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« Reply #190 on: April 19, 2007 09:11:38 AM »

I eat about three quarts of yogurt a week and my city doesn't recycle the containers, so I have more and more quart-sized plastic containers piling up all the time.  Any ideas for what I could do with them?
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« Reply #191 on: June 11, 2007 01:03:19 AM »

An idea for the plastic ice cream containers....I work in a preschool centre and I made a "tree" for the classroom.  You have to buy some quick- set cement (Home Depot) and hunt around outside after a storm to find a few branches that will look good together.  I think that branches with a lot of smaller stems coming off of them look the best.  Pour the cement into the container and stick the branches into the cement, holding them still for about five minutes (check what the cement package says).  After the branches are set, you can decorate your "tree" with white christmas lights and whatever else you come up with (strung pine cones, ribbons, etc.)  You can fill in the bottom with stones or wood chips if you don't wish to see the cement.  It really looks nice when the lights are dim.  I'm thinking about making one for my apartment too because I'm so impressed with it.   Wink  

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« Reply #192 on: July 09, 2007 09:23:20 PM »

I don't know if something like this has been mentioned, but when I've accumulated a bunch of those amber prescription bottles, I put aquarium gravel in the very bottom, followed by a layer of soil, up to 3/4 or so, then put several flower seeds in a tiny plastic bag (or wrap in a bit of plastic wrap) and place that little bundle inside and put on the lid.  Then I put on a label that's done like a faux prescription label, informing the recipient that this is an Rx for "the winter blahs" and prescribing to take with "appropriate levels of sun and water".  These make nice little late winter gifts for the mail person, trash carrier, favorite store clerks, etc.

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« Reply #193 on: July 11, 2007 09:56:13 PM »

I have a ton of glass Starbucks Frappucino bottles that I'm painting designs on and using them as vases for flowers. A painted vase made with a glass bottle makes a great last-minute gift. Cheesy


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« Reply #194 on: July 24, 2007 10:57:55 AM »

I was thinking you could fill a jar with candle wax and put a wick in to make them into candle-in-a-jars....would this work?

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« Reply #195 on: July 29, 2007 04:37:35 PM »

I'm not sure if this has been said or not, but I think on this site, in another post in another part of this site, someone mentioned you can use the pill bottles to hold small craft supplies. Also, if you know someone, or your into smelting, you can probably use the metal stuff for metal working. Hubby's going to get into smelting, so thought I'd pass the tip on.
« Reply #196 on: October 09, 2007 05:01:52 AM »

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I have a question about making the tin coffee cans into lanterns.  Does anyone have a place with good designs for punching the holes in the side.  I think I want to do a set for Halloween and then one for Christmas.


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« Reply #197 on: October 09, 2007 09:42:20 AM »

Don't know about designs,but another poster here suggested filling them with water and freezing them first.It held the cans steady,maybe kept them from denting in at more than the punch?
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« Reply #198 on: October 31, 2007 03:56:45 PM »

Baby Food jars

I found an old stand up sewing box at the thrift store ($5.00) you know the really old ones that open like a book and had 3-4 shelves. The top shelf had little wood dowels for holding thread and the back insides were padded for sticking needles in.

I took a bunch of baby food jars and I screwed baby jar lids in a row onto the bottom of the shelves on the side that did not have the wood  dowels.
I then filled the jars with my beads, and screwed them into the lids, put the bead thread on the dowels and of course my different beading and leather needles in the padded area. When you closed it the jars fit nicely above the wood dowels and the box closed perfectly

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I was able to move it easily around my house and to go do classes (give) with a good supply and it was easy to open and view. It does weigh about 30 pounds but that is a manageable weight for me even to lift onto a table.

I had such success with the concept that I had my husband build me some wood shelves over my work bench and I did the same thing I use them for all sorts of working material. 

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I then took old milk crates (No. I didn't steal the milk crates I bought them for a dollar a piece at an auction!) the full size ones and painted them then I tie wrapped them together and made myself two rows of shelves
The  bead boxes I have fit nicely two side by side and 4 high in these shelves.  I stacked the crates 5 high and tie wrapped both sides together for extra strength. One shelf holds forty bead boxes! Each box has 16 individual squares that are 2" X 2" so thats a lot of space.
Because the crates have a thick wall I was able to label each "bin" so that I could organize my materials
Also because there are holes in them I bought some bungee cords at the dollar store and was able to make hanging loops for items I need to hang like leather strap etc.

Coffee Cans
In the shop where I keep my lapidary supplies I have a ton of small coffee cans they fit nicely in large flat plastic trays that I got at the dollar store, like rectangle drink serving trays. I keep all the rock that  I collect separated in the cans. labeled and then in rows on the trays when I want to add to the cans or take rocks out to tumble or work I just slide the tray out from underneath the bench.

Another good use for coffee cans. My mother makes a special pumpkin spice bread every year for Christmas, tons of loaves of bread she uses small coffee cans she saves throughout the year and makes the bread in them. They come out with a neat ring design and she wraps them like large pieces of candy. They slice nicely into nice round slices to.

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« Reply #199 on: November 04, 2007 08:09:47 PM »

The coffee tins can be punched and used as lanterns. You would fill them with water, and freeze it. Then take an awl or nail and a hammer and make a design. then add a tea light and presto you have cute luminaries for your porch or driveway. The is especially cool for Halloween and Christmas.

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