Twelve Twisted Things to Try With Twist Ties

By Liesl Clark

OK, I have thirteen twist tie reuses, but it sounded better with the number twelve.

I have a lot of twist ties. When we get bulk items at our supermarket we tend to accumulate quite a few twist ties. Over the course of a year, they clearly add up, and my everything drawer is looking like a twist tie nightmare. But before getting rid of ’em, I thought I’d write down some obvious reuses for the little twisters to see if I might want to save a few:

Everything Drawer Turned Twist Tie Drawer. Photo © Liesl Clark

Everything Drawer Turned Twist Tie Drawer. Photo © Liesl Clark

1) Take them back to the store for your bulk needs and reuse them. I try to remember to bring a stash of twist ties inside my reusable bags for my grocery shopping. If you’re really organized you’ll even have the bulk bin numbers figured out so you can simply reuse the same one over and over again. I discovered an ingenious way to decode the bulk bin numbers by….writing the name of the bulk item on the twist ties too! Duh!

Twist Tie Trash Hack: Write the Name of Your Bulk Item Along with the Bin Number For Reuse. Photo © Liesl Clark

Twist Tie Trash Hack: Write the Name of Your Bulk Item Along with the Bin Number For Reuse. Photo © Liesl Clark

2) Tie up plants and vines in the garden with your twist ties.

We reuse twist ties for training our espalier fruit trees. Photo © Liesl Clark

We reuse twist ties for training our espalier fruit trees. Photo © Liesl Clark

3) Corral your extra electrical cordage with a twist tie to avoid tripping over them and causing a domestic electronic disaster.

4) Make twist tie stick people.

Twist Tie Person? Sort of.

Twist Tie Person? Sort of.

5) Use them to secure ornaments to your Christmas tree.

Twist Tie Ornament "Hook." Photo © Liesl Clark

Twist Tie Ornament “Hook.” Photo © Liesl Clark

6) Hold your ear buds together with a twist tie so they don’t get all discombobulated in your backpack or briefcase.

7) Make an obvious key ring heart to identify your favorite car key.

Key Ring Heart. Photo © Liesl Clark

Key Ring Heart. Photo © Liesl Clark

8) Reuse twist ties to cinch together plastic bags storing produce, etc. (That was an obvious one.)

9) Make a 4th of July Centerpiece.

10) Freecycle them. I was able to Freecycle a few of my long pink ones for a local textile recycling project. They’re used to tie up trash bags filled with clothing for Goodwill. Yeehaw!

11) Use one to hold all your, um, twist ties together.

A Twist Tie Twist Tie Holder. Photo © Liesl Clark

A Twist Tie Twist Tie Holder. Photo © Liesl Clark

12) Make a set of “Garbage Gods.” They’re more rad than Legos.

13) Recycle them! If you’ve saved up enough of them, I guess you could strip the paper from the paper ones, put the paper in your paper recycling and put the metal in your scrap metal bin.

But wait, twist ties may be toxic!? According to some reports the metals used in twist ties are often unknown and could have lead in them. But…many store-bought vegetables like kale and Romaine lettuce are held together by metal and paper twist ties. My local supermarket even uses twist ties to indicate something is organic!

Toxic or not, if you’re still looking for some twist tie inspiration be sure to visit our Trash Backwards app where any item you have in your home can be reduced, reused, or recycled:

Click Through for Twist Tie Reuses at Trash Backwards

Click Through for Twist Tie Reuses at Trash Backwards

If you have some twisted twist tie reuses that you’d like us to twy, I mean try, please share them with us below!

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7 Comments on “Twelve Twisted Things to Try With Twist Ties”

  1. January 10, 2013 at 11:24 am #

    All great ideas as usual, I never thought about using them to hold ornaments, thanks for the tip.

  2. January 21, 2013 at 10:25 am #

    I use my twist ties to store Christmas lights throughout the year–no more untangling when you pull the lights out of the box! I just wind the light cord in a circle and secure with two or three twist ties at intervals. Then when you put your lights up, you can also use the same twist ties to attach to garland or nails.

    • January 21, 2013 at 11:01 am #

      Love it! A double use. Thanks for sharing your ideas, Sarah.
      — Liesl at Trash Backwards

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