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« on: July 24, 2004 03:34:50 PM »

so, as a first year teacher i am laminating a lot of stuff and always (no matter how careful i am about not wasting plastic) wind up with a big piece of extra plastic that i hate to throw away. i've been saving it up, knowing there's got to be some use for it...i came up with an art project for my class, we colored on pieces of it with crayons, then i ironed it to melt the crayon and make "stained glass windows" for our room. it actually worked pretty well, but i'm wondering if anybody has any other ideas...
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« Reply #1 on: July 24, 2004 04:05:50 PM »

you could make a mobile.  Either repeat the coloring (you could also use spray paint, probably), or do it all in clear.

Cut into a bunch of interesting shapes.
Punch holes.
bend wire hanger(s) into appropriate armature.
Tie fishing line through holes, one or more plastic thing per string (it helps to put a little superglue or hot glue on the knots)
Then tie the strings of plastic things to the wire hangers.

You could also do a smilar thing but make a curtain.  Put plastic shapes all along long strings of fishing line (say one every 4").  Then attach them all to a dowel (again, maybe every 4").  Then hang the dowel in a doorway or window.
« Reply #2 on: July 25, 2004 01:23:19 PM »

I'm not positive on this, but I believe laminating flim works god for making dry erase boards.  You laminate whatever paper/background you want with it, and then you can write on it with dry erase markers, and it should wipe right off.

I was wanting to make some of these for myself for school/to-do lists, that sort of thing.  I'm sure they could be useful in a class room. 

Word of the day/week, the date, supplies they need to get for current art project.  A dry erase board might be very useful for giving kids "stars" when they do something really good.  (I'm assuming its a younger age bracket because of the stained glass)
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« Reply #3 on: July 31, 2004 09:08:06 AM »

I use left over plastic for a paint palette.

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