Uses for Plastic Lids

Plastic Lid Photo OrnamentI did this when my kids were small, the youngest is now 32. I did it for my older grandkids, and I am now doing it for the younger grandkids and greatgrandkids. I have saved the colored plastic lids off of various bottles, such as mayonnaise, peanut butter, etc. Lids have to be too big to fit in a young ones mouth. I have a couple metal ones but most are plastic.


I keep them in a drawstring bag in basket, I use as a toy box for when the kids visit. They are good to teach colors, to count, to stack like blocks, to pretend, kids favorite is to pretend we are at a restaurant and the lids are food. Put little one between two larger ones and you have a sandwich, etc. Their imagination can run wild. So much fun with no additional expense. The amount of enjoyment for all is endless.

Source: Just me and my kids.

By Knitter926 from Bloomington, IL

Editor's Note: As Knitter926 mentioned, make sure that the lids are too large to be swallowed by children under 3 years old.

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March 10, 2009

I normally save every plastic bowl that comes my way - empty margarine tubs, takeout soup containers, sour cream bowls, you name it. Lids, too. But invariably, the lids last longer around here, so I end up with, say, six butter lids and only two butter bowls.


August 9, 2006

Margarine or Cottage Cheese Lids for Hamburgers. I save plastic lids from margarine or cottage cheese or the same size lids, and when making up hamburger patties (using a tupperware pattie form).


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March 5, 2009

Margarine or butter container lids make great dry erase boards. You can use washable markers on them or dry erase markers on them. I cut the rim off of the top of the margarine container lid and make a hole with an icepick.


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October 22, 2013

When I open a new can of coffee, I take the plastic top from the old can and put it on the bottom of the new can. The plastic will help to protect your countertops.

Save Countertops with Plastic Lids


August 5, 2010

"Upcycled" Pringles plastic lids make perfect coasters for the right sized glass or cup. You can use plastic coffee can lids for larger cups.


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September 18, 2008

If you recycle your Pringles cans, keep the lids. Most yogurts don't come with them anymore, and most of them can be used for food or crafts.


However, without lids, they are great for plants starts but not much else.

Save Your Pringles Lids For Covering Yogurt Containers


January 17, 2017

I like to reuse plastic lids as paint palettes, and even as crafting surfaces. By "crafting surfaces", I mean things like: resting/drying spot for newly painted small objects, or a "palette" for small amount of craft glue or Mod Podge, and so on. The lids are easy to clean.


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March 11, 2016

Every once in a while, you lose a lid to something important. I once plugged my waterbed with a small lid from a Vicks Vaporub jar. It worked for 6 years.

A cottage cheese lid on top of some round stacking cardboard boxes.


February 18, 2010

Save opaque plastic lids of the same kind and make games for young kids. Hide small treats like marshmallows or small crackers under a few of the lids and lay 10-20 of them upside-down on the table altogether.


November 14, 2011

I realized this morning, that my coffee can lid, which used to go in the recycle bag, was perfect for going under a flower pot to catch any water. Then I realized that there are different sizes of plastic lids, and some are solid colors.


February 25, 2012

I also use small lids to fit over top of drinks in glasses, cups or cans to keep bugs out (especially flies). It helps keep your drink hot or cold longer.


January 6, 2012

I save all plastic can lids to use to protect my cupboards from rust, as in on the bottom of my cleanser cans, also I used them to keep under my honey jar.


May 27, 2008

I have started using the plastic tops from coffee cans for pet dishes. The animals love them because their food is very accessible, and I like them because they are very easy to wash.


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October 8, 2018

I love seafood salad. I got some the other day and after a few forkfuls, promptly lost the lid. I could have used a cottage cheese container but ran the risk of forgetting what was inside. There was not a painters tape roll to be found for labeling, so I came up with the next best thing. By using the lid on their store containers, I see what is inside but still keep it fresh.

A container of seafood salad with cottage cheese lid.

February 26, 2013

I took this little lid that came off of one of the knock off slimfast drink canisters, scrunched it in my hand and used it as a scrubber over the screws that hold the handle to the skillet.


November 12, 2005

Why spend money of clear plastic coasters when you have access to dozens of free coasters monthly? I use the lids of perishable food items.


Plus I paint them to match the decor in the room and each decoupaged planter...


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June 3, 2020

The local squrrels love the birdseed I have on the back porch. So much so that they ate into the lid! So, I swapped out the containers, using a metal can with a metal lid.

The plastic lid fits the coffee container exactly.

February 20, 2005

The lids from Pringles chip containers fit the Fruitsation applesauce containers perfectly. Great for sending school snacks and way cheaper than the plastic snack containers currently on sale!



March 2, 2012

Here is an easy craft you can do with your kids, and they can play with it afterward!


Here are the questions asked by community members. Read on to see the answers provided by the ThriftyFun community.

June 11, 2005

Tips for reusing plastic lids. Post your ideas.


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February 20, 20050 found this helpful

We serve a lot of coffee at our house and I have managed to put the plastic lids to great use. You can use them as little palettes for painting, great for kids and stencil paints, then just toss in the trash. You can use the clear ones as quilt templates. You can place them under your planters to catch water spills and protect your furniture from marks.


You can cut them in half and use them as scrapers for your countertops or as mini dustpans. Just be creative and I am sure you can come up with a lot more uses. I have found even the lids from Pringle cans work great on the bottoms of shaving cream,hair spray and room deodorizer and you have no rust marks that usually happen in the bathroom.

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February 20, 20050 found this helpful

I use the plastic lids from Cool Whip etc. They are a great size to hold the pot holder coasters I make. Use the lid to round off the corners of old or stained pot holders. Then cover the round pot holders with material matching your decor and stitch back and forth across the material spacing your stitches so that it looks quilted. They make great coasters especially in summer when your glass usually sweats.


The plastic lid then becomes a holder for the pot holder coaster. You will then have pretty coasters that doubly insure there will be no glass rings or water marks on your furniture. The coaster absorbs the drips and the plastic lid keeps a damp coaster from touching your furniture.

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February 23, 20050 found this helpful

Plastic Lids
Just using them in toss games you can come up with a dozen ways
I have used then under chair and sofa feet.
I''ve used then as frames for small cut out pictures
Play dishes or for Mud Pie Making
Soap or kitchen scrubby dish
Paint brush holder or stop dripping paint
Thumb tack holder
Bases for an in yard baseball game
Make funny badges for kids to wear
Glue or pin all natural nature art on to lid.
and many more. Just use your immagination.

February 26, 20050 found this helpful

I use the smaller sizes for separators of ground beef patties when I buy in bulk at a good sale. Spritz each side with nonstick cooing spray and you can stack premade patties and they come apart easily. I stack them in a large coffee can and pop t in the freezer. Same technique if you find a good sale on chicken breasts.
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June 11, 20050 found this helpful

Tip: I use plastic lids to create card holders. Just fasten two together with a paper clasp in the middle. It is great to use in card games that require you to hold a lot of cards at once, such as Canasta.
- Dani


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June 11, 20050 found this helpful

Use them to replace the metal lids on jelly jars, or any jar with metal lids. They come in all sizes. They don't rust.

I keep my coffee creamer in a 1/2 pint canning jar on the counter. A lid off the plastic creamer container fits it. Lots of sizes and uses.


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June 11, 20050 found this helpful

The lids off mayo type jars can be made into pin cushions...just take a round piece of material large enough to fill with foam, or some other kind of stuffing, I have even used hair when I cut my kids hair to fill it....them form it in a round ball about the size of the jar lid......glue it in.....

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June 17, 2017

Recycle plastic container lids into useful key fobs. This project is easy and is a good way to label your keys. This is a page about use plastic lids to make key fobs.

A key with a green plastic fob that says "SHED".

December 28, 2016

Reuse a large plastic lid as a cutting surface in the kitchen or in your lunch box before recycling it. This is a page about use a coffee can lid as a cutting board.

can lid with a peach and knife

December 27, 2016

This is a page about reusing Starbucks coffee lids. Coffee lids can be used for many types of crafts and art projects.

White plastic coffee lid.

March 12, 2013

This is a page about uses for jar lids. Don't throw away used jar lids, there are many ways you can reuse them around the house.

Jar Lids

March 4, 2012

This is a page about crafts using plastic lids. Many of the containers in our homes have lids and most lids are not recyclable.

Plastic Lid Man

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