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Silica beads in Wooden Bowl

Homemade Damp RidUsing silica dust or beads, you can make your own Damp Rid to help remove excess moisture from your home, trailer, or vehicle. Here are some ideas about making homemade Damp Rid.

 

office chair

Inexpensive Chair Mat IdeasBuying a mat to use underneath an office chair can be expensive. If you can't find one for a good price you might be able to make one. This is a page about inexpensive chair mat ideas.

 

Wood Pellets

Making Your Own Wood PelletsWith a pellet mill you may be able to make your own stove pellets. This page is about making your own wood pellets.

 

homemade correction fluid

Making Your Own Wite-Out?This is a page about making your own Wite-Out. Wite-Out correction fluid helps make quick corrections to documents and other projects, it also has craft uses.

 

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Alternative Erasers for Dry Erase Board?What can I use for an eraser for a dry erase board besides the traditional erasers? Has anyone used something else successfully?

 

Fabric Chicken Doorstop - being used as a doorstop

Door Stop IdeasMany different type of items can be used as doorstop. This is a page about door stop ideas.

 

Homemade Maple Syrup

Making Your Own Maple SyrupLearn when and how to collect sap from maple trees, so you can make your own precious syrup. This is a page about making your own maple syrup.

 

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Making Your Own Desiccant Packets for Closet Dehumidifier?Does anyone have a formula for a homemade packet for a closet dehumidifier? In the summer I go through 1 a day in each of my closets, of the tub type sold at Wal-Mart.

 

DIY Bra Strap Hider - in place on black bra straps

DIY Bra Strap HiderBras can slip off shoulders or show with certain types of tops but you can clip the straps together with one of these handy devices. This page has instructions for a DIY bra strap hider.

 

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Homemade Fishing Bait Recipes?I do a lot of fishing. I would like to find the recipe for making bait that will catch fish easily.

 

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Making a Pellet Mill?I need instructions on how to make a Pellet Mill.

 

essential oils

Making Oil for Diffuser LampsMaking your own oil for your diffuser can save you some money. This is a page about making oil for diffuser lamps.

 

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Making Your Own Ankle Weights?I am looking for ideas to make ankle weights from anything around the house.

 

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Artificial Pine Scent?Artificial Pine Scent. I am trying to find artificial pine/evergreen scent for my house since I use an artificial tree. There used to be a lot of different types out there to purchase, but now I can't find any.

 

Popcorn Kernel Jar Secret Safe - cash inside the inner water bottle

DIY Popcorn Kernel Jar Secret SafeSecret safe projects, such as hollowed out books, faux food cans, etc., are fun to make. This popcorn kernel jar safe is yet another example of an unassuming hiding place for small valuables or a bit of cash.

 

Homemade Postage Scale

Making a Homemade Postage ScaleThis is a page about making a homemade postage scale. Don't guess if you have used enough postage on your outgoing mail. You can make a postage scale for home use.

 

Photo of an earring holder

Homemade Earring HoldersWhile there are any number of earring holders for sale in retail stores, but why not get creative and make one that satisfies your specific needs. Depending on the type of earrings you typically wear there are varying solutions. This page contains some ideas for making earring holders.

 

Coffee Maker

Making a Water Filter for a Coffee Maker?This is a page about making a water filter for a coffee maker. Some coffee makers have build-in water filters often utilizing charcoal. They can be pricey.

 

Lavender flower in clear liquid filled jar.

Making Lavender Water Recipes?This page contains recipes for making lavender water. Lavender water has a variety of uses. This lovely smelling water can be used as a light body scent, to freshen your linens, or to release a floral fragrance in your home. Rather than buying lavender water, try making your own.

 

sewing

Making Your Own Panty LinersThis is a page about making your own panty liners. Rather than continuously buying disposable panty liners, you can make them at home if you have basic sewing skills.

 

Making a Lid Spoon - eating

Making a Foil Lid SpoonDon't worry if you forget a spoon for that cup of applesauce. The foil lid can easily be molded into a functional one time spoon. This is a page about making a foil lid spoon.

 

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How to Make a Homemade Thermos?How can I make a thermos?

 

An Amazon Echo Dot on a wooden surface.

Making a Wall Holder for an Amazon Echo DotHas anyone made a wall holder for an Amazon Echo Dot? It is not always convenient for it to be placed on a flat surface taking up valuable table space.

 

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Finding Blueprints for a Preschool Classroom Loft?My daughter wants me to build a preschool loft for her daycare. She wants stairs up the side and a market awning on one side. Where can I look at structural blueprints, reminiscent of a corner pulpit?

 

A collection of essential oils.

Recipes Using Essential OilsMaking your own candles, air freshener, scented lamp oil or fragrance can be rewarding. Essential oils can be used to make many different things around the home smell good.

 

Making a Paper Clip Phone Stand - phone on stand with pencil next to it

Making a Paper Clip Phone StandIt is fun to see what comes of fiddling with a paper clip. They can be incorporated into a lot of crafts and DIY projects. In this project you can see how to make a simple, little cell phone stand from a single paper clip.

 

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Making an Adjustable Follower Block?I have quite a bit of DMC floss stored in those floss away bags. I currently am using index card boxes and dividers, but would like something bigger. I would like to store them in a photo box storage. I recently bought 2 from a craft store, but they didn't have the steel adjustable follower block (what you use to make the files stand up straight).

 

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DIY Moldable Silicone Clay - refrigerator pen holder and repaired charging cord

DIY Moldable Silicone ClayBy mixing silicone caulk and corn starch you can create a flexible clay substance that has lots of uses including holding wires in place. This page contains information about making moldable silicone clay.

 

A windshield that is clear at the bottom and with water spots at the top.

Homemade Windshield De-IcerKeep your car's windshield ice free and resistant to water by using one of these handy de-icers. This page contains recipes for homemade windshield de-icer.

 

DIY Outdoor Plastic Bottle Handwashing Station - hand under a stream of water

DIY Outdoor Plastic Bottle Handwashing StationThere are many outdoor activities that might result in you wishing to rinse your hands, such as gardening, tending your hens, etc. If there is no spigot nearby, try this solution using a plastic bottle. The size and rigidity can vary. This DIY outdoor plastic bottle handwashing station project is quick and easy to make.

 

A homemade sissy bar on the back of a motorcycle.

Homemade Motorcycle Sissy BarSissy bars are a small backrest for the passenger on a motorcycle and can add comfort and stability. This page is about making a homemade motorcycle sissy bar.

 

Graves with grave surrounds.

Making a Grave Surround?A permanent grave surround can be added to the burial plot and merged with the headstone if there is one. The cemetery director is the person to contact to find out about restrictions and acceptable plans. This is a page about making a grave surround.

 

An old air mattress used as a cover for a grill.

Make a Grill Cover From an Old Air MattressThis is a page about making a grill cover from an old air mattress. Before you throw out that old air mattress with the holes in it, consider whether converting it into a grill cover would be a good option. The heavy plastic is durable and is a great way to protect your grill outside.

 

Raising a TV with a Modified Tray - view of tray with TV above and boxes below on table top

Raising a TV with a Modified TrayI lowered my computer monitors which were on two trays with fold up legs.

 

Craft paper rectangle with a  piece of masking tape.

Homemade Post-it Notes?This is a page about homemade Post-it notes. Using your own paper you can create unique handmade Post-it Notes. There are several glue products that work especially well for this purpose.

 

Cell Phone Amplifier - cell phone in notch

Homemade Cell Phone AmplifierThe small speakers on cell phones can be difficult to play music on. Use this easy to make amplifier to hear your cell phone better. This is a page about making a homemade cell phone amplifier.

 

paperclip to latch bracelet

Fastening a BraceletBracelets and necklace clasps come in myriad of shapes and styles. This is a page about fastening a bracelet.

 

Recycled Yard Signs - taping edges

Recycled Yard SignsThere are two kind of yard signs you can make.

 

Scoop for pet food.

Making a Scoop from a Quart Milk JugA cut down milk jug makes the perfect scoop for dog food or other dry goods. This is a page about making a scoop from a quart milk jug.

 

hand bells

Make Your Own Musical InstrumentsThis is a page about make your own musical instruments. There are many ways to fashion music or percussion instruments that make delightful sounds.

 

Canned sweetened milk.

Making Glue With MilkThis is a page about making glue with milk. You can make your own glue from milk and other common ingredients when you're in a sticky situation and out of glue or even as a fun science experiment.

 

Collapsible Cooler

Making a Collapsible Cooler?This is a page about making a collapsible cooler. A cooler can be a bit bulky when to tote around, especially if you are done with it but still need to keep it with you. Having a collapsible cooler can be very handy to have when traveling as well.

 

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Flames in a fireplace.

Making FirelogsThis is a page about making firelogs. Homemade firelogs can be made from a variety of materials.

 

Making an ATV Quad Bike Anti Rolling Bar?It's too expensive on the market in Australia, they sell for more than aud$1000! I won't be able to afford to buy one for my kid's GMX 49cc quad bike. The total money I spent on his mini motorbike is only $299. Does any one know I can make one by myself with the cost of materials at less than $100?

 

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Making My Own Personal Grocery Cart?I am wondering how to make my own grocery cart thing, like the kinds our grandmoms used to bring home a lot of groceries. I know I can find them in stores but I think I can make one out of miscellaneous pieces that I have laying around. Any suggestions?

 

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Building Your Own SmokerThis page is about building your own smoker. Having your own smoker can help you preserve your favorite meats.

 

Homemade Jigsaw Puzzle Ideas

Homemade Jigsaw Puzzle IdeasThis page contains homemade jigsaw puzzle ideas. There are ways you can create your own jigsaw puzzle.

 

coke bottle spoon rest

Spoon Rest IdeasThis page contains spoon rest ideas. You can buy any number of spoon rests at your favorite kitchen store, make one, or use something that you already have in the house.

 

old windows greenhouse

Using Old Windows to Build a GreenhouseThis page is about using old windows to build a greenhouse or cold frame. A great way to recycle windows is to use them to make a greenhouse.

 

"Vintage" Cake Platter made from a china plate and stemware.

Making Your Own Cake StandThis is a page about making your own cake stand. When presenting a cake for a special occasion, it is often nice to have it raised on a stand.

 

Photo of homemade notepads.

Making Homemade NotepadsThis is a page about making homemade notepads. It is nice to have notepads around to jot things down on, but the ones from the store can be expensive. Making your own is easy and will save you money.

 

Using Papaya Sap in Glue?Can papaya sap be an additive component of glue?

 

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Making Your Own AC Filters?A/C filters are getting costly and mine uses 2. Does anyone have ideas on how to make your own? I thought about using quilt batting, but am not sure if it would be too thick.

 

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Homemade Air Refresher?How do I make homemade air refresher?

 

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Making a Cup Holder for a Porch Swing?Does anyone have a good idea for a cup holder on the arm of a swing? These arms are not really wide, but I go outside to "swing" and need something to either hold my coffee cup or tea cup? Any simple ideas? Thanks.

 

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Homemade Dry Eraser Fluid?Does anyone have the chemical recipe to make a batch of dry erase marker fluid? I'm a teacher in Mexico, where the cost of buying dry erase markers is very high.

 

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Lampe Berger Refills?Can someone please tell me how to make Lamp Berger oil? I have one for it, but will not work.

 

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How Do I Make a Cover for My Metal Porch Swing?I would like ideas on how to replace or remake the cover to the swing on my double metal porch swing set. It once had a plastic "webbing" type cover stitched to its frame, but this rotted away. I want to keep it simple and inexpensive.

 

How Do I Make an RV Awning?Has anyone ever made a new awning for an RV? Any tips I should know about?

 

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Making a Mini Green House?I want to start a small green house inside and would like to know how to start the seeds to be put out later. Any help would be appreciated.

 

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Homemade Charging Station?Has anyone made their own electronics charging station?

 

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Dawn Ice RepellentI see lots of talk, but not the original information. I need the proportions and how to for putting Dawn dishwashing liquid on the sidewalk to avoid slipping.

 

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Make Your Own FunnelNeed a funnel in a pinch? Cut off the bottom of a 2 liter or 1/2 liter bottle. You can make it as tall or short as you want.

 

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Making Your Own Coffee Packets?To save messing with coffee grounds while camping in our RV, I would like to make coffee pouches ahead of our trips. Then I could just place them in the coffeepot and throw away the used pouch when done. Has anyone done this?

 

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Making Wooden Salad Forks?Does anyone have patterns for wooden salad forks or hands? Thank you.

 

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Clear Door Canopy?I need to erect a door canopy above an outer door. This is essentially to deflect rain from the flat roof immediately above from splashing against the door. This happens each heavy rainfall, despite there being a guttering in place.

 

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Homemade Rack for a G.F. Roasting Machine?How do you make a homemade rack for a G.F. roasting machine? It roasts a 4lb. chicken and does not have a rack.

 

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Extracting Citronella Juice from a Plant?I know that citronella keeps away mosquitoes. I have access to lots of citronella plants. How do I make citronella juice or extract? I want to mix it with a regular bar of bath soap (how do I melt the soap?). I would also like to mix it with candles to make citronella candles?

 

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Homemade Saddle Stand Ideas?I want to make my sister a saddle rack/stand for Christmas. I saw some really cute ones that are shaped like horses, and thought that was a fun idea. Does anyone have websites for instructions or other ideas? Thanks so much.

 

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Topics For Cookbook?What topics are needed for a cookbook? I need to keep it narrowed to 8 topics including holiday, desserts, and misc. Any ideas?

 

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Homemade Heat Pack Gets Wet?My son is 11, has Autism and is non-verbal. His para at school has a bean/rice flannel bag that she heats up. He's in love with it! So she mentioned it to me, and that her daughter made it for her years ago at girl scouts. Well I went out and bought dried beans, nice rice, Red Sox flannel fabric and hand stitched it! When I heated it, it got hot but very stinky! Then it began to retain moisture and the flannel began to sweat/feel wet!

 

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Making a Juice Box Holder?Does any body have ideas on how I can make my own juice box holder for my kids? I am tired of having to squeeze my sons juice box from McDonald's into his sippee cup because he can't hold the juice box without squeezing it onto himself.

 

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Package To Keep Hard Boiled Egg From Cracking?I have to make a package/container from recycled materials to contain a hard boiled egg which will be dropped off a metre high wall and the egg inside must not crack?

 

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Making Potato Flour?Does any one know how to make potato flour? I Googled it but only came up with sweet potato flour.

 

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Make Your Own Catalytic Effusion Lamp?Where can I purchase the metal section (thrifty-wise!) to make my own catalytic effusion lamp? The instructions for how to make one are on Ebay but the lady selling the kit is a bit too high priced for me. There has to be another source, but where?

 

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Building A Fire Pit?I am wanting to build a fire pit out of large Arizona river rock. Any suggestions?

 

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Home Remedy for Mosquitoes?Is there a home remedy for mosquitoes?

 

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Instructions for PVC Lamp Post?I need instructions for a PVC lamp post.

 

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Substitute Fuel Gel?How do you make substitute fuel gel?

 

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Inexpensive Slipcover For Square Ottoman?I have a large square ottoman that is in perfect condition.

 

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White Smoke From Homemade Diffuser Lamp Oil?I am making my own diffuser lamp oil and the problem is white smoke. The whole time it burns and that's till the end, I have white smoke. I am using:

 

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Homemade Lamp Oil?Homemade Lamp Oil. Does anyone out there have a recipe for homemade lamp oil? If you do I sure would appreciate it.

 

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Essential Oils For Lamp Aire Fuel?Essential Oils For Lamp Aire Fuel. What are good essentail oil combinations for making my own lamp aire fuel?

 

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Homemade Scented Oils?How do you make scented oils for your own use?

 

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Making Kerosene Pure?How can one remove the colour added to kerosene and make it pure?

 

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Effusion Lamp Catalytic Burners?Does anyone know how or what the effusion lamp catalytic burners are made of or a cheap place to buy them?

 

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Make Your Own Refrigerator DeodorizerI made my own baking soda deodorizer for the refrigerator, after finding difficulty "refilling" the one they sell (with the fabric vents.) I took a small pringles can (1 3/4 oz) and discarded the lid. . .

 

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Homemade Pocket Heaters?I would like to make my own pocket heaters, the kind you expose to air and they heat up (they are disposable). I know the ingredients are simply carbon and iron oxide.

 

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Cooling Tubes - How to Make Them?I am looking for a cooling tube that you soak in water and then wrap around your neck to keep you cool. Whatever is inside swells up. I have seen these at craft shows. Does anyone know how to make them and what is inside?

 

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Cheap Candle SnufferIt is better to snuff out a candle then to blow it out (the embers can flare out) but I did not want to buy a candle snuffer. I took an empty Progresso soup can and it works great, even over bigger candles.

 

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Instructions for Kool Aid Jammer Wallets?I need help i would like to make my a wallet and check book cover to go with my purse but dont have directions if anyone can help me it would be wounderful. Pictures would help too.

 

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Home Remedy To Treat Burns, Scalds, Snake Bites And SpotsMacerate 1 oz. fresh lavender flowers in 2 1/2 cups olive oil in the sunlight for 3 days, strain through a fine sieve or muslin, and repeat for three more days. Store in a dark glass bottle in a cool place and use in small quantities as needed. By Suzanne S.

 

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Looking for Hot Tub Chemical Alternatives?I have been told there is a way to use vinegar, soda and I don't know what else in place of chemicals in my hot tub. I can't use chlorine base products (rash). We can't seem to get the peroxide products to work right, we have a white grainey residue in tub now. Had water tested, they said it was "low" on calcium? So I used calcium plus, got worse. Help!! Karen from Ohio

 

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How to Make Firecracker Bows?I don't know how to make firecracker bows can anyone help. Please Raquesha a-k-a Mz.Bowwow

 

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Make Your Own Automatic Pet Feeder?Anyone know how to make a automatic pet feeder or watering bowl. I know that one can be made using a gallon jug, but i am not sure just how to do it. Thank you Gizzmo, in Colorado

 

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Frugal Outdoor Umbrella StandNeed a stand for your umbrella but your short on cash? Here is a recycling tip you are sure to enjoy.

 

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Braided Rug Question?I need help making a braided rug. I've tried putting it together 4 or 5 times, and it always begins to buckle in the center. I've loosened the stitching between the rows and tightened it, always with the same results. Some of the wool is of slightly different weight (thickness) than others. Can anyone help?

 

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Alternatives to Expensive Spa Chemicals?Does anyone know about some low cost alternatives to expensive spa (hot tub) chemicals? Also any cleaning ideas appreciated, especially filter cleaning.

 

Making a Paper Clip Phone Stand - phone on stand with pencil next to it

Making a Paper Clip Phone StandI have created phone stands previously, but this one could be the super easiest. I don't have to provide too many crafting materials and I can make this anywhere with my bare hands. At least if you need one anywhere just bring a large paper clip with you.

 

Making a Lid Spoon - eating

Making a Lid SpoonIf you forget to bring a spoon for your cup of applesauce don't worry. With a few simple folds, you can quickly convert the foil lid into a handy little spoon. This spoon works so well you might even choose to forego the spoon next time to save on dishes!

 

finished booster with concave part facing camera

Handmade Wifi Signal BoosterWith just a few supplies that you have laying around the house, you can make a signal booster for your wifi.

 

Making Your Own Maple SyrupThe freezing and thawing temperatures of late February and early March signal the start of maple syrup season. Although historians disagree on who was first to tap the tree, the basic recipe for gathering and producing maple syrup has stayed essentially the same for over a thousand years.

 

Popcorn Kernel Jar Secret Safe - cash inside the inner water bottle

Popcorn Kernel Jar Secret SafeNeed a place to hide your valuables? Try making my secret diversion safe that looks like a full jar of popcorn kernels! It costs about $1.00 to make, which is so much cheaper than diversion safes carried at spy and detective shops. Don't have popcorn? You can use: lentils, beans, bran flakes, etc.

 

A tub of popcorn as a stress relief.

Make a Stress RelieverI have a simple stress reliever tip (and picture) to share. I was in a class once and learned this from the teacher. Take a good-sized tupperware storage box (Just big enough, yet small enough to store somewhere, you'll know what I mean in a sec.).

 

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How Can I Make a Roll Up Puzzle Keeper?I was wondering if anyone has an idea of how to make a puzzle keeper. You roll out the cloth and put together a puzzle on it. You can "roll up" the puzzle and store it to roll it out again later when you want to work on the puzzle at another time. This way, a table or other popular surface isn't taken up and space and be saved.

 

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Using Olive Oil as Lamp Oil?I know there's a proper name for the poor quality, high-acid, non-food use olive oil that's preferred as lamp oil. It would not be sold in grocery stores.

 

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Making a Wall Holder for an Amazon Echo Dot?Has anyone made a wall holder for an Amazon Echo Dot? It is not always convenient for it to be placed on a flat surface taking up valuable table space.

 

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Making Softwood Pellets?I am looking at picking up a small pellet mill and have access to free softwood dry sawdust, eastern white pine. I have several questions. Has anyone done this? Other then the sawdust, what else do I need? I keep reading other people's posts about using a binder.

 

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Making Hard Wood Stove Pellets?I bought a small pellet machine and I am having trouble getting good hard wood pellets. Soft wood pellets and also newspaper pellets come out fine. Can anybody tell me how to get good hard wood pellets please?

 

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Ingredients in White Out?Are there any natural resources in White Out? If so, what are they, and how are they used in it?

 

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