Diabetic test strips canisters-what to do with them

by Kathie
I get about three small canisters (remember film canisters) a week from diabetic test strips and cannot come up with anything to do with them other than save seeds. Please help!
  28 answers
  • AvonelleRed AvonelleRed on Dec 09, 2014
    You can use them to hold small amounts of change for toll booths or car wash vacuums or whatever. Store emergency matches in them in your car. Keep hearing aids in one (label to remember what's in there!), put lotions and shampoo and conditioner in them for trips (check to be sure they don't leak before packing!), remove the lid and use them as snowmen's top hats for little craft snowmen, put homemade lip balm in one, store buttons in one, use one as a mini sewing kit with a needle and a small bobbin of thread to keep in your car, store little round batteries in them, store glitter in one, needles in one, straight pins in one, a roll of stamps in one, thumbtacks, etc. The uses are practically endless! We all have lots of tiny things in our homes, and wonder how to keep them organized.
  • Dale N Scott Copas Dale N Scott Copas on Dec 09, 2014
    @Kathie maybe little first aid kids, to put in stockings or send to our military. or maybe little diabetic kits, (small pieces of candy, or sugar tabs) for people to keep in cars, purses, wherever. I am making some for my family out of old pill bottles.
  • Kathie Kathie on Dec 09, 2014
    We do the change thing especially when camping and using showers and laundromats. I think they are too small for first aid kits...have done that with prescription pill bottles. I have sooo many.
  • Maggie Hugie Maggie Hugie on Dec 09, 2014
    What about turning them into a purse size sewing kit with thread, a couple of needles stuck in a piece of felt, a few buttons. The thread could be just a few yards each of black, white, and a couple of colors wrapped around a piece of cardboard. I don't know the dimensions but you could probably include a tiny thread cutter.
  • Kathie Kathie on Dec 09, 2014
    That would work for maybe half a dozen or so...keep the ideas coming.
  • Paula Paula on Dec 10, 2014
    Use mine for keeping sewing needles
  • Susan Susan on Dec 10, 2014
    you could put your plastic grocery bags inside for storing in purse, glove box etc. its a neat way to store them for emergencoes especially if you have banies or small kids.
    • Kathie Kathie on Dec 10, 2014
      I usually put my bags in a cube tissue box and carry one for my dos in both our vehicles. Interesting idea.
  • Elizabeth Elizabeth on Dec 10, 2014
    They're great for storing seeds from last year's harvest for next year.
    • Kathie Kathie on Dec 10, 2014
      That is what I have been doing and gave to all neighbors and comminity gardens!
  • Honour Min Honour Min on Dec 10, 2014
    I use these for traveling/storing stud/post semi precious type earrings. Take along meds for the day. I buy granular form honey and can tote in canisters. Solidified coconut oil/skin cream or homemade lotions. Keep one at the kitchen sink for rings if using rubber glove and harsh chemicals. Touch-up paint. Exotic spices from bulk store
  • Bonnie Bonnie on Dec 10, 2014
    Kathie, seeds shouldn't be stored in airtight plastic tubes or bags, it kills the viability of the seed. Best storage is in paper, like an envelope. I have made flower "frogs" out of the little cannisters; glue them together at different heights to use as flower arrangements. I also use them for rubberband storage, safety pins, paper clips, etc....anything small that I'd like to corral in my desk drawer.
  • Zabrina Scare Zabrina Scare on Dec 10, 2014
    They are great for storing rhinestones and or beads, glue one on lid so you know what's inside.
  • Lucinda Hutcherson Lucinda Hutcherson on Dec 10, 2014
    you can store the used lancets in them as a sharps container
  • Marjo Marjo on Dec 10, 2014
    Spices and salt and pepper for camping, if you do that.
    • Kathie Kathie on Dec 10, 2014
      Great idea...our family all camps and this will use up sime of them.
  • DORLIS DORLIS on Dec 10, 2014
  • Marion Nesbitt Marion Nesbitt on Dec 11, 2014
    I use pill bottles for any number of things. Vitamins from large bottles if I go away. Paper clips, pins. Have been renovating an old hourse for years. When I take off hinges, etc., I use them for the dif sizes of brass screws.
  • Linda Linda on Dec 11, 2014
    these are all great ideas
  • Cathy Cathy on Dec 11, 2014
    Hi, for me it was my prescription bottles. I put that Search into Pinterest and came up with some fabulous ideas. Glue a rock to the top, put your house key in the container and then bury it in the ground. A mini first aid kit or sewing kit. Keep quarters for laundry. I can't remember all of them but some great ideas.
  • Carol Dombros Carol Dombros on Dec 11, 2014
    @Kathie I have several pills I take morning AND night - if I have to be away, I have marked AM and PM on the tops since I don't take the same pills each time - a Sharpie works fine to mark the tops.
  • Carol Carol on Dec 11, 2014
    My cousins husband uses them in the garage to store screws, washers and bolts in. They have also repurposed a couple dressers in the garage for storing these and other tools and items like weather stripping.
  • Kathie Kathie on Dec 12, 2014
    Thanks everyone ... these ARE great and I am going to use them all. I am also hoping though that some creative type - maybe art teacher - can think of a use for them and I can donate them regularly since I use so many.
    • Heidi Tooley Heidi Tooley on Dec 13, 2014
      @Kathie Some crafty teacher, (regular school...Sunday school??) will probably be thrilled to get something like those!!
  • Marjo Marjo on Dec 12, 2014
    An art teacher could probably use them to to put small amounts of paint in to send home with a student or for students class time use since they are leakproof.
  • Iris Nieves Iris Nieves on Dec 12, 2014
    I store my quarters for the washer and dryer....also store coins in this container keeps nicely in my purse....easier for the kids to store their money...
  • Comet Comet on Dec 13, 2014
    LOL---yeah we have a bunch of those too---one small use my grand kids came up with is they save all their "Wheat Pennies" they find in them--just the right size. When they were smaller they were great toys for them with their little animals etc. I covered a few in patterned duct tape (You could use any tape or paper and ModPodge) and they are actually pretty cute. Another use is to hold a few cotton balls when we travel; foam ear plugs; pills and I think I have even seen them used as part of a "Survival kit" to hold the matches and fire starters etc--see INSTRUCTABLES for these. These COULD hold MORE strips and the mfgr's are being very wasteful with them--I am forever combining several bottles worth into one for my purse etc as I run thru 25 in short order and cannot be bothered to be forever replacing the vials. More ideas needed for left over or used insulin pump supplies--or those pesky re-called items! And the cute insulin bottles! Now THOSE could be cute but no way that I can see to get the lids off---my grandkids use the outer plastic cap for tiny "Dog Dishes:" tho---- This is a hugely wasteful disease in so many many ways.
  • Maggie Hugie Maggie Hugie on Dec 14, 2014
    I bet if you had a bunch of the little canisters (25+) and listed them on something like Craigslist or Freecycle, people would be more than willing to take them off your hands. Maybe ask a Boy Scout / Girl Scout troop if they could use them for a project. Match keepers if the canisters are waterproof?
  • Michelle Michelle on Dec 15, 2014
    I make them into sewing kits; needles, wrap some different colors of threads around cardboard to add to it, maybe a needle threader, a few buttons, etc.
  • Claudia Claudia on Dec 15, 2014
    I harvest seeds from my garden and store them in those containers. Also, if you want something crafty, you could glue them in a Christmas tree formation and perhaps make an advent calendar out of them.
  • Cheryl Cannette Cheryl Cannette on Mar 23, 2023

    We use them for weed.

  • Mogie Mogie on Apr 03, 2023

    Pill or Vitamin case

    Button holder

    Sewing needle case

    Collect soil and insect samples

    Portable ashtray (yech)

    Paper clip dispenser


    Shot glass

    Water cup for water color brushes