Watch Phone Stuff on a Bigger Screen by Projecting It

So… lately, you may have heard about cell phone and tablet companies such as Samsung finding that smaller sized tablets which are comparable in size to bigger phones don’t seem to sell so well because the tablets simply don’t have as much capability as a phone. For example, you can’t really dial someone on the tablet unless you have an application for IP phones and so on.

I had an IPhone, and I will say I much rather look at a larger screen when I’m browsing material or watching videos on the phone.  Here’s one way to do it. It doesn’t take much effort. I haven’t done it yet, but I plan to eventually if I stay with a small phone. I know quite a few people who rather would use projectors than TVs. However, you really need a dark room and a flat white wall to project well off of.

Click below to find out how to make that Phone projector with a magnifying and shoebox!


How to Turn Your Phone Into a DIY Photo Projector for $1

Repurposing Boxes as Organizers

Boxes and boxes and boxes!

Ever go grocery shopping at a wholesale warehouse such as Costco or Sam’s Club? Sometimes, you end up with boxes of stuff because of the large quantities they sell! Sure, you can recycle them, but why not put them to some good use if you have needs for containers.

1) Organizers for Recycling and Others: Wouldn’t there be some better use by  separating them out to be recycling organizers for your glass, metal, plastic, and paper recyclables? Of course aside from organizing your recycles, you could use different size boxes to hold bath supplies, dry food packages, etc. I put my cooking oil and cooking supplies in a small cardboard box with no flaps. The box will catch the oil if there is an oil leak and it also helps me keep all my cooking supplies organized so I can just reach for them in the same general area when I cook.

2) Storage/Organizer and Moving: Some sizes are perfect for storage. The boxes with notches (such as those holding fruit) tend to be nicely stackable!  In addition, there are holes on the ends you can use as handles to put your hands through, making them rather easy to move.

Stackable Apple Boxes

Stackable Apple Boxes

3) Trash Boxes: Some sizes are even great for mini garbage cans.  Just put a garbage bag in and voila!

Reused Waffle Box as Trash Can

Reused Waffle Box as Trash Can

4) Packages: Package boxes with flaps can be reused for mailing packages. You can use shoe boxes for this too.


Worried about your containers looking ugly and advertising for orange juice, fruit, and what not? Fear not! You can remedy this by simply getting something like  wrapping paper, wall paper, or scrap book paper to cover the outside of the boxes! By decorating boxes this way, you can simply even just leave them as decorative props!

Now, guess what? You can do this with tissue boxes too!

Take for example, this empty Kleenex tissue box. I happened to need something to hold maps and bus schedules, so I cut along the diagonals on the top of the tissue box and then taped the sides inside the box. Since there were already flowers on the box, I didn’t feel the need to rewrap it and I didn’t mind the “Kleenex” on the bottoms of each side.

Tape flaps inside the box.

Tape flaps inside the box.

Kleenex Brochure/Pencil Holder

Kleenex Brochure/Pencil Holder


Dead Tennis Balls? Free Chair Leg Cushions

“It’s dead. Garbage.”


Dead tennis balls are balls that have depressurized and are flat, thus making them terrible for tennis. Instead of just tossing the balls into the garbage, you can use them in a variety of ways. Unfortunately, tennis racquets don’t seem to be as versatile. Definitely don’t do what Number 18 did here.

Reviving the Dead Tennis Ball

Share your tennis ball uses! What do you do?

1. Chair Leg Cushions: Using tennis balls to cushion your chairs prevents them from scratching the floor or getting stuck in holes/dents in the flooring. It also makes sliding the chair quieter, so you won’t have to worry about hearing that screeching noise again! You won’t need carpeting either!

Here’s how: Cut an X into the ball with a knife. I used a Swiss Army knife because I didn’t want to use a kitchen knife on it. You want to cut through the rubbery layer and make the X wide enough so you can insert the chair leg into the ball through the X. If you cut the X too big, your chair leg will wiggle and it may fall out of the ball. Then insert your chair leg in! Repeat for your other chair legs, and you are done!

Tennis Ball Chair Shoe

Tennis Ball Chair Shoe

2. Door Handle Cushions/Door Stops: Similar to the chair leg cushions, dead tennis balls can also cushion your door handle hitting the wall. You can either put the ball on part of the handle or just place it against the wall.

3. Toys for Pets – Flat tennis balls can be chew toys and throw toys for pets.

4. Tennis Ball Chair: Apparently, Gabriel Coch and Hugh Hayden decided to create a tennis ball chair since tennis balls are not degradable. Interesting concept! Compare Coch’s chair  and Hayden’s chair. Are they comfortable? What do you think?

Coch’s Chair

Hayden’s Chair

5. Batting/target practice: Hang the tennis ball up with a string, and you can bat at it without it going too far or use it as target practice!

6. Scruff remover: Gizmodo shares that tennis balls can be placed on the end of a broomstick and then rubbed against walls to remove scruffs!

7. Storage: DoItandHow  cuts a slit in the tennis ball and uses it to hold objects such as envelopes, towels, key, pens, and even a bottle. MANIkordstudio offers various tennis ball coin wallet designs.

Do It and How’s Tennis Ball Helper

MANIkordstudio’s Tennis Ball Coin Purse

8. Jar Openers/Better Grip: Since the tennis ball is rubbery on the inside, if you cut the tennis ball in half, you can use it to help open jars or to get a better grip on any other items.

9. Garage Parking Position Indicator: Gizmodo also shares that tennis balls can be hung from a string on your garage ceiling so that it touches the windshield when your vehicle is in the correct parking spot.

10. Dryer fluffers: Clean balls in the dryer will bounce around in the dryer as the dryer is spinning and help fluff laundry.

11. Weights: Fill tennis balls with sand, coins and create your own DYI weights! In addition, Gizmodo notes that Minnesota kids use filled tennis balls as pucks.

12: Stress Ball: You can even use the tennis ball as a stress ball. If it’s too hard to squeeze, make a slit in it to help depressurize it even more.

13. Dulling Hammer Force: If you put a tennis ball on the end of the hammer, it will soften the blow.

14. Massagers: Fill up a couple of tennis balls in a sack or sock and then move it back and forth. Kudos to DYILife on this one.

15. Childproof Doors: Gizmodo states that placing a tennis ball over a door knob keeps small children from opening doors. I’m not really sure how this one works.

16. Pool Cleaners: DYILife shares that floating tennis balls in swimming pools allow the balls to absorb the body oil, which causes the “shiny oily sheen” on the pool water. Thus, oil is removed, cleaning the pool.