These DIY Fruit Christmas Ornaments are cute. The tutorial shows you how to turn clear glass ornaments into strawberries, watermelons, pineapples, and oranges. They would be a great gift, too.
I kind of like this Himmeli-Style Christmas Star Tree Topper. You can make it yourself using round metal brass tubing and brass wire.
If you have a 3D printer, check out these Tube Caps for turning toilet paper rolls into storage.
Because the caps are attached by a rubber band, they stay on the roll and make a great compartment for holding small things. I’m using them in my junk drawer to hold magnets, rubber bands, and washers.
My kind of recycling.
If you’re interested in No-Mess Candle Making, here’s a tip for getting cheap candle wax: check out your thrift store. They are full of half-burnt candles that usually sell for about $.50 or less.
These candles are cheap for a reason. Few people want a gummy, sticky, weird-looking candle in their house. But if you’re buying the candles for the wax, it doesn’t matter what the candle looks like since you’ll be melting it down.
I’d wager that short of reusing the wax in old candles you already have, this is the cheapest way to get candle wax.
Just make sure to smell the candle before you buy. It’s best to stick to no-scent wax in this scenario, unless you want your newly made candle to smell like a thrift store.
Now that I’ve figured out how easy it is to make candles with my No-Mess Candle Making Method, I’ve been making lots of candles around here. I decided to make a pillar candle, but I needed a mold.
The solution? A Pringles can.
It’s the perfect size for a nice pillar candle. All you do is pour the melted wax in the can, let it harden, and peel away the cardboard, like so:
Make A Pillar Candle With A Pringles Can
Wax (Old Candles, etc)
Paperclip or Washer
Paper Towel Or Newspaper
Clothespin or Skewer
Clean out the Pringles can with soap and water to make sure you don’t end up with a greasy candle. Dry the can with a paper towel or rag.
Make the wick. I used cotton embroidery floss, but you could use any kind of cotton string. I took three pieces of floss slightly longer than the Pringles can. I tied them to a washer and braided them. When it was done, it looked like this:
Clean out the milk jug with soap and cut it in half so you have a plastic tub to hold the wax. Put the old candles inside the jug.
Fill a pot with water and float the jug in it. Turn the heat on medium, bring the water to a bare simmer, and let the wax slowly melt. It takes about 10 minutes.
When the wax begins to run, dip the wick in the wax so that it is thoroughly coated. Fish the wick out with the plastic fork and lay on a paper towel or newspaper to dry.
When the wick is dry, carefully drop it so that it is centered in the candle. Attach to a skewer or clothes pin so that it stays in place.
When the wax is melted, pour into the candle. Use a plastic fork to keep back any old wicks or debris, if necessary.
Let the candle sit until completely set up. Peel away the can and snip the wick short.
This site is great. I learned so many ways to use all these scarves I have lying around.
I was excited to learn that if you have a metal door on your medicine cabinet, you can buy little magnetic baskets for holding cotton swabs or other toiletries. The basket attaches to the door, thus saving space in the cabinet and allowing for easy access to the cotton swabs.
I was less excited to learn these baskets cost $15.
So I decided to make my own using a spice tin. I cleaned out the tin, filled it with Q-tips, and attached it to the door with two magnets, like so:
If you’re still finalizing your Thanksgiving menu–I know I am–the New York Times has some options for you: one recipe for each state.
Some examples: Sourdough Stuffing With Kale, Dates and Turkey Sausage; Persimmon Pudding; Pocket Dressing;Lobster Mac and Cheese (pictured above); St. Louis Gooey Butter Cake…
In fact, forget Thanksgiving. I’m going to make these recipes all season long.
I love putting Roasted Pecans in my salads but they can be so expensive, especially when compared to the price of raw pecans. I buy raw pecans for $6 a pound, and roasted pecans are $14 a pound.
The solution, of course, is to roast them yourself and save $8 a pound. And it’s easy to do. Here’s my recipe for savory, buttery roasted pecans.
1 pound pecans
3 Tablespoons butter
1/2 teaspoon salt
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Melt the butter in the microwave. Pour the pecans and salt into the butter and mix with a spoon or your hands until the nuts are evenly coated.
Spread the nuts out on a cookie sheet. Cook for 15-20 minutes, making sure to turn the nuts once. Watch them so they don’t burn.
Remove from the oven and let cool. Enjoy!