Scour op-shops for antique containers such as Swarfega tins, fishing tackle boxes and berley buckets to store nails, nuts and bolts in. When I accidentally smashed our huge gilded mirror, instead of fretting about seven years of bad luck, I stapled padding and hessian fabric over the backing board to make a noticeboard for my husband to pin all his Supercheap Auto receipts to. After a hard day’s work under the bonnet, I can offer my bloke a relaxing back rub with the vintage Vampire massager my children bought him from Antiques in Thames. It looks like a rubber hedgehog crossed with a rolling pin. No sewing skills to make fabric bunting? Use pinking shears and scissors to make paper bunting instead. Cut a triangle template from stiff cardboard then turn the pages of secondhand books, old magazines or wallpaper offcuts into bunting flags. Add a pair of metal eyelets to the top of each flag to thread the twine through.