Repurposed Plastic Containers

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Repurpose Plastic Food Containers for Snack Storage

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Buying in bulk can save you lots of cash!  Unfortunately, the huge containers make it hard for little hands to pour out snacks without dumping a whole box of cereal on the floor.  I reuse plastic food containers to make storage more manageable and I have fewer spills to clean up.

You will need:

  • Several plastic containers, peanut butter jars, coffee creamer bottles, small coffee containers, etc.
  • Snacks


  • Wash and dry your old containers and peel the labels off.
  • To peel the labels off soak each container in hot soapy water for a few minutes and it should wash right off.
  • If any sticky residue remains, dry the area and apply vegetable oil.  Let sit a couple of minutes and the oil will break down the glue. It should wipe right off!
  • Pour your snacks in according to size.

Coffee creamer bottles are great for small things like cheerios, goldfish, and raisins because they have a small pour spout.  Little fingers can easily pour these items as well!

Peanut butter jars are great for pretzel sticks; you can even leave some peanut butter in the bottom to dip your pretzels in.  These are perfect for traveling with snacks because the containers won’t get crushed like a plastic baggie would.

Repurposed plastic containers are great because it’s cheap, good for the environment and a perfect storage solution.

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  1. I use the peanut butter jars for brown sugar, raisins, and larger ones for snacks. I have some pickle jars that I used for buttons. I just painted the cap. These are great. My mom uses them to hold tea leaves, rice, homemade croutons, etc. These are great.

  2. I love using containers for snacks for the kids. Each child has their own “snack jar” that I let them decorate or paint (with nontoxic paint) and they have one for school snacks and after school snacks. The agreement was that only healthy snacks could go into the containers they created and it worked.