We go through phases with food. For two weeks we just have to have pasta every night for dinner. For a month my toddlers must have those little goldfish crackers for a snack every afternoon. For a week my oldest will only eat his dad’s Indian-style chicken for lunch and dinner and then will spend two months refusing to touch meat.
And sometimes we all go through a Pringles phase. Yup, we can’t just eat one. Until we reach the saturation point and literally feel ill at the sight of another Pringles canister.
Those canisters are not small. I always feel like I’m wasting something whenever I toss one. So, I’ve come up with ways to reuse them. My husband has used a bunch of them to make a rocket for the kids. It’s been weeks and is still floating around. My daughter really loves stuffing the canisters will little plastic balls. And I? I have turned them into vases.
They’re actually just perfect for a vase. And for showcasing my son’s artwork. I’m a big fan of fake flowers as they never die and, as long as they don’t lie in the sun, never fade. My wedding bouquet is all fake flowers and, 8 years later, it’s still going strong. So I reuse the canisters as vases.
It’s really very simple.
Take a regular sized piece of paper and let your kids go to town on it. Sometimes my son draws on it, sometimes he paints, and sometimes we have stickers he wants to affix to the paper.
Once they’re done, take the paper and some clear tape. Simply wrap your kids’ artwork around the canister. Make sure the edge of the paper is along the bottom of the canister so you’re left with a bit of space at the top. This is especially important if you plan on hanging it.
Yes, hang it! I can never find the hole puncher around here, so I just use a pen or the scissors to gouge two holes across from each other at the top. Though if you don’t want to hang it, you can always tie a pretty ribbon around it.
If you do decide to hang it, string a ribbon through the holes. Tie it some distance away from the canister, though I leave this amount up to you. I like a bit of length so I can hang it and still see the pretty ribbon. You’ll want to tie a good, tight knot to make sure it stays.
I did one early in the Spring and filled it with fake flowers and it’s still hanging!
Fill with flowers. Fake flowers are my favorite, but you can also put real flowers in. Depending on how many flowers and the type of stems, you can use things like vitamin bottles, water bottles with the tops cut off, jam and jelly jars. Basically, any container that fits inside the canister.
Or you can use a gallon size plastic bag. Stuff the bag into the canister, trim off the edges, and wrap with a pretty ribbon. This can get a little tricky, for me anyways. After all, I’m just a craft attempter! So, be sure to not trim off too much.
Then all you have to do is fill with water and add the flowers.
I’ve been adding some flowery cheer to my home and reusing these Pringles canisters we always seem to be swimming in.
Do you reuse Pringles canisters?