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1  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: What In The World Can I Do With .... on: May 17, 2013 02:45:37 PM
Here are a few ideas for ya!


Giant Pencils - as detailed at http://www.gluesticksandtape.com/2011/09/teacher-size-pencil.html (or try making colored pencils, crayons, markers, and glue sticks)

Turn these pencils into Box Top Collectors - as pictured at http://media-cache-ec4.pinimg.com/originals/54/4c/3f/544c3f894e9ae5860fb93e59e3c5c635.jpg

Pinhole Camera - as detailed at http://diycultures.pbworks.com/w/page/47794628/Pinhole%20Cameras%20(DIY%20approach%20to%20Photoraphy)

Bakers Twine Storage (or any type of string really) - as detailed at http://www.thescrapshoppeblog.com/2012/02/bakers-twine-storage.html

Charger Dock - as detailed at http://www.karimascrafts.com/2011/08/plug-organizer-tutorial.html

Give, Save, Spend Money Banks - as detailed at http://www.busykidshappymom.org/2011/08/give-save-spend-banks-make-your-own.html

Learning Tools such as Word Family Practice Tube - as detailed at http://boymamateachermama.com/2012/05/21/teacher-mama-word-family-practice-tube/

And the Place Value Practice Tube - as detailed at http://boymamateachermama.com/2012/06/28/teacher-mama-another-use-for-a-pringles-can-place-value/

Homemade Pick Up Sticks Game - as pictured at http://boymamateachermama.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/pickup-sticks-container.jpg and detailed at http://boymamateachermama.com/2012/05/09/boy-mama-from-chopsticks-to-pick-up-sticks/

You could try to use the circular container in place of the square one to create a periscope - as detailed at http://www.exploratorium.edu/science_explorer/periscope.html

Or a kaleidoscope - as detailed at http://momsnetwork.com/kids/crafts/crafts2.shtml or perhaps an easier version detailed at http://www.thechocolatemuffintree.com/2011/06/so-easy-kaleidoscope.html

If you don't want to get too crafty with them you could always use them as boot shapers - as mentioned at http://missiontosave.com/2012/09/third-thursday-repurpose-use-pringles-can-as-boot-shaper/

Also one may be able to use these containers as molds for soap and candle making.


I have wanted to try a few of these myself, but ran into a few bumps. For example: I can't figure out how to get the smell of the chips out of the empty cans for storage use, broke or cracked a lot of lids trying to cut holes into them, etc.

Hope this helped or at least inspired ya!  Cheesy
2  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: chenille bedspread - bath towels? on: April 28, 2013 04:25:32 PM
I'm not sure if you're still looking for ideas but here are a few that I've found. Also I'm not sure exactly how fluffy the bedspread is but I think all of the crafts would work with any type of material really.

Car Mustache - as pictured at http://www.sfgate.com/business/article/How-ride-share-services-skirt-taxi-rules-3835566.php  - To make this I would suggest to draw a template of the mustache shape you want out of a big sheet of cardboard then cut it out (maybe even have multiple cardboard sheets for stability) then glue them all together and let dry. Trace the mustache shape on the material, cut out and set it aside. Next make at least two holes in the cardboard mustache and thread sturdy wire through. (This is so you can attach it to your car.) Now you can adhere the fabric cut out to the cardboard template. You could glue it down or try to pull it tight enough and staple it down on the back side. Let it dry completely once again and you're done! Use the wires as twist ties to attach the mustache to the front of your vehicle.

Frankenstein Hanging Car Dice - as pictured at http://www.beserk.com.au/homewares-1762027606/hanging-dice-monster-blockhead  - I can't sew to save my life, but I'm sure it's fairly easy to sew a few blocks and fill them with stuffing. You can add the hair, eyes, and other stuff once the blocks are complete. Connect the two blocks using ribbon or braided yarn to hang on the rearview mirror.

Fabric Box - as explained at http://perpetualplum.wordpress.com/2008/02/16/building-a-basket-using-vintage-fabrics-and-grommets/  - There are tons of tuts for fabric boxes, I just really liked this design

Room Dividers/Folding Screens - similar to the one explained at http://www.familyhandyman.com/DIY-Projects/Woodworking/Woodworking-Projects/partition-any-living-space-to-make-a-private-room/View-All  - My cheat way of doing that craft would be to use an old folding screen or wooden doors (with hinges so they fold appropriately) and a staple or hot glue gun. Affix the material to the frame, making sure it's stretched tightly, and let dry if gluing.


HTH Smiley
3  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: A Burger-shaped computer mouse? on: April 28, 2013 03:41:11 PM
My first thought for this was a paper weight!

Hollow out the mouse then fill it with plaster and let it completely dry over a few nights. Now it's ready to sit on your desk to keep papers from flying away or to spark some conversation. Smiley HTH
4  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Some lightbulbs on: April 28, 2013 03:04:53 PM
This may sound strange, but I'm not sure how big the spaces are on the bulbs. My first thought is to try to craft them into wall paper holder thingies. Similar to a paper tower but much smaller and using it for recipe cards or greeting cards.

I would craft it by screwing the bulb into some scrap wood (so that the bulb hangs "sideways") with picture hangers attach to the back. Then hang it in the kitchen to hold the recipe cards I'm currently using or in the living room to discretely display cards I receive during the holidays or birthdays.

Another idea (if the spaces are too big for that) you could try is to use them in a similar manner but as a coat or towel hook. You could even paint them so each family member knows where their coat/towel belongs.

HTH  Smiley
5  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Cascade detergent containers on: April 28, 2013 02:37:55 PM
One idea could be to turn them into compost catchers and miniature worm farms for indoor use! Something like these but on a smaller scale for those without all the extra space.

Compost Bucket - http://www.diynatural.com/kitchen-compost-bucket-diy-easy-and-frugal/

Worm Farm - http://www.diynatural.com/vermicomposting-worm-farm-diy-easy-and-frugal/


I would love to make these but don't have to space for those big sized totes, so those containers would be perfect in my opinion.  Wink HTH
6  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: odd embellishments on: April 28, 2013 03:21:02 AM
Why not go ahead and create a homemade lite brite, but with awesome pictural pegs!?! I would if my mom would give me hers.  Roll Eyes 

I would go about creating it by using a plastic shoe box with a dark colored secure snap on lid (from the Dollar Tree or if you can't find one simply spray paint a clear one using multiple coats of black color), extra holiday string lights, a box cutter or other really sturdy blade for cutting plastic, a drill with appropriate sized bits (for the peg holes), and then the pegs. Use the box cutter to cut a small incision on the side near the bottom of the shoe box, use the drill & bits to create many peg sized holes in the box lid, and thread the lights into the box through the incision (leaving the plug on the outside). Now snap on the lid, play with the pegs, and then plug in/turn on the lights and see your creation!

7  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: What to do with... on: April 28, 2013 02:55:44 AM
After brainstorming for a bit here's what I've got for ya. Smiley You could try to turn them into [fridge, locker, file cabinet] magnets or fill the holes and attach a hook to the top for an ornament. Another thought to roll around would be to try to adhere thin cork board sheet to the pointy bottom tail part to create a bottle stopper (I would try to use it for my bath powder/salt bottles). If you're still interesting in using them in the garden, fill the hole to hold a label to use as a plant marker. I'm not sure if these could work as golf tees but I think that'd be pretty cool to do. Also I'm unsure how deep the hole is but you can try to make holders out of these (for a set of crochet hooks for example). I'm not sure what it's called exactly but you can always color them and glue them to a branch to create a sort of centerpiece or like go for the decorated shadow box effect.

Hope this helped or at least got your thinking juices flowing!
8  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: old menu covers on: April 28, 2013 01:20:20 AM
I have an idea of the menu covers you speak of; and my first thought is to make them into some sort of wipe off game/learning board with changeable activity sheets (using colored dry/wet erase markers). For example: different mazes, tic tac toe, hangman, complete the picture, color by numbers, practice writing, math, drawing, etc. Any wipe off idea would work (calendar, phone messages, etc). I've just been into creating early educational things recently so the games/learning board thing popped in my head.
9  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: A snot - like consistency! on: April 02, 2013 02:42:50 PM
There is a recipe for this on One Good Thing by Jillee. Her recipe used 3 bars of Dove soap and 6 cups of water.

http://www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com/2012/03/his-and-hers-no-grate-homemade-body.html

I tried this using Yardley's Lavender soap, and I apparently didn't leave it on the stove long enough and it turned into a jello like consistency as it cooled. She also states in her recipe that 6 cups is enough water for Dove but that other soaps may require more. Yardley's will require more water.

Currently mine is also snot like - but when I run out of my giant tub I'll try adding more next time I make it.

I tried a liquid hand soap recipe I created after "researching" other recipes online. My soap pretty much did the same thing; "jello" as it set, then more of a "cranberry sauce straight out of the can" consistency once completely set. After stirring it, it is a snot like consistency and for a first try I guess I really can't complain, but I really had to do something about it because this soap was to be a gift for my younger sister. I simply couldn't give her this soap with a consistency such as that.

I used Yardley's Honey Vanilla Creme soap, distilled water, and liquid glycerin. As previously stated, the first attempt resulted in the snot like consistency so I went back to the drawing boards and decided to reheat the mixture, add 1 cup more water and about .5 oz of soap shreds/powder. I heated the water until boiling, added my goop (stirring until dissolved) then added the soap shreds. I'm still waiting on my soap to set, and we'll see if this helped me achieve my desired silky (not snot) consistency.  Cheesy
10  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: A week in the life of... Photo swap round 3 on: September 02, 2009 02:27:18 PM
One more question, since this will be my first swap will I have 2 partners or 1?
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