Original purpose: Freshening your breath

Aha! use: Holding birthday candles. Make sure you buy the original rolls of candy for a snug fit. (The LifeSavers sold in big bags are slightly larger and don’t work as well.) Secure the candles inside the candies, then place on top of the frosting.

Reward: Holey salvation! No more puncture marks in the tops of your cakes.


Original purpose: Helping you through a weepy movie

Aha! use: Storing plastic grocery bags under the kitchen sink. After “Terms of Endearment” has exhausted your supply of tissues, stuff bags into the empty box.

Reward: Restored order in your cabinets and bags ready for reuse


Original purpose: Spearing hors d’oeuvres

Aha! use: Marking a roll of packing tape. After each use, place a toothpick under the loose end. The next time you have something to seal, pick up where you left off.

Reward: Tape and fingernails that aren’t picked to shredsDRIED SPAGHETTI

Original purpose: Hooking up with marinara

Aha! use: Lighting multiple candles. If you don’t have extra-long matches on hand, try a piece of spaghetti.

Reward: No toasted fingers

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