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12 Uses for Takeout Containers

Published on NewsOK Published: March 11, 2013

Store Arts and Crafts Supplies: Clean and dry takeout containers are a crafter’s dream. Store everything from beads to small containers of paint in takeout containers.

Repurpose as a Scoop: Scoop potting soil, grody stuff that you don’t want to touch, or really anything with a clean used takeout container. Plastic containers are great to keep by the bath for washing shampoo out of kids’ hair. Take one to the beach to use as a sand scoop.

Use Styrofoam to Make Crafts: The DIY blogosphere is rife with projects made from cut-up Styrofoam containers. Garlands are particularly popular, as are Styrofoam containers embossed with cookie cutters. This is a great resource for schoolteachers with limited funds for art supplies.

Packing Material: Do you need to mail something fragile, but you don’t have any packing peanuts? No problem; you can pack the fragile object in cut up Styrofoam takeout containers.

Stop Drafts: Some super-resourceful folks actually stop up holes in their walls with pieces of used Styrofoam takeout containers. These pieces of Styrofoam must be trimmed carefully in order to be aesthetically pleasing. You’ll need a good knife for trimming the Styrofoam pieces if you’re going to attempt this. I got this tip from homesteaders, not HVAC contractors. Using proper insulation materials stops drafts more effectively. For information about insulation, see Busting Three Green Insulation Myths by an Atlanta remodeling contractor.

Jewelry Boxes: If you’re a fashionable person with an excess of costume jewelry, clean and dry takeout boxes could be the perfect solution for storing all of your baubles and beads.

Chaya Kurtz writes for

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