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Don’t Throw Out That Mailing Tube

Mailing Tube

People love to save boxes. They know that a simple cardboard box can be reused in some many ways. From storing things in the garage to becoming a new toy for children to play with, the number of uses for old boxes is only limited by a person’s imagination. Many people overlook one type of container that also has many different ways to be reused. Tubes for mailing are a great way to ship certain products and to protect them from damage.

The tubes may serve a great purpose shipping products, but they do not always have the second life that folding cardboard boxes have. The mailing tube does not break down for easy storage. It takes up room and many people do not want to bother with storing it until they find something to do. The solution to this problem is to have a list of ways to use the tubes for mailing ready whenever one is found.

  • Organizers – Many people spend a small fortune on premade organizers for their desk supplies. The people that don’t have the organizers are the ones that are always searching for pens, pencils, scissors and other things. Small cardboard mailing tubes can be used to organize these office supplies. Standing them up on end and putting them in a cardboard box provides a cheap desk organizer.
  • Keeping clothes wrinkle free – When people fold their pants on a hangar, a crease is often formed. Using a mailing tube over the hangar will keep this from happening. The clothes will lay gently on the tube and will stay wrinkle free.
  • Organize your electrical cords – Todays homes are filled up with cords running to appliances. Old mailing tubes can be used to organize the cords and keep them from getting tangled or being tripped over. The cords can be run through the tube to the outlet.
  • Storing Plastic Bags – A mailing tube is the perfect way to store all of those plastic bags that are collected when shopping. The bags can be shoved in at the top of the tube. When bags are needed, they can be pulled out from the bottom. Attach the tube to a wall and you will always have a place to put bags or to get them when they are needed.
  • Toys for kids – A decorated tube is a great way to keep a kid or pet occupied for hours. Adventures with a homemade telescope or firing a cannon off a pirate ship are only two of the ways that the tubes can be toys.

Unique Ideas for Reusing Your Cardboard Shipping Tubes

If you received an item in the mail that was sent in a mailing tube, you may be wondering what you can do to recycle the container. While reusing it when you have another paper item to send out may be an option, there are a variety of other unique ideas for how you can reuse shipping tubes.

Make Your Own Fire Starters

Instead of spending your money on chemically-treated fireplace blocks, consider recycling your cardboard tubes to make your own fire starters. Smaller cardboard tubes might be a better option for this activity than thick mailing tubes, and they can be made by stuffing old newspaper into one end. Then, place small twigs and dried leaves in the other end. To use this item, place it under your fuel wood and then light the end with the newspaper.

Create a Bird Feeder

If you enjoy watching wild birds, you can use an old cardboard tube to make a custom bird feeder. Make a hole in one of the ends and attach a string to it so that you can hang it from a tree branch. Then, coat the outside portion with peanut butter and roll it in bird seed before hanging.

Organize Your Christmas Lights

Instead of rolling up your Christmas lights and then fighting to untangle them next year, use your left over shipping tubes to keep them organized. Roll the lights up and then place them in a tube, and you will have less of a hassle next year.

Store Knitting Supplies

People who knit or crochet know how annoying it can be to deal with strings that have become interlaced and knotted. Fortunately, by using paper tubes wisely, you can store these strings so that they are always ready-to-use. Simply wrap the strings around the tube and then secure the end in a slit that you cut at the base. You can also store your knitting needles in your extra cardboard tubes, and this can help you to keep the organized and secure.

Create a Boot Tree

If you find it annoying to line up your long boots in your closet only to have them flop over, reusing cardboard tubes may be a great option for you. By cutting the tubes to the necessary length and sticking them into the boots, you can help your boots to stand up straight and to retain their shape until you need to wear them again.

[2/24/2014]