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With the weather in the 50's and me with cabin fever after a month of cold weather, I was looking for something else to do to keep me active outside. I thought it would be a good time to introduce my new neighbor to my homemade bag holder and get some more pictures of how it works. I offered to help him pick up the pine cones in his yard.
We made a contest out of it to see who could fill a bag first. Of course, I won as I am an old pro at using this bag holder. He was amazed at how easy it was and how quickly we picked up all those pine cones. "Wow!" he said. After getting started, within 10 minutes we filled 2 large trash bags with cones and had his yard looking good.
To make the bag holder, all you need is a 36 inch inch aluminum rod, 4 heavy duty metal spring clamps and a vice to bend the rod with. Total weight of bag holder is less than 5 ounces. You can find the rods and clamps at Home Depot and the cost is approximately $5.00.
On August 9, 2007 Thrifty Fun posted instructions and pictures I sent in that also tells how to make this bag holder and how easy it makes the job of picking up litter.
Source: The bag holder is crafted by my husband. He came up with this idea in 2003 and to us, it's a necessity in picking up litter and keeping our 2.5 miles of roadside clean.
By Betty from NC
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I want to make some craft projects using outdoor items but would prefer to not bring bugs into my house when I do. What do you guys do to make sure that bugs aren't still on outdoor items for crafts?
Melissa from OR
I use a black garbage bag and moth balls. Put your items in the black bag along with the moth balls and let set for a week or you can wash the items in bleach water and put outside and let dry. If you have pine cones bake them in a 250 degree oven for 30 minutes.
Put all your natural stuff on a foil lined baking sheet or pan at 250 degrees for an hour or so. Let cool. This way no toxic chemicals are involved and no "hitchhikers" enter your home.
For pine cones wash them in hot sudsy water and then place them on a cookie sheet lined with aluminum foil. Be sure to use the foil, as the pine tar can really get messy. Turn on the oven to low (200 degrees) and bake them for about an hour or so until they are dry. Baking them helps them to open and also gets rid of the pine tar.
put them in a sealed plastic bag and freeze over night.
I put items I am bringing inside to use in a garbage bag and spray with insectiside, close the bag and leave it for an hour to let the spray do it's thing.....also if you are using pine cones you can spread them on a cookie sheet (line it with foil) and put into a warm oven to open up the cones and kill any critters that are living in them. I use the bag/spray method on my houseplants that I am bringing inside to winter over too. Hope this helps have fun with your projects!!
IS IT NECESSARY TO WASH THE PINECONES BEFORE PUTTING THEM IN THE OVEN?
When making pinecone crafts do I need to wait until the pinecones fall or can I pick them and get the same results?
I would wait until they fell.
Using fresh pine cones for crafts:
A lot of the pine cones on the tree will still be greenish but you should be able to find some brown ones that have not fallen yet.
Great question. Some people pick them and freeze them then spray them with glue so they don't open. It will depend upon what kind of look you want. If you want it opened you can pick them and put them in water and they will open up. The reason you freeze them is to get the bugs out of them. We have done them both ways and spray painted some for wreathes and to go on the Christmas tree.
Green cones on trees take a long time to dry so if picking from trees try to only pick brown cones.
Pine cones are plentiful all year long so you can collect them and prepare them in advance and picking from trees would not be necessary.
Do not leave any pine cones unattended in the oven. They can heat up quickly and catch on fire.