17 Rubber Band Hacks That Will Blow Your Mind

Trust us, these rubber bands hacks are not a stretch.

Photo By: Cassidy Garcia

Photo By: Cassidy Garcia

Photo By: Cassidy Garcia

Photo By: Cassidy Garcia

Photo By: Cassidy Garcia

Photo By: Cassidy Garcia

Photo By: Cassidy Garcia

Photo By: Cassidy Garcia

Photo By: Cassidy Garcia

Photo By: Cassidy Garcia

Photo By: Cassidy Garcia

Photo By: Cassidy Garcia

Photo By: Cassidy Garcia

Photo By: Cassidy Garcia

Photo By: Cassidy Garcia

Photo By: Cassidy Garcia

Photo By: Cassidy Garcia

Photo By: Cassidy Garcia

Photo By: Cassidy Garcia

DIY Drip Catcher

Stop paint drips in their tracks by crafting a drip catcher. Wrap a rubber band across the top of a paint can, dip your brush into the paint, and slowly wipe the brush across the rubber band to remove any excess paint. Repeat and enjoy a drip-free can.

Snack Time Made Easy

Who wants to eat an apple that's discolored, much less waste a plastic bag or try to pack a knife? Solution: Rubber band it. After cutting an apple, place the slices around the core, and wrap a rubber band around the apple. Throw it in your lunch box, bag or backpack and your apple slices are ready for snack time.

Hack for the Bookworm

Stop using bunny ears to mark your pages in a book, ruining them in the process. Instead, wrap a rubber band around the page you're on and the cover, and you'll never lose your spot. Bonus: If you're planning on stuffing your book into a bag or your purse, wrap an additional rubber band around the outside covers of the book to avoid any unwanted damage.

Arrange in Style

Creating floral arrangements that look primped and professional is easier than you think, especially with the help of rubber bands. Using a square vase, wrap three rubber bands horizontally and three bands vertically across the top of the vase to create a grid pattern. Next, place flowers into the grid, resting the flowers against the rubber bands as needed.

Arrange in Style

Once you have arranged your flowers in the desired pattern and shape, place the vase in a large basket or vase to hide the rubber band grid and give your arrangement a truly professional touch.

Little-Known Eraser

Everyone is familiar with the age-old problem of having a whole pencil left, but no eraser. Is there anything more frustrating? We think not. Turns out, rubber bands are here to save the day. Fold up a rubber band or wrap it around the end of your finger for easy grip and rub over any unwanted pencil marks. Voila!

Perfect Measurement

With the help of a rubber band, getting an exact measurement is not so difficult. Simply wrap a rubber band around the top of the container, scoop and scrape the contents of the measuring cup across the rubber band.

Clean Up Your Closet

Rubber bands are the perfect closet assistant. Keep your clothes from slipping off the hangers by wrapping rubber bands around each side of a plastic hanger. The rubber bands will add extra grip and keep your closet looking clean and organized.

Get a Grip

Wooden-handled hammers can be difficult to grip, and therefore, difficult to use. Remedy this issue by placing a rubber band around the handle, and adjust according to where it's most comfortable for you. Goodbye, slippery handle.

Open Jars With Ease

There's nothing more frustrating than not being able to open a jar exactly when you want or need it. Yes, there are grip pads or even the age-old hit-the-edges-with-a-knife trick, but sometimes that doesn't even work. Turns out, all you need is a rubber band. Wrap a rubber band around the lid, grab on tightly and twist off.

Roll the Perfect Pastry

Perfectly even pastry is more attainable than you may think. Simply wrap rubber bands around each end of a rolling pin until the desired height is achieved. Ensure the sides are even by rolling across a cutting board or countertop. Finally, roll out your pastry dough as you normally would and get ready to be wowed by your perfect pastry dough.

Stop the Soap Insanity

If you have young kiddos that use way too much soap every time they wash their hands, this hack is just what you need. Create a soap dispenser stopper with—you guessed it!—a rubber band. Wrap a rubber band around the top of the dispenser and test to make sure the desired amount is released with each pump.

Keep Everything in Order

Ribbon can quickly turn your organized crafting station into a stringy mess. Keep everything in its place by wrapping a rubber band around each spool of ribbon and store as you normally would. Not only will this eliminate any unnecessary messes, but it will also allow you to grab exactly what you're wanting instead of having to sift through a tangled mess.

Stripped Screws, You've Met Your Match

Ever tried to get a stripped screw out of a wall, piece of furniture or something of the sort, and failed? Yeah, same here. Little did we know that rubber bands may be the solution we've all been looking for. Simply drape a rubber band across the top of the stripped screw, press your screwdriver into the head of the screw and twist off. Remember, righty tighty, lefty loosey!

At-Home French Manicure

Say what? Yes, you read that right. You can create French tips with a rubber band. Now, you may need a friend for this one, but the results will blow your mind. First, wrap a rubber band across the top of your fingernail. Next, paint a strip of white nail polish across the top. Repeat on all fingernails. Sit back and enjoy your almost-free handiwork.

Bring Your Broom to Life

There's nothing quite as depressing as a worn-out broom. Not only is sweeping virtually impossible, but it also looks gross and is incredibly difficult to clean. Bring your old broom back to life with the help of a rubber band by wrapping a rubber band around the bristles. This will reshape the bristles, making it stiff—and usable—once more.

Picture-Perfect Hack

Ditch the clear plastic tape route and opt for something that will last a little longer. Keep all your pictures perfectly centered by placing a rubber band behind your photo.

Picture-Perfect Hack

Close the frame and enjoy centered photos forever. Tip: Use additional rubber bands for larger photos.

Built-In Stretch Pants

We've all been there. Sitting at the holiday table —or any table for that matter— and enjoying what you're eating so much that you eat way too much and inevitably get stuck in pants that are way too tight. Thankfully, a rubber band can remedy that. First, unbutton your pants and loop a rubber band through the buttonhole. Wrap both ends of the looped rubber band around the button, and enjoy the extra room you've just created.

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