I don’t remember buying Modge Podge, but I found a full bottle over the weekend in my craft room and it got me thinking about how I can it in a project so it does not go to waste.
I have been wanting to get my daughter some piggy banks now that she is old enough for an allowance. I was originally going to see if we could hit our local Goodwill or even a garage sale to see what we could find.
Then it hit me!
Why not reuse yogurt cups to create our own custom designed little piggy banks! The ones we use are the 32 ounce containers – not sure this would be as good with the little 8 ounce cups!
We decided to create 3 to teach her the concept of share, save and spend.
The Modge Podge is perfect for giving the cups a decoupage look that my daughter could help me create. We decided on some illustrations from some magazines we had – and you can see I was even able to find the words spend, save and share to be able to note what each cup is for!
As a side note – I am not a fan of Modge Podge because of the toxic smell and extra chemicals – but I had it and did not want it to go to waste. I’ve since discovered you can make your own similar Modge Podge stuff by mixing three parts white (Elmer’s) glue to one part water.
Can You Recycle Plastic Yogurt Containers?
Yogurt containers are recyclable but some municipalities do not collect them curbside so you may need to find a drop off location for them.
These containers are typically labeled as plastic #5 which is polypropylene which costs more to recycle than other plastics so many municipalities don’t bother with them.
Maybe changing to yogurt that is in glass jars may also be a better option as you then do not have to wonder if they are recyclable or not!
Other Ways To Reuse Yogurt Cups
While this list is mostly for plastic containers – some of the ideas here can be used for glass yogurt containers as well!
Yogurt is a favorite in our family, but I really do hate the waste of those plastic cups! I do purchase the larger tubs of yogurt for this reason – less waste. I also found out that not all
If you are looking for creative uses to reduce the amount you have to recycle, the list below should help!
- Holders for markers and crayons
- Holders for small art supplies like sequins and beads
- Buckets for building sand-castles
- Rinse buckets for shampooing the kids’ hair at bath-time
- Bathtub toys
- Sippy cups for kids if they have a lid – you can just cut a small x to inset a straw in the middle of the top
- Cookie cutter for round cookies
- Scooper for sugar, flour, dog food etc.
- Paint cups
- Create a small plant project with the kids with seeds in different containers
- Rinse buckets for cleaning sinks, tubs, showers, etc.
- Holder for coffee grounds (I’ve been saving coffee grounds separately from the compost for a slug deterrent for garden plants)
- At our preschool, they use the little ones for paint cups at the art easel
- Use smaller yogurt cups as a measuring tool for the kitchen
- Flower pot gift for mom – a little Modge Podge, fake dirt and flower will make mom happy
- They make great alternative packaging for outings – pack up your goldifsh, nuts, candies in your container instead of using those plastic baggies
If you have other ideas please let me know and I will be glad to add it to the list.