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« Reply #10 on: August 25, 2010 08:51:24 AM »

cut the belts into bracelets or for wide ones cuffs
cut into strips and coil each strip to make beads
use the belts as straps for bags and purses
glue to plastic headbands

What can you do with thick cardboard tubes 4" wide and 15" and 30" in length?
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« Reply #11 on: September 08, 2010 08:31:49 PM »

make castle towers in a dollhouse of cardboard
store drawings or decorative papers in them
make bangle bracelets (idk about your sizing)

what can i do with...six pack beer bottle holders (thin cardboard with funky designs)?
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FawnRose
« Reply #12 on: September 23, 2010 10:26:40 AM »

I would use them in minitures as carpet or wall paper designs (after cutting the words out) or maybe recoving them to make easter baskets for eggs for small children.
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My question: What can I did with bright blue bubble wrap beside mailers?
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« Reply #13 on: September 24, 2010 01:38:04 PM »

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My question: What can I did with bright blue bubble wrap beside mailers?

As a practical idea, you could use the bubble wrap to make cozies your pot plants, especially the ones that are out to overwinter in the greenhouse or cold frame. Electrical tape would be good to join the seams and good colours too.

For a more fun notion, you could do some modeling. The texture could be good as crocodile/lizard/snake skin. Make long sausage shaped rolls of the bubble wrap. Add embellishments such as cardboard feet shapes, eye-balls or forked tongues. Then paint with acrylic paints to finish... maybe a layer or 2 of kitchen towel papier-mache before painting might smooth out the body shaping before painting. You could put some wire with bended ends (heavy florist wire or old coat hanger) down the centre of your sausage shape to give your snake its wiggle. 

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What can I do with a sack of yarn off-cuts?

I visited a woollen mill recently and near the looms were boxes of trimmings. There are about 20 different types of yarns, most quite fine and some are textured. There are some in short lengths 50cm to a metre, and others in 4 to 6 metre lengths. Needless to say they are currently all knotted together but I am becoming adept at untangling the mess sitting on the couch of an evening.
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« Reply #14 on: September 24, 2010 08:40:05 PM »

My grandmother always knitted them into "remnant rugs" to use in the bathroom, or anyplace else where warmth was more desirable than fashion, although they were sometimes quite beautiful!

What can I do with an overstuffed queen-size comforter that's ugly as sin but relatively new?
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« Reply #15 on: September 25, 2010 04:29:03 PM »

"What can I do with an overstuffed queen-size comforter that's ugly as sin but relatively new?"

Make a duvet cover for it! If it's a queen sized comforter, maybe use a couple of king sized sheets? Anyway, get your two pieces of fabric, sew it closed at one end, and put some kind of closeure-a zipper, velcro, buttons-at the other end. Stuff your comforter inside. 
Give it away to someone. Use it to make a pet bed, or give it to an animal shelter-they like having old blankets and such. Give it to a homeless shelter.
But making a duvet cover for it is the best answer I have for making it useable for you.
Hmm....use it as the batting layer for a pieced quilt top?

My question-What's something you can do with old videotapes? I can't knit or crochet.
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« Reply #16 on: October 03, 2010 04:40:41 AM »

How to recycle video tapes....

Well there are the usual options. Send them to a specialist recycle centre, or, offer them on Freecycle or your local "Swap and Share".
Knitting, weaving and crochet are not options ... Hmmmm
You could use a little of the tape for bird scaring in your fruit/veg garden (if you have one) or more if you offer it to a local allotment or garden club.

Ah, I have just found this on instructables... rope made from tape. Here is the link for a rope making device...
http://www.instructables.com/id/Reuse-old-printer-ribbons-and-video-tape-to-make-r/


What can I do with my stash of used birthday and Christmas cards? I never have the heart to throw them away.

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« Reply #17 on: October 03, 2010 11:56:43 AM »

What can I do with my stash of used birthday and Christmas cards? I never have the heart to throw them away.

You could cut out the pictures (or whatever parts have the most meaning, really) and decoupage them into "treasure" boxes, especially if you have children.  Most shops that sell cigars keep old cigar boxes that would be perfect to use for this. 

If you're not thrilled with the idea of cutting them up, you could frame them and hang them as wall art, or scan them, and keep a digital copy of them on your hard drive forever!


What can I do with a bunch of little kids clothes?  They're mostly summer stuff, so goodwill doesn't want them, and no one in my family wants them (i've offered).  Little girl clothes, so lots of dresses in pinks and greens and brown.
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« Reply #18 on: October 03, 2010 07:42:03 PM »

When I was little, my mom use to make quilts for us using our outgrown clothes.  Plus, you could cut down and make doll clothes with them.  You could also make smaller items like headbands and wallets.

Here's a challenge, what do you do with old paintbrushes with stiff bristles?
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FawnRose
« Reply #19 on: October 04, 2010 11:22:38 AM »

use old brush brissels as grass in a miniture. With a steady hand and some glue it is very good for hiding mistakes. use the old handles for draw handles or garden markers.

Question: What should we do with 500ft of old telephone wiring?
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