Some people find dryer lint disgusting; others recognise its possibilities for other uses. Dryer lint is soft and clean and usually peels off the screen in one piece. Fresh from the dryer, the lint isn't very durable, but with a few steps you can make it strong enough to make fuzzy felt shapes for kids, or a homemade textile for a creative craft project.
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Things you need
- Dryer lint
- Nontoxic glue (such as Elmer's)
- Spray bottle
- Waxed paper
- Rolling pin
- Old sheet or pillowcase
Remove the dryer lint from the screen carefully so that it comes off in one piece. You might have to run two loads of wash through the dryer to get a thick enough piece to use. Save the lint from at least four dryer loads.
Mix ¼ cup glue with enough water to make it thin enough to spray. Put it in the spray bottle.
On a sheet of waxed paper, lay one sheet of dryer lint on top of another and spray both sides with the glue until they're soaked through.
Roll the sheets flat with the rolling pin to press the glue throughout all the fibres, and set them out to dry on a piece of clean waxed paper. Shift the lint sheets periodically while they're drying to ensure that they don't stick to the surface of the waxed paper.
To make the lint durable enough for kids to play with for a long time, use undiluted glue to stick dried sheets of lint onto both sides of an old sheet or pillow case; use the rolling pin to spread the glue evenly. When it is dry, it should be strong enough to cut into shapes.
Tips and warnings
- Dryer lint is usually greyish-blue. To get other colours, dry clothes of the same colour in one load. It is also possible to paint the glued lint when it is dry.
- Cotton towels are an excellent source of dryer lint.
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