10 Uses for Paint Stirrers
These gratuitous mixing sticks also come in handy for lots of non-painting chores
Whether coated in color or never used, these hardware-store freebies can really stack up. Give them another spin with these ideas.
Paint stirrers can help fill sizable gaps to level base cabinets on an uneven floor or straighten upper cabinets against walls that are out of plumb.
Cut stirrers to the height of the spacing between shelves and wedge them in at the shelves'midpoints, edges facing out. They'll bear the weight and disappear between books.
Cut notches into stir sticks every 1½ inches and assemble them as shown. Place the grid under a pot to prevent deck stains and rot.
Glue paint-coated stirrers to an inexpensive drum shade for a touch of whimsy in a crafts space or kid's room. (Use unpainted stirrers for a rustic look.)
Wrap long lengths of rope, twine, or electrical cord around a stirrer for tidier storage.
Drive a short flathead screw through a stirrer so that the head and the point both protrude slightly. Loop a picture frame's wire over the screwhead and hold the frame and stirrer against the wall. Lift off the frame, and tap the screwhead gently to mark the spot for hanging hardware.
When making small projects from concrete, such as stepping stones, use a stirrer to add material to the form and to scrape off the excess.
Tape or glue sandpaper to a paint stirrer and use it on corners and edges and in tight spaces.
Drill ¼-inch holes in a stick at the desired spacing. Lay it on the ground and press a pencil through each hole to mark spots for seeds.