Like twist ties, chopsticks, seem to multiply in the junk drawer. Here's a great idea from Gaiam for using those extras as well as the leftover ones from takeout night: turn them into ornamental coasters. Besides the chopsticks, all you need is some decorative
SOFA_XXXX is made of no less than 8000 chopsticks. No lie. Each were cut into 4 different lengths and then reassembled with wire rings and what not to create individual x-shaped parts that enable the whole thing to expand and contract.
It's not a big surprise to see chopsticks used to make obvious items like placemats, trivets, earrings, even a dress, but this was a surprise. A former city employee of the Japanese town of Koriyama collected thousands of used, disposable chopsticks from the city hall cafeteria and crafted a 4 foot long canoe.
Actually, it may only take 15 seconds to whip up one of these clever ideas spotted over at Future Perfect. Both are pretty much self explanatory. The one pictured above is a simple stack method while the one below is made with chopsticks and tape.