How can I reuse or recycle rubbish pencil erasers?

We’ve had an email from Sophie:

I bought a big bag of rubbers at the start of school but they were hard and rubbish so I turned them into stamps instead! I drew a design on them then cut it out with an art knife and they work great.

I remember doing something similar with them when I was at school – although it was less artistic/planned and more just me being bored with an compass in French. Another at-school reuse was, of course, flinging them across the classroom and watching them bounce off the walls/desks. I, of course, never did that, ahem.

If you buy a pack of mixed ones, there always seems to be a couple of really hard ones that don’t work very well in there. Aside from the stamps and airbourne weaponry, are there any other reuses for erasers that won’t erase?

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7 Responses to “How can I reuse or recycle rubbish pencil erasers?”


  1. Miranda says:

    You can use them to clean- they get rid of sticker residue gunk, they can clean crap off of tile grout and painted walls, permanent marker on most surfaces, crayon marks, probably water marks too. Keep a few in your cleaning supply area. :)

  2. Linda says:

    anywhere you need a small piece of rubber e.g. to stop a door slamming into something, between wooden toy box lid and base (quiet finger-saver), etc

  3. Brandi says:

    They also work great as an emergency earring back. Just pull off a small piece and push the earring through it. Definately helpful when you don’t have another back handy.

  4. Victoria says:

    Turn it into stamp.

  5. Victoria says:

    Cut into squares and glue to the furniture legs.

  6. Victoria says:

    Cut out a silhouette and carry like a kea chain.

  7. Elrod says:

    Cut a narrow slit at the edge of it and use to hold a nail when hammering to avoid injuring your fingers.



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