Saturday, March 12, 2011

New Uses For Old Things. Part 2

More great ideas -  New Uses For Old Things Part Two
Makes me just shake my head, so simple, why on earth didn't I think of that!

Here are some pretty spiffy ideas that you may or may not have already thought of.

I know I didn't.

Paint Splatter Shield

Paint like a pro. To make a splatter shield for when you’re painting a high surface, cut a slit in the center of a lid and pull the paintbrush through.

Lemon Seed Catcher!

Squeeze lemons, limes, or oranges over the grater to keep seeds out of the juice. I can't tell you how many times I've had to dig out lemon seeds from my juice!

Coffee Filter as Screen Cleaner

For lint-free viewing, grab a coffee filter to wipe down dusty and staticky computer monitors and TV screens regularly.

Pencil Eraser for Earring Backer

If the backing for one of your studs goes AWOL, slice off a disk-shaped wedge from an eraser. The earring will stay put, even if your pencil looks denuded. Boy have I used this many many times!

Wine Bottle Gift Bag

How cute is this.  Slip a (clean) patterned kneesock over the bottom of a bottle, then knot the top to create a decorative carrier. Better yet, offer your hostess two bottles so she can later enjoy toasty toes.

Vitamin Holder for Traveling with Jewelry

Pack enough jewelry for a week away. The individual compartments are the perfect place to keep earrings, necklaces, and rings safe and tangle-free.

Computer Detailer with Cotton Swab

Boy could my keyboard use this. With the machine turned off, disconnect the keyboard and trace between the keys with a cotton swab lightly dipped in isopropyl alcohol. If your mouse is the kind that rolls on a ball, unscrew the bottom and go over the ball and the interior with a cotton swab, too.

Lip Balm Cuticle Moisturizer

Rub a bit of lip balm on dry cuticles for a quick and easy way to soften them when you're on-the-go.

Tweezer Holder Magnet

Brilliant! Stop tweezers from going astray by installing a magnet on the inside of the medicine cabinet and they will always be at your fingertips.

Soap Case Camera Holder

For Pete's Sake...of course!  Protect your picture taker from getting knocked around in your carry-on by placing it in a hard plastic travel soap case.

Bathroom Mirror Memo Board

I think this is my favorite one so far.  Leave a message that’s impossible to overlook. Write quick reminders (Pick up dry cleaning) or encouraging notes (Good luck today!) with a dry-erase marker.

Tutu Night Stand

So cute.  Not only for a little girls room but for the Shabby Chic Lover. Create an enchanting nightstand from a kitchen stool by wrapping a tutu around the edge of the seat and securing it with double-sided tape.

Lighted Wreath

Ring in the season with a brilliant mantelpiece. Start with a wire wreath frame (this one is 18 inches in diameter, but you can use any size). Then wrap a string of lights around the frame, making sure to leave enough slack to reach the plug; otherwise use an extension cord.

Stones for Plant Toppers

I do this to all my indoor plants (much prettier than seeing the soil on top).  I go to Pet Stores, and get the small brown or white rocks that go in the bottom of a fish or turtle tank.  Insulate potted plants with a layer of decorative pebbles on top of the soil.

Aluminum Foil Protector

Protect doorknobs and hardware in the kitchen and bathroom when you're painting by wrapping foil around them to catch dribbles. The foil molds to the shape of whatever it's covering and stays firmly in place until the job is complete.

Why on earth didn't I think of that!

In case you missed New Uses For Old Things Part One  CLICK HERE!


  1. Genius! All of them! I can't believe I've never thought of the pencil eraser as earring backer idea before... well, ok, actually I CAN believe it, but I certainly should have! :-) And that paint catcher idea will probably be coming in handy at our place in the very near future.

    Have a great week!


  2. What a great post!! I love every idea! I'm your newest follower. Nice to meet you ;)

  3. Oh my goodness - this is the most awesome post. I'm forwarding it to my Mom right now.
    The mirror memo board is perfect. I usually stay up later at night and my husband goes to bed early because he wakes up before the chickens. This would be perfect to leave him messages for when he wakes up in the morning.
    Oh - I am making your Mama Mia's pizza pie tonight. Got the bread thawing in my oven now. Ooooo - I can't wait. Mama Mia would be so proud.

  4. LOL... I love em all. ESPECIALLY the erasers for earring backs! Used that trick many many a times! : )

  5. Great ideas. I love the dry erase markiers on the mirror.

  6. These are some wonderful tips! I especially love the pencil eraser one, i'm always losing the backs to my earings!

  7. Hi Sally -- Missing your posts! I hope that everything is okay! :-)


  8. Sally - where are you?? Missing your posts...

  9. So glad I found your blog! What a great post! I love some of these ideas and I'm eyeing the cake below!

  10. OMG, the foil idea was genius. I HATE painting around doorknobs or hinges- fantastic idea. Also, if you do get pai o them, you can buff them clean with a hard bristled toothbrisuh, and that is almost as good as not getting paint on them in the first place.