Uses for Pringles Cans

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April 6, 2012

A great way to store spaghetti is in a full-sized Pringles can. I wiped out the empty can with a damp paper towel to remove any oil and salt.Spaghetti in Pringles Can

I was able to fit 2 whole bags of spaghetti into the can. The can is the perfect height and the lid still fits. You could wrap the can in decorative paper or contact paper to make it look pretty.Spaghetti in Pringles Can

By lalala... from Port Orchard, WA

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June 29, 2011

This is a helpful tip when children become ill either when traveling or at home. Save empty large soft margarine tubs. Take a plastic Ziploc type storage bag and insert in the margarine tab folding down the top of the bag all around the tub.


August 18, 2009

Besides making the solar hot dog cooker that I've seen on several sites, I use Pringles containers for storing the plastic bags we get from stores. Then, I have a portable dispenser for plastic bags to store in car, hunting and fishing gear, and for gardening.


October 26, 2011

Use an empty Pringles can to store dry spaghetti, no need to worry about keeping the opened bag or box closed. An added plus is that the lid is see through plastic so no need to open it, as you can see how much you have left.

Pringles can.


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August 9, 2016

I bought these crackers today at Grocery Outlet. When I was done with my Pringles can, I realized that they fit in it. I mean it's tight, but pressing on the rim just a hair to let them slide in helps.

Pringles can and package of crackers


April 15, 2009

If you have a child who get carsick, the best container to use for the incident is a Pringles can. Saves a big mess and easy to store until properly disposed of.


July 6, 2006

My children and I use them to make solar hot dog cookers. Cut out a rectangle the less than half the size of the can but large enough to let lots of sun shine through, put clear oven bag cut to size over the hole (or clear acetate) and tape it in place.


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February 29, 2012

Pringles cans are great for storing dog poop bags. Fill up a few cans with bags, then keep one in your car, one in a hiking backpack, and one by the back door.


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December 27, 2011

Previously it was mentioned to use Pringles cans to store cookies or to give them as presents. I go a little further. I have friends and family in the service, many are deployed overseas.


January 10, 2008

Using Pringles can to wrap Christmas lights is even better than tubes they don't bend. And you can store extra lights inside.


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November 26, 2019

I just got some Tetley Green Tea and when I opened the box, I discovered the bags were round. Makes sense really, if your cups are round, the bags can be, too. No strings, staples or paper hangers. I am in love.

Round tea bags stored inside a Pringles container.

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October 28, 2009

How many times has your child come home with precious art work smashed or torn from being stuffed inside a backpack? Let your child make a backpack organizer out of a used Pringles can.


August 24, 2008

I've found another use for a Pringles can. I recently injured my back and have nerve damage in my foot and leg. My foot burns constantly and the muscles in my lower leg are pretty well shot.


July 6, 2006

I keep crochet and knitting needles in them.


July 5, 2006

I used them for napkins and plastic tableware for picnics. It help keep out insects and dirt.


June 2, 2004

Save those stack potato chip cans! Decorate them as you please, using contact paper, spray paint, or decoupage and use them for gift giving. There are perfect for baked goods such as cookies, popcorn, etc.



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November 14, 2006

I have a ton of small plastic pringles containers. They are from the individual sized portions. Any fun ideas of what to do with them?

Margaret-mek from Jersey



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November 14, 20060 found this helpful

1. Use them to hold and sort small craft items, like beads, buttons, shells, etc...
2. Use them as mini paint pans.
3. Make a pincushion (for gifts?): stuff with cotton battting (or even cotton balls) cover with a circle of fabric, glue to inside of container. Decorate as desired.
4. Decorate and use as a coin holder, (gift?).
5. Last, but not least, use them to hold snacks for bag lunches...maybe more Pringles...(save money buying the regular size can )- and refill as needed!

November 14, 20061 found this helpful

We used the large cans for this idea, but it would work for the smaller ones too. If you have young children who like to paint, cut a piece of paper to size to fit inside the side of the can. It should go around the entire wall of the inside of the can.


Drop a marble in some paint. Scoop out the marble, drop it in the can and put the lid on. Roll the can on its side and it makes a really neat design. You can put in 2 marbles dipped in different colors at the same time too.


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November 15, 20060 found this helpful

What about a small bank for a small child? Take a piece of paper to fit around can, let them decorate the way they want, glue paper onto can. Then you can cut a slit/hole in the lid for them to put money in. Little ones do not want to keep their money very long, from my experience anyway. This would be a good size for them.

By wiglworm AT (Guest Post)
July 15, 20080 found this helpful

Sell them to me! I have been searching for those darn things for a while now.

January 19, 20120 found this helpful

I would love to have some! My six-year-old daughter loves to take Pringles in her lunch and the small cans you can get anywhere are still rather large. I have been looking and looking for the little individual serving plastic cases after seeing them at a friend's house and cannot find them anywhere! Do you know where you got them? If so, please let me know, and seriously, if you decide to part with them, let me know!


karen-knust AT


April 1, 20160 found this helpful

Ive seen the school lunch bag travel case carries for Pringles at dollar stores n or walmart n target

July 2, 20200 found this helpful

I have some of the Pringle Snack Containers to share.

February 3, 20220 found this helpful

Hello. Are you searching for the individual white plastic Pringle containers? If so I have quite a few.

March 25, 20230 found this helpful

I have an idea to make a piggy bank or a baby's Shaker can put marbles or beans in it but make sure you cover up the the top so the beans are the models won't get out when the baby infant shakes it glue it down that's my idea

April 11, 20230 found this helpful

Sams carrys the snack cups of pringles.

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December 15, 2009

My husband loves Pringles. I would like to put these empty cans to good uses. Any ideas?

By justjan from Houston, TX


December 15, 20090 found this helpful

Well you really have a lot of good uses for those cans. But you can actually wash out the cans,and decorate them with construction paper, and then fill them with what you think your friend or family member would like, to serve as a gift.


You also have the choice of recycling them.


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December 17, 20091 found this helpful

When I have a few minutes spare I cut out circles and squares of parchment or greaseproof paper to fit various baking tins and then roll and store them in Pringles cans. Saves time and hassle when you want to bake.
Marg from England.

December 18, 20090 found this helpful

When my girls were in preschool they used Pringles cans for transporting their papers home at the end of the week. Each child had their own Pringles can...washed it out, decorated it and added a string for a handle.


It worked great!

December 18, 20090 found this helpful

I used to store my artist paintbrushes in them.

December 18, 20090 found this helpful

This tip would work great for glass artists. Use them to store glass rods for flame working. They could be laid on their side and stacked (wine rack style) connected securely so they be plenty strong. Each color rod could have its' own can.

May 21, 20100 found this helpful

Make a winter/Christmas scene by cutting an arched shape on one side near the bottom. Cover outside of can with white paint, add glitter if desired. Hot glue trim around cut out area.


Use a section of an old Christmas card as the background of the scene, add miniature figures, such as deer, Santa, trees, glue to inside base of can. If desired, you can add a small glass candle holder with a tea candle. Makes a pretty creche or winter scene. Be careful if you light the candle and don't leave it unattended.

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March 6, 2015

I wondered how you can use it for school?

By Jane


March 7, 20150 found this helpful

Wash very well and air out. It can be used to hold pencils, pens, colors, colored pencils, small pieces of games.

April 27, 20150 found this helpful

Anything you can think of can be stored in them, tennis balls, hair clips anything.

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