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40 Creative Uses for Versatile VELCRO®

Uses for Velcro

Today’s post begins with a very short history lesson. Back in the early 1940’s when Swiss engineer George de Mestral would go for walks in the Alps with his dog he would return home with pesky cockleburs stuck to his pants and his dogs coat. After examining the burs under a microscope, de Mestral was inspired to develop the unique two-sided fastener known as hook-and-loop tape, but more widely known by its brand name VELCRO® (a combination of the French words “velour” and “crochet.”)

Kind of interesting huh? Well, I thought so. :-) But even more interesting is all the ways this popular fastener can be used! At home, at work, even in outer space (by NASA!)

Here are 40 of our favorite uses:

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Use VELCRO® for hanging pictures! They make it super easy to get the right placement on the wall without any pesky nail holes. They come in various strengths and will even hold heavy frames. These two 24 x 36 frames hanging in Kaitlyn’s living room are held up with hook and loop strips.

More creative ideas…….

  • Attach small pieces of VELCRO® in between the buttons on a shirt that has a tendency to gap.
  • Make toy organization fun for kids by putting VELCRO® strips on playroom walls. Some stuffed animals may stick to the VELCRO® on their own, but for those that won’t you can just attach VELCRO® strips.

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  • Keep rugs in their place by attaching VELCRO® to the bottom of the rug and the floor.
  • De-pill sweaters with the hook side of a strip of VELCRO®.
  • Keep a tablecloth in place by attaching strips of VELCRO® to the table and the tablecloth.
  • Use heavy duty VELCRO® strips to hang tools on garage walls.

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  • Use VELCRO® strips to keep seat cushions from sliding around on chairs.
  • VELCRO® a flashlight to a wall for use in emergency situations. Make sure everyone in the family knows where the flashlight is stored. You can even attach them to the backsides of nightstands in each room in the house for easy access. Another great spot is next to the fuse box!
  • Hang a smoke alarm with VELCRO® strips.
  • Hide external hard drives, power strips, modems, cable routers etc. under a desk.

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  • Bind messy cords together with a VELCRO® strip. This also works great to keep iron cords, hair dryer cords etc. corralled.
  • Attach a waterproof radio or Bluetooth speaker to a shower wall.
  • Hang a window valance with a few VELCRO® strips.
  • Use a small piece of VELCRO® to keep a pen handy on your desk, refrigerator, in your car etc.

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  • Wrap VELCRO® strips around wrapping paper to keep it from coming unrolled.
  • Temporarily alter kids’ clothes with VELCRO® strips. You can hem pants or shorten sleeves on shirts.
  • If the closure on a purse breaks, attach a couple of VELCRO® strips to keep your bag closed.
  • Hang battery operated lights in hallways, closets, bedrooms etc.

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  • Hang your phone or tablet from a wall, kitchen cabinet, back of a car seat headrest etc.
  • Bundle things together like pens, straws, plastic silverware, etc.
  • Use VELCRO® strips to support struggling plant and flower stems.
  • Hang a mailbox on your house without putting holes in your home’s façade.

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  • Keep kids cups handy on the fridge with VELCRO®. That way your kids don’t use a million cups for water during the day!
  • Use a piece of VELCRO® to keep doors and drawers closed that always seem to come open. This can also work to keep small children from opening doors.
  • VELCRO® a tube of lip balm to your nightstand so it’s always handy when you need it.
  • If you have animals or children that tend to knock items over on tables or shelves, use VELCRO® to keep the items in place.

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  • Use VELCRO® to attach remotes to the side of the television or coffee table. If your car radio has a remote, VELCRO® it to the dashboard.
  • Keep rubber stamps handy in an office with a small piece of VELCRO®.
  • If the zipper on a jacket breaks, sew on a couple pieces of VELCRO® to keep it closed. I read a comment on another website from a woman who did this for her husband who has Alzheimer’s. It’s a lot easier for him to close his jacket with the VELCRO® than it is to use a zipper or button.
  • Keep umbrellas handy by the front door with a couple pieces of heavy duty VELCRO®.

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  • Attach handy items to the lid of a cooler when traveling.
  • Keep your pet’s food bowl in place with some VELCRO® on the underside of the bowl.
  • Attach necklaces and bracelets to the wall with a VELCRO® dot (attached to the wall) and a loop of VELCRO® (strung around the necklace or bracelet).
  • Make a no-slip dishtowel by sewing or gluing on a piece of VELCRO®.

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  • Attach an organizer to the inside of a cabinet door.
  • Use VELCRO® dots to attach spices to the bottom or sides of kitchen cabinets.
  • Attach labels to drawers and bins.
  • VELCRO® a large paper clip to a wall or desk to keep papers in place.

What are you favorite ways to use VELCRO®?

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  • To remove the goo from stickers Velcro etc. is to use acetone or nail polish remover if the surface do not get attacked by the solvent. A little kerosene or penetrating oil takes more elbow grease but is safer for surfaces.TEST FIRST as tears later will not fix it

  • If the hook side of Velcro gets gummed up with bits of fluff / threads / animal hair / grass / ??? and loses it’s grip, use a cat slicker brush (the ones with heaps of tiny little metal wires, available at most dollar shops) to quickly and easily clean it all out again. You can also use it on the fluffy side of Velcro, but that will slowly break the little loops and reduce the grippiness of the Velcro .
    Great for things like kids shoes, closures on animal gear, etc.

  • I use a bit of Velcro on my orthotics in my shoes – soft side on shoe in case I need to put a pair on without the insole – to stop them moving around.

    I also have a tiny bit on the underneath of the plastic protective car seat covers I have on the back seat and in the boot of my car to prevent it moving when my dogs are fidgeting…

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  • Some great ideas here…..but some I’ve already used with “double sided sticky tape” I love the small baskets inside the undersink cabinets. It’s wasted space, and I can get all the junk off the countertop, like steel wool, plastic scrubber, etc. And I will definitely work on a bed skirt with the velcro. I never realized you could buy “heavy duty” velcor!

  • Jillee I love these ideas!
    I also love the picture of the cabinet with the tablet on it… did you refinish them yourself? I have the same shaped cabinets in my kitchen. Mine are a salmon colored pickled oak (which I hate!!!!) I have wanted something grayish or like driftwood. Can you give me a suggestion???

  • We have a whiteboard dryerase calendar attached with velcro to the backside of our house door that exits into the garage. That way we can always see what’s going on in the week ahead, and for that day, as we are leaving to get into the car in the morning. This calendar has worked well for us for the past 4 years.

  • I’ve tried some of these in the past and the problem I have most often is the adhesive on the back isn’t as strong as the velcro grip. Then when you go to grab the item, it stays stuck together but one side of the adhesive lets go. Very frustrating! Maybe it depends on whether it is a true 3M velcro brand or an imitation?

  • I Velcro a timer to the refrigerator since I never use the timer on the stove. Then if I leave the room I can take it with me and pop it back on when I return.

    I also Velcro a white board to the refrigerator. It makes it very easy to immediately write something that we are running low on. And then take a picture with my phone on the way out the door to go food shopping!

    We have 4 remotes for our electronics. So I have attached each remote to its respective device with Velcro so they don’t get lost or confused as to which remote controls which device.

  • I use Velcro to hold up EZ Pass and GPS suction holder to windowshield, no more falling off due to loss of suction.

    I use Velcro to hold toothpaste/brushes (small pieces) to wall for little ones who can’t reach back of sink area.

    Inside our computer armoire, I velcro all power cords and phone chargers once velcro wrapped with velcro strip hanger wraps to keep them organized this way there aren’t any lost cords or charges. Plus they’re out of site.

    Another thing I do with velcro is in the laundry room. It’s a longer strip folded up to connect to hold hung light weight shirts/shorts while unloading dryer to air dry on hangers.

    Hope you find these suggestions helpful….

    • I can’t picture the way you are using it in the laundry room. Are you hanging the clothes with Velcro somehow so they don’t wrinkle out of the dryer? Seems like an extra step…

    • Don’t forget the garage Great for wrapping up hoses and outdoor electrical cords etc. some tools can be hung out in the garage also. There are so many great ideas for Velcro I never thought of. I am now finding myself just looking around the room to think of new ideas. Thank you

  • Some great ideas. Some don’t seem practical or seem wasteful? For example, attaching the cups to the fridge- won’t the Velcro ruin in the dishwasher? Can the Velcro be re-used or is it thrown out after one project? Thanks for ant response(s).

    • I can’t imagine the dishwasher would harm Velcro at all. And I’ve never worn out Velcro. The loop strip can get pretty ratty looking if used a lot, but it still works. Keep the lint cleaned out of the hook side to keep it working most efficiently. Excessive heat might straighten the hooks, but it would have to be pretty high. IMHO.

      • Trade secret here::: To clean the nasty hair and fibers that get in the hook side of Velcro use a WIRE FILE BRUSH—make sure you don’t get too aggressive with it but just brush thru the hooks and remove the tangly stuff and lint etc from the metal brush. Buy the file cleaner brushes at Lowes. This will not only make your velcro look better but when it is clogged with fibers etc it will lose it’s holding power. You can also use it to brush up suede to make it look like new!

  • In New Zealand we have a lot of earth tremors and a few earth-quakes and I think Velcro would be the ideal thing for making sure ornaments are firmly attached to their shelves, especially as it can be purchased in a dark colour.

  • Use Velcro to attach a bed skirt/dust ruffle to the edge of the box spring w/o having that big piece of fabric that goes under the mattress. It can easily be removed for washing and then replaced w/ o having to lift a heavy mattress.

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