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Does anybody have any *unique* ideas for those liquid laundry detergent jugs and their measuring cup type lids? They are very sturdy and surely

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there must be something we could do with them besides throwing them out or recycling them.

I know that they can be cut out and used as a scoop, but I was thinking something with a little more creativity (which I lack). Plus I like crafts and re-dos for adults as my kids are all older, now.
Thanks,
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April 3, 20020 found this helpful

I have used the plastic liquid laundry containers for flower vases taking them to hospital and nursing home patients. Cut the top portion off so you have a handle to carry them ... Put your flowers in and add a large bow.

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April 3, 20020 found this helpful

Laundry measuring caps that screw on the jug are good for making individual party favors, flower arrangement, glue handles on for basket effect, use them in craft projects at nursing homes ... put Styrofoam in the cap and let residents design their own bouquet for their room. Great size because space is limited.

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April 3, 20020 found this helpful

This is not 'crafty', but I cut out and widen the area around the pourspout of laundry containers. I then use the container to sort nails, bolts, etc. in my husbands shop. I also use these for food scrap container, and containers to put paint in while I paint. I started all this when I cut apart the container to get the 'last drop' of laaundry detergent out of the container.

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April 3, 20020 found this helpful

Something that I reuse the liquid laundry bottles for is, rock salt in the winter. I fill the container & then it's ready to just sprinkle out from the spout.

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April 4, 20020 found this helpful

This is not craft oriented either or adult oriented. I teach preschool(3year old class) and I use the lids to hold crayons and scissors.

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April 4, 20020 found this helpful

Cut the opposite end from the hand into the shape of a scoop and use to scoop dog food, pellets for pets and other feeds etc. The soap bottles are more stronger types to use then bleach bottles.

- Richard from Cocoa Beach

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April 8, 20020 found this helpful

I just remembered that we've stuffed spray paint tops with batting, left a puff of it on top, covered with fabric and leftover bits of trim. This makes pretty pincushions. We got some at a craft fair that were made out of soda bottle tops, they had punched holes in the bottom and put beads on elastic cord to make a ring.

They are very cute and convenient. I don't see why it wouldn't work with with the tops off detergent bottles. I also use them and paint tops on top of posts in the yard so I can see them better and on the legs of wood lawn furniture to keep them off the ground. I use a hammer and a nail to punch drainage hole in them.

My friend Judi makes fabric covered baskets out of cut off bleach and vinegar bottles. Maybe I'll make a basket out of my next detergent bottle I did make a hanging planter out of a cut off bleach bottle. I just punched a few holes in the top edge and crocheted straps with a simple chain stitch, then tied a knot near the top. I used rug yarn and it lasted quite a long time.

- Linne Dodds

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April 10, 20020 found this helpful

Use your lids from just about anything to make drawer fresheners. I take a lid and place a cotton ball inside that I have sprayed with my favorite scent. Then take a piece of old pantyhose and wrap around lid. I usually just tie the end in a knot. I am sure using glue would look nicer. Place lid in drawers, closets, etc.

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April 15, 20020 found this helpful

I think the laundry detergent caps would make cute hats for snowmen. Just turn them over with the open part down and glue on. :)

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June 10, 20020 found this helpful

Despite technical and amazing toys, small children often like to be involved with making a game themselves. They'll learn if you find an old window shade to map out a checkerboard on and have saved enough blue and red (or any two colored) "checkers" from detergent bottle lids. Toss the toy into an old pocketbook and put some child in charge of this game, which they well like to take camping, so that they can brag, "We made it ourselves!"

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August 14, 20030 found this helpful

We have used them as hot water bottles in the winter.

Never had a problem with leaks, but you could take them out before you go to sleep to be sure.

Fill only from hot water tap, not boiling kettle water.

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July 17, 20040 found this helpful

I have a friend who had two boys. She used these bottles for wee bottles on trips in the car. The funnels at the top of the bottles meant the boys could be more accurate and they didn't have to stop the car!

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September 15, 20040 found this helpful

Use your empty bottles to store paint in. I place my household paint into the bottles after I clean them out. The lid helps to measure better if I want to cut with water or another paint for a craft project.

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May 13, 20050 found this helpful

you can use the jugs to make pig or elephant banks for the kids. just add ears and eyes and paint them the appropriate color.

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May 16, 20050 found this helpful

I punched holes in the lid with a nail, filled the container with water, put the cap back on and there ya go, a waterer for plants jill ny

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January 21, 20060 found this helpful

I'd like to buy those caps...

with a 2" inch diameter opening - ONLY.

I'd prefer green, blue, or white ones.

I'll pay 10 cents each

(plus shipping if any... I live in Detroit area)

in lots of 20 or more.

(I'll double it - for 100 green ones, locally)

agpgi @ yahoo.com

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February 1, 20060 found this helpful

I am saving the lids and will take them to the beach as disposable sand toys. They will make a nice shape for additions to sandcastles. They have also been used in the bathtub as toys.

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February 27, 20060 found this helpful

I have made a invention that I have adapted the "All Company" Detergent cap that I alter to make the prototype for my invention. Could someone lead me to the company that manufactures this item? Email Happy217 @ comcast.net (remove spaces)

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April 15, 20060 found this helpful

I teach preschool and we used the laundry scoops to make little "wagon planters". Glue 2 milk jug lids to the sides for wheels. Plant a seed or a flower in the scoop part and tie a bow on the handle. Makes a nice mother's day gift! You can also make them into pin cushions.

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July 15, 20060 found this helpful

My plan is to make birdhouses out of them (Purple Martin Houses). My only problem would be the amount of heat that they will allow inside due to how thin the walls are.

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November 6, 20060 found this helpful

Last Christmas my granddaughters and I made a bell out of the lids. First, spray paint the lids any color you want. We picked gold. Of course, give them time to dry completely. Then my husband punched a single small hole in the top of each one. Using yarn or a shimmer thread attach a jingle bell at the desired length, knot it so it won't slip through the hole, then I put a dot of hot glue on it to secure it. You could lengthen your string to make a loop at the top for the hook to fit through, or not. Just use the tree hooks through the knot. To embellish the bells further, we used holiday themed pipe cleaners and I hot glued them around the spiral to cover it, (this, however, it not an easy task! that glue left my fingertips with a few burns!) Finally, we tied little bows made out of narrow holiday ribbon to the hook. The finished product was exactly what I had seen in my mind every time I did laundry!

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November 15, 20060 found this helpful

I will be making flower pots with my bottles. Thanks all.

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January 22, 20070 found this helpful

If you know anyone who shoots, they make great targets. They roll arouund and pop up when hit, making for a great reactive target. I'll take all you have!

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July 27, 20070 found this helpful

These are all great ideas..except do NOT reuse these containers for food for human consumption or for your pet food.

It is not made for a food container for anyone.

Dorie

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September 6, 20070 found this helpful

Pooper scooper, cut off just the bottom part, use the handle and scoop poop out of your yard.

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June 22, 20080 found this helpful

Fill with cheap kitty litter, and use to conveniently fill a litter box. The litter will have a fresh sent now.

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July 13, 20080 found this helpful

Put a bar of soap in one of those nylon mesh bags and tie around the handle. Fill the jug with water and you'll have a hand~washing station to take camping or on family outings.

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December 29, 20080 found this helpful

I have worked with children for many years, and have used the lids to make little floral arrangements. Put some plaster apparus(?) in the lid, then stick flower and leaf stems in. It will harden and hold flowers in place. Styrofoam could also be used. I would then wrap some lace/ribbon around the lid. Can also be used to store small items in, buttons, pins, tacks, etc., paint containers, the list is endless.

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April 4, 20160 found this helpful

Plaster of Paris

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April 4, 20160 found this helpful

Hi -- it's 'Plaster of Paris'

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April 20, 20161 found this helpful

As an artist/art educator I would use them to make masks, totem pole characters and I continue to collect recyclable ideas on Pinterest and on here.

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August 22, 20160 found this helpful

I collect the lids, to let the children make such things as paper Christmas trees etc. & use the lids for the pots, also popsicle sticks, cotton baton from pill & vitamin bottles, & give them to the small children's school, the craft teachers really appreciate them, plus all left over felts, beads, old birthday & holiday cards etc. it's amazing what the teachers can teach the children to make with them.

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