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One of the first things that I did when I moved into my new home was start looking into my options for solar power. I’m a big believer in reducing dependence on natural resources that are unsustainable, and one of the best ways to do that is by using natural resources that are sustainable, like sunlight. I was thrilled to have my own home that I could customize with solar power. I found that there were all kinds of options for solar power besides those big clunky solar panels. I eventually settled on solar shingles for my roof, and I’m looking into solar powered windows, too. I started this blog to share more information about solar trends with people who are as interested in sustainable energy as I am. I hope to help you understand how contractors can help with these large projects!

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3 Ways To Use Up Your Leftover Vinyl Siding

Investing in new vinyl siding can revitalize the look of your home's exterior. Vinyl siding is affordable, durable, and easy to care for, making it a top choice among homeowners today. Since vinyl siding is cut to size on site, you might find yourself with several scrap pieces.

Here are three fun projects you can complete that will help you use up your leftover vinyl siding.

1. Make nameplates for your children's bedrooms.

Kids love to personalize their living space, and your leftover vinyl siding provides the perfect template for creating a personalized nameplate for each child's bedroom. All you need to do to complete this simple project is cut a piece of scrap vinyl to your desired length and use a stencil to add your child's name to the front of the siding.

You can even get your kids involved in this project by letting them add their favorite stickers to the nameplate, or by giving them stencils and some craft paint and letting them use their creativity to decorate their nameplate. Just be sure that you take the time to prepare your siding for the painting process by washing it with a scrubbing brush and some detergent.

2. Build your four-legged friend a dog house.

Taking the time to build a dog house for your furry friend is a great way to use up your leftover vinyl siding. Once you have constructed the dog house, install vinyl siding to the exterior of your structure. You will want to use screws instead of nails when affixing your vinyl siding pieces to your dog house, since screws will not rust or corrode and they are less likely to cause the vinyl siding to crack or split over time.

By using leftover vinyl siding on the exterior of your dog's house, you will end up with a structure that matches your home perfectly.

3. Make some unique bookmarks.

If you have a passion for reading, you can use your leftover vinyl siding pieces to create some unique bookmarks. When cutting vinyl siding for a small project like this, it's best to use tin snips. Trace your desired design onto your piece of siding, and use the tin snips to cut out your bookmark.

Next, let your creativity take over. Use brightly colored paint to create a whimsical design, or pen your favorite literary quote onto the face of your bookmark. Seal your design with a clear acrylic spray to prevent any color transfer, and begin marking the pages of your favorite book.

Thinking outside the box will help you find creative ways to use up your leftover vinyl siding. Try your hand at creating some custom nameplates for your children, covering the exterior of your dog house, or making unique bookmarks. These projects will help you get rid of your unused vinyl siding pieces.