Ways to Repurpose Chopsticks
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Ways to Repurpose Chopsticks

Posted on Friday, November 23rd, 2012 at 7:00 am
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Many of us have unintentionally gathered a collection of disposable chopsticks. They come into our homes when we order carry-out from our favorite Chinese restaurants. What are you going to do with all those extra chopsticks? Here are a few ideas to try.

Get Something Out of the Screen Door
Do you have a screen door? I do. Sometimes people will leave flyers balanced on the edge of a decorative ridge that visually separates the top and bottom of the screen door. Paper has an annoying tendency to fall into the screen and become stuck. I have found that I can use chopsticks to gently push the paper up toward the top of the screen where I can grab it. This requires a bit of skill, which you can naturally learn as you try and get the annoying flyer out of your door!

Make a Brewing Tool
Real Simple has an easy way to brew some iced tea in a regular pitcher! Rest a chopstick across the top of the pitcher. Tie several tea bags to the chopstick. Let the tea bags dangle into the pitcher until the tea has had enough time to brew. To remove the used tea bags, simply pick up the chopstick.

Make a Chopstick Trivet
Instructables has a step-by-step guide that walks you through how to create a trivet (also called a hot pad) out of many disposable chopsticks. This will use up several pairs of chopsticks at the same time! When you are done, you will have a decorative, and inexpensive, trivet to put under hot pots, pans, and bowls at dinner.

Create A Pair of Knitting Needles
Trash Backwards explains how to take a pair of disposable chopsticks and turn them into a pair of knitting needles. If you are an experienced knitter, you might want to use a pencil sharpener to sharpen the ends. However, if you are brand new to knitting, I would suggest leaving the chopsticks with dull ends (so you don’t accidentally poke your fingers while learning to knit).

Turn Chopsticks Into Hair Sticks
TLC points out that chopsticks can be reused as a way to keep long hair out of your face. Roll your hair into a bun. Zigzag the chopsticks in and out of your hair until it holds the bun up. Make an X with the two chopsticks. This will work best with hair that is dry and with hair that is thicker or more textured. The chopsticks add some elegance to your look.

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