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Cook Right In Cans
We are in somewhat of a bind right now with no refrigerator and we can't do dishes in the kitchen sink because the metal pipe has rusted through. We had been eating a lot of fast foods, which is way too costly.
Stove-Top Tuna Casserole
The only real differences in this method and the oven method are that heating it on the stove-top forms a crust on the botto and baking it forms a crust on the TOP.
Dog Food Bag Rug
Free material to craft with is almost anywhere you look,if you look intently enough! We have a big dog and we get these empty bags all of the time.
Reuse Clear Plastic Magazine Mailer
Magazines that arrive in the mail are often in a clear plastic sack. Open it carefully instead of ripping it hurriedly and you have a nice sack to save items.
I saw several articles on how easy it is to grow potatoes so decided to give it a try. These are in about 3 inches of soil and doing super well. I was so happy to see the first signs of them blooming!
Freezing Green Onions for Later Use
There was a pretty good deal on onions at the farmers market, so I got a few bundles.
Help Pets Beat the Heat with Frozen Treats
Freeze pet treats in broth to give a nice cooling refreshment. Add whatever your pet likes. I have added drained spring water from tuna, and beef or veggie broth from the slow cooker.
Storing Cookware on a Chain
The best way I've found so far to store unused cookware, is on a chain (nail was already there) using older metal shower curtain rings through the hole in the pot handle.
Can Cooking on the Deadwood Stove
Save your valuable cooking fuel for winter or emergencies. I saw Polish sausage marked down today to $1 each (from over $3.50) so got one and can cooked it with a pack of beef wieners with a few drops of Worcestershire sauce.
Frugal Wall Update
My mother's taste in decor and mine differ a WHOLE lot. Her bathroom was "darling", while I am a bit more daring. This whole update was under $10 but the outcome is a lot more valuable in appeal.
Packing Away Fuel For Emergencies
Save some dry wood cut into small pieces in old recycled jars. Pat down to pack it or carefully pack it from the top, using a hammer to further break pieces so more will fit. You could also place small bits of paper to ensure your fire will start.
Blackie (Black Lab/German Shepard)
Blackie is approximately 11 months old. He is a Black Lab and German Shepard. We adopted Blackie a couple of months ago from an agency in Stover, Missouri. He had all of his shots and had been housebroken.
Butterfly and Bee (Sedalia, MO)
Butterfly and bee busying themselves being nature's little helpers in my hedge.
Coffee Filter For Missing Lid
The silicon cap ended up missing but I'm not going to let that stop me. A rubberband and a coffee filter later and I was enjoying my treat!
Woven Rug from Recycled Insulation...
Here is a rug I made in 16 parts from packaging leftover from an insulation job we did. Each part is the size of a standard place mat.
Storing Toilet Paper
Rinse and dry a 3 liter pop bottle. Then carefully cut off the top and bottom, near where the bottle starts to curve and there is flatness. Decorate in any way you choose to compliment your bathroom.
Newspaper Shield When Steam Cleaning
Use a little tape to hang a sheet of newspaper to the wall behind a sink to catch splatters when you steam clean small items. This will save having to also wipe up dirt or debris blown off the caps.
Storing Rolls of Wrapping Paper
Here is a new use for my empty 3 liter soda bottle, a frugal rolled paper storage solution. Just remove the bottom.
Letter Carrier Gift Idea
Cover a clean empty can with paper (or leave uncovered and decorate if you wish) , fill with a variety of small wrapped candies, and stick in your mailbox. Raise flag on mailbox.
Craft: Plarn Gift Bottles
Roll plarn into balls (I used 3) and place them into a clean and dry recycled 2 liter pop bottle (or other bottle). Add crochet hook(s).
Decorative Flowers from Empty Product Boxes
I found a use for most of the cardboard packaging that I end up with so much of. I cut the boxes apart and begin cutting the flowers. The parts are then stacked to create multiple layers of petals. An upholstery tack holds all of it together and to the wall.
Stacked Stars from Food Packaging
By cutting my kitchen cardboard empties into 3 different star sizes, then stacking them I now have "chunky stars" to use in decorating. I fasten them with glue or tape, and paint them and add glitter or cover with pretty paper to disguise them from their original state.
Sock Tops for Arm Warmers
Cut both socks off where you want them above the heel. It's much easier to cut one then cut the second one by laying the first one on top of the second one so they are both the exact same length.
Decorate with Peel and Stick Leaves
Cut leaves from peel-n-stick paper and scatter them randomly on surface you wish to give a little life! I chose the inside of the hollow core door of my master bathroom and used marble green peel-n-stick.
Glass Soda Bottle Vase
To create a beautiful vase using a pop bottle, you'll need 2 kinds of peel-n-stick shelf paper. Cut leaves and branches from the peel and stick paper and adhere to the bottle. I then made paper branches to put in the bottle.
Make Styrofoam plates into cute hanging stars after rinsing and letting dry (or brushing off crumbs). I used a stencil of a star for my patterns and cut these out using craft scissors. They are strung on regular sewing thread with a few beads at the top.
Hanging Bottle Decoration
Finding pop in round bottles last week sat my heart to racing to realize that a little colored water in each hung from beaded twine would do wonders for my yard which is mostly "basic green."
Craft: Recycled Plastic Bottle Door Hanger
Create a quick pattern from an old business size envelope if you need one, level out the side. (I rounded my corners a little bit). Cut out the circle for the doorknob and you're done.
Recycled Wall Art
Use empty kitchen cardboard as a pallet to display favorite fabrics!
Open the box all the way so that it will fold down flat.
Craft: Recycled Pop Can Garland
Pierce the side of the can near the top with a knife.Carefully cut out the top, beginning where you pierced it. Then cut down the side and cut out the bottom.
Feed Birds Leftover Bread In Winter
With all the snow we have and more to come, the birds have a hard time. Toss leftover bread, cake, broken down chips or other leftovers out to them. They will love you for it.
Growing Your Own Sprouts
Frugal sprouting bin from free clear plastic food container, file clips, and gauze or netting.Start with a clean clear plastic container and a piece of gauze or netting to fit snuggly over the top of the container.
Craft: Recycled Heart Garland
Cut apart a milk jug or other white plastics, clear plastic from product packaging and cut hearts in several sizes. Using your choice of cord or thread, chain stitch 20 stitches between each plastic heart (20 worked best for me). C
Skeleton Key Decoration
Create a simple decorator touch for your family room or front hallway using old keys. Gather a few old keys from rummage sales or flea markets or ask your friends or family if you can get a few.
Use Snow To Water Houseplants
Take advantage of snow to water houseplants! We have had an overabundance of snow this year. It dawned on me one evening that just outside my front door lay a wealth of totally free nutrients for my plants!
Craft: Recycled Cardboard Basket
Use your kitchen empties to make woven baskets from your recyclable cardboard. Open your box down a seam if possible. Cut the sides, flaps or tabs from the two larger main surfaces: front and back.
Free Organizer Bins From Recycled Containers
Make do with the abundance of garbage we consumers produce in our own homes, using empties and scissors or a craft knife. All eight shows are FREE until decorations are added.
Craft: Recycled Cardboard Decorations
Recycle your kitchen cardboard into fashion decorator alpha accents or decorative lidded origami boxes using pretty paper napkins to cover them!
Craft: Grow Jar For Sprouts
Fashion an inexpensive grow jar from a clean plastic drink bottle, netting (or plastic canvas) and a rubber band. Take a strip of plastic canvas about an inch wide and place it around the top of the bottle, after the bottle neck is removed.
Decorating With Beach Glass
What can be done with a $1 bag of beach glass? Use it for a little decorating in a plain place. My bathroom is so plain. I am doing what I can when I feel like it. I decided to attach beach glass around my plain mirror to try to make it a little more interesting!
Craft: Origami Pin Cushion
Here is a very simple pin cushion. Use the lidded box origami fold instructions and make at least one or the other, top or bottom of the box.. Use a felt scrap to fit down into the box, rolled and snuggly tucked in.
Wildflower Preserved In Oil
Small wildflowers stored in mini glass corked bottles filled with oil. These were the last flowers in my yard this year. With the ground now snow covered, it's nice to have little reminders of sunny days around the house!
Fringed Fabric Bird
Here is a fabric bird lined with a dryer sheet and fringed with beads. The photo shows the craft clockwise from start to finish.
These DREAM alphas were made from an old shirt I liked the print too well to toss it into the "rag bag".
Coasters Made From Old Shirt
I loved this print and really could not feel right in not making a nice little craft from it so I decided on coasters! The pattern was cut from paper left from a sheet of stickers which was high gloss and somewhat waxy so it will last a good long while.
Free Calendars on the Internet
Don't forget the wealth of free for the asking calendars out there. Do a quick search for "free 2010 calenders snail mail".
Plastic Bag Holder
Make a plastic shopping bag holder from a shirt sleeve. This one was my mom's (gee! she would be so proud of me!)
Recycle Bleach Water 5 Times
Take the clothes from your soaking pail (or other) and wring them out and toss in the washer. Grab your sponge or cloth and saturate it in the laundry soak water and wipe down any number of bleach safe places or items
Metal Trash Can for Perishables
Invest in a metal trash can to store your perishables in. A 30 gallon size is right for my back porch. Hopefully it will slow down the eating habits of the uninvited creatures!
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