Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Frugal Finds: Toothpicks

We are back this month with another fun frugal finds feature.  Today we are going to get picky...toothpicky that is!  This month we challenged a few of our design team members to get creative with toothpicks.  For me personally, I had a lot of fun with this one.  I stepped away from my normal style and took a chance which is always a good for a creative mind.  I will admit, I ripped apart (for the the first time ever :O) a layout.  Yet, I was please with the end result.
After I had my ripping apart meltdown, I sat down and wrote a list of some other ways I could use toothpicks.  Here are some of those ideas I came up with ...

                             *make a fence -how cute would that be with some twine wrapped around it
                             *make a campfire/tee-pee embellishment
                             *use them as a tool to apply those detailed rub-ons
                             *make some Valentine's day cupid arrows 
                             *frame a photo
                             * use them for snowman arms

I'm sure I could go on , but let's take a look at what our designers did!

Practical Scrapper Brenda painted some toothpicks white, trimmed one end on each one, and then used them to outline a diecut star for this 4th of July page.  She used micro glue dots to adhere the toothpicks.

On this layout, Practical Scrapper Kerri, placed two round toothpicks together and wrapped a double layer of Martha Stewart twine around them to create her flagpole.


Practical Scrapper Liz Chidester used toothpicks and a doily die cut to make this cute umbrella.

Not only can you use them to embellish, but you can use them as a tool! Practical Scrapper Kerri took a stab at quilling on this card.  She used her toothpicks to roll her pattern paper to create her flower petals and leaves.  Not only did they do the rolling, but she used them to apply her glue to her rolled petals and leaves.

Hope you enjoyed our newest edition of Frugal Finds!  What frugal item would you like to see us use in an upcoming feature?  Leave us a comment below to let us know!

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Christa said...

These are great ideas!

Kristie Maynard said...

Some great ideas there. I think it would be fun to see what y'all could come up with using rubber bands or pony tail holders.

Christy said...

Are you kidding me with that umbrella?!?! Seriously the cutest idea I've seen in a while. I loved all the inspiration to raid my kitchen for these little guys!! :)

Phillis Walrath said...

Great ideas!! Who knew a toothpick could do do much!!

Alison Day said...

I agree with Christy ... that umbrella is adorable! I have some old Maui pictures that just may need that sort of embellishment!! Thanks Liz!