Recycle Baby Formula Can as a Cute Storage Container

Having twins, we went through a TON of formula. The new packaging for formula is pretty nice and can be used for a cute storage for little toys or items around the house.  We use these containers in the car and under the bathroom sink to keep the kids busy.

Baby Formula Can Supplies

::Formula Can
:: Scissors
:: Contact Paper

DIY Steps

{Step 1}  Clean the formula can and wrap contact paper around the box. I just love how the contact paper has straight lines to follow which makes it easy.

{Step 2} Cut the contact paper a little bit bigger than the can. Begin peeling off the backing while wrapping the can to prevent a big sticky wrinkly mess. Contact paper can really take on a mind of its own sometimes! Wrap the excess around the bottom as needed.

{Step 3} Cut where needed to smooth the bubbles.

Tip: I find it is best to not wrap it all the way to the lid. It will give it a nice accent finish and will make the project easier.

Project Cost

The formula is pretty costly however we are reusing or repurposing the packaging for this project.  Therefore, we are saving money and the landfill at the same time.

I found the contact paper at Big Lots for only $3.50 for a giant roll of discontinued patterns.  I was able to get 25 yards and some cute colors that would work great for this project.

This is an easy project that is very inexpensive to store small toys or LEGOs.  You can even use these to store crayons for the kids while you are on the go.

by Savings Lifestyle: Emily on August 14, 2012


  • Pat - August 15, 2012 @ 9:54 am

    This is a great idea and I love keeping items out of landfills. I recycle about90% of my garbage. I have to haul it to two different recyling centers (one recycles glass and one doesn’t, one recycles tin cans and one doesn’t etc) but we manage to get it done.

  • HardestyMom01 - June 28, 2013 @ 9:48 pm

    I had to comment. Love the paper. I have the same exact kind. (I used it to cover the labels on the free buckets I got from my local deli.) Awesome idea for the formula containers. I’ll have to get some from my sister. (I breastfeed my daughter.) Many blessing to you and yours.

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