The number of empty yogurt containers you put into recycling can really add up, especially if you have children. However, these small handy containers have a myriad of uses other than holding yogurt. This is a guide about uses for yogurt containers.
I have been doing a lot of paper gluing and then covering the objects with a solution of glue and water. The yogurt containers are perfect for mixing the glue with water in small amounts. They are also great for doing papier maché projects as one can mix smaller amounts for small projects, then just throw away the unused portion.
I save these containers for any project that I know I will only use a small amount of glue, paint or any other medium. Also perfect for mixing a new color of paint to try out before making a larger amount. One can even save the small bits for a couple of days if necessary by putting a piece of clingwrap over the top.
I reuse the tops of plastic containers, such as yogurt and sour cream and such, to hold trash bags closed. I came up with this idea after looking at the little plastic things that hold bread bags closed and deciding I wanted one of those for the garbage bags. I take the lid and cut it half way into the center. At the center, I make a small pea sized hole, then come out very close to the last cut. Now I can put this on the trash bag. The dogs can't get into it, but I can get into it in a hurry if I have to without untying the bag itself or twisting off those twisty ties.
By Robyn Fed from Hampton, TN
I hate just recycling the yogurt containers in the recycle bins, so here are a few things I use them for:
By laidback racing from Charleston, SC
I know most yogurt containers are recyclable these days, but I still dislike throwing out things that could be repurposed. I am reusing my empty yogurt containers for starting my spring garden seedlings.
The yogurt containers I use have bottoms that are easily cut out. The bottomless containers are placed on a flat plastic tray. Dirt, seeds, water, and fertilizer can be placed in the container. Voila, instant seedling starters. Then when they are ready to go into the garden, you just dig a hole and the place the container over the hole and push the new seedling out. Friendly reminder, don't let the seedling get too big or you'll have to cut the container off.
I love turnip salad but have to limit the amount I eat as it contains vitamin K which I can't have a lot of due to taking blood thinner. So when freezing it, I freeze it in small amounts so it will not get wasted.
Fill empty yogurt containers 3/4 full of water and freeze. This makes very large ice cubes that will keep a drink cold for hours. They can also be used in vacuum bottles to keep drinks cold all day.
I'm looking for interesting uses for everyday objects like yogurt containers.
Gloria from California
I reuse them as lunch box food containers. I use (& reuse) the press and seal stuff in addition to the lid to guard against leaks. Not only will you be recycling but, the containers help keep lunch from being crushed!
...drinking cups for the grand kids
...put water in them for rinsing paint brushes
...great for favors. Any craft that uses terra cotta pots can be adapted to the humble yogurt cup: Pilgrim hats, snowmen heads, etc.
...very useful for sorting things
...disposable containers for mixing small amounts of paints or plaster, etc.
have you seen that http://guavajellyforkids.com site - lots of ideas there!
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I found some Krylon spray paint made for plastic and painted my washed yogurt containers & lids for holiday cookie containers. No need to buy tins!
I don't throw anything away. The other night my Brownies were making mobiles. Instead of buying hangers, I used the empty yogurt containers. Punched holes around the bottom and they hung stuff from it. By Connie
I use them for craft projects. They are great as paint, water, or glue containers for the kids.
I open cans of fruit and divide it into yogurt containers. My husband looks forward to his fruit every evening as a snack. Sometimes there is enough for three or four days.