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Uses for Oatmeal Containers

Does anyone have any ideas on use for oatmeal containers? They seem to good to throw out.




If you have young kids, you can decorate them and make a drum out of them. I personally keep using mine over and over for oatmeal because I buy the bagged oatmeal and dump it in the container. (09/20/2004)


By mlanders

School Projects

Save them and take them to your local grade school. The kindergarten and pre-school teachers are always looking for them to use in school projects. (09/20/2004)

By Misti.

Decorative Containers

Cover with decorative paper, contact paper or wrapping paper and use for holiday cookies, etc. Or use to store plastic bags, You could also clean out well and put the yarn you are knitting or crocheting with inside, cut a hole in the lid or side or the yarn to pull through, and then your yarn won't be a temptation to a pet and will stay clean. (09/20/2004)


For Bulk Oatmeal

I buy oatmeal in bulk for about 39 cents a pound and just refill the oatmeal round box. (09/20/2004)

My Ideas

  • Cover with decorative paper and use as a coin catcher.
  • Use as a gift box for clothing or odd shaped items. wrap as usual.
  • Store children's toys. (they will probably have more fun with the box).
    Cookie jar.
  • Hide your valuables, just fill and put back in cupboard.
  • Near laundry area... throw all the pocket stuff in the container.
  • Grocery bag holder... make an X in the top with a knife or scissors.
  • Garbage can for vehicle.
  • Cover with brown paper and send a gift in the mail. Use duct tape to tape lid down.
  • Cover with wallpaper. etc. put some stationary, envelopes, pen and stamps in the tube...give as a gift.
  • Keep craft items together.
  • Put one or two paper punches in top..and use to keep skeins of yard from rolling away while knitting.
  • Add a handle and take your craft project to work on while waiting in doctors office, etc.

By Diamondee

Cookie Containers

You could always paste some wrapping paper, fabric or whatever around the box and bake cookies and use as a container to give out during the holidays or a birthday. Maybe some fudge, or a round pumpkin bread cake that was baked in a coffee can would fit in just perfectly....Cover the plastic lid with part of a greeting card from last year if there is writing on it. Cut a circle of fabric and place between the lid and box. Tie a raffia ribbon. (09/22/2004)


By LadyD2002

May Baskets

We used to decorate them, fill with candy and hang as May baskets for friends at least once a week. Do they still do that? I have not heard of anyone doing it. Used to be a lot of fun, when they called ally, ally in free, not able to catch us we would go in for snack, perhaps some of candy and coffee or chocolate. This was before TV, all through the month of May. (10/19/2005)

By Annette from ME


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December 7, 20160 found this helpful

I gave a bunch of them to a grammar school, and the kids used them for arts and crafts.

They are great if you have a child insane for legos and they are all over the house being stepped on with bare feet Ouch!!.

You can decorate them with construction paper the same color as the pieces and keep them organized nicely.

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