Turn a Pringles canister into a vase for real or fake flowers. It can be hung or simply displayed on a surface.

Reuse It: Turn a Pringles Canister Into a Vase

Have an empty Pringles canister and don't want to waste it? Turn it into an easy and beautiful vase that can also display your child's, or anyone's, artwork.

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.

Dress up the Pringles canister by wrapping it with a piece of artwork.

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.

Turn a Pringles canister into a hanging vase by making two holes across from each other at the top.

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.

Turn a Pringles canister into a hanging vase by wrapping it with some artwork, punching two holes into the top, and string a pretty ribbon through the holes.

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.

Turn a Pringles canister into a vase for real flowers by stuffing it with a gallon size plastic bag and trim off the edges.Turn a Pringles canister into a vase for real flowers by stuffing it with a gallon size plastic bag, trim the edges, and tie with a pretty ribbon.

Then all you have to do is fill with water and add the flowers.

Turn a Pringles canister into a vase for real or fake flowers. It can be hung or simply displayed on a surface.

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?

7 Comments

  • OneLife

    It reminded me of my Wife’s creative ideas and implementations. I am contemplating penning down a write up about the same. I am sure it will help so many of us put the waste lying around to good use :).

    • kat

      You should! This world is incredibly wasteful and I’m sure there are many people looking to reuse what would usually be thrown out.

  • Connie Hon

    That’s great idea to reuse and getting the kids involved is always more excellent rather than have them watch by the sides.
    I’ve collected plastic straws that my son goes through (we’re changing to metal straws once we’re through with the lot I bought) and I’m going to make something out of them for him.
    I have been rolling up bits of paper to fill his garbage trucks with and he really likes those!
    Connie
    http://www.sassy.mom

    • kat

      It really is a lot of fun to get kids involved and it’s a wonderful way to teach them how to reuse. Of course, I’m afraid I’ll find them digging through the trash, but at least they won’t be wasteful. I’d love to know what you come up with for the straws! We have a whole collection of them, too, and I hate throwing them out.

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