The tubing makes great handles for gift bags. You could just add them to a paper bag, or make your own bag from a paper envelope. I've made cute gift bags from tyvek envelopes turned inside out, and folded to make them into a bag with a bottom and sides. Then just add the tubing for handles and decorate the tyvek if you want. One of the funkiest bags I've made was from a plastic bubble wrap envelope which I left right side out, folded and stitched gussets, then flipped it inside out so the bubble part was on the outside. I used the IV tubing for handles, and it had a cool industrial look. Unlike much gift wrap, this is something guys might actually like.
Are the syringes long enough that you could make a cuff bracelet out of it? I'm thinking of those bracelets made by heating and bending toothbrushes. But a syringe might not be long enough to make it most of the way around a wrist.
If you are baking holiday cookies to give away, these canisters are great for packaging them. You can remove the paper label and use it as a pattern to cut a piece of gift wrap or other paper to cover the container, or you can draw, paint or stamp directly onto the cardboard. You can remove the circular label from the plastic lid and replace it with a circle of card stock on which you could write a greeting, or your recipe.
How cute! I did something similar for my son when he was about the same age, but he was a tree. I used a camouflage-print hooded sweatshirt and attached tons of fake leaves all over it. Then I stuck a little fake nest with an egg inside on top of the hood, and stitched a little stuffed squirrel to one sleeve. He wore it with brown pants (for the tree trunk). I stitched on all the leaves instead of using glue, and it was SUCH a pain in the neck. But boy, was he cute. Nice job!
What a great idea. It looks great. I bet it took FOREVER! If I got my hands on one of those frames, I think I'd try sewing a removable liner, so it could be cleaned if it got dirty. In my house, EVERYTHING gets dirty!
Thank you! There is no decoupage or decoration of any sort, just the packaging. The adhesive was the only part that wasn't recycled. Of course, there's no reason you couldn't make it prettier by decorating it, but I've been on a big reuse kick for a while and I don't mind if my projects look obviously recycled. I hope that, if people can plainly see how I've reused an object, it will get them thinking about doing something similar.
I hope I am posting this in the right place! My entry is a couple of craft supply caddies made from juice boxes, Shout Color Catcher boxes, and the metal handles from Chinese food takeout boxes. Here are the containers:
Here are the caddies empty:
And here they are loaded up with markers, pencils, rulers and paint brushes:
The juice box caddy is made of 6 boxes, with 2 rows of 3 boxes joined back to back with strong doublestick tape. The metal takeout box handle fit perfectly into the straw holes in the juice boxes. The other caddy is made of 2 Color Catcher boxes taped back to back. I removed the top flap of the box and added a bit of electrical tape along the top edge for reinforcement and poked holes for the handles. These things look flimsy but are actually fairly durable. They're great for carrying and storing craft supplies. You could also use them for carrying your dining utensils and napkins outdoors.
Also, does the project have to be a bag? Because when I think carry-all, I can imagine something other than a bag! For instance, something to be used for storing/carrying craft supplies wouldn't necessarily be a bag.