A twist tie is a metal wire that is encased in a thin strip of paper or plastic and is used to tie the openings of bags, such as garbage bags or bread bags. It is also called garden twist wire. A twist tie is used by wrapping it around the item to be fastened, then twisting the ends together (thus the name). They are often included with boxes of plastic food bags or trash bags, and are commonly available individually in pre-cut lengths, on large spools, or in perforated sheets called gangs.
Here are a few ways to reuse twist ties :
- Temporary screw for eyeglasses – If you list the tiny screw on your earpiece, replace the screw with the metal wire found in the middle of the twist tie and snip off the extra length with scissors.
- Organise your electrical cords.
- In the garden, make a trellis by adjoining 6-pack rings together and tying the rings to two stakes. If you have droppy plant stems, secure the stem against a stake (but don’t twist too tightly).
- Quick repair for missing shoelaces (tie opposite holes together), loose buttons (use the metal wire to keep through holes), broken necklaces and broken/missing zipper pulls.
- Bind together loose leaf papers with holes.
- Use the wire inside the twist tie to clean between the blades of a razor or shaver (make sure appliances is unplugged/turned off).
- Makeshift ring to loop together – keys, paint brushes, washers and bolts.
- Quick picture hanger. Tie the ends of a twist tie securely and attach it to the back of your picture. Perfect for photographs and other lightweight things.
- Stitch holders for your knitting project. To know where you left off on your knitting session, thread the twist tie through your stitch and twist it together.
- Travel safely. Hold the zippers together on your suitcase, backpack, purse and totes.
- Keep the cage door of your indoor pet cage securely closed if the door is getting loose.
- Hang Christmas ornaments more securely to Christmas trees. Perfect for households with cats/small children.