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Save money for your gift wraps by recycling and using inexpensive crafts.     Scrap Wrapping Papers Don”t throw your scraps! Wrap your gift in a plain paper.  Wrap the strips vertically around the box, leaving a little space in between each.  Then, wrap the strips around the box horizontally.  Weave each strip in and out of the vertical strips, alternating over and under. Repeat until you create a woven effect and you have reach you desire width. Musical The “Jingle Bells” sheet music used to create an amazing gift wrap.  Karen Bartolomei of Grapevine used the “Jingle Bells” sheet music; she enlarged it on a copier, and printed it onto thick paper.  For finishing touches she added some ornaments. Elegant Gift Bag By adding simple embellishments, ordinary brown paper bags are transformed into elegant wrappings. Lace ribbons through two small holes in the flap of a bag, then tie a millinery fruit into the knot. Vintage-feel wrap Vintage-look papers, buttons and lace brown ribbons make great handcrafted packages. Mix Tape Plain Kraft paper is dressed up with colorful masking tapes, and then the frayed striped drinking straws used as a topper. Sweet idea Plain paper, folded cupcake liners and twine go together for a simple but unusual wrap.  Use different sizes of cupcake liners.
You don’t have a disco ball for your party?    This easy to make disco ball will save your money, and surely your party will shine. You will need: Glue Large Balloon Newspapers 2 Bowls (1 for mixing glue and water, and another 1 to hold the balloon) Cover your table with some newspapers to protect from any glue spills. Tear the newspapers into strips then put to one side. Blow up the balloon and place in a bowl. Mix glue and some water in the second bowl.  If you think it’s too thick just add some.  Mix well. Dip the newspaper strips into glue mixture then squeeze off excess. Smooth strips onto balloon.  Repeat this process three times until the whole balloon is covered. Leave to dry overnight. Poop the balloon and remove it from the center.  Leave a hole for hanging. Add more layers to get the required thickness and strength.  Reinforce the top of the ball with several extra layers. Paint the entire ball gray or black (or any color you would prefer}.  Allow to dry completely, Begin applying the mirror tiles using glue.  Make a straight row of the tiles around the middle of the ball.  Keep adding rows until it reach the top and the bottom
To make a beaded Christmas angel;  First, you have to put seed beads and medium crystal beads in safety pins.  You could easily make these with larger pins (gold or silver).  You could also use different colored beads. Cut a piece of thin wire (bendable wire), make a loop on one end to stop beads falling off as you thread. String the safety pins in a wire with alternate large crystal beads and medium pearls. Continue to string alternating beads and safety pins, making sure that all the safety pins are around the same way. Make a circle of the wire so that skirt will be formed, then twist the free wire ends around itself to secure them, and trim off the excess. Cut a thin wire, string this piece through the other end of each of the safety pins to create the top of the skirt.  Again, twist the ends of the wire to secure and trim the excess. Cut a long piece of super thin wire (for the wings and hands). Loop this piece through the skirt so you have about half  on each side.  Put a large crystal bead onto one side of the wire, then thread the other end of the wire through the bead the other way around so that the bead sits across the top of the skirt to form the body. String seed beads onto each piece of wire and bend to form the wings. Onto each wire string an oval bead, a seed bead, another oval bead and a seed bead.  Fold the wire back around through the first three beads to form the arms.  Loop the wire once around the base of the wings so that the wire points upward. Thread both pieces of wire through the extra large pearl bead for the head. On top of the head, add crystal seed beads for the halo. Twist the wire to secure. Loop the wire for hanging and trim the excess.  Here it is!  You have just made an adorable beaded angel!
Paint Fumes?  No worries at all! After painting a room of your house, surely, it’s going to smell overwhelmingly like paint fumes. But that doesn’t mean there’s nothing you can do to get rid of that smell faster.  Here are some of the easy ways: Ventilation Opening some windows and doors during day and night are ideal.  Putting a fan in the room for this period will also clear up the fumes faster. Bucket of Water You can simply place a few of buckets of water around the room to absorb the solvent vapors.  Using the bucket method is a bit safer if you’re painting a room finished with or made with wood. Onion You just have to cut an onion half.  Then, set them out on plates throughout the room.  This will absorb the odor and your room won’t smell onions either. Vanilla extract Add a drop or two of vanilla extract to each gallon of paint. This will bring a much more pleasant aroma to the room you’re painting.  Or, add drops of vanilla extract to cotton balls or in a small bowls of water and set them out in the room. Light a scented candle Place the candle on top of a bowl of water to.  They burn up some of the vapors and cover the smell. Vinegar Place bowls of vinegar around the room to neutralize odors. Lemon Place lemon slices in bowls all over the newly painted room for a day or two and throw them out later to remove any unpleasant paint smells. Charcoal This  can be used to deodorize any chemical odor.  Place the small pieces of charcoal in containers and leave overnight around the room.
Love to garden but hesitant how to begin ?  Here are some beginner gardening tips. Get an idea.  What garden do you prefer? Is it going to be a vegetable garden?  Or a flower garden? Just remember its better to be proud of a small garden than to be failed grandly. Know Your Place.  Not everything grows everywhere, so what you plant may determined by where you live.  You’ll need to know which parts of your yard are best suited to different plants.  Figure which spots get sun and shade throughout the day.  Almost all vegetables and most flowers need about six hours full sun each day.  But many plants tolerate shade. Ask someone from your local garden center to find out how much sun a plant requires and the best plants for your region.   Test Your Soil.  To learn more about your soil , have a soil test. Send a sample to your cooperative extension office. The result of alkaline and how acidic your soil is, affects how plants absorb nutrients. The soil texture should be  easily shoveled and crumbled in your hands.  If your soil is super hard or clay-like, it needs a boost. Add fresh soil, mulch, compost, decayed leaves, dry grass clippings, or old manure. Pick Your Plants.  Start with easy-to-grow plants.  You can pore over catalogs, head to the garden center, or you can even surf the internet to choose plants adapted to your soil, climate, and the sunlight in your garden. It is important to know how big they will get and how high your plants will grow to avoid crowding and to know how to space them accordingly. Put Them In The Ground.  Some plants are easy to grow from seed. You can sow them directly in the garden.  Be sure to read the seed packet for information.  Or, an easier method is to buy young plants, called transplants or set plants.  Dig a hole and plunk them in the ground. Water Carefully.  Seedlings should never dry out, so water daily while they are small.  New transplants also need to be watered frequently until the roots become developed and established.  To minimize evaporation, water in the early morning.  If you water in the evening, your plants might be prone to fungus. Good Job!  Your garden is on its way.  You might not have a lot of work everyday.  Keep watering when needed, pull weeds, and check what’s going on with the roots if you notice stunted growth.