Uses for oatmeal containers as suggested by the ThriftyFun community.
Use to store dried bread crusts. Later use the bread crusts for cooking. Also pasta and the like.
I store a lot of things in them; lids for canning, old candles that I use for various projects later, yarn, ribbon and other projects 'stuff'. I put a picture of the time on the box to make identification quick and easy.
By Lily May
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By Janice C. 02/23/2008
I've used them to store rolls of wrapping paper on end, rolled up paper intarsia patterns for my knitting machine, and long tools for my knitting machine.
By pmclausen (Guest Post)02/22/2008
When I was in elementary school each student handmade a gift for another student in the class. A friend of my mom suggested that I cut part of the side of an oatmeal container out, making the container look like a cradle. I then covered it with fabric and hand sewed a small mattress, pillow, and blanket. Many of the girls in the class hoped I had drawn their name for the project. It was great fun.
By Donna Estridge 02/20/2008
When my husband was going through chemotherapy, he received oodles of cards in the mail. I cut the bottom off of an oatmeal canister, covered the canister with cheerful wrapping paper, and then every time he got a card, I ran a piece of bright yarn through the inside fold of the card, and then through each end of the canister and tied the ends together inside the canister. It was a neat way to display the cards, and kept them all together so he could re-read them whenever he wanted to. By the way, he beat the cancer!
By EGGZ (Guest Post)02/20/2008
Perfect size for holding two rolls of toilet paper. I have them in both bathrooms, covered with contact paper to match my decor. They fit on floor beside toilet and wastebasket. I've had mine for years. You always know how much you have available.
By Regina Arlauckas 02/20/2008
Cut off the bottom - being sure to leave no sharp edges if it is metal. Cut in half lengthwise to create a tunnel - good for small trains, matchbox size cars. You can cover with paper mache and make it all nubby and paint it green, or just leave it plain. Decorating with paper and markers works also.
By Kim 02/20/2008
i also have decorated these with really pretty paper from dollar stores etc real florally paper and hot glued flowers to the top and put bath lotions and bubble bath in and then they can keep the preety almost hat like box for storage!!!!!
By Kim 02/20/2008
i made them into drums with my preschoolers for music week but i got a few rubber raincoats at goodwill and puched holes into a few places and punched holes to match in canister and we tied the rubber part to top and then we covered the drums in paper and let kids glue on foamies and color etc my son and daughter made one too they have had this for going on 4 yrs now!!!we stretched the rubber really tightly so it really did sound like a real bongo drum
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