Sunday, 17 January 2010

What to do when you've eaten all the biscuits....

the giftbox of biscuits becomes a useful storage box for craft materials.
All the materials here are either from nature, used items waiting to be reporposed or items that are halfway made and include a stash of broken jewellery and other miscellaneous items my sister gave me. I've already made a necklace out of a broken earing and will post that probably in a week's time. I also have a box full of fabric scraps and a small box full of buttons.

16 comments:

Golden West said...

There's something very satisfying about sorting things! Looking forward to seeing your latest project!

Jasmine said...

Thats such a good idea. i'm quite loathe to throw things out that could e given a new life. Especially plastic! Right now, I've been decorating pringle style tubes. It gets addictive. I've een covering them with natural paper and writing or stamping poetry around the sides and then layering trees on top with transparent coloured tissue paper.

So far i've done one for Rudyard Kipling - The road through the woods, and another for Davies - What is this life, if full of care, we have no time to stand and stare...

Jasmine said...

How did you get that RSPB button on your top RH corner? I love the RSPB, I'd happily have that on my log too.

Poetikat said...

Maybe it's because I just watched, "The Hurt Locker", (more likely the loose wires in the picture), but I fancied I'd landed on the unabomber's defunct website!

Great idea! Mine will fill up with picture hooks, erasers, chair pads (for legs), camera batteries etc.

I use the baskets that strawberries come in under my cupboard to hold cat can lids and measuring cups.

Kat

jinksy said...

I found this worked quite well, while I was young; now after a lifetime of living, my useful bits-and-pieces would need a pantechnicon to store them in, if I'd carried on saving everything useful!lol :)

Poetikat said...

Just thought of this: You know what really drives me mad? When certain produce can only be bought in those net bags—the ones that won't break down and can wreak havoc on birds and wildlife. I have a drawer where I keep them out of harm's way.
Over here, onions, avocadoes and oranges are all packaged that way. I do buy indiviually, but sometimes they are just not available.

Sarah Laurence said...

How clever! One woman's trash is another's treasure. Packaging is such a waste.

It's so nice to connect with you! Thanks for adding your blogging tip.

Crafty Green Poet said...

Jinksy - actually I need mroe containers than this, I've just been going through my craftign stuff and it needs a lot more work, so look out for more storage ideas in the near future!

Crafty Green Poet said...

Jasmine - thanks for sharing your ideas for Pringle's type containers! See email about the RSPB button

Poetikat - yes i hate those net bags too, try to avoid them but as you say sometimes they're unavoidable, I'm hoping to be able to use them for crafts

Sarah - thanks for visiting!

Carol said...

Very clever use of nuisance packaging!

Titus said...

Could you possibly come over and sort out our "making cupboard" please? It is, obviously, where all the old packaging etc. is "kept" for making things with. It is not a small cupboard. Or a tidy one.

The Weaver of Grass said...

I love the tins from Christmas biscuits, Juliet, I have one now ready for filling with bits and bobs in my workroom. Loved the biscuits too!

Rabbits' Guy said...

Boy - nary a biscuit crumb left in there! That collection will also be good to entertain little kids who like to dump stuff out and put it back!

Christina said...

Buy more cookies, eat them, then presto more storage. I like this idea a lot. I am going to buy cookies now, I need more storage, yep that's the reason.

nadia said...

I love how you've put your biscuit box to good use! I usually use mine for Christmas cake storage at Christmas time, but we were given a couple more this Christmas and I too would like to employ them well!

Funny you mentioned boxes of scrap fabric, I just posted up about my own, myself.

I like how you kept your train tickets for crafting - what will you be doing with them?

Marvin said...

Not a lot of biscuit tins over here, but we do have several fruitcake tins used for storing various items. Since they are round without internal divisions, storing only type of item per container works best.

One of the more unusual container recycling efforts I've encountered was done by our former veterinarian. Her husband traveled in Europe frequently and always returned with tins of expensive candies. She recycled the tins as "urns" for the ashes of cremated pets.