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buputheclown 11-04-2002 11:05 AM

All year I have been saving those free CDs that you get in the mail (for internet startup) or you can pick them up at the store for free too. I will glue them together, with the paper sides together so the silver sides show. I once saw how to hook them together somehow in a Christmas tree shape, and it looked pretty. I'll have to look up the plans for that now. Perhaps someone out there knows how? You use "Coin-struction " fasteners, I think. If not, I'll hang them to decorate the trees outside.

hapiladi 11-04-2002 04:35 PM

Gum Ball Tree
Reading of wanting to spray paint the spiky 'gum balls' from the tree for Christmas reminds me of the time I was going to make something from them. My friend and I went out and picked two lg. grocery bags full, and I left mine outside on the patio. My friend took hers indoors; and the next day, I got a desperate phone call from her. It seems, there was thousands of tiny worms:worm: in her kitchen that was in those gumballs! I sure was glad I left mine outside! :eek:
So, please beware this doesn't happen to you. Bringing anything in from outside you need to be cautious.....never know what kind of little critters might be lurking in that pretty outdoor find!
Phillipians 4:13

MrsManiac 11-05-2002 09:16 AM

Okay--I gues I can make a list here lol!

Bath salts and candles and hm potpourri in old baby food jars. Also hm candies and those layered mixes in decorative jars I got for FREE from the thrift store:). I have a few old x-mas printed shirts that are going to be cut into squares and tied on the tops with ribbon. The kids will be making "bird treats"(penut butter on a pinecone, rolled in birdseed) for some of our friends who love their birdie friends. Paper mache ornaments. Ds1 wants to fingerpaint paper bags as wrapping paper, and we're making new cards from old ones.(cut out pictures, glue on card stock--even the 2 yr-old loves this one!!).

sheilaanderson 11-05-2002 10:19 AM

hi to all -i've got a couple ideas
hello to everyone.:-D

i have been saving babyfood jars i am going to paint as snowmen. i will use a liquid laundry soap cap for the hat.
i am also going to make snowmen with 3 jars high-wrapped with quilt batting on the outside for a different look-suppose you could fill the inside of the jars w/ cotton balls too.
i also have been saving frozen o.j. can lids for ornaments. i am going to punch holes in mine in various shapes & patterns for the light to shine through.
and my other item i have been saving is vitamin bottles & lids.
i plan on decorating into snowmen and santas for ornaments. i may wrap these in fabric ribbon w/ hot glue and embellish with buttons,shells,cotton balls,etc.
happy christmas crafting everyone- we are saving money and helping the environment at the same time.:angel:

sincerely-sheila ann anderson:) :) :) :) :) :)

AnnaInOhio 11-05-2002 12:57 PM

Oh My
We have never brought them in the house, although I did bring one to work to show some of the older guys who didn't know what I was talking about. I must have gotten really lucky in that I didn't get any creepy crawlies-eew:eek: I guess I had better experiment and put one in a jar with a lid and see what happens first:p thanks for the tip, I surely never would have thought of that.


MrsManiac 11-06-2002 04:06 AM

I forgot one--and it's the cutest, too. I got the idea from a tv show--can't think of the woman's name right now, but she's been on forever.

I'm making little "doll heads" to attach to the tops of mason jars--old knee-high stockings for the head(cut down to size), yarn for the hair, misc scraps of fabric for the collars, etc. Also, for my mom and mil, I'm making "dammit dolls", and for a few of my neighbors, "fit dolls".

This isn't recycling, but I got the stuff from the dollar store--two towels for a buck and a package of 6 wooden spoons for a buck--very cheap!! I'm making dishtowel bunnies holding wooden spoons, along with a layered mix.

I was saving juice lids, but my sis swiped them for my nephew's knight costume lol!!

nagymom 11-08-2002 06:49 AM

ROFLMAO I laughed when I read the story aobut the critters all over the kitchen! Dd2 and I scented pinecones last year and fortunately read a tip just days before we collected them. You should spread anything from nature (i.e. pinecones, sticky balls, etc.) on a cookie sheet and cook at 250 for about an hour to be sure to kill them all. I was surprised at the icky things I found on the pan afterwards. :worm:

NEAVON12 I apologize for not answering your question sooner. We will probably paint our pods like we did the sticky gum balls last year. We took dowels and stuck them on pieces of wood, hung the balls from string and painted them either red, green, silver or gold. I'll probably put them in a clear vase or bowl with some scented pinecones.
If you have any other ideas for decorating with them I'd love to hear them!


PS I want to post a warning here too: Last year when my dd and I scented the pinecones, we used a scented oil that we bought in a craft section. I set the bottle down on my laquered dining room table between uses and was horrified to find some rings where the oil had completely eaten through the laquer. I now have 2 or 3 rings all the way to wood. It smells wonderful but if you use some please be sure to set it on absorbent material while using!

dawny75 12-21-2002 02:45 AM

glass jars
DH laughs at me because I save so many jars. Olive jars, jelly jars, spaghetti sauce jars, all of them. Especially if they have a unique shape. I keep them in a very large box in the garage.

They sure came in handy for Christmas gifts this year. We've filled two dozen of them with bath salts, dipped pretzels, and bean soup mix so far. We're planning to try bath gel too in some small salsa jars.

Sometimes it seems silly to be saving them all year long, but we sure saved on gift containers this year!


Minny 01-03-2003 09:59 PM

Bells from Pop bottles
:daisy: This year I crocheted Christmas bells using plastic pop bottles as the form. I cut the bottle off just about where the top of the label is. If anyone is interested in the instructions, you can pm me with your e mail address & I'd be happy to send it to you. I think it would be too much to post it on here, since you can only use a cetain amount of letters. I didn't really have a pattern for it... I just kind of made it up as I went.

newcrafts 09-28-2006 02:36 PM

I enjoyed reading this.
Some good ideas here and I am always looking for new craft projects

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