What's the "One Thing" you swear by? The life-changing trick, cool DIY, or internet "hack" that you show off to all your friends and family? In this video series from The Spruce, our team of editors have tried so many things, and we're here to help you find your next One Thing.
Love "One Thing"? Us too! Scroll to see all of our episodes and let us know which one is your fave.
Episode 51: Create a 3D Gallery Wall With Plants
Gallery walls make the perfect center piece for any room, but did you know there's so much more you can do with a picture frame other than hang a picture? Emma shows you how to use frames to create a textured, 3D gallery wall full of greenery. This idea is perfect for the budget-conscious, plant lover, or anyone who needs to fill a blank wall in their home.
Episode 50: Make a Stylish Plant Hanger With Only a Rope
We know macrame is all the rage, but if you're intimidated by all those seemingly complicated knots, you've got to try Heddy's rope plant hanger. This DIY creates a similar look and feel to macrame but it's so much simpler to create and only takes minutes to complete!
Episode 49: DIY Dried Eucalyptus Wall Hanging
If it isn't obvious by now, we really love plants! Social Media Editor Emma Glubiak put together this simple yet elegant wall hanging using dried eucalyptus. She'll show you exactly how to recreate this in your own home for some fun wall decor.
Episode 48: Make a DIY Pom-Pom Garland for Any Holiday
Garlands are quintessential holiday decor and Emma's created a DIY that's perfect for whichever holiday you're celebrating. This adorable and colorful DIY pom-pom garland is just what you need to spruce up your mantel, frame a doorway, or hang anywhere on your walls.
Episode 47: Upcycle Tin Cans Into Lanterns
Heddy took these tin cans to the next level with a drill and paint to transform them into cute little lanterns. In just an afternoon, you can create these holiday-ready lanterns to hang around your home, porch, or balcony.
Episode 46: Testing Weird Amazon Gadgets
Mélanie and Melissa team up to test these mysterious Amazon products. Collecting dust in small crevices, picking up popcorn, and pulling lint from sweaters are just some of the things you can do with these weird gadgets. With an honest rating for each product, we'll help you decide if these trendy purchases are actually worth it.
Emma Glubiak, Social Media Editor at The Spruce, transforms her empty wine bottles into beautiful vases. The trick is to add metallic details to jazz up the initial paint job. These make great additions to any tablescape, especially for the holidays.
Oil and grease can be tough to remove from clothes and upholstery but The Spruce's General Manager, Mélanie Berliet has mastered these stain removing methods. We recommend baking soda, dish soap, or chalk for best results.
Episode 43: Pineapple Jack O'Lanterns
Spooky pineapple jack o'lanterns? Yes! It's a thing! Heddy walks us through the steps of this Pinterest-favorite. You need one kitchen tool in particular to make this DIY easy as pi-neapple.
Who knew there were so many rules around placing your litter box? Your cat will actually be so appreciative if you follow these rules, like keeping the box separate from their food and water dishes, and providing a bit of privacy.
Episode 41: Repurpose Your Tin Cans Into Stylish Planters
Upcycling extraordinaire and Managing Producer Heddy Hunt transforms average tin cans into stylish planters for her succulents. With the help of some chalky paint and Heddy's guidance, you can make these farmhouse-style planters at home, too.
Episode 40: Add More Storage With a Tension Rod
Senior News Editor Ginger Cowles transforms the inside of her kitchen cabinet with a tension rod. This easy trick will double your under-the-sink storage and it only takes about five minutes to set it up! Let Ginger show you how.
Looking for an easy outdoor activity to enjoy with your kids? Patrice Soso, VP of Brand Development at The Spruce explains how to mix up DIY bubbles using water, Dawn dish soap, and sugar.
Episode 38: Toilet Paper Roll Cactus
This kids' craft idea is actually fun for adults too—cacti are still a long-standing favorite among houseplant and trend enthusiasts alike. Mélanie will show you exactly how to reuse your empty paper rolls to keep your kids busy in quarantine with this cactus craft.
Associate Editor Melissa Epifano shows you just how a simple fork can help you get a lot done around your home (seriously). The next time you need an extra pair of tongs, to clean an oddly shaped bottle, to hang a picture frame, or to tie a tiny bow, grab a fork!
There are so many ways to make a DIY bird feeder but this upcycling trick might be one of our favorites for all of its possibilities. Transform a milk carton into a bird feeder, but also an owl, a monster, or a mailbox with Mélanie's help.
Episode 35: Turn Carrot Scraps Into a Beautiful Houseplant
We bet you didn't realize that you can make a houseplant out of carrots! This is one way to put your kitchen scraps to work outside of the compost pile and these carrots practically grow themselves, so you don't need to worry about too much maintenance.
Classic terracotta pots are the perfect blank canvas for creating more unique planters. Follow Heddy's instructions to recreate this look with a few rubber bands and some paint. This is a foolproof DIY that even those who often color outside the lines need not fear.
We love upcycling here at The Spruce! It's such an easy and sustainable way to give new life to your old stuff. Mélanie shows us how to use spray paint to revamp a picture frame, a basket, and more. This is the ideal DIY for thrift store finds.
The Spruce Eats General Manager Eric Handelsman is the hero of summer with these mini margaritas. Blend up a fresh mini watermelon, pour the tequila, add a straw, and sip directly from your watermelon bowls all season long.
Is there anything more frustrating than trying to wrestle a duvet cover onto your comforter? It's almost enough to make you want to skip laundry day. Mélanie has your back with this surprisingly easy-to-replicate folding trick.
Episode 30: Celebrate Your Cat’s Birthday With This Cake
Calling all pet parents! If your cat's birthday is coming up, try this easy recipe for a special birthday "cake" made of tuna, chicken, and sweet potatoes. Heddy shows you how as she celebrates with her cats Toast and Hops.
Episode 29: Try This Cereal Box Folding Trick
This folding trick will blow your mind! Who knew that there was a right way to fold cereal boxes? Let Managing Producer Heddy Hunt show you how it's done and stop worrying about stale cereal or messy cupboards.
If you're easily intimidated by gardening, this is the perfect beginner project to try. Mélanie Berliet, General Manager of The Spruce, shows you how to start an editble seed garden with seeds, potting mixture and a container. Mélanie uses an empty egg carton, but any container will do!
General Manager Mélanie Berliet tested three different ways to remove scuff marks from walls and was surprised by the outcome. Baking soda and water, rubbing alcohol, and a magic eraser are three different methods but with similar results—See for yourself!
Did you know that with marshmallows, confectioners sugar, and a little bit of water you can create edible playdough? The Spruce Eats Editorial Director Heather Ramsdell and her daughter Eve show you exactly how to do so! Add a little food coloring and your imagination to create little animals and figures.
Episode 25: Turn a Washcloth Into a Teddy Bear
Whether you need an activity for your kids or are looking for cute ways to dress up the guest bathroom, this clever craft is worth a try. In three easy folds, you'll have a teddy bear made from a simple washcloth, a pair of rubber bands, and ribbon to make a bow.
It's incredible what a new coat of paint can do to a piece of used furniture! Watch as Managing Video Producer Heddy Hunt uses this pretty coral color to make her old dresser look new again. This DIY is actually pretty simple: all you need to do is tape off a small amount of floor space (tip: garbage bags work great), clean and sand down your furniture, grab your brush and paint!
Keep a few single-use plastic bottles and upcycle them into gorgeous planters that can help breathe life into your home. Associate editor Melissa Epifano will show you how to turn something as ordinary as a plastic soap bottle into a chic decor item.
Want to DIY your own face mask? All you need is a bandana or handkerchief and rubber bands. Watch as general manager Mélanie Berliet shows you how easy it is to make your own in just a few easy steps.
When it comes to keeping your chips fresh, a bag clip or rubber band often fall short. The solution? Fire! Watch as general manager Mélanie Berliet shows you how to seamlessly seal plastic bags with just a ruler and lighter.
Whether you’re a fan of a fresh bouquet of flowers or prefer faux blooms, this tutorial is for you. Melissa is here to help you welcome in the new season with this DIY spring wreath tutorial. You’ll learn how to clip, arrange, and style your favorite flowers into a trendy hoop wreath.
This spray bottle is known for its ability to and anything. But WD-40 has quite a few more cool tricks up its nozzle. Melissa will show you four different ways that the spray can found in everyone’s cabinets will make your life easier.
Nothing is more frustrating than not being able to pry open your jar of pasta sauce before dinner or trying to loosen the too-tight pickle and pearl onion containers you need to open for game night. No need to call on your family members for help—watch Mélanie show you how to open the toughest jars easily.
Trying to figure out how that stunning bouquet last longer? Sami tested a variety of methods—everything from viagra to vodka—to see which one will keep your blooms at their brightest. You may be surprised to see which concoction works best.
If you’ve ever moved furniture off a rug, you’re probably familiar with the unsightly dents that get left behind. Don't fret! There’s a simple way to eliminate these tiny carpet craters. Watch Sami exactly how.
These spinning trays aren’t just great for taco night; lazy Susans have quite a few other useful purposes in the home. Sami’s here to help you step up your organization game as she demonstrates a variety of ways to use a lazy Susan—from organizing makeup to making a tabletop bar cart.
We all have those nearly empty candle jars scattered around our homes. The candles can no longer be lit, but tossing the empty vessel seems like a waste. So what can you do? With this simple trick, Melissa will show you how to easily remove leftover wax and your jars.
When it’s time for a toast, pouring the bubbly is easy, but getting the bottle open? Not so much. No one wants sticky floors, shattered glass, or cork-induced injuries. Sami will break down the easiest way to open a champagne bottle to keep you safe from flying corks.
Take to a whole new level this holiday season with some fancy napkin folding. Mélanie will show you how to easily master everything from a simple pocket fold to a Christmas tree so you can add a festive touch to your guest’s place settings.
Sprucing up your Christmas tree doesn’t need to be expensive or time-consuming. Our favorite holiday tradition? DIYing your own ornaments. Grab your paintbrushes and work alongside Melissa as she walks you through a simple painted ornament craft.
Run out of bows? Forgot to buy extra ribbon? Don’t fret! It’s much easier than you think to craft your own unique gift toppers. Follow along as Mélanie teaches you how to personalize your gift and make it look anything but basic.
If you’re anything like us, your spare fitted sheets are most likely balled up and shoved in the back of your linen closet. The combination of elastic band and rounded corners makes folding these bedding staples much too difficult. Don’t sweat it—Mélanie will show you how to perfectly fold a fitted sheet once and for all.
Sure, pumpkins and squash taste great in your favorite fall dishes, but they can be used for more things than just your culinary adventures. For a truly unique watch as Mélanie reveals the trick to turning gourds into festive fall vases. These one-of-a-kind masterpieces will be the talk of your fall get-together.
Condiments! Without a doubt, awesome for eating. But do they have a secret, secondary purpose? Watch as Melanie tests whether ketchup and vinegar can double successfully as cleaning agents.
Your fingers deserve to stay intact! Spare your digits the indignity of being smashed by a hammer during your next home improvement project with these helpful tricks Sami has mastered.
The hoodie is a wardrobe must-have for all. Let Mélanie teach you the most genius, space-saving method of folding your favorite hoodie so you can give this garment the respect it surely deserves.
What’s scarier than ghosts, witches, or werewolves? Making a healthy snack that everyone actually enjoys. While we’ll never say “no” to a few handfuls of candy, between trick-or-treating and Halloween parties, kiddos can quickly hit sugar overload. Watch as Melanie creates several delicious and nutritious spooky snacks, perfect for fueling your hungry horde.
Forgot to buy a Halloween costume? Don't worry! Sami has you covered with four unique Halloween ensembles that require nothing more than a few supplies and a hot glue gun.
No-carve pumpkins are more popular than ever before, and Melissa is here to show you three ways to embrace the trend. Using just a paintbrush and our Chalky Finish Paint, you can turn your pumpkins into modern works of art—gourd-geous!
Why is it that the ugliest stickers are the hardest to remove?! Melanie knows a relatively mess-free method of removing stubborn stickers from all types of surfaces, and the key is a common household item pretty much everyone owns.