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5 Insanely Clever DIYs That Are Actually Easy

Pinterest fail–proof ideas.

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1. Fill an empty wine bottle with water to keep your plants happily watered when you're out of town.

Or when you're distracted with the latest season of Orange Is the New Black. The tutorial is incredibly simple. Rinse out your bottle well and make sure there's no residual wine or soap that could make your plants sick.

2. Cut up sponges from the dollar store and tie them together for fun water fights all summer long.

They're colorful and fun like water balloons. But unlike water balloons, they're reusable and don't take hours and hours to fill. Make sure to tie your string tightly so the sponges don't separate mid–water battle, and let them dry completely between each use to avoid any mildew growth. Here is exactly how to make them.

3. Make your own quick and cheap window shade using a couple yards of fabric and some scrap wood.

If your shade has a pattern on it, make sure the print is straight when you start tracing it around the pattern. And as always, measure twice before you cut! This step-by-step will show you how to make this happen.


4. Customize a baking dish for yourself or for a friend using etching cream.

This tutorial shows you how to make a stencil out of vinyl on a vinyl cutter, but you can use any stencil that you can securely tape or secure to the glass you want to etch. Just make sure there aren't air bubbles or anything that would mess up your clean, straight stencil lines. Gift a few as wedding presents!

5. Patch up worn-down fabric on your favorite shoes using scraps of leather or other accent fabric.

Make sure whatever fabric you use won't let the glue bleed through. (This is why suede and leather are ideal options for this project.) If the patches start to peel a little, just touch up with glue! Learn what glue works best and how to template your patches so they come out neatly in the tutorial.