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Topic: What to do with old markers? Weave a jar! (Short tute)  (Read 14191 times)
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« on: September 13, 2010 12:10:58 PM »

I've been going through old boxes of things I never use, and there were bunches of markers that had gone dry, or that had the tips worn off them. I gathered up some of the thin ones and used ribbon to bind them into this neat desk storage jar!

It's great for holding tall things that won't sit well in my pens jar, like my 18" ruler.

So here's how you do it! You'll need markers of relatively the same height (I used 23. Make sure you have an odd number or the weave won't work right!), lots o' ribbon, hot glue, and a base. I used the metal lid from an old peanut butter jar.
Set up your markers in the base by dabbing a blob of hot glue on the bottom of a marker and pressing it down on the lid for a few seconds. The markers will look crazy at this point, but they'll even out once you start the weave.

Glue the end of the ribbon to the base of a marker and begin weaving 'round and 'round and 'round. If you run out of ribbon, like I did, you can tie on another piece and keep going.

My strategy for the weave was: make sure the ribbon isn't twisted, then grasp it with both hands, a few inches apart. Bring your hands together, making the length of ribbon in between into a loop. Slide the loop onto the marker behind which you want it to go and pull it down all the way. Then pull the end until it snugs up. I had to mold the markers a bit as I went, to make sure they weren't sticking to far out or in, but it was a fairly simple process all said!
After I'd secured the end at the top when I'd run out of marker, I squeezed some Elmer's glue into the spaces at the bottom, to give it a bit of extra stability. I would have preferred something stronger, but we work with what we have!


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« Reply #1 on: September 13, 2010 12:32:48 PM »

This is awesome! Great use of old markers.

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« Reply #2 on: September 13, 2010 12:34:33 PM »

awesome idea.
i think i'll have to try this sometimes

« Reply #3 on: September 13, 2010 02:25:58 PM »

There are so many creative people on this site!  I would have never thought of that!
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« Reply #4 on: September 13, 2010 05:51:50 PM »

What an awesome idea! No more sending dead markers to the landfill! Can't wait to try it!

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« Reply #5 on: September 13, 2010 06:34:28 PM »

Great idea! Love how it turned out.

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« Reply #6 on: September 14, 2010 03:38:30 AM »

It's really a good idea. Creative~~
« Reply #7 on: November 04, 2010 09:45:27 AM »

What a great idea! Nice job. Smiley
« Reply #8 on: November 18, 2010 12:23:08 PM »

And the crowd collectively "OOOOOOOHHHHHHH"s :O)
I love it! GENIOUS!

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