Ok, after the pants and the pillowcases, I'm still in closet cleaning mode, hoping to either find new uses for things that have been stored for a long time or to just toss them and reduce clutter.
I could not, however, bring myself to throw away this water bottle.
It was the first water bottle we purchased when my daughter went to pre-school, but either the plastic was poor quality or it degraded with time (or both) and a couple of months ago we noticed the water acquired a plastic taste after being in the bottle for a few hours. We bought a new water bottle and put this one aside.
After some brainstorming, I finally found a way to reuse it. First, I cut the top half of the bottle, and then punched several holes around the (new) rim, at regular intervals.
Once this was done, I crocheted around the rim, inserting the hook in each of the holes successively.
After a first row of single crochet I added a second row for a bit of flair (four sc in one hole, slip stitch in the next hole and so forth).
And the water bottle was turned into a cute pencil holder:
Here it is already in use at my daughter's "work" desk:
So, what items do you have in your closets that could really use a second life?