Anyone have ideas on how to repurpose potato chip canisters?

by Maria
I'm looking for ideas on how to repurpose potato chip canisters other than storing food in them.
  92 answers
  • MN Mom MN Mom on Mar 16, 2016
    They are great for mailing cookies to college students. You can also put together a first aid kit or sewing kit for travel in the car. Cover them with scrapbook paper and use them as gift containers.
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Mar 16, 2016
    Wrap them in a pretty paper and you can store pencils- pens -rubber bands-paperclips etc.Small toys,coins,small gifts.or even open sleeves of cookies or crackers.
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    • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Mar 16, 2016
      @Jillian Well my children are grown up and no grand kids yet. But I think my ideas made sense.
    Base coat with acrylic paint, let dry and paint flowers or anything you want on them. Can be used for paint brushes, crochet hooks, etc. storage.
  • Casey Gragg Casey Gragg on Mar 17, 2016 Here is my Pinterest board for Altered Pringles cans, lots of ideas.. Enjoy
  • Yair Spolter Yair Spolter on Mar 17, 2016
    Hi Maria, You can find some fantastic Pringles can projects right here on Hometalk: Whatever you do, please share it with us!
  • Michael Michael on Mar 17, 2016
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  • Dfm Dfm on Mar 17, 2016
    the pringles can are a great help in the picnic basket - storing plastic ware, straws, garbage bags (plastic grocery bags knotted up.) group a bunch together for a flip the coin contest, making tree shaped advent calendars- wrap stack and glue. they also make great bowling pins, tin soldiers, and painted chess pieces.
  • Terry Mowery Anderson Terry Mowery Anderson on Mar 17, 2016
    I found out they are great as a vase! they will hold the water w/ no leaking for days! Was given some roses while I was away from home & this was all I had... and it worked! Really!!
  • Kathleen Komor Hastings Kathleen Komor Hastings on Mar 17, 2016
    I used them to send cookies to my brothers in the armed service, they arrived intact.
  • Lilli  Tetzlaff Lilli Tetzlaff on Mar 17, 2016
    I paint them white (or any color match colored ,glue matching color drinking straws around put lid on bottom (paint or felt it) instant vase for fresh flowers just add a plastic bottle you may have to cut the can down ,cut in half for lower version Lilli Tetzlaff
  • Nanette Nanette on Mar 17, 2016
    I take them to the beach for my small sea shells. It protects them until I get them home.
  • Poppy Poppy on Mar 17, 2016
    I painted mine white put pointy castle roofs on them, glittered them,fixed Christmas lights in them and turned them into a fantasy castle decoration that sat under the Christmas tree, sorry I do not have any photos of it.
  • Michelle Kolbenstetter Michelle Kolbenstetter on Mar 17, 2016
    Poke holes in interesting patterns/designs. Paint, and put a battery powered tea light in . It's a "tin" punched luminary.
  • Johnchip Johnchip on Mar 17, 2016
    Use them as tubes to tuck in and hold slip covers in place.
  • Estelle F Estelle F on Mar 17, 2016
    i paint it and cut an half circle on the base. I fill with cleansing buffer and replace the cover. I use it to store knit picks and hooks.
  • I cover mine in pretty wrapping paper and make cookies to fit in it and take to homeless on street and as gifts to little kids. Have grandkids help it so much fun.
  • Susie Susie on Mar 17, 2016
    For a scout troop craft, we took the bottom off then wrapped green or red yarn in and out until we had the whole can wrapped. This became a Christmas Card holder! Each card was held in place by a strip of yarn and when it is filled with your cards it is a neat carousel of your cards to enjoy! I used my for years until it finally wore out! You can use a small can for small cards. NewsySusie
  • I wrap in pretty wrapping paper and fill with homemade cookies and give to the homeless. Get grandkids to help.
  • Ann Ann on Mar 17, 2016
    Stuff plastic bags in one at a time so that when you pull one out,the whole want doesn't spring out. This container doesn't take up much room on a bath or kitch shelf. Cover if you like.
  • Jud5061044 Jud5061044 on Mar 17, 2016
    Covered with pretty paper or fabric, they make good storage for knitting needles, art brushes etc. etc. I have a shelf of these and the shorter versions from stock granules etc.
  • Sal4706008 Sal4706008 on Mar 17, 2016
    Great to take on trips to put small posters or prints in your suitcase without damaging them.
  • Kathleen McKnight Kathleen McKnight on Mar 17, 2016
    I cover with paper & store zippers in them.
  • Neva Dew Neva Dew on Mar 17, 2016
    Wrap in cord/rope, string for storage or flower vases. Not breakable so that would be nice to take to the sick or those in nursing homes.
  • Kaoakes Kaoakes on Mar 17, 2016
    They make wonderful homemade soap molds. Just the right size to cut into 1" disks.
  • Chi4099891 Chi4099891 on Mar 17, 2016
    I just cover it with colored paper nd use it to store spaghetti .
  • Bev Bev on Mar 17, 2016
    I use them for melt and pour soap, put a loofah inside then pour soap !
  • Gloria Gatch Gloria Gatch on Mar 17, 2016
    For Christmas to hold Christmas cards, you cut bottom off and take top of then take yarn or string and run it in and out of bottom and top to cover the canister. Then display cards through strings. Makes a nice holder if you get a lot of cards.
  • Shannon Shannon on Mar 17, 2016
    I put cookies in them.
  • J D Thomas J D Thomas on Mar 17, 2016
    When I was teaching, I would cover them in a fun, print contact paper, insert slips of writing ideas, and have my students randomly draw out a topic to for their writing. For a family, I would insert ideas for rainy days: movie and popcorn, games, build an inside fort, etc. Whatever was drawn, then that is what the family would do. Guess it could be used for a random draw of chores, too!
  • Angela Black Angela Black on Mar 17, 2016
    Crochet an knitting needle holders
  • Angela Black Angela Black on Mar 17, 2016
  • Rose Harrington Rose Harrington on Mar 17, 2016
    Sort pens n pencils. Sort buttons
  • Cindy Richter Cindy Richter on Mar 17, 2016
    After baking cookies, wrap the canisters in pretty paper, fill them and give to neighbors!
  • Marlene Haigh Marlene Haigh on Mar 17, 2016
    I duct tapes three together and made a toy soldier for christmas. Fill the bottom one with sand to keep the soldier from falling over. I used the plastic lids to make a rifle and arms. I just covered with scraps of fabric and felt I had on hand.
  • Jannie Jannie on Mar 17, 2016
    I also wrap pretty paper to hold trail mix, cookies etc, my grandkids love getting these......
  • Mildred Houston Mildred Houston on Mar 17, 2016
    I've heard they can be used for storing paint rollers in the freezer so you don't have to wash them out every time. but if you have thought about making a fairy garden it would make a tree trunk or a castle tower.
  • JoLeen Bolton JoLeen Bolton on Mar 17, 2016
    I used one of these for all my crochet hooks.
  • Katharine Ingalls Katharine Ingalls on Mar 17, 2016
    Take three canisters cut them down a little bit wrap them in scrapbook paper or contact paper hot glue them together and use it to put pens, pencils and scissors in. I have one on my desk at work and love it!
  • Mit4819368 Mit4819368 on Mar 17, 2016
    I use as ziploc bags holder and stack them in lying position in a drawer.
  • Rita Eppley Rita Eppley on Mar 17, 2016
    Cover them with sweet scrapbook paper, add lace around bottom. Then purchase a $1.00 glass candle holder and glue to bottom. Add a pretty silk flower to top and you have a girly Barrette Holder for a little princess.
  • Betsy Betsy on Mar 17, 2016
    Cover the canister and top with fabric to make a coin holder. Cut a rectangular slot in the center of the top and allow the fabric to hang about an inch below. Use pinking shears or cut scalloped edges to avoid hemming. Coffee cans work well too!
  • Barb Kutcher Barb Kutcher on Mar 17, 2016
    Glue a bunch together and paint or cover in paper and use for your cooking utensils, or store your crafting supplies in them they stack nicely.
  • Valerie Valerie on Mar 17, 2016
    Use them to store drill bits.
  • Ann Ann on Mar 17, 2016
    Decorate for different holidays...paint black, hot glue shelf in top, cover sides with hot glue drips, add battery candle with base painted black for a fat black spooky Halloween candle. In sets of three they look awesome....for fourth of July cover in red, white and blue papers and add a chenille stem fuse with a glittery pom pom for firecracker decor for a table or even a porch ...make three fat "candles" and paint in autumn colors for table centerpiece. Add leaves and mini pumpkins. Let the cylinder shape inspire you. Going with the candle theme again, make them peppermint striped for Christmas.
  • Ann Ann on Mar 17, 2016
    LOL, I just googled "pringle can crafts" and saw loads of ideas.
    • Maria Maria on Mar 17, 2016
      Yes, I have viewed those before. I was just wondering if anyone had more ideas. Something different other than what's already out there . Thanks for your input anyway .
  • H H on Mar 17, 2016
    I covered one in lovely wallpaper. Varnished it. Painted lid used it for cutlery in my picnic basket.
  • Debbie Debbie on Mar 17, 2016
    Cover with your favorite fabric and use as holders for knitting and crocheting tools. Turn them on their sides, glue together and take the kids off. Easy to view your tools!
  • JEWEL C JEWEL C on Mar 17, 2016
    I store crochet hooks and knitting needles in them. Electric cords of all kinds. Just be sure to mark the contents on the lid with a permanent marker , then you can stack them on their sides to save space.
  • Heather McKinney Heather McKinney on Mar 17, 2016
    Decoupage it and use it to hold your spaghetti. (Sorry if this is a repeat--I didn't read all of the other replies.)
  • Melanie Jean Stultz Melanie Jean Stultz on Mar 17, 2016
    Cut size and use to hold pens, paintbrushes, or scissors on work place or in cupboards
  • Judy Judy on Mar 17, 2016
    I also used car treat cans & turned then into clowns that hold candy for kids.
  • Betty Betty on Mar 17, 2016
    I store my double pointed needles in the shorter ones.
  • Terri Hendricks Terri Hendricks on Mar 17, 2016
    I covered cans with scrapbook paper and baked a couple of dozen cookies for my son who was stationed overseas. The cookies held up really well during shipping. Covering the top with aluminum foil and then the top, kept them fresh.
  • Trish Harris Trish Harris on Mar 17, 2016
    I also use them for cookies, wrapped in cellophane and tied with a ribbon, put into the container which I have painted and added a painted snowman, great for Christmas gifts
  • Geraldine Geraldine on Mar 17, 2016
    I made candle holders out of mine. At Hobby Lobby found a paper that looked like leather. Put it around the container and a lid for the top. Place your candle on top. There she is!
  • Joanne Costello Joanne Costello on Mar 17, 2016
    Great storage for paint brushes and washi tape
  • Sandra Sandra on Mar 17, 2016
    I covered the can with pretty duct tape then used the can for cookies. I started doing this when my nephew was overseas and it worked out great when the grandchildren started going on trips with me. Protects and keeps things neat.
  • Irish Pack Irish Pack on Mar 17, 2016
  • Shawn Shawn on Mar 17, 2016
    I cut mine in half around the middle, covered it with duct tape and it's sitting here on my desk as a pencil/pen holder.
  • Kathie Kathie on Mar 18, 2016
    Cover with cute paper an put a slit in lid for a piggy bank
  • Lori Lori on Mar 18, 2016
    If you sew you can make small thread catchers. (Trash baskets) the twist down to close. I have made a couple of them,there easy, I don't eat Pringles but if you want to get rid of a few.....I'll take them.
    • Maria Maria on Mar 18, 2016
      I do sew. And I've been using a square Kleenex box to hold all my thread pieces . Thanks for your idea, it's a great one ! Can't wait to decorate it .
  • Cathy Hayes Cathy Hayes on Mar 18, 2016
    I take 2 pingles can lids and one can. Spray paint the can with red or green or gold, take the same color yarn and glue the end of the yarn inside the pringles can. When glue is dry start wrapping the yarn around the whole can tightly. Leave no gaps. The glue the end of the yarn inside the can. Take one of the lids and puch a whole in the middle. Place a christmas pick in the whole. Put that lid on top and put the other lid on the bottom. You have a circular Christmas Card Holder.
  • Henrietta Henrietta on Mar 18, 2016
    I have used pringles cans as mailing tubes, I've added marbles to the can and used them to hold artists brushes, they are good to hold small toy collections, punch holes in plastic lid for a nice large shaker container, wrap odd sized gifts in them, etc, etc. Love these containers.
  • Vee Vee on Mar 18, 2016
    I have used similar containers like nuts etc. Cover with xmas gift wrap or spray paint gold or red. fill it up with candy and give it as gift.
  • Tyia Padilla Tyia Padilla on Mar 18, 2016
    I use them to store my paint brushes in. Just cover with pretty paper. I drop a couple of silica packets to help absorb any moisture from the brushes. I also use one to store my dryer balls in.
  • CK CK on Mar 18, 2016
    I taught a preschool music class for awhile. I put rice in them, sealed the lid on, covered them with pretty paper and used them for shakers. A fun inexpensive percussion instrument little kids can hold. After awhile though.....some things start to pile up and then it's a nice idea to put them in the recycle bin so they can be made into something else ;-)
  • Sparkles Sparkles on Mar 19, 2016
    make a kaleidoscope
  • Nakia s. thomas-french Nakia s. thomas-french on Mar 19, 2016
    Cover in shelf paper and store rolls of repurposed grocery bags
  • Dot M Dot M on Mar 19, 2016
    I use them to hold crochet hooks and the smaller knitting needles.
  • Whi5141025 Whi5141025 on Mar 19, 2016
    When my children were young they loved making Christmas gifts for family. One year we cut out a cowboy out of different colored felt, glued these to a larger piece of felt which had been measured and cut to fit around the Pringle can. They gave it to their uncle, my brother, who loved it. He kept it in his pickup to hold his loose change.
  • Kru Ella Kru Ella on Mar 20, 2016
    I used decorative duct tape add made a trash can for my car. My boyfriend liked it and asked me to make one for his car.
  • Raven Raven on Mar 21, 2016
    I wrap them in scrapbook paper and load them.with cookies as gifts for christmas
  • Pg Pg on Mar 22, 2016
    Cover them with paper, mod podge and sealer, and use them as tubes fora wind chime. You can put bells inside the tubes.
  • Maria Maria on Mar 22, 2016
    Enjoyed reading all the different ideas on how to repurpose the Pringles empty can. Looking forward to trying the suggestions offered and will post as soon as I have something to show .
  • Goldrushgal Goldrushgal on Aug 07, 2016
    I like to cover them with scrapbook papers and use them store small items in my craft room or bathroom.
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  • Sandra Sandra on Aug 08, 2016
    I used the pringles can to ship cookies to my Nephew when he was stationed in Iraq. The cans keep the cookies fresh and they don't get crushed. I use a can (decorated of course) for cookies in my car when I travel.
  • Von10889040 Von10889040 on Sep 02, 2016
    Maybe can be a witch for Halloween?
  • Carmen Carmen on Feb 24, 2017

    I use Pringle cans to keep my boots tops from falling over in the closet. They fit inside and keep the boots upright and unwrinkled.

  • Marcy Marcy on Feb 24, 2017

    These are great for mailing any very fragile item inside another box... especially small handmade items.

  • Becky Becky on Feb 26, 2017

    Save them and make delicious homemade cookies that are just the right size to stack into it. Cover the outside with an appropriate wrapping paper -- birthday, get well, Christmas, Easter, etc. and give away on special occasions.

    Use them to store bulk items that you bring home from the grocery in plastic bags such as pasta, dried beans, rice, candy, etc. Then cover the outside with paper and label as to what's in the canister. You can maximize your pantry-shelf space because the base is not large; yet they are tall and can store a reasonable amount.

    I have teenage growing boys with high metabolisms. So I can put chips, granola, etc. in the cans for my boys to slide down inside their backpacks. The can prevents the snacks from getting smashed.

  • Mr bill Mr bill on Mar 03, 2017

    I paint black and store concrete drill bits in them

  • Kelly Little-Smalley Kelly Little-Smalley on Mar 06, 2017

    I saw a post where they used PVC pipes to make storage for kids' tiny stuffed animals. I think the Pringles cans and the plastic lays cans would be great for that. I use the lays cans to store jewelry making supplies, yarn and other small things. And sometimes use the lids to make card holders for my grandkids. Take two lids, back to back,, and put a paper Brad in the center. Then place your old maid or poker or uno cards in between. Helps little hands hold playing cards.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Mar 13, 2023

    Sticky backed plastic. Use for storing Knitting Needles. Screw Drivers, Files, Rulers etc.

  • Mogie Mogie on Mar 13, 2023

    Cover the outside of the can with contact paper and then put homemade cookies inside. You would want the size of the cookies to be slightly smaller then the opening of the can of course.

  • Clean them and cover them in pretty paper. Use them to gift cookies!

  • Cover/decorate the outside and use for gifting cookies.

  • Janice Janice on Feb 01, 2024

    They can be decorated in various ways and used in so many different ways as storage or for containers for gifts. Slit the top and use for a kid's bank. Place a scarf you've chosen for a friend in a decorated one. Store screwdrivers, drill bits, other garage stuff in them. Just label well. Use in your craft area to organize different ribbons by color or size. Store gems, pebbles, marbles, flat decorative stones, etc. in them. Store cash in the freezer using one as a container.

  • Betsy Betsy on Feb 26, 2024

    Hi Maria: You can make a toy out of them. What you do, is cut a hole in the bottom about the size of a quarter, put the plastic lid back on and then tap the lid. Air will come out of the bottom in a sort of puff :) It's a great toy for kids. You can put cotton balls on the table at a starting line and the kids use their can to 'poof' the cotton ball across the table to a finish line.

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Feb 27, 2024

    Use them for storage of pens and pencils and make it pretty with contact paper or wall paper. Label it so you know what's in it.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Feb 28, 2024

    Yes, Use them to make Nutcrackers for next Christmas Holidays!