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« on: October 20, 2014 06:50:20 AM »

Hello all,

This is my first post... I have a dozen of these round plastic boxes and no idea what to do with them!

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They come from Superdrug (in the UK) and have earplugs in them. I go through a lot of earplugs so my collection is increasing! They have a little snap lock and open by squeezing the sides.

The only idea I've had is to decoupage them and use for trinkets like earrings.

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« Reply #1 on: October 21, 2014 03:14:05 AM »

I have some earplug cases and I use most of them for storage - but mine may be bigger too (some hold two or three pairs of plugs) - like knife blades, extra SD drives, needles, etc.

I like the rounded shape of yours, and the translucency - another thought I had was if you broke them into two halves, you could use them as bezels to make charms or pendents with resin and fillers to make mini collages.

If you wanted to experiment too, and have different colours, you could try playing around with melting them - there are examples of melted bead art here and you may be able to do something similar with them.

Or pierce and piece them together to make a suncatcher.
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« Reply #2 on: October 21, 2014 04:56:23 AM »

Thank you for your ideas Onyxnox! I hadn't thought about melting them, so I will look into that.

Yes, they are quite small - they fit one pair of earplugs. I often use them for earring and ring storage when I go away, they're the perfect size for keeping them safe.
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« Reply #3 on: October 25, 2014 02:54:40 PM »

You could glue them shut with a decorative ribbon coming out, and turn them into ornaments. Decoupage them, spray-paint them, glue on trim and sequins...

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« Reply #4 on: October 25, 2014 03:55:21 PM »

They look like great bead boxes to me...., but maybe thats just me.

They look quite shallow. You could also put tiny pop up dioramas in them, maybe even use them as Greetings cards and put a wee message inside the pop up?
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« Reply #5 on: October 26, 2014 02:14:05 AM »

artsycandice I love that idea! Christmas decorations maybe... great!

Thank you, Antidigger. They're not very big so wouldn't hold a great amount of beads. But I do like the idea of doing something unique with them, like pop-up greetings or little pictures - perhaps as decorations too.

Feeling far more inspired now - thank you!
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