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      Hi!  I am always trying to figure out ways to recycle the tons of stuff we throw away at work (I work in retail).  One object eludes me, though.  We throw away the plastic cylinders that are in the middle of our register receipt rolls when the paper runs out.  They are white plastic, about 3″long, and hollow.  Any ideas on what I could do with these?  The only thing I have thought of so far is bringing them home for the kids to use to build something.


        They could be used as rollers for short hair.  Get some thick bobbie pins to hold them in place.  Maybe you could cut them and use to make jewelry.  Round pieces could be used instead of beads.  The long thin pieces might look like macaroni jewelry.  You could also use them instead of popsicle sticks for building things especally if you cut them in half.


          You could glue them to a base in multiples, side by side, and use them to hold things …… you could decorate and make windchimes out of them ….. you could write sayings on them and make them into key chains.  You could string rope through them and make funky room dividers.  


            Use them for cloth napkin rings if the width allows. Roughen up the exterior with sandpaper so paint will adhere, use stickers or markers to decorate.

            You could also use them to to hold garden seeds, sealing off both ends, of course and marking on the outside the name and date. By the same token they could be used to store such things at safety pins in a sewing box or purse.


              My hubby uses these for holding his smaller paint brushes or tools.  Good luck!




                The store I worked at used to save these plastic cylinders for a customer.  He would glue them together to make Christmas door ornaments.  You could make any shape you want; i.e., trees, snowman, wreaths.  You can spray paint them if you like.  He would fasten miniatures lights to one side of the finished product.  Those miniature lights fit nicely in the end of the individual cylinders.

                He just did Christmas items, but I suppose you could do other holidays, too.  Making a heart shape that is painted red or pink and has white or red lights on it would be nice for Valentine’s Day.


                  Thank you for this interesting challange.
                  I think ii could make a cup out of those cylinders ,buy using  an ordinary plastic milkcap for the bottom.
                  Once it is a cup container many uses can be found
                  Paper clip pencils/Pen,paperweight,loose change cup and probably more
                  Bedroom –
                  for safety pins, Needle and thread lost the other jewery,cuetips,loose change and again many more
                  band aids Bobby pins dispose of old razor blades
                  A  measuring cup for your soaps and other cleaning chemicals
                  A small 1st aid kit container.



                    I was wondering what could be done with some old pink plastic hair rollers. Since they are about the same as toilet paper rolls, I guessed they could be used for electrical cord taming, but the ideas for the register rolls could also be implimented with the pink curlers.

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