4 Non-Food Uses for Paper Plates | Reader's Digest

4 Non-Food Uses for Paper Plates

Besides serving up dinner, paper plates help solve these common problems.

from Extraordinary Uses for Ordinary Things

Make index cards
It’s inevitable — at the eleventh hour your child will say, “I need index cards for school tomorrow.” If you don’t have any, use paper plates and a ruler. Measure out a 3 x 5 or 4 x 6 (A7 or A6) card on the plate and cut. Use the first card as a template for the rest.

Protect stored dishes
Prevent stored dishes from clattering and breaking, especially when you are moving, by inserting a paper plate between each dish when packing.

Paint can drip catcher
Painters scrape the paintbrush on the side of the can to remove excess paint. To prevent drips from falling on the floor, place a paper plate under the can.

Make a snowman decoration
When the cold wind blows and cabin fever peaks, paper plates can provide an inexpensive, creative outlet for kids. They can use them to make masks, mobiles, and seasonal decorations. To create a cute winter snowman, use two paper plates. Cut the rim off one plate to make it smaller. Staple the smaller plate to the larger plate, creating a head and body. Make boots and hat out of black construction paper and mittens out of red paper and glue on. Decorate the face with googly eyes, buttons, pipe cleaners, or draw on features with crayon or marker.