As I set my cringe cushion set to one side, scroll down the long list of Facebook banter on the topic of jam jars and tea lights (wholly justified I might add) and breathe a sigh of relief that the footage of me prancing around my garden clad in gym kit hailing the virtues of tinned cans will stay cooped up in a cupboard at Endemol, let’s take a look at our money-saving tips that wound up on the Channel 4 cutting room floor…
1. Baked beans bingo-wing busting
Ladies and gentlemen, don your lycra, ditch your dumb bells, brandish your baked bean cans and jeopardise your dignity on national television.
Yes for my bingo wing beating solution, reach for the tinned cans instead of your light weight dumb bells. With tins in hand, start busting out your lateral raises, front raises, upright rows, over-head tricep extensions and bicep curls to tone up those wobbly bits. Check out Sports Advisor for exercise inspiration and advice.
2. The coke can candle holder
Inspired by the brilliant site Espirit Cabane. Whilst these candle holders are cute, the footage of me balancing them along a mood-lit bath tub was, funnily enough, not.
- Empty fizzy drink can
Rinse out an empty fizzy drink can with water. Pierce a hole in the side of the can with a pair of scissors. Cut away the sides of the can with the scissors, leaving you with the round aluminium base. Soften the edges of the can base with sand paper. Turn the base of the can upside down. Gently tap a nail through the centre of the can base with a hammer. Flip the can base the right way up and gently tease a candle on to the centre of the nail. Tada! A fetch bobeche (does that rhyme?)
3. The washing machine drum patio heater
As featured in an earlier post, my Dad used this experience to test whether my sister’s boyfriend was suitably adept with a pair of pliers to warrant his daughter’s affection.
- Old washing machine
- Screw driver
- Wire cutters
- Various spanners
Remove the outer washing machine back and top casing and front door using plenty of elbow grease and a screw driver. To free up the veritable Medusa of interior pipes and wires, unclip the pipe clips with pair of pliers and cut out the wires using wire cutters. Tease out the glass from the door carefully using a screwdriver. If washed, this reinforced glass can be reincarnated as a bowl. With a large chunk of the casing removed, disconnect the wiring loom, which can be found immediately above and below the washing machine drum with wire cutters. Once you’ve taken out most of the internal components, lift out the tub and the drum. Undo the outer clips on the tub, and the drum should come out without too many problems. Fill with scraps or garden waste and there you go- a stainless steel patio heater. For more detailed instructions and useful images on how to do this, check out Instructables’ brilliant step by step guide.
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