Don't Throw Them Away - Be Frugal
What does frugal have to do with twist ties?
Meaning of the word Frugal from Wikipedia:
"Frugality is the quality of being frugal, sparing, thrifty, prudent or economical in the use of consumable resources such as food, time or money, and avoiding waste, lavishness or extravagance."
One of my favorite motto's is:
"Waste Not Want Not"
There are many useful things you can do with twist ties. You know the ones that come in a box of garbage bags, or are included with certain types of freezer bags. You can also find them in your grocery store to twist tie bulk food, bread, or produce.
I very rarely use them to tie the garbage bags as i find it easier to simply tie a knot in the top of the garbage bag when it's full. I used to toss the twist ties out until one day when I was trying to get a plant to stand up tall in its pot, and thought, shoot I wish I had one of those twist ties as it would sure come in handy about now.
Twist ties can be purchased
For an art project you may want to purchase twist ties rather than reusing old ones. They do come in an array of bright and vibrant colors.
Some of the many ways to use or reuse twist ties
- I have these really cool corn cob holders/skewers that somehow end up all over the drawers. To keep them all together and in one place I thread them with a twist tie. Of course this won't work for all skewers but for the type I have the ties work great.
- In a pinch a twist tie will work hanging Christmas ornaments on the tree. If you happen to have colored ties such as a green, even better, as it will blend right into the color of the tree.
- In the garden twist ties can be used to stake tomato or other plants.
- Slip a twist tie through a key and hang the key on a hook inside a cupboard or on a wall. Hide a house key somewhere in a garden shed for family members.
- Easily fix a lost or broken metal zipper pull.
- Use to close snack food bags, plastic bags that are going into the freezer, and of course bread bags.
- Keep those electrical cords neat and tidy. You may have to twist two together but they will work.
- Attach signs such as "Beware of Dog" to a chain link fence.
- Picture hangers are something we don't always have handy, and a twist tie can easily be made into one and attached to the back of the frame.
- For those that do arts and crafts - keep your beads strung together and easy to find.
- Kids love to play with twist ties and they can be used to make pretty little flowers or other creative projects.
- If you hand out candy bags at Halloween use twist ties to close up the bags.
- Use for birthday party grab bags.
- Balloons can be attached together at the neck (carefully).
Twist Ties for Drink Tabs
One of my sons has been collecting Monster Energy Drink tabs for a tab promotion. They are offering backpacks, hoodies, beanies, hats, and t-shirts. Once you've saved up anywhere from 30 - 75 tabs you can trade them in for one or more items that you'd like. Rather than the tabs being all over the place I strung them all together.
This artist makes twist tie art
What way do you use twist ties? Please let me know in the comment box below.
Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on June 07, 2017:
Thanks Rolly, always so nice to see you. Glad that you've found some good uses for twist ties :)
Rolly A Chabot from Alberta Canada on June 01, 2017:
Awesome advise and I generally have several around and they do come in handy... great in the fishing box as well as they have many uses in there.
Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on May 31, 2017:
VocalCoach, Thanks so much, so happy that you enjoyed Twist Ties :)
Audrey Hunt from Pahrump NV on May 29, 2017:
I'll think twice before tossing twist ties after reading this fun hub. I love these ideas, especially the one for hanging pictures and for securing plant stems. Thanks Susan. You've done it again!
Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on April 25, 2017:
Eli, So many great thing you can do with twist ties. Don't worry I won't breath a word :)
Eli@CoachDaddy on April 25, 2017:
Ingenious! I used to use them to hold together Star Wars toys that I'd broken, mainly the ships. Shh. Don't tell my mom.
Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on February 16, 2014:
Dianna, Being frugal does at times pay off. Just as long as we don't turn into Hoarders :)
Dianna Mendez on February 13, 2014:
I save my twist ties and reuse them for various purposes. They come in handy for hanging Christmas ornaments each year. You have listed some ideas here I've not thought about. It just goes to show you that being frugal pays off.
Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on May 14, 2013:
Dzy, I was raised by my Scottish grandparents and it was always said to me ... Waste not, want not. What a great idea for the bread tabs. I've used them in a pinch for tabs in books such as expense books. You can write on them with a marker to easily get to a page section within the book.
Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on May 13, 2013:
cabmgmnt, Thanks for commenting, and glad you like my uses for twist ties.
Liz Elias from Oakley, CA on May 13, 2013:
Sometimes you can get extra-large ones, like for the lawn/leaf bags, and one time, I used one of those to cinch up the top of my shoe when the lace broke, and tying it where it broke left it too loose on my foot.
I was raised by Yankee parents who lived through the Great Depression in the 20's, so grew up hearing the slogan, "Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without."
I also save the little plastic tab closures from bread bags...I don't always use them, but I did come up with a possible neat use for them. If any elementary schools still have the kids do paper mache projects, those tabs (which come in several colors) would make GREAT scales to glue onto a paper mache dragon......
Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on May 13, 2013:
Natasha, That was a great way to use twist ties!
Corey from Northfield, MA on May 13, 2013:
Nice tips. It seems I always have a bunch of twist ties left over in my kitchen drawers since they do not all get used for packaging things into baggies. Twist ties are very handy when gardening and I love your idea to use them for holding up plants like tomatoes.
Natasha from Hawaii on May 13, 2013:
I once used twist ties to hold the splash guard up under a car! I didn't expect it to last, but it worked for months.
Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on January 13, 2013:
celeste, Nice to meet you. Thanks for commenting and glad you liked all my uses for twist ties.
Celeste Wilson on January 12, 2013:
I didn't think of twist ties as such handy little gadgets but I will never throw one out again. Thank you for a great hub.
Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on December 26, 2012:
KDeus, Thanks so much. They are great for plants.
Keely Deuschle from Florida on December 23, 2012:
Great hub! Lots of great ideas here! I double up the shorter twist ties to use in the garden to tie my pepper plants to the stakes!
Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on November 22, 2012:
Hi Crystal, Thanks so much!
Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on November 22, 2012:
Your Cousins, Thanks for the votes. Have a great day!
Kathy, Thanks so much.
Millionaire, Happy to know that you'll be holding on to a few.
Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on November 21, 2012:
Suzie, Thanks so much, glad you liked it.
sgbrown, They are great aren't they :)
Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on November 20, 2012:
unknown spy, Thanks so much and save those twist ties :)
Crystal Tatum from Georgia on November 20, 2012:
What a great hub. I never knew twist ties had so many uses! Love the idea about using them on the Christmas tree. Voted up and sharing!
Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on November 20, 2012:
GoodLady, Glad to be helpful :) Thanks so much!
Shasta Matova from USA on November 20, 2012:
Great list of ways to reuse twist ties. I used to collect them so I could reuse them, but then I wouldn't really reuse them so now I throw them away. Now that you have provided a list of ways to reuse them, I will be able to save one or two and actually put them to good use. Voted up.
Kathy Sima from Ontario, Canada on November 20, 2012:
I usually do save my twist ties, and do occasionally use them, but you've just given me lots of new ideas. Great hub!
Your Cousins from Atlanta, GA on November 20, 2012:
The twist ties are so useful around the house, especially for crafts and I am frustrated when I run out of them! Voted up and useful.
Sheila Brown from Southern Oklahoma on November 20, 2012:
I think you have covered everything I use them for around the house and garden! They are great for staking my tomato plants as well as some of my house plants when they begin to lean over. I also use them to keep electrical cords tied up. I'm sure I still have some Christmas decorations with twist ties on them too! Twist ties are a very versatile little tool! Voting up and useful. :)
Suzanne Ridgeway from Dublin, Ireland on November 20, 2012:
What a great hub, can't believe I missed it before! So clever and full of inventive ways to re-use the ties! Thanks so much for this Susan, VU, useful and interesting and of course shared!!
Life Under Construction from Neverland on November 20, 2012:
Very cool hub Susan! there are so many uses of twist ties that i really don't know!
Penelope Hart from Rome, Italy on November 20, 2012:
You're so helpful! There are a few suggestions in there that my fix it companion doesn't know about, ha ha!!! Balloons at the neck! Great, Zipper pull, fantastic. Voting and sharing.
Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on November 15, 2012:
Audra, So glad to see you back at HubPages ... you've been missed. I'm always breaking those zipper pulls too. Thanks and glad you liked the hub. "Happy Twisting" :)
AudraLeigh on November 14, 2012:
What a cool hub with practical ideas with twist ties. I never thought of using them as a zipper pull. I hate zippers! I am always braking the pull too!/ I am going to try using them for the thousands of electrical wires./Nice job writing this!
Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on October 15, 2012:
jaydene, Thanks, glad you liked this.
jaydene from Alberta, Canada on October 14, 2012:
Hey Susan, yes these things may pile up in the drawer, and get tangled on things, but now i have many uses for them, thank you for sharing this. :) great job
Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on October 14, 2012:
Rolly, What do you use twist ties for? True we are savers. Thanks for stopping by, nice to see you.
Rolly A Chabot from Alberta Canada on October 13, 2012:
Hi Susan... every drawer in the kitchen has them...some great uses here thanks for sharing your ideas. Maybe a challenge should be tossed out there to see if there are any other uses... lol... Us Canucks are savers are we not.
Hugs from Alberta
Brian Leekley from Bainbridge Island, Washington, USA on September 24, 2012:
To shorten the too long cords, such as from my computer to the printer and from my computer to an external webcam.
Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on September 23, 2012:
Once again, thanks everyone for all of your comments and for sharing all your useful ways in which to use a twist tie.
carozy from San Francisco on September 21, 2012:
What a lot of handy ideas for the humble little twisty tie. :)
Stacy Harris from Hemet, Ca on September 18, 2012:
Great hub. When I started buying the different garbage bags - the ones that have the tie thing right in it already, I realized how much i missed twist ties. Because I never had them anymore. So, when I finally got some garbage bags that had them I surely put them aside. Mainly, I use them for my bread bags because I can't stand the plastic ones they put on now. Or I use them for snacks. Great hub! Next time I reach for a twist tie I will be thinking about you!
Jamie Brock from Texas on September 18, 2012:
I LOVE hubs like this... thank you for sharing all the different ideas about using twist ties! Half the time I throw them out and other times I save them.. will be definitely saving all of them now :)
Susan Britton from Ontario, Canada on September 15, 2012:
Thanks for this hub. I use them all the time. I use them to hold my recycle bag onto my carrier of my bike. I have even used them to hold the carier to the bike when I ran out of duck tape.
Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on September 13, 2012:
Thanks everyone for all the great comments. Sorry that I did not reply to each one of you but I've been a little busy lately and I do appreciate all of the comments.
drbj and sherry from south Florida on September 10, 2012:
Hi, Susan. Just like Kelly, I keep a supply of assorted and varied in length twist ties in my silverware drawer and have used them to fasten electrical cords together. I even have different colors: black, red, white, silver so they will be less conspicuous when serving their twisty purpose. Voted up, m'luv.
Tammy from North Carolina on September 10, 2012:
This is such a creative hub. This can be the perfect solution to organize my junk drawer and silverware drawer. Thanks! Sharing!
jellygator from USA on September 10, 2012:
Nice ideas! I have a friend who fixed his motorcycle with twist ties once. It's amazing how such a simple idea can do so many things!
Marisa Hammond Olivares from Texas on September 10, 2012:
Our science and math teachers use them for different projects in the classroom. Wow! Who knew there were so many things you could do with twist ties? I guess you! Great hub. Thanks for helping me be more aware of the little things I take for granted...I'm literally trying very hard to be more frugal. Maybe I should twist a tie around my finger to remind myself...hehehe Sharing. :)
Becky Katz from Hereford, AZ on September 08, 2012:
I use them to tie the Christmas lights into a nest coil. They never come out of the box all tangled with all the other lights. I can see how big the light set is and get the right size for when I am putting Christmas lights up. I also use them on extension cords and lamp cords that are too long. Looks much neater than a big pile of cord hanging all over. The rabbit can't get to them to chew them up anymore either. I used to use them to keep the door on the hamster cage shut. They used to escape all the time and we would be hunting for hamsters all over the house. The boys are grown now, so no more hamster hunting.
Fahad from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada on September 08, 2012:
WOW! Great hub! I'm gonna go to my local supermarket and grab a handful right now! LOL
Sinea Pies from Northeastern United States on September 08, 2012:
Great hub! I love repurposing everyday items. My current blog post is also about re-purposing a theme dear to my heart. Voted up and useful.
Don A. Hoglund from Wisconsin Rapids on September 08, 2012:
Very practical uses for something that would otherwise be wasted. Nice, useful tips. sharing with my followers
Brenda Barnes from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on September 08, 2012:
I do keep and use mine but you have given me some great new ideas. I don't like to throw anything away and look for ways to use and recycle. This is a unique and fun Hub. I loved it.
Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on September 08, 2012:
Certainly voting this hub up and useful. Like Stephanie Henkel, I use twist ties to wrap long cords up and out of sight when possible. I also use them like you do to tie up plants. You have definitely come up with other good uses. Will tweet and share!
Susan Holland from Southwest Missouri on September 08, 2012:
You were raised right! LOL My mother taught me all the tricks to use with twist ties, except the one for those little things in the drawer, like the corn cob holders. That is a great idea. Do you have a drawer full of twist ties from bread and such, too? I DO! :-)
Great hub! Votes and shared!
Terrye Toombs from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map. on September 08, 2012:
We keep zip ties and duct tape in the truck...now I think I need to add twist ties to the "toolbox." :) Great info, Susan! Voted up and sharing.
Christy Zutautas on September 08, 2012:
My favourite is the zipper...never thought of that and it's a very good idea!
Claudia Porter on September 08, 2012:
Twist ties rock! My "junk" drawer is full of them. I use them to reseal stuff and also tie keys together. They are great for power cords too! Interesting hub!
Patricia-Ann Morrison from Sudbury, Ontario, Canada on September 08, 2012:
unique and interesting! Thank you!
Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on September 07, 2012:
You are amazing Susan. You always have the best ideas. I have used a twist tie to hang a picture. I, like you, never use them on garbage bags, easier to tie a knot. Great hub..A lot of good ideas..Thank you..
Suzie from Carson City on September 07, 2012:
Susan....TWIST TIES!! IMO, Right up there with Duct Tape!! I love this! .....UP+++
Stephanie Henkel from USA on September 07, 2012:
I save all the twist ties and usually have a good selection around. You had some great new ideas for using them! I've used them for wrapping around coiled Christmas lights to keep them from getting tangled. I also roll up the wires for chargers and other electronics cords clip them neatly together with a twist tie so that they don't turn into a tangled mess in the drawer. Spare keys can be kept together, too! Great idea for a hub, and useful, too!
Audrey Hunt from Pahrump NV on September 07, 2012:
I got a lot out of this hub Susan. Been using twist ties for my plants. I also group together my wooden spoons and spatulas with the holes in the handles using a twist tie and hang them on a wall in the kitchen. Voted up and will share.
Amy Gillie from Indiana on September 07, 2012:
Very interesting! I had never thought of several of these. Voted up!
Pat Materna from Memphis, Tennessee, USA on September 07, 2012:
Good article! Useful ideas. I always keep a stash in a kitchen drawer and in my box of "Holding Stuff" in the garage along with tapes, glue, etc.
Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on September 07, 2012:
Thanks everyone for reading and for all the great comments.
Lela from Somewhere near the heart of Texas on September 06, 2012:
11 people voted in the poll, but no one left a comment? sheesh. You should do another hub on clothes pins which are just as versatile.
golfgal on September 06, 2012:
Hey Susan, I am with you. I use them for most of the things you have stated. Great hub!!! You are so clever to think about writing on this topic.
Aloe Kim on September 06, 2012:
I have never ever thrown away a twist tie ^_^ I use them all the time and usually get over excited when I something I purchase has a new one for the collection. ... I love all the ideas! Voted and pinned
carol stanley from Arizona on September 06, 2012:
Lots of good uses. We can recycle so many things with just a little thought. Sometimes we are just to quick to throw things away. This is a great hub..Vote UP.
Victoria Lynn from Arkansas, USA on September 06, 2012:
Wow, I've never even thought of keeping those things, and I'm a firm believer in frugal living. Next time I have some, I'll save them! Great hub. Very inventive!
Mike Pugh from New York City on September 06, 2012:
I like this hub its very useful, and totally interesting the way you constructed it all, plus the way you've fully described all of the details as to the many uses of Twist-Ties.
Nicely done Susan, I will be sharing this hub for sure, and I enjoy playing with them even though I'm a man today, I am still a big kid though :) & I'm sure most people who know me by now can tell LOL.
Frank Atanacio from Shelton on September 06, 2012:
I gotta hand it to you.. I always throw them away.. but I have a large tomato garden and these twist ties could have come in handy thank you so much for the tip... bless you justasksusan.. maybe I should have justasksusan huh?
Kristy LeAnn from Princeton, WV on September 06, 2012:
Pretty cool ideas on using twist ties. I usually don't give them a second thought but I think I'll keep some around from now on...I also didn't know you could buy colored, metallic twist ties either. I might have to get myself some and see what I can do with them. :)
Kelly Umphenour from St. Louis, MO on September 06, 2012:
I do save all my twist ties and I am always amazed at how useful they are! Just used one to help tie up some loose wires behind the new entertainment center. I keep a stash right in my silverware drawer:)
I LOVE this hub - super smart idea!!
ThoughtSandwiches from Reno, Nevada on September 06, 2012:
I don't use the ties but I don't throw them away either as I am kind of lazy. This results in a drawer that is positively brimming with the things.
At one point the dog went after the cat...the cat went over the lamp...the dog went through the lamp. Sure enough...47 twist ties later...we had a lamp that had a shade back on it and didn't make us feel like we were being grilled by hostile detectives under a glaring bulb. I've also used them recently to string all my measuring cups together so I have them all together when I do my occasional cooking attempt.
Blurter of Indiscretions from Clinton CT on September 06, 2012:
Cool idea for a hub. :) I love organizational tips.
Ruchira from United States on September 06, 2012:
Love a hub on this essential wire that holds up my kids toy truck doors and many of his games that fall apart. I use it in my kitchen in place of a rubber band.
Voted up as interesting.
Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on September 06, 2012:
What a unique hub! I never even thought of all these uses, but since I'm all about frugal living I'm all for this hub. Great job Susan!