Isn’t it annoying wasting precious time untangling headphone cables? Or perhaps you’ve planted a herb garden and now struggle to tell the plants apart. Well, these two issues are strangely connected, because there’s one handy item which resolves both problems. Behold the humble bread tag, which, as we’ll discover in this article, offers a host of alternative uses to make our lives that bit less stressful. So, without ado, let’s explore a few of them.
20. Fix flip flops
Have you ever found yourself walking on a beach or by the pool only to notice that your flip flops have broken? Often the thong or strap pulls through the sole of the shoe and it makes it darn near impossible to walk – never mind keep a strong swag game.
Luckily, there’s a simple but clever hack to fix your sandles, and it involves a bread tag. By attaching it around the strap between the bung and the sole on the back of the flip flop, it acts as a handy stopper to keep those sandals right in place. Don’t fret, you’ll be strutting along the beach again in no time.
19. Make charms or earrings
Why not use bread tags to make charms and pendants? For example, you could punch holes in them and attach beads, chains and rings. It’s a smart way to make unique and one-off pendants to hang on a chain as a cute D.I.Y. necklace.
And you don’t have to stop at necklaces either. The same techniques can be applied to make bracelets, earrings and other accessories, too. So why not make a personalized gift for a friend or loved one?
18. Gift tags
Bread clips can be personalized for other purposes, too. Say you’ve made cookies or truffles as a Christmas treat and want to give them out as mini presents. When you’ve wrapped them, simply seal the sweets with a bread tag. What’s more, they can be decorated to suit the occasion – such as snowmen for the festive season or monsters for Halloween.
However, if there was a competition for the most impressive use of bread tags, the winner would surely be Stephanie Watson from Melbourne, Australia. When she met her husband, Will, they started collecting bread clips and vowed to get married only when they had enough to make a wedding dress with them. It took ten years, but the gown cost $38 using reclaimed material and 10,000 clips.
17. Wine glass tags
Getting drinks mixed up can be annoying. Picture the scene: you put your wine glass down at a party to go to the bathroom. And upon returning, you discover that the drink is now one of several. How can you tell the beverages apart?
It may be tempting to just pick up the glass with the most wine in it. However, there is a clever way to identify your glass by using bread tags. So the next time you host a dinner party, attach different colored clips to the stem of the glass – or even write your guests’ initials on them to avoid confusion.
16. Key fobs
Is it just us, or does everyone have a dish full of random keys with no idea what they unlock? Perhaps it’s for an outbuilding or a trunk in the attic. Or maybe you kept a spare key for a house you lived in while at university.
Well, wonder no more; simply attach a bread clip to the key for a cheap and simple fob. While you’re at it, why not even grab a Sharpie and write on the tab what it unlocks? Never again will you have to spend hours hunting for a key that opens the drinks cabinet when guests are over.
15. A handy scraper
No matter what cleaning products you use, there are some stains that just won’t shift. Maybe there’s some burned-on lasagne on the cookware, or you’ve got a stubborn mark that no amount of oven cleaner will shift. And don’t even get us started on the glue that gets left behind when you remove a sticker from any surface.
Interestingly, bread tags can be used to scrape up all kinds of disgusting gunk from counter tops and work surfaces. They can also lift stickers from windows and laptop cases without leaving gloop behind. Furthermore, you can use the clips as miniature dough scrapers for your cookie and pizza base emergencies.
14. Cable tag
Many of us will be familiar with the frustration of having tangled cables in the house. You might be in the kitchen and the tablet is plugged in to follow a recipe while the electric whisker goes to work on a cake mix. Or you could be a high-flying executive juggling two phones, a tablet and a laptop. Either way, it can be easy to lose track of which cord goes into each device.
Take the guesswork out of it by attaching a bread tag to the cord and labeling it with whichever gadget it belongs to. Furthermore, you can use this method throughout the house – whether it’s for kitchen appliances, home entertainment systems or every day gadgets.
13. Rubber band holder
Let’s say you have a rubber band emergency – we’ve all been there. There’s one lying about the house, but you need more. You know that there are plenty of them in the house, but working out quite where they are strewn about is enough to induce a headache. If only there was an easier way.
Fortunately, the humble bread clip could be the answer to your woes. Simply hook the rubber bands through the tag’s clasp to keep them all together. And if you do the same for paper clips it can a neat way to keep your office tidy. Furthermore, the technique can also be used for hair ties.
12. Tab to find the end of tape
Anyone who has spent an evening wrapping presents will know the frustration that comes with trying to find the end of a roll of tape. But luckily, there’s a way to ease at least some of that aggravation – especially when there are gifts to prepare for Christmas and your stress levels are about to go nuclear.
Finding the end of the tape can be challenging whatever size the roll. But there is a solution; attach a bread clip to the end of the tape to create a handy tab. So the next time you reach for it, you’ll have a marker showing you the way.
11. Phone charger cable holder
According to data analysis company Statista, there are over 14 billion mobile devices in the world today. And we all know how frustrating it is when the battery dies. It’s pretty important, then, that we keep our phones charged.
Well, that cable will always be at the ready if you use this simple hack. All you need to do is grab a bread tag, put it on the edge of your desk and thread the charging cord through. Then simply stick some tape on top of the tag to keep it in place.
10. Headphone cable holder
Headphones are another one of those device accessories prone to causing unnecessary annoyance. Indeed, no matter how careful you are, they always seem to become a tangled mess. Researchers from the University of San Diego have actually studied this very issue and concluded that knots can form in no time at all. Their theories were tested on string in a box, but they applied the same principal to headphone cables in the pocket or purse.
The team offered some solutions to reduce headphone cable knotting. They included keeping them in a smaller space, having a shorter cord and not leaving them to bounce around for too long. However, not once did they mention winding ear bud cords around a bread clip – negating any tangling at all.
9. Knitting marker
On the surface, knitting may appear to be an inexpensive hobby. But if you want to create more advanced designs, the cost of getting all of the necessary equipment can start to add up. For instance, there are knitting bags, needles, stitch holders, row counters of varying sizes, point protectors, knitting gauges and so on.
Following a knitting pattern can be complicated even if you’ve had years of experience. However, knitting markers come in handy to keep track of where you are – particularly when it comes to circular and repetitive patterns. Save yourself some pennies, then, by using bread tags.
8. Pairing socks
It’s a familiar scenario for millions of us; you’re putting the socks through the wash and when it comes to putting them out to dry, you notice that there are missing pairs. But thankfully, this is where bread tags again save the day.
There’s a much smarter way to guarantee an identical pair every time you put your socks through a wash cycle. By clipping two matching socks together with a bread tag, you can ensure that they never become separated. And you can of course keep them connected this way when they’re tucked away in the drawers, too.
Bookmarks come in a multitude of colors and styles. And they can be easily substituted when you don’t have one to hand. For instance, receipts or ticket stubs are simple enough alternatives, or you can turn down the corner to mark your page.
But if you have nothing else handy, there’s another solution. It also has dual purposes; by using a bread tag as a book marker you can not only stay on the right page, but also the last paragraph you read. Furthermore, those studying can use multiple tags for key chapters.
6. Thread or yarn holder
You may recall from earlier the report examining why headphone cables get tangled. Well, the same theory can apply to thread and yarn. You see, the idea is that more knots and tangles occur depending on the size of the storage area, the movement applied and how long the string is. Yarn and thread, then, pose a world of problems.
It can be incredibly hard to avoid thread and yarn becoming knotted in a craft bag. This can result in a lot of wasted time and effort detangling yards of material when you’d rather get on with your project. However, if you wind any surplus thread around a bread clip, you may never have to worry about knots again.
5. Securing Christmas tree lights
When the festive holidays roll around, one of the most fun activities is decorating the Christmas tree with the kids. And to make sure ornaments and lights are secure, why not fasten them with bread tags? What’s more, the clips offer other seasonal uses, too.
How about getting creative and encouraging the children to make their own personalized Christmas tree ornaments? Elementary school teacher and mom of two, Carrie, from the resource blog My Book Boost, devised a clever snowflake design. Meanwhile, Kerri Bradford challenged herself to produce an array of Christmas-themed gift tags on her craft blog in 2017.
3. Early-learning games
Bread tags can provide a fun way to educate young kids and pre-schoolers. For instance, if you write numbers and mathematical symbols on the clips you can make a fun and colorful counting game – or teach basic addition and subtraction. And the more creative types might even turn their hand to making a counting frame.
Bread tags can also be used to create word games. One option could be writing a letter on each one and using different colors to separate vowels from consonants. You could also make it more fun by having your child switch letters to form new words or creating word chains by changing one letter at a time.
4. Plant markers
If you’re a keen gardener but get confused as to what you’ve planted and where, bread tags could provide a simple but effective solution. Write the plant’s name on the tab and attach it to any secure part of the herb so you know at a glance which one you’re looking at.
Moreover, there’s a reason why bread tags come in an array of colors: it’s to mark when the bread was baked. One crafty hack is devising a similar system according to planting seasons – for instance a different color for spring, summer, fall and winter.
2. Make art
With those different colors available, why not use bread tags to create your own art project? You could design vibrant, repetitive patterns or compose pixel portraits. Alternatively, reach for some other craft supplies, too, or create geometric art pieces.
San Francisco, California-based designer Will Krause took bread tag art to another level with one of his designs. As he explained on his website, “I tracked down a supplier of bread clips to make the shade for this lamp and used a clear bulb to create some really interesting shadows.”
1. Entertain the kids
With a boundless supply of clips, there’s a seemingly endless number of ways for children to use them. Why not create your own board games and use them as counters? Elsewhere, you could play a game of tiddlywinks or hide them around the garden and give a prize to whoever collects the most.
You could decorate the tags with monster faces, or use them as coupons for the kids to collect in exchange for a treat. Alternatively, they could function as a guitar pick to make your child’s guitar lessons that bit easier. And last but certainly not least, all of these cool uses for re-purposed bread tags will teach your children about the importance of recycling.