Thursday, 9 September 2021

DIY Zip Tie Projects for Classrooms


Every teacher needs to keep zip ties on hand for DIY classroom organization. They are used for organizing wires and cables, but also for tying shelving, furniture, and carts.  You can use the super strong zip ties which permanently lock into place for heavy duty bundling of cables, or for securing different classroom items together without having to use a drill or nail gun. There are different types of materials like zip ties that for classroom use. The fabric ones with Velcro, and the rubber ones with magnetic clasps are easy to open and close if you need to reuse them.

I love to find awesome classroom DIY ideas. As an Amazon affiliate, I may earn a commission for purchases using my links. Learn more. The ideas and paid links below are based on Amazon finds that are easy classroom DIY projects.

  • Make adjustable shelves: Use modular wire grid shelving and some zip ties to create your unique shelf for storing your construction paper or cardstock.

  • Secure your charging rack to your docking system: For DIY device charging carts or racks, use zip ties to secure your tablet or laptop storage racks above your charging hub. They can both be zip tied to a wire shelf, peg board, taple top organizer, etc. 


  • For classroom safety: Using zip ties help prevent students from accidentally kicking, unplugging, or tripping on their cords.


  • To build classroom furniture: These milk crates were connected with matching white zip ties to create a classroom bookshelf.


  • Color code classroom cables:  Use assorted zip ties for cable management. This teacher uses them in several iPad carts. They do what they are supposed to do while looking cool with their different colors.


  • Emergency fixes: It is just a good idea to keep some tip ties around in case of a 'hardware' emergency. If something breaks apart or bends, it can be supported or fixed temporarily with zip ties and tape, until you can get it fixed.


  • DIY construction projects: It is amazing to see what teachers can create for their classrooms. A kitchen rack for pot lids is zip tied to a milk crate to make a charging station for laptops. Wow!


  • Temporary sorting: Use the Velcro ties or magnetic ties for temporary organizing or color coding of classroom chords. These ties are easy to unfasten so that you can reuse them for a new purpose.

More ideas will be added soon.

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As a Caribbean primary school teacher, I share my unique classroom with the world through this blog. Readers step into my class through the pictures, articles and classroom samples of games and lessons used in my class. I have been teaching since 2005 at the std. 4 primary level in Trinidad and Tobago. I am particularly interested in sharing my own personal lesson plans, tests and activities. Teachers need to share ideas and support each other because in doing so, we help to educate our students and develop ourselves as teachers. Technology is ever evolving and we as teachers should get on board with it, collaborate and keep up to date with this new age that we live in. Our students belong to this technological era and we must embrace opportunities to learn from each other in this global community. I also love to express my creativity in the classroom. I am a bit of a craftster . So I'm always cutting, gluing or making something... a game, a chart, a learning center, etc. So, teachers and parents, feel free to stop by and see what's new at Nyla's Crafty Teaching!