Re-Use Idea: Yogurt Containers

We eat a lot of yogurt in our house and the yogurt containers, both small 8 oz. size and the larger bulk sizes, are filling the trash. So I got to thinking…how can we reuse them? Here are some of my ideas…

#1. Measuring Cup -8 oz. yogurt container is 1 cup. Mark off half and quarter cup lines and you have an instant measuring cup. This is especially good for times when kids will be in the kitchen with you so that each kid can have their own “tools”.

#2. Popsicle Molds – fill with Kool-Aid or other drink mix and add a popsicle stick or straw and freeze for great summer popsicle treats.

#3. Food storage (large ones with lids) – Use the bulk sizes that come with lids to store leftovers. You can even use these to freeze leftover foods for future use.

#4. Stackable toys for toddlers – clean 10-12 (or more) and let your toddler or preschooler build away.

#5. Office, Workshop, or Craft storage –  use the individual serving sizes to store small office, workshop, or craft items (staples, screws, beads, etc). Or set a few on a desk for pen, pencil, crayon, or marker storage. You can cover these with scrapbook paper or fabric to match your decor.

#6. Sand Toys – Let your kids use various size containers to scoop and mold sand or for sand and water play.

#7. Seedlings – Fill with soil and use the small containers to start plants for your garden.

#8. Paint – Use the small ones for older kids who are less likely to spill for paint. Use any with a lid for younger kids. Simply cut a X in the top for them to stick their paintbrush through.

#9. Bathroom – Use them to hold toothbrushes and other bathroom items or as drinking cups. Cover them with fabric to match your decor.

#10. Camera – Use a yogurt container over the flash of your camera to diffuse the light or limit the flash from actually spreading light over your image while still causing the shutter to quickly open and close.

How do you reuse yogurt containers? Share your ideas in the comments section!

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