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Popsicle sticks. Ways to recycle popsicle sticks

Do you save popsicle sticks. If not maybe it is something that you should consider. They are great for many little jobs around the home. Read on for ways to recycle popsicle sticks:

Stirrer A wooden ice popsicle stick is useful for mixing small amounts of paint, putty and glue - just throw it away when you have finished.

Ruler Use a stick as an emergency ruler.

Shim Use wood glue to attach a small section of stick to the bottom corner or leg of a piece of furniture to make it stand level on the floor.

File Glue a piece of fine sandpaper to one end of a stick with wood glue and use it for sanding tricky corners and intricate mouldings.

Index file marker Make a stick slightly longer than the height of an index card. Attach it to the back of the card with strong paper or wood adhesive, and then letter the top of the stick with a marker pen. Repeat for each letter of the alphabet.

Splint In an emergency, carefully put an ice popsicle stick along the side of an injured finger. Tape the finger and 'splint' to a neighbouring uninjured finger, or tie the two together with strips of cloth, and keep them elevated to avoid swelling.

Garden marker Mark your vegetable rows by writing the name and date of planting on a stick in indelible ink; then push it into the soil at the end of the row.

Putty trowel Use an ice popsicle stick to spread freshly applied putty evenly around window and door frames. Dampen the stick with water first to prevent the putty sticking to it.

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