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By Gemma Comas and James Merrell
Updated February 03, 2009
Gemma Comas and James Merrell

Original Purpose: Keeping a ponytail in place.
Aha! Use: Making better arrangements. To keep all types of flowers in place in a wide-mouth vase, stretch a clear hair elastic around the stems, then let the flowers fall naturally.
Reward: Beautiful blooms styled in a snap.