It always seems such a waste to throw away the plastic bread clips when you finish eating a loaf of bread. The obvious place to reuse them would be on another loaf, but that loaf will already have its own, so the bread clip usually ends up in the trash. It doesn’t have to end that way. The good news is that there are a lot of creative ways that you can reuse these clips, many of which you have probably never considered before. Below are a number of ways that these bread clips can be repurposed to help save you time and money, encouraging you to never throw them away again. Test
Table of Contents
- Computer Lines Labels
- Power Plug Marker
- Tape Tag
- Guitar Pick
- Power Cord Labels
- Wedding Dress
- Knitting Stitch Marker
- Earbud Organizer
- Flip Flop Secure Fastener
- Hair Band Organizer
- Key Label
- Notebook Divider
- Paper Clip Organizer
- Plastic Bag Tie
- Rubber Band Holder
- String & Yarn Wrap
- Bread Twist Tie Holder
Computer Lines Labels
There is nothing more frustrating that needing to find a particular line to your computer and looking behind it to see a rat's nest of lines. Using plastic bread clips is a simple solution to knowing what line is for what by writing what wire goes where and clipping the bread clip to the wire. Then the next time you venture back behind your computer, you'll know exactly what is what.
Power Plug Marker
If you have a bunch of appliances in the kitchen so that they can't all be plugged in at once (or you keep them all unplugged for safety reasons), it can get confusing knowing which plug goes to which appliance. A simple way to solve this issue is to mark each plug with a bread clip with the name of the appliance it corresponds to written on the clip. Then when you want to plug in the toaster, you don't accidentally plug in the blender by mistake.
I never fails to happen. You need to use a roll of masking tape for something, and when you find the roll, you spend the next five minutes trying to find the end of the tape and peel the end up so you can actually use it. An easy way to avoid this and always have the tape ready to use us to use a bread clip. When you're finished using the masking tape (or really any type of tape). use the bread clip to mark the end . It will prevent it from sticking back to the roll, but also keep the end nice and neat so it's ready to use the next time you need it.
If you have a guitar but no pick, grab a bread tag and jam away.
Power Cord Labels
If you place all of your power cords into a power strip, it can be difficult to know which cord is the power source for which gadget that is plugged in. A simple solution is to use a bread clip to mark each plug so you know exactly what it powers. Then when you need to unplug something, you don't have to guess which is which.
OK, chances are that you aren't going to save your bread clips to create your wedding dress, but you could! That's exactly what one woman did. The fact that it can be done should be inspiring and help you to realize that with a bit of imagination, there are a lot more uses for the bread tag than you have probably considered.
If you are looking for a bit of a project, and like the thought of dividing all your bread clips into different colors, a bread clip abacus ([tutorial](http://almostunschoolers.blogspot.com/2011/01/cereal-box-and-bread-clip-counting.html)) might be the perfect project for you. It really isn't nearly as hard as it might first sound. If you do it with your kids, you can then teach them math skills as you show them how the abacus works which is a definite bonus.
Knitting Stitch Marker
If you are knitting and you need to mark stitches in order to keep the pattern you're creating straight, a bread tag can be a useful ally in the project. Simply slip the bread clip onto the needle to mark your place in the project so you don't accidentally miscount stitches.
There is nothing worse than placing your earbuds into your backpack or purse and then finding the tangle mess they're in when you go to take them out. It doesn't have to be that way. You can use a bread clip to neatly clip the earbud wires together so that they are compact. Once secure, the earbuds are less likely to tangle with themselves or other things you happen to be carrying around.
Flip Flop Secure Fastener
There is nothing worse that the front toe of your flip-flops breaking through the bottom of the shoe and ruining them. This seems to be the weak point of most flip-flops, but there is a solution. Simply take a plastic bread clip and place it around the toe knob on the bottom of the flip-flop. This will help secure it by widening the surface tension so that it's much less likely to break through and ruin the flip-flops, especially if a crack has started to form.
Hair Band Organizer
Reusing a bread tag is an excellent way to keep hair bands from disappearing. Simply loop the hair bands into the clip and they are much less likely to get lost behind couch cushions and other places where they won't be found for months. It's a great tool to get children used to keeping their hair bands organized as well.
It's important to have spare keys in case you accidentally lose or misplace your regular keys, but once they go into your key pile it can be difficult, if not nearly impossible, to remember which key is for what. A plastic bread clip can easily solve this problem. Simply write what the key is for in permanent ink on the bread clip and then clip it to the key ring of the key. The next time you need to find that back door or spare storage closet key, you'll instantly know exactly which one in the pile it is.
If you happen to have a notebook that doesn't come with its own dividers, you can use bread clips to take on this job. Simply tape them in place in the notebook and you can divide the notebook into the sections that are needed.
Paper Clip Organizer
If you have a few paper clips that are randomly floating around in the bottom of your desk drawer, there is an easy and effective way to keep them together in one place so it's easy to find them when you need one. Simply use a plastic bread clip as an organizer to keep them all together. Clip them on and off as you need.
Plastic Bag Tie
There are quite a few products that come in bags that aren't resealable. That's fine if you use everything in the bag, but if you don't, trying to get it closed for reuse at another time can be a challenge (think frozen vegetables). A lot of people use rubber bands to close these plastic bags, but in many cases a bread tag works just as well and is a lot less difficult to put on and take off.
Rubber Band Holder
If you have a bunch of rubber bands loose in your desk drawer, a bread clip can be the perfect way to tame and organize them. Simply loop the rubber bands into the plastic bread clip and they should all stay together until you need to use one.
String & Yarn Wrap
Plastic bread clips are perfect to use to wrap string or yarn that is too long to throw away, but too short to wrap into a ball. Simply wrap the string/yarn around the bread clips and then store it in a jar so that it's easy to pick which you need when it's time to use it.
Bread Twist Tie Holder
One way to repurpose bread clips is to help keep their cousins, the bread twist tie, together and organized. This way when you are ready to use the twist ties for another upcycle project, you can easily find them in one place instead of having to scrounge through drawers.