10 DIY Hacks You've Probably Never Tried

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Even if you’re an experienced DIY’er, there are probably a plethora of home improvement and crafting hacks you’ve never tried before. Stay in the know and learn how to do things more easily as you work through projects.

1. Use Clothespins to Hold Nails or Screws

When you’re using a hammer or screwdriver, the nail or screw you’re working with may not always stay in place or stay straight. Luckily, there’s a hack for that! You can use a clothespin to hold the nail or screw in place until it’s secure enough to stay on its own.

2. Toilet Paper Roll Seedling Pots

toilet paper seed starter pots

If you’re working on your garden and want to start some seedlings indoors, you don’t necessarily have to go out and buy containers for them. Instead, make them out of something you surely have in your home: toilet paper or paper towel rolls! All you have to do is cut the roll to size, fold the bottom in to close it off, and glue it shut. It’s as easy as that!

3. Hold Your Spot on a Tape Roll

Whether it’s duct tape, masking tape, or painter's tape, it’s frustrating to lose the edge and have to search for it every time you need a piece of tape. Avoid having to do that by putting a bread tab at the end of the roll whenever you’re done using it. There’s a mystery solved!

4. Shoe Rack for Workbench Items

hanging shoe rack

Use a plastic, hanging shoe rack with multiple openings and compartments to organize all of your must-have workbench items. This can include things like screws, nails, nuts, bolts, small tools, and anything else you have on hand. This will help to keep you easily organized for all future projects.

5. Tie Together Extension Cords

extension cords tied together

When you’re working with electric tools and you need to plug extension cords together to get them where you need them for the project, it can be frustrating if they come unplugged from one another in the midst of a project. One surefire and easy way to keep this from happening is to tie them together. Just like that, you’re sure not to lose your power source that way during your project.

6. Map Out a Gallery Wall

Gallery walls can be intimidating to hang as there are so many moving pieces. Planning, measuring, and mapping out where everything will go may seem like a cumbersome process. However, using contact paper makes this simple. Use removable contact paper to easily preview how your gallery wall will look. This allows you to easily rearrange the layout to get it to your liking prior to drilling holes in the wall.

7. Hold Instruction Manuals Up

wooden pants hanger

If you’re using an instruction manual to put something together or work on a project, use a pants hanger to affix the manual to it, keep it open, and hang it on a cabinet knob or some other hook to keep it at eye level.

8. Use Rope to Hang a Mirror

mirror hanging by rope

Mirrors are heavy and can be tricky to hang securely. Instead of wrestling to safely hang one with hooks, screws, and nails, opt for rope. This is an artful and sturdy way to hang a mirror, and it’s an easier one, too.

9. Remove Adhesives by Freezing

Adhesive tags and stickers on things, like home decor items, can be really hard to get off. To simplify this process, just place the item in the freezer for a few hours if possible. Once you take it out, the sticker should peel off easily without leaving much of that pesky residue.

10. Use Potted Plants in Your Garden

potted flowers in garden

If you have a tendency to want to switch the look of your garden or landscaping around, plant items in their pots directly into the soil to make this easy to do. That way, when you’re ready for a change, you don’t need to rip a plant out from its roots or dig very far to productively move it from one spot to the next.

So many DIY hacks, so little time! These will make projects and home improvements easier, one hack at a time.