Introduction: 30 Practical Uses for a Rubber Band

One of my friends would always carry around several rubber bands and when I asked him recently, he started rattling off this long list that inspired me to make this instructable. Sorry about those weird little symbols. I can't get rid of them. But, anyways, please rate and comment on this instructable. PLEASE VOTE FOR ME IN THE KLUTZ CONTEST!!!

Step 1: Tricks 1-10

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#1 Quick Tagging  Are these batteries at the bottom of my bag charged or uncharged? Tag your batteries with rubber bands so you never have to guess. You can differentiate between various groups of objects by tagging each group with a certain color rubber band, or a specific number of visible rubber bands.

#2 Pencil grip-wrap it around the part of the pencil where you hold it to write with for a comfy grip.

#3 Mark the Level of Liquid Remaining in a Solid Color Container  Take a paint can for instance& before you pound the top back on, wrap a rubber band around the outside of the can at the same level as the paint remaining in the can. Next time you need it youll know exactly how much you have left in a single glance.

#4 Slingshot / Catapult  Every kids favorite thing to do with a rubber band, but if you think hard enough, I bet there are some practical uses for making one of these.

#5 Simple Art  Take a pegboard and stretch different color rubber bands in various shapes until every peg has been used at least once. Fun, creative and simple.

#6 Strap an Injured Finger  Use a rubber band to strap an injured finger to a firm stick or piece of cardboard until it can be properly casted.

#7 Melt and Use as an Adhesive  Its not glue, but a melted rubber band does make a darn good adhesive.

#8 A Distraction  Pull the famous rubber band gun trick and shoot a rubber band across the room. Try to hit something that makes a sound, or just catch your victims attention. As soon as they look the other way, make your move.

around the front cover to prevent bending) or around your wrist as a reminder to get som
#9 Act as a Reminder  Wrap a rubber band around a specific page in your planner (and also ething done.

#10 Rubber Padding  Wrap a couple rubber bands around a TV remote or ash tray to prevent it from sliding and scratching the tables surface.

Step 2: Tricks 11-20

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#11 Stress-Relieving Rubber Band Ball  If made soft enough, a rubber band ball can make for a perfect stress relieving squeeze toy. It helps out when youre in a fidgety mood.

#12 Tie-Dye  The style may have died in the seventies, but who really cares& a DIY tie-dye project can be a blast. If you have kids, its a cheap, creative way to entertain.

# 13Prevent the Mixing Spoon from Sliding into the Bowl  Wrap a rubber band around the upper part of the spoons handle just above the point at which the spoon touches the rim of the bowl. Now the spoon cant slip and slide in.

# 14Insulate Electrical Current  Rubber bands can act as insulators for low wattage electrical current. Wrap a rubber band around an exposed region of a wire (before the wire is live).

# Design Fancy Easter Eggs  Wrap several rubber bands in different directions around the eggs before dunking them in the Easter egg dye. This will create interesting designs on the dyed eggs.

#15 A Pencil Eraser  Fold a rubber band in half a few times and use it to erase pencil markings. It works surprisingly well.

#16 Keep those Files IN the Manila Folder  Manila folders are a great tool for filing papers until you accidentally drop one of them. Since a manila folder is nothing more than a sleeve, the files will spill out everywhere. A rubber band can fix that problem in jiffy if you put it over the mouth of the folder.

#17 Kitty-proof or Puppy-proof Your Toilet Paper  Kitties and Puppies love to shred things. Toilet paper is one of their top 10 favorites. Wrap a rubber band around the roll of toilet paper to avoid the dangling temptation.

#18 Grip that Jar Lid  Place a thick rubber band around the rim of a jar lid and use it to grip the lid while you twist it off.

#19 Limit Soap Dispenser Output  Put a rubber band around the neck of pump-style soap dispensers to limit the amount of soap dispensed per pump.

#20 Make a rubber band gun and shoot rubber bands.

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#21 Keep Wires or Yarn Untangled  Wrap a rubber band around it before the mess gets out of control.

#22 Toddler-proof the Cabinets  Stretch a few rubber bands tightly between the left and right cabinet knobs to lock them in place.

#23 Rubber Band Motor  Create Kinetic energy with a rubber band. Ill let PBS explain this one: Search on google The Rubber Band Motor

#24 Draw a Straight Line  Stretch a rubber band out and trace that perfectly straight line.

#25 Paint Brush Wiper  Stretch a rubber band around an open paint can from top to bottom so it crosses over the opening just above the paint. Wipe the excess paint off on the rubber band instead of getting the side of the can all messy.Break-in a Baseball Glove with a Rubber Band

#26 Break-in a Baseball Glove  A brand new baseball glove is stiff. First, it must be broken-in to be an effective tool for catching balls. Bend the leather, beat on it with a rubber mallet, apply shaving cream all over the glove, put a ball in it and wrap a rubber band around the whole glove. Let it stand for awhile to mold the shape of the ball. Repeat every few days as necessary.

#27 Keep a Sliced Apple Fresh  This one may seem bizarre, but I tried it and it works fairly well. Slice and apple into wedges. Then place all the wedges back together and wrap a clean rubber band around them so the apple looks whole again. It will keep the apple wedges from browning about 50% longer than just tossing the wedges in a standard sandwich bag.

#28 Cure an Overbite  When stretched between opposite ends of the upper and lower jaw over a period of time, the force of a rubber band can correct a minor overbite. Orthodontists typically employ this method in conjunction with braces.Simple Rubber Band Wallet

#29 A Wallet Replacement  Is you wallet always bulging out of your pants pocket? Get rid of it. Instead, wrap your cash around your ID and credit card and then wrap a rubber band around the outside of the cash.

#30 Revive an Old Broom  Are the brooms bristles a bit worn? Tighten them up. Wrap a thick rubber bands halfway up the brooms bristles to hold them in place.

Comments

swisel (author)2013-03-02

This is awesome! (But i think there is something wrong with number 9, some of the script is over the number)

kyao (author)2011-06-28

nice

fireblast_1212 (author)2009-03-24

You found $35 at school?

dodo91 (author)fireblast_12122009-05-04

yeah! it was awesome! everyone was walking right past it. i picked it up and kept walking. i didnt count it till i got to class. it was 45$! i gave 10 to my triplet brother. yep, i wrote correctly. im a triplet.

fireblast_1212 (author)dodo912009-05-06

Sweet!

fail (author)fireblast_12122011-05-04

That would be so weird...to be a triplet I mean, not to find money. Well, I guess it would be a bit weird to find money at school. But not as weird as being a triplet.

fireblast_1212 (author)2009-04-24

Totally!

daninja (author)fireblast_12122009-07-09

I agree.

knex_mepalm (author)daninja2009-09-13

Indeed

ElvenChild (author)knex_mepalm2010-08-13

ditto

fail (author)ElvenChild2011-05-04

Definately

Saturn V (author)ElvenChild2010-08-24

Tiplificationedfied

unominame (author)Saturn V2010-11-30

Lol what?

ElvenChild (author)unominame2010-12-01

I forget

Saturn V (author)unominame2010-11-30

That was me butchering the english language.

cool knex13 (author)2011-03-03

OK I will vote for you! I'll do it now good luck! :D

dodo91 (author)2009-03-23

i have 55 dollars cash on me right now. i found 35 at school, spent 5, then got 20 for my birthday. i got 5 more.

tanmanknex (author)dodo912009-04-26

you found $35 at school?

dodo91 (author)tanmanknex2010-10-21

yeah! i was amazed!

luvit (author)2010-07-31

i chopped my finger off and this rubberband isn't helping. am i doing it wrong? i'm in process of doing all these tricks. i'm on # 6 and kinda stuck. help, please?

JAGGIE (author)2010-04-23

oh, I forgot one put it on the bottom of a candle to keep it from wobbling in the candleholder.

JAGGIE (author)2010-04-23

31 making a ponytail
32 as a headband
33 hold your pants legs up if they're too long
34 buttonhole extender - loop it onto the hole then slip over the button (good when you've had a huge meal!
35 keeping a fan grate from rattling (stretch around so that it's held tight)

Colonel88 (author)2009-11-13

Good 'ible, but in an emergency you can use a good rubberband as an eraser.

flubs (author)Colonel882010-02-06

 dude, he said that

CrashMGD (author)2009-11-21

rubber bands are like duck tape, you can do anything with them

iill (author)2009-03-25

I think that this instructable is awesome. And, MasterCommander, you have no idea what you are talking about. Fireblast_1212 is right, it tells you HOW to use rubber bands not just a know-how-to, whatever that is.

MasterCommander (author)iill2009-04-03

That is exactly what it is... HOW to use a rubber band is the same as a know-how-to... lol

Yellow84 (author)MasterCommander2009-04-13

notice the iill guy favorites and comments only on instructables made by Fireblast_1212...

knex_mepalm (author)Yellow842009-09-13

its a mystery, 100% sure its a (convinced and opinion) double account,

MasterCommander (author)Yellow842009-04-13

Hahaha your right...double account maybe?? Credits himself for his ideas ;) lol

EPL (author)MasterCommander2009-04-09

all of these things are rubber-badn powered, right?

MasterCommander (author)EPL2009-04-09

Ummm no... not POWERED, their just things to do with a rubber band...

EPL (author)MasterCommander2009-04-10

Ummm they are powered by rubber bands. you need a rubber band for these uses.

MasterCommander (author)EPL2009-04-11

No it is NOT rubber-band powered... in order for something to be rubber band powered, it has to power something other than itself. Power or to be Powered: "The energy or motive force by which a physical system or machine is operated" (The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

weird10 (author)MasterCommander2009-04-24

Except for the rubber band gun. It only works if you use a rubber band.

Sorry, didn't know that.

iectyx3c (author)2009-04-25

Gets my VOTE. This should get 30 votes, one for each tip ;) Nicely done. I especially like the battery tagging tip and am now using it.

fireblast_1212 (author)iectyx3c2009-04-26

Cool! Thanks!

the apple one is good but it tastes funny

smrp1984 (author)2009-09-10

Wicked sweet!

sharlston (author)2009-08-08

nice ible its really cool and well written :)

daninja (author)2009-07-09

I came up with one awhile ago after we always got in trouble with our parents for having the light on at bedtime. Tie a rubber band on the door knob, and, while the light switch is UP, put the rubber band on the switch and close the door. When they open the door, the rubber band will shut off the light. THIS ONLY WORKS WITH SWITCH PANELS THAT ARE NEXT TO THE END OF DOOR THAT IT OPENS.

#9EJV (author)daninja2009-07-31

haha i always get in trouble for tht

robot797 (author)2009-05-07

between 14 and 15 there is a extra use. so there are 31

fireblast_1212 (author)robot7972009-05-07

Thanks! I didn't notice that! :)

mg0930mg (author)2009-04-24

Um, this is missing a lot of pictures. Also, your text is messed up 1.5/5

fireblast_1212 (author)mg0930mg2009-04-25

It's not me that messed it up. Insctructables won't let me use the little dash thing and I have a picture for every step which seems to satisfy the instructables administrators.

mg0930mg (author)fireblast_12122009-04-25

I realize this, but it didn't satisfy me. :P and how doesn't instructables let you use this --------...?

frankenboom (author)2009-04-25

Using #8 in school is fun You got my vote.

Thanks!

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