I Stand Corrected!

January 31, 2007 @ 6:43 am | Filed under: Art

Turns out dryer lint really IS valuable! Check out this comment from Jennifer (author of the wonderful homeschooling-on-a-boat blog, S/V Mari Hal-O-Jen):

You don’t save Lint for Clay???
2 Cups Dryer Lint (firmly packed) 1/3 Cup Warm Water
6 Tbsp. White Glue
1 Tbsp. Clear Liquid Dishsoap
Tear the lint up into little bits. Mix everything in a bowl and knead
until workable. Sculpt to heart’s content. Airdries in a few days.

Who knew? (Not my daughters—but perhaps they felt in their bones that it had potential.)

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11 Responses | | Comments Feed

  1. Oh! My! Gosh!
    My kids will love this!

    Thanks, Jennifer!

    (Do you think the dust bunnies can be saved?)

  2. OMG- I love this idea. Could you make colored clay with colored dish soap? (it’s all I have right now. )

    I have plenty of lint to work with…

    Excellent idea. I’m sending it to all kindergarten teachers I know….


  3. But how sticky is it? I had a very bad experience once with a glue and white bread mixture that couldn’t be kneaded as instructed because I couldn’t move my hands.

  4. We made paper out of dryer lint once then wrote a letter to Grandma on it. The paper was a not very attractive gray color but it was fun.

    Ruth in NC

  5. The Girl Guides pack dryer lint into each cup in a cardboard egg carton, pour in parafin wax and let cool. When hard, tear apart the cups and use as a fire starter (and you thought they only used one match!)

  6. Very cool! My kids will also love this one (and probably DH too)!

  7. Jennifer is so resourceful! Did you see her advice on chopsticks for knitting needles? She needs to write “Worst Case Scenario – Crafts”.

  8. “Worst Case Scenario – Crafts”.ROFLOL!

  9. “Worst case scenario – crafts” sounds like me. Honestly, the most challenging thing about homeschooling for me is that I don’t do crafts. I missed the craft gene. Other people are worrying about math and writing and biology, and I am thinking “what kind of a craft would go with THAT? and how would we possibly do THAT?” This is also a severe limitation for a Cub Scout Leader. Fortunately, my co-leader is crafty, and I do the non-craft stuff. I have been known, however, to save dryer lint for my big kids to use as fire starter on camping trips.

  10. I KNOW YOU COULD MAKE PAPER WITH DRYER LINT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I’ve just never taken time to do so.


  11. I tried to make paper with lint last year – yuck, the long hairs in the lint made it too hairy of an experience….blugh!