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10 Cool DIY Cardboard Toys

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When you wrap a toy in a box as a gift for a child, the child sometimes ends up playing with the box more than the toy. Why not save a step and just make the toys from cardboard boxes, too? Cardboard toys are cheap, creative, and often easier to make than you might think.

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11 Ways to Upcycle Floppy Disks

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Floppy disk drives have mostly disappeared now, though floppy disks themselves still exist. They have a way of nestling in disorganized places like closets, dusty but probably functional if you happen to have an ‘ancient’ computer. If not, they’re also perfect for upcycling.

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10 Ways to Upcycle Old Baking Tins

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A rusted, leaky or otherwise ‘broken’ baking tin is no good for cooking, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t useful anymore. Its shape is still perfect for other projects, especially if it has a pretty rim. Just by adding paint and drilling a few holes, you can make a variety of ‘new’ things out of it.

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14 Unique Birthday Cake Candles

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Cool birthday candles can make any cake look special, even if it’s a tiny, travel-sized cupcake. Beyond just trick candles or bright colors, you can find interesting candle pegs or unique shapes, or even try making your own candles.

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13 Ways to Upcycle Vintage Cookie and Tea Tins

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In most thrift stores, there’s a section for old-fashioned metal tins designed to hold cookies or tea. They’re often unique, cheap and tempting to buy, but what can you do with them afterwards? Besides storing cookies, etc., the best way to reuse an old tin is to create something entirely new with it, like one of these 13 everyday objects.

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