Cheap Amateur Painting Tips

Cheap Amateur Painting Tips - Crafty Journal

By Noreen Doll. Periodically we need to repaint a room in our house, and in the process have found some ways to make painting cheaper and easier. Of course, we always buy good quality paint, but we’ve discovered some cheap tricks to help keep the costs down. Foam Brushes Get a couple of bags of […]

How to Remove Candle Wax from a Jar

Easy Way to Remove Candle Wax from a Jar by Crafty Journal

By Noreen Doll. You will need a warm sunny day to use this easy way to remove candle wax from a jar. So save up all your jars of used, melted candles to clean out on a hot summer day. Supplies. Jars of Used Candles Aluminum Foil Old Flatware Knife Turned into Craft Knife How […]

How to Make a Star Pattern

How to Make a Star Pattern by Crafty Journal

By Noreen Doll. A star pattern is easy to do if you just learn a few folds. After you’ve made a paper star, you can trace it onto cereal cardboard or a milk jug to make it more permanent. Use some scrap paper to make a few practice stars in various sizes. Supplies. Paper Scissors […]

Hot Pad Scissor Holder

Hot Pad Scissor Holder by Crafty Journal

By Noreen Doll. A scissor holder is a handy place to store your scissors, to protect the blades and to keep them away from young ones. It is also a good way to carry scissors when you want to take them along with you. This Hot Pad Scissor Holder has a loop that allows you […]

Clean Your Oven Without Scrubbing

Easy Way to Clean Your Oven Without Scrubbing by Crafty Journal

By Noreen Doll. A friend moved into a place that was in really bad shape, and she asked for ideas on how to clean it. The oven was awful, but she didn’t want to have to spend hours trying to scrub it. So we tried a trick that I had done before. And this was […]

PVC Pipe Rack

PVC Pipe Rack - Crafty Journal

By Noreen Doll. This PVC pipe rack is very easy to put together and can have many uses. It can be used as an extra rod in the tub or shower to hang wet things on. It could also be used in a bedroom as a clothes rack. Put it in the laundry room to […]

Easy Way to Clean Blinds

Easy Way to Clean Blinds - Crafty Journal

By Noreen Doll. A friend who had just moved into a new (to her) house asked me if there was any easy way to clean blinds that had accumulated grime over the years. I suggested we try hanging them outside on the clothesline to clean them. After they were hung, we hosed them down from […]

Easy Way to Make a Shamrock

Easy Way to Make a Shamrock - Crafty Journal

By Noreen Doll. Shamrocks can be a bit tricky to make look nice and even, but here’s an easy way to make a shamrock. All you need is one heart, and you can make any size shamrock depending on the size of heart you use. Here’s how you do it. Supplies. 1 Heart (How to […]

How to Cut Holes in the Middle of Something

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By Noreen Doll. I make lots of projects that require holes in the middle where they are hard to cut. Here is an easy way to cut holes in the middle of something. If the item is soft and flexible and bends easily, cut the hole like this. Fold the item in half so you […]

A Fast Way to Heal Chapped Hands

Heal Chapped Hands by Crafty Journal

By Noreen Doll. My hands often get very chapped. I wash them frequently, which is hard on them. And in the winter time they dry out as well. I’ve tried all kinds of lotions and oils, which help some, but my hands can still be uncomfortable. Recently, I rubbed a Vaporizing Chest Rub (Vicks is […]

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