Tools and Stuff forum: Re-purposing & recycling idea

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clifton, n.j. (Zone 7a)
applevalle
Jun 6, 2016 6:22 AM CST
I came up with an idea a couple of years ago that maybe some of you might also find useful. I was making plant markers with popsicle sticks & indelible marker, but the wood began to rot after a few waterings. So, I took an empty bleach bottle, cut out the center section ( straight-sided part ) then cut strips from it , rounded one end with scissors just for attractiveness, cut a point in the other end……voila, great plant markers & indelible marker stays readable all season. You're recycling, re-purposing and getting a whole bunch of plant markers for basically no cost.
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RickCorey
Jun 24, 2016 5:39 PM CST
I tried that with some thick-plastic canisters for Metamucil fiber. Very thick, solid plastic.

Then I got lazy when I saw a set of mini-blinds in a trash can. I took them home, curt the mini-blind slats away from the string, cut them to length and made points. Now I have a several-lifetime-supply. (I think that having hundreds of nearly-identical small things (tied together in neat bundles of similarly-sized stakes) scratches some kind of an OCD-itch I have.)

I use mechanical pencils for marking rather than Industrial Sharpies. My handwriting stinks, and a wide nib makes it unreadable.

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