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Part III of Reusing Old Items

by admin on September 10, 2008


Picture Frame (medium, self-standing kind)
Keep in the kitchen and slip a recipe card into it when cooking to keep it clean. Use for storage of awards/pictures you no longer wish to display. Several will fit in a frame. Store the frame flat in a closet. If you are bored with the look of a wooden frame, stain it a different color and reuse it. Let children decorate a wooden frame with paint and then allow them to hang it in their room with their own art work inside it. Save the glass and backing of standard size frames for when others break. Use for hanging emergency phone numbers and instructions in the basement or garage. Replace the glass with a mirror and hang it for a new look. Make a small picture frame (wallet size or 3×5) into a coaster. Glue something soft (material, etc) to the back so it does not scratch your table. Use the cardboard backing as a firestarter. Glue your child’s artwork to the cardboard backing of a picture frame. Display on a wall or as a standup without the need for a frame. If a wooden frame is broken, simply glue or nail it back together.

Remove the stuffing and use to make other pillows thicker. Keep it in your pet’s cage for comfort. Cut it in half, sew along the open end and make into two smaller camping pillows. Instead of throwing it out, restuff it. Use for pillow fights.

Plastic Cups (the kind you get from fast-food restaurant promotions)
Fill with extra change and use it as a door stop. Use when on picnics so you don’t lose your good glasses. Use as a food scoop for your animals. Punch holes in the bottom and use for potting plants. Use as a vase for flowers. Use for drinks outside in the summer (when gardening, etc.) Give to the kids for making sand castles. Use when taking drinks into backyards which have a pool (bare feet won’t step on broken glass). Use as a pen holder. Use as a bank.

Plastic Utensils
DON’T BUY!!! Use silverware!

Popsicle Sticks
Use for labeling sprouting plants in your garden. Use to stir paints and apply glue.
Potato Chip TubesDecorate the outside with any paper you like and then use it to hold just about anything, such as pencils, paint brushes, etc.

Use a larger purse as an overnight bag. Use as a costume accessory. Give to kids to use for dress-up. Fill with a flashlight, maps and other emergency supplies and keep in the trunk of your car. Cut the handles or strap off of a small purse, slit two holes in each side, and put a belt through it. Use it as a fanny pack. Donate to a church or day care so the kids can play dress-up. Use it for holding odds and ends from your house, such as screws, nuts, bolts, etc. Keep them organized using film canisters and prescription bottles. Use a larger size purse as a hanging plant holder. Use it for storing toiletries when traveling.

Road Maps
Glue to a large piece of cardboard and then cut into a puzzle. This makes a good educational toy for children. Place over an end table and laquer for an interesting finish. This can also be done on lamp shades.

Safety Pins
Use as zipper extenders for those hard to grasp zippers such as in jeans.

Use for curtains when camping. Cut into smaller pieces and use for rags. Make into pillow cases. Use as tarps for floors or furniture when painting. Use as a picnic blanket or beach blanket. Make flannel sheets into pajamas (some sewing skills required). Cut into smaller pieces and use for packing away fragile items. Use as ghost costumes for kids (does anyone do this anymore?) Keep in the trunk of your car for transporting messy stuff. Use as a cover for a pool table, exercise equipment, etc.

Save and use for anything you would use string for. Store in your travel first aid kit and use for an emergency tourniquet. Use as a covering for your home-made clothes hangers so you don’t snag your clothing. Wash. Tie the ends of the curly, stretchable type (that you don’t need to tie), and use as a hair band. Attach one end to your child’s mittens and run the other end through the sleeve of their coat to prevent mitten loss. Use as a ribbon on packages wrapped in homemade wrapping paper. Carry a spare in your purse, car or gym bag in case you break one. Use as an emergency belt for your child. Tie a couple together for an adult belt. Use to hand ornaments from the Christmas tree. Braid three or more together to make bracelets. Attach to ceiling fans/lighting fixtures as a pull chain. Use as curtain tie-backs. College students can use to hang dorm room keys around their neck. Use to tie plants to a plant support. Use to hang a small birdfeeder from a tree. Use as a replacement drawstring on hoods, sweatpants, etc. Keep in camping gear in case rope on tent breaks. String nuts and washers through for orderly storage. Roll into a coil, secure with glue or thread and use as a coaster or a hot pad.

Melt down all small soap pieces into one ball of soap.

Gut a dead television and place an aquarium inside. Fill with fish.

Tiles (bathroom/kitchen wall)
Make into a hot pad for the kitchen. Break into small pieces and use glue to stick them to plates, jars, picture frames, etc.

Place in your backyard and fill with sand for a childrens sand box. Use a large sheet of plywood for a cover. Attach to a tree and use as a swing. Hang from a tree and throw a football through it. Place in the desired area, fill with soil, and then plant melons or other plants which require mounds.

Toilet Paper Tubes
If your family is anything like mine, you have way too many of these to reuse. Remember to recycle!Use for packing material. Stuff an extra set of stockings into a tube and keep in your desk drawer at work, your glove compartment, etc. in case of a run. Ask local schools if they need them for art projects. Put in the hamster cage. Wrap double-sided tape around the tube, stick one or two fingers in the middle and roll over clothing, furniture, etc. to remove lint. Tape one end of yarn/string to the tube. Wrap the string around the tube and then hook the end into a notch cut into the edge of the tube. It makes for easy storage. Let your kids use along with kleenex boxes as building blocks. Stuff a few plastic bags into the tube and then place the tube in the glove compartment of your car. It will keep them tidy and on-hand for when you need them. Use for storing long pieces of ribbon which have been saved from packages. This will keep the ribbon smooth. Slip over small cords to prevent them from tangling. Give to pet rodent or bird for play. Use in place of a peat pot. Fill with potting soil, place in a plastic butter/ice cream tub, plant the seed and water. When the plants sprouts, plant the seedling (tube and all) in the ground. The tube rots away.

Wine Bottles
Fill with sunflower or canola oil and herbs for cooking or dipping. Note: Recipes can be found in Italian Cookbooks. Reuse the corks as bottle corks. The corks can be made into a corkboard for your kitchen or a kid’s room.

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