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Re-purposing What have you done lately?
January 20, 2013
8:55 am
Joell
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Good morning, I have a space under my kitchen sink where I store tall items such as bread boards, trays and cutting boards, and pizza stones, I sit them on end and they always slide down, I have tried many different materials to keep them in place but nothing worked very long. Yesterday I cleaned out un the sink and started to put everthing back when an idea struck me. I recently ended up with a set of rear car mats that were never used, I washed them off and put them under the sink and they work perfectly, nothing is going to slide out of place.

  My other pepurpose this past week was a made from a tree that I planted from a seeding many years ago then had to but cut down, I saved a small log and let it dry out, I then drilled holes in the top that will hold candles, it will go on my coffee table next christmas as part of my decorations, it is a nice thing to do for someone that had a llive Christmas tree, I made one for a couple that had a live tree for there first Christmas, they are still using it after several years.

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January 21, 2013
10:08 am
Squeegees Mom
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We seem to repurpose Cat litter buckets most at our house. I wash them out well and store bird seed, clean sand, (to put on top of house plants to prevent soil gnats) yarn, and all my treasures I find on the beach. My husband uses them to store used oil and antifreeze until we can go to the recycle place. He also cuts the heavy plastic for shims and such. After painting the metal holder for the LP tank on the gas grill, he cut a bunch of plastic strips to set the tank on so it did not mar the paint and cause further rusting. And the biggest recycle use was when we came home from a 2 week trip and found a squirrel had chewed clear thru the wood to the insulation in the attic. Could not get a repair man right away, so we patched it with a piece of neon yellow plastic on a white house. (Very inconspicuous Lol). I also dusted the area well with cayenne powder. Got some ribbing from the neighbors, but hey, it worked. It kept the squirrels out of the attic until we could get it fixed.

 

My husband has heard of bicycle and motorcycle riders using the cat litter buckets as saddle bags. Hopefully they paint them so they don't look like litter buckets, but at least it is kept out of the land fill.

January 22, 2013
9:38 am
brookdale
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The other day I made DH a cover for his new Kindle from a tapestry placemat I had. Then with the rest of the placemat I made a double thick little potholder that fits on the handle of my cast iron frypans.

I need to make more regular potholders too. I use leftover scraps of fabric from my "stash", and line them with pieces of an old mattress pad.

AND I am saving empty tp rolls to make little pots for starting seeds.

We save the plastic bags the newspaper comes in, for our friend who has dogs (for pooper picker uppers).smiley-puppy

Remember, if it rains on your picnic it's also raining on your garden!
January 28, 2013
11:18 am
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    I purchase the small containers of the flavored coffee creamers and  found a nice use for one of the empties, I removed the label and washed and dried the container and filled it with cooking oil, used a magic marker to ladel the container, it is nice to have the smaller container close to the stove in a cupboard, and store the larger bottle in the panrty. Those bottles are good to fill with shampoo for little hand or folks with hand problems, the shape makes them easy to hold on to.

 Also, I helped a friend that just repainted her kids bathroom, there is no place to store extra rolls to toliet paper where the kids can reach it safley, I took over an empty oatmeal container, and we painted the same color as the walls, it holds 2 rolls of tissue and when placed on the floor, blends in with the walls.

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February 8, 2013
6:17 pm
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I am usine the square litter buckets for nest boxes for my chickens. The lids are cut apart at the hinge so there is a strip of lid that holds in nest maertial. I attach them to a 1x3 with screws and then attach the wood to the coop wall.

 

Mike

February 9, 2013
8:44 pm
MissyinWV
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I keep my toilet paper rolls and pack them with my dryer lint. If I have old wax from an old candle or tart  I melt it and add it too. I roll that in a piece of newspaper and twist on both ends like a tootsie roll. This makes great free fire starters!

February 10, 2013
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mamajhk
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MissyinWV said
I keep my toilet paper rolls and pack them with my dryer lint. If I have old wax from an old candle or tart  I melt it and add it too. I roll that in a piece of newspaper and twist on both ends like a tootsie roll. This makes great free fire starters!

I never thought of using toilet paper rolls for that.  I save mine and use them to hold electric cords and appliance cords.  

February 11, 2013
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HI!!  I am always excited on Garbage Pickup Day!!  LOL  I am always looking for things people put out for collection..things I can use.  I needed another pen for a few hens to keep in it while they get used to their surroundings and the other hens and rooster(free Range).  A neighbor put out a old portable baby bed/playpen.  Perfect size for what I was looking for.  All I have to do is put a few bucks of wire on it and get a large rubber made from the Dollar Store to use as a temporary coop.  Probably will cost me 15 bucks for the whole setup.  {:O)

February 15, 2013
2:03 pm
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I'm currently saving tp rolls to cut in half and use as seed starter cups.

Also, just put a nice thick layer of newspapers down to start a new garden. Next will be some ashes from the fireplace. The next layer will be "fertilized" hay from the chicken coop, another layer of ashes, then old leaves from fall, then rabbit droppings, then more leaves, then a layer of compost. Then I will plant my lettuces, spinach, cabbage, lovage and basil in this garden.

Also making a new compost bin using pallets.

 

February 17, 2013
10:43 am
Squeegees Mom
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I use cardboard egg cartons for starting my seeds indoors. Fill with a bit of potting soil and put in a filtered light area, water as needed. When they are ready to transplant, I put the egg carton cup with the bottom torn out (put the torn pieces in the ground or pot as well) water well, and watch them grow.

 

I found some long  clear plastic trays that will hold 12 egg cups so my window sills don't get wet. These were inexpensive at Walmart several years ago. Any waterproof tray will be fine. I make little tags for each cup identifying what is planted there and mount the tags on a toothpick like a flag, and stick it in the soil.

February 18, 2013
3:26 pm
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Anyone got any good ideas for used canning jar lids? I can't bring myself to throw them away after just one use.

I do use the used ones when I put crumbs, raisins, oatmeal, etc. in jars (stuff that isn't canned).

And I made labels for plants in the garden with some, but they got rusty after a while.

I'm sure you folks have some good hints!

Remember, if it rains on your picnic it's also raining on your garden!
February 18, 2013
5:21 pm
mamajhk
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I, too, would like to know.  I have spray painted some that are used so I can tell the difference between used and new.   I,too, use the used ones when storing things in jars.

February 18, 2013
9:38 pm
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If common sense were truly common, wouldn't there be more evidence of it?
February 19, 2013
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Our water faucet for the garden sticks straight up out of the ground about 1 1/2 to 2 feet.  An eyesore for sure.  My husband found an old round wash tub that had the bottom rusted out and slid it over the faucet.  Now I don't have to drag the hose back and forth, I just roll it up around the faucet and nestle it in the wash tub.  Hidden from view but right where I need it.  Less for the scrap man, sorry.

 

MissyinWV…love the tp firestarter idea!!!

April 1, 2013
5:05 pm
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My newest repurpose isn't really. I bought at auction a while ago a piece of an old fire department, a rail with the hardware they hung their hats & coats on. I've cleaned it and we're going to use it. Not really a new use, but certainly new to us! Our current hat/coat rack just inside the front door has no place to really put any hats, and only has 3 hooks, somehow, even with just 2 of us, it isn't enough!

 

Re the canning jar lids: How about making a large bunting out of them for a party? Using them as flashing devices to keep crows out of the garden? To shingle the roof on a bird house? Make a fish picture (as scales)?  Write card values on them and use them for outdoor card games? Dunno. That's all I can think of off the top of my head!

 

Teacup

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April 2, 2013
12:17 am
Edgefield
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Kahuna55 said
HI!!  I am always excited on Garbage Pickup Day!!  LOL  I am always looking for things people put out for collection..things I can use. 

 

 

A fellow Dumpster-Diver; that's me.  I am always checking what people put out on the side of the road.  I have brought home coffee makers, microwaves, computers,--most everything works. 

Also, there is a local charity that habitually throws out baby clothes, and I have been recycling them to a consignment shop.  That worked well for the last several months until the shop went out of business.  She seemed to be doing very well…confused

April 4, 2013
2:07 pm
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I drilled holes throughout a few of my plastic cat litter buckets and use them for composting. They work great. I give them a nice shake every time I add anything in and they are a nice alternative to the big plastic tumblers that you see in the seed catalogs.

I also use them to hold potting soil so that I can scoop it out easily.

I got a nifty little tool for Christmas that is letting me make newspaper pots which have been wonderful! (I actually blogged about that one. If you are interested: http://farmingfoible.blogspot.com/2013/03/diy-newspaper-pots-otherwise-known-as.html)

Thank you for the idea about the firestarters! I always wondered about a good use for lint. That's perfect! I might even have to get a litter bucket full of them to store outside next to my fire pit ;) .

April 17, 2013
12:21 am
Miss Judy
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That pot maker looks pretty neat… I always get tired before I am finished making seedling pots.

April 17, 2013
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This evening, weather permitting, a few of us gals are getting together to make toilet tissue holders from  empty oatmeal containers. We have at least 2 dozen tubes to decorate, they hold 2 rolls of tissue. We decorate them a few times each year for a charity sale held in the Fall. We end up with about 40 to 50 holders we then fill  each with 2 rolls of tissue.

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April 17, 2013
9:52 pm
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Not sure if I mentioned it before, I suspect I have because it's a very good thing in a hot dry climate, but when I lived in the Denver area, I had all my friends save the 5 gallon buckets with lids, or the kitty litter buckets with lids, and drilled holes in them on the sides, close to the bottom.  Start with medium sized holes and don't get too crazy, but not tiny either.  Then buried them in the ground up to within a few inches from the top.  Then I planted tomatoes and green peppers around them.  You fill them with water and the lid keeps the water from evaporating out, and the holes let the water seep in down low so the roots have to develop well, also the lid keeps mice, voles or anything else from drowning in it too (and getting smelly etc). 

If there aren't enough holes, or the holes are too small, you can either let the bucket dry out and sacrifice an old drill bit by drilling from the inside-out into the dirt, or usually, once the dirt is firmed up around them you can pull them out and slip em back in if you're careful.  I drilled my holes facing each plant, so they were pointed towards where each was, but I don't suppose that was all THAT necessary.  I wanted to be able to fill the bucket and for it to be mostly empty about every two days… but you can adjust so yours empties faster or slower.  I'm seeing that there are quite a few folks from Colorado, so you'll understand about the dry climate stuff!!

I gardened there in a "community garden" so I had to travel back and forth after work or on days off and it was nice to be able to fill the buckets while I was there, and not worry in between.  If you had the water running you had to be 'on site' and our garden did WAY better than the people who just surface watered. 

I'm sure this might belong in the gardening section, but the garden related re-purpose things made me think of it!  (Pete will get after me if it really needs to move! poke )

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