You can make lots of crafty projects with rubber bands

When you work at a newspaper, you tend to accumulate rubber bands in your desk drawer. (Is this true of other workplaces, as well? Because I never seem to get rubber bands on the paper delivered to my doorstep. Hmm.)

I have the terrible habit of using rubber bands as ponytail holders, but co-worker Christine des Garennes suggested I compile a few crafty ideas that incorporate rubber bands.

Thanks to the genius social network that is Pinterest, it was easy. You can make jewelry, home decorating items and even your own rubber stamps. Now I'm thinking about which of these projects I want to try first.

Source: delightedmomma.com via Elodie on Pinterest

Source: evie-s.com via Shelly on Pinterest

Source: thebasicsmag.com via nik on Pinterest

Source: bhg.com via Kathy on Pinterest

Source: thecraftycrow.net via Joy on Pinterest

Source: marthastewart.com via Megan on Pinterest

Source: truebluemeandyou.com via Serena on Pinterest

Source: pinterestschunt747.blogspot.com via Kathyrn on Pinterest

Source: mmscrapshoppe.blogspot.com via Jennifer on Pinterest

 

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Christine des Garennes wrote on June 08, 2012 at 9:06 am

Like that bracelet and the pencil holder. How do I (or can I even?) color the rubber bands I have? Many are pink with ink smudges. I guess the first thing to do would be to clean them. 

 

Meg Dickinson wrote on June 08, 2012 at 10:06 am
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I did a quick Google search on dyeing or painting rubber. Perhaps you could try colorful permanent markers, or vinyl upholstery paint (although that sounds like it might be overkill if you don't have tons of rubber bands to color).

Also, I read up on cleaning rubber stamps and they say to use soap and water or baby wipes to clean rubber. You should never use alcohol-based products (which I was going to wrongly suggest) because it will dry out the rubber and make it brittle.

I vote for asking our business office to buy the pretty, colorful rubber bands so they can be reused for pretty, crafty projects.