If your baby or toddler drinks baby formula, chances are your recycling bin is filled with empty tins. While aluminum is an infinitely recyclable material, another way to extend the life of an empty can is to put it to good use in and around your home. The sturdy tins are the perfect size for utilitarian jobs like corralling small items—whether crafty, personal, or household stuff. But they also make unique home and gift accessories, both for seasonal use and year-round. Here are some ideas to get you started.
Covering your tin
Of course we love the Aussie Bubs labeling, but in most cases you’ll want to give your can some creative camouflage. Before starting any repurposing project, thoroughly wash and dry the tin (and the lid, if you plan to use it). Depending on your free time, creative motivation, and intended use, cover the outside of the tin with one (or more!) of these materials:
- Contact paper
- Craft paper
- Peel-and-stick wallpaper scraps
- Fabric scraps
- Acrylic craft paint
- Spray paint
Ways to repurpose baby formula tins
- Use one to hold diaper creams, lotion tubes, and/or diaper pins in the baby’s room.
- Fill it with hair styling sprays, tubes, and bottles in the bathroom.
- Keep one on your dresser top to hold makeup brushes, eye and lip pencils, and mascaras.
- Corral pens and pencils or charger cords and small device accessories in your home office.
- Stash markers, colored pencils, scissors, and paintbrushes in one or more cans; keep tiny craft material like beads neat and orderly in a lidded can.
- Use it for easy access to screwdrivers, wrenches, and levels in the garage.
- Keep zip ties, herb snippers, and small garden tools easily accessible on a shed shelf.
- Create custom lidded tins for storing or gifting homemade cookies and other sweets.
- Dump fruit and vegetable scraps in an empty tin as you meal prep, then bring it outside to compost.
- Fill the tin with potted plants (throw a few pebbles on the bottom for drainage) and display in a sunny spot.
- Arrange fresh flowers in one or more tins on your dining table or mantle (odd-numbered groupings are especially pretty).
- Make homemade luminaries by using nails or a screwdriver to punch holes in a decorative pattern, then add a flameless candle or fairy lights.
Are you repurposing your Aussie Bubs tins in a new and different way? We’d love to hear about it!