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341  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Plastic Grocery Bags on: January 17, 2010 02:48:04 PM
I tried looking at your profile to see if you do knitting/crocheting - a lady in my neighbourhood cuts them into strips and knits/crochets them into tote/shopping bags - she trims the edges/ handles and sews the panels together with yarn. I saw on the internet somewhere where a person crocheted using grey bags to create beach sandals - different!

while this is not my medium of choice another idea came to mind - if your wall is a lighter colour like beige or white, paint a darker shade over it and while the paint is wet, scrunch up you plastic bag and lay it into/onto the wet painted wall, work on a section at a time, gently peel the bags off and continue with the next section - it is an interesting effect called "smooshing"

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whatever you choose to do - have fun!
342  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Used Glow Sticks on: January 17, 2010 01:22:41 PM
i get to re-use them for our youth group activites - just pop them into the microwave - maybe 20 seconds at a time shake 'em
nuke 'em again if need be - different microwaves require different times - also you can try using the defrost mode for a longer time - experiment - just be careful not to leave it too long - the small ones get hot! that's how glowsticks work in the first place - heat reaction of the chemicals inside.

night light: at our youth group event, we were using the glowsticks for lotsa activites. at the end of the night we put 8-10 of them in an empty pop bottle and it glowed all night!

I like the key ring fob idea for the big ones - hot glue a big pompom on the flat end - glue some googly eyes - maybe antennae
ooo!- use a yellow pompom, black antennae, use a black chisel marker and draw rings around the large glow stick - kinda like a glowing bumble bee bug!
343  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Vinyl lattices on: January 17, 2010 12:52:58 PM
in my other posts I love using "patio paint" - a dark green spray paint used for plastic lawn furniture - it's not shiny, hides outdoor dirt, and hides imperfections. use a pressure washer first to clean the lattice before painting.

I liked your outdoor patio enclosure idea, an 8' section would be wobbly and would topple with wind maybe 4-5' long.
to keep the breeze down & for more privacy weave fabric strips/silk flowers / vines/greenery through them. also weave inexpensive white twinkle lights through them (if You're good at stringing them each panel's lights will plug into the one next to it's lights ) use baby food jars, put a tealight in them, use wire wrapped around the jar's rim to create hanging luminaries. hang them from the lattice top edges every couple feet. if you're crafty inclined buy a can of cobalt-coloured spray paint, spritz some paint into its cap, use a paintbrush and paint blue leafy vine designs on the outside of the baby food jars
the nice thing about the enclosure is you can have your bar-b-q in there & hang your bbq utensils from "s-hooks" hung thru the lattice.

whatever you choose to do - have fun!
344  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Huge Vinyl Movie posters on: January 17, 2010 12:17:52 PM
we found a few too
here's what we used them for:

awesome giant crazy carpet for going sliding in the winter - pile as many people as you can on it
 (it will eventually tear, but it's a good hour or 2 of fun for a bunch of teens)

cut to fit a roller blind for a movie-themed room

1 of  the banners was white on the back, we recovered our wooden picnic table top with it. it's sturdy, easy to clean up, we could draw on it with crayons, markers & paint, scrub off and create another masterpiece

huge roll up dropcloth for painting

a smooth surface to cut fabric on

a weed inhibitor - i laid it down before laying patio stones & put crushed gravel between the stones - not a dandelion in sight!

ours had eyelets & we built a simple wooden frame (pergola style) over our patio and used the vinyl banners as an easily removable
roof for it. Just use screw-in cup hooks. We used green spray paint "patio paint" meant to spray paint lawn furniture ($5/can) - and it now matches our patio furniture too! I like this paint for lots of tasks because it's not shiny, has a bit of a texture, covers imperfections too!

whatever you choose to do - have fun!
345  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Weird wooden watch wotsits??!!! on: January 16, 2010 11:00:52 PM
i like the kayak paddle idea - drill a couple holes in a piece of pvc pipe and thread
some nuts & bolts thru

you can try to remove the printing using nail polish remover/ lacquer thinner - try seeing if it will affect the finish on the bottom corner first.

it screamed unique book ends to me - make a vertical cut halfway up on one and halfway down on the other (make sure your cut is as wide as the thickness of the board) then slide one into the other

cutlery drawer dividers - not sure of the size of these - cut them in 3" wide strips lengthwise - use the same cutting procedure as the bookends cutting halfway up & halfway down and sliding the sections together

gift cutting board:
write around the perimeter in cursive using a black permanent paint marker "bon appetit" or another french or italian food phrase. make a homemade loaf of bread  or
block of cheese, maybe include a knife - tie it all up together with a piece of ribbon!

whatever you choose to do - have fun!
346  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: sheridan bottle re-use on: January 16, 2010 10:11:52 PM
i've never seen these before
vinegar & oil first came to mind too

shampoo & conditioner?
bath soap/bubbles & moisturizer?
baking soda & household cleanser for a carpet/fabric spot treatment remedy?
how about around the garage? our weed whacker & tiller both have 2-stroke engines and require a mixture of 2:1 of oil? and gas. my kids can't be trusted to do it properly, so we have it premeasured in a container ready to go!

whatever you choose to do - have fun!
347  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: scraps of ribbon on: January 16, 2010 09:52:57 PM
I saw on a home decorating show an AWESOME throw pillow made from ribbons

they wove the ribbons, pinned the ends, then sewed each 12 x 12" woven square
to a 12 x 12" piece of fabric ( you can do this once or twice depending if you want both sides of the pillow to  have this ). right sides in, sew another 12 x 12" piece of fabric to it. sew 3 sides, turn it back out,(if you can sew well, add a zipper - if not skip this step) stuff it, then hand/machine sew the pillow closed. If you're really keen
you can sew some buttons as a decoration too.

whatever you choose to do - have fun!
348  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Any Ideas for Rubber Dams? on: January 16, 2010 09:40:08 PM
at first I thought "rubber dams" was a euphamism for a condom with your comment about a safe sex educator and demo. - gaa!

the idea for a jar opener is a good one  - use a hole punch & put a hole in the corner to hang it in an easliy accessible area - giv'em to friends!

how about putting them under things to keep them from slipping like lamps, cutting boards, vases,etc. If you have laminate flooring, put/glue a piece under each chair/couch/table leg

cut them to size & use them as patches for your swimming inflatable floatie/ inflatable snow tube - I use krazy/instant glue with them dries instantly, and you're back in action!

I wonder if you could sew them together using a zig zag stitch? - I don't think the stitches will take. not really sure, but worth a try!

whatever you choose to do - have fun!
349  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Fabric and wallpaper samples????? on: January 16, 2010 09:15:50 PM
i used mine for all kinds of things, these are the 3 easiest.....

1)the paper samples: I learned to make paper bows from another craftster in the
paper crafts section she has a tutorial using magazine paper & a brass paper fastener, but the wallpaper ones were more sturdy and really turn out pretty. works best if you use a paper trimmer and not scissors (takes too long) cut into 1" strips.

2)this year I made victorian papercraft ornaments using the 90's florals papers
I've been wanting to learn origami so I incorporated some of them into the papercraft christmas ornaments.
the leftover scraps I cut into 4 1/2 x 1/2" strips, folded and made a "gum wrapper chain" like a lot of us made when we were kids. I put it on my christmas tree as a
garland and it tied in really well with the colours and folded paper theme

3)bookmark
Using the border samples: using a guillotine/cutter cut them into 2" wide strips
use your computer to  print a favourite quote, or personalize it with a person's name.
glue onto wallpaper piece back, trim paper to fit wallpaper strip. if you want to get really fancy you can use clear mactac over the paper part. You can also punch a hole on one end and make a simple yarn tassel and loop it with a little extra yarn thru the hole. I made these for all the kids at youth group one year - simple, personal and inexpensive

whatever you choose to do - have fun!
350  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Paper fan on: January 16, 2010 08:27:57 PM
3 Ideas

Wooden ones: paint them a dark colour then write a friend's name down them
using a paint marker. give it to them (or you can use it) as a bookmark

wooden ones: use as a plant spike or write the proper name of your plant on it (I'm always forgetting the names of my flowers) and put it in your garden

paper ones: spray/acrylic paint them maybe a gold or black hot glue a little snap on the ends or use peel n stick velcro or a punched hole & ribbon tie, - (you might need to trim it to size first) give to your 50 best friends as bracelets. maybe write a little message on them to remember you by

whatever you choose to do - have fun!
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