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Velcro is one of the most useful and simple tools in any crafter’s supply box. After a few DIY projects, though, you’re often left with small scraps that have no real purpose. But it just seems wasteful to throw them away, right?
There are many great ways to use your leftover Velcro scraps. They can be used as wire fasteners, in the garden, and to keep things organized.
But it doesn’t just stop there. Keep reading to find out all of the ingenious ways you can use leftover hook and loop straps.
What Is Velcro Used For?
Hook and loop fasteners were based on burs from the cockelbur plant. The plant sticks to animals and clothing so that their seeds can be spread further and to more fertile land.
This tough stickiness, without any residue, is why velcro is so useful for so many different projects.
When my son was barely a year old, it was a struggle to get him in and out of his coat during the harsh Michigan winters. You can’t keep a baby bundled up in their coat while in car seats for safety reasons, but it isn’t safe for them to be exposed to the cold for too long either!
My mother in law came up with an ingenious idea: She made a poncho for my son that closed in the back with velcro. That way the poncho didn’t need to be removed and could act as a blanket while he was safely fastened in his car seat. Then, once we were ready to take him out of the car, it was simple to slip the poncho back onto him and close the back, even when he was asleep!
That’s just one of the reasons that I always keep Velcro on hand.
Can Leftover Velcro Be Recycled?
Velcro is made from plastic, so it is technically recyclable. However, as we now know, recycling isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. China is taking less and less of our recycled materials, and more of what you put out to be recycled just ends up at the landfill anyway.
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For this reason, many of the people that are concerned about the environment are focusing much more on reducing consumption and reusing what we already have, and less on recycling things.
That’s why it’s important to find other ways to use the scraps from your crafts instead of just tossing or recycling them. It’s the more eco-friendly thing to do.
Can Leftover Velcro Wear Out?
Yes, unfortunately, hook and loop fasteners can wear out and lose their stick. There are some ways to refresh and renew your Velcro, but if they don’t work, that is when you want to put it into the recycling bin.
How To Use Velcro Scraps
So after you’ve used velcro for your craft projects, you probably have small pieces without a purpose left over. It’s not environmentally friendly at all to just throw them away, since they are made with plastic materials.
If you want a greener option, you’re better off finding a use for those scraps. Below is a list of 31 uses for your velcro scraps.
Here Is A List Of Great Ways To Use Your Leftover Velcro Scraps
- Use your hook and loop fasteners to wrap computer cords. Keep your cords under control and lessen the chance of fire!
- Use as plant ties to keep tomatoes and tree branches growing the way you want.
- Use Velcro to secure wrapping paper and keep it from unrolling. Christmas and birthdays just got a little easier!
- Use Velcro to hang temporary window covers. I used Velcro to put up black out curtains in my toddler’s room.
- Bundle fishing poles and golf clubs or any other unwieldy hobby items.
- Organize tools in your garage.
- Use Velcro to keep gate doors open or closed.
- Hook and loop fasteners are great for fastening a flashlight anywhere that would be useful. They don’t have to stay in your drawers!
- Put battery operated lights on walls in hallways.
- Having a picnic? Attach your tablecloth to the table with Velcro! Even the stiffest breeze won’t be able to make it budge.
- Use to put the TV remote in the TV or a table securely.
- Use Velcro to attach your iPad anywhere that will be useful, like on the back of a seat headrest in the car. For long journeys, you can easily out in a movie for the kids.
- Attach a waterproof speaker or radio to the shower so you can jam out while you get clean.
- Hang pictures with Velcro if you’re not allowed to use nails in a rented apartment with sticky back fasteners.
- Secure cushions to chairs and outdoor furniture with sticky back Velcro.
- Use in between buttons on shirts that tend to gap when worn.
- Attach organizers to the inside of cabinet doors.
- Organize toys in an artistic way! Use Velcro on walls or bookshelves to hold stuffed animals and encourage your kids to clean up in their own.
- Glue some Velcro to a magnet in a loop to create a pen holder for your fridge!
- De-pill your sweaters! Gently dab some Velcro across your sweater to pick up those pills.
- Hang your phone or tablet on a kitchen cabinet for easy recipe reference.
- Use sticky back Velcro to attach your pets food bowl to a mat to stop the bowl from moving around.
- Secure your mailbox to your house with sticky back Velcro.
- Secure bird houses or feeders to trees or your house with sticky back fasteners.
- Velcro some chapstick to your nightstand so it’s always handy when you most need it.
- Hide external hard drives. Attach some Velcro to the bottom of your desk and to your hard drive, and it will not only be out of the way but it will also be out of sight for any possible thieves.
- Attach a towel to your oven door handle. I love having towels there to wipe my hands,but they said off so easy. A bit of Velcro will stop that from happening!
- Hang umbrellas by the door with some Velcro.
- Keep rugs down on a carpet.
- Hang kids cups on the fridge so they’re always handy.
- Baby proof your home with some Velcro. Use fasteners to keep your favorite decorations on your tables.