do It Yourself one.  It was obviously not a “real” book because it did not have a title on the spine of the book.

This was made by going to Value Village and Salvation Army to buy some used books.  Look for pretty colours or catchy titles  and also look depending on the size of the book- the wider the spine, the more things you can put in the book (but also more work to cut the pages too!)

You will need:

  • A book
  • X-acto knife
  • Modge Podge glue
  • Lots of time (about 1 hour per book)

Cut the pages of the book with the X-acto knife (this requires quite a bit of effort because you can’t just cut the entire book in one go, it takes a few pages at a time).

Then seal it with Modge Podge glue and let it dry.

Cost:

Depending on whether you already have Modge Podge and an X-acto knife handy, it may only cost you $1-3 to make this great gift!

All Natural All Purpose Citrus Cleaner 

4 DIY Gifts That Everyone Will Love

Homemade cleaner is super easy to make and is natural without added harsh ingredients and unpronounceable toxic ingredients.  Not to mention it is super economical to make and a great way to recycle your orange peels.

You will need:

  • Vinegar
  • Orange rind
  • A spray bottle
  • A small wipe (you can get these at the dollar store)

Dry your orange peels and soak them in vinegar.

The only downside is that there can be a strong vinegar odour when you use it but it disappears quickly once you clean.  You could try adding a few drops of essential oil to decrease the smell.

Cost to make:

Under $4 (even cheaper if you have vinegar and a spray bottle handy)

Picture Frame Jewelry Holder

4 DIY Gifts That Everyone Will Love

This was surprisingly easy to make and it was an instant hit.  A lot of friends were saying they always wanted one but were too lazy to make one.  Although the downside is that this one is a bit more expensive than the others, especially if you don’t have the supplies handy.

You will need:

  • A picture frame (can be bought at Value Village or Salvation Army for $5 or less)
  • Spray paint (with primer preferably) $10 a can
  • Burlap ($10 for a meter at Fabric store)
  • A staple gun ($15 for a cheap one at Michael’s)

All you need to do is take out the picture and glass from the picture frame.  Sand it down if you can.  Then spray the frame with spray paint.  Staple the burlap with the staple gun.  I found some wire at a dollar store and stapled that as well, it’s handy to put bracelets or necklaces that otherwise wouldn’t be able to hang properly on the picture frame.

Cost:

It cost about under $8 for each picture frame jewelry holder to be made, which included having to buy a staple gun and spray paint.

Ring Holder

4 DIY Gifts That Everyone Will Love

This ring holder involves using a mason jar and clay and some paint.  It is a variation of the clay jewelry dish holder instructions here by Hello Natural.

You will need:

  • A mason jar to shape up the clay
  • Clay
  • Paints

Cost:

The most expensive supplies are the clay and the paints, however this still cost less than $10 to make, the more you gift, the cheaper each jewelry holder will be!

Bargainmoosers, do you have any fun DIY ideas that are easy to make and a great gift to give or receive?

Photo credit: Debbie R

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January 15

6 Clever DIY To Make Out Of Cardboard

Posted by on January 15, 2015 at 8:00 PM

6 Clever DIY To Make Out Of Cardboard

Now that the holidays are winding down you may find yourself with a little extra cardboard lying around the house. Why let all of it head into the recycling bin? Create some amazing DIY projects with cardboard instead. Here are 6 clever things you can make out of cardboard.

1. Winter Wonderland Playset

6 Clever DIY To Make Out Of Cardboard

This little Winter Wonderland Playset from Mr. Printables is made from only cardboard, wood peg cloth pins, paint and a few scraps of fabric and string. Make dolls, a polar bear, a moose, huskies, trees and sled for only pennies. Print out the free printable to trace and then slide the cardboard pieces together to decorate. I really like how simple the details are on this set. It gives the pieces a modern look and I think I could easily recreate them without lots of additional effort. This is an adorable playset!

2. Yarn Wrapped Monogram Letter Wall Decoration

6 Clever DIY To Make Out Of Cardboard

This thrifty little yarn wrapped monogram letter from Catch My Party is a great way to give a little pop of color to your wall. The directions seem easy enough and help you to create an ombre monogram letter. Trace a large letter on to a piece of cardboard. Wrap yarn symmetrically around the cardboard letter while you affix glue to the back to hold the yarn. Since the yarn will be on the back you could probably even use a strong tape and no one would know. I would also suggest trying twine for a rustic but homey look. Embellish with fake flowers, rhinestones or anything else that inspires you and matches your home décor.

This project looks much more expensive than it really is depending on the embellishments and colour pallet you choose. I could see a simple word looking nice hanging on the wall in this style such as “Joy” or “Love.” You could also do a child’s name and decorate it to match the theme of the room.

3. Homemade Skeeball

6 Clever DIY To Make Out Of Cardboard

Grab an extra-long box and consider making this full size Skeeball from My Beau Baby. This game looks simple enough to put together using tape, cardboard and a few balls. You can add blown up water balloons to look like midway lights along the edges for effect.  The blogger notes to make sure you spend extra time on making the bump large enough so the balls will bounce correctly into the various point containers. This particular skeeball was created for a kid’s party. I can see this game also being a great addition any evening of fun. Now can someone construct a ball return out of cardboard?

4. Cardboard and Fabric Bed Headboard

6 Clever DIY To Make Out Of Cardboard

Shhh! No one will know that this bed headboard from the blog Stars For Street Lights is made of cardboard. Check out this quick tutorial as they create an inexpensive headboard using cardboard, 2 yards of fabric, 2 yards of quilt batting, staples and tape.  While perhaps plywood would be more durable, cardboard can be used if you have it handy. I can see this headboard mounted straight on the wall rather than attached to the bed. Best of all if you get sick of your bedroom’s look and it is a cheap fix to change things up.

5. Cute Storage Boxes Covered in Fabric

6 Clever DIY To Make Out Of Cardboard

I know I hope to organize my junk be more organized in my home in the New Year. That usually means spending a pretty penny at the store buying cute bins and totes to help keep my house looking smart. Those of us who can cut and glue can cover old cardboard boxes with fabric using this tutorial from Namely Original. I really like the cute fabrics used in the tutorial. The great news is you could possibly save even more on the fabric by looking at old t-shirts and other clothes to repurpose. Those boxes could be cute with some jean trim and the linings could be old t-shirts. I would also check my local thrift store for clothes, blankets or sheets with fun patterns that can be snipped apart and utilized. This is a great project to do some upcycling. These boxes are easy to create in many sizes.

6. Shirt Folding Board

6 Clever DIY To Make Out Of Cardboard

I like my shirts lined up in a nice neat in a row, but I can never seem to get the same kind of stack they get in the retail stores. Maybe it is because when I cannot fit the last shirt in correctly, I still manage to fit it in the drawer. Use some cardboard and create your own shirt folding board per Instructables. Your shirts will have a nice clean wrinkle free fold every time and slide smoothly into the drawer. I see this coming in handy if you have many dress shirts that you want to be neat. On the other hand, you can just pretend you are Sheldon from the Big Bang Theory with your t-shirts.

So what are you waiting for? Dig that cardboard out of the recycling bin and get your duct tape. Mama needs a new shirt folding board.

Photo credit: Arbyreed

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December 22

5 Last Minute DIY Christmas Gifts that are Surprisingly Easy

Posted by on December 22, 2014 at 8:00 PM

5 Last Minute DIY Christmas Gifts that are Surprisingly Easy

Four of my closest friends and I started a holiday tradition a few years ago, where instead of spending $25 to $40 per person for gifts, we make “Do It Yourself” gifts.  We go away for a girl’s weekend trip and talk about our resolutions for next year and exchange our home made presents.  We have all agreed that making the Do It Yourself gifts has been a great idea and I am always excited to see what my friends come up with because we are all creative people, in our unique ways.

This year, my friends of course didn’t fail to impress me.  I love all of my Christmas gifts and having something that is home made from my good friends is priceless.  It means more to me than any gift card can!

Also, instead of spending upwards of $150 on gifts for four girlfriends, I only spent $40 this year.  $10 of that went to getting needle nose pliers which I can use for future jewellery making sessions.

So, if you are worried about some last minute gift giving or want to start making your own Do It Yourself Gift, here are five ideas that can get you started.  They are very easy to make and are very easy on the holiday budget.  Even though these gifts are frugal, they are far from scrooge-like!

Gold Hex-Nut Earrings

5 Last Minute DIY Christmas Gifts that are Surprisingly Easy

I made these and my friends were impressed.  They are very easy to make and involve a trip to your local hardware store and Michael’s (or other craft store).  I got the idea from a previous post of DIY gifts and had the chance to make them this year.  All you need is:

  • E-6000 jewellery glue ($8 for a pack of five small glue tubes)
  • Hex Nuts (Brass) (about $0.17 for each nut)
  • Jump clasps ($4 for a ton)
  • Earring hooks (about $3.50 for a pack of 3 sets)
  • Needle nose pliers to open and close the clasps

I made variations and different styles for each friend, depending on their personal style.  I made a bracelet too which looked nice as well.

Infinity Scarf

5 Last Minute DIY Christmas Gifts that are Surprisingly Easy

This beautiful scarf took my friend one evening of knitting to make.  An infinity scarf is basically a big circle, it doesn’t have ends and it makes for a beautiful elegant look to keep you cozy all winter.  I don’t think I would ever be able to make this because I can’t even knit a regular rectangle shaped scarf, but if you have the knack for knitting, this is an easy DIY gift.  Here are instructions from instructables on how to knit an Infiniti scarf, as known as winter’s hot new accessory.  It’s so hot that it’ll make you want to dive into an infinity pool! 5 Last Minute DIY Christmas Gifts that are Surprisingly Easy

Home Made Granola

5 Last Minute DIY Christmas Gifts that are Surprisingly Easy

This granola tastes absolutely delicious, especially with thick and creamy vanilla yogurt!  It is a perfect start to the day.  Tis particular granola recipe is from the 100 Days of Real Food blog.

Sharpie Mug

5 Last Minute DIY Christmas Gifts that are Surprisingly Easy

My friend made personalized mugs for each of us with a blank white mug (it’s such a wonderful size, it’s big enough for soup!) and a sharpie pen.  She baked the mug to make the sharpie permanently absorb into the ceramic.  She added special flair by making white chocolate park and putting it in the cup too.  Here are some instructions on how to make a DIY sharpie mug from the blog Savvy Sugar.  I haven’t tried putting it in the dish washer yet, and I have heard that they might not be dish washer safe/ might bleed, but it sure looks cute anyways.

Citrus-Bergamot Body Butter

5 Last Minute DIY Christmas Gifts that are Surprisingly Easy

This smells absolutely amazing and invigorating.  Here is a step-by-step guide on how to make this body butter using different essential oils from the blog, She Wears Many Hats.  I personally love the smell of citrus fruit and bergamot (the same smell in Earl Grey tea).  The texture of this is quite solid, but it melts very quickly in your hands.

It’s pretty remarkable that although we each had no idea what the other friend was making, we all made something very unique, practical, and special to our hearts!  Something to appeal to each of our senses, taste, touch, smell, and sight (because jewellery is really eye catching, of course).

Readers, have you made these before?  Any other last minute DIY gift ideas?

Photo credit: Kasla

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December 13

DIY Frozen Christmas Ornaments!

Posted by on December 13, 2014 at 12:00 PM

DIY Frozen Christmas Ornaments!

I’m a fan of Pinterest; the site that can make you both horribly excited about crafting and feel horribly inadequate at the same time when your projects FAIL. As I write this blog post, I’ve got some cakes in the oven in an attempt to make a rainbow cake, which has been splattered all over Pinterest for the last while.

While searching for some Christmas crafts, I spotted these DIY Frozen ornaments made by Nancy over on TwoSistersCrafting. She was on a mission to find some Frozen baubles at the store, but couldn’t find any. Nancy made her own from various empty baubles and craft supplies. They look really fabulous, as you can see in the pictures above and below.

Frozen is all the rage at the moment, it’s so popular! Just in case you missed it yesterday, I posted about this Disney Frozen MagiClip Flip ‘N Switch Castle and Anna Doll for $16 on Amazon.ca. The toy is still available, if you want to wrap it and put it under your Christmas Tree which is decorated in home-made Frozen baubles!

DIY Frozen Christmas Ornaments!

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October 23

6 Homemade Halloween Decorations that are Practically Free

Posted by on October 23, 2014 at 8:00 PM

6 Homemade Halloween Decorations that are Practically Free

Halloween is one of my favourite holidays to celebrate, partly because it is a lot of fun to decorate my house inside and out.  I seem to buy new decorations every single year and my husband has finally put his foot down this year and gave me a budget.  Being the crafty, savings-type person I am, I decided instead of buying new things this year, I am going to make the decorations myself.  Not only will this save us money, but my kids can join in the fun and make some scary and spooky decorations as well.

I hit up some great websites to see if I could find some DIY decorations and was shocked at how many awesome ideas are out there.  Here are a few of the great inexpensive Halloween decoration I found online, that you can make yourself. Some of them are creepy, some of them are kid friendly but all of them are perfect for this holiday.

1. Mummy Doors

6 Homemade Halloween Decorations that are Practically Free

This idea from Keeping It Simple is such a fun idea for the whole family to do.  Instead of buying the supplies like they suggest, I suggest you use toilet paper and make your own mummy eyes out of cardboard.

2. Milk Jug Ghosts

6 Homemade Halloween Decorations that are Practically Free

I have a family of four so we go through a lot of milk jugs and usually just recycle them.  This is a great way to recycle them in a different way. The easy directions are on Eighteen25 so you can make your own.

3. Cardboard Cutouts

6 Homemade Halloween Decorations that are Practically Free

This is definitely a creepy decoration but I love it!  Just make some cardboard cutouts in the shape of people, paint them black and cut out the eyes. I found this at Brastwurst Tumblr and it would be perfect for a party.

4. Spider

6 Homemade Halloween Decorations that are Practically Free

With this DIY craft, you can use some items around the house to create a huge spider for the inside or the outside of your house. You can make it fun or scary.  All of the directions for this spider are posted on Listotic.

5. Glowing Eyes

6 Homemade Halloween Decorations that are Practically Free

This has to be the cheapest and easiest craft idea.  I can’t believe I have never thought of this before. Just take a toilet paper roll and cut out different eyes and stick a dollar store glow stick in it to hang outside. These perfect decorations are from Her Campus.

6. Frankenstein Cans

6 Homemade Halloween Decorations that are Practically Free

This is another fun craft to do with your recycling at home. Paint some cans green and black and add some wine corks and googly eyes and you will have your very own Frankensteins for Halloween. You can find this idea at Brew My Tea.

What homemade Halloween decorations have you made in the past Moosers?

Happy Halloween!

Photo credit: Liz West

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October 2

6 Inexpensive Storage Ideas for Toys

Posted by on October 2, 2014 at 8:00 PM

6 Inexpensive Storage Ideas for Toys

I have two kids so we have about a million toys laying around the house.  I can’t tell you how many times I have tripped over toys, or asked my kids to pick up the toys in their room.  It seems we never have the space for all of these toys (or the storage).  I went searching for some cool storage ideas for kids toys and came across some pretty unique ideas that I would have never thought of myself.  Here are six of them that I thought I would share with your that are not only unique, but they are inexpensive as well to do.

1.Reuse Containers

6 Inexpensive Storage Ideas for Toys

This idea is absolutely free and great for storing small toys.  Just take an old container, whether it be a cat litter box or a peanut butter jar and wash it out, and decorate it.  This idea from Top Inspired is so easy, your kids can actually do it as a craft themselves.

2. Rolling Drawers

6 Inexpensive Storage Ideas for Toys

This idea from Storage Geek is good for any kids toys, but they feature Lego storage specifically. I like the idea of having small toys like Lego in one big container out of the way under my boys beds. You can just use an old drawer and add some wheels to it to make it easy for the kids to roll under the bed. The complete instructions are posted and easy to follow.

3. Animal Swing

6 Inexpensive Storage Ideas for Toys

If you are crafty, you can make your kids this stuffed animal swing to hang on their wall and get their stuffies off the floor. The directions can be found on It’s Always Autumn but it looks fairly simple and inexpensive to make.

4. Hanging Baskets

6 Inexpensive Storage Ideas for Toys

I love the idea of taking an old fruit basket that you don’t use anymore and hanging it in the bathroom for bath toy storage. I found the idea on Indulgy.

5. Hanging Shoe Organizer

6 Inexpensive Storage Ideas for Toys

This idea from Organize Your Stuff Now doesn’t require you to do anything except use an old shoe organizer.  You can hang it on the back of their closet or bedroom door for figurine storage or barbie doll storage.  The clear ones would be the best so you can see what is in each compartment but any will work.

6. Wooden Cage

6 Inexpensive Storage Ideas for Toys

This last idea from Lumber Jocks is one for someone who know how to work with wood.  All you need is some wood, nails and some bungee cords to make this awesome wooden zoo cage for your kids room.

What are some things you have created to store your children’s toys at home?

Photo credit: Chris Devers

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September 25

6 Imaginative DIY Drawer Ideas

Posted by on September 25, 2014 at 8:00 PM

6 Imaginative DIY Drawer Ideas

If you ask anyone that has kids what the one thing you need in your home is, I bet they would say storage.  I know I would.  There are tons of stores that sell great products for storage but it can get quite pricey.  I have a bunch of old dresser drawers in the garage so I decided to look online at some ideas on how to change them into something for storage and I found some great ideas. Not only are these ideas practically free because I already have the drawers, they will get junk out of my garage as well!

1. Jewelry Holder

6 Imaginative DIY Drawer Ideas

I found this idea from Living Home and just fell in love with it.  Add some extra knobs onto a drawer and make it into a hanging jewelry holder. This is so simple to do and is practically free.

2. Ottoman

6 Imaginative DIY Drawer Ideas

Now this idea is a bit different because it is not storage.  It will save you a lot of money though.  Add some batting and some paint and some fabric and you will have an inexpensive ottoman for your living room.  The instructions can be found at Beyond The Picket Fence.

3. Shadow Box Storage

6 Imaginative DIY Drawer Ideas

I would have never though to hang the drawers on my wall and use them as shadow boxes!  This would work best if you had a few of them.  You can either paint them or add wallpaper to freshen up the look like they did on This Old House.

4. Toy Chest

6 Imaginative DIY Drawer Ideas

This idea from Home Talk is pretty cute for any child’s bedroom. Just add some legs to a large drawer and you have an instant toy chest!  They can store stuffed animals, figurines, Lego and many more items.  It looks great and keeps the toys off the floor.

5. Plant Stand

6 Imaginative DIY Drawer Ideas

This is such a cute idea from My Love 2 Create for some outside storage. The directions on how to do it are posted on the blog for you to follow.

6.Rolling Storage

6 Imaginative DIY Drawer Ideas

What a fabulous idea to just add some wheels to your drawers and use them for storage under beds.  You could put toys, books, clothing, bedding and anything you want in them. I found this idea at The Pink Porch.

What have you done with your old dresser drawers Moosers?

Photo credit: mistersnappy

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September 18

6 Ideas to Repurpose Sweaters

Posted by on September 18, 2014 at 8:00 PM

6 Ideas to Repurpose Sweaters

I have already started going through my fall and winter clothing with the cooler weather fast approaching and I have noticed something.  I have way too many sweaters that I never wear or are outdated or don’t fit anymore.  Sometimes I donate old clothing, sometimes I give it away to friends and family, but this time I wanted to see if I could tap into my creative side and do something with these sweaters.  I could not believe the fun ideas I came across for old sweaters.

I actually came across hundreds of ideas as to what to do with old sweaters so I picked out the top six that I found the most useful and the easiest to do.  Not everyone is the craftiest person and these six ideas are something anyone and everyone can do.

1. Make Mittens

6 Ideas to Repurpose Sweaters

This idea is most likely the easiest one I have found.  All you have to do is trace your hands onto your sweater and cut out the mitten shapes then sew it together. How simple is that!  This idea can be found at PinLaVie.

2. Make Leg Warmers

6 Ideas to Repurpose Sweaters

This legwarmer (or faux leg warmer) can be found over at Listotic.  You can make either a full legwarmer or just a faux one to go under a cute pair of boots.  These leg warmers tend to cost a lot in stores so making one yourself is a great option.

3. Make Christmas Stockings

6 Ideas to Repurpose Sweaters

I am a huge Christmas nut so this crafty idea is right up my alley.  You can take any old sweater and make it into a beautiful stocking to hang on the chimney. This idea can be found on Extraordinary Day.

4. Make a Quilt

6 Ideas to Repurpose Sweaters

This is one of the harder re-purpose ideas to do but not impossible for the non crafty person.  With this idea, you can take a few different sweaters and make a giant quilt.  You can use your kids baby sweaters for a personal touch and more of a memory quilt which is a great idea as well. Check out Newly Mynted for the design.

5. Make a Pillow

6 Ideas to Repurpose Sweaters

Making a pillow is much the same idea as the quilt but a lot easier and less sweaters.  This particular style of pillow can be found displayed on Infarrantly Creative but there are a ton of different designs if you want to check out Pinterest.

6. Make a Purse or a Bag

6 Ideas to Repurpose Sweaters

What woman doesn’t love purses and bags, especially when they are free!  This is such a great idea to take an old sweater and fashion it into a great bag.  One design you can use can be found on the blog Duwop Designs.

What do you do with your old sweaters Moosers?

(Main image credit to TheUglySweaterShop)

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September 4

6 Ways to Repurpose Doors

Posted by on September 4, 2014 at 8:00 PM

6 Ways to Repurpose Doors

I love the idea of taking something that is old or broken and making it into something beautiful and useful again.  Something that a lot of people have replaced on their homes are doors.  Inside doors, outside doors, small and large doors and you never know what to do their the old junkie ones.  Instead of taking them to the dump (and actually paying to get rid of them) you can turn them into something awesome and useful.  We have six different ways you can take an old door and make it very useful again.  All of these ideas are inexpensive and fairly easy for the DIY Moosers.

1. Headboard

6 Ways to Repurpose Doors

This awesome idea is from Thepaperblog.com and you can find the instructions there.  This picture features two old doors side by side but you can also put on door horizontally as well.

2. Table

6 Ways to Repurpose Doors

The picture above is of a coffee table but you could really make any type of table with a door. I love the idea of a kitchen table made from an old farm house door personally.  These table ideas can be found on Adoreyourplace.com.

3. Front Porch Swing

6 Ways to Repurpose Doors

I love this idea found on Huckleberryfurnitureblogspot.com. All you would need is some extra wood, some chains from your local hardware store and you could paint it anyhow you would like to match your house.  It also looks like they just used an old seat cushion from an outdoor recliner which is perfect!

4. Mudroom Picture Display

6 Ways to Repurpose Doors

I absolutely love this idea.  You don’t have to display your picture only in the mudroom or hallway like this but I do like the idea of adding hooks for some organization and storage.  This idea can be found on Adoreyourplace.com.

5. Bookshelf

6 Ways to Repurpose Doors

This is a great idea from Dishfunctionaldesigns@blogspot.ca. You can cut our the squares on the door and add some wood to it to make bookshelves.  It is very rustic and a great way to reuse an old door.

6.Garden Archway

6 Ways to Repurpose Doors

This idea from Hometalk.com is a pretty simple way of reusing a couple of old doors.  Throw some paint on them, add some trim and you have a beautiful garden archway. You could also use it for an outdoor wedding and then put it in your garden afterwards.

Have any of you Moosers tried some of these ideas?  Do you have any others you would like to share with us?

(Top image credit to Darko Kec)

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