Don't Toss Your Empty Containers. Here Are 14 Nifty Ways To Reuse Them Around The House

For most of us, when we finish drinking soda, we recycle the bottle. When we use up all the shampoo, we recycle it. It’s something that we have always been taught to do: recycle empty containers when we are finished using them.

But rather than getting rid of these durable, empty containers, think about how you can reuse and upcycle them. It turns out, these empty containers are very useful if you can think outside the box and get creative.

To help you get started, we have compiled a list of practical upcycle ideas that you can do at home!


Use empty glass jars as a salt & pepper shaker

Small glass jars can make a perfect salt and pepper shaker. Simply fill the jar with salt or pepper, and then add a lid. Make sure you drill a few holes into the lid, and you are set.


Office caddy

If you have an empty rectangular container lying around, then you can use it as a caddy for office supplies. Spray paint it a color like gold if you want to make it blend in better with your office décor.


Hidden treats box

If you finish all the parchment paper or aluminum foil in a box, then try this awesome idea out. Disguise the box as a gift by covering it with wrapping paper. Then, inside, place your favorite sweet treats. It will be an awesome gift/surprise!


Use empty pill bottle as a vase

If you are in need of a vase, then try to stack pill bottles on top of each other. Drill a hole through the bottom of each bottle before stacking them.


Create an ice bucket using a can of paint

Rather than tossing an empty can of paint, clean it up and decorate the exterior to create a classy-looking ice bucket. Perfect compliment to a nice bottle of champagne or chardonnay.


CD holder stores jewelry perfectly

Find an old CD spindle, and use it as a base for jewelry storage. Take an old, unused CD and drill holes around the edge. Then place the CD on the spindle, and glue the CD to make it hold.


Custom cake stand

Before tossing that empty tin of Folgers or another coffee brand, consider transforming it into a cake stand for desserts and other treats. Just remove strip down the exterior and then add a fun pattern of your liking.


Charging station

Cut up an empty lotion bottle or a shampoo bottle and create this innovative and efficient charging station. It clears up clutter around the house! See directions here.


Toothbrush holder

Use the lid of a plastic container to create a toothbrush holder for the bathroom. This helps clear up space near the sink!

Use an exaco knife to cut a slit into the lid. Then coat the lid with non-toxic spray paint. After it dries, add a strip of velcro to the back so you can stick it to the wall.


Utensil Caddy

Use empty aluminum cans and a piece of wood to create a utensil caddy for the kitchen.


Old CD case as a picture frame

Rather than go out and buy picture frames, consider upcycling unused CD cases. Most laptops and desktops don’t even come shipped with a CD drive anymore, so the CD is becoming outdated.

Instead of throwing away the cases, use them as picture frames!


Plastic bottle cosmetic holder

If you are anything like me, then you will have a bunch of cosmetics and makeup scattered across a table or counter. Cut a plastic bottle into various sizes and then melt the rim with a hot iron to create these nifty holders that will help you stay organized.


Treats container

Surprise a loved one with this clever treats container. Cut up two plastic water bottles and then use the bottom to store treats like macaroons by taping them together.


Round containers are great storage pouches

Cut through the plastic containers and hang them up on a wall. This is great for storage!


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