5.04.2011

Re-using Costco Apple Containers



My boys LOVE apples, eating about 2-4 each day. Their favorite apples are the Costco Granny Smith apples that come in this molded container:

Going through 1-2 of these containers of apples each week led me to find uses for all these cool containers!

Here is what I've come up with - (note that many of these ideas could also help you reuse egg cartons too!)

Seed Starters - each seed has it's own little greenhouse!



Button/Bead Organizers

Paint Tray


Cupcake Transporter

A Mold for Chocolate Bowls
- drizzle chocolate over the inside of the depression covering the surface. Place in the freezer for a bit then carefully pop out a fun chocolate bowl for ice cream or desserts.

Bird Feeder - Fill with birdseed then insert string at the corners. Hang from the nearest tree branch and enjoy!

Penny Toss Game - number each depression then toss several pennies. The player with the highest score wins. This is also a great way to practice math with your kids!

Toy Organizer - wrangle in all those small pieces like matchbox cars, Barbie accessories, Legos...

Coin Organizer

Fire Starter Mold - fill the cavity half way with sawdust, pour hot wax from candle scraps over and you have the perfect starter for your next campfire!

Giant Ice Cube Tray - this would be perfect for your next party!

Christmas Ornament Storage

Do you have any other cool ideas for reusing these containers?
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14 comments :

  1. Thank you for putting my head in the right place when it comes to those containers. I always feel a little anguished tossing them in to the recycler. Now I really have NO excuses! I particularly love your seed-starter and chocolate bowl ideas!

    Jenn/Rook No. 17

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  2. i don't have other ideas, but i will use yours for sure!

    my husband love these green apples.

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  3. Love the seed idea and also the chocolate bowl idea.

    Janet xox

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  4. Great Post. Loved this! Going to try the chocolate bowl thing.

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  5. I've also heard you can use them for shaping and drying fondant flowers...

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  6. I knew it!!! I was counting on you to come up with some clever ideas for these when you mentioned it to me in Costco a while back....my brain wandered around thinking of some uses too...but all I came up with was a pair of knee-hi's in each one so they don't get snagged in my drawer :)

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  7. Great ideas!! As you know, I love repurposing like this!! the fire started mold is an awesome idea!

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  8. we've done some of those things! Most of our containers were used for lettuce this year.

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  9. I'm a costo-itsa and LOVE this idea!! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  10. I was ahead of you with the seed idea, but also consider keeping screws and nails etc in the garage. Earrings/jewelry. Office stuff like paperclips and binder clips and rubber bands.

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  11. Before I read this, I made a game with ping-pong balls that is similar to the coin toss, but I painted each bowl and made a key.

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  12. Great ides! Thank you for posting it. I would also use it as a holder/carrier for birthday cupcakes.

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  13. Came across your blog on Google looking for ideas to reuse these containers. The packaging is totally obnoxious! Thanks for the ideas.

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