10 Clever Uses For Disposable Chopsticks

If you have accumulated a few sets of disposable chopsticks in your kitchen drawer and are looking for ways to put them to use, here are 10 ideas we love!

If you have accumulated a few sets of disposable chopsticks in your kitchen drawer* and are looking for ways to put them to good use, here are a few clever ideas. They have many handy uses around the house and in the garden.

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10 Clever Uses For Chopsticks

  1. Popsicles. Use chopsticks as popsicle sticks. Blend your favorite fresh berries, sugar and water until pureed. Place mixture in any clean container. Freeze until the mixture just begins to ice over, then insert chopsticks down into the center, and freeze the rest of the way. Unmold by dunking the container briefly in warm water.
  2. Skewers. Chopsticks make great, sturdy skewers for all your favorite foods. Thread them on hot dogs to make your own corn dogs, stick them in apples for candy and caramel apples; use them on the grill for kebabs and shrimp. When using on the grill, soak chopsticks in water for a few minutes first.
  3. Plant Markers. Chopsticks are handy in the garden. Stick in the ground and place seed packets over top for quick identification of planted rows.
  4. Garden Stakes. Use as mini support stakes for tender seedlings.
  5. Aerate and Fertilize: Poke a chopstick into the soil of potted plants to help aerate and to get plant food down to the roots.
  6. Stirrers. Use chopsticks to stir paint for your craft or home improvement projects, or in the kitchen for gravies, mix sauces, to make chocolate milk, coffee, etc.
  7. Fix Stripped Screw Holes. If you’ve ever tried to turn a screw and have it just spin and spin, you know how frustrating it can be. Just brush a little glue on the narrow end of the chopstick and hammer into the hole. Then cut it off close. Now you are ready to drill a new hole for the screw.
  8. Cherry/Olive Pitter. Disposable chopsticks make great cherry and olive pitters. Just poke the narrow end of the chopstick into the stem end of the cherry or olive, and push the pit out through the bottom.
  9. Mud Cleaner. Keep a set in the mudroom to clean out the mud and dirt from deep treads at the bottom of shoes or boots.
  10. Kindling. Great if you have accumulated quite a few of the lighter wood varieties.

*You can always ask your favorite Asian take-out restaurant to not include chopsticks with your order if you don’t use them, or consider investing in a washable set.

Do you have any great ideas for ways to reuse chopsticks? Tell us in the comments section below!

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Edward Higgins

Edward Higgins is a freelance writer, artist, home chef, and avid fly fisherman who lives outside of Portland, Maine. He studied at Skidmore College and Harvard University. His article 10 Best Edible Insects appears in the 2020 Farmers' Almanac.

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I use them as a very mini trowel to “dig” my transplants out of cell trays, 3/4/6 packs, and 2″ pots. Works very slick.

Susan Higgins

They’re handy little things, aren’t they! I’m using them in the morning to stir my coffee, rinse, and reuse them over and over.


Plant Markers –

Best to cover seed packet with clear plastic food wrap then staple to the chopstick to protect from rain, hot sun, wind, etc.

Sandi Duncan

Great idea! Thank you for sharing.


Use them as coffee stirrers and make magic wands out of them for kids.

Susan Higgins

Excellent ideas, Margaux!


Yes, I use them as coffee stirrers too. Works great for my 17oz mug.

Susan Higgins



Great to remove Toast from the Toaster


the same can be said for those wooden kabobs if no disposable chopsticks

or buy wooden popsicle sticks at the craft store and sue them – can write on them in black marker for using in the garden to identify what is in each row


I use them in my flour and sugar canisters for leveling. I just leave one in each canister and I don’t have to search for it in the drawer.


we use them for picking crab meat out of fresh crabs…works great for the small parts


Note for the dulcimer


I decorate them, sometimes, and use them in my hair as hair sticks something different and unique. I even wear them with business outfits and going out. If you have kids with long hair let them decorate their own.


I have used them to remove small pieces of toast from the toaster….


I use them for sewing. After making a sash or belt, push end into fabric to get pucker out of corner.

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