1. Fill an empty wine bottle with water to keep your plants happily watered when you're out of town.
2. Cut up sponges from the dollar store and tie them together for fun water fights all summer long.
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.