Quick Tips, Life Hacks, Budget Busters

Ideas for everyday living, crafting, and more. Whether it is a recipe, hack, money saving tip, or product highlights you’ll find it here.

No Sew Duct Tape Mask

Want to make a mask but don’t know how to Sew? Especially with the CDC’s recommendation for the general public to use face covering when not at home in order to help reduce the spread of COVID 19

Duct Tape to the rescue!

Our design features an adjustable fit around the difficult nose area.

Just watch this video to see how you can quickly and easily create a no sew mask with duct tape – also known as Duck tape in just minutes.
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Do-it-yourself masks are to be worn in addition to minimum of 6 foot physical social distancing. Please save the supply of the N95 masks for healthcare workers and first responders as they put their lives on the line to save others – maybe even you!

You will need a pair of scissors, ruler and these materials: 7″ by 12″ piece of mask material, yard of elastic cut in half (2 pieces about 18″ long), duct tape (aka Duck tape) >Be sure to check out
   We all need to do our part to preserve the supply of N-95 for health care workers and first responders. The life they save may be yours!


   Watch this video to find out what to make your mask with.



   You still need to MAINTAIN SOCIAL DISTANCING. Homemade masks are to use in conjunction with physical distance of at least 6 feet.

Template includes instructions

Our FREE mask template now includes written instructions.

Boost Health with Fun Boogie

   Don’t let Covid 19 zap your emotional health. Exercise promotes not only physical health but emotional health. The later is especially true when the exercise is fun!

   We are delighted to share this awesome video creating by a couple of friends of ours. These energetic women normally work improving the fitness of people over fifty. They have had tremendous positive impact of the lives of almost every one they have worked with.

   So get your boogie shoes on and dance along!

Movers and Shakers Unite!!

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Replace Oven Damaged Heating Element Yourself and Save Hundreds $$$

    Watch this video and be amazed how simple and inexpensive it is to replace the element and fix your oven.

   You could pay hundreds to replace the oven, a couple hundred for a repairman OR do-it- yourself for much less. Ours cost was under $20.

Watch the how to video the figure out the part number you will need.
Oven Elements

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Unmask the Myth about Homemade Face Masks

   We see pleas from those on the frontlines for face masks yet homemade masks are being discounted for two reasons – they are not CDC approved and effectiveness is unknown.

   Let us explain why we urge you to rethink this thought process.

   Of course CDC approved masks are best if available. Please remember to evaluate whether or not the situation requires masking to protect the approved mask supply for more critical situations.The CDC guidelines actually indicate use of homemade masks when commercially made, approved, and test masks are not available.

   Everyone can agree that a homemade mask will provide more protection than nothing and in fact the CDC agrees.

DOUBLE the EFFECTIVENESS of HOMEMADE MASKS

by using two masks. Use one mask for the patient as it will help impede the flow of germs as well as aid in germ containment. The second mask is for the provider which will act as a barrier for some of what get through the first barrier.
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Please follow CDC guidance to help you, your community, and beyond be safe and healthy!

Extend Mask Life with Easy to Make Cover

   With N-95 respirator supplies in question, extending the life of a mask may become important during the pandemic.

   Quilters will especially appreciate that these covers are made with scrap batting. We chose quilting batting because it tends to cling to masks. We have included a casing for elastic or ties should you desire to secure it in place.

   We designed this mask cover to be disposable yet it can be washed a few times.
Please follow CDC guidelines to help you, your community, and beyond be safe and healthy!


DiY Face Mask
Protect supply of medical masks for medical workers and first responders

It is important for every one of us to do our part in trying to impede the spread of the corona virus. Three important actions you can take right now are social distancing, washing your hands, and reserve the supply of masks for the frontline health care professional and first responders.

It is of the utmost importance that the health care and first responders are protected so that they will be there to save lives when they are needed the most. Conservation by the general public of the professional grade masks is why MainelyDiY.com has developed our own mask.

Covid-19 and other viruses are tiny – in the micron range or smaller. How small is that? Move the decimal point 6 points to the left or 0.000001. Our mask likely will not be able to filter out particles of this size. However the virus may be carried by other larger particles which the mask could offer some protection from. If your handmade mask gets the least bit wet with potential contaminants remove it immediately.

Another way our mask can help is that is will protect your nose and mouth from being touched by your hands.

We considered several factors when designing our mask:
  • Snug fit against the face
  • Breathability
  • Reusable
  • Comfort
Standard surgical style masks gape at the side. Our mask is designed to fit snuggly against the skin to eliminate this.

It also needs to be breathable as you don’t want your body to work harder than normal to getting air into your lungs. Adding more layers will make it more difficult to breathe and thus is not recommended.

The medical grade masks are one time use. Our mask can be laundered with disinfectant agents.

Comfort makes out mask wearable. Face it if isn’t comfortable your won’t use it.



We used a fun cotton fashion fabric for the outside. Why not be fashionable by choosing a fabric theme you love. Cotton flannel was chosen for the inside due to its softness against your skin. This is important because you want it to seal against face for best effectiveness.

We do not recommend you wear any mask constantly. Just wear it when needed and keep it clean. You may want to make several to have a clean one readily available.

The information contained in this blog is the opinion of MainelyDiY.com. Please follow CDC guidelines.

Coffee and tea stains make your cups look yucky.
Clean it up

this how to video that explores and compares 4 non-toxic cleaning techniques for effectiveness and ease.
You will also learn how to have a sparkling clean coffee pot!
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Prevent Money from Flying Out the Door by Replacing Weather Stripping

Save $
Keep Heat ≋ In
Keep Pests Out!

    Can you see light around your doors or windows? Then it is time to replace the weather stripping.
    Closing the gap will not only save money by conserving heat, it will serve as a barrier to prevent small pests from coming inside.

Let MainelyDiY.com show you how in this quick instructional video.
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Tried of tying those untied lace?

Are your slippers, moccasins, or loafers always coming untied? Worried about tripping on those loose laces? Put your fears to rest with this quick and simple solution. The hardest part is threading a needle. It looks nice and might even be invisible when completed.
Giving slippers as a gift? Fix them before they are even worn. Your recipient may never realize you did this but you will have peace of mind that you prevented a trip and fall hazard.
Slippers make a great gift!

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Looking for a creative way to use up that Thanksgiving turkey that the whole family will love? Try our

Thanksgiving and black Friday are coming. If you don’t like to face the shopping crowds, why not have a family craft day while you are waiting for your online deals to become available? Check out all of our holiday craft ideas on Holiday crafts page and then order your supplies at HoliDeals and you will be all ready for some family bonding and a fun time.

Craft Painting Tip

Try using a magic marker instead of paint for your craft projects as we did here

Rejuvenating Fallen Glitter Ball & Glitter ornament ideas

Do you have a glitter ornament where all the glitter has fallen to the bottom? Why throw it out when you can watch our video and save money? This video will teach you how to fix and add the sparkle back into your ornaments. Be sure to watch to the end to see some glitter balls design ideas!
Floor wax is not recommended as it only lasts one season.

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Why have furnace nozzles on hand?

  • This should be part of your annual cleaning.
  • Furnaces seem to fail in the middle of the night during the coldest winter weather. Replacing the nozzle will often resolve your problem.
  • Save Money #1 – Often times it is cheaper to buy your own versus paying a heating professional’s marked-up price.
  • Save Money #2 – Buying in bulk saves $$$ .
    For example our nozzles:
    • cost $22.77 each. (shipping included)
    • For 12 nozzles- $65.32 or $5.44 each.
    • Buying in quantity saved us a whopping 76%.
    • Peace of Mind – you know the part is in stock because it is in your stock.

Each furnace set-up has a specific nozzle that will work well for it. Once you determine the nozzle required for your application, you can find it by pressing this button

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Furnace Nozzle Designations Explained


  • First number is gallons of oil per hour at 100psi.
  • Second number is the apex angle (30° to 90° arc) of the oil spray cone.
  • The letters designate the fill of the spray cone:
    • A or H = hollow
    • B or ES = solid
    • SS = semi-solid
    • W = multipurpose.

Nature Candle

Create a stunningly beautiful candle from the great outdoors. Perfect seasonal table centerpiece as the theme is easily changed. Great for any holiday. My kids used this technique for their Wedding decor.


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Kitty Store

Discover how your ( or someone else’s) kitty cat can ease your storage problems. The Cat & the Hats show you how. There is no crochet involved and no harm to animals filmed.

Sharpen Cricut Blade

Learn how to sharpen your Cricut blades or any small point blade.

Vinyl Zipper

Learn to use a side swiper to remove and reinstall vinyl house siding

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Sharpen Punch

Learn how to sharpen a paper punch that cuts poorly because it is dull.

Get a handle on rotary cutters

Today’s product spotlight is on rotary cutter handles. We will show you the pros and cons of several different styles so that you can make an informed decision.
Rotary Cutters

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Best Rotary Cutter Blades – Product Spotlight

Not all rotary cutter blades are created equally. Watch this product comparison to see what the difference is between the traditional blade and a newer alternative. Whether you sew quilts and want to cut fabric or are a paper crafter, you will want to check out this video.

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Budget busting tip

Does it seem like picking out a yarn needle is like finding a needle in a haystack? Who knew there were choices? Take a look at the advantages and disadvantages in this product reviews.

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Solution for the Vertically Challenged – Yes you Shorty – Hilariously Funny

Are you too short to go 4 wheeling with the big boys? Can’t get into the plow truck? You can with a little boost.
Who wants to pay for an expensive add-on for the truck? You don’t have to with this MainelyDiY.com idea.
A step stool would work but how can you pick it up to take it with you so you can use it at your destination?
It may be funny looking yet why not enjoy a good laugh as Shorty’s problem is solved!
You need to visit MainelyDiY.com often as you never know what weird and redneck (yet practical) ideas you’ll find at MainelyDiy.com. Please give us a thumb’s up and share on your favorite social media outlets. Me thinks it is hilarious!


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Put the Fast into Breakfast

Your taste buds await this breakfast treat! Before sure to watch the whole video to get the most from this quick tip.

The ball tipped works fantastic for whipping egg and it is super easy to clean. Nothing beats cast iron for cooking. Seasoned properly, it is non-stick. Treat it right and it will last for generations. With its beveled edges, this spatula is indispensable in our kitchen. The toaster tongs are great as they fold flat for easy storage.

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Fancy Iced Coffee-Save your Wallet

Fancy Iced Coffee iced coffee costs a fortune. In the easy hack from our Kitchen, you’ll learn to make it yourself for hardly any money. Healthier? Yes? You control the ingredients so no hidden fats or sugars. Using cold-brew coffee cuts the acid by up to 65% – better for your teeth and reduces reflux. We used almond milk but regular and even skim milk work great.

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Save your lights from the snow plow hack  

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Glue Boo Boo

When glue seeps out, it can make an shiny splotch.

When glue seeps out, it can make a shiny blotch on your paper project.

Add Wink of Stella or Aqua Shimmer around edges. Don’t be too fussy about it as your eye won’t be drawn to imperfections.
                      Viola


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