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Pop Bottle Rings (the ring that breaks off when you twist the cap)
* Ideas which have been starred have not been tested (for lack of rings). I'm an aluminum can kind of gal, myself. I think these will work, though, so please try them. If you do try them and they don't work, e-mail me and let me know what happened.
* Connect using notebook wire and make into a trellis.
* Connect using shoelaces and use to make a stuffed animal hammock. Please do not try to make a human hammock out of these because it is unlikely that it will hold your weight!
Use for napkin rings.
Paint festively, connect with string, and use to decorate the Christmas tree.
Connect with string or wire and use to enhance a fan chain, lamp chain or curtain draw strings.
Connect with string, weave yarn or cloth through, and hang from the doorway for a pseudo-sixties effect.
Paint different colors and use for game pieces.
String together with a shoelace and hang across the backseat of the car to hang clothing. Store it in the glove compartment when it is not in use.
Use for labeling sprouting plants in your garden.
Use to stir paints and apply glue. (Lori)
Fold over the sticky part and reuse the other side.
To hang a photo temporarily without the sticky mess from transparent tape, cut off the sticky part of a post-it, place it on top of photo and stick anywhere. Use the remainder of the post-it for memos. (Lori)
Potato Chip Bags
Wash and make shiny bows (for wrapping presents) out of the shiny side.
Wash and use for shiny wrapping paper.
Wash and make shiny ribbon (for wrapping presents) out of the shiny side.
Potato Chip Tubes
Decorate the outside with any paper you like and then use it to hold just about anything, such as pencils, paint brushes, etc. (MoonBelly)
Decorate and use as a gift box. (MoonBelly)
Potato Chip Tube Lids
Use as coasters for glasses. If you have excess felt lying around, glue it to the inside to help absorb moisture. (My Mom)
Cut a slit in the center and place a popsicle stick through it to catch drips any. Wash and reuse.
Use as backing frame for needlework projects to make into magnets, ornatments and picture frame magnets. (Lori)
Pots and Pans
Take camping. This way you won't destroy your good pans while cooking over a fire.
Remove the handle from a not-too-heavy frying pan and use as a dish for backpacking trips.
Prescription Medicine Containers/Pill Bottles
Use for safe storage of thumbtacks.
Use for spill-proof storage of paperclips or change in a bag.
Fill with household odds and ends (nuts, bolts, etc.) and store in an old purse.
Wash and use for storage of salt, sugar, pepper, etc. when camping.
Wash and use for storage of bulk spices.
Peel off label, fill with aspirin or decongestants and put in purse or bag.
Propane Bottle Lids
Save the lids for when you lose one.
Use a larger purse as an overnight bag. (Alyssa and Shane)
Use as a costume accessory. (Alyssa and Shane)
Give to kids to use for dress-up. (Alyssa and Shane; Jennifer)
Fill with a flashlight, maps and other emergency supplies and keep in the trunk of your car. (Alyssa and Shane)
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. (Kathy)
Donate to a church or day care so the kids can play dress-up. (Gail)
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. (Gail)
Use a larger size purse as a hanging plant holder. (Jennifer)
Use it for storing toiletries when traveling.
Use broken rakes for metal sculptures. (Winter Lark)
If the handle is broken, buy a wooden rod, attach it to the rake and reuse. (Marie)
Use the handle to support plants. (Marie)
Remove the handle, paint the rake, and hang it upside down in the garage to hang small gardening tools from. (Henning)
Trim with something interesting and then use the hole in the middle to put a picture of a family member, friend, etc. (EcoLily)
Hang them on a wall for a funky bedroom decoration. (Nadine)
Attach bike reflectors to sticks to mark the end of your driveway.
If you have a wooded area in your backyard, attach to trees for trail markers.
Cut the seal between the frame and the door and use for small magnets (the seal is magnetic). (Roy)
If it is broken, it can be used as an enclosed shelving system for the basement or garage. If it is still usable, give it to charity.
Let kids use as a zapper when playing.
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. (Pat)
Tape or glue onto clothes hangers to keep clothes from slipping off. (Marie)
Keep by the workbench for use when you lose your tape measure.
If it is broken, use the pieces for small straight edges.
Use wooden ones for firewood (remove the metal strip).
Tie strings to it and use when making marionettes (those dancing puppet things).
Use as zipper extenders for those hard to grasp zippers such as in jeans. (Lori)
Ask your child's teacher if (s)he has any need for them. (Mr. L)
Reuse anything you can next year.
See Colored Pencils
See Gym Bags
See Locks (Combination/Key)
See Pencil Boxes
Keep in an arts and crafts box.
Keep in the glove compartment of your car for removing loose threads on your clothing when out.
Keep in the kitchen for opening bags or boxes.
Keep in the basement for cutting tags off of new clothing before throwing them into the washing machine.
Sharpen and reuse.
Use the square scooters kids use in gym class for moving garbage cans on garbage day. (Jon)
Attach two square scooters to ends of a piece of plywood or a toboggan to make a car creeper.
Put an oil pan on top of a scooter and slide it under the car for easy oil changes.
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. (KC)
Attach one end to your child's mittens and run the other end through the sleeve of their coat to prevent mitten loss. (KC)
Use as a ribbon on packages wrapped in homemade wrapping paper. (KC)
Carry a spare in your purse, car or gym bag in case you break one. (KC)
Use as an emergency belt for your child. Tie a couple together for an adult belt. (KC)
Use to hand ornaments from the Christmas tree. (KC)
Braid three or more together to make bracelets. (KC)
Attach to ceiling fans/lighting fixtures as a pull chain. (KC)
Use as curtain tie-backs. (KC)
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.
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