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While making my two granddaughters dollhouses for Christmas, I found painting all the small pieces—there are 850 thin roof shingles alone—a daunting task. For speed's sake, I decided to spray-paint the parts, but I had to find a way to prevent them from blowing away.I created a grid of reinforced strapping tape (as shown) with the sticky side up on top of a box. By pressing the shingles to the grid, I painted up to 200 at a time, and was able to reuse the grid several times before replacing it. With the time I saved, I actually got the houses finished by Christmas!—Ellen Strange, Waverly, N.Y.