Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Word Sorter

One of my favorite things to do while watching TV is to cut up magazines. The vivid colors of the words and pictures just make me giddy.

I was a little frustrated with my system of cutting up magazines though.  I had a lap tray and I would sort the words in alphabetically order, put the pictures in a pile and then transfer them into a big Ziploc bags once the pile got too big.  And this worked out great, until I had to move or the slightest breeze [like from the wagging of a large dog tail] would send the words scattering. 

I racked my brain for a couple of days to try and figure out a better system to contain the words and then I had an "Ah Ha" moment and thought toilet paper rolls!  I never thought I would say that one of my "Ah Ha" moments involved toilet paper rolls, but there you have it.

I spray painted the TP tubes white so that they were a little brighter and it would be easier to see the letters on the tubes.  I then used my circle punch to cut circles out of an cereal box and then glued the circles to the bottom of the TP tubes.  

I cut and pasted a letter on each of the tubes and then lined up the tubes in a plastic container.  The container I had was a little bit too big so the tubes were a bit tipsy, but I put a narrow tray from the dollar store in the front of the container to hold my scissors and glue stick and the tray held the tubes snugly so I could move the container and not worry about anything spilling or flying away.

Now I use my lap tray to peruse and cut magazines while my handy dandy word sorter sits next to me on the arm of my recliner.  And if my ADD kicks in, clean up is a breeze, I just stuff my word sorter back in my craft room.

Wow! I sound like an infomercial.  And you TOO can have your very own Word Sorter for 3 easy payments of $199.95!  LOL

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