Thursday, July 21, 2011

Feed Bag Strings ~ Creative Ways to Reuse Them

When you open your animal feed bags, and pull the top string away, don't throw it in the trash.  Save the string.  And don't forget your bags (plastic lined) can be cut and made into tote bags, wallets and so much more.

Here are ideas for you, on ways to use your feed bag strings:

1. Use for tatting small items (embellish cards etc.).
2. Use to tie herbs together to hang and dry.
3. Use to tie poles together for runner beans to climb.
4. Use to tie spices inside cheesecloth for baking, canning and cooking.
5. Cut shorter pieces to run through gift tags and use it to tie the gift tag on.
6. Use the string in place of ribbon, when wrapping gifts.
7. Crochet smaller items for scrap booking, note cards, and embellishing gift tags.
8. Use for a frugal curtain tie back.
9. Use for hangers on homemade or store purchased Christmas tree ornaments.
10.Use several strings of different colors to braid, and make friendship bracelets or hair ties.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Magazine Subscription Cards ~ Ideas for Reusing Them.

Recycle and Reuse Magazine Subscription Cards:

1.  Use them for bookmarks.  Teachers often keep a stash of these in their desk for students to use.  Keep a stash for yourself, or in your nightstand.

2. If you have young children, you can use them as teaching tools.  Have children write their name, address, and even phone numbers on the subscription cards to practice remembering important information, and to practice writing it.

3. Keep several magazine subscription cards in a "rainy day" box.  Kids can be very creative in using them.  Use them to protect surfaces when painting very small items.

4. Kids and play mailman or house with magazine subscription cards.  They can use them to write notes to family members.  Be sure to give them junk mail envelopes for fun mail.

5. Use extra subscription cards for campfire kindling.  Keep a plastic bag in your camping supply tote, and fill it with these cards for easy fire starters.

6. Kids can fold them in different ways, creating fences or building tops, when building cardboard or paper towns to play with.

7. In a pinch, magazine subscription cards make a quick cup coaster.  Although it will get wet, it can be useful at times.

8.  Use them to write down addresses you are traveling to.  They make reading your travel location a bit easier.  Tuck them in your travel journal when you are finished with your trip.  You can use them for future trips.

9. Recycle them.  Simply take them to you recycling center, or shred for packing boxes.

10. Use them to write out small shopping lists.

11. Donate them to your local preschool.  Call ahead to see if they can use them.

12. While traveling or visiting patients at hospitals, it is possible to sit and read magazines.  If you do, and you do embroidery, these magazine cards come in handy.  Instead of bringing all your supplies, use the cards to wrap extra embroidery thread, and to hold needles.  It works great until you come home again.