They are project number three in my self-imposed challenge to repurpose 247 of these crazy little plastic doohickies.
They're non-recyclable packing clips for skis. They were destined for a landfill, until I agreed to take them as a crafty challenge. (Click here to read about how I got 'em.)
In Rounds One and Two, I used up 60 clips, making interesting tray handles and Asian-inspired scroll-legged planter bases.
My third idea: purse handles. Would they not make ideal little grips for a two-handled handbag? Yes, they would! I didn't have one of those to work on, so instead I repurposed an item from the Dollar Store....an index card case.
I drilled double holes in the ski clips, and attached them to the card cases with rubber washers in between. I used strong cord and tied it off underneath.
Makes a cute, single-handled mini purse...
Or - my personal preference - flip it upside down to carry as a clutch, with fingers slipped inside the ski clip.
I love that this is another great blank slate project. Aren't they just begging to be embellished?
With more of the same cord, I attached some big carved pendants.
I used two ski clips in this round, bringing my total so far to 62.
I do hope you guys are enjoying this series! I noticed a few comments from folks saying they don't see the point, because the ski clips aren't something people can acquire and use for crafting. True - nobody is gonna pick these up at Michaels and start making trays.
I intended these games more as inspiration than literal tutorials. I love to look for ways to salvage the world's useless throwaways. You may not have these exact black scrolly ski clips, but maybe you have the broken bits of a whatsit, or a plastic knicknack off the inside of a thingamajig. Now - what will you make from it?
Vive le junque!
More ideas to come, you guys. Round Four is a cutie.
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