Use your never used crossbow to decorate your house

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gorgeous crossbow creation

If you are such a frivolous person as me, the chances are that you take up a new hobby  month in month out. As I am an outdoor guy my hobbies have something to do with outdoor activities as well. But, as my enthusiasm fades out I give up on them as quickly as I started them. So as I was looking my basement last month I discovered an incredible amount of things I have bought throughout these years and only used them once or twice. What the hell I was thinking when I bought a tramboline? What caught my attention though was a crossbow.

It was 5 years ago that my good friend Mark invited me in a hunting epedition with his friends. That was a good time. We hunted, we stayed in a loft for the night, we drank whiskey, and then we hunted again. Well, to be honest, they hunted. I was just observing. When Mark fired his crossbow and brought down a deer, I was hooked. I was going to be the best bowhunter the world has seen. I came back home and announced the news to my wife. She just looked at me as if I was some alien but I didn’t care. I was determined.

I turned on my laptop and started researching what crossbow should I buy. After reading numerous reviews of the best crossbows, I was ready. Seven days later and 500 dollars poorer my crossbow package from Barnett finally arrived. I read the manual, assembled the crossbow, shot it my backyard 10 times and the sling was cut. That’s the end of the story. Our next encounter was last month.

Five years later I turned on my tablet this time to find out what someone could do with a crossbow, except the profound choice of course. Selling it wasn’t an option though, cause I wouldn’t get half my money back and I would like to avoid the hassle of posting an ad, meeting etc., so I decided to be creative instead. There was a spot above my fireplace that this crossbow could look nice.

I just needed some ideas


And here is what I created. It’s propably not worth 500 dollars but it looks good, my wife is happy, so I am happy too.

gorgeous crossbow creation

I would really like to hear your opinions. Be gentle, guys!



Wrench ring

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We accumulate wire hangers from the dry cleaners.  Nowadays we try to bring anything we are getting dry-cleaned in on a wire hanger, so we are re-using them, but we still have a number of excess hangers we don’t use for clothes.  I have found a lot of uses for them in the garage — one has been cut and stretched out to make a long hook for grabbing stuff I drop behind the work bench; others were used to make Halloween ghosts out of old strips of cloth; but one thing I use a lot if this wrench hanger:

I just cut a wire hanger at one “shoulder” and about half-way across the straight part on the bottom, then bent the thing into a ring, and bent the two ends into hooks.  The big hook lets it hang on a nail on the wall, and the two little hooks at the cut ends let me “lock” it closed.

I don’t know what to call this.  Basically I had a bunch of combination wrenches and wanted to keep them organized a little better.  So, it is something like a key ring … let’s call it a wrench ring.

Salt bucket umbrella stand

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We live in Ohio and every winter we need to buy a bucket or two of road salt to keep the driveway navigable. There are tons of ways to reuse those big 5 gallon buckets … as buckets … but one day I got an idea to use one to help organize the clutter of umbrellas and walking sticks by the back door.

I remembered reading that one of man’s many inhumanities toward animals involved using taxidermied elephant’s feet to make umbrella stands and stools.  But how about a creulty-free elephant’s foot umbrella stand?

Elephant foot umbrella stand made from a plastic bucket


You’ll need:

  • One tall plastic bucket (5+ gallons; ours is slightly taller than the usual 5 gallon bucket, maybe it is 7 gallons or so)
  • sand paper
  • plastic primer (Krylon and Rustoelum make spray-able primers just for plastics)
  • Gray paint (I just used gray primer)
  • black paint
  • Three index cards cut into toenail shapes
  • Modge Podge or white glue




  1. Remove the bucket’s handle, if any
  2. Sand the bucket to remove any dark markings or labels (roughing up the surface also helps give the paint something to cling to)
  3. Apply plastic primer
  4. Paint the whole thing gray
  5. Use Modge Podge or glue to attach toenails (apply a coat of it on top too to protect the nails and make them shinier
  6. Paint on black wrinkles to taste (you can look at a drawing or photo of an elephant for reference