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When you have a little one in diapers, you may have several empty wipe containers littering your home. Of course, we suggest using reusable wipes or buying wipes refills to avoid waste and excess plastic -- but if you find yourself in the midst of several empty baby wipe containers - fret not, you can still put an eco spin on them. It seems like such a shame for those little sturdy containers to simply get tossed into the trash or recycling bin. There are so many great ways to give them new life.
With a handful of supplies you can make several different items with these containers -- from a toy car to an Advent calendar! Read on for my 10 favorite ways to reuse empty baby wipes containers.
#1: Art Organization
If your child’s bedroom is like most, their desk area is littered with crayons, markers, colored pencils and the like. You can corral all of your child’s art supplies using empty baby wipes containers. The best part, they make clean up a breeze — just snap off the top, fill the containers with the art supplies, snap the lid back on and then stack on your child’s desk for storage. These are also great for toting art supplies along in the car or to the park.
#2: Card Game Containers
If your family plays a lot of card games like mine – you probably have a drawer stuffed with them. The problem is that the packaging will start to fall apart sooner or later and some of the cards might get lost. Transforming baby wipes containers into card came containers is a great idea because it keeps all of the card game pieces together, they stay clean and the containers are easy to stack in your game closet.
#3: Car Emergency Kit
There are several supplies that you should keep in the car in case of an emergency. You can stash a flashlight, a couple of small tools, medicine, a cellphone charger, flares, and extra cash in a baby wipes container and then stash it in the trunk. The container will keep everything together, dry and clean and easily accessible in case of an emergency.
#4: LEGO Building Box
If your child is like mine, playing with LEGOs can keep him busy all day long. The problem, my son always wants to take his LEGO pieces in the car and those little pieces always find themselves down the seat. My son is upset, and then I am upset because I have to pull the car apart trying to find the missing piece. I love the idea of recycling a baby wipes containers into a LEGO building box. You can either cut the LEGO building mat to fit inside the lid or adhere it to the lid with heavy duty glue. Then, fill the box with LEGO and your children will be as happy as clams on the go!
#5: Snack Pack
It never surprises me, my family will jump in the car and forget to grab snacks from the pantry. I like to keep an empty baby wipes container stashed under the seat that is filled with non-perishable snacks. This way we never have to stop to pick up a snack because someone is starving, and the snacks are easy to pull out of the dispenser hole, especially smaller packs of organic fruit snacks and crackers.
#6: Toy Car
Feeling creative? Why not turn an empty baby wipes container into a real working toy car for your child? The best part, your child can open the “car” and fill it with their favorite little people or other treasures that they find as they are zooming their new ride around. Another bonus, when it breaks or your child gets tired of it, you can toss it in the recycling bin.
#7: Treasure Chest
Looking for a great craft to keep the littles entertained after school? With a little paint, glue and embellishments your child can transform an empty baby wipes container into a treasure chest in no time. This is a super fun craft for a play date – once the paint and glue has dried, send the children outside for a scavenger hunt — all of their treasures can go inside the box as they find them.
#8: Advent Calendar
Christmas is right around the corner! Now is the perfect time to start stock piling those empty baby wipes containers to be used in a fun advent calendar. You can use the small containers made to go inside of the diaper bag for small advent treasures. You could also use the larger ones to hold bigger prizes such as a book to read or a puzzle to put together each night of Advent.
#9: Toy Storage
Whose child doesn’t have a load of teeny-tiny toys? Whether it is toy cars, LEGO mini-figs, Yu-Gi-Oh cards or tiny jewels and treasures, these goodies have to be corralled if you don’t want them getting sucked up into the vacuum. You could paint the containers with chalkboard paint, and then scribble the name of the treasure on the front. Or simply write the name or print and stick a label to the front, then stack them up for organization.
#10: Coin Bank
Those tall round baby wipes containers are the perfect shape and size for a coin bank. You can glue adorable paper or fabric on the outside container, then have your child pop the top to drop the coins and dollars in! This particular one is made for plastic bags – however, you could simply add coins for a bank!