New Uses for Tape
Washi Tape as Cocktail Flag
Skip drink umbrellas in favor of this low-effort DIY option. Attach decorative tape to coffee stirrers and drop into signature cocktails. Guests will, well, drink to that!
Electrical Tape as Racket Cushion
Add extra oomph to your backhand by making your racket more comfortable to grip. Simply wrap the handle with electrical tape for additional (colorful) cushioning.
Electrical Tape as Cup Labels
Avoid drink mix-ups by color-coding cups with electrical tape at a birthday party.
Secure a Belt With Double-Sided Tape
Don’t let your too-long belt tail get caught between your legs. Keep it in line with a small bit of Scotch. Neat.
Duct Tape as Light Bulb Loosener
Safely loosen a hard-to-remove lightbulb. Press the center of a footlong strip of tape to the middle of the bulb. Fold each loose end in half so it sticks to itself. Gripping each end between a thumb and index finger, give a counter clockwise twist to loosen the bulb.
Tape as Plaster Securer
Keep a plaster wall from chipping when you hang a picture by placing a small piece of tape over the spot where you plan to hammer in the nail.
Tape as Keyboard Cleaner
Make cleaning your computer keys simple: Slide a 2½-inch strip of tape between the rows of your keyboard. The adhesive side will remove dust and crumbs.
Tape as Shoelace Aglets
Seal the end of a frayed shoelace rather than running out for a replacement.
Double-Sided Tape as Hem Securer
Fix a fallen hem when there’s no time for a trip to the tailor.
Duct Tape as Luggage Tag
Make your suitcase easier to identify. Stick a few pieces of duct tape to the sides of the bag to avoid the usual "Is that mine?" routine at the baggage carousel.
Packing Tape as Nut and Bolt Holder
Gather loose bolts and nails in the garage by sticking them to a length of tape and layering another piece of tape on top.
Painters Tape as Snack Sealant
Preserve family-size packages of snack foods. Painter's tape is best because it allows you to seal and reseal a cereal or chip bag without losing its tack.
Tape as Scoop Scraper
Attach the sticky side of a shorter piece of masking tape to the sticky side of a larger piece. Then place the tape across the top of a container of, say, cocoa so that the ends adhere to the sides of the can. The next time you scoop, you can easily level off your helping and avoid cocoa-verload.
Masking Tape as Scuff Preventor
Keep baseboards free of skid marks when you vacuum. Cover the edges of the vacuum head with masking tape so they won't leave dark smudges when you inevitably bump into the walls. There will be no more black marks on your cleaning record.
Toothpick as Tape Saver
Mark the end of a roll of clear packing tape by sticking a toothpick under the flap. No more wasting half the roll just to seal one box.
Double-Sided Tape as Hammer Grip
Keep your tools from sliding out of your hand by wrapping the handle with double-sided tape.
Duct Tape as Shoe Soles
Tape a piece onto each sole of new, slippery shoes for added traction.
Packing Tape as Hardware Holder
When you're moving, tape nails to the backs of framed works of art so the appropriate hardware will be handy.
Electrical Tape as Chair Decorator
Liven up a child’s chair with colorful stripes. (Use lead-free or plastic tape.)