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« Reply #120 on: July 30, 2012 09:51:05 AM »

1. You can glue them to the outside of glass candle holders (such as in the link) to make rustic candle holders. http://www.homedit.com/beautiful-diy-wood-sticks-candle-holders/

2. You could make a star burst wreath or a star burst mirror.  Maybe spray paint them silver for a cool futuristic look.

3. You could use some of them to make antlers on a deer sculpture, if you're sculpturally inclined.

4. Oh! and what I did with the small twigs was use them for the base of God's Eyes. http://gingerbreadsnowflakes.com/node/73  I love how this person beads hers. I'm planning to do this when I get more yarn.  I already have the beads, monofilament and twigs!

OK, now...what can I do with old blankets?
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« Reply #121 on: July 30, 2012 04:38:11 PM »

You could: make wreaths, use them to cover the outsides of pillar candles to make them more decorative, make fire starters by wrapping them in dryer lint (just make sure it's natural fiber)...umm.  Probably more, but that is it off the top of my head.

What can you do with all those "silly bands" that the kids no longer want, but you still have all over the house?
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« Reply #122 on: August 02, 2012 05:14:48 AM »

Old blankets can be easily turned into tote bags (particularly because they are already "lined". Just cut one 18x36 inch rectangle (or double the approximate size you want at the end) and two pieces that are 5x20 for the handles (or adjust to the length you want.
Then with right sides together, sew the sides of the main piece, and fold in the open top about 1 inch all around and seam to get a finished top. Fold the long edges of the pieces for handles to meet in the center, pin and sew down that seam with a wide zigzag stich. Attach the handles as you want and you're done.
There are simple variants that can make this nicer with plenty of tutorials on line.

Or, if you don't need totes or don't sew, donate them to dog shelters (at least the one near us takes old blankets and towels that the dogs use to play and chew.
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« Reply #123 on: August 02, 2012 12:35:32 PM »

Forgot to include the next item to use up:

What can you do with double knit fabric (that synthetic stuff from the 70s - wears like iron, but really heavy and generally uncomfortable)?
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« Reply #124 on: August 03, 2012 03:38:28 PM »

Double knit fabric:  Make fabric yarn (cut into small strips) and crochet/knit a rug.

Different way to use PET bottles?
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« Reply #125 on: August 03, 2012 04:23:22 PM »

Had to google that. It isn't good to melt any type of plastic, and I don't know what ways you are referring to, I just recycle that type of things, but if I had any of those I wanted to craft something for, if they are clear I would fill with colored water and hang in a window for color, but if they are dark, I can't help you.

I have a lot of broken jewelry and no tools. Any suggestions?
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« Reply #126 on: August 04, 2012 10:01:54 PM »

Are you wanting to mend it or make something with it? Necklaces, or all kinds of jewelry? A couple of pairs of cheap pliers will let you do a lot. You could use old jewelry to make new jewelry, you could use necklaces in a windchime or mobile to look pretty. Just hang them up in a window. Clip earrings can be shoe clips to dress up your shoes, or made into pins and brooches. Earrings can become thumbtacks on a bulletin board. Or just offer to trade it to someone else for supplies you will use, put it in your sig.
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« Reply #127 on: August 05, 2012 01:35:59 PM »

Those are excellent ideas, mostly necklaces. Thank you.
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« Reply #128 on: August 07, 2012 07:11:30 AM »

My "silly bands" got skipped.  Looks like there were two replies at once.
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« Reply #129 on: August 07, 2012 08:20:30 AM »

I might have thought of something, but unfortunately I don't know what silly bands are Sad. I know, no kids=no clue.
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