Waterer for Bees and Butterflies
How to Make a Waterer for Bees and Butterflies
By Erin Huffstetler | 03/26/2020 | No Comments
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You don’t have to keep hives to do your part to help pollinators. Here’s how to make a simple waterer for bees and butterflies, using things you already have at home.

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Stacked Pans With Homemade Pan Protectors Between Them
How to Make Pan Protectors
By Erin Huffstetler | 01/16/2020 | 2 Comments
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Stacking pans saves space, but it can lead to scratches and chips on the inside of your pans. Here’s how to make a set of pan protectors to solve the problem.

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Homemade Jar Openers
How to Make a Jar Opener
By Erin Huffstetler | 01/09/2020 | No Comments
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If you don’t have a jar opener to help you open difficult lids, this one is easy to make. We’re talking 15 minutes tops. You can even use fabric scraps to make it. Here are the easy peasy instructions.

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Pot Scrubbers Made From Mesh Produce Bags
How to Make a Pot Scrubber
By Erin Huffstetler | 01/08/2020 | No Comments
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Keep mesh produce bags out of the trash by turning them into pot scrubbers. This simple project takes less than five minutes. Choose from the sew or no-sew version. Both are easy to make, and will produce a durable, no-scratch pot scrubber.

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Finished Microwaveable Potato Bag
How to Make a Microwaveable Potato Bag
By Erin Huffstetler | 11/04/2019 | No Comments
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This microwaveable potato bag can be made from a fat quarter, and only takes 15 minutes to make. This would be a great gift idea, if you’re working on Christmas gifts.

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Lavender Dryer Bags
How to Make Lavender Dryer Bags
By Erin Huffstetler | 10/10/2019 | 1 Comment
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Ditch the dryer sheets for something better. These lavender dryer bags get their scent from dried lavender, rather than a bunch of synthetic fragrances, and they’re reusable.

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How to Sew a Soup Bowl Cozy
How to Sew a Soup Bowl Cozy
By Erin Huffstetler | 07/01/2019 | 1 Comment
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Protect your hands, and your table, from hot bowls with a set of these soup bowl cozies. If you make them out of 100% cotton fabric, batting and thread, they can even go in the microwave. This project doesn’t require much fabric, which makes it a great stash buster and gift idea.

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How to Sew a Casserole Pot Holder
How to Sew a Casserole Dish Hot Pad
By Erin Huffstetler | 06/21/2019 | No Comments
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Protect your table and counters from hot casserole dishes with these large hot pads. They’re sized to fit under a 9″ x 13″ baking dish with room to spare.

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Rusty Wringer Washer
Wringer Washer Makeover
By Erin Huffstetler | 06/13/2019 | 1 Comment
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Shortly after we bought our cabin, some of our back-to-lander neighbors gave us a fully-functioning wringer washer that they were no longer using. After several years of doing everything the hard way, they’d decided to buy a modern washer and dryer.

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Repainted Metal Outdoor Furniture
How to Repaint Metal Outdoor Furniture
By Erin Huffstetler | 05/15/2018 | 9 Comments
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I found this vintage metal loveseat at a yard sale last summer for $20, but it sure didn’t look like this when I got it.

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DIY Fridge Shelf Liners
DIY Fridge Shelf Liners
By Erin Huffstetler | 04/04/2018 | 4 Comments
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Wish your refrigerator shelves were easier to clean? Do what I do, and stick some shelf liners in there. I made this set from a set of six plastic place mats that I bought at Goodwill for $1.99.

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How to Make a Solar Chandelier
How to Make a Solar Chandelier
By Erin Huffstetler | 05/11/2017 | 3 Comments
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Turn a thrift store chandelier into a solar chandelier for your garden or patio. I made this one from a $5 chandelier that I found at Habitat.

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Homemade Solar Lantern
How to Dress Up Cheap Solar Lights
By Erin Huffstetler | 05/03/2017 | 15 Comments
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You can buy solar lights for less than a buck, but let’s face it: the cute ones cost four or five times that. My solution? Buy the cheap ones; then, dress them up.

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How to Make a Gel Air Freshener
How to Make a Gel Air Freshener
By Erin Huffstetler | 11/07/2016 | 5 Comments
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Store-bought air fresheners may smell nice, but they’re scented with synthetic fragrances that aren’t good for you. Replace them with these homemade gel air fresheners. They’re scented with essential oils, so they’ll make your home smell nice, without releasing pollutants into the air.

These air fresheners are so easy to make, you may even want to whip up a bunch to give as gifts.

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How to Make Wooden Spoon Butter
How to Make Wooden Spoon Butter
By Erin Huffstetler | 08/19/2016 | 10 Comments
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I’m pretty picky when it comes to wooden spoons, so when I find one that feels right in my hand, I try to take care of it. That goes double for my great grandmother’s wooden spoon. It brings back happy memories every time I use it.

So, I clean my wooden spoons with soap and water, just like you’d expect, but I also condition them. Because when you think about it, wooden spoons take a lot of abuse. They’re subjected to heat, plunged into all sorts of foods and then further submerged in water when you go to wash them. Pretty much everything you shouldn’t do to wood. All of that abuse leaves wooden spoons dried out and stained, and eventually causes them to split.

Whenever my wooden spoons start to feel dry, I apply some of my homemade wooden spoon butter. It’s a paste that I make from mineral oil and beeswax, and it’s just the thing to feed thirsty wood. I used to just use mineral oil, but the beeswax forms a protective coating that keeps water out and food stains at bay, so now I use the two in combination. My wooden spoon butter is food-safe and fragrance-free, and it brings out the natural beauty of the wood.

Want to make a batch so you can try it? Here are the instructions.

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