1. Megaphone. When
you need to amplify your voice, talk through a cardboard tube.
2. Boot trees. Stick
tubes into boots to hold their shape.
3. Knitting-needle case.
Prevent bending and breaking—store plastic needles in an empty
4. Fluorescent light
storage. Pre vent breakage by keeping unused fluorescent lamps
in cardboard tubes.
5. Light detangle. For trouble-tree decorating next year,
wrap Christmas tree lights around a tube and secure with tape or a
6. Document holder.
Before storing diplomas, marriage licenses, and other certificates,
roll them tightly and insert them in paper towel tubes. This
prevents creases and keeps documents clean and dry.
7. Play logs. Notch the
ends with a utility knife and construct ‘log” cab ins, fences, and
8. Linen press. After laundering tablecloths and napkins,
roll them around tubes so that they won’t show creases where they
9. Fabric keeper. Store
leftover fabric scraps, tightly rolled, inside
a tube, For easy identification,
staple a sample of each fabric on the outside.
10. Kazoo. Cut three
finger holes in the middle of a paper towel tube and attach wax
paper with a rubber band to one end. Hum
into the other end, plugging different
holes to alter the pitch.
11. Plant guard. Prevent
accidental scarring when cutting down weeds— cut a tube lengthwise
and put it around the trunks of young trees or plants; slip off
afterward for use elsewhere.