Saturday, November 15, 2008

EGGcellent Ideas

I've been storing my egg containers...thinking that my grandchildren might enjoy using them for building blocks when they come to visit. It seems shameful to just throw them in the recycle bin.
I decided to google 'recycle egg containers' and came across many other useful purposes.
Here are a few that sparked my interest.

Ball Storage - An egg carton makes a great place to store extra golf balls. It makes it easy to sort by brand and condition and they are stackable so they can be stored neatly.

Craft Helping Hand - When working with small round items, use an egg carton to old the item while you paint one side, or just as a holder while they dry.

Fire Starters - fill the paper egg cartons with dryer lint, then pore melted wax over the lint. You can tear apart the sections and use for fire starters when you are camping, or in your fire place. FYI: Use left over candle pieces for the melted wax. (I especially like this idea. If I MUST use the dryer, at least there is a green purpose for the lint!)

Charcoal Fire Starter - Similar to the idea above for fire starters... Using a cardboard egg carton, fill each section with melted wax so that it's about 1/3 full. Place a piece of charcoal (one brickette) in the wax. Close the carton and place on a shelf until you're ready to use. To use, remove the top of the carton, and place the bottom half in the grill. Light the carton. Wait a few minutes and then add more charcoal. This will eliminate the need for lighter fluid.

Plant containers or seed starters Poke a few holes in the bottom for drainage. Fill about 3/4 with potting soil and vermiculite. Plant seeds and set in a sunny window.

Money Container - Use old egg cartons to store your change for garage and yard sales. Egg cartons are good for this because you can separate all the change and it is easy to access.

Craft storage - Is your craft work area a nightmare? Use an egg carton to store all those little pieces you don't want to lose track of while you're working.

Have any suggestions that you want to contribute? (It's Easy To Be Green)
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