Though the array of colorful organizers available at craft stores can be oddly tempting, there are probably at least three everyday items that can do the same job. Take the ordinary plastic containers from your standard takeout night, for instance. Once clean, they're the ideal solution for getting a handle on the odds and ends that accumulate on your craft table. And need we say ... they're pretty much free. In the spirit of creative thinking, we've rounded up 6 more everyday things that can be put to a much craftier use. Have more? Let us know in the comments!
Aluminum Foil for Better Creases
Sometimes our go-to iron just can't set a sharp crease in thicker fabrics. In those cases, we bust out the aluminum foil. Simply place a sheet underneath the fabric, then iron as usual. The foil will reflect heat, effectively setting the crease.
Organize Yarn with a Teapot
When you're knitting, it can be annoying to deal with the odd tangle of yarn that can pop out of nowhere. (Where does it come from, anyway?) But you can knit without hassle if you use an old teapot as a yarn dispenser. Just pop a ball of yarn into the pot, then thread yarn through the spout.
Apply Glitter with a Squeeze Bottle
Because sometimes, you want to add a little sparkle with extra precision. In those cases, the fine nozzle of a squeeze bottle will allow you to place glitter just where it's needed.
Pick Up Pins with a Magnet
It's happened to all of us: One wrong move and suddenly all our pearl-topped pins are all over the floor. To pick up every single one in one pass, reach for a magnet and wave it over the mess. Magic.
Embroider Easily with Waxed Paper
With thicker fabrics, it can be difficult to pull embroidery floss through the dense fibers. But if you pass the floss through a piece of waxed paper beforehand, you'll notice a big difference.
Create a Ribbon Organizer
Here's a craft tip that'll be appreciated the next time you have to wrap a gift: Just pop spools of ribbon onto a tension curtain rod (or a paper towel holder) for grab-and-snip ease.
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