Summer is the season for wonderful fruit and accumulating plastic fruit containers. Or is it just in my house there is a stack of #1 clam shell containers just waiting to be put to good use? Sure you could just put them in the recycle bin, but these nifty little containers are actually pretty useful.
I am not talking about the green baskets like this one we used for our May Day baskets:
And I do not mean the harder #6 plastic containers (usually from the grocery store bakery or take out containers). Those are perfect for making homemade shrinky dinks. The ones that hold berries and cherry tomatoes tend to be #1 plastic which will not work for that.
Better than a paper bag for field trip lunches.
Hey, they are designed to keep delicate fruit from bruising so they are perfect for keeping lunches safe when they are crammed into a box to tote on the field trip. Brilliant idea from Mommables
Store "stuff" in them
The chances of me getting my son to organize his gazillion Legos into 5-10 of these like You Modern Dad does, isn't going to happen. But a mom can dream, right? Plus, I would have to cover the bottom so the itty bitty pieces don't slip through the holes.
I love this idea from Sew Many Ways for ribbon or yarn storage (thread the end of the ribbon out the holes at the bottom).
Pretty them up, then store "stuff in them"
Decoupaged Drawer Organizers from Dollar Store Crafts
Kaleidoscope Berry Box from Aunt Peaches
Pretty them up, then give them as gifts
from Notes of Sincerity
from Tinkered Treasures
I couldn't find a blog to credit this one, but it's a great idea for Back to School, holidays or Teacher Appreciation Week.
Use them in the garden
Is plastic safe to plant in without leaching harmful chemicals into your healthy food?
This graphic came from Linn Acres Farm and it is something to think about before growing edibles in plastic.
The berry containers are #1, so you can use them to grow seedlings in them like:
Or use them to protect your plants like Root Simple:
I covered my new transplants with them in early spring when the weather here can be windy and break tender seedlings. It also protected them from being dug up by the neighbor's cat that thought my raised beds were a giant litter box.
Let the kid(s) craft with them
Unfortunately this site is no longer up, but you get the idea for making a pretty sun catcher:
Or you could make a treasure chest like The Classroom Creative
The one I am saving them for:
Do you have any other creative ideas to make or do with plastic berry containers? Let me know in the comments below.
Haley Bradley says
I love the idea to use it for a school field trip lunch. Noah has food allergies and it would work great and look way better than the grocery sack I usually send.
Audrey Humaciu says
We have 3 field trips this year (not counting any extra curricular activities) so I definitely have some saved. J gets so irritated when his food is smashed.
Love these ideas! Back in my teaching days I would often reused containers but really haven't been doing it at home. I probably should! My fave is that treasure chest. Why didn't I thing of that!? I recently went out and bought a store made one for my kids rewards. Womp, womp! I could have saved some dollars.
Audrey Humaciu says
I thought the same thing when I saw the treasure chest.