8 New Uses For Chopsticks
1. Ribbon Holder
After you untie the ribbons from those birthday presents, coil them around a chopstick, secure with a piece of tape, and store. The ribbons will stay neat and untangled until they’re ready for regifting. (Bonus: The curling variety will unravel already twirled.)
2. Batter Swirler
Up the ante on the bake-sale brownie: Dab caramel (or peanut butter or cream cheese or raspberry jam) on a chopstick, then swirl it through the batter to add the flavoring with a professional-looking flourish.
Serve bite-size pieces of fruits, vegetables, or grilled meats on chopsticks for fast, easy finger foods.
4. Seed Dowel
Save your mani: Plant the tip of a chopstick into potting soil to make small holes for sowing seeds.
Store those extra takeout chopsticks (the ones that haven’t touched the Peking duck) by the hearth to help kick-start a blaze.
6. Back Scratcher
A chopstick is skinny enough to slip under the neck of an itchy wool sweater, long enough to reach elusive points on your back, and discreet enough to keep in a desk drawer.
7. Magazine Bookmark
Wedge in a chopstick to hold your place in that scintillating story.
8. Peanut-Butter Scraper
If you must have the last bit of peanut butter in the jar—inaccessible by knife or finger—scrape it out with a chopstick.