Genius Ways To Use Old Coffee Creamer Containers Around Your Home

Even if you're the only person in your household who drinks coffee every morning, it probably feels like you're always buying creamer. Add more caffeine lovers in the house or cups of the good stuff throughout the day, and you may go through one bottle a week.

Unfortunately, those chic bottles are made of plastic, which doesn't always get recycled even if put in your recycling bin. Meanwhile, according to one Statista report, the human population discards more than 350 million metric tons of plastic annually, which takes hundreds of years to decompose.

This challenges us to produce less waste by finding creative uses for the single-use products we purchase. You've likely already wondered what you could repurpose old coffee creamer containers for, but they're so versatile that there are several things you may not have thought of.

Whether you use them as shaker cups, keep them as to-go water bottles, or try one of the ideas below, there's a clever way to repurpose creamer bottles for nearly everyone. So save money by giving something you already own a new life and feel good about doing what you can to help the environment.

Pre-scramble eggs for camping

Going camping is one of the best ways to connect with nature, though planning meals can be tricky. However, with a little preparation, some eggs, and an old coffee creamer container, you'll have an easy-to-make breakfast packed and ready. You don't have to stick with plain eggs either — throw in some chopped onion, peppers, mushrooms, or any other veggies you like. If everyone has different tastes, separate the eggs into multiple creamer bottles before adding the additional ingredients, and they're ready to go!

Create a planter

Old coffee creamer containers are one of the common household items you can turn into beautiful planters. Cut off the label, use a soldering tool to make a starter hole to cut the bottle in half and poke drainage holes into the bottom, wrap them in masking tape, and use hot glue to wrap them in jute rope. Add fabric, lace, or ribbons to create stylish planters that fit your aesthetic. Another option is to draw designs or patterns using acrylic paint. Meanwhile, textured spray paint can take drab plastic and make it look like stone.

Make a self-watering pot

Adding a new houseplant to your collection always seems like a good idea until it comes time to water it. For easy plant care, use an old coffee creamer container to create a self-watering planter your plants will love. This method uses subirrigation to allow the roots to drink at their own pace and works best with clear bottles so that you can see when the reservoir needs refilling. Pro tip: Place some self-watering wick cord between the soil and the water to make it easier for your plant babies to soak up that H20.

Use it as a flower vase

After unscrewing the lid from your creamer bottle, you may notice that it's the perfect shape for a small flower vase. But if you don't want to worry about replacing fresh blooms every week, get your florals from AmazonDollar Tree, or Michaels. This way, you can switch out your faux plants each season or as desired. Use your favorite paints, ribbons, fabrics, and other decorative items to make the vase match your home decor.

Make a bird feeder

Some studies show that feeders benefit birds, as long as you follow precautions like keeping them clean. You can make one using an old coffee creamer container and popsicle sticks. Remove the label, cut out a small area toward the bottom of the bottle, and hot glue wooden sticks to the bottom to give the birds something to rest on while they eat. Paint it how you like using bird-safe acrylic paint, add something to hang it up, fill it with bird seed, and you're ready to start feeding the birds in your backyard.

Revamp your craft storage

If you love crafting, you're probably already familiar with a few genius craft room organization hacks, but another is to use clear creamer bottles to store all your buttons, gems, beads, and more. They're tall and slim, so they don't require a lot of space. Plus, the easy-pour top lets you dump out precisely what you need. You could even place ribbons in a bottle, thread them through the spout, and close the top to hold them in place. All you need to create this inexpensive storage solution are coffee creamer bottles and a tiered organizer.

Make your own coffee creamer

If you want to reduce the amount of plastic you use altogether, give your creamer bottle a second life holding homemade creamer instead of buying more. YouTuber Jordan Cornwell recommends stirring 1 cup of sugar into 2 cups of simmering half-and-half. For peppermint mocha, add 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder with the sugar and 1 teaspoon of peppermint extract after it cools. For vanilla, add 1 tablespoon of vanilla after it cools. Then add 2 cups of milk. Tweak the additional ingredients however you like to create the perfect personalized flavor.

Turn it into a travel-friendly laundry detergent container

Whether you regularly visit the laundromat or plan on using the washer and dryer at a hotel, the last thing you want to do is lug around a giant box of detergent. As luck would have it, small coffee creamer bottles make the perfect travel-friendly containers to hold everything you need on laundry day. Save up a few so you have enough to pack your detergent, fabric softener, bleach, vinegar, and any other liquids you need. Mom Like a Boss added Talented Kitchen-brand laundry labels from Amazon to tell the bottles apart.

Refill it with water for an easy pour

Old coffee creamer containers make the perfect vessel to hold and pour water. Just use a cleaning brush and rinse thoroughly to remove any residue. Keep a bottle in your laundry room to refill your iron or next to your Keurig to save a little time in the morning. They also work well to top off plants, especially if you use lightweight expanded clay aggregate, aka the unexpected potting soil replacement that houseplant enthusiasts are loving, or bottom water, which can be challenging without making a mess.

Store dry foods

Finally, pantry dry goods have never been more organized thanks to this ingenious upcycling hack using old coffee creamer containers. Clear bottles work best so you can see what's inside, though labels come in handy if the bottles aren't see-through. Either way, the spout makes pouring snacks into kids' lunch boxes or baggies a breeze. You can also use them as mess-free dispensers for ingredients like sugar or flour, and another good idea is to keep a few smaller coffee creamer bottles on hand to fill up and use on family outings or long car rides.