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We're using about one can of formula a week and have quite the stash of used up cans with lids. They're nice cans and I'd like to reuse them somehow. Any suggestions about what to do with them?

How about the little scoops that come in the cans? And glass baby food jars?

I'm sure this board's creative ladies will have some fantastic ideas!
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Crud, I typed a response and it went into the ether. I'll try to recreate it.

For the cans: store small toys in them (like Little People, those always end up EVERYWHERE in my house!) Markers and crayons that have lost their boxes. Keep one under your sink in the bathroom for sample size stuff (I collect that stuff obsessively!) Put one in the laundry room with a slit in the top so you can put any loose change from pockets in there.

For the jars: put spices in them. I use baby food jars for my spices I don't buy in massive bulk. Stuff like pumpkin pie spice, celery seed, and rosemary that I take a long time to use up.
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Not particularly creative but we use the metal cans for storage. I put a lot of my foods in the pantry in them to help keep pests out and because they're so durable. You never know when you're going to get a mouse in your house and I'd rather have my beans in a metal can instead of a plastic bag. Just be sure to dry them out really well so they don't rust.

Also, I made a game for my son when he was younger...I cut a narrow rectangle in the lid of a formula container and gave him a bunch of canning lids and he'd put the lids through the hole in the can. He found it pretty amusing when he was younger.

For the scoopers.....DS liked to play with them in the tub. I also kept a couple and cut off the handles and use them to cut doughnut holes.

Small glass jars I use to store spices or small things in my craft room.

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Toys.

Save them until baby is a preschooler, and then they make terrific containers for storing all the little bits and pieces that come with games and toys. And the glass baby food jars make great paint-pots, when baby is old enough to paint at an easel. The scoops can be used for bath toys or sandbox toys. You probably won't need as many as you'll have, but you can save some of them for that.

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You could decorate them with scrapbook paper and ric-rac and use them for pens and pencils...or you could use them to put small gifts in like a home-made "gift bag."

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Just be careful with them and check the insides first. I had one of the larger sized cans and cut a small slit in the top so my son could practice putting coins in it and then showed him how to open the lid and dump them all out to do it again.... but when I was reaching in it I cut my finger! So just make sure when you peel the aluminum lid off before using the formula, that there are no sharp edges. I think maybe most don't, but mine did and it was super sharp.

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Crud, I typed a response and it went into the ether. I'll try to recreate it.

For the cans: store small toys in them (like Little People, those always end up EVERYWHERE in my house!) Markers and crayons that have lost their boxes. Keep one under your sink in the bathroom for sample size stuff (I collect that stuff obsessively!) Put one in the laundry room with a slit in the top so you can put any loose change from pockets in there.

For the jars: put spices in them. I use baby food jars for my spices I don't buy in massive bulk. Stuff like pumpkin pie spice, celery seed, and rosemary that I take a long time to use up.
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I made gifts out of tomato cans and plan to use my friend's formula cans to make some more.

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I saw a desk set-up with round containers as a mail sorting system today. Hoping this link works.

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Not particularly creative but we use the metal cans for storage. I put a lot of my foods in the pantry in them to help keep pests out and because they're so durable. You never know when you're going to get a mouse in your house and I'd rather have my beans in a metal can instead of a plastic bag. Just be sure to dry them out really well so they don't rust.
It is my understanding that most formula cans are lined with BPA. You might want to look into that if you are thinking about food storage. Or put the food in there in the original packaging instead of dumping it in there.
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Possibly to plant a flower? You could also them up on CraigsList or FreeCycle, a lot of crafty people may be interested. Or Google "uses for used formula cans craft diy" or similar.
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It is my understanding that most formula cans are lined with BPA. You might want to look into that if you are thinking about food storage. Or put the food in there in the original packaging instead of dumping it in there.
Only liquid formula cans are lined. The plain metal ones used for powdered formula are unlined.

I'm using them as containers for this year's home made holiday gifts. I'm going to cover them with cute lemon-print fabric and am making soap, lotion, and other goodies with lemon. There are a few huge lemon trees in my neighborhood, so this will be a very cost effective gift!
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Great ideas! We don't use formula, but this has inspired me regarding other cans that we do use.

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I've been planning to make baby wipes before my baby gets here, the cans might be good for that if you make your own.

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