Embroidering A Map

Filed under: DIY — Savvy Housekeeper at 11:13 am on Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Martha Stewart had the great idea of embroidering a map for a simple art project. Actually, artists have been doing this for awhile, but there’s no reason not to try it yourself too. It’s a great way to commemorate a trip across country or a meaningful move or any other map-oriented project.

10 DIY Father’s Day Presents

Filed under: DIY — Savvy Housekeeper at 10:47 am on Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Father’s Day is on Sunday. It’s hard to find good male-oriented presents you can make yourself, especially ones that most men would actually want. But they do exist. Here are 10 DIY Father’s Day presents to make for Dad this year:

Homemade Bay Rum Aftershave

Eyeglass Case Made From A Tie

Roll-up Tool Organizer

Pocket Watch Photo Album


Homemade Car Kit

Comicbook Coasters

Belt From An Old Tire

Chalkboard Mug

Three BBQ Rubs

Want more? Here’s 101 Handmade Gifts For Men.

Hand-Painted Deer Print Tee-Shirt

Filed under: DIY — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:50 am on Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Here’s a simple project to jazz up a tee-shirt, or any other piece of clothing, with your own deer print. The idea is pretty simple: make a stencil of the deer on a piece of cardboard, paint it on the shirt with fabric paint, let it dry, and give the shirt an iron.

I like this idea because it has so many possibilities. You can use any animal and do it on any piece of clothing you want. And if you can’t draw a deer, try printing out an animal shape from the Internet and transferring it onto the cardboard with a good old piece of tracing paper.

Make A Doily Lamp

Filed under: DIY — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:14 am on Thursday, May 17, 2012

Here’s a DIY lamp made out of a doily. All you do is wet the doily with wallpaper glue, paste it on a balloon, wait for it to dry, and then pop the balloon.

Then all you do it insert the shade on the lamp. To be fire safe, use a cool LED light bulb.

This is a great way to put those vintage doilies that great aunt so-and-so made to good use. And it’s pretty, too.

DIY Laced High Heels

Filed under: DIY — Savvy Housekeeper at 8:15 am on Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Craft has a tutorial on how to add lace to your high heel shoes. You use an eyelet setter to insert eyelets into the shoe so that a ribbon can be laced through it.

There’s no need to just stick to high heels, either–you can make your own pair of laced up ballet flats this way or make your own pair of Grecian sandals. The creative possibilities intriguing.

3 Ways To Store Your Toothbrush

Filed under: DIY — Savvy Housekeeper at 8:50 am on Monday, April 9, 2012

I think toothbrushes look better out of sight, but I haven’t figured out how to store them in my new bathroom remodel. In searching around, I came upon three DIY projects to store your toothbrush from The Family Handyman. You could:

1. Cut notches in the cabinet shelf and hang the toothbrush inside the medicine cabinet.

2. Use large grip-type clips to hold electric toothbrushes. These things:

3. Use a magnetic strip to hold toothbrushes. You do have to attach a magnet on the back of the toothbrush to get this to work.

Read more about these tips and others here.

Make Your Own Free Cross-stitch Pattern

Filed under: DIY — Savvy Housekeeper at 8:50 am on Friday, March 30, 2012

Now you can make your own cross-stitch patterns at MyPhotoStitches.com. You put in any image you want and it will make the pattern for you in four different sizes, for free. It will even tell you want color threads to use. I put in this image:

And got this:

It works pretty well. [Craft]

Turn A Bar of DOVE Soap Into Liquid Hand Soap

Filed under: DIY — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:40 am on Thursday, March 22, 2012

When I made the recipe for Turn A Bar of Soap Into Liquid Hand Soap, I was surprised at the number of people who tried it with Dove Sensitive Skin soap. Even more surprising, I learned that although the recipe works for most soap, it didn’t seem to work for Dove.

It turns out this is because the ingredients in the Dove Sensitive Skin soap is over 1/4 moisturizer, and so didn’t act like normal bar soap in the recipe. (I’m not sure what else is in Dove soap–if you know, I’d love to hear–but I noticed when I was grating it that is smells exactly like crayons.)

So I tried it again and came up with a recipe to turn a bar of Dove soap into liquid hand soap. There is good news and bad news in this. The good news is for those of you who were disappointed that the liquid hand soap I made isn’t foamy, the Dove version is a lot foamier. In its finished state, it reminded me of shaving cream. And since I added nothing more than water to it, it should work great for sensitive skin.

The bad news is that this recipe is less frugal than the original recipe. It uses two bars of Dove Sensitive Skin Soap compared to less than one bar in the original recipe, and it makes far less soap, only about 5-6 cups as opposed to something like 2 liters of liquid hand soap of the original. So in order to get ahead financially in making this liquid hand soap, it’s important to find the Dove soap on sale.

Turn A Bar of DOVE Soap Into Liquid Hand Soap


    2 bars of Dove Sensitive Soap
    4 c water


    Cheese grater
    A pot
    Measuring cup and spoons
    A spoon for stirring
    A soap container with a hand pump
    A container to hold excess soap


Using a box grater, grate both bars of soap. Transfer the soap flakes into a pot and add the 4 cups of water. Turn it on low heat and dissolve the soap slowly until it becomes smooth and you don’t see any lumps.

Take off the heat and let sit overnight to cool completely. It will firm up a little, but should still be foamy and soap-like when you stir with a spoon. Using a funnel, transfer the soap to the hand pump.

Eureka! Liquid hand soap!

Night Biking Gloves

Filed under: DIY — Savvy Housekeeper at 10:44 am on Thursday, March 8, 2012

Check out these Night Biking Gloves from Fashioning Tech. LEDs light up when the hand is making a fist, making a turn signal that you can see in the dark.

Brilliant idea. I like that people are incorporating lights and other tech into clothing, and this is one of the more practical applications I have seen. [Craft]

Make Your Own Paprika

Filed under: DIY — Savvy Housekeeper at 9:52 am on Monday, February 27, 2012

Who knew making your own paprika was so easy? According to Maggie’s Farm, all it takes is drying Hungarian peppers in the oven and then grinding them up. It took 15 peppers to make the paprika pictured above.

And best of all, if you grow the peppers yourself, the paprika is free. Something to think about when planning a garden this year.

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