I have stared using large coffee cream containers to store rice and other things. The opening makes it easier to pour into measuring cup.
By Teresa from Dickinson, TX
Does anyone have craft ideas for the larger Coffee-Mate containers with the powder creamer? It seems a waste to get rid of them.
January 6, 2013
They are great for food. I keep rice in one and the little spout is great for measuring out smaller amounts. They are also good for syrup and other liquids. They can also be great for taking soup to work, as the spout again is nice for pouring into a mug. Get the shaker kind of pancake mix and use this to make perfect pancakes.
You can also use them for string or cord in the shop, small items in the craft room (labeled of course), and for keeping change or dog treats in the car.
I was wondering if anyone had any ideas for empty coffee creamer containers. They are shaped very nicely and the plastic covering comes off for a nice white background.
Debbie from Fairmount, IN
I use the empty plastic bottles that I get the powdered coffee creamer in as freezer bottles in coolers. Just rinse and fill with water put in freezer and they are always ready to go. They are small enough that they don't take up a lot of room.
These are also great for sugar or Splenda! Easy to pour from! (01/23/2005)
I use the creamer container for dishwasher detergent, it is easy to pour from there. Sam's has the bucket of dishwasher detergent with the measuring cup, well, I fill up a creamer container and keep it under the sink. (08/13/2005)
Here is a great "make and take project" for a Birthday party. We washed and removed the lables from used creamer botttles, let the kids decorate them with GLAZE GEL PENS , then filled them with bubble liquid we made. Each child was given a small bottle of purchased bubbles ( wand included) and they took their decorated bottle home to refill the small bottle as needed.
Try these great sites for bubble recipes and hints on making BIG bubbles.
I use coffee creamer and always buy the big container at Walmart, it's the off brand. I have saved one of the smaller ones to empty the larger one into because of the savings you get with the bigger one as opposed to the smaller one.
When finished with the large creamer container, I wash it out and take the label off. When I need a container for leftover soup or something else I use the large container. I always make large amounts of soup, beans, or whatever type of bulk type item I'm making at the time. I put one container in the refrigerator and one in the freezer or both into the freezer after we eat what we want from the freshly made dinner.
I write on the lid with a marker what is in it. I try to take it out the day before I want to use it to thaw. I also have microwaved the container when in a hurry. I put it in a bowl on it's side with the lid off, this will tend to melt however, so the container is not really useable again. It really doesn't matter to me since I use two of these containers of creamer a month and have several stockpiled in my pantry.
I also have numerous containers filled with flour, sugar, salt, beans etc. Always labeling the container before it's put away. A great way to recycle these creamer containers. Hope this is a help to others.
1. If you have enough of these, you could fill the bottom with sand and then set them up like bowling pins. Children can use them inside or outside-grab a rubber ball and bowl away!
2. You could make a snowman family with them. Paint or use perm. maker to make faces, glue buttons on the front. Tie a small piece of fabric around the "neck" area and place a baby sock on top for a hat! You could fill them with goodies to give as gifts.
3. Store bird seed in them, it is easier to tote them around to fill up the feeders. (10/22/2005)
By michelle h
I use mine for honey, maple syrup, homemade barbecue sauce (labled of course!) (10/22/2005)
I use them as a vase, also for storing soups and saving flower seeds. (10/22/2005)
Got a camper? Know of anyone who does? These creamer containers make the best canisters for camping. You can print off nice labels on your computer and attach them to the canisters. One for coffee, sugar, creamer, tea, etc. These fit nicely in a camper and hold enough for a weeklong or weekend trip. They store nicely too. Don't forget to make one for Cinnamon/Sugar - for making those great camping treats. (10/22/2005)
Remove the label and wash out the container. Tie a piece of scrap felt around the narrow center, glue some buttons down the front, paint on a snowman face.use scrap material or a small childs sock to fit over the lid and glue the edges. fill the container with hot chocolate mix or something like that for a great gift for teachers, friends or neighbors. (10/22/2005)
I get mine from Wal-Mart also I label mine and put powdered sugar, dry beans, rice, homemade salsa, dry milk,potato flakes, flour, cornmeal mix, etc. in them. (10/22/2005)
I've read all the food-saver tips and done those myself. This is quite different. I use mine to stuff garbage into. Anytime you throw away something empty, it takes up lots of precious space. If you keep this container aside for awhile and put things like eggshells, veg. peelings, crushed foil and used plastic foodwrap, anything that fits in there.
I also wet any paper throw-aways such as paper towels, envelopes, food cartons like cereal and egg cartons. Then squish them and stuff them either into my coffee creamer container (or other empty jugs, jars, etc.). When this is as full as I can get it, it goes into the trash.
I figure I save enough space doing this to eliminate one garbage can at least, per month . I also break down all cardboard boxes, all sizes, unless I'm saving. All newspapers are wetted also. All canned food cans can be use for stuffing, or flattened to take up less space.
Food costs are so high now, so save wherever we can. Re-use, recycle , and/or save space and money on your garbage bill. (10/22/2005)
I keep all kinds of reusable containers like this to send food home with my kids/grandkids. They don't have to worry about returning it, and I still get to keep all my tupperware! (10/22/2005)
Use them for flavored coffee or hot chocolate mixes to present as gifts at Christmas. Since the plastic comes off so easily, you can decorate the container any way you like! (10/22/2005)
One of the uses I found is in decorating. I removed the label from the creamer bottle and it was a lovely "creamy" white. I tied a recycled ribbon around the bottle, place a bouquet of artificial pink roses in it and it looks wonderful on the shelf in my daughter's room!
I have also made a coin bank by CAREFULLY heating a knife point to make a coin slot in the lid. Decorate bottle with stickers or as desired.
I USE MINE TO PUT ELBOW MACARONI, STORING SUGAR, ANYTHING I BUY IN BULK, TOO. (06/15/2006)
I tear off the label and cut it around to about 4 inches high, punch holes in the bottom and use for a handy flower pot. I am a heavy coffee drinker so I accumulate a large quantity of these over the winter months. Also, good if you practice winter-sowing, just fill with dirt, plant your seeds, cover with plastic and set outside in March. (11/30/2006)
Really shouldn't reuse plastic containers to store or reheat cooked food, the plastic/chemicals might interact with the food acids or microwave action and be cancer-causing. I don't know of scientific proof of this, but it just makes sense. (02/09/2008)
I have a lot of those very large plastic creamer containers that hold powdered creamer for coffee. I hate throwing them away and I've got one that I keep my sugar in. It has the pour spout and makes pouring the sugar an easier job. What else can you do with these containers? I can't think of any other ideas, but I'm sure you creative folks out there can. Thanks!
Lynn from Colbert, GA.
You could make a cute birdhouse with them. Even paint them. (06/24/2008)
I remove the label and use craft glue to glue polyfill on them. and decorate to look like snowman. Black felt cut in circles for eyes and buttons orange felt for carrot nose and black felt for thhat. theyre really cute. (06/24/2008)
I am not familiar with these coffee creamer containers but whether they are plastic or metal, you can decorate and punch a hole in them and hang on a peg board and use such as holding pencils, pens, paint brushes, etc. Hope this helps (06/26/2008)
How about using them to store arts and craft items that are small, with the great pouring spout. You will never spill anything, or use in gardening. Just pour those seeds into the ground as many as you like without spilling and then seal the container up again. :) (01/17/2009)
For Powdered Creamer Containers: Remove label, wash container and lid (will go in dishwasher), use for nails, screws, etc. Either tape a sample to the outside, or make a label with a description of the item and tape to the outside (or do both). Safer than glass canning or baby food jars.
For Liquid Creamer Containers:Remove label, wash container and lid (will go in dishwasher), and use for tap or filtered water. Beats buying bottled water. (03/15/2009)
I take coffee-mate containers, the ones that are found in the dairy case, and use them for sugar dispensers. You can cut and peel the outside plastic off. You could use these for other dry ingredients as well.
By Janett48 from Stamps, AR
I also use them for my laundry detergent, generic oxyclean and fabric softener. I hate lifting those heavy liquid detergent bottles. I posted this idea on thriftyfun a while ago. (05/13/2009)
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Ha ha on me, I wanted to see what everybody came up with. the first picture showed me I need to take a break. I thought you meant those you get from restaurants What a dope, but when I went looking for a pics.of what I meant. I found this site. She has way to much time on her hands
(http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=266969.0%3Ball) A coffee creamer cozy (05/16/2009)
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How about refilling them with homemade creamer for less than you pay for store bought?
I use the Coffeemate ones (with the pour spout that flips open) to keep cooking oil handy near the stove. Much easier to use than the screw-off capped bottles the oil comes in originally. Easier to control the amount, too. Also great for keeping paint handy for touch-up projects without pouring out a big pan full and risking it drying out and getting wasted. If you use a sponge-type paint applicator, you can squirt paint directly onto the sponge! (07/12/2009)
I have a big dog who will sneak into the kitchen garbage can if any kind of leftover bones are in there. Not a good thing. We used to have to be extremely diligent and take any bones--most especially chicken, which can splinter easily and do the most intestinal tract damage, to the outside trash immediately at dinner cleanup until we started using empty creamer containers for this purpose.
I just stuff them into the container, screw the lid back on and throw it in the kitchen can--and the dog doesn't bother with them. I'm not running to toss out half-full trash bags any more.
These containers are also great for discarding leftover cooking oil or the gunk that gathers in the sink drain strainer ( without having to sprint across the kitchen to dump it there--usually a wet, sloppy mess). (01/11/2010)