Did you know that you can save an additional $5k- $7k yearly if you can invest your spare time into creating some of your household items? You don’t need to possess technical gear, like the welder’s types of shades or drilling equipment. You also don’t need to become an expert before fabricating some simple articles you use in your home. Making some of these items can be as easy and quick as preparing your favorite home recipe. However, others will cost you more time and effort but will save you money either way.
Below is a list of 10 budget-friendly DIY household items you can make with your kids
1. Fire Briquettes
If you use a fireplace in your home, you can save money on fire briquettes by using your old newspapers. To make fire briquettes from newspapers, soak them in water to eliminate every bleach and toxin, then squeeze out the water, and mold them into balls. You can only use them once they are thoroughly dried.
2. Magazine Holder
Most magazine holders on e-commerce websites would sell from anything around $7- $30. Better than spending on these, you can convert old cereal boxes in your home into useful document or magazine holders. The opening of the box has to be wide enough for the document to fit in, so we advise that when you cut, do so at a 45-degree angle. Spray the container with surface spray to keep the bugs and insects away, and sharpen its appearance by gluing scrap fabric or leftover wallpaper, or spraying it.
3. Shoe Insole
Shoe liners and shoe insoles are necessary to minimize the wear and tear of your shoes and lengthen their shelf life. They provide an additional layer of protection to your shoes. Making a durable shoe insole is very simple and begins with cutting out a piece of cardboard to the shape of the inner sole. The material helps in spreading the foot pressure and also absorbing sweat. For the sake of having quick replacements, try making as many units as your material will allow.
If you’re not comfortable with cardboard as the choice of material, you could try cutting sheepskin inserts or felt instead.
You can have fun with your kids and stretch your creativity muscles by making shrinkies from plastic packagings. Doing this involves wrapping the packaging in baking paper and placing them inside the oven. The oven temperature must be kept at its lowest. Monitor it carefully and remove it when the material reaches a desirable size. If you want your art piece hangable, put a hole through the packaging before putting it in the oven.
If you’re adept with your hands and have the relevant tools, you can make your beautiful filigree designs from tin cans. To avoid injury, ensure that you’re wearing thick safety gloves, then use a can opener to remove the top and rim of the container. Cut delicately down the side with a pair of tin snips and use pliers to fold the strips into spirals of your desired shape. You can also use aluminum cans for the same purpose.
Beetroots and blueberries are essential sources of homemade dyes. To extract the stain, mix a cup salt with an equal volume of ground beetroot and add to it 2 liters of water in a saucepan. Heat up for 3 minutes and let it stand overnight. The resulting liquid is a potent dye for hair and fabric.
7. Room Fragrance
Did you know that you can make fragrance out of lemons? Take the zest of a lemon, place it in a saucer and expose it to sunlight for some days. After the taste dries up, add a teaspoon into a spray bottle and soak it in water. Your room fragrance is ready!
8. Wastepaper Bin
You can make wastepaper bins from old magazines. Roll separate pages of the magazine into firm tubes and hold the tubes together by applying PVA glue to them. Allow the glue to set. Make a base for the bin by cutting a thick piece of cardboard into a circle and make incisions where the cardboard base will fit into. Fill up these tiny incisions with glue and stand your round magazine tubes. You can now go on to painting.
Old CDs with good, shiny appearance will make great earrings. First, you have to soften the CD by dipping it into a basin of boiling water. Make sure you’re putting on protective gloves for this. Next, cut into attractive shapes with tin snips and curl the molds into earrings. You must rip the CDs when it’s still hot; if not, you will have earrings with sharp edges. Use a nail file to smoothen sharp edges.
Making a delightful potpourri is a simple art you will enjoy practicing with your kids. One way to make a potpourri is by placing flower petals in a bowl and turning them daily until they dry out. Alternatively, dry the leaves in an oven. You have to ensure that your choice of petals is nicely scented, avoid petals that will emit distasteful fragrance (such as daisies). An ordinary potpourri can last for just six months. However, if you want yours to last twice as long, consider adding a teaspoon of orris root powder into your container of dry petals.