This cool Christmas tree was created entirely from recycled paper, and I love its fluffy white look, don't you? The DIY project was created by the San Ramon office of Gensler, the global design, planning, and strategic consulting firm. Gensler has graciously agreed to share the steps for creating a similar tree for last-minute holiday decorators. Let's take a look!
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There's one cheap product everybody owns (or should own!) that has a bunch of clever uses around the house: toothpaste. It contains mild abrasives and detergents mixed with creamy thickening agents that keep your teeth clean and bright. We tried it and found that those same ingredients can help you MacGyver solutions to a number of messes without resorting to expensive specialized products that just end up in a cluttered pile under your kitchen sink. Don't use colored toothpaste or gels for any of the following tasks because they could leave stains. Grab a plain old tube of white — it just might become your new favorite home care product.
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1. Polish jewelry. Apply a thin film of toothpaste to dull stones or tarnished metal with a soft toothbrush or cloth. Polish gently, rinse with water, and dry. If the tarnishing is heavy, apply a thicker coat and let it sit for an hour. Do not use toothpaste on pearls, turquoise, vintage Bakelite, or vintage rhinestones, which have softer surfaces and might get scratched.
2. Remove carpet stains. Scrub stains with a toothbrush and toothpaste. Blot with a damp cloth. Be sure to test a small section of carpet to make sure the dye doesn't come off.
3. Clean up scratched DVDs and CDs. Gently dab a small amount of toothpaste on the scratch with a cloth and buff from the center of the disk outward toward the rim. Rinse with water and dry with a microfiber cloth.
4. Spiff up sneakers. If the rubber soles of your favorite kicks are getting scuffed, scrub them with toothpaste using a toothbrush or nailbrush. Ditto for white leather shoes. Be sure to do a patch test with white canvas.
Help beat the congestion naturally with these soothing shower disks that steam together with essential oils to make things better. Use these with essential oil tissue box trick and a few bowls of chicken noodle soup, and you'll bust through that cold in no time.
- Place the orange peels on the soles of your shoes. If you're treating leather or canvas shoes, protect them by wrapping peels in parchment paper, which will soak up any oils from the orange peel. If you're really concerned about the oils potentially staining your shoes, use baking soda to refresh shoes instead.
- Leave the shoes for 24 hours. The orange peels naturally absorb bad odors while infusing shoes with their fresh scent. And orange peels contain oils that are naturally antibacterial, which bust mold and bacteria growth.
- Remove peels the next day, and enjoy wearing wonderful-smelling shoes. And this solution is safe to use over and over, which means every time you enjoy an orange, you can pop the peels into your smelly shoes!
Most of us have spare change lying around, but not all of us need to use it for parking meters or laundromats. So what are some other things we can do with it? Here are a few suggestions to make your wallets lighter.
- Cash it: This might be an obvious suggestion, but it's also one that doesn't happen all that often. Gather all those spare coins and take them to a bank or a local Coinstar. The catch? The bank usually makes you roll your own coins, while Coinstar charges 9.8 cents for every dollar. Still, you'll get a whole lot more back than if your change was just sitting in a jar.
- Upcycle it: If you're the creative type, there are plenty of ways to DIY your way through nickels and dimes. Turn them into necklaces or rings — or glue them onto wooden letters for a shiny home display.
- Donate it: Whether it's taking the money you get from Coinstar and donating it to an organization, giving change to someone on the street, or helping out a kid selling chocolates on the subway, there are plenty of ways to use your change to help others. You'll do good without feeling like you're breaking the bank.
- Tip: If you know that you're someone who will never take the change out of the jar, then don't put it there in the first place. Stop yourself from collecting coins by telling vendors to keep the change or by tipping workers at places like Starbucks and Jamba Juice.
- Set it aside: Every week or so, take out some change and use it to treat yourself. Buy a lotto ticket or a vending-machine snack; they're little things, but they can still brighten up your day.
- Carefully open one side of the tissue box, and drop three to five drops of eucalyptus essential oil on the inside sides of the cardboard. You can also add a few drops of peppermint or rosemary essential oil, which work well together with the eucalyptus to help clear stuffy noses and clogged sinuses.
- Use a hot glue gun to close the side of the tissue box. Repeat on the other side, and you've got instant stuffy-headed relief! Simply catching a whiff of these scented tissues before blowing your nose makes things better.
Eucalyptus essential oil does a bang-up job of breaking up mucus and opening sinuses while killing airborne staphylococcus bacteria (the stuff that causes colds). Peppermint helps reduce coughing and congestion. Placing the essential oils on the sides of the tissue box keeps the oils from coming in direct contact with the tissues, which may cause irritation.