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1  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Pantyhose/Tights/Nylons on: June 07, 2006 04:08:01 PM
Ever seen those faces made out of pantyhose (nylons, tights, whatever thin and stretchy)....well, that's what alot of people make use of their old hose, tights, etc..
They craft them into fabric dolls, etc..

They could also be used to make 'caps' for lightbulb characters...like a snowman hat...elf hat, santa hat...etc.
2  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Men's Ties / Neckties on: June 07, 2006 03:58:32 PM
I chatted with a lady who was renting a booth at a big craft fair in my area...
she makes and sells (for a hefty profit) ties made into soft fabric dolls..
Her clown character is a riot!

3  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: wierd sitution=lots of... on: June 07, 2006 03:55:59 PM
Depending on the type of wax....
you could melt it in a container you can pour out of, and drip it along the rim/top edge of a bottle...
put a short taper candle in the bottle top and use as a table decoration..

I know, cuz I got many from a church party my husband went to...I think they used those "Xango" (odd shaped tall/roundish bottles) drink bottles (made of glass)...
4  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: dried acrylic paint, anyone? (2 moderately big pics) on: June 07, 2006 03:51:49 PM
If you love those, you should try doing the 'marbling' technique with other paints...then you can dip whatever you want into your pattern and come out with some awesome looking 'swirls and such'...

Let's see if I can locate a link for you...http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paper_marbling

but they use all sorts of materials nowadays...even shaving cream! Don't know why...http://www.princetonol.com/groups/iad/lessons/middle/marbling.htm

this link has the photos of the shaving cream project they taught to elem. school kids.
5  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: TONS of wallpaper samples.... on: June 07, 2006 03:40:16 PM
Only 15? lol
I used to get about 75 booklets or more per year from a local design shop...

I use them for:
recovering boxes, making cards and envelopes, recovering can's (of all kinds, shapes, and sizes), collage.

I have seen them glued to wood (decoupage) pieces to be used as shelves, or coat hanging shelf type units. They sell for about $20 or more!

Hope this inspires you!
6  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: birth control cases on: June 07, 2006 03:35:28 PM
Yeah, a photo of what the case looks like would help..
I know when I used to take those..mine came in those odd little sort of roundish cases..
but I know there are lots of other shapes in the cases nowadays..

With all those little holes one could try weaving some pretty ribbons or threads through them and still use them for holding stuff.
7  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Old CDs / AOL CDs / AOL CD Cases on: June 07, 2006 03:32:42 PM
Cd's make good craft items...
I take those ugly preprinted on one side and shiny on the other side type cd's and glue them together (printed side 'in') with a good length of nylon filament (fishing line) down the center..
then I glue (also back to back but with the fishing line in the center) different sized mini mirrors (circles, triangles, diamonds, squares, etc.) and those mini preshaped jewel look rhinestones (butterfly, dragonfly, hearts, etc.) all the way down the line...
I add some beads or bells at the very bottom...
and I put one set of rhinestones in the open circle of the old cd...
make sure you put a loop at the top of the fishing line so you can hang this up from a ceiling or whatever.

Happy Crafting..

if you want to share photos of your crafts just drop me an e-mail..
I am also on www.allcrafts.net
 as 'califcrafter'
8  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: accordion lamp shades on: June 07, 2006 03:26:06 PM
Are you putting them back on the same lamps? You could spray paint them (fabric paints or dye) regular spray paint from the cans smell horrendous because they are enamels (meant for metal, etc.)
Or you could glue fringe, trim, or little decorative buttons, etc. on them.
9  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Wooden Tea Box on: June 07, 2006 03:24:10 PM
Sand off any lettering, or remove labels, paint or stain it, and glue some of those miniature buttons (themed), add some rub on lettering/ and or images, coat with a spray varnish and fill with goodies to give as a gift, or sell em like I do...

10  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Light bulbs on: June 07, 2006 03:16:17 PM
I found a couple sites that have some neat ideas (of course they are selling theirs online) but I thought I would share some I liked anyways...
Also, there are a couple books out there by the titles "Watt's Up", and "Watt's Happening" by Sandy Holman  that use standard light bulbs to make halloween, Christmas and other imaginitive characters with bulbs. I am going to make the snowman heads (with earmuffs) with those big 'globe' style bulbs.

Let's see if I can get the photos of the 'hot air balloon' themed bulbs to upload..oh nevermind...

here is the link....http://www.hotairballoon.org/balloonatics/

Happy Crafting! Cool
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