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341  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Soda/Beer Cans on: February 23, 2010 05:42:55 PM
there's a site called aluminouspublishing.com with LOTS of online patterns, but for some reason their site is down today, so I can't post the link - it must be there
342  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Used 8 1/2 x 11 white paper from our admin office - what to do with it? on: February 23, 2010 05:23:58 PM
I've recently taken up origami - the special paper is a bit pricey for practicing stuff I've seen on the net, so I use
scrap paper for working out the kinks on new creations, then use the good stuff. Then I look like a pro   Wink
343  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: cinder blocks on: February 14, 2010 08:05:46 PM
I Used Some Leftover Ones To Make A Planter Box. One Day After Planting Flower Seeds, I Couldn't Wait For The Flowers To Come Up And Look Pretty, So I Borrowed
A Book From The Library Titled "Painting On Rocks" And I Painted The Cinder Block Fronts With Acrylic Painted "Flowers" And "Hostas".

A Family At Our Campground Had A Small Dog They Wanted To Keep On Their Lot. Since We Don't Own The Camper Lots, They Couldn't Put A Permanent Fence Up.
They Stood Cinder Blocks On Their Ends And Ran 2 x 4's Through The Big Holes Of The Cinder Blocks. It Ended Up Looking Like A Small Corral, And It Worked For Their Small Dog! FYI: To Achieve A Corner, You Need To Use 2 Blocks Side-By-Side Facing Different Directions.

Whatever You Choose To Do, Have Fun!
344  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Used 8 1/2 x 11 white paper from our admin office - what to do with it? on: February 14, 2010 07:48:09 PM
My Friend Sent Me A "Letter" One Day When Her Office Was Throwing Out A Carton Of Continuous Paper. She Wrote 1 Word On Each Page, And It Was A Funny Letter, And She Bundled It Up And Mailed It To Me. Well, I Was Very Surprised At The Big Envelope And The 250 Page Letter! I Enjoyed It So Much, I've Kept It For 25 Years So I Can Read It Back To Her At Our 25 Year Grad Reunion!

Use A Hole Punch On One Edge And Thread A Piece Of String Or Yarn Through & Tie Up

Write A Letter To A Friend And Be A Blessing On Their Day!
345  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Roses on: February 14, 2010 07:31:25 PM
Fresh Roses? - Or Silk Roses?
346  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Shiny knit fabric on: February 14, 2010 07:29:33 PM
I Know I'm Late For Christmas On This Post, But It Can Be An Idea For Christmas 2010.

Make Re-Usable Christmas Gift Bags Using Colourful Christmas-Themed Ribbon As Drawstrings. The Stretchy Fabric Is Perfect.

I Have Teens That Like Coming Over And Playing Video Games. They Sit On The Floor Alot, So I Made Some Throw Cushions They Can Just Tuck Under My Son's Bed When They're Done Using Them...This Funky Fabric Would Make Awesome Ones.

How About "Pimpin' Your Ride?"...Make Slick Seat Covers For Your Car Seats!

Whatever You Choose To Do, Have Fun!
347  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Plastic Grocery Bags on: January 17, 2010 02:48:04 PM
I tried looking at your profile to see if you do knitting/crocheting - a lady in my neighbourhood cuts them into strips and knits/crochets them into tote/shopping bags - she trims the edges/ handles and sews the panels together with yarn. I saw on the internet somewhere where a person crocheted using grey bags to create beach sandals - different!

while this is not my medium of choice another idea came to mind - if your wall is a lighter colour like beige or white, paint a darker shade over it and while the paint is wet, scrunch up you plastic bag and lay it into/onto the wet painted wall, work on a section at a time, gently peel the bags off and continue with the next section - it is an interesting effect called "smooshing"

http://www.benjaminmoore.com/bmpsweb/portals/bmps.portal?_nfpb=true&_windowLabel=contentrenderer_1_4&contentrenderer_1_4_actionOverride=%2Fbm%2Fcms%2FContentRenderer%2FrenderContent&contentrenderer_1_4cnp=public_site%2Farticles%2Flearn_how%2Flh_faux_and_decorative_finishes&contentrenderer_1_4np=public_site%2Farticles%2Flearn_how%2Flh_smooshing&_pageLabel=fh_learnhow

whatever you choose to do - have fun!
348  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Used Glow Sticks on: January 17, 2010 01:22:41 PM
i get to re-use them for our youth group activites - just pop them into the microwave - maybe 20 seconds at a time shake 'em
nuke 'em again if need be - different microwaves require different times - also you can try using the defrost mode for a longer time - experiment - just be careful not to leave it too long - the small ones get hot! that's how glowsticks work in the first place - heat reaction of the chemicals inside.

night light: at our youth group event, we were using the glowsticks for lotsa activites. at the end of the night we put 8-10 of them in an empty pop bottle and it glowed all night!

I like the key ring fob idea for the big ones - hot glue a big pompom on the flat end - glue some googly eyes - maybe antennae
ooo!- use a yellow pompom, black antennae, use a black chisel marker and draw rings around the large glow stick - kinda like a glowing bumble bee bug!
349  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Vinyl lattices on: January 17, 2010 12:52:58 PM
in my other posts I love using "patio paint" - a dark green spray paint used for plastic lawn furniture - it's not shiny, hides outdoor dirt, and hides imperfections. use a pressure washer first to clean the lattice before painting.

I liked your outdoor patio enclosure idea, an 8' section would be wobbly and would topple with wind maybe 4-5' long.
to keep the breeze down & for more privacy weave fabric strips/silk flowers / vines/greenery through them. also weave inexpensive white twinkle lights through them (if You're good at stringing them each panel's lights will plug into the one next to it's lights ) use baby food jars, put a tealight in them, use wire wrapped around the jar's rim to create hanging luminaries. hang them from the lattice top edges every couple feet. if you're crafty inclined buy a can of cobalt-coloured spray paint, spritz some paint into its cap, use a paintbrush and paint blue leafy vine designs on the outside of the baby food jars
the nice thing about the enclosure is you can have your bar-b-q in there & hang your bbq utensils from "s-hooks" hung thru the lattice.

whatever you choose to do - have fun!
350  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Huge Vinyl Movie posters on: January 17, 2010 12:17:52 PM
we found a few too
here's what we used them for:

awesome giant crazy carpet for going sliding in the winter - pile as many people as you can on it
 (it will eventually tear, but it's a good hour or 2 of fun for a bunch of teens)

cut to fit a roller blind for a movie-themed room

1 of  the banners was white on the back, we recovered our wooden picnic table top with it. it's sturdy, easy to clean up, we could draw on it with crayons, markers & paint, scrub off and create another masterpiece

huge roll up dropcloth for painting

a smooth surface to cut fabric on

a weed inhibitor - i laid it down before laying patio stones & put crushed gravel between the stones - not a dandelion in sight!

ours had eyelets & we built a simple wooden frame (pergola style) over our patio and used the vinyl banners as an easily removable
roof for it. Just use screw-in cup hooks. We used green spray paint "patio paint" meant to spray paint lawn furniture ($5/can) - and it now matches our patio furniture too! I like this paint for lots of tasks because it's not shiny, has a bit of a texture, covers imperfections too!

whatever you choose to do - have fun!
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