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April 20, 2014

Odds and ends turn into great useful objects

Four Danville Area Community College students took some wooden pallets, a used tire, two broken clocks and a fallen tree limb and created four completely usable objects that will be entered in the college’s Trash to Treasures repurposing challenge on Tuesday.

Jamaica resident Carrie Orwig, a second-year nursing student, made a storage unit for her 6-year-old son from pallet wood. The storage unit’s four cubbies will hold the youngster’s shoes, crayons and books.

“Why spend a lot on furniture when he could say he doesn’t like it next year?” she said.

Painting and decorating the storage unit turned into a mom-and-son project, with her son adding his colorful handprints to it. Orwig said she also plans use several old pairs of jeans to make seat cushions for the top of the storage unit, so her son can sit on it.

Jenny Doggett of Catlin, a second-year nursing student, decided to use a fallen limb at her brother’s house as a rustic base for a tea light candle. Doggett said she used a drill press to make a hole large enough for a tea light candle to fit in a piece of the tree limb, which she also sanded.

After that project, she moved on to creating a decorative punched tin candle holder from a tin can.

“The can was the hardest (project) because it kept caving in when I used the drill press on it,” she said.

Cydney Clark of Rossville, a second-year biology student, decided to take two broken clocks to make one clock whole again.

“I always wanted a neon clock,” she said.

Her version of a neon clock, which has a green backlight, is the next best thing. Not only was it free, but it kept the two broken clocks out of the landfill. Clark even repurposed a power supply cord from a broken radio to power the new clock.

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