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Thread: What can I do with all my old cutting boards?

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    Super Member DeeBooper's Avatar
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    Does anyone have a soloution as to a way of recycling old cutting mats? I am getting ready to throw out about 4 or 5 of them. Can I make anything else out of them?

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    I use them for the bottom of totes and purses!

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    What a good question!

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    Have you used both sides ? If so they make great bottoms in purses and totes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mhunt1717
    I use them for the bottom of totes and purses!
    Great idea, I never thought of that!

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    What a great idea, using them to stiffen bags!

    If there are still smallish areas that are good, cut them into small mats - those are great for when you're squaring up blocks - you can rotate the mat, block and template all at once to make trimming the other two sides of the block easier.

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    find yourself an old lazy susan and cut you a rotating mat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RkayD
    find yourself an old lazy susan and cut you a rotating mat.

    That is what my husband did for me. Works great!!

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    Great ideas above. I cut up one of my older ones to make small mats that I can keep right next to my machine for paper piecing (trimming).

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    Use them to make templates. Especially templates that you are more apt to use over and over again.

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    All wonderful ideas!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Airwick156
    Use them to make templates. Especially templates that you are more apt to use over and over again.
    I love this idea :D:D:D

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    Pat cut mine down and glued it on a lap board to do some hand-work on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mhunt1717
    I use them for the bottom of totes and purses!
    Ditto :)

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    did you use both sides of it?

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    I love these ideals :thumbup: keep them coming :thumbup:

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    what did you use to cut them?

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    wow, great ideas, thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeeBooper
    what did you use to cut them?
    Good question. Also, someone asked if she had used both sides. Can you do that?

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    They are great for children to play with Play-doh , or any art work that is messy.

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    I'm wondering if they couldn't be used on the accuquilt cutter on top of the die ??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Airwick156
    Use them to make templates. Especially templates that you are more apt to use over and over again.
    What do you use to cut them so that the edge is even?

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    I donated my big mat to the computer tech department at our high school. It wasn't useable for me, but they are still getting plenty of use out if with the stuff they have to cut with exacto knives. The art department could use it too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Minnisewta
    Quote Originally Posted by Airwick156
    Use them to make templates. Especially templates that you are more apt to use over and over again.
    What do you use to cut them so that the edge is even?

    Scroll saw

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    I cut one of my old ones up into various size squares. I needed a 18 1/2" sq template so started with that and then cut 3 more blocks. You can't see through them, but they are really good for cutting background block, etc.

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