By Elizabeth Schatz Passarella and Jaimee Zanzinger
Updated February 10, 2009
Little girl with puffy paint socks
Credit: Kathryn Barnard

Original Purpose: Adding 3-D pizzazz to T-shirts and crafts.
Aha! Use: Creating an instant nonslip surface on your child’s socks. Just dot on some paint, let dry, and ― voilà ― traction on slippery floors.
Reward: Fewer puffy eyes (from sliding into the bookshelf).