There are so many gems hidden in your junk drawer, and you don’t even know it. Scotch tape is particularly inconspicuous, but as it turns out, the classic office supply has way more uses than you ever thought possible. Keeping things stuck together is only the beginning of scotch tape’s wild story.
Open up your mind to the time and money-saving possibilities: No more lint-rollers! No more weirdly expensive keyboard cleaners! No more..wasted fruit? Yes, scotch tape is chock-full of surprises that can save you in so many ways. You know you have it — why not put it to good use?
1. Shoelaces: It’s a real pain when your tried-and-true sneakers, which you just broke in perfectly, end up having straggly laces. Wrap some tape around the end of the laces and your favorite shoes will live another day!
2. Broken Glass: Uh oh, you finally accidentally on-purpose dropped the glass bowl your mother-in-law got you for Christmas, and now there are shards everywhere you step. Use tape to pick up the tiny pieces that your broom may miss!
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3. Hems: If you’re not an 18th century-era colonial woman, then you’re probably not very handy with a needle and thread. In that case, double-sided tape can help disguise (and even fix) thready hemlines that are driving you crazy.
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4. Nail Art: If you’re looking to spice up your nail game, tape could be exactly what you’re looking for. You can use it as a stencil when you’re painting designs onto your nails, resulting in a cooler, cleaner look.
5. Credit Card: No, tape won’t somehow put more money on your card, but if you find that the magnetic strip is too dull from excess swiping, covering it with scotch tape may get it working again. Just note that it’s a temporary fix!
6. Balloons: Need to liven up your office party? Just put two small squares of tape on opposite sides of a balloon and you won’t be able to pop the balloon, no matter how much you try. Weird, but cool!
7. Cracked Eggs: So, you’re about to bake a cake when you notice that one of the eggs has a small crack in it. Don’t panic! As long as the egg is fresh, simply cover the crack with some tape. See? You can put Humpty together again!
8. Saran Wrap: Obviously, tape really shines when you need something to stick together. If you find that the plastic wrap covering your leftovers is losing its cling, save your week-old lasagna by sticking some tape around the edges of the plastic wrap.
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9. Fly Paper: Are the swarms of flies and gnats taking over your home getting you down? Stop crying in the corner and grab some tape! Wrap double-sided tape around a paper towel roll, hang it from the ceiling, and you’ll be victorious!
10. Keyboard: Your computer keyboard may look clean, but is it really? Find out by sticking a thin strip of tape between the rows of your keyboard. But be warned — seeing all the crumbs and grime it collected isn’t for the faint of heart.
11. Eyeliner: Doing your makeup is a hassle when you’re an eyeliner novice, but tape can make it easier. For a cat eye, put two pieces of tape in a triangular shape outside your eye and simply fill in with liner.
12. Label Protector: Protect any paper labels you may have (garden signs, medication labels, address labels, etc) from the elements by covering them with a strip of scotch tape. We DARE the rain to ruin the adorable “tomato” sign you so carefully crafted.
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13. Cat Scratch: We love cats, but we don’t love deep scratches in our furniture. Placing double-sided tape on furniture you don’t want getting destroyed may protect them from becoming your cat’s own personal scratching post.
14. Extra Battery: The next time the battery dies on your favorite appliance, feel powerful by reaching around and grabbing the SPARE BATTERY you so INTELLIGENTLY taped to the back months before. You’ve never felt so smart!
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15. Suede Heels: If your new suede heels are looking more like old suede shoes, then it’s time to break out the tape! Wrap some around your finger and use it like a mini-lint roller on your suede heels. You’ll be ready to party in no time!
16. Produce: To avoid cutting into unripened fruit, check for freshness by cutting out a small chunk of fruit and then putting it back in and securing it with a piece of tape. It should preserve the produce until it’s ripe!
17. Tape Down Tie: Looking like a professional is hard when your tie won’t stay put in the wind. Simply take some tape and place it on the back of your tie, and voila! You’ll be the bossiest boss in the whole darn town.
18. Lint Roller: You don’t need to shell out your hard-earned money on a lint roller. Tape does the same job, and it can even be more gentle on delicate fabrics. Simply lay some over your sweater and quickly pull it back up.
19. Bouquet: A bouquet of flowers is a great way to class up your dingy apartment, and tape can make arranging flowers much less complicated. Make a grid with tape across the top of your vase and stick the flowers in to your liking.
20. Dry Skin: For a dry skin quick-fix that probably isn’t recommended by your dermatologist, slap some tape onto your flaky face and prepare to be amazed. The tape will supposedly improve the dry areas, but we would stick to good ol’ moisturizer.
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21. Sitting atop your junk drawer is another equally-inconspicuous household item: Tissues! Most of us just toss our old tissue boxes into the garbage, but there’s actually a whole of tissue box possibilities…
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22. Mail Stations: Instead of throwing your mail haphazardly on the dinner table where your deadbeat roommates will never look at it, use a decorated tissue box to keep your bills, bank statements, and sometimes-pleasant letters upright and off your eating space or counters.
23. Flower Vases: Fancy, ornate vases that attract the eye of all who enter your dwelling are great, but they come with a price tag. A decorated tissue box can serve as the perfect eye-catching home for your flowers, real or fake.
24. Desk Organizers: What happened to the scissors? Where did all the pens go? Why are all the binder clips in a plastic bag stapled to the underside of the desk? Keep all office supplies in one place by organizing them in a drawer of tissue boxes.
25. Monster Candy Dish: When Halloween rolls around — or any time of the year because, hey, candy can’t be relegated to just one month — consider creating a box monster that holds treats and delights kids.
26. Fun Toys: Kindly place your sock puppets and pet rocks in the trash; there’s a new low-budget friend on the block for kids of all ages. Decorate boxes with googly eyes and pipe cleaners for a box monster that’ll keep kids entertained for a hot minute.
27. Jewelry Containers: If nana didn’t pass her beloved jewelry box on to you, a little tissue box up-cycling can handle all storage needs. Don’t let kitty keep knocking earrings and rings off the nightstand; keep ’em together in a cool, decorated tissue box.
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28. Charging Station: When the pinata party’s poppin’, and everyone needs to charge their phones (they’ve been taking so many high-def pinata bashing videos, after all), a tissue box charging station can keep cords untangled and organized. This works for tech-heavy families, too.
29. Manage Notepads: Constantly reaching for the notepad? Instead of disrupting your perfectly stacked card pile, re-purpose a tissue box to keep papers close together and safe from spilling over the edge of the desk. Just keep it away from your cats’ head.
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30. Craft Organizers: The more creatively inclined might have all sorts of loose knick-knacks hanging around — homeless screws, fabric scraps, or several rolls of duct tape. Instead of letting ’em get lost in the fray of a cluttered drawer, organize them in tissue boxes.
31. Baby Learning Toys: Toddlers lacking in motor skills need a little help when it comes to hand-eye coordination, and letting them pop junk they can’t swallow into a wide-mouthed tissue box can be practice that helps out big time.
32. Pinata: Nothing gets a party going faster than blindfolding people and letting them bash a box with a weapon of choice until candy pops out. Grab a tissue box and you’re halfway to a great party.
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33. Plastic Bag Storage: Under most kitchen sinks lurks a terrible sight — a pile of loose plastic bags likely reserved for trash, lunch, or dog poop. Sometimes, they’re stored in a bigger bag. Break the mold. Stuff ’em in a tissue box.
34. Secret Compartment: This will require a tissue box that — gasp — isn’t totally empty. Open the box up from the side, remove a few inches of tissue, and create a small storage space for keys, passwords, and more.
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35. Dollhouse: The dollies have to live somewhere, so why not have craft-hungry kids learn a valuable lesson in home design, architecture, and customer service while decorating a tissue box to match their doll’s living needs?
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36. Tune Up A Guitar: No childhood is complete without sliding a few rubber bands over the mouth of a tissue box (after stick an empty paper towel roll into the end, of course), and jamming out on your very own guitar. Use pots for drums, and the kids will go platinum.
37. Tiny Shelves: Tiny homes, tiny cats, tiny cellphones that just keep shrinking — people love tiny stuff for the most part, and turning decorated tissue boxes into tiny honeycomb shelving can liven up a dull living space.
38. Gift Baskets: Need to bestow a few small treasures to your friends but don’t want to deal with the hassle of gift bags and tissue paper? Drop the small presents into a tissue box, so they can all be wrapped up and topped with a big, beautiful bow.
39. Yarn Storage: Hey, knitters! We haven’t forgotten about you. Managing bundles of yarn can be a lot like managing a rat’s nest — twisted, gnarled, etc. Make crating simpler by placing each skein into a tissue box and threading a strand through a pre-cut hole.
40. Dryer Lint Holder: Without a proper receptacle, dryer lint tends to end up on the laundry room floor or uncleared from the trap. Those with strong negative feelings towards tiny trash cans can utilize tissue boxes to store lint until it’s time to take out the garbage.
41. Manage Receipts: Keeping receipts is a dying art, but it still has a pulse. For the indulgent, tissue boxes are the perfect size to keep your proofs of purchase stacked, organized, and safe for later viewing.
42. No tissue boxes? No problem. For those itching to get their arts and crafts on, just about anything around the house can be re-purposed. Create a floating shelf, for instance, requires just a single piece of wood, a rope, and a drill.
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43. Electrical Tape Décor: Walls don’t have to just be canvasses for paint. Try inexpensively creating insane patterns fit for an art museum on them with electrical tape! Similarly, you can add sleek stripes to out-of-date appliances.
44. Mason Jar Chandelier: Dreaming of regal chandeliers? While these cute mason jars might fall just short of what you might find in a royal dining room, they can be an awesome, eye-popping addition to any home. Best of all? You just need hanging bulbs and jars to create this unique look.
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45. Rustic Shutter Bench: Decrepit shutters can make the outside of your house look ancient, but they’re too cool to just trash. So why not re-purpose them? With the addition of legs, and some TLC, shutters can make unique benches—the focal point of a dining room.
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46. Butterfly Cloches: Couple spray-painted branches, battery-powered fairy lights, and fake or real butterflies (dead from natural causes) inside a glass cloche to add a bright, colorful pop to an otherwise dull room. A fun project to undertake with the whole family.
47. Antique a Mirror with Fabric: By simply lining the edges of a mirror—or even an old picture frame—with a fabric that matches other colors in the room, you can create an accent piece that’ll pull together any room.
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48. Stainless Steel Paint: Stark white kitchen appliances like refrigerators are relics of decades past, and all the electrical tape in the world can’t make them cool again. With stainless steel paint—yes, paint!—you can give the fridge a more modern look.
49. Trashcan End Tables: When decorating, it’s easy to forget about end tables and how expensive they can be. But by simply sticking two wire-frame trash cans butt-to-butt, you can circumvent cost and get a nifty, customized living room accent piece.
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50. Upcycle: Like end tables, brand new furniture will set you back. A solution? Salvage older furniture from thrift stores and decorate. Re-purpose chairs into coffee bars or place fabric patterns onto weathered dressers. Really, the possibilities are endless.
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51. Paint Shower Fixtures: Similarly, water-stained fixtures can hamper the looks of an otherwise gorgeous shower. But by just sanding them down and adding a coat of paint—one that matches the bathroom décor—you can make them an asset to a beautiful room.
52. Succulent Garden: Succulents along the windowsill can add color and life to a dead and dull room. Either leave ’em in small ceramic pots or create a larger, more diverse piece that’ll draw everyone’s eyes. Either way, they’ll take little effort to maintain.
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53. Paint Exposed Pipes: For the most part, pipes are not something you feature in a home, but something you hide away. With a touch of gold or matte black paint, though, they can give a bathroom an interesting, modern look.
54. Build Honeycomb Shelves: Square shelves? For squares, maybe. Crafting honeycomb-style shelves—by breaking up the monotony of straight lines in your home—can make a bedroom far more pleasing to the eye.
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55. Marble Contact Paper: For just a few dollars, you can buy an adhesive vinyl that cloaks anything in luxurious marble. Cheap kitchen counters and islands or living room end tables can look ripped right out of a wealthy estate!
56. Mason Jar Soap Dispenser: More mason jars! These soap dispensers give any kitchen or bathroom a hint of Southern flare that’s far classier than just a plain hand soap bottle. And all for the cost of a jar and a nozzle! And hey, if it’s good enough for Rachael Ray…
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57. Decorated chairs: Cheap, ugly chairs will drag even a well-decorated room down. Simple patterns like maps pinned to or painted onto an uninspired wooden chair can give any room a more personal and engaging feel.
58. Doormat Headboard: A bold concept, yes, but something worth considering if you’re looking for a striking but cheap bedroom accent. Four doormats organized into a rectangle can make the headboard you’ve been looking for.
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59. Crate Table: Work with crates or have easy access to four of them? Sand them down, coat them with paint, and assemble them into a coffee table that’s as functional as it is unique—perfect for giving a home a coastal feel.
60. Rope Baskets: The perfect centerpiece for your crate coffee table? A rope basket. You only need to wrap a rope around an existing basket to make one, but they make a perfect storage place for important loose ends.
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61. Underground Oven: Ready to take the party outside? A simple dug-out pit filled with firewood and covered with grill racks makes for the perfect barbecue pit or meat smoker. Invite friends over for a tour of your new, classed-up place and then head out back for celebratory grilled meats!