Pinterest – I often call it the best and worst thing ever invented. If you’re not familiar with Pinterest – it is basically an online bulletin board. A place to, well, Pin different articles, ideas, and webpages that you find on the Internet.
People tend to think of Pinterest as being full of exercise, fashion and recipes, but that’s not the case at all. Pinterest has served as the inspiration for a lot of projects around my house. I’ve used it to plan our bathroom remodel, find plants that will grow in the shadier areas of my yard, and to find ideas that have helped me organize a lot of the cluttered areas of my small house.
While not all of the Pinterest ideas I’ve seen and tried have worked, many of them have. Like these ones.
7 Pinterest Projects That Actually Worked
Growing Food From Kitchen Scraps – I was skeptical about this one – mostly because the “grow your own pineapple from the crown of a freshly cut pineapple” and “start your seeds in a pumpkin shell” didn’t work for me. (By the way – never try to grow seeds in a pumpkin shell. It will rot, and cause an awful mess. Trust me on this one).
But I tried it anyway, and it worked! I’ve been able to grow romaine lettuce, celery and potatoes by sticking them in dirt in our garden. I’ve had the best success, however, with green onions. I just stick the white ends in dirt, and I have an endless supply of green tops. They even survived the harsh Michigan winter, and are now back and look better than ever. (Click here to see the original pin)
Growing a Lemon Tree from Lemon Seeds: I have to admit, this idea didn’t work the way I thought it would – but it still turned out great. I followed the directions exactly – planting seeds from store bought lemons in a planter in my house – and was under the impression that as the plants grew, they would emit a lemony scent. But that did not happen. I’ve been growing my lemon seeds for three years, smelling them on occasion, and I’ve never smelled lemons. But I can tell you exactly what the potting soil smells like…
Even though the plants don’t smell the way I’d hoped, they are still pretty cool. And maybe, in another 15 years or so I might even get a lemon or two. (Click here to see the original pin)
Egg dying shaving cream: Two years ago, this idea was spreading around Pinterest and Facebook like crazy, so I thought we’d give it a try. To do it, we added a few drops of food coloring to a thin layer of shaving cream, and The Goose rolled the eggs around in the shaving cream to dye them. It definitely worked, but The Goose has an issue with certain taxtures, and didn’t like putting his bare hands in shaving cream (he ended up wearing adult sized latex gloves, which hindered his ability to roll the eggs). The eggs also ended up with a slight “man smell” and I was too nervous to let anybody eat them, because of the chemicals in the shaving cream, so we ended up trashing them after Easter was over. (My husband was not pleased…) I later found out that you could use a can of whipped cream, rather than shaving cream. (Click here to see the original pin)
Colorful Drink for the Fourth of July: I pinned this idea a few years ago, and was super excited last year when my niece showed up to our Fourth of July party with all of the ingredients needed to make it. If you’re planning to do this, the key is to find drinks with varied sugar contents that just happen to be the colors you need. (Keeping in mind that the beverages will need to be layered – and drinks with a higher sugar content will need to go on the bottom). You need to pour the drinks in slowly, and it may be helpful to pour them over a spoon to make sure they don’t come out too fast. Overall, it was pretty cool. And the kids thought it was magic! (Click here to see the original pin)
Ice Cream In a Bag: A few years ago, before we purchased our ice cream maker, The Goose and I spent the whole summer making ice cream in a bag. We’d mix together milk, cream, sugar and vanilla (I never measured them) and put the mixture in a resealable sandwich bag. Then we’d stick that big inside a larger resealable bag containing ice and salt. We’d shake the bag around forever, and we’d eventually end up with soft vanilla ice cream. I must say, it was actually pretty cool. (Click here to see the original pin)
Watermelon Cutting: The Goose is absolutely crazy for watermelon. We buy one nearly every week at the fruit market, and as soon as we get home he runs into the kitchen to find the ice cream scoop and cookie scoop (we don’t own a proper melon baller – and apparently we don’t need one!) so we can dive in and start eating it. (Ever since he was big enough to hold a scoop in his hand, he’s been making a huge mess on my dining room table – and I absolutely love it!)
But, not everybody likes their watermelon cut in little chunks. So when we have get-togethers at our house during the summer, I always cut the watermelon using the trick I saw on Pinterest, which produces perfect watermelon squares, that can be held in one hand and eaten without getting watermelon juice all over your face. (Unless you’re The Goose, as he is unable to eat anything without it sticking to his cheeks). (Click here to see the original pin)
Sock Bubbles: I loved this idea as a way to do something with all of the mismatched socks hanging around in my basement. Just cut the bottom off a disposable water bottle. Cover the hole with a large sock, and use a rubber band to keep it in place. Add a few drops of food coloring to the sock, dip in a small cup of bubbles and blow! This worked great, and was really fun… at least until The Goose accidentally inhaled! (Click here to see the original pin)
Right now, I have a few other Pinterest pins that I’m currently working on, including adding succulents along the edge of my house, growing roses from cuttings by sticking them in potatoes, and making personalized game pieces for some of our board games, like Chutes and Ladders and Candy Land.