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Use a Ziploc Bag to Turn Your Smartphone Into an In-Flight Display Use a Ziploc Bag to Turn Your Smartphone Into an In-Flight Display

You know the drill when it comes to airplane etiquette. Keep your bags stowed in your overhead bin, fasten your seatbelts, and practice some mindfulness after getting out of the way for yet another bathroom run. Sure, after takeoff you’ll be able to use your devices, but if you’ve only got your smartphone on you, or…

Making Your Own Rough Puff Pastry Is Absolutely Worth It Making Your Own Rough Puff Pastry Is Absolutely Worth It

Though I like to bake, I don’t consider myself a “serious baker.” Sure, I make my own pie crust and can bake a pretty decent loaf of bread, but one thing I have wanted to mess with is puff pastry.

3 Art Projects for Kids That Use the Power of the Sun 3 Art Projects for Kids That Use the Power of the Sun

Art projects are an easy way to bond with your kid and give them a chance to show their creative side. Even cooler are art projects your kid can do that harness the power of the sun. Plus, art projects outside mean less mess for you to clean up.

Make Your Own Fruit Roll-Ups With Just Three Ingredients Make Your Own Fruit Roll-Ups With Just Three Ingredients

In the great game of lunchbox snack trading, few items hold as much clout as a a violently pink or—if you’re very lucky—tie-dye fruit roll-up. Though I still have a soft spot for the plasticky confection, I would hesitate to include it in my five-a-day count. Luckily, you can get more fruit in your fruit snack by…

Light Smartphone Portrait Photos With a Big Mac Box Light Smartphone Portrait Photos With a Big Mac Box

If you’re looking for a cheap, and somewhat tasty, lighting solution for your selfies or smartphone portraits, look no further. Bah-da-ba-ba-bah, I’m lovin’ this Big Mac box lighting trick.

Feed Your Inner (or Actual) Child With DIY Pizza Lunchables Feed Your Inner (or Actual) Child With DIY Pizza Lunchables

I am a very big fan of Lunchables, both as a product and a concept. The no-cook, assemble-and-eat boxes of food are convenient, customizable, and fun for all, including actual school children and those who are just children at heart.

Make After-School Routines Easier by Color-Coding a Clock Make After-School Routines Easier by Color-Coding a Clock

As a parent, I often feel like a walking stopwatch. “Three more minutes of TV!” “Eight minutes before it’s time to brush your teeth!” “Twenty-four minutes until bedtime!”

Prep Your Kid's School Outfits With Days-of-the-Week Shelves Prep Your Kid's School Outfits With Days-of-the-Week Shelves

Getting the kids out the door each morning can be a struggle, especially if one of the to-dos on their checklist is picking out an outfit. The decision is a monumental one—he wants to wear his dino undies, no wait, his Batman pair, hey, did someone do the laundry yesterday?, oh look, now he’s naked again.

Our Five Favorite Tension Rod Hacks for Parents    Our Five Favorite Tension Rod Hacks for Parents   

Along with the beloved pool noodle, the tension rod is one of those highly versatile items that make you feel like a true MacGyver every time you discover a new off-brand use for it. Parents can hack it to make their lives easier, more organized, and more fun. Here are five ways to do just that.

How to Make a DIY Humidor for Your Cigars How to Make a DIY Humidor for Your Cigars

If you’re a cigar fan, you need a place to keep them so they’ll stay fresh and ready to smoke. But a nice humidor can cost you around $100. Here’s how you can build one yourself for a lot less.

How to Make Your Own Big Mac Sauce How to Make Your Own Big Mac Sauce

The recipe for McDonald’s Big Mac sauce has allegedly been leaked online and it is—as most mass-produced sauces are—a long list of oil, corn syrup, stabilizers, emulsifiers, flavorings, and preservatives. It’s (kind of) interesting, but not exactly helpful for those who want to replicate the sweet and tangy special…

Forget Special Glasses—For the Best Views of the Eclipse You Just Need a DIY Pinhole Forget Special Glasses—For the Best Views of the Eclipse You Just Need a DIY Pinhole

I was in middle school the last time a major solar eclipse passed over my hometown. Some teachers supplied us with glasses and others helped us build viewers from cereal boxes, and we went outside for the big moment. It was okay, I guess. But when I got home, my mother told me how she saw the eclipse.

Top 10 Ways to Boost Your Home Wi-Fi Top 10 Ways to Boost Your Home Wi-Fi

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.

How to Make a Jon Snow Cloak Out of an IKEA Rug How to Make a Jon Snow Cloak Out of an IKEA Rug

I bet you, like me, took a gander at the cloaks of the Night’s Watch on Game of Thrones and thought “Damn, if they weren’t so flea-infested and covered in the blood of the dead I’d wear that in a heartbeat. Where do I even get a cloak like that?” Well you can fashion a cloak of your own the same way the show’s costume…

This DIY Activity Tin Keeps Kids Occupied Without An iPad   This DIY Activity Tin Keeps Kids Occupied Without An iPad  

It’s hard to compete with the convenience of iPads and phones to keep kids busy in cars, planes, restaurants, waiting rooms, and anyplace else where the words, “I’m bored!” are frequently heard. But with a little planning, you can whip out a activity tin for these very situations.

This DIY Alarm Clock Rips Your Sheets Off This DIY Alarm Clock Rips Your Sheets Off

Heavy sleepers might need a little something stronger than your standard alarm clock. Some ask you to throw them against a wall, while others roll around the floor wailing, but none of them take direct action to wake you up. Furniture maker and Instructables user 1UpLiving decided to make his alarm clock a little more…

Baby Corn Is a Real Vegetable You Can Grow Baby Corn Is a Real Vegetable You Can Grow

I swear these pictures are not fake. I grew baby corn in my back yard, and it was easy. All you have to do, to grow baby corn, is fail at growing real corn.

A DIY Pharmaceutical Revolution Is Coming—If It Doesn’t Kill Us First A DIY Pharmaceutical Revolution Is Coming—If It Doesn’t Kill Us First

As Mixael Laufer tells it, the vision came to him in El Salvador. Laufer was visiting Central America as a human rights envoy, touring a tiny, rural mountain town with the Marin County Peace and Justice Coalition. When he arrived at the town’s medical clinic, it had just run out of birth control.

This DIY Recipe for That McDonald's Szechuan Sauce From "Rick and Morty" Is Pretty Damn Good This DIY Recipe for That McDonald's Szechuan Sauce From "Rick and Morty" Is Pretty Damn Good

Rick and Morty is back and, thanks to the teaser premiere that aired back in April, so is an insane amount of enthusiasm for “Szechuan Sauce,” a limited edition nugget sauce that was released to help promote the 1998 Disney film Mulan.

Will It Sous Vide?: Fresh Homemade Cheese Will It Sous Vide?: Fresh Homemade Cheese

Welcome to a very cheesy edition of Will It Sous Vide?, the weekly column where I usually make whatever you want me to with my immersion circulator. This week we’re dealing with a subject that is very near and dear to the very center of my heart and being: cheese.

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