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How to Pick the Right Wall Paint and Buy the Right Amount How to Pick the Right Wall Paint and Buy the Right Amount

Painting multiple rooms or even a single accent wall in your home can feel like an overwhelming project: there’s picking colors, taping trim, sanding, priming and, oh yeah, doing the actual painting.

How to Blow Better Bubbles  How to Blow Better Bubbles 

Have you ever come across a street entertainer who starts blowing a spectacle bubbles at the park or a festival, and all the kids immediately jump and squeal and lose their minds? And then you try to recreate the same scene at home for your children ... and fall short. Don’t worry—all is not doomed. You just need to…

How to Make Homemade Gin in the Instant Pot [Updated With Safety Warning] How to Make Homemade Gin in the Instant Pot [Updated With Safety Warning]

Updated on 08/25/18 at 1:02 pm ET: Though we were able to make make this recipe without incident, it turns out that cooking high-proof alcohol in your Instant Pot is not safe, as it generates a flammable vapor that could be ignited by the heating element in the appliance. According to Laura Pazzaglia of Hip Pressure…

Make and Freeze Your Own French Bread Pizzas Make and Freeze Your Own French Bread Pizzas

We all have our favorite frozen convenience food. Some pick Hot Pockets. Others roll with burritos. I have always had a soft spot for French bread pizzas. With the exception of Hot Pockets—which were for sure created in a laboratory—you can make and freeze most of these conveniences yourself.

The 10 Best Ways to Boost Your Home Wifi The 10 Best Ways to Boost Your Home Wifi

Wifi is one of the most important developments in the evolution of the internet—no one wants to be chained to a desktop—but it’s also one of the most frustrating. If you’re plagued by slow speeds, bad reception, and other wifi issues, here are 10 ways you can power up the wifi in your home.

I'm Maker Faire Co-Founder Sherry Huss, and This Is How I Work I'm Maker Faire Co-Founder Sherry Huss, and This Is How I Work

Maker Faires around the world attract over a million visitors each year. When Maker-in-chief Sherry Huss co-created the first Maker Faire in 2005, she’d already been organizing tech and media events for nine years. Now she’s run 12 years of Maker Faires, managing a worldwide team while carrying on several side…

Make a Toddler Kiddie Pool at the Beach With a Cheap Shower Curtain  Make a Toddler Kiddie Pool at the Beach With a Cheap Shower Curtain 

The beach seems like a fun place to take a toddler—in theory. But then you get there, and there are giant waves and stuff. Your kid yearns to frolic in the water, but you can’t let her. And so she sits there, staring longingly from the shore like Baby Moana, munching on gobs of sand.

How to Make Panera's Double Bread Bowl at Home How to Make Panera's Double Bread Bowl at Home

Soup and soup delivery systems continue to evolve and, as Jezebel reported earlier this week, Panera is transforming the soup-eating experience into something quite dadaesque by giving us a soup trough, with not one—but two—compartments.

How to Stuff Your Own Damn Teddy Bear for Cheap  How to Stuff Your Own Damn Teddy Bear for Cheap 

Yesterday, Build-A-Bear put on a Pay Your Age event, promising customers they could pay their age for just about any stuffed animal in the store. That meant if your kid is three, she could have snagged a furry friend for three bucks. What could go wrong, right? It’s only every child’s dream to bring home their very…

Give Your Toddler a Roller Coaster Experience With a Laundry Basket 

When it comes to toddler hacks, this one has all the winning components. 1) You probably have the materials. 2) YOU GET TO SIT. And 3) It’s damn fun.

Get Inspired by This Extreme DIY Furniture Get Inspired by This Extreme DIY Furniture

What can you make with your own body, using no tools? Designer Nikolas Bentel made a four-legged stool. He felled a tree without an ax or saw, whittled the wood with his teeth, and let his woodworker father use Nikolas’s bare fists like hammers. Bentel’s video series All Purpose Nik explores the human body’s potential…

Which Foods Are Actually Cheaper to Make Yourself? Which Foods Are Actually Cheaper to Make Yourself?

“Making your own” is a big part of home cook culture. One’s reasons for wanting to DIY every food thing may vary, but it usually has something to do with taste, health, or cost. Cost-wise, some things are obvious; cooking dinner at home is almost always cheaper than takeout, but things aren’t as straightforward when…

How to Turn a Regular Bandage Into a Fingertip Bandage

If you’ve got a cut on the tip of your finger, don’t despair when your bathroom first aid box only contains regular, straight Band-Aids instead of those specialized fingertip bandages. You can make one with just two snips of your scissors. Here’s how:

How to Deal With a Dead (or Dying) Power Supply How to Deal With a Dead (or Dying) Power Supply

So you’re humming along on your Windows desktop, chatting with your friends on your social media service of choice or filling Chaos demons full of holes in Warhammer 40,000: Inquisitor - Martyr (one of the most epic names for a game I’ve seen in awhile). And then, your system zoots off. Yes, zoots. 

Tape a 'Finish Line' to Your Doorway on Your Kid's Last Day of School   Tape a 'Finish Line' to Your Doorway on Your Kid's Last Day of School  

Well, parents, it’s the end of another school year. Here’s a fun thing to do before your kids get home on their final day: Have a “finish line” at your doorway for them to run through. This could be in the form of streamers and balloons, a “Welcome to Summer” banner, or an army of family members with squirt guns.

This DIY Garlic Sauce Is Way Better Than Papa John's  This DIY Garlic Sauce Is Way Better Than Papa John's 

Papa John does not make good pizza, but he does make an addictive garlic dipping sauce. In fact, some (Virginia and I) would say it is the only item worth its salt on the menu, and it has a good bit of salt. If, like us, you are also a fan of the golden, garlicky sauce, but missed your opportunity to buy a giant jug…

Buy Your Wedding Flowers at Sam's Club or Costco  Buy Your Wedding Flowers at Sam's Club or Costco 

“I’ll do the flowers myself!” is the battle cry of many a penny pinching bride, but trying to arrange a whole bunch of bouquets (and make them look nice) is not the kind of fun DIY project you want to embark upon two days before your wedding. Luckily, there are some cheap floral packages out there, and you can find…

Whip Up a Bespoke Liqueur With Nitrous Oxide  Whip Up a Bespoke Liqueur With Nitrous Oxide 

Giving homemade liqueurs as gifts is a favorite party trick of mine. They’re fun to customize, inexpensive to make, and—if you have a whipping siphon—very easy to throw together at the last minute.

Build a Rock Wall in Your House  Build a Rock Wall in Your House 

Many parents spend the winter furiously checking Forecast Bar, awaiting that moment in the future when their kids can finally go outside instead of watching that same episode of Peppa Pig for the 18th time or asking you: “Do we have any more glitter? I spilled all of mine on the carpet.” Not Reddit user…

Here's a Cool Way to Teach Kids About Dental Hygiene Here's a Cool Way to Teach Kids About Dental Hygiene

Getting kids to brush their teeth eagerly is a heroic task—goodness, why should they have to do it again if they just did it yesterday? I’m all for a good hack that’ll make children more invested in their oral hygiene, and this one from Agnes Hsu of Hello, Wonderful comes though.

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