Simple 3 Step Homemade Laundry Detergent – Easy to Make & Works Better Than Store Bought!

I love this laundry detergent recipe! Its simple and quick to make up! If you're looking to lower your laundry costs, this simple 3 step homemade laundry detergent DIY is perfect for you!

 

 

Simple 3 Step Homemade Laundry Detergent

 

Have I mentioned lately that I am really, really cheap? No? Well now you know and knowing is half the battle. ;) I seriously don’t like to pay for anything so I can make myself ? I will. However, with that being said? I am also REALLY lazy most days…lol. Not the “I won’t work at all” kind of lazy, but the “*sigh* when can I rest?” kind of “I just don’t want to do this today” lazy…lol, so I’m usually looking for things that are really, REALLY easy to do.

Enter my simple homemade laundry detergent recipe.

Seriously. It couldn’t be any easier. It cleans better than any store bought I’ve ever seen and its super cheap to make too. For what I can make a triple batch of this stuff for, I’d only get one small bottle of laundry detergent from the store! Crazy savings, right?  I tend to make very large batches so that is what my recipe is geared for, but you can scale it down if you need to. This recipe, as is, makes enough laundry detergent to last my family of 3, at least 3 months doing laundry everyday.

 

You will need:

  • 1 Box of Borax
  • 1 box of Arm & Hammer Washing Soda (this is NOT baking soda…its washing soda, in a much bigger box and is found in the laundry aisle)
  • 3 bars of Ivory bar soap – You CAN also use Fels Naptha, but I don’t personally like it. It irritates my nose way too much when I’m grating it.
  • Food processor or cheese grater – It also helps if you have a food processor, but you don’t need one. You can grate the soap by hand.

 

Ready for the steps? Here ya go.

Grate the bar soap into a fine powder. Mix the box of borax with the washing soda and add the grated soap. Stir well and stir in an air tight container. To wash clothes, use 2-3 tablespoons per load, more for dirtier loads. You should never have to use more than 4 tablespoons for a load though…this stuff works that well!

 

Ta da! Done! Seriously that’s it. I just don’t understand laundry detergent recipes that are long and convoluted…lol. If you want to a scent for your detergent aside from the scent of the Ivory, you can use an essential oil. Lavendar, Citrus or Lemon would all make a really nice smelling detergent! I also like to use this Celestial Waters fragrance sometimes too. Makes it smell just like the store bought stuff does! Whatever you use, just add a few drops to your batch and mix well so there aren’t any clumps.

Merry Kissmas Simple Teacher Gift Idea

Looking for a quick and kid friendly gift for your kids teachers? This Merry Kiss-mas Simple Teacher Gift Idea is sweet in more ways than one!

Merry Kiss-mas Simple Teacher Gift Idea

A lot of the times, we can forget the very people who have almost (if not more) influence on our kids than we do when it comes time to give gifts and say thanks! I’m talking about our kids teachers of course! While I wouldn’t recommend going out and spending a ton of cash on a gift for each of them (because how expensive would THAT get?!), something simple and easy is a great idea! The Merry Kiss-mas Simple Teacher Gift is perfect! Its kid friendly, budget friendly and a super cute idea too!

Supplies you’ll need:

  • Plastic Favor Bottles
  • Hersheys Kisses in Christmas colors.
  • (1) piece of string, thread or yarn for each bottle
  • Cute Christmas Gift Tag

 

 

These are super simple to make! Just wash and dry each bottle well. Then, let the kids go to town filling each one with kisses. If you’ve got little ones, you can even make it a learning experience by having them count the kisses, pick the colors, etc.

Once each bottle is full, tie the string or yarn around the neck and attach a gift tag!

 

That’s it! Super simple for a great gift idea!

DIY Upcycled Soda Bottle Cloche

Looking for a beautiful but budget friendly craft for Christmas? This DIY Upcycled Soda Bottle Cloche with items found at the dollar store should do the trick!

DIY Upcycled Soda Bottle Cloche

 

If you are not familiar with what a cloche is exactly, they are the lovely glass domes placed over special objects to make them look even more special! Cloches can be found in all sizes and made to fit a variety of items. They look especially sweet during the holidays protecting your favorite ornaments, figurines, and other items close to your heart. If you want to bring the look of cloches into your own home, take a peek at this simple to make upcycled soda bottle cloche. With just a few supplies you can whip one up for just pennies. Take a look!

Supplies needed:

  • Plastic 2 liter soda bottle, clear
  • Scissors
  • Knife
  • Glitter
  • Glass saucer
  • Craft glue
  • Item for display of your choice

A few things about supplies: We were able to find a pretty clear glass saucer at our local dollar store. Check there for your own or visit a thrift store. They should have tons too. For the glitter, use any color of your choosing. For our display item, we choose a simple glittery church we found for $1 at our local Big Lots store.

Directions:
1. First, rinse out your soda bottle and remove any labeling. Make sure that you get all of the sugar residue from the soda bottle off.
2. You now want to make the first puncture to begin cutting the bottle. Begin by using the knife to puncture your soda bottle in the spot you wish to start cutting. This will help your scissors get the job done easier.
3. When making your puncture, give yourself more bottle than you think you will need. You will most likely trim it quite a bit to even it up and want to have plenty of bottle to work with.
4. Cut and remove the top half of the bottle. You can now rinse it again and dry it well.





5. Use your scissors to trim the bottom edge up and make it so it sits evenly.
6. Apply some craft glue generously to the lid of the bottle. Sprinkle it with the glitter until it is well coated.
7. On your saucer, add some additional glitter. Set your special object on the saucer.
8. Place your cloche on top of the item. Instantly it will look so special, so charming, and like something out of a specialty boutique.

That’s it! Your guests will have to do a double take to realize you created your own high end looking cloche for just pennies. So gather your supplies and give this simple soda bottle cloche project a try!

Easy DIY Halloween Slime!

Looking for an easy and gross way for your kids to celebrate Halloween? Try this Easy DIY Halloween Slime!

 

 Easy DIY Halloween Slime

Take a walk down memory lane with me…

 

There you are 6 or 7 years old, walking through the store with someone and suddenly you see it. Call it whatever you will, but you may know it as Gak, Slime or even..Fart Puddy. You look up at your Mom…or Aunt..or babysitter; whoever you happen to be shopping with and flash those puppy dog eyes are you quietly say “please?” You’re a tad bit heartbroken when they tell you no…and you vow that when YOU have kids, they will be able to buy the slimey and gooey substance whenever they want.

 

Sound familiar? No? Ah well..made for a nice story though, right? LOL!

 

With Halloween just around the corner, a lot of us are looking for ways to gross our kids out and make our houses as spooky as can be. That’s where this super fun craft comes into play! This DIY Halloween Slime is perfect for letting the kids do by themselves and is great for creating gross displays for Halloweeen! Even better is that it’s great to keep the kids occupied and takes less than 10 minutes to make! Easy, fun and cheap? OH. YES. Momma approves.

 

You will need:

  • ¾ Cup Cold Water
  • 1 Cup Elmer’s Glue (This is roughly 2 regular sized bottles)
  • ½ Cup Hot Water
  • 1 tsp Borax
  • Food Coloring (regular, not gel…we used green and yellow together to create the color that we ended with)

 

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First off…let’s not mind the paint and other goop on the table…we do a lot of DIY and crafts on it and its kinda sorta beat up. I’m working on restoring it and I’m positive that at some point you’ll see THAT on here as a post…lol. In a medium mixing bowl, add the 1 cup of glue to the 3/4 cup of cold water

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Add in a few drops of food coloring to start to give it color. Mix it well then continue to add more drops, 2-3 at a time until you reach the color that you’re looking for. We added about 12-15 drops of green then switched and add 6-8 drops of yellow to get a neon green/”booger” color..lol. (As stated by my Emma…)

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Keep stirring until the colors are mixed with the water and glue well and you can’t see anymore white from the glue.

 

 

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Next, mix the hot water and Borax in a small mixing bowl. Stir until the Borax is dissolved.

Once the Borax is dissolved, slowly pour the hot water/Borax mixture into the glue mixture and give a few gentle stirs. You will notice the “slime” starting to form almost immediately as soon as the Borax water touches the glue water. Is supposed to do that. :)

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This was taken right after we poured the Borax water in with very little mixing done. See how it already has started to form a solid on its own? That’s what you’re looking for. Once mixed, pour off the excess water and have fun!

 

To store your slime, place in an airtight container. This should keep for at least a week or longer if stored correctly. Lastly, thank you so much to my neighbors daughter “M” for letting me borrow her hands for a final pic…for 30 shots until I found one that I semi-liked.. :D

 

 

7 DIY (and cheap!) Back To School Gift Ideas for Teachers!

7 DIY (and cheap!) Back To School Gift Ideas for Teachers!

 

7 DIY (and cheap!) Back To School Gift Ideas for Teachers!

Chances are your child’s teacher has been spending all summer preparing for a new school year. Teachers give so much of their time and money on preparing for a new year, new students, and a fresh classroom. Why not show your appreciation for all of his or her efforts with some fun back to school gifts? You don’t have to be super creative or crafty, and you don’t need to spend a lot of money in order to show your child’s teacher that they are #1 in your book. Take a look below at these quick 7 diy back to school gifts ideas for teachers that you can try this year. Your child’s teacher is sure to feel special!

Goldfish crackers
Give your new teacher a box of Goldfish crackers or put a basket together of small assorted flavored cartons and include a note that reads, “I am glad I am o-fish-ally in your school!” Have your child sign her name and presto, you have a great gift that is fun to eat and sure to make her “smile back.”

A fun fruit basket
Give teacher a basket of fruit with notes such as “I am bananas for you, **insert your teachers name here** .” Or “We make the perfect learning pear.” Tie the notes onto the fruit and your child will be the “apple of teacher’s eye.” Your teacher will not only love this but will love having an extra healthy snack on hand.

A fancy new ruler
Find a fun and bright ruler and tie a tag onto it that says, “You really measure up, Teacher.” This is a gift that is not only fun, but so practical. Check out your local dollar store for a wide assortment of rulers in all sorts of colors and patterns.

A calculator
Along the same lines as the ruler, you can find an inexpensive calculator at a local retail store and include a note that says, “You really add up, Teacher.” This is another gift that is not only fun but practical. Your child’s teacher is sure to get plenty of use out of it!

A package of glow sticks
This idea is super fun. Give your child’s teacher a package of glow sticks along with a note that says, “You really light up my life, Teacher.” How cute is that? You can also do this idea using light bulbs or if you are really feeling generous, a small lamp, candles, or night light.

A package of pens or pencils
What teacher can’t use extra pens or pencils? Snag a pack of colorful pens or pencils and give them to your child’s teacher along with a note that reads, “You’ve got the write stuff, Teacher.” She is sure to get a chuckle out of it and enjoy having extra pencils on hand.

100 Grand Candy Bar
You can take a 100 Grand candy bar and include the note, “Teacher, you are worth a hundred grand to me!”  At the end of a stressful day, she will love having a tasty chocolate bar to enjoy. You can also do this with Lifesaver candy and tell her she is a “lifesaver” or something along those lines. Be creative, and have fun!

See how easy and inexpensive it is to show your child’s teacher how appreciated they are? Give one of these fun and frugal back to school gifts a try and see how easy it is. You can try one or do one of each and give teacher a gift each day the first week of school. She is sure to get quite a kick out of it and appreciate the kind gesture.

10 Back To School DIY Projects

Looking for a great teacher gift or DIY project to help your kids go back to school? Check out these 10 Back to School DIY Projects!

10 Back To School DIY Projects

 

Back to school doesn’t have to be a boring, hair pulling, kicking and screaming time. It can be fun and helpful too! Whether you’re looking for a cool teacher gift to welcome the new year or something that will help your kiddlet make it through the year, these 10 Back to School DIY Projects are sure to fit! Take a look and let me know what you think!

 

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Ruler Framed Chalkboard Sign via The Thinking Closet

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DIY Paper Book Covers via One Creative Mommy

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DIY Lunchbox Icepacks via Stockpiling Moms

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Keep Calm and Teach On Teacher Gift via Frugal Coupon Living

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BTS Pencil & Crayon Wreath via Crafts n Coffee

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DIY School Locker Accessories via Second Chance to Dream

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Thankful Tumblers Teacher Gift via Mission to Save

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Pencil Photo Cube via Crafts n Coffee

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Baco to School Crayon Vase Teacher Gift via A Little Claireification

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Back to the Grind Teacher Gift via Stockpiling Moms

Easy DIY Upcycled T-Shirt Scarf!

Don't throw that old tee in the trash! Use it to make a cute Upcycled T-Shirt Scarf! Quick, easy and super cute!

 

 

Easy DIY Upcycled T-Shirt Scarf

 

I love upcycling things that would otherwise end up in the landfill, don’t you? Not only does it help put less junk in the city dump, but its a GREAT way to save a few bucks! One of my favorite upcycle projects are to use t-shirts for something once they’re past their wearing prime! Yeah, we could use them for cleaning rags, but really, who wants to cut up their favorite shirt and banish it to the mop bucket? I sure don’t! I would much rather turn it into something that I still love and can still enjoy! The upcycled t-shirt scarves are so easy to make too!

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You Will Need:

 

Directions:

 

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Lay the shirt flat and using your paper plate as a template, trace as many circles as you can on to the shirt, avoiding any seams in the shirt. For a size Large shirt I was able to get 6 circles traced out.

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Cut out each circle, starting on the edge of each circle cut a spiral out of each circle, keeping a 1 – 2 inch width.



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Take each strip and pull them gently so that the edges will curl.

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Take 2 strips and using the fabric glue, glue the ends together.  Repeat this with each strip.

 

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Allow glue to dry completely. The seams will be hidden in the back of the scarf, but you can always take a small scrap piece of fabric and wrap it around the seams and glue to hide them. If you’re using any kind of embellishment, wait for the seams to dry and then add your bling or sparkles.  Once its fully dry, you’ll have an awesome upcycled t-shirt scarf!

 

Don't throw that old tee in the trash! Use it to make a cute Upcycled T-Shirt Scarf! Quick, easy and super cute!

 

 

Simple No Touch Silver Cleaning – How to Clean Your Silver with Simple Household Items!

 

 

Silver can be a pain to get clean and silver polishes are so expensive! Check out this simple no touch silver cleaning method to save both time and money to make your pieces look fantastic again!

Simple No Touch Silver Cleaning – How to Clean Your Silver with Simple Household Items!

 

So I love silver. I love how it looks sitting in my kitchen curio, but yes, I’m cheap so I refuse to ever pay for it new. As a result, I end up with a lot of silver pieces that are tarnished and worn by the years and in dire need of help.

Like this goblet for instance:

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I picked it up at a yard sale a few weeks back for $2.00. $2.00! I wasn’t about to let that kind of deal pass me by, even if the goblet is just silverplate. I don’t care about the plating, I just wanted the ooooh shiney in my curio that I knew laid under the years of neglect that this bad boy had seen! So I picked it up and off we went.  I had a small serving dish that I had been waiting to clean too so it was the perfect time to get it done!  Here’s my thing though…I do NOT like paying for silver polish and I do NOT have the time to sit and polish each piece one by one. I certainly don’t have the time to scrub with lemon juice or whatever to remove years of tarnish.

That’s why I LOVE doing it this way! This method works for all silver, including jewelry and coins (although any coin collector should tell you NOT to clean your coins b/c it diminishes their value) and yes, you can do silverplated items, BUT…if you’re going to do silverplate, be aware that you may actually end up damaging it if there are any cracks in the plating. Water and gunk can get up under the plating and cause structural weakness in the item.

 



You will need:

  • A container large enough to hold what you’re cleaning and water
  • Baking soda
  • Aluminum foil
  • Steaming hot water – enough to fill your container and cover whatever it is you’re cleaning. (I fill THIS stockpot with water and use it…gotta love my chili pot…lol.)

 

To start, line your container with the foil. Be sure that there isn’t any part of the silver that will not be touching foil. Place the silver that you’re cleaning into the container and make sure of 2 things. First, your silver needs to be touching the foil. Second, any silver pieces need to be touching each other. Silver touching metal foil touching silver helps to conduct the special voodoo magic that cleans the silver for you… :D (okay, not voodoo but it does help to conduct the “charge” a bit better).

 

Heat the water up until it’s just below boiling. Once it’s got a good heat on it and is steaming hot, pour the water into your container making sure that you add enough to cover your silver. After your done with the water, be sure to check that the silver is still touching the other pieces in case it got moved off by the water.

 

Add 1 tablespoon of baking soda per half gallon of water. I usually add a bit more just to be on the safe side.

 

Let the silver sit in the baking soda/water mixture for an hour or so. After a few minutes, you will start to be able to see that it is working. In this pic, I only filled it half way so that I could show you guys how easy it is to see that the tarnish is coming off.

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My goblet after 1 treatment

 

 

If you have a super tarnished item, like the goblet was, you may have to re-do the process more than once. This bad boy actually took 3 times to get it all off of the outsideIf you do have to re-do the process, just use the same foil, dump the old water mixture and re-heat fresh with new baking soda. I’ve never had to change out the foil.
Speaking of foil? Ewwww….once you’re done? Throw it away. I know that some people reuse foil, but this is NOT the time to do that.

 

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Ewwww….tarnish yuckies on the foil!

 

A couple of things…I leave mine in the solution until the water cools. Be aware, the silver pieces will get VERY hot. Use tongs when you first pull them out.  Once the tarnish is removed though, pull your silver out of the water and immediately dry thoroughly. Seriously. Dry it until you can’t anymore. If you leave ANY water spots on it at all, you’ll have tarnish again. Once they’re dry, put them away, wear it if it’s jewelry or whatever!

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Pretty in my curio! Don’t mind the curio…that’s another DIY project for another day… :)

Simple Spring Button Bouquet Craft – Kid Friendly, Cheap, Easy and Adorable!

This Simple Spring Button Bouquet Craft is kid friendly, budget friendly and easy to make! Make up a few to brighten up your home for less!

 

Simple Spring Button Bouquet Craft – Cheap, Easy and Adorable!

If you adore buttons, this craft has your name on it! I know it is called the Simple Spring Button Bouquet, but really, its perfect anytime of the year! Perfect for your home décor needs, a gift, or even for use in a wedding, this beautiful button bouquet is simple to make and makes quite a statement. It’s so easy to make too! Get the kids involved and you’ve got a perfect weekend craft idea!  The supplies you’ll need for this are easy to find and not too expensive either. We found them all at our local craft store. The great thing about this is that you can really personalize it and make it your own by using different colors and shapes of buttons!

You will need:

  • Assorted buttons. Look for various sizes and colors.
  • Florist wire in varying thickness.
  • Scissors
  • Silk greenery

Directions:
Stacking your buttons in the order that you want them to be stacked in on your bouquet. You should use at least 3-4 buttons per bloom on your bouquet.
Run the florists wire through the hole of the largest button first. Only run it through one hole on the button leaving the other 3 unlaced.
Continue stacking buttons, smallest to biggest threading them through the wire as you go.

This Simple Spring Button Bouquet Craft is kid friendly, budget friendly and easy to make! Make up a few to brighten up your home for less!
Once you’ve got the buttons you want on your bloom stacked, , fold the wire over and run it through the second set of holes in your button. Then, take the wire where it ends and wrap it around itself (see pic above) to create a tie and keep the buttons from coming loose.

 

Repeat the steps above until your stems are complete then add some color by tying on some silk greenery to the stems.

See how simple it is to create your own button bouquet? Kids will enjoy this craft just as much as adults, so gather your supplies and give this easy DIY a try! It is a great way to brighten up a space for less.

DIY Cereal Box Menu Holder

Buried in clutter? This DIY Cereal Box Menu Holder is a quick, budget friendly answer! It works up in about 15 minutes and looks great when finished!

 

DIY Cereal Box Menu Holder

Instead of digging in the junk drawer or feeling around on the top of the fridge, create a holder for all those pizza and Chinese food  menus. Not only is this DIY Cereal Box Menu Holder pretty and functional but you can pat yourself on the back for up-cycling! It is a great project for the kids to get involved in and tidies up some of your  kitchen clutter on the cheap! Even better is that you can match any kitchen decor! You can find scrapbook paper in a wide variety of colors and patterns at Hobby Lobby, Michaels, or any craft store to suit your tastes. These are also great  for holding mail, bills, kids artwork, school papers, single page recipes or other papers making it a very versatile craft! I have several that I use around our house. We use them in the kitchen, my Emma’s room and my office the most, but they’re seriously a HUGE clutter saver!

 

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You Will Need:

 

Directions:

Measure how tall you want holder to be by putting in your largest menu or papers that you will be putting into it and marking  the height slightly smaller than your menu in the back. It may be easier if you have issues cutting, to draw your mark all the way around the box.

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Cut the very top portion (i.e. the part you open) completely off of the box.

 

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Now, cut the front of the box off where you made your height mark at.

 

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Cut the sides of the box up at  an angle. You will want it to be even and equal on both sides so it may help to measure.

 

 

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Cover box in a thick, even coat of glue and press scrapbook paper onto front, starting right at the top cut edge, smoothing  out bubbles as you press flat, then, wrap paper over the bottom, smoothing it as you wrap it around to the  back.

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Fold the sides inward, like wrapping paper on a present and fold to the back so your seams don’t show on the front. Dab a bit of glue onto any loose edges to make certain that they are sealed well. At this point, if you want, you can glue a second piece of paper over the back to finish off the entire thing. I chose not to because when they’re hanging, the backs can not be seen so I didn’t see a real point in covering the backs. Back to how to finish this thing!

 

 

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Glue chalkboard label to front of box and let dry completely.

 

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Fold Washi tape ( I found this Washi tape at the Dollar Tree) over cut edges of box to finish it off.

 

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Cut 2- 4” or longer pieces of magnetic tape.  I buy the kind that has adhesive backing but I don’t feel like it sticks well under any amount of weight, so to be sure that it will hang well, I secure it with a hot glue gun.

 

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Secure the magnet tape onto the back of your box and let dry.

 

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Hang, fill with menus, and enjoy!