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  • Winter Harbor, ME
Asked on Oct 2, 2017

I have about 20 screens I'd like to repurpose,ideas?

KimSharonKate Garrett


Screens are all in excellent shape, with aluminum border, approximately 4'x2'

7 answers
  • Sharon
    on Oct 3, 2017

    Are these free standings screens or window screens?
  • 1240839
    on Oct 3, 2017

    Screen porch.
  • Cori Widen
    on Oct 3, 2017

    You could cover with material and frame them!
  • Kate Garrett
    on Oct 5, 2017


    I gather that you were hoping for something that would utilize the fact that they are 2'×4' window screens.

    Have you considered drying racks for laundry or herbs?

    For laundry
    Using 12 screens & many zip ties
    1•Lay 2 screens on the ground with 2' edges abutting.
    2•At the abutting corners, loosely secure as a hinge with the zip ties.
    3•Fold one screen over other and secure the third, and eventually fourth, screens in a single line
    ●The line of 4 screens can be arranged into a 4'×4' square as a base for your drying shelf & folded flat when not in use. Repeat steps 1 through 3 to create a second teir.
    4•Lay 2 screens with their 4' sides together.
    5•secure the abutting corners loosely with zip ties as hinges
    ●This creates a shelf that will lay flat for use but fold for storage. Repeat for a second shelf.
    ●Optional: you may want to paint liquid rubber on any edges that will be in contact with each other when assembled for better traction if you will use it in a windy place. This can be done before or after construction
    ●To assemble, arrange one square with the open edges touching. Lay the first shelf on top. Load with items to dry. Place the second square on the first shelf with the open edges on a different corner. Top with the second shelf. Load with more laundry.

    Herb drying is a slightly more complex design but comes together faster.

    You need 4 screens, zip ties, sticky-backed hook-and-loop fasteners (Velcro), & washable undyed light weight natural fabric (cotton muslin would be my pick) sufficient to cover the screens

    1•Lay 2 screens with 2' edges together & secure abutting corners loosely with zip ties
    2•Lay a third screen next to the 4' sides abutting and loosely secure those corners with zip ties.
    3•Lay a fourth screen into the empty space between the second & third screens. Secure only the 4' edge to second screen
    4•Fold the 4' edges closed & then raise the 2' edges until you have a free standing triangular "sign" configuration. Reopen the 4' flanking edges
    5•Use your Velcro to secure 3 sides of a fabric panel to each screen: top, bottom, and outer edges.
    6•Your inner edges will probably overlap. Secure the excess fabric of one panel to the other with more Velcro.
    7•Place matching Velcro on the top, bottom, and outer edges, so that when the flanking screens are closed over the standing screens, the fabric panels will stay closed, thereby securing the whole unit
    8•Remove the fabric panels & launder on gentle cycles
    9• Once dry, lay fresh herbs on one panel & cover with its mate. Repeat for the other side.
    10• Lay your drying rack flat & open
    11•Place mated panels on screen 1 and on screen 2.
    12•Close the flanking screens and stand the herb drying rack up as before
    13• When herbs are dry, lay the rack flat & open. Remove the mated panels.
    13•Bringe the mated panels into your kitchen & gently remove herbs. Process as desired for storage

  • Sharon
    on Oct 5, 2017

    You could make a solar heater.
    Use one to sift stones out of soil.
    Bend them into a U-shape and use as a sun cover for vegetable garden
    Use some for you greenhouse.

  • Kim
    on Oct 6, 2017

    Wow, never knew that, that's great, thank you
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