She Buys Dollar Store Cooling Racks, Uses Them In Brilliant New Ways Around The House
Marilyn Caylor 1/31/2017
Cooling racks are normally used to safely cool down cakes and cookies after they've been baking in a hot oven. However, you can also use inexpensive dollar store cooling racks for a whole lot more than just sweets. These racks are fantastic stand-ins for portable grills, jewelry hangers, and they can even help you make guacamole in a flash! Check out all the fabulous ways to use cooling racks at home.
Hack A Cheap Grill
Not everyone has the time or money to invest in a regular BBQ grill. If you just want a fast way to char some meat at an impromptu picnic or tailgate party, then head to the dollar store and grab an aluminum roasting pan, a cooling rack and some charcoal. Problem solved!
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Wet Shoe Rack
Rain and snow tend to attract all sorts of yucky stuff on the bottom of your shoes or boots, which is probably not something you want to track into your house. But, it's easy to make an inexpensive wet shoe rack with a baking sheet and a cooling rack from the dollar store. While your boots are drying in the entryway, you can kick back and let your feet dry in front of the fireplace.
There are plenty of women out there who own a ton of stylish shoes, but by the same token, some men also love to stockpile gorgeous ties! Help the man in your life find a dedicated place to organize his ties - with a dollar store rack! If you hang the rack on the wall, there will still be plenty of closet space left to store your shoes.
Make Quick Guacamole
Who doesn't love eating guacamole? But, sometimes it can be a chore to make it from scratch - that is, until now! There's a simple way to make this popular dip in no time flat - just take a bowl and place a cooling rack on top of it. Push half of a peeled avocado through the rack to automatically dice it into perfect bite sized pieces. Check out the rest of this yummy recipe here.
Or Slice A Batch Of Bananas!
A cooling rack can also slice bananas, which is really convenient if you need to make a large fruit salad or you have a bunch of zoo monkey kids to feed. Just remove half of the peel lengthwise, and then push the banana through the rack. Make sure you have a bowl handy to catch all the goodies that drop down from above. How bananas is that?
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Make An Inexpensive Play Kitchen
It's super easy to upcycle an old table or hammer together a few pieces of wood to create a tiny play kitchen. When you add a real dollar store cupcake pan and a cooling rack, your kiddos will have a ball letting their imaginations take over!
Store Tissue Paper And Fabric
There's no need to keep pretty tissue paper and fabric folded up and tucked out of sight in a box. Add a hanger to a dollar store cooling rack to instantly create a multi-tiered storage solution for your favorite craft items. You can even stick with a DIY theme by using a fancy ribbon to tie the rack to the hanger.
Create Your Own Bubble Fabric
Textured fabric comes with a premium price at the craft store, but you can make your own with a cooling rack from the dollar store. Just make sure that you select a rack with tiny square grids instead of rectangular ones. To create the bubbles, press the fabric into each grid with the tip of a wooden spoon or chopstick. Check out Pieced Pastimes for more details on this cool project.
Perfect For Earrings
There's no need to spend a lot of dough on anything when you can make it yourself. For example, a cooling rack from the dollar store is a great way to store your stash of dangly earrings. All you need to do is screw a couple of s-hooks into the wall so that you can hang up the rack up for easy access. Even a couple of long nails will do the job!
Store Your Lids
You probably have a kitchen cabinet where you toss all of your plastic lids. However, it can be hit or miss trying to find what you need with this kind of haphazard storage solution. But, if you use a cooling rack and a basket to organize the lids into different shapes and colors, then you'll find your bowl's perfect match in no time!
DIY Wall Display
If you have a small kitchen, then you know that counter space is premium real estate. That means the crockpot gets first dibs, while notepads and pens get shoved into the back of a junk drawer. Yet, it's pretty simple to make yourself a cute wall organizer to store these much needed items. Hang a cooling rack onto the wall, and use magnetic binder clips to keep your grocery list, coupons, and pens in one easy to find place.
Create A Stunning Chandelier
Who says that chandeliers have to be made of sparkly crystals? Reach into your fabric basket to create a fabulously different kind of chandelier that's machine washable, too! Grab a dollar store cooling rack, and then head on over to A Beautiful Mess to find out more about this fun DIY project.
There's just no end to the number of ways you can use an inexpensive cooling rack. It can be used to organize just about anything, all without making a dent in your pocketbook. From hanging up fabrics to creating hanging organizers, this "cool" rack definitely belongs in your DIY toolbox.
Sources: YouTube/HouseholdHacks, Brooding On, Pinterest/Darlene Luke-Ridge, Have Yourself A Time, YouTube/DaveHax, For The Love Of Preschool, Love2Dream, Pieced Pastimes, Pinterest/Heather Jones, DIY Home Sweet Home, 20 State, A Beautiful Mess, FB Image Credit: Home For 4 Sweet Home