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If there is one thing I hate, it’s wasting valuable crafting resources. And now, thanks to another brilliant reader suggestion, I’ve realized that for years now, I’ve been tossing some pretty valuable supplies aside. But in my defense, who knew that used dryer sheets could make so many useful things? Although, I guess I should have suspected it. I mean, after you’ve seen mind-blowing art made from prescription bottles, you start to get the feeling that anything can be repurposed into something amazing (this is how I will become a hoarder!).

dryer sheet sachet

I have on occasion saved a fresh-scented dryer sheet and stuffed it in with my folded clothes, but this adorable dryer sheet sachet puts my crumbled up dryer sheet idea to shame. It’s filled with lavender and shaped like an oversized tea bag. Could it get any cuter? Head on over to Sew Many Ways for the full tutorial.

dryer sheet roses

Don’t you just love it when people take something mundane and turn it into something beautiful? I do. That’s why I’m so crazy about these tea-stained dryer sheet roses. The light stain gives them a cool antique look, and I would never have guessed they were made from used dryer sheets (or that they were even homemade). They’re simply beautiful! Visit Katies Rose Cottage Designs, and learn how to make your own dryer sheet roses.

dryer sheet envelopes

Are you a scrapbooker? If so, you’ll love this next idea. With some cute buttons and a sewing machine, you can create your own envelopes out of old dryer sheets. They would be the perfect place to store notes and other keepsakes in a scrapbook, or they would work great for personalized cards on gifts. No matter how you use them, they’ll look great and smell just as good! Visit Jen over at her blog, Sunny Vanilla, for the step-by-step tutorial.

dryer sheet xmas tree

I know, I know. It’s way too early to be talking Christmas crafts, but how could I help myself? An entire tree made of dryer sheets is pretty cool. And since it’s white, it could be used year round…right? Well, maybe everyone isn’t as Christmas crazy as I am, but you can bet this festive tree will be making an appearance in my house (as soon as I can save up enough used dryer sheets, that is).

dryer sheet quilt

Another great use for dryer sheets? Quilting! That’s what Terri Stegmiller has done, and her quilt looks amazing (and I would imagine it smells pretty good, too). Not much for quilts? Help the kids make their own stuffed animals or pillows. I remember doing this as a child with cotton balls, and it was so much fun! To try your hand at Terri’s design, follow her easy project instructions.

dryer sheet wedding dress

“Here comes the bride, all dressed in”…dryer sheets? Yep, you read that right. The stunning (and sustainable) dress shown above is actually made of over 2000 dryer sheets. Can you believe it? Individual sheets were hand folded into roses and attached to the skirt, which was then attached to the hand-ruched bodice. What a statement!

Which dryer sheet crafts are you clinging to? Do you have any cool ideas for future Designer MacGyver posts? I’d love to hear them!

8 Responses

  1. Carol JEan says:

    Actually it would be nice if you include the "how to" for the other items as well.

  2. Debbie says:

    I actually use the dryer sheets in the bottom of my planters, they hold in the dirt, but they let the water drain out.

  3. Fran says:

    I have used them as "dust cloths". They work great!

  4. Err… In my opinion you actually missed the goal connected with this write-up (or I didn’t the actual objective obvious which can be most likely much more likely)

  5. Kay says:

    Awesome idea! Why didn't I ever think of that? :-) Thank you.

  6. Lovely idea. I will do the same in my home

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