Surprising Ideas

The Best and Easiest No-Carve Pumpkin Ideas — The Great Pumpkin

Creating a killer pumpkin doesn't have to require whipping out your sharpest cutlery. This Halloween, craft a standout gourd with hot glue, paint, balloons (seriously!), and a few other random supplies.

Here are a few ingenious ideas to inspire you.

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8 Ingenious Ways to Decorate Pumpkins (Without Carving!) — The Great Pumpkin

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Creating a killer pumpkin doesn't have to require whipping out your sharpest cutlery. This Halloween, craft a standout gourd with hot glue, paint, balloons (seriously!), and a few other random supplies.

Here are a few ingenious ideas to inspire you.

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The Cake-Decorating Tool You Already Have in Your Garage — Food News

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I'm not sure about the upbringing of anyone else, but my father always said, "If you give the laziest person the hardest job, they'll find the easiest way to do it." Admitting this means I'm super lazy, but I'd rather call myself an "outside the box thinker." When I saw this new, cool tool sweeping the internet that's intended to help you apply a smooth-as-silk finish to your cakes, I thought to myself, Well I've been doing that for years with something from the garage!

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The 10 Easiest, Cleverest Pumpkin Carving Ideas — The Great Pumpkin

The idea of carving pumpkins for Halloween can be downright scary. Not only is it messy (all those guts and seeds!) but thanks to Pinterest, designs are also becoming more and more complicated. Gone are the days of the simple goofy-looking jack-o'-lantern, Now everyone's all about gruesome faces, intricate designs, and even carved quotations.

While we love a good masterpiece as much as the next person, there's something to be said for a design that can be done quickly — and easily. In that spirit, we've rounded up 10 carving ideas that won't take you a (witching) hour to complete. Here's what you should do.

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This Brilliant Hack Fixes the Only Problem of Owning a Stand Mixer — Organizing Tips from Kitchn

A lot of small appliances are ugly and need to be hidden away in a cabinet. But if you are among the lucky ones who have a beautiful KitchenAid stand mixer, you know that baby's meant for display! The color! The sculptural feel! Plus, if you keep it out, you're just that much more likely to start spontaneously baking cupcakes, right?

While the stand mixer is great-looking, the long electrical cord, however, is not. You don't want to leave the machine plugged in all the time (boo, vampire power!) and you don't want the cord all piled up at the base of the mixer, either. What to do about this?

Steal this idea, which we found over at Dreaming in DIY. All you need is a pack of Command Cord Bundlers.

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The Most Ingenious Ways to Actually Keep Your Water Bottles Organized — Organizing Tips from Kitchn

My water bottles are not organized, really — they are just on a shelf and the lids are piled in a nearby bin. It works fine, except the bottles are always tipping over and seem to multiply without my realizing it! After researching this story, however, I'm tempted to try one of these smart hacks to actually get them organized — once and for all. Who knew there were so many solutions to this annoying problem?

Here are five places to try storing your water bottles.

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