Money-saving mend: How to fix a broken Crock-Pot

For quite a while, my slow cooker was broken. I mean, the Crock-Pot itself worked just fine. But the lid was broken, making it tricky to get to the food when the pot was hot.

Crock-pot-broken-knob

After the umpteenth time I burned my hands trying to get the lid off, I finally decided it was time to buy a new slow cooker. But my thrifty brain protested … “It’s just the lid that is broken. Isn’t there a way you can repair it?”

Then I remembered my mom and dad’s Crock-Pot had the same issue a few years back. My dad DIYed a fix for it. So I copied his method.

First, we used a set of grips and a socket wrench to get the hardware removed from the lid. This was the hardest part of the whole project.

Removing-old-knob-from-crock-pot

After that, things got really easy. I simply replaced the broken hardware with an old cabinet knob I had left over from the kitchen updates. (I recommend using a drop of super glue or threadlocker adhesive in the knob hole to ensure it stays put. It’s important not to over-tighten the screw or the glass lid may break.)

Fixing-crockpot-new-knob

That’s it! My Crock-Pot is now as good as new (almost).

Fixed-crock-pot

It took a total of about 20 minutes to figure out how to fix a broken Crock-Pot and complete the repair. My pot holds seven quarts, so I saved myself at least $50 in replacement costs. Score!

DIY burlap wreath for the garage entrance

I am officially reporting in that I have – so far – survived The Great Garage Disaster. Last week, I was able to get everything cleaned up on one side; paint the walls and the ceiling; and even sneak in a fun, little craft project, which I’m sharing with you today.

Sometimes you’ve just got to get your craft on to keep your sanity, right?

If you recall, the door from our garage into the house has a vinyl sign on it that reads, “Welcome Home.” However, the piles of junk we previously had to wade through to get to the door were, uh, maybe not so welcoming.

So after I cleared out the junk, painted the walls and scrubbed down the door, I was ready to add a little somethin’ somethin’ to the door to truly give it that welcoming feel.

I started with a foam wreath form.

Wreath-form

I wrapped the whole thing in burlap and secured the end with spray adhesive.

DIY-wreath-burlap

To embellish this Plain Jane burlap wreath, I created little rosettes, which I free-form cut out of felt pieces and fabric scraps.

Cutting-out-rosettes

I stacked the felt/fabric pieces on top of each other, with the largest cutouts in back and the smallest in front. I secured all the pieces together by stitching a button in the middle.

DIY-wreath-sewing-rosettesI made eight different rosettes in various sizes and colors to complement the color scheme I’m going for in the garage. Some of the rosettes I cut with regular scissors; others I cut using pinking shears.

After the rosettes were put together, I attached them to the wreath with spray adhesive.

DIY-wreath-spray-adhesive

Finally, to personalize my wreath, I spray-painted a “P” silver and used velcro with adhesive backing to attach it to the wreath. (I bought the wreath, burlap, felt and letter from Walmart. All other supplies I had on hand.)

DIY-wreath-spraypainted-letter

DIY-wreath-velcro-letter

Done!

DIY-burlap-wreath-with-rosettes-closeup

Who says you can’t get crafty in an industrial space? ;)

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DIY-burlap-wreath-on-door

This project took me a total of one hour to complete and cost about $15 in supplies.

Have you done anything special to create a welcoming entrance to your home?

DIY back-to-school survival kit

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I was recently perusing the aisles of Target looking for a back-to-school gift for my daughter’s second grade teacher. It was one of those rare moments when the kids were not with me and I could actually, well, shop rather than spend my time keeping them from tearing down displays, disappearing under clothes racks, or eating something off the floor. In other words, it was a good shopping day. :)

I found an Elmer’s glue and Wet Ones combo pack in the back-to-school section, which made me think of the perfect project that my 7-year old and I could do together: a back-to-school survival kit for her teacher. 

I bought the combo pack, gathered some other supplies from around the house, and went to work. (This combo pack is available in select Target stores only, while supplies last.)

Elmer's-Wet-Ones-combo-pack

We started with an old cardboard box.

Materials

Measuring five inches up from the bottom, we marked the box all the way around. 

Measuring-box

I used an electric knife to trim it to size.

Bread-knife

I also cut out a gift tag from a discarded piece of the box.

Making-nametag

The next step was to wrap the trimmed box in fabric. To determine how much fabric was needed, we laid the box on the fabric, traced the bottom, then measured out 10 inches on each side. Since the box height was five inches, using 10 inches of fabric allowed it to wrap over the top of the box and down the inside. The only thing that wasn’t covered was the bottom of the inside.

Measuring-fabric

We sprayed the box with adhesive and began wrapping the fabric up and over the box. We were extra careful when working around corners, making sure the edges were covered. 

Wrapping-corners

Fabric-wrapped-box

We glued a piece of black felt to the bottom of the inside of the box, hiding the seams and giving it more of a finished look.

Felt-lined-box

We also embellished the top of the box with washi tape. My crafty sidekick glued a black button to the inside of the box. It was used to attach the gift card string to the box.

Glue-on-button

I sprayed the homemade gift card with chalkboard paint and let it dry.

Chalkboard-paint-label-2

After writing on the tag with a chalkboard marker, we dipped the edges in glue and glitter.

Glue-and-glitter-prep

Glue-dipping

When done, we used the Wet Ones to easily remove all the glue and glitter from our hands.

Glitter-cleanup

Finally, it was time to fill our kit with goodies, which included candy, tea, tissues, bath products and a mug.

teacher's-survival-kit

School starts next week and we are now officially on our way to being ready. Are you?