The best trick of all is repairing broken stuff. You would be amazed that in this throw away age so many things can be repaired easily. Invest your money in quality tools, and you will find the tool pays for itself in the first few repairs you make with it. There are wonderful adhesives and tapes that people aren't aware of that work wonders. Take an hour and go to a home hardware store and really browse around to discover some of these wonders of the modern world. You can also look online at some great catalogs that sell woodworking supplies, and find a great assortment of fine tools that you can use to repair almost anything.
I saw this newsprint manicure over on The Daily Nail and thought it was adorable (especially for bookworms and word lovers like myself). I did a little Google detective work to see how to recreate it, and was surprised at how easy it is! All of the tutorials I found called for vodka or other clear distilled spirits, but we were fresh out. I used isopropyl alcohol instead, and it seemed to get the job done. I tried a quick and dirty version this afternoon to share it with you: