I’m a big fan of Fly With Stella on YouTube and one of the tips she’s shared in travel organising is the Nite Ize Original Gear Tie.
Which look awesome and I want them!
The only problem – I’m located in the ass end of the world (Australia) and no-one here seems to stock anything like it. I can order on Amazon, but with normal delivery it’s going to take some time to arrive.
But today I had an inspired idea – I could use Pipe Cleaners! (otherwise known as Chenille Stems).
I actually had a pack in an old craft box, so I cracked it open, got out the wire side cutters, and cut a few pipes into 4 parts (each pipe is about 1 foot/30cm in length).
This is what I ended up with.
There you have it. One pipe cleaner cable tie.
And for about AUD$2.50 for a pack of 40, I can get up to 160 cable ties and colour code until my heart is content.
Don’t tell my wife but before this inspired idea I went to Howards Storage World and bought a 6-pack of BlueLound CableLip cable thingies for $14.95. They’re good, but I already think my pipe cleaners are better.