DIY Jewelry Holder

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Have you ever wondered what to do with your impressive jewelry collection?  Do you laugh at the necklace trees you see in stores that only hold a handful of necklaces?  Have you searched for ways to keep your beautiful beads neatly arranged and out of tangled balls?  Have no fear, I have a solution for you that is both attractive and affordable!

DIY Jewelry Holder

This solution comes directly from a reader named Barbara and I absolutely adore it!  Thank you, Barbara!  This DIY project will keep your necklaces tangle free and even give you a little extra storage for scarves.

Supplies You Need:

All the supplies are available on Amazon or at your local hardware store.  Install your towel bar(s), add your S hooks and your jewelry and you’re done!  Voila!  Easy peasy.  This would be great in an unused portion of a closet but is attractive enough to even have on display in a bedroom.

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Play Dough Party Favors

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Play Dough Party Favors

One of our readers, Ashley Lombardi, in pursuit to Live With Less decided this year to make homemade play dough to give as a party favor instead of a plastic toy with all the bells and whistles.  I thought it was such a great idea that I wanted to share it with you!

Materials List:

Total time should be around 40 minutes.

Homemade Play Dough

This recipe makes 8 small batches that will fit in these small jelly jars perfectly.

DIY Play Dough

For full instructions visit Living Well Spending Less.

Borax Snowflakes

Borax Snowflakes

No snow where you live?  No problem!  I want to show you how you can make beautiful borax snowflakes at home.  Do you have boring old white snow lying around everywhere?  You can make snowflakes in bright and bold colors to liven your mood.  This post contains affiliate links.

What you’ll need:

  • Borax laundry detergent booster
  • String
    –Measuring cup
    –Empty container
    –Food coloring (optional)
    Popsicle stick or pencil
    Pipe cleaners (I love this pack because it has such a variety of colors and even has metallic ones!)


Step 1.  Shape your pipe cleaners into snowflakes.  You can be as creative as you want here but simple is lovely too.  Keep in mind here to not make your snowflake wider than your container.

Step 2.  Use the string to tie your snowflakes and stick/pencil together.  Make the string long enough to fully submerge your snowflake in the Borax.

Step 3.  Mix your Borax with boiling water. 1/3 cup of Borax to 2 cups of boiling water. Stir until the Borax has dissolved.  To add color to the crystals you can add 15-25 drops of food coloring here.  I’ve always wanted to try adding glitter to the mix but I haven’t yet.  If you give it a try come back and let me know how it goes!

Step 4.  Submerge your snowflake in the Borax solution, resting the stick across the top of the container.  Adjust string if needed to keep snowflake in the center of the container and not touching any side.

Step 5.  Place in a location where it won’t be disturbed and carry on with your day.

How to Make Borax Snowflakes

Step 6.  The next morning come back and you will have beeeaaaautiful borax snowflakes!  Hang them on your tree, tie them to gifts, or hang them from the ceiling.  Whatever you do with them, enjoy!

DIY Borax Snowflake

Oh, I almost forgot!  To grow a second snowflake from the same solution, and trust me, you’ll want to, simply reheat the solution directly in the container in the microwave until all of the borax has redissolved {around 4-6 minutes}. Then, repeat the steps above.

Homemade Disinfecting Wipes

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Homemade Disinfecting Wipes

Disinfecting wipes are fabulous for scrubbing away grime and killing germs but they can also do a number on your wallet.  In an effort to cut back on cost and chemicals I found and a DIY Homemade Disinfecting Wipes Recipe.  This is an old recipe from back before DIY was an acronym and when “do it yourself” was a way of life.  I found this recipe in an old, nearly falling apart, recipe book a church put together decades ago.  My mom gave it to me a few years back and I can’t remember where she told me she got it from.  The front cover is torn off so I can’t even read what church it was from.  I love old tried and true recipes, don’t you?

Now on with the wipes!


– A large size old disinfecting wipes container {or  you could use a storage container with a hole cut in the top as the book suggests – I’ll take the easy route!}
Electric knife {or any fancy saw of your choosing}
– Roll of paper towels
Measuring cups



– Choose a good thick paper towel that will hold up well while pulling it through the dispenser and for scrubbing purposes.  My favorite for this project is the Viva Vantage paper towels.  They’re strong, stretchable, and they’ll get the job done.

– Leave the paper towel plastic wrapper on if you bought the individual rolls, if not, you can skip this step, it’s no big deal.  Use the electric knife to cut your paper towels in half {horizontally}.  Remove the wrapper if applicable and sit your roll down inside the empty disinfecting wipes container.

– Mix 1/2 cup of Pine-Sol and 2 1/2 cups of water.

– Pour your cleaning solution to fill your wipes container and allow to soak overnight.

– Remove the lid and carefully pull out the cardboard tube from the center of your wipes.  Now find the center paper towel where the tube had been and carefully pull that up and thread it through the lid of the container.


UPDATE: If you want a natural homemade disinfecting wipe recipe you can try this recipe that our reader Lorrie so kindly recommended.

Instead use 1 cup vinegar, 15 drops of oregano oil, and 1 tsp dish soap. Add water to the mix (about 1 1/2 cups depending on the container size, and pour over your towels.

With all the cleaning power that rubbing alcohol has been discovered to have lately it might be a good idea to substitute some of that water with rubbing alcohol.


That’s all there is to it!  I hope you’ll give these homemade disinfecting wipes a try.  If you do be sure and stop back by here and let me know how you liked them!