15 ways to upcycle dressers

Waste not, want not. If you never waste anything, then you’ll never want for anything. Well, in the age of DIY there is no excuse for wasting a single thing. You can repurpose, upcycle, and recreate just about everything in your home into something brand new.

So following that old motto is easier than ever. Furniture is one of the easier things to upcycle. We’ve all found ways to use our old dressers, but many of those projects involved taking out the drawers.

But what about those leftover drawers?
Well, there are lots of ways that you can reuse your old drawers too and turn them into amazing focal pieces, art, and functional pieces that will add organization to your home.

Here are 15 ways to reuse old drawers:

1) Standing Bookcase

Stand your drawer up and place it against the wall as a standing bookcase.

2) Mudroom Organizer

Mount two drawers on your wall and put hooks inside one of them to hang your keys. Use the other one to store your shoes and boots.

3) Mirror

Need to a mirror so you can check yourself out? Glue a mirror to the inside of your drawer and hand your drawer at face height so you can check yourself out.

4) Cork Board

Glue a cork board matt to the back of your drawer and hang your draw to create a hanging cork board.

5) Pet Bed

Just put some blankets or a pillow in your drawer to turn it into a pet bed.

6) Tall Bookcase

Stack them from end to end to make a tall bookcase.

7) Pop Out Hanging Shelves

Mount them to your walls in a vertical pull out position so that you can plop things right into them for storage.

8) Wash Room Storage

Hang a drawer on your wall above your washing machine so you have a place to store your detergent, bleach, and stain remover.

9) Jewelry Organizer

Put some pretty contact paper on the inside of your drawer and toss in a few hooks at the top of your drawer and a few bowls on the bottom. This creates a super inexpensive but chic looking jewelry organizer.

10) Doll House

Paint some scenery onto your drawer, like doors and windows and trees. Place a divider on the inside of the drawer so that the “house” has two levels. You can glue two drawers back to back to create one big doll house. Get the details here.

11) Cat Perch

Bolt some drawers to some posts in different directions and use it as a custom designed cat perch to fit your space.

12) Rolling Drawers

Pop some caster onto the bottom of your drawer to create under the bed storage with these rolling drawers.

13) Leftover Station

Hang some dowels on the inside of your drawers and use them to hang your wax paper, plastic wrap, tin foil, paper towels, napkins, zip lock bags, and rubber bands.

14) Planters

Place a drawer on top of an old table and turn it into a cool porch planter.

15) Clothes Hangers

Hang the face of your drawer on your walls or the back of a door and use the drawer’s knobs to hang your clothes on.

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How to make a puff quilt (video)

Little ones love to play on the floor, so having something soft and squishy for them to lie on comes in extremely handy. Of course, little ones aren’t the only people who like soft, cuddly blankets. Adults love them too. For those who enjoy making quilts and blankets for others, puff quilts add a totally new dimension to quilting.
Audra Kurtz, a long time crafter, started her first crafting blog called The Kurtz Corner in 2010. Through this blog, she shares recipes and craft ideas. She also has a YouTube channel where she walks her viewers through all kinds of DIYs. One such video walks her viewers through the steps of creating a puff quilt. For the complete, step-by-step instructions for making this cuddly blanket, watch Kurtz’s video below.

The number of puffs needed for this project is dependent upon whether you are making a lap blanket/baby blanket or a full-sized quilt. For the smaller blanket, you only need 128 puffs total, 64 across and 64 down. Choose fabric that goes well together and decide what kind of pattern you want your puffs to make before you begin. When you cut out your puff material, the front sides of the puffs will be larger than the backs. This allows you to fill the puffs with polyfill.
Kurtz makes sure to point out that when you sew the fronts of the puffs to their backing, you want to be sure to make the pleats all go in the same direction. Since the puffs are going to be stitched together later, you will stitch them with the wrong sides together when first creating them. Once all the puffs are finished, you then place them right sides together and start joining them. The final touches for the quilt are attaching the side pieces, the backing and the binding.

With the quilt finished, you have a perfect gift for the upcoming holidays or a new baby or a wonderful blanket to snuggle under during the cold months. Whichever way you choose to use your quilt, you’re sure to love the results.

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6 tips for cleaning stained and dirty baseball caps

When you think about washing your clothes, you probably don’t usually include your baseball caps. But between sweat, dirt, rain and just general wear and tear, those things can get pretty stained.
Next time you need to wash your favorite cap, don’t toss it in the washing machine. That’s a great way to end up with a hat that no longer fits your head. Instead, try one of these great alternative washing methods.

1. Borax 
If you need to clean several hats at once, rely on your dishwasher. Put the hats on the top shelf of the dishwasher, fill the detergent cup with Borax and run a regular cycle. After the cycle is finished, place the hats onto something that will help them dry into their natural shape.
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2. Shampoo 
Surprisingly, you can clean your hat almost like you clean your hair. Wet the hat with cool water, put a little shampoo on an old toothbrush and scrub the hat. Rinse the hat thoroughly until you’re sure all of the shampoo is off and then set it on something to help it keep its shape while it dries.


3. Oxi-Clean & dish soap (Corey Sanchez)
Spray the hat with a generous amount of Oxi-Clean, holding it over a bucket to avoid making a mess. Drop the hat into the bucket and squeeze a little dish soap onto it. Add in enough water to fill the bucket and let it soak for 24 hours. When it’s finished soaking, dump out the water, spray over any remaining stains with the Oxi-Clean and scrub those spots with an old toothbrush. Finish by rinsing off the hat with cool water and hanging it up to dry.


4. Stain pre-treating stick 
For hats with a lot of sweat stains, you’ll need to do a little pre-treating before you wash them. The best way to do this is with a stain pre-treating stick. Just rub the stain stick over the areas most affected by sweat and then wash the hat using whatever method you think is best.


5. Dry laundry detergent 
Get a plastic container (with a lid) big enough to fit your dirty hat. Put the hat into the container, pour in a spoonful of dry laundry detergent, toss in a wire shaker ball and add in enough warm water to cover the bottom half of the hat. Put the lid on the container and shake vigorously. Pour out the water, refill and repeat the process as many times as necessary until the hat is clean. Set the hat on something round to dry.


6. Degreaser 
Apply degreaser to the bill and the inside band of your hat and let it set for 30 minutes. Fill your sink with warm water and 1/2 cup of laundry detergent. Put your hat in the water and let it soak for 2-3 hours. Rinse it with cold water and let it air dry.

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DIY your own backyard oasis with a stock tank pool for less than $600

With the summer heat already calling you toward any body of water, wouldn’t it be great to have a swimming pool to splash into? That’s the theory behind the creation of Stock Tank Pools. These stock tank swimming pools, which are exactly what you’d think -— a tank that’s generally used to feed and give water to livestock on farms —- have become all the rage, and for good reason.

Instead of shelling out the high cost of over $30,000 and three months of your time installing a pool, or messing with the hassles of an above ground pool, just make your own simple pool. Yes, the idea may seem bold, ambitious and daunting all at once, but it’s much easier than it looks, and more cost effective, too.

To make your own galvanized stock tank swimming pool, you need a stock tank, a filter, one small pump and several feet of tubing, all which can be found at your local Tractor Supply. With these four items and roughly $500, you can make yourself a galvanized steel stock tank pool worth floating in, while also making the kiddos jealous of your adult replication of their plastic kiddy pool.

If you’re a crafty person who loves hands-on projects, you can even take it a step further. Rather than simply setting an area in the yard for your stock tank pool to live, you can add decks, stones, and other decorative aspects to the mix. In the photos below, you’ll find everything from a simple waterfall to a wooden deck to flagstone pavers around the private pool.

This is an incredibly easy way to spruce up your new outdoor swimming pool in a simple way. Here’s some inspiration you need to help guide you towards Tractor Supply to make your very own. The sky is the limit when it comes to this nifty country pool.

1. PEBBLE BEACH

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Create your own pebbled-out dessert oasis with stepping stones, cacti and of course, palm trees. An outdoor swimming pool has never looked more appealing.

Yes, that’s a donut float in the stock pool, proving that they really are big enough for comfortable and Instagram-worthy lounging

2. LIGHT IT UP

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To amp up the space you have, try adding some string lights over the tank pool for added pizazz.

Again, you should always have a float in the pool, y’all.

3. SHADY TIMES

@rnc0911 how bout this

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Sometimes, it’s not so much about being in the sun as it is enjoying the day the sunshine has to offer.

By that we mean sitting in a shaded pool with crisp, fresh air surrounding us. This is also the only foolproof way to prevent sunburn while still enjoying the water.

4. WATERFALLS

Pool is finished #craftsmantools #homedepot #lowes #tractorsupply

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Who says you have to have an in-ground pool to have fountains or waterfalls?

This constructive masterpiece showcases just what you can do with your own stock tank pool.

5. TROPICAL ESCAPE

Escape to your own tropical island, all within your backyard.

Hang up a canopy around your tank pool for added privacy and protection for pesky mosquitos.

6. COVERED UP

#stocktankpool #californialiving #missioncanyon #santabarbarastyle #funinthesun

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If you live in a place that’s notorious for unreasonably high temperatures, creating a cover for your stock tank pool isn’t a bad idea. The galvanized metal surely gets warm around the edges, but a cover is an innovative solution to the problem.

This keeps the bugs out, the water cool, and gives you an enjoyable first-dip experience.

7. COUNTRY CASTLE

I'm dreaming and of a #redneck #swimmingpool #stocktank #stocktankpool

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No matter where you live, there’s no reason you shouldn’t create an oasis for yourself. If that means going all in and building a deck and stone accents around your pool, then so be it!

8. PUP-FRIENDLY

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You don’t have to take the pup to the public pool at the end of the summer or even leave your backyard to cool Fido down in stock tank pools.

The best part is that their nails don’t bother the lining because there isn’t any!

9. MOM-TESTED AND KID-APPROVED

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Watching the little ones in a stock tank pool is a piece of cake since they’re probably as tall as the water level!

This is a great place to teach them how to swim when they’re just starting out.

10. ALWAYS A BEAUTIFUL VIEW

Raise your hand if you love summer. ✋ #chasingsunsets #summernights #stocktankpool

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No need to worry about where in the yard you can actually place a pool since the stock tank sets up anywhere.

Angle it just right to catch a beautiful sunset every night.

11. THE ‘HILLBILLY’ SWIMMING POOL

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If that’s what a hillbilly swimming pool looks like, then we’re all hillbillies because dang if that doesn’t look so serene.

12. COMFORTABLE SEATING

Stock tanks are just the right size to comfortably sit down and enjoy the water in the privacy of your own gorgeous backyard.

Build a deck around it and you’ve got a serious backyard spot that the whole block will beg to visit.

13. ROCKY TOP

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How gorgeous is this rock layout? No one said stock tank pools had to be boring, did they?

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21 ways to keep your kids busy when they’re bored that won’t break your budget

What do you do when your children tell you they’re bored? Hug them? Tell them to read a book or take a nap? Do you stop and drop what you’re doing to turn into an entertainer?

With the takeover of electronic devices, the internet, and TV, kids typically have no shortage of digital stimulation. Board games, crafts, and the great outdoors account for something too, yet somehow, kids will always find a way to express their boredom.

If it’s not in the form of a whine or matter-of-fact statement, they’ll just come and stare at you until you acknowledge them. Sometimes you’ll get a side of huff-and-puff. One obvious solution is to let them figure it out and self-entertain.

But you can help them in that department with these kid-oriented ideas below! No need to drive to the movie theater, skating rink, or amusement park when there’s loads to do at home. These budget-friendly activities will keep them occupied!

DIY Lightsabers

Let your kids duel it out with these pool noodle lightsabers. They’re easy to make and the only part your kiddos will need to handle are making the right sounds.

Bottle Shooters

Best reserved for older kids, these bottle shooters can easily be rigged up with your mighty hand and a plastic bottle. Just make sure you set rules about where to aim this thing.

Glow-in-the-Dark Slime

Slime is all the rage right now and this version won’t disappoint! Don’t buy a kit; let your children make this glowing slime from scratch!

Rainbow Slime

Don’t stop with neon slime. Set up an area for your kids to make a rainbow buffet of slime. You won’t see them for a couple of hours. Oh, and there’s no Borax involved with this version.

Edible Play Dough

Marshmallows and play dough rolled up into one happy mess? Who’s in?

Make it Snow

It doesn’t have to be wintertime in Michigan for anyone to play in the snow. This DIY version is cold fun.

Make it Rain

It’s not hard to turn pool noodles into a water park in your backyard. Find out how it’s done by watching this video!

Sidewalk Chalk

You get two activities in one. Craft cutesy sidewalk chalk and then let your kids go crazy with drawing pictures or hopscotch games. All you need is 2 ingredients!

Build a Mini Boat

Send your kids off to the motorboat races with this miniature milk carton model. It floats!

Marble Game

Show them how to aim and roll their marbles for points with this game idea from All For The Boys. Up the stakes by letting them play with prizes.

Water Blob

Warm weather calls for a giant pillow of water to rock on. You’ll be surprised at what painter’s plastic can do!

Soapy Clouds

Your kids will love these cloud formations no matter the weather with this soapy recipe from Our Best Bites.

Hoop Glider

What’s better than a paper airplane? A hoop glider that can soar further than 2 feet! Your kiddies won’t want to stop making and playing with these.

Give Them a Tent

Daytime and nighttime fun will be endless with this DIY hula hoop tent idea from Making Lemonade. Your babies might not want to leave their cave once you set this up!

Artful Skittles

Part science experiment, part artsy craft project, this Skittles activity is a treat for the eyes and mouth.

Cardboard Costumes

It doesn’t have to be Halloween for your kiddos to don a costume. Let them enjoy some cosplay in cardboard.

Rainbow Foam

Pretty bubbles and rainbows and foam, oh my! Grab a storage tote and let your kids have fun swishing around with this sensory-happy activity. Learn how to set it up at Fun At Home With Kids.

Activity Dice

Get them moving and laughing with the roll of a DIY dice. Old tissue boxes are your friend in this tutorial from Momeefriendsli, but you can find printables online too.

Drink Water Balls

Your science-loving child will love making these cool water balls that are also drinkable!

Tornado Watch

Whipping up a tornado is easy with materials you already have in the house. It will keep your kids swirling for a long time! Get the details at One Little Project.

Scream for Ice Cream

You won’t disappoint with this sweet, easy homemade ice cream recipe. Big kids can do it or you can team up with the little ones to make it, freeze it, and eat it!

Do your kids like to pull the boredom card? Which of these activities are you geeked about trying? How do you normally handle kiddie boredom?

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5 reasons to enjoy a dairy-free Easter

Easter is coming — and that means it’s almost time to indulge in chocolate eggs!
But before you rush to the shop, spare a thought for what’s inside those eggs. Because whether you care about the survival of the planet, ending cruelty to animals, protecting your own health, or whether you just enjoy really good chocolate, you may want to consider choosing dairy-free.

Here’s why:

Because dairy-free dark chocolate is healthier.

If you need another reason to eat chocolate, this is it! Dairy-free dark chocolate is high in antioxidants and can even help protect arteries from plaque formation — meaning in moderation it is good for your heart! However, you’ll only reap these rewards if you avoid dairy all together. Dairy milk chocolate, dairy white chocolate, or consuming any dairy with dark chocolate can negate these sweet health benefits. Intrigued? Read more here.

Because you don’t need dairy for strong bones.

Don’t let the dairy industry pull your leg over healthy bones. Not only is dairy not the only source of calcium — other sources may be healthier for you. Surprised? Click here to get the low-down on calcium, and find out which foods are great for your bones, and kind to calves….

Because bobby calves don’t deserve to die.

Unbeknownst to many Australian dairy consumers, hundreds of thousands of dairy calves (called ‘bobby calves’) are discarded and killed as ‘waste products’ of the dairy industry every year. Born only to keep their mothers producing milk, it is standard industry practice for these babies to be separated from their grieving mums and killed before they are one week old. Going dairy-free means chocolate need not be a death sentence for dairy calves. Click here to discover more about the bobby calf trade.

Because we only have one planet.

Producing dairy is taking its toll on the environment. Dairy cows are not only responsible for approximately 3% of all global greenhouse gas emissions (mostly through methane), the Australian dairy herd also produces more excrement than the entire Australian human population every day! But that’s not all — dairy production also consumes a whopping 12% of all the water used in Australia. On the driest inhabited continent on earth, going dairy-free simply makes ecological sense. Find out more about dairy’s environmental footprint here.

Because dairy-free chocolate is amazing.

No need to take our word for it — if you love chocolate then you owe it to yourself to sample Sweet William varieties (including dairy-free white chocolate). Most good quality dark chocolates are naturally dairy-free too, like Whittaker’s Dark Chocolate Block, Noble Choice, and Lindt 70%. Check out this video for the latest guide to dairy-free Easter treats.

Our top cruelty-free Easter treats

Lindt Dark Chocolate Bunny
These cute little guys are smooth, delicious and readily available in supermarkets. (Note only the dark bunnies are dairy-free)

Sweet William Chocolate Bunnies
All Sweet William do is make really good chocolate. And all Sweet William chocolates are dairy-free! They have a traditional hollow chocolate bunny for sale in ALDI for Easter this year. They also have Easter bunny multi-packs available at Coles, Woolworths, IGA supermarkets, selected pharmacies and health food stores. (Click here for Australian stockists)

Alpha Chocolate Eggs
Something to get eggcited about! Alpha have a range of fine dairy-free chocolates including large and small eggs. Look out for them at David Jones or in the wide range of delicious dairy-free Easter treats at The Cruelty Free Shop.

Snickers, Bounty, Milky Way and Mars Bar Doppelgangers
These delights are relatively new to Australia and are amazing. If you’re lucky your local health/specialty store will stock them, or pick them up from The Cruelty Free Shop.

DIY Dairy-free Chocolate Treats
There’s nothing quite like making your own chocolates! Melt your favourite dairy-free chocolate in a bowl sitting in a pot of shallow boiling water, then scoop the melted chocolate into chocolate moulds and place some roasted nuts (macadamias are delicious) in the centres. Cover with sprinkled nuts or desiccated coconut and chill.

Or you can even make your own Cruelty-free Creme Eggs!

Here are a few chocolate brands to look out for to help you get that delicious result:

  • Whittaker’s Dark Chocolate Block (confectionery aisle of supermarkets)
  • Tropical Source (fair trade, and lots of delicious varieties. At some supermarkets and heath food stores)
  • Bonvita Rice Milk Chocolate (also fair trade. Bonvita white chocolate is incredible! At health food & specialty stores)
  • Sweet William (their range of chocolate bars are in most supermarkets. They now have dairy-free white chocolate bars too!)

Enjoy a safe — and kind — Easter!

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10 vegetables you can grow in containers

Growing your own vegetables sounds like a great idea, but if you have a little bit of garden space or live in a complex that only has a side yard, your options are limited. Luckily, there are plenty of vegetables that grow well in containers, and your options may be more varied if you opt to grow your plants this way.

Vegetables in containers thrive in at least six hours of sun per day, so make sure you choose their spot carefully. If you live in a warm climate, you may also want to avoid placing your containers directly onto the concrete, as it may get too hot. You can always put your plants on a cart, so they can be easily moved around.

With all this in mind, here are the 10 of the easiest vegetables you can grow in containers.

1. Lettuce

You can grow lettuce and other greens in a large-sized container. Just plant a seed into the soil and keep moist.

2. Cucumbers

Choose a large pot that can hold a trellis for the cucumbers to grow on. Recommended types include the “Salad Bush” or “Bush Pickle” variety.

3. Tomatoes

Using a cage and a large pot, you can grow your own tomatoes at home. Make sure the pot has space to drain, and fill the pot with soil as the plant grows.

4. Radishes
If you want something that grows fast, radishes are your best bet. Plant radishes in the cool season, and keep the pot moist and in the sun.

5. Beets
Another cool-season vegetable, beets need to be planted in pots with at least six inches of depth. Good soil is also key for growing beets.

6. Carrots
For carrots, choose a deep pot and water frequently for best results. Choose a lightweight soil and make sure it is able to drain.

7. Eggplants
Plant your eggplant in a pot with at least five inches of depth and be sure to use a stake or cage once the plant begins to grow.

8. Green Onions
Green onions and scallions grow well in pots. Onions need lots of sun and moisture, and they can be planted using your leftover bulbs from the grocery store.

9. Peppers
The bigger the pot the better when it comes to peppers. They need to be watered frequently and they thrive in the sunlight.

10. Peas
Use stakes in a pot with drainage holes to cultivate your own peas. These plants often need to be watered up to three times a day, and consider moving them indoors during cold weather to prevent frost.

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The real reason behind those diamond shapes on measuring tape

Unless you use a measuring tape daily, you may have never even noticed those small diamond-shaped details on the top scale. And, even if you have, we bet that you only have a best guess as to what they might mean. That’s why we’re going to set the record straight regarding these unique features. Hint: They’re not just cute, they’re also super helpful!

Our guide for today’s valuable tip is YouTuber Tom Hintz from the website NewWoodworker.com. He posted a video to his channel to set the record straight on why these shapes have been included on the tape, and how to best use them to your advantage.

Now, there are several different types of markers on a standard spool of measuring tape. And, unless you’re a professional, you probably haven’t had too much use for them yet. Nevertheless, we think that some of these markings can be really beneficial, especially if you are working on a more heavy-duty DIY project.

What do these black diamonds mean anyways?
The black diamond is meant to signify the center area between studs in a home or building. The symbol will always be set at the 19.2-inch mark, but to best use it to its advantage, you must first take the time to understand the “8-foot rule.”

On Hintz’s website, he writes,

Many tape measures add red numbers (or some other graphical standout) every 16-inches, a very common spacing for studs in house framing. This spacing allows for six supports in each 8-foot length.

So, in a perfect world, you should be able to make pencil etches at your red marks to easily identify the placement of the studs. Now, if you want to locate a center between the studs, the black diamond is your best bet.

The woodworker goes on to explain,

If you divide the 8-foot space we have been using by 5 we get a spacing of 19.2”. The black diamonds on the tape measure represent that spacing.

The first black diamond is at 19.2” and after that black diamonds appear at 38.4”, 57.6”, 76.8” and 96”, or 8-feet. That is one less stud for every 8-feet of wall, counting the beginning and end studs.

Pretty cool, huh? Basically, if you know that your walls were built following this standard stud placement formula, then, instead of breaking out that cumbersome stud detector, you should be able to just use your measuring tape to locate them.

So, now that we’ve learned the truth behind these mysterious black diamonds, it’s time to discover some other measuring tape markings that may be new to you.

Watch Tom Hintz’s video below to receive a crash course on the merits of measuring via the seldom-used “bottom scale,” as well as an in-depth tutorial on how to use the 16-inch red box symbol to properly measure stud placement. Your project prep will go so much faster once you have these methods down!

What do you think about Tom Hintz’s handy tape measuring guide? Were you aware of the black diamond symbol prior to reading this article? Do you have any tips on faster or more accurate measuring? Tell us all about your thoughts and experiences in the comments section below!

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Japanese are polishing foil balls to perfection, and the result is too satisfying

Aluminum foil looks pretty boring. It is used for packaging, insulation, cooking… and making really shiny balls that appear to have no real purpose, apparently. That’s right, thanks to a Japanese jeweler, the whole country became obsessed with refining these metal leaves, and we aren’t sure how to react.

According to Twitter user @puchuco709, they took a whole 16-metre (52-feet) long roll of the federal government brainwashing-blocking material and started abusing it – hammering, polishing it. After probably a gazillion repeats, the ball was finished. People instantly fell in love with this low-budget DIY project, flooding Japanese social media with their very own versions. Can you think of a use for it? Let us know in the comments!

It all starts with an aluminum foil ball like this one:

Then, with incredible amounts of determination…

…lots and lots of repeating the same tedious task…

…and hours of polishing to perfection…

It turns into something like this!

People instantly fell in love with this low-budget DIY project

Flooding Japanese social media with their very own versions

Here’s what people had to say about the trend:

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7 ways you never knew you could get rid of ants

Warm weather is finally here, and that means we’re all itching to go outside. Something else it means? The stuff outside is trying to come INSIDE — specifically, ants! We’re always trying out different ways to get rid of the pesky invaders, but sometimes it seems like nothing we do works. If you’ve got ants and you’re at your wits end, then you need these seven tricks to try! Household Hacker walks us through their effective and surprisingly simple methods.

1. Protect Your Picnic Table
It might be a cliche now, but ants are drawn to outdoor food, which makes us think of one thing: picnics. Don’t let the invasion of these creepy crawlies ruin your picnicking! All you have to do is create an DIY moat for your picnic table — it’s not as difficult as it sounds, we promise.

Bring something like pie tins or Tupperware to your picnic, and make sure you have one for each leg of your table. Simply place the legs of each table into your containers, fill them with water, and you’ve created a blockade that will keep ants away from your food.

2. DIY Ant Traps
You don’t have to buy expensive ant traps, not if you have sugar, water, Borax, and small containers lying around the house. Mix your three ingredients in the container and leave it for the ants to come and find. This trap won’t kill them right away, but it will allow them to bring the poisonous substance back to their colony, which is more effective in the long run.

If you have kids or pets, put this mixture in a container with a lid (maybe cheap Tupperware) and poke holes in the sides, so only the ants can get in and out.

3. Protect Your Home
Gotten rid of the ants or looking to keep them out before they arrive? Then you need to kill the delicious smelling pheromones that are drawing them to your doorstep…or your porch…or your windows. All you have to do is mix water and vinegar in a spray bottle and spritz all the doorways, windows, or entryways where the ants might try to get in.

The harshness of the vinegar will mask the smells drawing in the ants and keep them away, but the water will keep the mixture diluted enough so it won’t stink up your home.

The HouseholdHacker video also includes a few methods that involve getting outside and destroying the ants at their source: their colony. If this is the route you want to go, make sure to watch the video below to see these techniques in full.

Do you get rid of ants in a different, creative way? Share your methods in the comments section below.

Want a recap or more where those came from? Want to be sure your methods are all-natural? Check out our list of 14 All-Natural Ways To Fight Ants!

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