Yep, I took a bunch of the doohickies in question...
...and repurposed them as decorative box handles.
I love re-using old tins and commercial containers - they are often super sturdy and beautiful, and I hate to throw them out. Adding a decorative handle turns them into great gift boxes, or cool storage for anywhere around the house.
A candle came in this one:
And there was that time in London - I didn't actually need any oatcakes, but when I saw the box they came in, suddenly I did.
To embellish the handles, I threaded beads, flowers or whatnots onto a wire, and made swirlies on both ends of the wire to secure it all to the doohickie.
The simplest method to attach the handles: I punched two pairs of holes in a box lid, then wired the doohickie on like so:
I twisted the wires together underneath, snipped off the excess, then covered the rough ends with adhesive felt dots. (You could also glue a piece of felt to cover the entire underside.)
I branched out from commercial containers and tins to embellish a shabby Dollar Store cutie:
And a cool lidded basket from Thailand.
That one has a big chunk of branch coral, wired on with two drilled holes:
I made a dozen boxes, using up 12 more ski clips, then forced myself to stop. This is one of those limitless projects - if I have any of my doohickies left over after the games, I can always make a zillion more of these.
Doohickies used so far: 108 (out of of 247).
What'll I make next? Ahhh. You'll just have to come back and see. In the meantime, hope you liked this box idea!
In case you missed any of the games:
In case you missed any: