I end up with a lot of small scraps of yarn from my various knitting projects. I hate to waste them, and I read somewhere that birds like that sort of thing for making nests – an opportunity to re-use!
I wondered how to make the yarn available to the birds and came up with the idea of stuffing it into hole-y containers that could hang from a tree. I found a few such hole-y containers at Pier One.
I used a spare chopstick to poke the yarn scraps into the balls.
Voila! Yarny balls!
Here they are hanging in the red maple out front. As you can see, some yarn scraps hitched a ride and got caught on the tree bark. I’ll pick them off eventually but I’m not bothered by them. You can also see that I have a larger, suet cage type thing as well. It’s less pretty but it holds a lot of yarn and it a little easier for the birds to get at.
Who doesn’t love an ugly/cute monster? This book has 13 ideas you can make from the clothes you’re not wearing anymore, and surely the sky is the limit from there – you could make any number of permutations! My post over at CPL has more.
I’ve been desiring some garden art practically since I started having a garden, but I have a hard time finding things that aren’t too cutesy. Perhaps the solution is to get my butt over to the ReUse Center and make something! There’s a ton of info on how to DIY your own garden art (and planters and more) in this book. Check out my post over at CPL.
Check out my post on Eco Books by Terry Taylor over at CPL.
What a great idea!I can’t believe it never occurred to me to use a toilet paper or paper towel tube for organized cord storage. My hub says that his mom did this when he was a kid and clearly other people have had the idea, too, but it strikes me as ingenious. You can even recycle the tube when the edges start to fray, and it would be very easy to label with a Sharpie (what the cord belongs to or how long it is, etc.). We don’t use a lot of paper towel at our house, but until there are some vast improvements/availability of new technology, we’ll continue to have a ready supply of TP tubes.