Pinterest nail or fail: Mixing it up

JULIE STELLFOX/Sun-Gazette Correspondent Pipe insulation from a hardware store is used to baby proof a wooden bed frame.

This month I tried a couple of random pins. They are both related to the home, but that’s about all they have in common. I typically have some sort of theme with my column each month, but this time I’m kind of mixing it up.

I’ve been trying to finish up toddler proofing my daughter’s room, before she climbs out of her crib one night and gets into things she shouldn’t. I got magnetic drawer locks and a large outlet cover with doors to cover cords with bulky plugs. I was going to buy that pricey foam or rubbery soft strips to put over furniture with hard or sharp edges, but I decided to turn to Pinterest first to see if there were any DIY options before I spent the money.

I found a pin that suggests getting foam pipe insulation from a hardware store. It sounded cheap and easy enough, so I decided to try it out. I found it for $1 for a 6-foot piece, locally. It also already was cut and had self-sealing adhesive. I held the foam up to my wooden bed frame and cut it to the size I needed. I peeled off the plastic lining covering the adhesive and pushed it down to stick onto the wood frame. I doubled it up on the corner with the piece I cut off, and ran the rest of it down the other side of the bed frame. I wasn’t sure if the adhesive would stick to the wood well enough, but it’s been a couple of weeks and it’s still going strong. This was a Pinterest nail. I plan to get more to finish the rest of the bed frame, now that I know it works well, and I’ll also use it on a few more pieces of furniture in my daughter’s room and around the house.

The next pin I looked up was how to fold a fitted sheet. I’ve heard that there was a way, or a few ways, to neatly fold a fitted sheet. I always just fold it like a regular sheet and it ends up looking more like a ball than a flat fold.

I found a pin with pictures, because for something like this, I need a visual. I tried it with one of my daughter’s crib sheets. First you lay out the sheet as flat as you can, with the fitted part showing on top. Then you take the bottom half and pull down on the fitted part as you tuck the back part of the bottom of the sheet up. That step is really hard to explain, so the see step-by-step photos to help. Then tuck the bottom part of the sheet up into the top part. So you now have a rounded top to the sheet and a flat bottom. Fold the sheet in half by bringing the top down. Now you’ll have a long narrow sheet. If you’re using a large sheet, you might have to fold it in half again. Now, fold it over once or twice, depending on the size of your sheet, to make a square, and you’re done! A nicely folded fitted sheet. My folds could be a little better, but I’m sure the more I do it, the nicer it will look. Now they are much easier to store. Another nail.

I will say, not all pins on this are easy to understand. That’s why I say I need the visual. Just reading some of the explanations were fails for me. You also can find several other ways to fold a fitted sheet on Pinterest.

Stellfox is a former Sun-Gazette editor who loves to try new crafts, recipes and other ideas out on Pinterest. Her column is published on the second Sunday of each month in the Lifestyle section.

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