Prepare to pucker up: For a smoother finish, press the sticky side of a piece of tape to your lips to remove dry skin (that is not cracked) before applying lipstick.
Identify plants: Use clear tape to cover seed markers in the garden. You'll be able to read the names all season long, rain or shine.
Try a new color: Find out what "Hot Tamale" nail polish will look like on you. Place a small piece of tape on your fingernail, then brush on a test coat.
Arrange flowers: Clear tape, when applied across the mouth of a vase in a grid formation, makes an invisible guide for arranging flowers.
Seal the frayed end of a shoelace. Create your own plastic end with a wrapped piece of tape.
Get hung up: Before hanging a picture on a plaster wall, put a small piece of tape where the nail will go. This will prevent the plaster from chipping when you hammer in the nail.
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New Uses for Corkboard
Soak it up: Cut a corkboard liner for the bottom of an umbrella stand.
Place under doormats, seat cushions, and laptops: Put corkboard under anything on a slick surface to keep them from sliding around.
Store hair accessories: Mount the corkboard on a wall and hang thin hair bands, elastics, and clips with thumbtacks or hooks.
Slip corkboard sheets under plates for a new take on place mats: Use letter stamps to personalize them with family members' names or an appropriate message ("Bon appétit!").
Protect your tables: Cut into four-inch squares to use as minimalist coasters.
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New Uses for Name Tags
Maintain your book collection: Write your name on the tags and stick them inside book covers so borrowers know where to return your best sellers.
Keep track of coats at a party: When a guest arrives, jot the person's name on a tag and attach it to his or her coat. Then, as people leave, you can quickly retrieve the right black wool peacoat from among the many.
Send a letter: Use a name tag as an address label.
Sort dishes: Label the bases of pans and Tupperware containers at a potluck dinner so each one is returned to its proper owner.
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New Uses for Permanent Markers
Cover small bleach spots on black garments: Just make sure the marker isn't a much darker shade of black.
Save a photograph: Use a permanent marker, such as a Sharpie, to black out unsightly red-eye in prints.
Fill in scuffs and scratches: Use on shoes, furniture, or a car's interior.
Update a lamp shade: Apply a guide of masking tape around the bottom of a lamp shade, a half inch from the edge, then use a marker to color in a dark border. Repeat for the top edge. For the more artistically ambitious, make a design on the shade with a stencil to create a filigreed or stained-glass effect when the light shines through.