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561  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: HELP! What to do with an Army uniform? on: September 01, 2010 09:03:43 AM
I love the juxtoposition of male and female, hard and soft, tough and gentle in my own work, so I'd open the seams in the pants and use the shirt as the extra fabric and make a long skirt, possibly with a ruffle on the bottom.  Or a short skirt if you prefer that.
562  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Ugly reusable shopping bags on: September 01, 2010 08:49:11 AM
I have found that material makes a nice, soft stabilizer and strengthener (because it's practically indestructible) for other projects, like bags and wallets and wall hangings and belts and strap bracelets and necklaces and even shoe straps, by putting it between two pretty pieces of fabric and glueing it, to give it a bit more stiffness, if you want it really stiff, or just using a spray adhesive to keep it in place and then sewing, if you want something not too stiff.

I also collected about twenty and used them to move with, instead of boxes (for some of my unbreakable stuff, anyway), because you can put heavy stuff in them and they won't rip, and they have handles, unlike boxes.
563  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Backstage Passes? on: September 01, 2010 08:42:38 AM
Those are absolutely gorgeous.  I have an idea.  Send them to me!  Ahem.  Or if not, make the most kickin' collage ever, glued on a piece of hard pressed board.  The best way to make your collage look classy is to paint the board you're going to glue them on first, something like black, so there is no white showing through between the overlapping pieces of collage, then put the passes at all different angles of tilt for maximum visual dynamism.  I'd probably use Mod Podge so you get a nice smooth finished product and don't have to frame it or put it behind glass.

I'm soooo jealous!  They are sooooo awesome!
564  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Old Koozies??? on: September 01, 2010 08:37:47 AM
Ah, nothing says you care like unwanted styrofoam.  But anyway...koozies themselves are useful items, but no one wants that design, so I'd just paint them all funky and cool with acrylics and paint pens (Ohh, paint pen, is there anything you cannot beautify?  I think not.) and give them as gifts or even sell them, if your creations are kewl enough.  I'm thinking painting them black or hot pink, or lime, etc. or camoflage or rainbow, stripes or polka dots, cow design or leopard, or other fun, trendy, hip colors and designs, then glue-ing rhinestones or tiny silk flowers or stars or patchwork fabric, or other embellishments on them.  Remember to leave room for a hand to grip around the middle, maybe just trim the top and bottom.  Your recipients will totally have the kewlist koozies on the block.
565  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Water jugs on: September 01, 2010 08:29:53 AM
Maybe craft supply and/or toy storage buckets, and the kids could use acrylics and/or paint pens to paint them themselves, or even decoupage them with paper or fabric.  You'd have to make sure the edges were very smooth, maybe sew or heavy duty glue a bit of vinyl over them or something.  Maybe even melt them down smooth, but do that before you take them to the school, and watch out for toxic fumes.

On another note, do you have a store nearby with those water jug filling stations?  That's what we do, and that way we just just have 3 jugs we refill, and it's only 25 cents each time, which is cheeeeeap, too!
566  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Carpet/Vinyl Samples on: September 01, 2010 08:22:58 AM
How about cutting the carpet samples up and stitching them together from the back to make patchwork carpets?  If you didn't have something to do with the rugs after, you could then donate them to some charity that helps people get started in a home after being homeless, or maybe Habit for Humanity to help them furnish their new homes, or just auction or sell them for charity.  You can also paint vinyl with acrylic paint and make vinyl rugs of all kinds.  Very fun and funky!  (Thank you "Trading Spaces"!)  Just put several coats of polyurethane sealer on so it doesn't flake off.  You could wrap pieces of carpet around posts and make scratching posts to donate to animal shelters or sell or auction for charity, and maybe you can donate small pieces of carpets to animal shelters to put in the bottoms of cages.  Often those poor animals have to be on bare wire bars.  Not sure about that one because they might have to be easily washable, so thick blankets (which my mom and her friends have made for their shelter for the same purpose) might be all they can use.
567  Category Challenges / Reusing/Recycling/Recrafting: Challenge Entries / Re: Theme ideas on: September 01, 2010 08:11:18 AM
Being new, I'm not sure when this challenge is going to happen, but if soon, how about crafting something a college freshman would find useful, and if later, how about crafting a Halloween costume from recycled materials?
568  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / This would work for any charity, I think... on: September 01, 2010 08:03:37 AM
Charity Crafternoons!  Crafters get together on a regular basis, like weekly, bring their extra stash stuff with them, craft stuff together to sell for charity.  I proposed this idea to my local animal rescue that has a thrift store, and they were tickled and said they'd help organize it, and actually said they get craft stuff donated all the time and we could use it!  I'm going in tonight, as a matter of fact, to get it started!
569  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Re: crafting for patients? on: September 01, 2010 08:00:42 AM
I posted these ideas on another thread for children in the hospital, but what about coloring books, little drawing sets with markers, puzzles, sewing cards, felt story boards, and other little creative things kids can do on their own, like the little ready to make craft kits you can get from Oriental Trading Co.  They come several to a package, for just a buck or two per project for cost.
570  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Re: Need Suggestions For Children In The Hospital on: September 01, 2010 07:55:53 AM
What about things they can do by themselves, like coloring books, little drawing sets with markers, puzzles, sewing cards, felt story kits, simple beading kits, and ready to do crafts like the ones from Oriental Trading Co?
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