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Monday, January 17, 2011

Crafty Uses for Clear Adhesive Shelf Liner | Family Economics

By Cathe

With the New Year comes new ways to use household items. Try using rolls of clear adhesive shelving liner found in most grocery and discount stores to serve many different functions. 

Here are just a few neat things that can be done with this indispensible product:

1. Turn colorful cotton fabric into “oilcloth” by covering with liner to create moisture-resistant sewing projects such as lunch sacks and totes. Do the same with paper, such as gift wrap to make it “stitch-able.”

2. With one large sheet, cover a selection of family member photos placed above the tub for extra fun at bath time for your small children. It’s as much fun to make bubble beards on others as it is on yourself!

3. A traditionally crafty method is to laminate your child’s artwork into placemats. But take it a step further and trim out sections of smaller pieces to create drink coasters. When creating these, be sure to trim the clear liner larger than the artwork to “seal” off the paper.

4. Seal up both sides of images, photos, designs or any thin paper and sew to tote bags as pockets.

5. Keep smaller cut scraps of adhesive liner in your notebooks, datebook or journal to easily attach items such as business cards or special mementos.

6. Create a fun and protective cover for your table with a patchwork of vintage papers, patterned scrapbook paper or photographs sandwiched between large sheets of clear adhesive liner.

7. Laminate everything from flash cards to study index cards.

8. Turn most hard surfaces into a dry-erase marker board.

9. Protect the most popular pages of your cookbook from flying ingredients with an easy cover of clear liner.

Just remember, as fun as this liner product is, please use caution when applying any adhesive to surfaces, such as wood furniture, as it may become permanent and cause unintended damage.

Please, share your ideas for using clear adhesive shelf liner!

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On Saturday, January 26, 2013, Bettys, from Betty's Bead Soup wrote

When we moved into our first house, we were too broke to do any redecorating and I really hated the 40s laminate countertops in the kitchen. I found some adhesive plastic in a design I liked, adhered it to the countertops, then covered it with clear adhesive plastic. I was careful to use hot pads and cutting boards, and in the 13 yrs we lived there, it loooked wonderful, with only one small knife cut and a small spaghetti sauce stain to show wear and tear. It also makes a wonderful camoflage for metal file cabinets....

On Wednesday, January 19, 2011, Beka from NY wrote

Is the adhesive shelving liner food safe? I don't really want to poison myself or loved ones.

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