Bricks Frugal Tips & Uses 

Uncommon frugal living uses for bricks.

Frugal Living Tips

Desk Organizer

An air brick has round holes drilled through it, which is useful to put pens and pencils in. Stick some soft material to the bottom so that it won't scratch your desk. You could even paint the air brick to match your other desk accessories.

Barbecue Base

To make a low rise barbecue for the garden, place four stacks of bricks with a oven rack for the top to create a simple barbecue. Place bricks in the base and create your fire inside.

Garden Border 

To make an attractive border for your flowerbeds bury bricks at a angle resting on top of each other along the edge of the bed. This give any garden a very orderly and attractive border and helps to make gardening a lot easier by keeping the weeds from spreading.

Book Ends

To prevent books from falling off of a shelf place a brick either end of the shelf. You can cover them with a decorative material if you prefer or keep them natural for a rustic look.

Tables or desks

I recently placed three large breeze blocks on top of each other to make a table leg. I painted two stacks of breezeblock with white paint and then balanced a piece of thick MDF on top to make a impromptu desk. Many people commented on how contemporary it looked.

Garden path bricks

Discovering a lot of old bricks in a skip I foraged them out and made a great garden path from them. I used small pea gravel between the bricks, so there was no need for mortar etc.  What’s really great about this idea is that I can decide to move the path if I want to redesign the garden.

(Tips from Readers Digest Practical Problem Solver) 

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