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    I try to use recycled materials whenever possible. For example, I didn't buy my first roll of chicken wire until my fifth year of haunting because I could always just poach what was left over from the garden. I use tons of newspaper, cardboard, scrap wood, and empty containers.

    This year, I had to buy fresh lumber because the stuff I recovered from a shed last year was too rotten to build on.

    That's how dedicated I am to using older, unloved material.

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    I love to look at things in a way that "normal" people don't, so when others see an empty cereal box and throw it in the trash, I'm like, "Hey! I can use that to make a bunch of different things, like signs or the rounded eyes for my paintings with the eyes that follow ya!" LOL

    A lot of people think we are very strange when we ask them for their old newspapers or phone books, which we use a lot of in our paper mache prop making. We also use things like toilet paper/wrapping paper rolls, glass food jars, wine bottles and a bunch of other things that most people would probably throw away. LOL

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    I have used scrap iron, tin cans, cookie jug's and lots more. Lol my own trash is my treasure!
    Watch where you dig... you may find yourself...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Madame Leota View Post
    I wish I could come up with good use for 2 liter soda bottles.
    http://amasci.com/emotor/emot1.html

    With some proper touches could make a nice lab addition .
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    I figured out why you call yourself that - you spark unorthodox thoughts and ideas in others. - Hallomarine

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    I have one of those heavy cardboard tubes that they wrap carpeting around and some 3 foot pieces of PVC pipe to make my bat tower. The tube is 13 ft. long, and I plan to stick the pvc pieces through the sides of the tube at various heights. Then I will hang all of my bats from the rods. I think it's going to look pretty good.

    I've also been saving those air pillows that companies use to pack around supplies and stuff before they box it up, and I plan on using them to "flesh out" my zombies and spider victims.

    I'm also building a large tombstone out of several pieces of styrofoam that someone had put out on the street for trash pick-up. It's going to be a double tombstone about 40" by 40" with an old plastic urn in the center to hold the black roses.

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    I have stopped to pick up the white foam that is used to send stuff that needs to be stay cold while being delivered.Such as medicine-food.I glue them together and make tombstones.
    I reuse my spaggetti jars-salsa-liquer bottles-wine bottles for witch's bottles.I use the packgaging material that comes from delivery of other goods-peanuts-bubble wrap-inflatable wrap.I have ordered tombstones from grandin road and used the styrofaom to make additional tombstones.Hair from my hair brush.empty toilet paper -towel rolls-newspaper.
    Basicaly anything I think I might use lol.

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    I wish I could come up with good use for 2 liter soda bottles.
    I know I know pick me pick me!

    You use them as the body of creepy creatures for your yard, obviously. Buy some of those papier mache skulls from Michaels (or plastic skulls), cut a small hole in the bottom, and jam them on the neck of the bottle. Then build up to your heart's content. Small, cheap, good for mood, and lots of fun to make.

    For example, I used coat hangers straight through the bottle to make wings, covered the whole thing in papier mache, and had skeletal monsters to place about the yard last year. I can't find my close-up pictures of them before they were fully installed in their egg, sadly.

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    using lots of the remains from when I put on a new roof this summer.

    Last year I found a hay bale sitting by a dumpster and an old fence I found in a creek.
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    I also grab any patio umbrellas I find, and use the middle pipe for building dummies on and then I put the whole thing over a piece of rebar so at night time I can just slide the dummies off and put them away till the next day. You know how they grow legs and walk away in the night.
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    I've used gallon milk jugs, plastic bottles, packing styrofoam from all sorts of different things, old wire coat hangers, paint from when the neighbor cleaned out the garage, pallets, a 7' long 2 1/2' wide shipping crate [the wife just loved seeing *that* get dragged home!], old clothing, plastic trash bags, card board from just about anything. If I think I can store it, I keep it or drag it home. House Rule #5: I have to have a place to keep it out of the way AND I have to use it within 2 years or she gets to throw it away.

    I have used pallets for, well every thing. Last year I staked them into the ground and used them to support the foam crypt facades. I have a couple tombstones made from interestingly shaped packing foam, one of my scarecrows has 5 gallon water jugs for a body and he wears a shirt I wore out.

 

 
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