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« on: August 16, 2012 11:59:03 AM »

I have a ton of these things that I got from my great-grandmother after she passes away. The top-left is a bird and the bottom-left is a butterfly. I remember we used the bottom-left most red ball on stick thing in a plastic plant pot and drilled holes into it, and hot glued these balls (of various colors) in and then put a light inside. But really I have huge jars filled of the ones in the bottom row and have no idea what to do with any of them, or even what they are called to look up ideas. In case you are wondering about the size all of these are sitting on one piece of standard paper.
I found small print on the angel that says 1978. What in the world were these used for? And what could I possibly use them for?
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« Reply #1 on: August 16, 2012 12:21:13 PM »

These look really familiar. I think my grandma had these, too, and I remember them as being lit up, on a little Christmas tree that we children decorated. They work like Lite-Brite pegs- the idea is that you poke them into something opaque with a light source inside, so that the light can shine out and through the object on the peg. I can't remember what the base was made of (the tree shape), but it had a light bulb inside. Might've been papier mache? It was some sort of a lamp-like thing, that could be put on a table. Sorry that my memory's so bad, but it's been a long time! How very cool that you found these!

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« Reply #2 on: August 16, 2012 12:30:08 PM »

Thanks leopardstripes your lite-brite pegs comment, gave me a basis of what to look for. What I found was that they are generally called lite pegs. Still not sure what to use them for. I'm thinking making something like 8-bit art to put in the window. Like super Mario bros. or something. Any other ideas what to do with these lovelies.
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« Reply #3 on: October 30, 2012 01:21:37 AM »

My mom has a small table top ceramic tree. There's a cord that plugs in, makes a light inside it. And it has holes drilled all over it, that these little pegs fit into, to look like glowing christmas lights on a tree.

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« Reply #4 on: November 12, 2012 11:42:21 PM »

might look neat to stick a bunch into a sytro ball, so it's covered with colorful spikes.
or use a clear plastic ornament, drill holes to fit, put a light inside. paint the inside if you want an opaque effect.

trim off the pegs and drill holes to use as beads

hoard them forever and gloat as you run your fingers through them (what I would probably wind up doing with them)


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« Reply #5 on: January 20, 2013 06:45:46 PM »

They're for ceramics. But yeah, they'd be great used for embellishing other types of decorations.

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« Reply #6 on: April 28, 2013 03:21:02 AM »

Why not go ahead and create a homemade lite brite, but with awesome pictural pegs!?! I would if my mom would give me hers.  Roll Eyes 

I would go about creating it by using a plastic shoe box with a dark colored secure snap on lid (from the Dollar Tree or if you can't find one simply spray paint a clear one using multiple coats of black color), extra holiday string lights, a box cutter or other really sturdy blade for cutting plastic, a drill with appropriate sized bits (for the peg holes), and then the pegs. Use the box cutter to cut a small incision on the side near the bottom of the shoe box, use the drill & bits to create many peg sized holes in the box lid, and thread the lights into the box through the incision (leaving the plug on the outside). Now snap on the lid, play with the pegs, and then plug in/turn on the lights and see your creation!


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