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« on: August 20, 2006 11:38:00 AM »

I work in the dairy department in WalMart and I stock loads and loads of milk every day, as you can imagine.  Well about 1 in 6 jugs has this plastic piece stuck in where the handle hole is and they pop out realy easily (I'm sorry it's so hard to describe this  Embarrassed).  After a couple weeks working there I thought "I can't keep throwing these away.  There has to be something I can do with them!"  I have at least 200 I'd say.  Maybe more, I don't know.  But I could easily get more.  Anyways, I have no idea what to do with them.  Here's a pic of them.  There are two sizes.  I don't have many of the smaller ones but I have TONS of the big ones as they come in the regular one gallon jugs.  I put a nickle in there so you could relatively see how big they are.

Any suggestions you might have would be awesome as I really don't have any at all.  I kinda thought about coloring them with sharpies or painting them, poking holes in the ends, and stringing them like a beaded curtain.  That's the only real idea I have.
Anyways, thanks sooooo much in advance for your ideas!
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« Reply #1 on: August 20, 2006 11:55:51 AM »

when i first saw that picture i had no idea what those were. They looked like funky pads. lol

I'm not sure what you could do with them. Maybe melt them down and make them into something else??
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« Reply #2 on: August 20, 2006 11:59:07 AM »

first of all, i'd like to send my deepest condolences considering your unfortunate working conditions. Smiley but, concerning these little plastic buggers, the only thing that immediately comes to mind is some kind of beaded curtain either for doorways, or even better, windows.  i really like their shape, you could use all sizes and colors, and i think they'd let an interesting amount of light in.

 not the best idea, i know, but hopefully it helps to get the creativity train rolling.
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« Reply #3 on: August 20, 2006 12:10:09 PM »

hahaha honestly working at the WalMart I work at is not that bad.  Aside from a couple people, everyone is really great.  But anyways, yah I like the idea for the windows, I didn't really think of that.  And I have tons of funky fabric because the JoAnn's that's in my city closed  Cry Cry Cry and I bought a bunch of stuff on sale.  I can make some spiffy new curtains and attach those plastic thingies.  Woohoo!  Now all I have to do is get my sewing machine to stop being a jerk. haha  Thanks for the ideas!
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« Reply #4 on: August 20, 2006 12:14:24 PM »

I don't know what you can revamp them into- but they have some GREAT uses on their own!! My mom would LOVE to use them as guitar picks. They also work well as burnishers- I think that's the word- to rub the folded edge of paper to give it a crisp line.
I get milk delivered from the local dairy, and while that rocks, I have to return the jugs and they don't have normal milk jug handles. So I never see those any more. And I never have a gallon jug sitting around for cleaning/drinking/whatever....
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« Reply #5 on: August 20, 2006 12:24:22 PM »

I really like the guitar pick idea, but I think they're too long to hold properly.  Plus, it's not very strong plastic.  I think they'd be shot after a few serious uses.  Still, maybe I could make them into "guitar pick" jewelry hahaha ^.^
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« Reply #6 on: August 20, 2006 03:15:41 PM »

Cut them down. They're about the thickness of my thin jazz pick I use...

If nothing else, good for an emergency pick!
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« Reply #7 on: August 20, 2006 06:23:27 PM »

I wonder if you could drill two holes in them and use them like a button.  I don't think they'd make a great button, but have you seen those bracelets where they thread elastic cord through button after button after button so you have a bracelet where you see all the button edges.  Maybe if you colored them somehow?  I don't know...now that I type this out, I'm picturing it more clearly and I'm not so sure.  But I'll send it anyway, maybe it will spark something.
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« Reply #8 on: August 20, 2006 06:25:27 PM »

I've used them for "box cutters".... in particular for opening the plastic on things like 6 packs of mac and cheese and cases of water.  I'm thinking some sort of funky chandelier...could you use jewelery rings and make skeletons for halloween?  Letter openers.... Melting them has lotsa possibilities......
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« Reply #9 on: August 20, 2006 06:35:42 PM »

guitar picks!
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