Theres Plenty of Uses for Paper Bags | Reader's Digest

There’s Plenty of Uses for Paper Bags

Save your paper bags and use them for one of these time and money saving uses.

from Extraordinary Uses for Ordinary Things

Move snow off your windshield

If you’re tired of having to constantly scrape ice and snow off your car’s windshield during the winter months, keep some paper bags on hand. When there’s snow in the forecast, go out to your car and turn on the wipers. Then, shut off the engine with the wipers positioned near the middle of your windshield. Now, split open a couple of paper bags and use your car’s wipers to hold them in place. After the last snowflake falls, pull off the paper to instantly clear your windshield. Note: To prevent damaging your car’s wipers, do not turn on the ignition until you’ve removed the snow and paper from the windshield.

Make a fire starter

Looking for an easy way to get a fire going in your fireplace? Simply fill a paper bag with some balled-up newspaper and perhaps some bits of candle wax. Stick the bag under your logs, light it, then sit back and enjoy your roaring fire.

Spray-paint small items

You don’t have to make a mess every time you need to spray-paint a small item. Just place the object to be painted inside a large shopping bag and spray away; the bag will contain the excess spray. Once the item has dried, simply remove it and toss away the bag.

Build a bag kite

Make a simple bag kite for your children to play with by folding over the top of a paper bag to keep it open. Glue on pieces of party streamers under the fold. Reinforce the kite by gluing in some strips of balsa wood or a few thin twigs along the length of the bag. Poke a couple of holes above the opened end, and attach two pieces of string or yarn (put a piece of masking or transparent tape over the holes to prevent them from tearing) and tie the ends onto a roll of kite string. It should take off when the kids start running.