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At home, we like to keep our fruits in a decorative bowl right on top of our kitchen counter.  Although the fruits may be pretty, they attract a lot of fruit flies.  While the fruit flies aren’t entirely harmful, they are annoying, especially during hot weather days.  We don’t have screens on our kitchen windows (we took them out to wash the windows & screens & haven’t put them back on since then).  So, we don’t open our kitchen windows, even in the summertime, for fear of inviting more flies into our kitchen.  However, those pesky fruit flies seem to know how to weasel their way back into our kitchen.  Luckily, we found these two separate articles from Apartment Therapy on how to make your own fly trap.  All it takes is a few simple materials & boom! Your fruit fly problem is practically over.

Here’s what you will need to make your own at-home fruit fly trap:

  1. fruit fly trap1a clean mason jar or cup
  2. apple cider vinegar
  3. a sheet of scrap paper (old newspaper will work too)
  4. dish soap
  5. small amount of fruit (optional)

Here are the steps of assembling your fly trap:

  1. Pour a small amount of apple cider vinegar into the bottom of the jar/cup, just enough to cover the bottom
  2. Roll the piece of paper into a cone-like shape, to create a funnel effect. Make sure you keep the shape loose enough so that it fits around the inside rim of the jar/cup.
    (Don’t push the paper all the way down to the bottom. You will need to leave a gap from the paper to the base, for the flies to get through.)
  3. Place a 1-2 small drops of dish soap to break up the surface tension made by the vinegar, so the flies won’t sit at the top.  The flies will go through the funnel, but will have no way out.
  4. Place the trap anywhere in the kitchen (or around your home) & watch the flies (pardon the pun) ‘drop like flies’.
  5. This is optional, but you can also add a small piece of fruit into the jar/cup to attract the flies faster.  We used dates at the bottom of our trap.

Here is the finished product:
fruit fly trap2

After making this at-home fruit fly trap, we have seen a steady decline of flies in our kitchen.  I would definitely recommend trying this out for yourself & see what happens.  Cheers.

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I’ve decided to try my hand at a little bit of this new trend called “upcycling”….which is like the new black or something like that.  Actually, it’s the new & improved version of recycling-slash-refurbishing used and/or previously loved goods.  This is my little DIY project of turning an old candle jar into a nifty little storage container.

Jonathan Adler candle jar turned into a storage cup

This was my used Jonathan Adler candle jar.  After the candle wick burned down to the end, I didn’t quite know what to do with the leftover jar, & I felt like it would be such a waste to throw out such a pretty & perfectly good jar.  So, I decided to turn it into a storage cup.

  1. First, to clean out the last bits of candle wax: I poured approx. 1 inch of water into a cooking pan & placed my candle jar on the pan.  I turned the stove onto a low heat so the candle wax could melt evenly.
  2. Next, I heated the pan just enough to let the candle wax melt.  Note: DO NOT put the jar in the microwave to melt the wax.  Some candles have a metal clip to secure the candle wick, so it’s better to melt the wax over the stove instead.
  3. Once the wax was melted, I tossed out the metal clip for the wick & poured the remaining candle wax into another candle jar. (After using up this candle, I bought a replacement candle because it was my favorite.)  For all of the last bits of wax I just used a paper towel to wipe the inside clean.  I also thoroughly washed the jar with soap & hot water before using it.
  4. Finally, the cup is ready to be used for whatever is to be desired.  I used my candle jar to hold all of my necessary tubes in my medicine cabinet.  It really frees up a lot of space in the medicine cabinet.  Plus, it adds a bit of eye candy to a rather sterile medicine cabinet.

Also, just in case you’d like to know…this was the Jonathan Adler Acapulco candle.  I also have the JA Capri candle, & they both smell utterly divine!!

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