How To . . . Reuse Household Items for Gift Giving

How To . . . Reuse Household Items for Gift Giving

Heather Blaha
Dec 11, 2007

Last week we blogged the holiday issue of ReadyMade. Among the paper, wood, plastic, fabric, and metal gift guides, we took note of a few how-to's that seemed easy, proved useful, and looked good. All of them can be done with old objects at home, and each would make a sincere gift-giving gesture. The first uses wood: How to make an embroidery-hoop clock; the second is plastic: a wrapping tip using microfilm as a bow; and the third, metal: an easy planter for succulents using an old kitchen tin.

Wood: Embroidery-Hoop Clock

Ingredients: Embroidery hoop, sheet of wood veneer, wood-grain contact paper, clock kit
Tools: Scissors, hold punch, glue, x-acto knife

Plastic: Microfilm Bow

Ingredients: Microfilm, clear tape, wrapped package in need of a cool bow
Tools: Scissors, ruler

Metal: Tin o'Succulents

Ingredients: Cupcake tin or mini-loaf pan that you can set ina larger tin to allow for drainage
Tools: Hammer, nail

To get all step-by-step instructions, pick up ReadyMade's Dec '07/Jan '08 issue.

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