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« on: November 04, 2007 07:51:14 PM »

We buy these regularly... once we wrapped a gift in one, but what the HECK do I do with them on an ongoing basis??? Any ideas???


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« Reply #1 on: November 04, 2007 08:06:00 PM »

These would be great for organizing buttons, or beads, or even other notions. You can roll up your elastic and shove it in there according to the different widths, seam binding etc.

You could also use them for storing bulk spices and herbs like what you get at the health food stores.

You could bake small cookies or individually wrapped candies and wrap the outside with a piece of fabric or pretty paper and give as gifts for Christmas.

I wonder if you could use them for candle molds? They're just the right size...

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« Reply #2 on: November 04, 2007 08:07:28 PM »

I'm thinking, put a stick in it and make popsicles. Mmmmmm.....

« Reply #3 on: November 04, 2007 08:15:22 PM »

what if you covered them in fabric and things and use them as little flower pots or vases. if the top is bigger than the bottom, you could even punch holes in the bottom of the pot, and use the lid as a dish to catch water.

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« Reply #4 on: November 04, 2007 10:10:35 PM »

I use some to keep my beads and things separated (not seed beads...pony beads and the like)

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« Reply #5 on: November 04, 2007 10:20:00 PM »

i was going to say buttons and other notions but someone already had that idea sooooo another idea is that you could use them to store your extra pens and pencils in.

« Reply #6 on: December 02, 2007 08:04:42 PM »

Thanks for all your suggestions... use about a dozen of them to hold some hot beverage mixes... Russian Tea, Malted Hot Cocoa, and Cinna-Mocha-Sation... yummmo!!

Here are the recipes! Enjoy!

1 cup powdered non-dairy creamer
2/3 cup powdered dry milk
1/3 cup instand coffee granules
1 tsp cinnamon
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 tsp each salt and nutmeg

Mix and store in an airtight container. Mix 1/4 cup into 3/4 cup boiling water.

Malted Hot Chocolate
3 1/2 ounces of malted milk powder
1 pound of powdered dry milk
14 ounces of instant chocolate drink mix
5 1/2 ounces of powedered non-dairy creamer
1 pound of confectionary sugar
8 ounces of mini marshmallows

Stir and store! Use 3 heaping tablespoons of mix to one mug of boiling water.

Russian Tea
2 1/2 cups Tang
12 oz of instand lemonade mix (koolaid)
1 1/2 cups of instant lemon flavoredtea
1 tsp nutmeg
1 1/2 cups white sugar
2 tsp each cloves and cinnamon

Stir together and store. Add 2 tablespoons into mug of boiling water.

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« Reply #7 on: December 03, 2007 07:50:37 AM »

mmmmmmm sounds tasty. thanks for the recipes!

« Reply #8 on: December 04, 2007 08:05:20 PM »

AND... if I make cookies with my smallscoop... I can stack a DOZEN in a tube!!! WOWZA! Now I'm OUT of tubes... so I'll have to put out my feelers and my checkbook to get more! LOL

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« Reply #9 on: January 15, 2008 06:33:48 AM »

 ;)I actually save mine for disposing of fat when I cook meat.  They do not melt!

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« Reply #10 on: January 15, 2008 11:11:08 AM »

I covered one with pretty paper and painted the lid. It now houses my bottle of lube so it doesn't stand on display on my nightstand  Cheesy
Now what to do with the other 10 of these that I have? The other ideas in this thread are great, I'll have to use some of those.
« Reply #11 on: April 21, 2008 06:21:24 AM »

Please keep this topic going! I've got a good 20 or so of these tubes and really hate just tossing them in the garbage... and there's no recycling here.

Of note, the drink mix containers are plastic('ish) and very light. Filling them with pens and pencils is a great idea, but does make them top-heavy and very easy to topple over.

The tubes are about 6 1/2" tall with a diameter of 2 5/8". They are almost always translucent white but may have different colored (and labeled) tops.. Wyler's Light tops are blue.

I've switched to single serving drinks because there's no more room for these tubes! Smiley

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« Reply #12 on: April 21, 2008 10:19:57 PM »

Well I did discover that a dozen cookies fit in the tube Smiley perfect for mailing Smiley

AND... enough powdered drink mix (loose) for a decent gift.

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« Reply #13 on: April 22, 2008 06:25:18 PM »

You can use them to freeze water in and use in your cooler when you go to the beach.  Add one in each corner and in the middle of your cooler...  we use one at work to put sugar and creamer in for our morning coffee.  I also think they would be great to store your hair ties in.  They also make good containers to take Ritz crackers in on a trip...keeps the crackers from getting crushed. 

Another idea is to freeze Hawaiian punch in for a party to add to the punchbowl.

Hope these ideas help.  I am all for recycling!

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« Reply #14 on: April 23, 2008 07:20:43 AM »

My local animal shelter asks for these to put out at stores for collections - they put pictures of the animals on them, then place them by the cash registers at area convenience stores.  I would imagine other charities might be interested in using them for the same thing.
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« Reply #15 on: April 23, 2008 07:22:40 AM »

if you knit you can cover it with pretty fabric or paper then use it to store your needles...wow I love all of the ideas..

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« Reply #16 on: April 27, 2008 05:59:54 AM »

OK these are great ideas. This weekend I stuffed one with banana peels and tossed it in the fridge until I'm ready to use the peels in my pots or compost. Smiley

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