By Noreen Doll.
Many gifts this year will come packaged in plastic and most of it is either recycled or thrown in the trash.
Here are some great ideas for recycling the plastic.
Carefully cut away the curved parts and save all the flat plastic pieces. These edges are razor sharp, so handle very carefully.
The flat pieces you are left with won’t take a lot of room to store, and there are many ways these pieces can be re-used.
You can use a black Sharpie to mark where you want to cut, and then remove any marks with alcohol.
* You can cut this plastic to make windows in boxes, cards, and gift bags.
* If you make duct tape wallets, the plastic is perfect for an I.D. card window.
* It also makes excellent templates for crafting. Since you can see through the clear plastic, it allows you to place your template exactly where you want it.
The black helps you see the edges of the template.
* It can also be embossed using a die cutting machine.
* Try sandwiching a photo between 2 pieces of plastic for ornaments or jewelry.
* Pieces that can’t be reused for anything else might be usable for holding messy substances such as glue or paint, and then can be tossed when your project is finished.
* Mark it with your own custom marks for measuring items that you need to be constantly measuring. Since you can see through it you will know exactly where you want to mark.
* Enclose it between 2 pieces of fabric or cardboard for stiffness or sturdiness.
* Use it as a window in a photo frame.
*Creative Jewish Mom suggests one can make stencils with them by cutting out designs with an x-acto knife!
As you begin using some of these ideas, you will think of more ideas for re-using plastic packaging. Now you won’t have to throw so much of it away.