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The Many Reuses of Bread Tins

One of the many odd things I’ve had bestowed upon me by previous tenants of my various abodes throughout the years is a polaroid picture of Dustin Hoffman circa 1985.  While it is unquestionably one of the coolest things I now own (I couldn’t bring myself to leave it behind for the next tenant), it’s also incredibly odd that someone decided to leave it behind.  The same goes for the muffin pans that I’ve inherited from my current apartment.  The question of what motivates someone to leave behind such objects is perhaps an interesting one, but not one I’m going to waste any time on here.  I’ve been led down this metaphysical path by an article on Re-Nest about the various uses for old, otherwise unusable bread tins.

Perhaps there’s someone out there who can tie all this rambling together by fishing out that rusty bread tin inherited from tenants past and make, say, a vintage-looking planter out of it?

Bread Tins No More: 5 Creative New Uses.

Image via ReadyMade

Wine Bottle = Hummingbird Feeder

April 19, 2011 Leave a comment

Spring continues to fight off the last gasps of winter here in Maine, but the buds are persevering and that means hummingbirds will be making their way north soon enough.  I’ve always been a sucker for hummingbirds but I’ve never had much luck with hummingbird feeders.  However, after getting a look at this DIY feeder from Re-Nest I’m very tempted to make a go of it myself.  All it takes is a wine bottle, some wire, a rubber stopper and a copper tube.  Very manageable.

DIY Hummingbird Feeder From a Wine Bottle What Allie’s Making Now.

Image via What’s Allie Making Now

Letter = Envelope

March 17, 2011 Leave a comment

Envelope schmenvelope.  Email doesn’t need one so don’t you think it’s about time snail mail got with the times and dropped them too?  Who even owns envelopes anymore, anyway?  OK, enough of the envelope-hate (they totally suck, don’t they?).  Instructables is here once again to provide us with a neat little trick to turn your letters into their very own envelopes, saving you money and the world from one more piece of useless paper (stupid paper).

Envelope-free letter sending (Snail-Mail origami)

In case anyone needs a reminder of the evils of envelopes I offer this:

Image via ATTILAtheHUNgry

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Pallet = Adirondack Chair

March 17, 2011 Leave a comment

Having lived in Maine for almost a year now I’ve come to appreciate the Adirondack chair so much more.  The pinnacle of lawn chair design, Adirondacks are a ubiquitous sight around these parts, right up there with lobster traps and lighthouses.  I now share the great Mainer dream to one day own a couple of these bad boys and plant them firmly on my future lawn.  Meanwhile, while I wait for that dream day to come to fruition I might just take a crack at building one of these suckers out of a pallet.  Now, I don’t envision the below design (courtesy of Instructables) to match up to the fine craftsmanship of an authentic Adirondack (especially if I’m the craftsman), but this looks like a pretty good substitute to me.

Instructables:  One-Pallet Chair

If you’re feeling inspired but, alas, are without pallet then I suggest you get yourself to any big box store and see if they’ve got any lying around out back.  here‘s more ideas on where to find them.

Image via oldschoolstructure

Creative Repurpose: Ice Cube Trays

March 2, 2011 Leave a comment

I had an internal debate as to whether or not this actually qualified as “creative repurpose” or veered more into “questionable repurpose” territory.  Well, according to Re-Nest this post is really “hot right now,” but I’m going to assume a lot of that heat is being generated by people grossed out by the cover photo, which I’ve generously reprinted for you to the left.  You’re welcome.

I’d say the picture actually sums up the overall gist of their post, which is a list of slightly gross ways to repurpose your ice cube trays, including freezing herbs, wine, coffee, onions and garlic.  YUM!  Anyway, if you can get beyond the pictures (both from above and from your imagination) then you might find something useful here.  I’m not there yet, both in acceptance and in need, but maybe one day.  I can dream, can’t I?

The Kitchn: 8 Uses For Your Ice Cube Trays

Image: Emma Christensen for The Kitchn

Creative Repurpose: Hotel Room = Kitchen

February 21, 2011 Leave a comment

Thanks again to geekosystem, I bring you hotel room as makeshift kitchen as a Brit shows us how he makes an entire meal from the appliances in his hotel room, including an electric kettle and an iron. But if you’re expecting grilled cheese and tea prepared to be impressed:

I’m actually headed to the Caribbean this spring on a tight budget and we’re looking for ways to divert our precious resources from expensive hotel dining.  Maybe I’ll give this a shot.

SLASH/FOOD via geekosystemCooking in Your Hotel Room

Creative Repurpose: Coffee Maker As Multipurpose Cooking Machine

February 21, 2011 Leave a comment

Caught this via Lifehacker today: the DIY site geekosystem shows us 10 ways to repurpose your coffee maker to cook everything from oatmeal to rice to soft-boiled eggs.  Personally, I’m a french press guy, but I’m intrigued.  As Lifehacker’s post implies, the oatmeal method seems to have the most crossover potential.  It might be tough to get people to drink coffee out of their fish cake maker.

via Lifehacker: Make Oatmeal in a Coffee Maker [Food Hacks].