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Reuse Idea: Disinfectant Wipe Containers

With COVID-19 and because we have 2 people in the house who are immunocompromised (my daughter and I both have lupus with lung involvement), disinfectant wipes, e.g. Clorox or Lysol, have become an even bigger part of our lives. I previously posted about making your own wipes here, but honestly, these days I am more likely to buy wipes than make my own. With the rate we are using disinfectant wipes, we have a lot of empty wipe canisters. If you have any experience with this blog, you know that I love reusing things like this! Check out a collection of my reuse posts here.We already use wipe canisters as plastic bag dispensers, (thread the bags through the handles, roll up, dispense in the canister), but with the volume of wipes used these days, I think there are more ways to reuse these containers.

NOTE: Because of the cleaners that were in these, I do not store any food or items that might end up in people’s mouths in disinfectant wipe containers, no matter how much washing happens.

Here are some of my favorite ways to reuse disinfectant wipe containers:

  1. Plastic bag storage
  2. Storage for laundry or dishwashing pods
  3. Craft, art, and school supply storage (either standing or get creative and glue several together horizontally to make an organizer)
  4. Tool or kitchen utensil storage (like craft supplies, either standing or create your own organizer with several)
  5. Grab and Go toiletries kit – include toothbrush in travel case, travel toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, wipes, etc. These can be personalized for each person in the family or keep a bunch together in your car as give-always for the homeless
  6. Car or desk top trash can
  7. Bathroom tool holder – put combs or brushes in it, hair bands around it. This works especially well with the thinner containers
  8. Used cooking oil – don’t ever put your used cooking oil down the drain! Instead, collect it in a wipe container once it has cooled. When the container is full, dispose of it properly
  9. Office supplies – you can cut the containers down and create a customized desk organizer.
  10. Ribbon dispenser – on its side, cut a slot the length of the container or holes for specific ribbon, depending on size, use, etc. you can easily pull ribbon out without it getting tangled. This can be mounted with other containers for more storage.

If you want to get really creative, you can wrap the containers with contact paper or washi tapes to cover the label. Or you can do what I did and just take the label off. For art supplies, my kids have drawn on the containers with markers. You are limited only by your creativity!

Do you have a suggestion for a way you reuse these containers? Drop it in the comments!

Saturday Project: Valentine’s Wreath

50916cba6e5f98d47df125b9f2ffd005I am just starting to get into wreaths for the changing seasons. I made one general wreath that we keep up all the time and one Christmas wreath. For February I thought I’d try my hand at a Valentine’s wreath. The people at Craftionary.com have put together a super list of Valentine’s themed wreath projects for all styles.

Find your favorite Valentine’s Wreath project here!

Saturday Project: Smittens

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While I have learned that cold is a very relative term, depending on where you live, the fact is that in January, most of us are experiencing a regional version of cold. Time to curl up with a hot cocoa and a good book. But for the days when I must go out, I want my hands to be warm. I will often wear a sweater or fleece, scarf, and a pair of gloves that I got at Old Navy 10 years ago but love because they are soft, thin and warm.

Recently I have been wanting something cozier. I got a lovely infinity scarf for Christmas, so now it is time for new hand protection. Enter Smittens. Thanks Pinterest. I simply must make these! Grab an old sweater or thrift store find and follow these easy instructions to make your own cozy, warm smittens.

TIP: These plus a pocket scarf make a great set or gift!

Yes, I Make Them

Recently I have been asked by several people if I actually try the projects I feature on this site. The answer is simple – YES! Some of the projects I followed the featured directions. Some of the projects I tried it another way that didn’t work well, so I found better directions to share with you.

Here are some recent examples of my handiwork:

Large Country Star    Ornament Wreath                         Ornament Garlands

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Country Star III (Large Christmas Star)

DSC_0012So by now you know I love Christmas stars. Of course I am too cheap to buy something new. So I have made stars out of cereal boxes (see Country Star) and paint sticks  (Country Star II). This time I was looking for something larger to hang outside or in our large window over the door and stairs. Enter the yardstick star! A Little Bit Funky as put together an easy tutorial to make this large country star out of yardsticks!

Christmas Ornament Wreath

HOW TO MAKE A CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT WREATH.jpgI love using plain monochrome ornaments and decorations at Christmas. To do with the ornament garland for the fireplace and stairs, here is an ornament door wreath tutorial for making a front door hanging out of ornaments.

Tip: To save money and weight you can trim down a pool noodle and duct tape the ends together to make a wreath form.

Tip: Spray paint your wreath form to match your color scheme. Then you will have to worry less about areas that show through.

Ornament Garland Tutorial

f25aea7da0b8f2aa5871a530786ccf08I am getting excited about decorating for Thanksgiving and Christmas and loving all the easy ideas out there. Here is one of my new favorites – Ribbon Ornament Garland! This simple garland can work for a variety of holidays. Use gold, brown, and orange ornaments for Thanksgiving. Use red, white, & blue for all the patriotic holidays. Use your favorite Christmas colors for the winter.

This garland can be adjusted to be any length you need and works well over fireplaces, on stair or balcony railings, and even on blank walls to add some holiday cheer!

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Country Star II

03-wrap-shim-frame-with-twine-101964636_SQLast year I posted about how to make a Country Star from cereal boxes. This was a great project for smaller stars, but now I am wanting some larger stars for decorating this Christmas.  Lowes.com has put together a great tutorial for making a country star from twine and paint sticks.

Tip: Consider spraying the twine a color to match your Christmas decoration or a metallic paint to add shimmer.  Embellish with ornaments or an initial letter to make a great holiday door hanging.

Saturday Project: Sofa (or Chair) Arm Table

couch_arm_tray_9-386x540I must confess that during football season, much of our weekend (plus some Mondays and Thursdays too) family time and some meals happen in front of the TV (Gasp!). All 5 of us love football, and we totally understand that the players, coaches, and refs can hear us yelling our suggestions. Because of the time we spend watching football, there are drinks and snacks in the living room. And, inevitably someone (I have no idea who, cough-cough) tries to use the chair or sofa arm as a table and a drink or plate goes toppling to the floor. I have long wanted an “arm table” but many that you can buy are either cheap, ugly plastic, or just too expensive. I suspected that making one would be fairly easy, and it turns out I was right. MerryPad.com has posted instructions for making a couch arm table. A few simple steps and we now have tables to help limit the spills during football games. Now if I could just stop using my arms to make my point, maybe we could cut out all the spills!

BONUS TIP: These make great gifts for any sports or movie lover. You can paint or stencil to personalize to decor. You can also make these for kids with fun stamps that fit each child’s personality.

Saturday Project: Fabric Tool Caddy for Chairs

Chair_FullFor those of us who home school or who do any crafting, you know finding a spot for your or the kids items that are regularly used can be a challenge. Wouldn’t it be great if your pens and scissors, or the kids pencils, crayons, and rulers, were all handy right on your chair? Today’s project gives you just that! The folks at Creating Keepsakes have put together this video tutorial for making your own fabric tool caddy for  chairs. Think of all the fun fabric patterns you could use to keep yourself and the kids organized!