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11 Surprisingly Useful Things You Can Do With Shower Rings

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As part of our bathroom renovations last year, we had the shower curtain in the hallway bathroom replaced with a glass enclosure. But as I collected the set of shower rings that held up the shower curtain, intending to throw them out, I just couldn’t bring myself to do it!

The shower rings were still perfectly good, even though I no longer needed them for their intended purpose. So I pulled a classic “Jillee” move and set them aside until I could figure out a good way to use them.

And the good news is that I didn’t find just one way to use them—I found 11! And I’ll be sharing those creative uses for shower rings with you here in today’s blog post.

From organizing and storage, to decorating and teaching, you’ll be surprised at just how many ways you can put those little rings to work! (And even if you don’t have a set of spare shower rings lying around like I did, you can always pick one up for a couple of dollars at a big box or dollar store!)

11 Unexpected & Creative Ways to Use Shower Rings

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1. Closet Space Saver

Hang several shower rings from a hanger, and use them to hang up belts, tank tops, scarves, bras, baseball caps, ties, or anything else that doesn’t need its own individual hanger. You’ll save a lot of space in your closet, and your accessories will be easier to find too!

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2. Kitchen Storage

Use shower rings to hang kitchen utensils and dish towels. It’s functional and looks nice too.

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3. Shower Storage

Add an additional curtain rod or tension rod to your shower, and use shower curtain rings to hang your shower tools from it. Hang your loofahs to keep them dry and free of mildew, or hang a few plastic buckets and use them to corral bath toys!

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4. Mini Wreaths

Use shower rings to create miniature wreaths or Christmas ornaments. Just wrap each ring all the way around with yarn, and use a bit of ribbon to make a bow. How cute is that?

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5. Ring Toss

Use shower rings to make your own ring toss game! Arrange tall, slender bottles in a grouping, then stand a few yards away and attempt to toss the rings onto the necks of the bottles.

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6. Jewelry Organizer

Make a useful jewelry organizer with a few shower rings and a towel bar or tension rod. Hang the rings from the rod and use it to hang up necklaces and bracelets, so you never have to contend with a tangled mess of jewelry!

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7. Hair Tie Saver

Use a shower ring to eliminate the problem of hair ties mysteriously disappearing! I’m always losing my hair ties, so now I keep them all on a shower ring that clips closed. It’s an easy way to stay organized (and it has already saved me at least one trip to the store for replacements!)

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8. Teaching Tool

Use shower curtain rings to create a fun teaching tool for kids. Write each letter of the alphabet out on individual shower rings, then pair them with a cardboard tube from wrapping paper or paper towels. Kids can slide the shower rings onto the tube in different combinations to practice words and spelling.

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9. Hula Hoop Hideaway

Create a reading nook or hideaway for little ones using shower rings and a hula hoop. Hang the shower rings on a hula hoop, then hang a cheap fabric shower curtain from the rings.

Use some string or fishing line to suspend the hoop from the ceiling, or wherever you want to hang it, and voila! So darling!

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10. Closet Space Saver, Part 2

Use shower rings to make a chain for hanging purses or other accessories. Hang up an over-the-door hook in your closet, then daisy-chain several shower curtain rings or hooks together and hang them on the hook. Another great way to save space!

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11. Cleaning Supply Organizer

If you have a coat closet in your home that you aren’t currently using, use shower rings to hang your cleaning tools from the closet rod! Not only will it get your tools up off the floor, but it will prevent long-handled tools from falling over all the time (which is a huge pet peeve of mine!)

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  • My primary closet is small, thus I do not have a lot of space for stacking shoes – rather use the space for other things. So, I keep my everyday shoes in one of those tall 12 X 12 mesh bags, clip my shoes together with the metal locking shower rings and keep the mated shoes in that bag. I do not have to search for the other shoe ever again!

  • I use them to hang bird feeders and bird houses. I also scour garage sales and thrift stores for teapots and hang them from a shower curtain ring for bird houses. I gather up nesting materials and put close by. In no time at all, a bird will have made a little home

  • I have 2 uses, one I’m particularly proud of! In my laundry room I have those wire shelves, but I needed more storage. So I got the additional wire shelves that hook on/hang from underneath the existing shelves. But the support arm made them to short. So I added shower curtain rings to make then just a touch longer and they work perfectly! And they have been up for years! (With baskets on them, so they are pretty strong!) My second use is I use them to link together page protectors to save magazine articles I want to keep without keeping the whole magazine! :)

  • I also use separate ones for hair ties, “fancy” hair ties, headbands and head wraps and hang them on the back of my bathroom door on the towel rack.
    I have a ton of spaghetti strap tank tops and workout tank tops with matching bras. I use the rings that snap closed to hang them up. Each color gets its own ring. The top and bra sets get their own ring. All my wife beaters get their own ring. I also put my 80s style shirts (the ones that hang off the shoulder) on their own ring. They don’t stay on hangers very well. Then I just clip them closed on my closet rod. It saves space plus I don’t have to fold as much laundry ;)

  • I volunteer at our local Humane Society. I use shower curtain rings to make cat toys. I tie a piece of elastic about 6 inches long to the ring and tie the bottom of the elastic to a cat ball with a bell inside. I then take a piece of fleece about 1 in. wide and 5 in. long and thread it through the ball so the two pieces are about equal. I tie them once and hang the ring on the bar of the cage. The cats love the dangling ball with the dangling fleece. Kittens especially go crazy for these!

  • I’ll bet I have the oddest use of all your readers for shower curtain rings! LOL. We farm bison, and there is a place in our corrals, beside the squeeze where we catch them, that we needed to block off to stop the animals going in there and then having a problem getting them back out, but we couldn’t block it off permanently, because we need to work there and sometimes we need to let them through that area. We suspended an aircraft cable above the front of the area and use shower curtain rings to hang a tarp from, like a curtain. The bison think it is solid, so they don’t rush it, and when we need to let them through, we slide the tarp back. A lovely cheap fix to a major problem!

  • I have a group of papers that I refer to on a regular basis at work. I have them all in plastic sleeves, with a shower curtain ring holding them all together. Works great!!

  • My apartment is tiny and the bathroom is a narrow space. There is no ventilation other than the bathroom window to get rid of steam and prevent mold. SOLUTION: I get a second curtain with shower rings and use it on the window curtain rod. When I need ventilation, this second shower curtain slides effortlessly out of the way and doesn’t let the curtain bunch up at all. I hem this second curtain to fit the window.

  • I have used the plastic shower rings to organize my clients’ closets! The rings are wide enough to label them “skirts”, “slacks”, etc. and use them as rod dividers.

    • I found that when you use them on a hanger as shown for scarves and belts, they slide around and throw the hanger off-balance, so I attached each ring to the hanger with a twist tie to hold it in place.

      • I’d add a line of silicone glue or caulking to the hanger. It will provide enough friction so they won’t slide. Balancing the hanger by evenly spacing items will help too.

  • I use them to hang my purses in my closet. I have bunches of purses and had nowhere to store them. I took one of the rods already in my closet and put shower curtain rings on it and hang the purses from them. A really easy way to find the right purse for the right occasion.

  • A few years ago I found these beautiful wooden shower rings. I have a separate shower stall so I really didn’t need them but they were reduced from $30. to $2.00 !!!!! I cut out individual pics of the grands in a circle, cut a round carboard and glued felt on it with the date/year – added a bow and used it as a Christmas tree ornament. The grands are older and get a kick of looking at their school pics and the change from year to year! Just another idea!

  • Use shower curtain sings to hold flip cards with math problem on one side and answer on other side ( just write on cards, punch holes then apply laminate or clear contact paper to protect cards for longer use). Use for spelling or vocabulary words, or any subject where flash cards are helpful. Use a shower curtain ring to hang a damp cloth for each chil in the car when traveling and snacking is going on or for after play time at the park. Use shower curtain rings to hang curtain metal or dowel rods holding wrapping paper so they are easy to find, unroll paper as needed, and it helps you look so organized!just attach hooks to a board or the wall in your craft room and hang the rings on the hooks and slide the gift wrap rolls onto the rods.

  • Excellent! I bought some nickle shower rings and then bought a shower curtain that didn’t look so hot with the new rings. Since I’d already taken the rings out of the packaging, I couldn’t take them back. Now, I have several great ideas that I can do with them. Thank you so much!

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