5 Unique Uses for Zip Ties

zip-ties Last night I was looking around at my room and realized I have put a few zip ties to good use! This challenged me to think up a couple more to share with you because I think they're a great tool that you may not utilize. Now for the tips!

IMG_2770 1. Hang skateboards.

Hanging a skateboard poses a difficult problem because there isn't a way to attach a hook to the board without damaging it. However, the holes (normally used for adding trucks and wheels) are perfect when you have a zip tie on hand. Just slide a tie through the front holes, attach in the back, and hang on a nail in the wall!

IMG_2771 2. Fix a broken purse.

I have to give credit to Jake for this one. The strap on my bag broke while he was in town, and this was his solution. I recommend putting some tape over the end of the zip tie after cutting it to prevent scratching yourself (I learned this the hard way...)

IMG_2781 3. Create a makeshift keychain.

This one is pretty self explanatory but is useful when you're in need of a quick solution.

IMG_2778 4. Make art.

This one is good for little hands. Remember when you were a kid and would hold markers together to make a cool drawing? Zip ties hold them together tight, making it easier to draw.

IMG_2773 5. Organize cords.

Probably the most common use for zip ties, but the most useful. The cords on my handmade chandelier are pretty long, so some small zip ties attached every couple feet keeps them safe and out of the way.

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And finally a little bonus use! Earlier in the school year one of the fifth year architecture studios at my school created this amazing installation out of zip ties to hold their thesis research books. It was the talk of the school and ended up on a bunch of design websites. (image c/o suckerpunch.com)

I hope you've found a unique way to use zip ties in your own life! If I missed any, share your favorites with me below!

Have a great weekend! x, Paige

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DSC_0551 Today I wanted to show how I transitioned the same dress from day to night, but when both looks are very casual and involve a lot of basics. The first outfit is what I wore to walk downtown to my favorite coffee shop and study, and the second shows how I added some extra layers for going to studio later in the night.

Although I wore a lot of red in my past two outfit posts, I am finding that I am more drawn to wearing neutrals now that my hair is a bolder color. I really like how the color looks against denim and black. I'll have to experiment with neutrals more in the next few weeks!

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Since it was dark while I wanted to shoot this, I ended up in my room. However, I don't mind this because I like showing aspects of my space and one of the latest painting I've been working on!

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today i opted for a little nod to 90's grunge today with my oversized plaid shirt and muscle tank. i also thought my skateboard wall in my room would make a great background--note that some aren't painted, check out my etsy to order!

cross print muscle tank_Forever 21, DIY cutoff sleeves

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plaid button down_originally from PacSun but given to me by my friend Jamie

black leather lace up wedges_Deena and Ozzy by Urban Outfitters

skull earrings_DIY coming soon!