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The old joke is that there's only one way to get rid of glitter: Move houses. I'm part of the rare breed of parents who don't despise glitter, but my husband groans every time I let our kid go wild with it in her art projects. "The herpes of craft supplies," he says, referencing a Demetri Martin bit. Yes, glitter is a pain to clean, especially when you think you've removed the most of it, and then for weeks later, find stray sparkles in your books, behind your ears, and on the cat. Luckily, there are some ways to get rid of it with items you probably have on hand.

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The only thing more divine than floating around in a pool on a hot summer's day is floating around in a pool with a refreshing beverage. But once you're settled in your doughnut shaped floatie, the last thing you want to do is get out to refresh your beverage. Luckily, The Kitchn has a cheap and easy solution for this summertime sadness: All you need is some pool noodles.

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I honestly expected these all to be Pinterest fails. There are so many gorgeous Easter egg techniques out there -- and so many Pinterest tricks that fall flat -- that I was shocked these seven actually worked. (Can't say the same for these natural dyes, though.) Six were foolproof and one, the nail polish marbling, gave mixed results -- but when it worked, it was jaw-droppingly good.

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Maybe you're working on a small hobby project and are looking for a unique way to stain your wood without those noxious chemical fumes. You want your birdhouse to attract animals of discriminating tastes, right? Here are a few wood-staining techniques you can try using items you might have in your kitchen.

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If your pet needs a bed, you can make one yourself, even if you don't know how to sew. All you need are a couple of metres of fabric, a bag of batting, scissors and the ability to tie a square-knot.

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One of the most common ways to save a little cash and give a really thoughtful, heartfelt gift to your friends and family for Christmas is to give them something you've made yourself. All you have to do is pretend you don't see the terror in their eyes when they open it and see you knitted them a sweater with one arm longer than the other. It's the thought that counts, right? Before good intentions lead you down the path of a crappy gift, let's talk about when a DIY present is -- and isn't -- a good option.

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Love them or hate them, musical greeting cards will almost always bring a smile to someone's face, and the smile might be widened a bit if you create your own music and card. Blogger Jarv shows his easy method to making the music happen.

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Having small kids means having to keep track of lots of small toys, both at home and when out and about. Instructables user lizzyastro created a combination play mat and toy bag so that your child has a convenient place to play with building blocks and when finished playing pull the draw cord to turn the mat into a bag.

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Na na, na na na na na na na na Katamari Damacy desk organiser. All you need is multi-coloured clay, sandpaper, a plastic ball, some glue, some plaster and some common household tools, and you've got an organiser ball the King of All Cosmos would be proud of. (Or not, he's kind of a jerk.)

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This simple and cheap project is a good way to teach your kids about weaving using simple things you may have around your home.