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Clever Reuse for a Hotel Key or Gift Card

Hey Travelers, you know the drill. The hotel automatically checks out your account, sometime in the middle of the night, and you are free to slip out the door any time before 11am. There is no longer a need to go through the formality of turning in that plastic card that got you through the door. Just take your USA Today and be on your way.

But what are you actually going to do with your useless key? Scratch an itch on the way to the nearest garbage can?

Frequent business traveler, Rich McGrath brings his keys home. They make a neat little stack on his ironing board. Then, while his iron is heating up, he cuts them into collar stays. (Collar stays are those plastic inserts that spear into the tip of your dress shirt collar that keeps it stiff.)

It’s simple and clever. Just trim 1/4″ off the long end of your key. You can also use a spent gift certificate, if that’s more your thing.

Taper one end so it can fit into the collar tip.
Then slide it into the collar.
Snipe off the end if it extends past the neck line.

I love this idea because it is something useful (collar stays actually do not stay; they frequently disappear!). It’s also simple. We’re not asking you to create a model of the Eiffel Tower, just a quick fix to look crisp on the job.

I’m Cristin Frank (AKA Eve). I love all things frugal and crafty. My mindset is always on upcycling, repurposing, reducing waste and saving money – and Eve of Reduction is my roadmap. You might also want to check out my book, "Living Simple, Free & Happy."

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3 Responses to Clever Reuse for a Hotel Key or Gift Card

  1. Adi June 25, 2012 at 12:27 pm #


  2. Plastic Cards July 13, 2012 at 7:31 am #

    Completely agrees with the tittle clever use of hotel key cards


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