How to Create a Couch from Wooden Pallets

Create a Couch

Modern furniture is all about being new and innovative, and what’s more innovative than creating something with your own two hands? There’s no reason to spend thousands of dollars on a new couch when you can take a few minutes and make one that you know you’ll love because you built it.

Love What You Make

Everybody has at least one awful anecdote about buyer’s remorse. For furniture-buyers, it’s so much worse. Oftentimes, a $3,000 bed or $5,000 couch can put a major dent in your financials only for you to find out that it wasn’t the bed or the couch that you liked, but the cushions.

When you build something from scratch, you have a much higher chance of enjoying your creation. 

Building the Couch

First and foremost, check your pallets for a two-letter stamp. If the stamp says, “HT,” that’s an indoor pallet. If it says, “MB,” that’s an outdoor pallet and can be toxic indoors. Verify each pallet before beginning building.

Next, cut the pallets to the proper length. Once that’s done, you’ll want to fix the cleats to the proper lengths and width to provide better support. Attach them together and you’ve got your bench.

If you’re looking to build a couch, however, you’ll need to craft a back out of more pallets, and fix them securely to the existing bench. Check out this video for an example of one way to build a couch out of pallets:

Conclusion

A homemade wooden pallet couch can be the perfect addition to any deck-side or patio seating area. Not only is it comfortable, but it also improves your home’s curb appeal and gives you a sense of accomplishment. Now every time you have guests over, you’ll get to point at the couch and say, “I made that.”

How to Water Your Houseplants While on Vacation

Going on a long vacation often results in you coming home to dead houseplants. Whether your house-sitter didn’t water them enough or you just forgot you had plants and didn’t have a house-sitter, the result is the same – all your plants are dead and brown. Maybe you can revive some of them, but, depending on how long you were on vacation, there may not be any hope for your poor houseplants. Hindsight is 20/20, though, and you’re about to learn a few ways to water your plants for the next time you’re on vacation.

Keeping the Plants Alive

There are a few ways to water your plants while you are away, and they are:

  • Water Wicking – Place a long piece of cotton rope into a vase or large cup of water. Place the dry end of the cotton rope close to the plant a few inches down into the soil. Make sure the wet end of the rope is at the bottom of the water container.
  • DIY Drip System – Poke several holes near the opening at the top of the bottle. Water your plant right as you’re going to leave, fill the plastic bottle with water, and force it into the plant top-down until all the holes are covered by the soil. Make sure to not put it too close to the plant.
  • Give Your Plants a Bath – Put a few inches of water into your tub. Place a few towels into the water, flat. Sit your plants that have good drainage on the towels. Roots will take water from the tub. If your bathroom is dark, this isn’t a good idea.

See how to water your houseplants while on vacation here:

No House-Sitter Required

If all you have to worry about leaving behind on vacation are your beloved houseplants, then you no longer need to pay a house-sitter! Keep taking care of your plants in any absence with these awesome tips.

How to Measure Things Without a Ruler

Have you ever gone to measure something only to realize (after looking everywhere for 30 minutes) that you do not own a single ruler, tape measure, sewing measure, or any other labeled measuring tool? This is much more of a normal occurrence than you may think. Measuring items aren’t typically bought until they are needed. So, if this is the first time you need one, you’re stuck without a tool to measure.

But you’re about to have your mind blown with all the practical ways you can measure things using objects around your home without ever buying a measuring tool!

The Obvious Solution: Your Smartphone

There are a few ways to use your smartphone for measuring. First, you can simply memorize the length and width of your phone in case you need them for reference. Second, you can download a measurement app on your phone. Third, you can take a picture of a ruler, to scale, and save it on your phone. Those are three ways that your smartphone can help you.

See how to measure things on an Android phone here:

The Other Solution: Knowing Common Measurements

Another way to be able to quickly measure things without rulers and other measuring tools is by knowing the measurements of things around you. There are three different sets of items you are around that can help you measure things: your body, office items, and money. You will use different ones depending on how exact a measurement needs to be.

Estimate a measurement with parts of your body:

  • 1 inch – from tip of thumb to top knuckle of thumb
  • 4 inches – width of hand across bottom knuckles without thumb
  • 1 yard – from the nose to the index finger knuckle on straight, stretched out arm
  • One elbow length – generally 15 to 18 inches from bent elbow to fingertips

Take exact measurements with everyday office items:

  • Standard business card – 3.5 in. long by 2 in. wide
  • Standard printer paper – 8.5 in. by 11 in.
  • Business size envelopes – 4 in. by 9.5 in.
  • Standard paper clip – 1 in.

Use money to take exact and estimated measurements:

  • U.S. $1 bill – 2.6 in. tall by 6.2 in. long
  • U.S. quarter – just under 1 in. across, 2.5 cm.
  • U.S. penny – ¾ of an inch across, 2 cm.
  • Canadian bills – 6 in. long by 2.8 in. tall

Who Needs a Ruler, Anyway?

With the tips and knowledge offered here, there is no reason you’ll ever need to look for a ruler again! Start memorizing your everyday item measurements, and get your smartphone set up for measuring now.

How to Turn a Tennis Ball into a Helpful Holder

Often, you find your important mail strewn across the counter. You spend a ridiculous amount of time looking for your keys or pens to write with. Even when you buy things to specifically organize or keep track of your stuff, you either always forget to use them or you use them for a few weeks and then stop. 

Maybe you’ve never had something that was so cute it reminded you to remember to use it. You can make the most adorable item holder with a tennis ball!

Helpful Holder, Helpful Friend

If you have a tennis ball just lying around, try this hack to help organize your life. (You’re going to want to make 10 more once you’ve made this one!) You’ll need a tennis ball, a sharp knife, a small suction cup, a permanent market, a pair of googly eyes, and superglue.

  • On your tennis ball, take a marker and draw a straight line down the middle.
  • Cut along the line with your knife. Be very careful during this step.
  • Directly on the opposite side, cut a small opening that will hold the end of your suction cup.
  • Push your suction into the smaller opening. Use superglue to reinforce the hold.
  • Glue your googly eyes above the longer opening to give your “smile” a face!

See 5 DIY uses for tennis balls here:

Best Buddies

You can use your tennis buddy to keep track of all kinds of things – mail, keys, pens, recipes. You can cut slits into the bottom of his face to put him on the fridge to hold pictures, calendars, or save the dates. Make multiple tennis ball holders to place all around your home. You can even name them and make organizing your life more fun!

How to Find Tiny Items with a Vacuum

Small items, like earrings and Legos, can be tedious to pick up. They often fall into hard-to-reach places, as well. It’s almost as if small objects go out of their way to get lost in the weirdest places. However, if you have a vacuum and a pair of old stockings, you can make finding small items much easier in just a few simple steps.

Rigging Up the Vacuum

To make your own “Small Item Finder,” all you need are a pair of old nylon stockings, a vacuum that has a hose attachment, a rubber band or ponytail holder, and a pair of scissors. The steps to rig up your vacuum are incredibly simple.

  • First, cut off the foot part off of your stockings.
  • Then, stretch the cut stocking over the end of the vacuum hose.
  • Make sure to pull the nylon stockings tight.
  • Use the rubber band or ponytail holder to secure the stockings on the hose.

That’s it! You can take the hose of your vacuum and point it to wherever you need to look for the small object, and the suction from the vacuum will suck the item in while the nylon stocking catches it.

If you want to skip a step, use knee highs instead of stockings – they are already able to be put on a vacuum hose without any cutting. Another tip is to try to use a rubber band if you have one, it will stay in once place over nylon better than most ponytail holders will.

See how to make your vacuum find your small items here:

Lost and Found

With this vacuum hack, you’ll never have to throw away earrings that don’t have a match again! (Hopefully!) You’ll be able to quickly and efficiently pick up piles of tiny items that fall. This back is one that you never knew you needed.

How to Light a Hard to Reach Candle Wick – Without a Long Lighter

Candles are used for many different reasons – to scent a room, to provide light during emergencies, and even to aid in relaxation. Once a candle’s wick burns down, it becomes much more challenging to light. Low wicks are frustrating when you are wanting to get more scent from your favorite candle or in need of lighting in the event of an emergency. There is no need to worry, though. You can light a low wick easily and without a long lighter with the most unexpected of items.

Reaching the Wick

Spaghetti is one item that most kitchens always have, but did you know that it can be used to light a candle? Yes, spaghetti burns! It will not burn indefinitely, but it will burn long enough to light your candle.

  • First, grab the candle you are lighting and bring it to your kitchen.
  • Get a single piece of uncooked spaghetti.
  • Light the end of the spaghetti with a lighter.
  • Light the wick with the end of the spaghetti.
  • Extinguish the spaghetti and throw it away.

See how to light a candle with spaghetti here:

It’s that simple. In fact, if you do not have any uncooked spaghetti, you can use wooden chopsticks to light your candle following the same steps.

If you want to avoid having a situation in which you need to light a low wick and have nothing to do so, you can purchase long matches and even a long BBQ lighter to keep for when they are needed.

Prepared for Anything

It’s good practice for everyone to have a stash of common items needed in emergency situations, like lighters, matches, flashlights, batteries, and a radio. Unfortunately, not everyone keeps a stash like this. Still, knowing that you can light a low wick candle with spaghetti is helpful and will come in handy one day.

How to Use a Tent to Create a Sun-safe Sandbox

Sandboxes have been entertaining children for years. Almost any kid will run straight to a sandbox if he or she sees one. The appeal of a sandbox is almost automatic – like it is a reaction known since birth. From a parent’s perspective, however, public sandboxes are gross. There are some pretty nasty things that are left in sandboxes sometimes. 

One way to give your child his or her own sandbox that not only stays clean but also protects him or her from the sun is to create one with a tent.

Creating Your Safe Sandbox

The first step to create your sandbox is to purchase a tent. You need to decide what size you want and where it’s going to be to choose the right tent for you. If it will be outside, you should get a tent equipped for the outdoors. You can see some of the best outdoor tents here.

Once you’ve chosen your tent, it’s time to set it up. Make sure you choose your spot wisely because, once the sand is placed into the tent, you won’t be moving it. Set your tent up. Fill the bottom of your tent with sand. Add any toys or extras you want, and you’ve successfully made a fun, safe, and sun-free sandbox!

One particularly great aspect of a tent sandbox is that you can zip it up when it’s not in use, keeping any critters and bugs out of the sand.

See how to make a sandbox in a tent here:

Making Life Easier

Parenting can be hard and having safe play options for your children makes life a little easier. After creating such an awesome tent sandbox for your kids, you should definitely pat yourself on the back for being a great parent!

How to Repurpose Mini Liquor Bottles

The adorably tiny liquor bottles that are known for being used to make your adult drinks on a plane are not seen in many places. They only offer one shot of liquor, so if you’re looking to actually have some drinks, you will opt for a larger bottle. But the mini liquor bottles are so precious that most people tend to hold onto them as souvenirs. Once you’ve amassed a huge little liquor bottle collection, though, you may need to start considering ways to use your bottles!

Ideas for Using Empty Mini Liquor Bottles

There are many ways to use the bottles once they are empty. Before using them for anything, make sure that the mini bottles are completely washed and cleaned.

  • Use the bottles to hold ingredients and condiments. Fill them with things like olive oil, soy sauce, or ketchup. They are perfect for carrying the salad dressing or sauce you need for your lunch as well.
  • Turn them into salt and pepper shakers. Replace the lids of the bottles with shaker lids, and you have a set of fun salt and pepper shakers.
  • You can even make your own shot glasses. The steps to convert your mini bottle to a shot glass are here.
  • Use them as little vases for small flowers to decorate around your home.

Ideas for Using Full Mini Liquor Bottles

Full mini liquor bottles can add some cute adult fun to gift items and parties.

  • Give them out as party favors. One great presentation idea is to make custom labels for the bottles that celebrate the occasion.
  • Use the smaller liquor bottles to infuse smaller fruits with liquor.
  • Make a pull-out minibar in a kitchen drawer that you aren’t using. Stock it with your choice of mini liquor, and grab a little bottle when you need one.
  • Gift someone a mini liquor bottle arrangement. Instead of flowers or fruit or candy, your arrangement will feature liquor.

See ways to reuse liquor bottles here:

Bottles of Fun

Darling little liquor bottles are always a hit. So, use them to your advantage! Take your collection that is just holding dust, and use it for something practical or fun.

How to Make a Water Sprinkler with a Plastic Bottle

There is no denying it – it’s hot. All the seasons are getting warmer, and it’s getting harder to keep cool. Even gardens are suffering because their water intake isn’t enough to keep up with the heat. One convenient device can keep your garden hydrated and keep you cool – a sprinkler. Sprinklers will constantly spray water in different directions, making it more effective at reaching all of a large area than a basic water hose.

But you don’t have a sprinkler. And the store has none in stock. What are you going to do? Well, you can make your own sprinkler with things you probably have just lying around your house!

Keeping Cool DIY Style

To make your own sprinkler, you will use a two-liter plastic bottle, electric tape, a garden hose, and a screwdriver. The screwdriver will be used to make holes in the plastic bottle, so if you do not have a screwdriver, another tool that can be used to poke holes in plastic will work. Once you’ve gathered your supplies, you can get to work making your sprinkler.

  • Make sure your plastic bottle is clean. 
  • Poke holes in the bottle with your screwdriver. 12-14 holes will do, but you can add more or less depending on your preference.
  • Attach the bottle to your hose with the tape. Your tape must be strong to hold them together. Put the opening of the bottle onto the end of the hose, and tape them together until they are securely connected.

Once you’ve finished attaching your sprinkler to the hose, just place it where you want it and turn the water on! 

See how to make your own sprinkler here:

Sprinkling Away the Heat

Whether you are using your new sprinkler as a practical garden helper or a fun way to keep cool with your kids, it’s a DIY hack that is sure to please! Just don’t forget to turn off your water when you are finished using it.

How to Organize Pot Lids with Towel Racks

The most dangerous “safe” place in your kitchen is probably the cabinet that holds your pots and pans and their lids. This cabinet is usually full of chaotically stacked pots and pans with lids placed wherever you can fit them. You know – this is the cabinet that empties its contents on you every time to open the cabinet door! Organizing pots, pans, and lids can be a pain because they are all different shapes and sizes and, typically, their lids do not fit them securely. 

So, you end up shoving the cookware into the cabinet and closing its door – hoping that it stays closed. If you want an option that makes sure you aren’t toppled by pots and pans, you can grab some towel racks and organize your pot lids to make life easier.

Racking Them Up

Lids are probably the most awkwardly shaped dishes in your home, and their presence in the pot and pan cabinet throws off any neatness you may have been able to achieve. Another common issue with pot lids is that you can never find the size you need when you need it! 

Enter your savior – towel racks. These little bars of hope can help to add some sense to your pot and pan cabinet, making it less cluttered and allowing you to quickly find the lids you need when you need them. The process is very simple!

  • Grab some towel racks at your store. You’ll only be putting two on each cabinet, so get enough for the number of cabinets you’ll be adding the racks to.
  • Make sure you have all the things you need to install the racks. You’ll need screws and a screwdriver or drill, for sure. Check the packaging to see what comes with the rack and what you need to supply yourself.
  • When you have everything you need, follow these steps:
    • Open the cabinet door. 
    • Place the towel rack onto the inside of the cabinet door. 
    • Make sure to install one rack in the top half and one in the bottom half.
    • Make sure the rack is level and install it. You can use a level to make sure it’s straight.
    • Install the second rack further down on the cabinet.
  • You may want to use your largest and smallest lids to determine how your racks will be placed.

See ways to organize and declutter your kitchen here:

There are also other ways to organize pot lids! So, if you don’t want to use towel racks, you can look here for other options.

Organized and Convenient

This towel rack trick will help you organize your pot and pan cabinet and keep all your lids available to you at all times. Not only will it keep your cabinet neat, it will save your time – and time is something that the days do not have enough of.