Quick Tip – Repurposing Used Gift Cards

Posted on: April 25, 2014

Most of us have old gift cards taking up space in our wallets or purses, right? They might have a few pennies left on them, at best, and we’re not likely to use them anymore. Rather than tossing them in the trash, repurpose them in your survival kits.

Here’s just one idea, using the gift card as a way of saving space when keeping paracord in your kit. We all know, or should know by now, how important cordage can be in a survival situation. But, even as thin as paracord is, it can take up valuable space when just balled up.

First, gather your supplies. These consist of the gift card, paracord, and a pair of scissors (not shown).

Use the scissors to cut two small notches in the gift card. Put one at each end, diagonally across from one another.

Tie a small knot in one end of the paracord. Slip that end of the paracord through one of the notches, pulling gently so the knot rests against the card.

Begin wrapping the paracord around the card, tugging the cord tight against the card with each turn.

When you get to the end of the card, double back and keep winding the cord around the card. I made three passes with the cord, using a total of about fourteen feet or so. On the last turn you make, wedge the cord into the open notch, then pass the loose end under a couple of the coils. This way, it is easy to just pull it out and unwind the amount of cord you need when you’re in the field.

This is an excellent way to carry several feet of paracord in a relatively flat manner. It won’t knot up on you in your pack, either.

You could also use an old gift card or credit card for storing duct tape in the same way.

7 thoughts on “Quick Tip – Repurposing Used Gift Cards

  1. You could check with your local k-12 school to see if they participate in escrip funraising and maybe buy gift cards through them then spend it on your normal groceries, etc. and then use the card for the cord (http://backtoschools.escrip.com/) then you’d be helping you and them 🙂

  2. Excellent! Of course, I just cut up and trashed some old credit cards. Time to scrounge. lol

  3. I’ve only re-purposed gift cards for flat duct tape holders for my wallet and kits. New project coming.

    This would hold a lot of tarred bank line for your kit too.

    Thanks for the tip, Jim!

  4. Perfect idea!!! My oldest son is in the middle of a paracord bracelet making frenzy. This might help organize things a bit. Oh, yeah, and they’ll fit nicely into my bug-out bags too……:) Great tip, Jim!!!

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