15 Exciting Uses For Velcro That You'll Definitely Want To Try

15 Exciting Uses For Velcro That You'll Definitely Want To Try

Think Velcro is just for kids? Today we're here to show you otherwise, by sharing 16 weird and wonderful uses for Velcro you've probably never heard before.

You don't want to miss these! Check out the list below to discover amazing uses for this iconic product today.

1. Fasten wrapping paper

uses for velcro wrapping paper
Try it!

Leave your wrapping paper without fastening the end, and it will end up in a right old mess. Prevent rips, tears and creases by fastening the tube with a strip of Velcro.

We normally use one strip at each end for perfectly preserved paper.

2. How to hang photos using Velcro

Did you know you can get different strengths of Velcro? The hook-and-loop fasteners mean it can be surprisingly strong - strong enough, in fact, to support paintings.

Watch the video above to learn how - it's surprisingly easy.

3. Keep rugs down

An upturned rug not only looks untidy, but it can be dangerous too. If yours keeps peeling up at the corners, Velcro could be the answer.

The size of the rug will determine how many strips you need. Attach a strip in each corner of the rug, then space several strips out in between each corner - the larger the rug, the more you should use.

4. Uses for Velcro for pets

Another of our favourite uses for Velcro involves your pet's bowl. If your fluffy friend keeps pushing the bowl all over the place, leaving traces of food everywhere, it's time to get out the Velcro.

Attach it to the bowl's mat, and it will make feeding times much less messy.

5. Fix a bag

fix bag velcro
This is a great security measure to take.

Has your handbag seen better days? If the zip or fastening no longer works, don't fret - you can attach Velcro to the edges to prolong its life.

It's surprisingly secure, and, if you're neat enough, it will be completely invisible.

6. How to stop seat cushions from sliding

Seat cushions can really transform your seating. Not only will they make it look pretty and cosy, but it will be much more comfortable too.

The problem with seat cushions? They tend to slide around a lot, even when tied down.

Our secret trick?

Velcro! Attach to the corners of your seat cover and chair and even fidgety kids won't be able to budge it.

7. Keep messy cables tidy

Messy cables, messy mind! Tangled cables can be super frustrating, not to mention how untidy they look.

A great way to keep all your cables tidy and organised is with Velcro, and it really couldn't be easier - cut a strip of Velcro and wrap it around your cables to keep them secure.

8. Fasten a pen to the fridge door

velcro hack pen fridge door
What a great idea!

Of all the uses for Velcro, this one has to be our favourite.

A pen is always handy to have to hand, and with a bit of Velcro, you can attach one to your door. Now, when you need to make shopping lists, write on the calendar, or label something, you'll always have a pen to hand.

9. Prevent kids from opening drawers & cupboards

We've all heard the horror stories of kids opening drawers and cupboards containing harmful cleaning products.

Want to kid-proof your drawers and cupboards?

You can attach extra-strong Velcro to give them some more staying power. Velcro can be surprisingly strong, and it's certainly enough to prevent curious little hands from wandering where they shouldn't be.

Don't forget to check out our other parenting hacks for more great ideas!

10. How to fix iPad to your headrest

Speaking of parenting tips, we have another use for Velcro that could come in handy.

Are your little ones lucky enough to own an iPad? If so, there's no doubt they want to take it everywhere. Whilst it's not a good idea to let them have free-reign over technology, it can be extremely useful at times, especially on those long car journeys.

Extra-strong Velcro is all you need to attach your kids' iPads to the back of headrests.

Learn how to do this, and much more, in the video above.

11. Support your plants with Velcro

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Are you an avid gardener? Next on our list of uses for Velcro is something that you may find very useful.

Next time your plants need some support, why not try using Velcro? There's no tying necessary, making it quick and practical.

12. Attach your TV remote to the table

"Has anyone seen the remote?"

We've all been there. Luckily, there's a way to ensure your remote control never goes walkabout again - attaching it to the coffee table with Velcro.

Use strips of Velcro on the side of your coffee table and back of the remote and give it a new, permanent home today.

13. Keep a tablecloth in place

Don't risk your tablecloth lifting up in the summer BBQ breeze. Take time to attach Velcro strips to your outdoor table and tablecloth and it will stay in place whatever the weather.

14. Desk tidy using Velcro

Last but not least on our list of uses for Velcro is a tip that will come in handy in the office.

A bit of Velcro is all you need to keep cables tidy, attach hard drives and much more to the underside of your desk. Try it out today and your desk will be the tidiest you've ever seen it.

15. De-pill your bobbly jumpers

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Pills can make even the most expensive of jumpers look cheap and tired.

Luckily, there's an easy fix for that!

Gently dab an eye strip of Velcro over your jumper to lift pills and leave your knitwear looking as good as new again. Just think how many items of clothing you'll be able to rescue! 

Wow - who knew there were so many uses for Velcro. Do you have any usual tips to share? Tell us about them in the comments below!

Stephanie C


Lover of all things fashion & foodie...I look to satisfy my tastes without obliterating my budget. Wannabe interior designer, I'm an avid cushion cover maker and charity shop hunter.

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  1. Author Carol Brown on May 21, 2018 at 11:18 pm

    When making needlepoint or ordinary cushions use Velcro instead of a zip to fasten the cover together after putting the filler cushion inside. It's a bit fiddley to work out how to machine it onto the material, but well worth the effort.

    1. Author Stephanie C on May 29, 2018 at 11:00 am

      Hi Carol, What a great idea! You can actually get fabric-velcro which will stick straight onto the cushion itself without any sewing - great huh?

  2. Author Jacqueline Straw on May 22, 2018 at 2:25 am

    Worst advice ever on experthometips. Tips used to be good but recently have been gradually getting worse and today’s was pointless. Sorry but I presume you want to know what people really think and although I cannot speak for anyone else this is how I felt.

    1. Author Joanne A on August 16, 2018 at 5:11 pm

      Hi Jacqueline. We're really sorry you feel this way but thank you for letting us know! What was it about these particular tips that you didn't find useful?

  3. Author Kamlesh shah on June 2, 2018 at 4:56 am

    My self adhesive hook n loop Velcro does not even hold small objects like pen and scissors. Why so ?

    1. Author Stephanie C on June 4, 2018 at 9:31 am

      Hi Kamlesh, I'm not sure why this is - you could try purchasing some 'heavy-duty' velcro which will undoubtedly do the trick. I hope this helps.

  4. Author Keniyah Turner on December 15, 2019 at 8:21 pm

    Great Tips! Velcro is one of my favorites, it's so useful and I think it usually sticks pretty well

    1. Author Joanne A on December 17, 2019 at 12:38 pm

      Thanks for the feedback, Keniyah!

  5. Author Marolyn Berry on July 9, 2021 at 10:23 am

    Use on tab top curtains. Cut one side of tab off curtain, hem it then sew velcro to curtain and another piece to tab. Makes curtains easy to take down and put back up no need to unscrew rail so curtains can be used on a fixed pole as well.

    1. Author Joanne A on October 7, 2022 at 4:50 pm

      Thanks for sharing!

  6. Author Helena on June 15, 2022 at 1:21 pm

    Love your expert tips and especially the velcro one, it sets the ball rolling in your mind to think of other uses. Ignore the rude people, they chose to read it and probably just bitter they didn't think of them themselves!!!!

    1. Author Joanne A on June 15, 2022 at 2:45 pm

      Thanks for the lovely feedback, Helena!

  7. Author Violee on June 18, 2023 at 9:26 pm

    I use industrial strength Velcro all the time. Less strong does not work for me. Keeping bra straps from showing: Use the rough side only. Stick it on a bra strap, rough strap up. Clothes will stick to it without having to put anything on the clothes. Lightweight clothes need less Velcro on the bra than heavier weight.

    1. Author Joanne A on June 19, 2023 at 9:58 am

      Nice idea!


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