Repurpose an old spice rack
With a little paint and creativity, old spice racks can make unique and decorative organizers. The little bottles can be filled with flowers, or remove the bottles and use the rack to hold samples or trial-sized products or bottles of acrylic craft paints. Or keep the bottles and fill with bath salts. The first reader tip shares a few more ideas.
REPURPOSE SPICE RACK:
I had an old spice rack and repainted it. I use it to hold cookie sprinkles and sugars. I want to find another one at a garage sale to hold my nail polishes or craft supplies (beads, buttons, etc.) and bolts of ribbon. — Pauline, North Carolina
Along with little hotel soaps, I keep those little travel-sized toothpastes and flosses you get at the dentist in jars. Neatens up the closet considerably. If you have a good-sized wide-mouth jar, nimble fingers and little plant cuttings that have taken root, you can make little terrariums. These make great gifts. — C.C., Tennessee
CUT PINEAPPLE ECONOMICALLY:
Pineapple is always there in the store, but many people don’t buy it because it is a pain to cut up. Here’s what I have found to work well for easy eating and minimal waste.
1. Cut off the top leaves and discard. They are not used.
2. Start at the bottom and slice off a bottom section, no more than 1 inch. That will get rid of the bumpy, irregular bottom portion. You can discard it or cut it up into little pieces. It doesn’t amount to much.
3. Now begin your pineapple production. Cut off from the bottom of the “gourd” a 1-inch slice. Lay the resulting disc on your cutting board (mine is glass) to begin the trimming. Put the uncut pineapple gourd cut side down on a plastic top leftover from some plastic container, and store the gourd in the refrigerator until you need another slice.
4. Cut the slice in half, then cut each half in half to yield quarters. Now cut each quarter into thirds. You will end up with 12 wedge pieces.
5. Take each wedge and cut the wide end off (which is the original pineapple husk). Push aside.
6. After you trim each wedge, place it in a small bowl. The bowl should hold all 12 pieces if you pack them cleverly, starting with points up for the first five or so, then points down for the remaining ones, which will let them all fit snugly in the small bowl.
7. Keep the bowl chilled (and cover lightly) in the refrigerator until ready to eat. To eat (here’s the best part) pick up by the point, bite off the rest of the wedge, and discard the point, since it’s tough and not very edible anyway.
8. With this method, you get nearly all the edible pineapple in a convenient form, and you cut away the inedible portions easily so they are simple to throw away. You might cover the pineapple to keep it from drying out, but if you eat the 12 pieces in a couple of days, it will still be fine. — Tom O., Pennsylvania
REUSE SHOWER CURTAIN:
Make pattern pieces from your old shower curtains when you replace them. They last longer than paper. — Gina, Kentucky
You can cut the graphic design from T-shirts and frame them or use an embroidery hoop as a frame. This is great decoration for kids’ rooms (sports, animals, characters, etc.). — Jill H., Wisconsin