We recycle and reuse about everything we can. It’s amazing how much packaging gets put around the stuff we buy. Many packages are feats in engineering…I mean, has anyone ever been able to get all the stuff back into the original box from where it came? I thought not. The shape and structure of many packages are pretty amazing.People think a lot about how to maximize strength with minimal material and how to fit more stuff in a smaller space in the refrigerator…amazing!
Anyhow, lots of the things in my recycle bin can be reused for other stuff. I am almost certain I stole this idea from somewhere, though I can’t remember where. More importantly though, I found a way to draw attention to the lowly nipple fruit. This bank looks a lot like the nipple fruit – a non-edible fruit apparently in the eggplant family. I’d sort of like to grow some of these, just to say I have done it, but I don’t know what I would do with the fruit…I suppose it would just get me in trouble.
So, I found 4 old pop bottles we had left over from watching the Super Bowl . I cut the tops off, right at the top of the label. I had to monkey around a little bit, but 4 of those tops can be crammed together and super-glued in place to make a nipple-fruit-like bank (though watch out, super glue will haze plastic). Take any lid off and drop coins in (or pull coins out) and you’re in business. It won’t take all sizes of coins, but it you want, you can use 3 liter bottles for bigger sizes! Abigail also suggested putting some rice in it so it could be used as a rattle/rhythm maker!
Now here’s the funny part…it is really hard to type with a nipple fruit bank stuck to your hand. I got it stuck to my hand as I was trying to pry it off of the work bench…er…dining room table where it was stuck before I got it on my hand. I think there must be a better way of hooking all of this together…
In other news, I wrote a little program to change the header image of the blog every 15 minutes. I took each of the pictures you’ll see somewhere in WV. You may have to refresh your browser to see the update. Is it cool or distracting?