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OFF and ON Quick Tip

You might think it is easy to figure out whether a value is closed (off) or open (on) but sometimes it’s just not. We spent some time surfing the web – actually quite a bit of time, assuming we would easily find a guide on this subject…Yet we did not find a single one! Our short little video answers this question for you.

Bonus Tip: Is your kitchen faucet drippings?

Try turning the handle to dead center. This action will turn this type of valve off and may just solve your problem.

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Soft Elastic Free Mask Ear Loops

Did you run out of elastic? Or worse yet are your ears sore from the elastic ear loops on your mask?! These are the exact reason we came up with this simple alternative and have incorporated them into our Anti-Fog Mask design. Beyond the fact that these ear loops are comfortable for hours on end, they are also made from recycled materials you are sure to have on hand. It is a Win-Win situation.

Be sure to check out all our mask design and material information.

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Don’t get Steamed Up – Use our Anti-fog Mask

If you wear glasses you know how frustrating it can be to find a mask that doesn’t get all fogged up. This one is designed with an integrated nose piece to cut back on the fog. Since the nose piece does not contain metal this mask is truly washable.

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Comfort is also key, especially when you need to wear a mask for hours. This is exactly why we came up with non-elastic ear loops made with recycle materials you have at home.

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The mask circles are 8 inches in diameter. We used the handy quilting template. You can simply make a paper pattern with a compass or trace around an appropriately size plate of bowl.

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To mark ear loop placement

  • Fold circle in half wrong side together and perpendicular to the chin dart.
  • Mark 1 and 7/8 inches away from the fold as indicated by the red X in the diagram.
  • Mark in the same manner on the bottom of the diagram.
  • Flip folded over and repeat marking.
  • You will have 4 marks for place the ear loops

Each ear loop is between 7 1/2 and 8 inches.

To make the chin dart

  • Fold the circle in half right sides together.
  • Mark 1-7/8 inches from raw edge along the fold.
  • Mark 7/8 inches perpendicular to the fold.
  • Draw a line connect the marks as shown in the diagram as a dotted line.
  • Sew on dotted line back stitching at dart point.
  • Repeat for second circle piece.

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MainelyDIY Full Disclosure · Projects

Add Shut-off Valve for Outside Water

It’s time to prepare winter. That includes shutting off those outside water facets used to water your lawn and garden. Check-out our system for protected underground outdoor valves.

These are the tools we used to cut the pex tubing and make connections to the valves.

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Santa Bow will make you Smile!

Santa Bow is simple and fun to make. You can use it as a gift tag on a present. Since the cuffs are white card stock, you can write “To:” your favorite person on the left and “From:” their favorite crafter … you on the right cuff. It’s a present in itself. Maybe you will choose to use it as an ornament. It’s fun however you use it.

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We used two piece 1-1/2″ wide faux velvet ribbon. One is 14″ long and the other is 10″ long. Be sure to use a ribbon with some body to it or choose a wire edged ribbon. Otherwise you may need use a fabric stiffener.

You might think about a red ribbon with polka dots or how about buffalo plaid?

We used black, white and gold glitter card stock.

You could also use fabric. Here are some suggestions Black felt for the boots and inside of buckle. White faux fur for the cuffs. Glitter fun foam for the buckle.

We also used a piece of yarn and a glue stick.

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You can cut out the templates by hand or you can use a cutting machine such a Cricut to cut the shapes. Be sure to check out our Cricut page for tips and tutorials.

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The template is available in our library and is Free!

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Solve Organizational Hang-ups

Vertical space is often overlooked yet this space is perfect for organizing. It is like getting extra space without enlarging your footprint. Plus it costs you zero!

What if you are ready to hang that item but the hanging hole is too small to fit over your peg or hook?

We have a simple solution to your organizational hang-ups!

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Jazzy Snazzy Musical Pizzazz

Are you bored with the plain look of your stringed instrument?  Why not jazz it up and make it your own snazzy piece?  We drew our inspiration from the Mandy Harvey Learn to Play Signature Series Ukulele from Kala brand.  Start this do it yourself project with a nice sounding yet inexpensive ukulele or instrument of your choice and you can create your own personalized version at a fraction of the price. 

One of a Kind Ukulele or Guitar

We cut the adhesive backed vinyl for this project with our Cricut. Click the Cricut banner to get your supplies. Learn how to design and make the Sound Hole Decal


Mitchell MU40C

We used a Mitchell concert sized ukulele for this project. The model number is MU40C. It is easy to play right out of the box. A lot of schools buy Mitchell products to teach kids so you know they have to be durable. It stays in tune and has a nice sound. Check out the sound in this video and note I’d only been playing for a couple of months.

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Inspiration

This beautiful Kala Tenor Ukulele – the Mandy Harvey Learn to Play Signature Series – gave us the idea to decorate one of your ukuleles. Certainly if you can afford a Kala uke – Go for it!

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Sweet Sounding Instrument Deserves a Sweet Look

Simply adding ring around the sound hole of your ukulele or guitar can make a huge difference in the look of a drab and plain looking musical instrument. Let us show you how you can design and make a decal for the sound hole of your instrument and dress it up.

Make your Uke look as sweet as it sounds

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It’s Good to be Tacky!

Make Cricut Mats Sticky Again

Has your cutting mat lost its stickiness and just isn’t tacky enough? Whether it’s a Cricut, Silhouette, other another brand, chances are it is just dirty.  Watch this quick instructional video to learn how to easily rejuvenate those dirty mats with our simple and fast cleaning hack. 

You will save tons of money with this tip as it will extend the life of your cutting mats several times over.

Surprisingly once the cutting mat has been cleaned, the adhesive properties magically reappear.  We are using everyday household products that you have on hand for this process. 

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Pencil in Time to Play Games

Pencil games never go out of style. In our Library you will find three FREE printable pencil games. Each game board in complete with game instructions. Since saving trees and reducing trash is so important for the planet’s environmental health, we thought making these games reusable would be a terrific idea. Check out this video to see how we created the reusable feature with commonly available items.

These games are not only fun to play; they make excellent gifts for the kids and everyone who is young at heart!

The classic trio of games are Tic-Tac-Toe, Triangles, and Boxes (aka Dots)

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