Unusual Uses for Everyday Items

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  1. Ganado

    Ganado Monkey+++

    Nails - String Art or mapping
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    Toys, games or puzzles
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    Anyone else have an unusual idea for an every day object?

    Hairpins?
    Clothspins?
    Safteypins?
    Railroad spikes?
     
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  2. duane

    duane Monkey+++

    Old style spring clothespins Used to make rubber band guns, electrical switches for bobby traps, holders for targets, signs, instructions small clamps in making musical instuments.
     
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  3. Merkun

    Merkun furious dreamer

    And closing potato chip bags.
     
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  4. Motomom34

    Motomom34 Moderator Moderator Site Supporter+++

    I grew up poor so I used to make clothes pin dolls. It was actually fun and creative. Usually I would make the clothes-pin doll a dress from scrap material but if I didn’t have material, I would draw on tissue or paper towel and make clothes that way.
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    In an emergency, you can use pipe cleaners as shoe laces. Just make sure you thread the pipe cleaner tightly and twist at the top. It works.

    Use a coffee filter in the bottom of your flower pots. Often when planting, the holes at the bottom of the pot are really big and the dirt and rocks fall out. It works amazing, the water drains and can be absorbed back up and not dirt falls out.
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    Bounce Dryer sheets are wonderful things that make life smell good. They are probably really toxic but they are great for dusting. Used dryer sheets can be used dust off nearly any surface, including furniture, computer/tv, blinds, car interiors, baseboards/ molding. Plus if you have smelly shoes, put a dryer sheet in them. And if you hair is full of static, rub a Bounce sheet on your head.
     
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  5. Bishop

    Bishop Monkey+++

    Two feathers and two shot gun shells will make a little hellocopter toy a thin peice of trim board a bout 3 feet long will make a flying stick
     
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  6. Seacowboys

    Seacowboys Senior Member Founding Member

    A cat ran over about 200 times on an Alabama highway in August will make good sail-cat frisby!
     
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  7. UncleMorgan

    UncleMorgan I eat vegetables. My friends are not vegetables.

    Old junky dead worthless ugly obsolete golf clubs from thrift stores at a buck apiece can be made into
    1) Superb garden stakes: Just cut off the head.
    2) Magnet picker-uppers: Just add a magnet.
    3) Spike stick picker-uppers: Just add an old nail.
    4) Doggie/cat dish handles, so you don't have to bend over every time you feed the pet: Just bolt them on.
    5) Bonfire lighters: Lightly attach a bunch of rags strips, douse with charcoal lighter, ignite, and stuff the flaming torch head right into the heart of your burn pile. Then pull the empty handle back out for reuse. That's an alternate use for a spike stick, too.
    6) Instant atlatl: just cut to length and add a spike. Very comfy, très techno. I use a bent nail, hot-glued in the hollow end.

    I could go on, but I'm out of golf clubs...
     
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  8. DKR

    DKR Interesting ideas, interesting stories

    oil or parts cleaner pan used for holding coals for your dutch oven. Easy clean up.

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  9. DKR

    DKR Interesting ideas, interesting stories

    Old wheel rims as a BBQ

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  10. DKR

    DKR Interesting ideas, interesting stories

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    propane cylinder as a body for a rocket stove
     
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  11. DKR

    DKR Interesting ideas, interesting stories

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    milk can corn cooker
     
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  12. DKR

    DKR Interesting ideas, interesting stories

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    recycled pallets to hold cordwood.
    My daughter has just finished a shed from all recycled material - total cost, under $200 for gas for the truck, nail gun nails and a door from the re-cycle place.

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  13. Aeason

    Aeason Monkey

    Clothes hangers to me are useful for many things, I have a huge collection of them as we are required to wear uniforms that are fire retardant, too many uses to mention
     
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  14. Sgt Nambu

    Sgt Nambu RIP 4/19/2018

    I remember making flaming, hand held, strike anywhere match, catapults from a spring clothespin and a few rubber bands. Range about 8ft max!
    Darts from struck, wooden matches. Pin for the point, head cut off, and paper for the fletching.
     
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  15. DKR

    DKR Interesting ideas, interesting stories

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    pallet planter
     
  16. DKR

    DKR Interesting ideas, interesting stories

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    Mason jar + wire wastebasket = avant-garde lamp.
     
  17. DKR

    DKR Interesting ideas, interesting stories

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    old stand lamp + Mason jar = Art pretty neat upcycle.
     
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  18. DKR

    DKR Interesting ideas, interesting stories

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    cable organizers
     
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  19. DKR

    DKR Interesting ideas, interesting stories

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    bathroom cabinet from old suitcase - a bit over the top.
     
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  20. DKR

    DKR Interesting ideas, interesting stories

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    old magazines, old men's belts and a pillow. A 'chair'. (desperately poor? / college student?)
     
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