How to repurpose Meow Mix cat food containers

Dawn Otterwman
by Dawn Otterwman
I can't get myself to throw these out because I think there must be a cool project for them.
  35 answers
  • Decoupage Designs USA Decoupage Designs USA on Nov 29, 2015
    Do they have lids?
  • Paige Lyman Paige Lyman on Nov 30, 2015
    Take them to your nearest school. The art teachers love them for paint
  • Michelle Bradley Michelle Bradley on Nov 30, 2015
    Make some decorative bowls for display using choice tissue paper usually found in specialty crafting stores. Find some beautiful tissue paper (decorative napkins will also work) preferably dark tones with metallic detailing, a bottle of children's white school glue and quick drying matte clear finishing spray. Gently shred or cut medium sized chunks of the tissue paper then set aside.. Using single sheets of the prepared tissue paper lightly brush white school glue on the paper, apply to the cat food bowl, carefully smoothing out any bubbles/wrinkles before brushing glue over the applied tissue. Repeat until the bowl (cat food container) completely covered in tissue, overlapping the edges of the tissues. You will probably need to allow the first layer to dry before repeating the same process all over the container to give the effect of an artistic object one would never have guessed had once been a cat food container. Once completed, allow to thoroughly dry before sealing with the clear, matte finishing spray. Once dry fill the container(s) fill with potpourri, decorative glass/polished stones, tiny wooden or metal objects. Perhaps you might fill these bowls with real or fake cactus(?) or some other artificial greenery purchased from your local dollar store. You might need to glue the fake plants to the bowls with a glue gun as well as placing stones inside to help "weigh" the bowl down, stabilizing the object to prevent tipping. You also could "glue gun" using three finished bowls glued together then fill with your selected goodies.
  • B. Enne B. Enne on Nov 30, 2015
    *planting seedlings, in or out of the ground *as a mould for suet bird feeding cups/cakes *to hold paint *
  • Anne Anne on Nov 30, 2015
    I had a similar issue with Minute Rice single serving containers. I have since divided them into a couple of "tasks". 1) I use them when cooking to get "ingredients" measured and ready. If a recipe calls for oil or and egg, I can add some contents of the main component to the smaller bowl to help me get ALL of the contents out. 2) Use them to crack your eggs into before putting in a bowl to whip for scrambling or baking. Better to view a "bad" egg in a toss away container than to toss your entire batch for one spoiled egg. 3) When my Scentsy (and non-Scentsy) wax melts have given all they can give, I pour the spent wax into one of the cups 2/3 filled with sawdust from hubby's garage. They make great fire starter when we need to burn yard waste. The melts "pop out" easily so they can still be reused for this purpose only. 4) When I become slightly overwhelmed in stock, I take a stack to the local animal shelter and they utilize them for preparing meals for animals.
  • Carol Beecher Carol Beecher on Dec 01, 2015
    You could make a garland of bells. Turn them upside down make a hole in the center and string a jingle bell through the top to look like a bell.
  • Carol Beecher Carol Beecher on Dec 01, 2015
    You could donate some to a local Girl Scout Troop. I'm sure they could figure a good use for them.
  • Decoupage Designs USA Decoupage Designs USA on Dec 02, 2015
    Okay well if you plant flowers in the spring you could use them for seedlings. :-)
  • Snapoutofit Snapoutofit on Dec 02, 2015
    Toss. Clear out the clutter.
  • Kelly S Kelly S on Dec 02, 2015
    I see several sunflowers based on the color. A light orb using string lights.
  • Jody Wolfgram Jody Wolfgram on Dec 02, 2015
    Take a board, like 6"X24", drill some holes in it, just undersized for the cups to sit into. Mount the board just high enough(legs or blocks fixed under it) so the cups clear underneath it. Use it to store screws and other misc stuff. Or use them to dye easter eggs, one side at a time...good luck!
  • Carol Carol on Dec 03, 2015
    I used a string of clear Christmas lights. Drilled a hole in the bottom of the containers, inserted a bulb and made a string of lights for Halloween and Thanksgiving. Then thread it among my fall colored garland on my porch railing. Everyone loves it. Sorry the idea is too late for this year, but while most stores are still holding 75 to 90% off on fall garlands and arrangements, a good time to buy and make for next year.
  • Dawn Otterwman Dawn Otterwman on Dec 03, 2015
    Tossed the clutter.
    • Nancy Willard Nancy Willard on Feb 04, 2017

      Personally, I think it's rude to tell someone to toss stuff when your original thought was to repurpose. Apparently you didn't care for any of the repurposing ideas here. I also have a couple stacks of these and I have enough crafty friends that I expect one of them to come up with somesthing nifty to repurpose them. Do as you wish, but I'm hanging on to mine. No one would have suspected the really cool flowers we made out of toilet paper rolls for our Vacation Bible School last year. I do reuse these particular cups for feeding the kitten fosters we have every year. Attaching them to a board, cutting them down lower is an excellent way to teach babies how to solid feed when transitioning from the bottle. That's not very interesting and is pretty specific to my own mission of rescue, but I think there is nothing that somene can't come up with a cool idea to repurpose . Just sayin.....

  • Lulu Lulu on Feb 29, 2016
    toss,toss toss.+look up simple feng shui on clutter.
  • Kristine Keefer Kristine Keefer on Sep 04, 2016
    Most Whole Food stores have bins to recycle #5 plastics like the meow mix containers, yogurt, hummus containers, etc if your curbside recycler doesn't accept
  • P auline miller P auline miller on Oct 30, 2016
    I use them for water when I'm painting with small brushes.
  • Mel swiger Mel swiger on Feb 07, 2017

    I know someone that painted them black and used them as fake security orbs. Worked pretty good to.

  • Ldu12138890 Ldu12138890 on Feb 10, 2017

    Make a rain chain.

  • Kristyn Kristyn on Feb 11, 2017

    Donate them to an Elementry school, I am sure they will find a use for them.

  • Deanna Nassar Deanna Nassar on Feb 19, 2017

    I have the large temptations boxes. Been working on a philadendron plant that needs replanting or thinning. Will use the boxes for planters.

    and to Lduggins what is a rain chain? New to me.

  • Kate Baxter Kate Baxter on Mar 02, 2017

    Toss them just adds more to the garbage we are dumping into our environment every day. Great suggestions here like donating them to an elementary school or after school or day care. They can always find a use for them. I am not crafty enough to suggest something like that but in my city we have a terrific city recycling and we would just put them out with the rest of the tins and glass. NEVER in the garbage.

  • Mybe Mybe on Mar 12, 2017

    poke a hole in the bottom and they make good pots for seed starts or cuttings.

  • Liz Straughn Liz Straughn on Mar 14, 2017

    Donate them to a school art program! My niece is an art teacher and has a budget of $200 for the entire year. She is always accepting things like this. Or, see if a church's media center or nursing home could use them.

  • Paulette Paulette on Mar 16, 2017

    We use plastic containers in the basement under the wood that we stack boxes or items on. We have been known to get water seeping in and flowing across the basement to the floor drain. Wood or cardboard gets wet and smells or grow mold/mildew. If you have enough of them, they will support a lot of weight.

  • K. K. on Mar 16, 2017

    I use mine to hold paint, small parts, paint thinner and whatever else will fit in them.

  • Sandy Mattes Cerveny Sandy Mattes Cerveny on Mar 20, 2017

    I like to do my evening meal prep work in the morning, especially when I know I’m going to be gone most of the day, that way all I have to do is add this to the dish when I’m ready to make it. They work great for small amounts of left over food. They come in handy when your neighbor needs to borrow just a little bit of this or that and they don’t have to bring the container back either. If your kitty likes milk serve it in these. Some of these containers fit perfectly in your Cardinal/oriole feeders.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Feb 03, 2023

    Use in the garden to make a Path or feature filled with concrete or pebbles and sand.

  • Mogie Mogie on Feb 05, 2023

    Use them for children's stacking blocks, fill with some elbow macaroni and glue together to make kids maracas, donate them to a daycare, or the old standby-store small crafts supplies in.

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Aug 11, 2023

    I donated mine to the local elementary school, many uses there for both the teachers and students.

  • Janice Janice on Aug 11, 2023

    If you have children in your neighborhood, get a few of them together to brainstorm ideas.......we'll all be surprised with the out of the box ideas they might think of to have a great time re-imagining them into either something useful or playful.

  • Use them for crafting projects - to sort pieces while crafting or to mix paint. You could also donate them to a school for projects or a shelter for feeding.

  • Marilyn Wall Marilyn Wall on Oct 11, 2023

    When you find out let me know lol

    i to save them. I was thinking of making pumpkin faces and lights in them. I try to recycle thinks into craft holiday ideas. Like packing styrofoam into tombstones

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Oct 12, 2023

    Use as Plant saucers?

  • Megan Megan on Jan 23, 2024

    I too, have tons of these orange cups left over from huge pallets of this food picked up for the cat santuary I am trying to found. So many orange cups! Lol! I am also looking for the many uses I know they have left in them besides small parts holders and seedlings start containers.. This far the only use I've thought of is to secure into thick stacks and use them as supports for things I store outside, but do not want damaged by touching the ground.. Problem is I have hundreds of them with more coming and not so much to store outside to use them all for that purpose. Any further ideas beyond the few regurgitating ideas listed would be an appreciated suggestion and you can pm me @

    I agree with the notion of it being considered very rude to comment on the OP's question with the suggestion to just throw them out. Some of us do not have the luxury of, nor disrespect for our planet to simply toss everything that does not immediately serve us any longer into the ever-growing problem of poisoning the environment via living in a 'throw away' world. Besides, that wasn't her question or a solicitation for advice adverse to her stated positon.

    Thank you in advance.

  • Ceewee Ceewee on Feb 25, 2024

    I saw these used in a puppet it was used for the legs with staws pieces in between to seperate them. Think big bird Marrionette . The body was styrafoam balls and feathers for wings Sprayed yellow.. Also sometimes plastic can be melted, I made some pins from plastic beads and milk bottle tops that came out cute . VENTILATE ! if you try this and put the baking parchment under your item, on top of cookie sheet. I was thinking of taking mine it to a local extruder and paying to make plastic boards for my outdoor bench .( It has metal sides and the wood was replaced once. )Good Luck!