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« on: August 18, 2008 02:17:50 PM »

So my work ordered a ton of ink pens with their name & address stamped on them. They are very brightly colored but most of them are garbage and either won't write or won't twist to extract the ball point. All these pens have just been getting thrown away and I couldn't bare to see another go to the landfill and have taken to rescuing them all from the garbage. I've also recruited other pen-savers to help collect them for me.

Now what I need is some great idea for what to do with them!

I was thinking it would be cool to come up with a desk set for my office made from them glued together or something?? A pen holder for instance and maybe an "inbox" like tray thing. I don't know.

Anyway, I know y'all are full of great ideas so PLEASE help me Smiley

Thanks in advance!!

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« Reply #1 on: August 18, 2008 05:12:31 PM »

I think an inbox or pen/pencil holders would be great. Plus, if you made several pen holders, you could pass them out to other coworkers (especially the ones helping you rescue pens) since they have the company name on them.

Here's a pen holder that another crafter made: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=262388.0
« Reply #2 on: September 01, 2008 04:22:16 AM »

I too really like the pen holder idea. That's a great

Lampshade dangles? (punch holes in the bottom of your lampshade and hang the pens from them).

Bead curtains? (my answer to everything).

If you work in a cubicle and your boss would actually let you do this, glue them to the sides of the cubicle, all over? As in, my cubicle just got some new siding and now it looks super awesome. What about YOUR cubicle? *nudge nudge*

That's all I can think of for now, but if I have any other ideas that are more doable than the last one I'll come back and post them Smiley I hate to see things like that go to waste. Kudos to you for saving them!
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« Reply #3 on: September 01, 2008 04:43:27 AM »

i say make pen holders and in-trays and other usefull desk items with them
you could melt them in the oven i presume and do it like people do with beads and records and things, that could be cool, then it'd be like a rainbow

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« Reply #4 on: September 01, 2008 12:05:52 PM »

Make a box, pen holder, whatever:
Take the insides out.  Lay the outside tubes out parallel to each other, then run wires through them to hold them together; one wire goes into the top of pen #1, out the bottom, then into the bottom of #2 and out the top, into the top of #3...  Meanwhile a second wires goes into the BOTTOM of #1, out the top, into the top of #2...  Pull the wires snug so they hold the pens together snugly.  The result will be a strip of "fabric" as wide as the pens and however long you have pens for.

Use this fabric to cover a box, pencil cup, waste can (probably need two widths for that).  Or make armor reminiscent of Japanese samurai or Native American breastplates.

drill through the middle of each (yeah, remove the ink tube first, that could get messy) and string them together to make a garland. 

saw them into shorter lengths and use as beads

AND what to do with the ink tubes???
I save my empties because I do miniatures, and tiny tubes can come in handy, especially for miniature electricals.  They can be the standard for a lamp, cut to length for candles, even used as molding.

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« Reply #5 on: September 03, 2008 06:08:35 AM »

Here is a cheezy idea...

Make coasters.  Before I became a stay at home mom, at work I used a coaster at my desk.  You could "weave" 5 or 6 together with wire or string.  Lay the tubes next to each other and literally weave them.  Great for showing off the company logo and throw them in a conference room.

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