| November 20, 2012

'Tis the season when recycling bins runneth over. Lighten the load with these attractive and useful projects and pointers.

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Stop Tall Boots From Toppling

Tuck bottles into the shafts of winter footwear so that they'll stay upright in a closet or mudroom.

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Prop Books

Fill a bottle that has special meaning with sand for a keepsake that doubles as a bookend.

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Make a Festive Light Display

Feed a 50-light string (get the kind with just one plug) into a hole drilled in a bottle's side. We used a ¾-inch tile bit, then enlarged and smoothed the hole with a conical grinding stone.

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Get The Kinks Out of Wallpaper

A bottle makes a sturdy spool on which to reverse-roll wallpaper or shelf paper to smooth it flat before applying it.

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Keep Plants Hydrated

To make a slow-drip irrigator, drill a ¼-inch hole through a cork and stopper a water-filled bottle. Press the whole thing neck-first into well-hydrated soil.