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I have close to 100 plastic cat food containers. They are small, about 2 inches high and about 3 and a half inches diameter. Anyone have any ideas for me? Thanks.

By Karen S.

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August 31, 20110 found this helpful

Yes, take them to a recycling place and leave them.

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August 31, 20110 found this helpful

I think she asked for a craft. I can think of one right now. On a tray, get some E-6000 glue and begin gluing them together. You can start with one in the center, then circle the next row out, etc.

Secure the outside of the work over night with tape or a strip of fabric to make sure they are dry.

Fill the inside with circle cut photos of pets, kids, or things you like to collect like buttons, miniature teddies or bunnies, thimbles, matchbooks, you get the picture.

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When done, decorate the out side of each cup or rip some fabric and tie a big circle around the whole thing and make it so you can hang it up.

I hope this helped.

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September 3, 20110 found this helpful

Use them for children's stacking blocks, fill with some elbow macaroni and glue together to make kids maracas, donate them to a daycare, or the old standby-store small crafts supplies in. You could make medical kit (band aids, alcohol pads, etc.) or sewing kits for the soldiers. There is always someone that is sending care packages.

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September 5, 20110 found this helpful

1. MAGNET: You can cover the outside with a ribbon the same size as the container, put a photo of a family member, pet, or friend inside it (use a circle punch or circle pattern), then put a sturdy magnet on the back. Use it for a refrigerator magnet.

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2. WALL HANGING: Do the same as #1, except on 3 or 4 containers, and leave off the magnets. When done, glue all on a wide piece of ribbon (to match any room you desire), attach a ring, then use as a wall hanging.

3. GAME: Cut a large square piece of plywood; sand rough edges. Cut circles to fit inside your containers, then print numbers on the circles and glue them to the inside of the containers. Glue the finished containers on the wood in any way you wish (square, to match the wood shape, a circle, rectangle, triangle, etc.). Make or purchase small fabric squares (filled with rice), and have guests toss them into the containers (5 tries per guest, per round). You can also use whatever you have on hand for your guests to toss: buttons, coins, etc. Keep track of the points for "King of the Hill" bragging rights!

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4. FLOWER CONTAINER: Make small paper flowers (check ThriftyFun posts for some excellent ideas) and glue them into your containers. Glue paper strips or ribbons on the outside of the containers, along with fun sayings on tags, then take them to nursing homes to bring some joy to those who may need a pick-me-up!

5. CANDLE HOLDER: Decorate the outside of your containers as you wish (paper strips, ribbon, stickers, etc.), then place battery-operated tealight candles in them, surrounded by shredded paper strips.

Hope these ideas help!

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