If you’re that kind of person who works or studies someplace where IDs and their badge lanyards are replaced every year, attends a lot of events, and/or just loves the look of lanyards and can’t help getting new ones, you have likely formed a collection of old lanyards. It seems like a waste to just throw them out. They’re thin, long, and tough. Those characteristics should account for something, right?
Well, have no fear! You can reuse your lanyards for practical applications in your home or office. Here are five suggestions for you.
1. Door or Window Stopper
If you live or work in a very windy area, your window and/or door probably closes or opens even when you don’t want it to because the winds are sometimes too strong. To prevent this, you could braid a few lanyards together until they reach your desired length, nail one end to the wall, and hook the other end to your doorknob or window handle. Another method is to nail or glue a hook to the wall, stick one end of the lanyard to your door or window, and place the other end on the hook when you want to keep them in a certain position. If you don’t like random objects hanging off your walls, you could place a hook on the wall and hide the lanyards somewhere, like a cabinet. When the opportunity calls, just retrieve the lanyard and loop one end to the hook and the other to the doorknob or window handle.
2. Storage tags
If you’re like most people, you likely keep your old things in boxes and hide them at the top or bottom of your cabinet, or even in the attic. Badge lanyards have different designs, so they can be used as alternative or additional tags for actual written markers. Just let their ends jut out from the box to where they’re easily seen. These are especially useful if you want to retrieve a particular object but don’t want to go through the process of individually reading your storage box tags.
3. Storage Handles
Another benefit to lanyards is that these could be used as a sort of handle. Once you’ve identified the box you want to use, just pull on the lanyard that’s hanging out of it. If it’s placed securely inside the box, then the box will probably be pulled along with it. Alternatively, you could stick the lanyard to the top or side of the box so you won’t have to worry about it slipping off without the box.
Most people use their shower rod to dry clothes that are too sensitive for the dryer. This often means that they have to keep the shower curtain open, resulting in a very wet and messy bathroom.
Badge lanyards are long and thin. You could cut them up and sew several cut lanyards together to form a clothesline of your choice length. Then, tie either end or loop them unto hooks on the wall to put them up. You now have a place to hang those clothes that are too sensitive for the dryer. The great thing about this is it can be easily attached or detached from the wall as you see fit.
5. Accessory hanger.
In the same manner as the clothesline, you could cut up, sew together, and put up a line of lanyards and hang your accessories there. The best would be those that are long and/or could be looped, like belts, scarves, your present badge lanyards and IDs, and necklaces.
Hopefully, these suggestions would help you get your creative juices rolling. Maybe you could think of other ways to use those old badge lanyards.