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« on: August 15, 2003 07:00:17 PM »

Ever since I asked my parents to save a few throw-aways I've gotten a quite a bit stored up and I'm looking for new ideas!

I've got:
*coffee tins (regular and jumbo sizes)
*glass jars (salsa, pickle, baby food)
*gallon plastic tubs (that ice cream came in)
*amber prescription bottles

I've covered a few coffee tins with ribbons and candy wrapper to use as packaging for gifts. I've made 7 candles out of the glass jars. I've stored beads and such in the prescription bottles.

I'd love to get some other ideas for items I can create and keep on-hand for last minute gifts since I tend to forget to plan in advance :-/

Any help is greatly appreciated!
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« Reply #1 on: August 15, 2003 07:39:15 PM »

I don't know if you've tried this yet, but for the glass items you could using "etching cream" to put words and designs on them and then give them away as glasses, vases, etc.

"Etching cream" can be found at craft stores.  What you do it lay  some letter stickers onto the jar, for example, that spell something, then dab on the cream with a sponge brush, let it sit, and then wash it off and peel off the stickers.  It looks as though you sand-blasted it.

You can get pretty inventive with stickers and masking tape.

The cream is caustic so you need to wear gloves and probably goggles, etc.  But it's pretty darn easy.

I hope to do a project with this stuff and post it here soon...

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« Reply #2 on: August 15, 2003 10:47:48 PM »

you could make wine/champagne chillers out of the gallon tubs.  just paint the outside or decorate somehow.. decoupage etc.... fill with ice and chill.  Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: August 16, 2003 01:44:27 AM »

I've used coffee tins as double boilers when making candles. You can use them for heating anything you wouldn't want in your normal pots and pans.
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« Reply #4 on: August 19, 2003 05:47:49 PM »

Take off all the labels and stuff and you can use them as pots or vases.
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« Reply #5 on: August 20, 2003 03:56:35 AM »

Coffee tins make great flower planters--you can contrast the flower and the tin colors. I have some lucky bamboo living in a Stop & Shop Quick Oats container and it seems to work really well.

I have little amber bottles of my own. I was thinking of making a mobile out of them (wrap wire around each one) and filling each one with dried flowers.

I've painted glass jars with poems and things and used them as outdoor candle holders.
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« Reply #6 on: August 21, 2003 01:18:11 AM »

If the mouth on the glass jars is wide enough, you could make a textured candle holder.  Just dump in some dried beans (dried peas for soup are great) or rice until the jar is about two thirds of the way full.  Place a votive or tealight on top.  It's a little different than regular candle dishes that you see in stores.  
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« Reply #7 on: August 21, 2003 01:32:10 AM »

An idea for the plastic ice cream containers....I work in a preschool centre and I made a "tree" for the classroom.  You have to buy some quick- set cement (Home Depot) and hunt around outside after a storm to find a few branches that will look good together.  I think that branches with a lot of smaller stems coming off of them look the best.  Pour the cement into the container and stick the branches into the cement, holding them still for about five minutes (check what the cement package says).  After the branches are set, you can decorate your "tree" with white christmas lights and whatever else you come up with (strung pine cones, ribbons, etc.)  You can fill in the bottom with stones or wood chips if you don't wish to see the cement.  It really looks nice when the lights are dim.  I'm thinking about making one for my apartment too because I'm so impressed with it.   Wink  
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« Reply #8 on: August 22, 2003 12:59:25 AM »

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RE: tins and such
Lately I have been taking sweaters (purchased at Salvation Army for a song) and have "felted" them by washing them in the washing machine.  I cut off the arms and make "cozies" for empty tins (I especially love the La Choy crispy noodle containters).  The tins become lovely pencil holders or vases that feel so snuggly to the touch!  
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« Reply #9 on: August 22, 2003 07:06:16 AM »

thanks for all the ideas and keep them coming!  With winter approaching, I'll need to stock up on ideas!

I just got another idea for the coffee tins. Redbook magazine had an article on organization.  They took soup size cans from the Container Store, painted them and then attached the bottom to the wall to make  cubbies for post-notes and little stuff.  

I don't have the magazine or I'd scan it
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