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I reuse the tops of plastic containers, such as yogurt and sour cream and such, to hold trash bags closed. I came up with this idea after looking at the little plastic things that hold bread bags closed and deciding I wanted one of those for the garbage bags. I take the lid and cut it half way into the center. At the center, I make a small pea sized hole, then come out very close to the last cut. Now I can put this on the trash bag. The dogs can't get into it, but I can get into it in a hurry if I have to without untying the bag itself or twisting off those twisty ties.
By Robyn Fed from Hampton, TN
I hate just recycling the yogurt containers in the recycle bins, so here are a few things I use them for:
By laidback racing from Charleston, SC
Fill empty yogurt containers 3/4 full of water and freeze. This makes very large ice cubes that will keep a drink cold for hours. They can also be used in vacuum bottles to keep drinks cold all day. To remove the ice, simply hold the container under running water for a few seconds. The ice will slide right out and the container can be refilled to use again.
I have been doing a lot of paper gluing and then covering the objects with a solution of glue and water. The yogurt containers are perfect for mixing the glue with water in small amounts. They are also great for doing papier maché projects as one can mix smaller amounts for small projects, then just throw away the unused portion.
I save these containers for any project that I know I will only use a small amount of glue, paint or any other medium. Also perfect for mixing a new color of paint to try out before making a larger amount. One can even save the small bits for a couple of days if necessary by putting a piece of clingwrap over the top.
I love turnip salad but have to limit the amount I eat as it contains vitamin K which I can't have a lot of due to taking blood thinner. So when freezing it, I freeze it in small amounts so it will not get wasted.
In the past, I have put it into zip lock bags and flattened them. This was good for stacking in the freezer plus it thawed easily but it was taking a lot of freezer bags. Recently, I started freezing the turnip salad in 6 ounce yogurt containers. After frozen, I dump the frozen turnip salad on a piece of Glad Cling Wrap, wrap it and put it into a gallon size zip lock bag. This bag holds several servings and when empty, I can reuse the zip lock bag.
I wash the yogurt containers and they are ready to be used again for freezing the next batch of turnip salad from the garden. For leftovers that are liquid, such as gravy, I use this same method for saving them for another meal.
By hate litter from NC
I know most yogurt containers are recyclable these days, but I still dislike throwing out things that could be repurposed. I am reusing my empty yogurt containers for starting my spring garden seedlings.
The yogurt containers I use have bottoms that are easily cut out. The bottomless containers are placed on a flat plastic tray. Dirt, seeds, water, and fertilizer can be placed in the container. Voila, instant seedling starters. Then when they are ready to go into the garden, you just dig a hole and the place the container over the hole and push the new seedling out. Friendly reminder, don't let the seedling get too big or you'll have to cut the container off.
I don't throw anything away. The other night my Brownies were making mobiles. Instead of buying hangers, I used the empty yogurt containers. Punched holes around the bottom and they hung stuff from it. By Connie
I use them for craft projects. They are great as paint, water, or glue containers for the kids.
I like to reuse yogurt cups for holding water when painting. I especially like to use the kind that come with the plastic dome lids (like YoCrunch or any other yogurt that comes with toppings). I cut a little hole in the middle of the lid. This helps minimize spilling disasters.
I open cans of fruit and divide it into yogurt containers. My husband looks forward to his fruit every evening as a snack. Sometimes there is enough for three or four days.
Homemade Recycled "To-Go" Cup. No matter how many drink "to go" cups I buy, there never seem to be enough.
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I'm looking for interesting uses for everyday objects like yogurt containers.
Gloria from California
you can start seeds in them or you could put a piece of construction paper or wraping paper around them and put pens and pencils or paper clips q-tips cottonballs anything small would look good and you can keep your stuff organized
I use them to freeze individual servings of foods...especially something my DH don't like....I buy large gallon size cans of food...divide it up in individual servings...like applesauce...and freeze....the large size cans are much, much cheaper....I also use a butter tub to freeze food that I'll use more of.....
My sons & I always used yogurt cups for making a holiday gift for his teachers. It is a mini Christmas Tree. Start by wrapping the yogurt cup's outside with pretty wrapping paper, folding the top into the cup if necessary. We then filled it with dirt. Then we put in small cut branches of evergreen. Next we tied a bow of ribbon onto many of the evergreen tips. (We used the thin curling ribbon for gift wrapping.) It then resembles a miniature Christmas Tree. We usually tied a gold ribbon bow at the top for the star. This simple decoration was adored by all recipients. It lasted a long time, was small enough to keep on their desks or take home. And, it was not clutter, after it died off they could toss it out. Best of all, it's very thrifty & the child made it!
I make jello or instant pudding and pour it in them to make individual servings with a lid.
I reuse them as lunch box food containers. I use (& reuse) the press and seal stuff in addition to the lid to guard against leaks. Not only will you be recycling but, the containers help keep lunch from being crushed!
...drinking cups for the grand kids
...put water in them for rinsing paint brushes
...great for favors. Any craft that uses terra cotta pots can be adapted to the humble yogurt cup: Pilgrim hats, snowmen heads, etc.
...very useful for sorting things
...disposable containers for mixing small amounts of paints or plaster, etc.
have you seen that http://guavajellyforkids.com site - lots of ideas there!
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I found some Krylon spray paint made for plastic and painted my washed yogurt containers & lids for holiday cookie containers. No need to buy tins!