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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

More Useful Tips

Here's a collection of "Yay--It worked!" simple projects.

1--Wrapping Paper Storage.  While wandering IKEA the other day (who else loves that place?) I remembered a brilliant picture of a plastic bag holder used as wrapping paper storage.  So I picked one up.  


We don't have many rolls of wrapping paper, but what we do have has been precariously leaned in a corner of our closet or stuffed under our bed. Look at it now!  

  
2--Little Kid Alarm Clock.  During the same trip to IKEA I also picked up a blue star light.  Our 3 year old had been starting a bad habit of getting up earlier and earlier (and remember the time he got up super early to eat brownie pops?)  We couldn't put a clock in his room though because he's in bed by 6:30...and we wanted his "ok wake up time" to be 7 the next morning, just like his sisters.  I'm pretty sure sometimes he'd look at the 7 PM time and be certain that he could get up!  So we bought a digital timer (like what you'd use if you were setting up your lights for going on vacation) and set this light to turn on at 7 AM.  Now he knows that he can come out of his room when his star light turns on.  So far it's totally working!


 3--Bag Clips from Hangers.  I took a couple of these pants hangers (that I never use anyway) from my kids' closets and clipped off the ends with pruning shears.  Then I passed the cut end over a flame to melt any possibly sharp edges. 

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15 comments:

  1. I love the idea of the light telling him when he can come out of his room! You could also get a clock that tells time in military/24 hour time so there would be one 7am :)

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  2. I love the chip clip trick and the wrapping paper idea!!!! I am featuring this post at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com. Grab my "featured" button.

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  3. These are all such clever ideas! I'll never look at a kids clip hanger the same again, thanks so much for the tip. :)

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  4. We use an "Ok to Wake" type clock for our daughter as well and it does the trick. Now she is learning to tell time, but she still likes the glowing light. :) I've been looking for a good way to store wrapping paper. Verrry interesting idea!

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  5. You are a genius! I would love to feature your chip clip idea over at Reduce, Reuse, Upcycle. Feel free to stop by and grab a featured button. And I am so stealing the light/alarm idea. Thanks!

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  6. Love the light and chip clip idea.

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  7. Great ideas! Very creative to use a timer for the light, I will have to use that one. :)

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  8. WOW! hanger to bag clip is one of those things that makes you say "now why didn't i think of that?!"

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  9. Great ideas- using the timer for his light is genius!!

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  10. The chip clip idea is brilliant! I have way too many of those hangers and way too few chip clips :)

    I will have to see if I can figure out a way to make the night-light idea work too...I'm exhausted everyday because both of my boys wake up several times a night lately.

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  11. I did the same thing with an IKEA wall light (we have the moon) for our now 4 year old when he moved to his big boy bed.
    I will be doing it again with our little girl now that she has moved to her big girl bed!
    I am also a Steph in the Pacific Northwest...and crafting in the rain is how I make it through the winters!

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  12. The clips from pant hangers - genius! Keep 'em coming!

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  13. So smart I'm sharing this on my blogs facebook page tomorrow it should go live at 1:10 PM CST. Once I get time to make a few myself it will be up on the blog as well this is genious!!

    Amber
    http://vixenmade.blogspot.com/2012/01/scrappy-cube-pin-cushion.html

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  14. I think your Star Night Light is the best idea ever!!

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  15. Amber again sorry for the wrong link above, oops lol. But wanted to let you know I did choose this project to be in my "Green Craft Round Up" that will be posted tomorrow at www.lifelovegreen.com (thats the right link this time)and it will be posted tomorrow morning.

    Amber

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