Life Hack: 10 Things You Can Do With Your Leftover Rubber Bands
Most kids wear rubber bands, or elastics, at some point during their braces treatment. But what do you do with all your old bands?
There are lots of creative ways to repurpose your elastics (after having washed them, of course!). We’ve rounded up creative uses for your leftover rubber bands. And many of these DIY ideas include step-by-step tutorials – just click on the links below.
- A popsicle stick harmonica: Love making music? Create your own harmonica and buzz away! You can make lots of unique noises just by moving the paper sliders up and down or pinching the sticks closer together.
- A mini bouncy ball: Start collecting your rubber bands now, and in a few months you’ll have enough to begin crafting your own bouncy ball. The more bands you add, the more bounce power your ball will have. Continue to make it bigger by adding new elastics each month.
- A sponge ball toss: It may be getting chillier, but you can still have fun at an indoor pool. Make your own sponge balls and play tag with your family or friends.
- A marshmallow slingshot: Have extra marshmallows from your summertime s’mores? Build your own catapult! When stretched, the rubber bands store energy, which is released as you slingshot your marshmallow across the table. Experiment with other small objects and see how far each one goes.
- A marble maze: Looking for a rainy day activity? Spend an afternoon creating your very own marble maze with changeable rubber band walls. You can create unlimited paths by simply moving the rubber bands around. This project calls for a wooden board, but a peg board works just as well.
- A rubber band powered car: Lego cars are fun, but they’re even more entertaining when they’re put into motion. When stretched, your elastics store explosive energy, which is perfect for launching your car into action. Try building a few different models with your friends and challenge them to a race!
- A simple masterpiece: Anyone can be an artist with rubber band printmaking. With just a few household materials, you can custom-design your very own prints and patterns. You never know how each piece will turn out, and that’s half the fun!
- A paint brush: If you want to paint like an abstract expressionist, try using a paint brush made from your elastics and some basic office supplies. Combine brush strokes, paint splatters and large blots for a unique and interesting work of art.
- A pencil topper: Want to decorate your favorite pencil? If you’re all out of loom bands, use your rubber bands to make multi-colored pom poms and other fun toppers.
- A pencil grip: If your pencil slips a lot or you have a tight grasp, a pencil grip will make doing your homework more comfortable. Simply wrap a few rubber bands around the bottom of your pencil where you like to hold it.
Over to You
What are your favorite ways to use your leftover rubber bands? Share your creative ideas and projects with us in the comments!
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