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« on: June 16, 2010 05:11:04 PM »

I have got ALOT of little plastic containers that toys come out of maybe 50 or so.  (My little boy collects the miniature football helmets so thats where they came from).  They are clear with different color snap on lids.  I can't bear to throw them away, seems like they could be made into something.  Need some ideas,  please!  I have racked my brain for about six months and I can't come up with anything. 
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« Reply #1 on: June 16, 2010 05:17:52 PM »

Perhaps you could make mini-snow globes? You'd just need plasticine, water, and some white flakey stuff. They could be little additions to presents around Christmas time!
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« Reply #2 on: June 16, 2010 05:27:33 PM »

I made bug catcher necklaces last christmas for my nieces and nephew. Just string some beads and punch some holes in the top for the little bug to breathe and then they can carry their friend with them. Obviously encourage them to let it go after a bit.
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« Reply #3 on: June 16, 2010 05:30:23 PM »

Here is the link to the bug catcher necklaces http://whimsy-girl.blogspot.com/2009/08/bug-catcher-necklace-tutorial.html You could also fill them with other treasures.

« Reply #4 on: June 16, 2010 05:33:27 PM »

The first thing I thought of was snow globes too.  It'd be cute to make a bunch and hang them on the tree for ornaments.  Other ideas would be use them to organize small parts like beeds if you are a beader or seeds if you are a gardener. 
« Reply #5 on: June 16, 2010 06:11:31 PM »

You could drill holes through the lids and then pop them onto a strand of Christmas bulbs to diffuse the light or you could make tiny terrariums with bits of moss or small ferns

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« Reply #6 on: June 16, 2010 06:29:55 PM »

I save a few to put plastic pellets or bells in for stuffies. Obviously not baby safe but for older children or to add some weight they work great.
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« Reply #7 on: June 16, 2010 06:41:54 PM »

They work as resin molds!  Wink

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« Reply #8 on: June 16, 2010 06:49:59 PM »

How bout organizers? Small, hard objects wouldn't work out well (they may go flying), but soft stuff, like bits of elastic trim, embroidery floss, ribbon, and basically any soft crafting doodad you don't have large amounts of. I'm envisioning something like what you use to store nuts, bolts, screws, etc in a workshop/garage. You make a little shelf and screw the lids to the BOTTOM side of the shelf then snap the bowls onto the secured lids. I've seen this done with metal-lidded jars, like what olives and maraschino cherries come in. The top of the shelf can be for the containers with small, hard objects, because by holding the bowl in your hand while opening it, you're less likely to have your doodads go flying.

« Reply #9 on: June 16, 2010 06:54:40 PM »

Wonder if you could use them as a terrarium for some mini-type plants. Would be so cute. Like the micro bamboo shoots that grows in the gooey medium. I love the bugcatcher idea!:)
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