Repurposed Food Storage Containers

Recently, I decided to purge several plastic food storage containers due to scratches, stains, missing lids, etc. I made the switch to Pyrex when they went on sale at Kohls, and I had that coveted 30% off coupon. But I had a hard time throwing away those old containers. Surely they could be used for something!

So I got my craft on and hot-glued jute around them, inside and out. Starting at the bottom of the outside, I worked my way up and around to the bottom of the inside. The jute (and the glue - lots of it) added weight to the bowl, which is now reborn as a little basket. After I finished the first layer of jute, I added some handles and extra weight around the lip of the former container. So then I did a square one too. And I have a pile of old containers just waiting to be repurposed into fabulous little baskets and bowls.

Oooh! Aren't they cute!? No more left-overs in these babies! I can't decide what to put in them or how to display them, but I know I'm going to do more. I may try using a chunky yarn too. Or I could do a stripe. So. Many. Possibilities!

What would you do?

 

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  1. jChurch says:

    I love this idea! I have so many mismatched little tupperware containers. These will make perfect little gift baskets for the holidays! :-)

  2. ssteinruck says:

    I'd love to see what you come up with!

  3. Katie says:

    what a great idea!! I found you @the tip junkie :) ...swing by & visit me if you have time...

  4. kelly says:

    I went to the dollar store looking for jute...did not find..but did fing colored jute like clthes line going to try this for easter

  5. Txtchr says:

    I've covered 120 bottles with jute. Will try doing baskets next!

  6. They look gorgeous. I was trying to think what to do with my old lidless containers and I think I've found it. They'd make great desk organizers.

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  8. ssteinruck says:

    Thanks for the link! Love your site!

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Susan I am a stay-at-home mom with three great kids, a fabulous husband, a cat, and a dog. I enjoy making things (but not cooking), painting, rearranging furniture (that one is genetic), organizing, purging, and most things DIY. Thanks for stopping by! More »