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Uses for Plastic Lids

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Plastic food storage lids come in all shapes and sizes. Rather than throwing them away, find a way to use them around the house. This is a guide about uses for plastic lids.


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January 17, 2017

I like to reuse plastic lids as paint palettes, and even as crafting surfaces. By "crafting surfaces", I mean things like: resting/drying spot for newly painted small objects, or a "palette" for small amount of craft glue or Mod Podge, and so on. The lids are easy to clean.

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January 22, 20170 found this helpful

Paper plates are great, with the plastic you can wash and reuse. I use mine for hot glue drips. Soaked in a bit of water, they come right off when the lid gets full.

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September 1, 2009

I did this when my kids were small, the youngest is now 32. I did it for my older grandkids, and I am now doing it for the younger grandkids and greatgrandkids. I have saved the colored plastic lids off of various bottles, such as mayonnaise, peanut butter, etc. Lids have to be too big to fit in a young ones mouth. I have a couple metal ones but most are plastic.

I keep them in a drawstring bag in basket, I use as a toy box for when the kids visit. They are good to teach colors, to count, to stack like blocks, to pretend, kids favorite is to pretend we are at a restaurant and the lids are food. Put little one between two larger ones and you have a sandwich, etc. Their imagination can run wild. So much fun with no additional expense. The amount of enjoyment for all is endless.

Source: Just me and my kids.


By Knitter926 from Bloomington, IL

Editor's Note: As Knitter926 mentioned, make sure that the lids are too large to be swallowed by children under 3 years old.

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September 15, 20100 found this helpful

What a wonderful idea! Now that we have grandchildren on the way I will be saving in more ways than one.

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March 10, 2009

I normally save every plastic bowl that comes my way - empty margarine tubs, takeout soup containers, sour cream bowls, you name it. Lids, too. But invariably, the lids last longer around here, so I end up with, say, six butter lids and only two butter bowls.


When lid storage starts to overflow, I pull out the surplus - but I don't toss 'em. They go in a box on top of the microwave. That way, when I'm nuking something that might spatter, I can grab a lid, poke a few venting holes in it very carefully, and then use them as free 'splash screens'. If the lid gets cruddy, I can toss it or wash it, it's up to me. I'm just happy I don't have to clean tomato sauce spots from the microwave walls and ceiling every other day now!

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February 16, 20150 found this helpful

Anyone using these lids in the microwave is not a safe idea to use, as they are not microwave safe and will leach chemicals into the food or melt and cause a fire in the microwave, refrain from using such an idea and use them for under plants or under containers that drip or leak fluids in the cupboards or in refridgerators, not the microwave.

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March 11, 2016

Save Extra Lids to Replace Lost Ones

Every once in a while, you lose a lid to something important. I once plugged my waterbed with a small lid from a Vicks Vaporub jar. It worked for 6 years.


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August 9, 2006

Margarine or Cottage Cheese Lids for Hamburgers. I save plastic lids from margarine or cottage cheese or the same size lids, and when making up hamburger patties (using a tupperware pattie form). . .


March 5, 2009

Margarine or butter container lids make great dry erase boards. You can use washable markers on them or dry erase markers on them. I cut the rim off of the top of the margarine container lid and make a hole with an icepick.


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August 5, 2010

"Upcycled" Pringles plastic lids make perfect coasters for the right sized glass or cup. You can use plastic coffee can lids for larger cups.


October 22, 2013

Save Countertops with Plastic Lids

When I open a new can of coffee, I take the plastic top from the old can and put it on the bottom of the new can. The plastic will help to protect your countertops.


February 18, 20104 found this helpful

Save opaque plastic lids of the same kind and make games for young kids. Hide small treats like marshmallows or small crackers under a few of the lids and lay 10-20 of them upside-down on the table altogether.


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November 14, 2011

I realized this morning, that my coffee can lid, which used to go in the recycle bag, was perfect for going under a flower pot to catch any water. Then I realized that there are different sizes of plastic lids, and some are solid colors.


September 18, 2008

Save Your Pringles Lids For Covering Yogurt Containers

If you recycle your Pringles cans, keep the lids. Most yogurts don't come with them anymore, and most of them can be used for food or crafts. However, without lids, they are great for plants starts but not much else.


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January 6, 2012

I save all plastic can lids to use to protect my cupboards from rust, as in on the bottom of my cleanser cans, also I used them to keep under my honey jar.


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February 25, 2012

I also use small lids to fit over top of drinks in glasses, cups or cans to keep bugs out (especially flies). It helps keep your drink hot or cold longer.


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February 26, 2013

I took this little lid that came off of one of the knock off slimfast drink canisters, scrunched it in my hand and used it as a scrubber over the screws that hold the handle to the skillet.


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May 27, 2008

I have started using the plastic tops from coffee cans for pet dishes. The animals love them because their food is very accessible, and I like them because they are very easy to wash.


November 12, 20051 found this helpful

Why spend money of clear plastic coasters when you have access to dozens of free coasters monthly? I use the lids of perishable food items. Plus I paint them to match the decor in the room and each decoupaged planter...


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February 20, 2005

The lids from Pringles chip containers fit the Fruitsation applesauce containers perfectly. Great for sending school snacks and way cheaper than the plastic snack containers currently on sale!



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June 11, 20050 found this helpful

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June 14, 20060 found this helpful

Large plastic lids can substitute for a frisbee. I have used clean plastic lids from yogurt under the legs of a bed to keep it from damaging the carpeting.

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June 18, 20060 found this helpful

If having a garage sale -- write prices for large items on them and put them around your garage on the walls. Use colored markers to make them eye catching. They usually wash off of plastic but if it doesn't you can use fantastic or just pitch.

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August 5, 20100 found this helpful

Save the lids to the pringles cans, they make great FREE coasters. You can glue felt to the bottoms or do whatever you wish to them.

By shari


Pringle Lid Coasters

You can also use Pringles lids to make suncatchers. Give the kids markers and let them color on them, punch a hole and put string through. Hang them in front of a window. Very pretty. (07/31/2005)

By TonyaG

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