All Time Favorite New Uses for Old Things

Pick up interesting cardboard coasters at restaurants and bars you visit along your travels. Punch a hole near the edge, thread some ribbon through, and voilĂ : homemade gift tag.

A toothbrush’s bristles lift away stray threads of silk from fresh ears of corn quickly and efficiently.

A supermarket bag, tightly secured with a rubber band, will keep a brush (or roller) moist for a day or two in between painting sessions: the end of dried-out bristles.

No more oops! moments when painting, if you cover doorknobs and hardware with aluminum foil.

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