Although you may not think it, you can actually get creative with a bungee cord and use it in a variety of clever ways. If you’re looking to inject a little more fun into your classroom, but don’t want to splash too much cash, you’ve come to the right place. From making your very own organisation station to adding a spot of colourful decoration, get prepared to put on your DIY hat with this beginner-friendly list of ingenious ways to use bungee cords in the classroom.
Toy and stationery organiser
Get inspired by Pinterest, just as Alex Griffiths did, and use bungee cords to get your classroom organised. No one wants to be greeted by a variety of stuffed animals consuming the floor, so this is one way to keep everything in order and teach the importance of putting things away after you’ve used them. To start, pull out a measuring tape to find out how big the holes need to be, and how far apart. After drilling these into the top and bottom part of a bookshelf, it’s time to create the bars – which, of course, will be crafted using bungee cords. Thread the cords through the holes, pull them through and knot in place, then burn the ends to prevent the bungee cord from unravelling. Et voila! You’ve just made your very own, cost-effective, toy organiser.
You can also take this to the stationery drawer, using an incredibly simple technique that’ll keep different items separate. All you need to do is take your bungee cord, get it to the correct length, and use it to wrap and tie around pens, pencils, rulers… You name it! Gone are the days of a cluttered classroom.
Fancy a spot of decorating? Vibrant colours keep kids engaged, providing them with a bright, fun environment to come to learn each day. Bungee cords are great for using in the classroom as they come in a variety of colours, and whether you choose to incorporate them into a learning display, or for clipping up photos or artworks, you can really let your creative juices flow with this unique idea.
Everyone loves taking a quiet moment out of their day to engage in a good book, and with ‘reading time’ being an essential part of the school day, why not use bungee cords to set up a sturdy (childproof) DIY bookcase. Use screws to secure the bungee cord in place, making sure to overlap it back on itself to create a strong holder. For a complete makeover that blends in with your classroom’s aesthetic, give the bookcase a fresh coat of paint, using colourful bungee cords to complete.
No classroom library is complete without comfy seating, so if you’re on a DIY kick, it’s time to get to grips with the benefits of a bungee cord chair. Its sturdiness makes it ideal for this purpose, using a weaving technique to hold everything together. Get hold of a sturdy wooden stool with a seat that’s in need of a replacement, hammer in two small nails on opposite sides (halfway in) and proceed to wrap your bungee cord around these to fill in the stool space. Upon reaching the top corner, begin to weave over two and under two. Repeat this on both the top and bottom side. Once you’ve reached the end, just make sure to burn the tip of your bungee cord so that it doesn’t fray.
Play mat holder
Similar to the yoga mat idea we’ve discussed in a previous post, apply this same technique to any play mats for a neat, storage solution. Wrap the bungee cord around the mat and tie in a bow before placing it away in a cupboard, ready to be used for another day.
Taking inspiration from Rhonda Bracey’s duvet hanger suggestion, this same method works well for hanging up any classroom accessories or children’s rucksacks – one way to avoid any tripping hazards! Arm yourself with a bungee cord and a sturdy clip, using an old clothing rail (as an example) to hang items from.
Whether you’re looking to use them in the classroom, or elsewhere, we have a wide range of bungee ropes and shock cords available to suit your needs. Have a chat with our friendly team of professionals today for further advice.