10 Ways to Reuse Formula Tins

how to reuse formula tins
As I was doing my usual nightly peruse through my Facebook feed, I saw someone asking for ideas of what they could do with old formula tins. My suggestion to them was to use it as a plastic bag dispenser or as a toddler activity where they can pop coloured pom poms through a hole cut in the lid, something Elliott loved doing which you can see in the photo and link below.

Elliott still has one formula bottle at night and so we do end up with the odd formula tin, so I thought what a great idea to come up with a list of ways formula tins can be reused. I wish I would have known of these ideas when we were going through a tin almost every week, but I have a couple lying around and can’t wait to create something pretty.  I absolutely LOVE all of these, but the blue Tin Can Flowers are my favourite and would look perfect in my garden.

Here’s My Little Angel enjoying putting pom poms in the hole – Pom Pom Play


Plastic Bag Dispenser – Image Source

plastic bag holder formula ti

Noise Making Drums from Indulgy

formula tin drums

Tin Can Flowers from Luv, Laughter & Happily Ever After

formula tin flower pots

Pen & Pencil Caddy – Image Source

formula tin pencil caddy

Decorative Storage Boxes from Design Improvised


Lanterns – Image Source

lanterns with formula cans

Shabby Chic Tins from Shabby Chic Inspired

vintage upcycled formula tins

Hanging garden pots – Image Source

hanging formula tins

Utensil Holder – Image Source

formula tin utensil holder

How do you reuse your formula tins?

Eva Lewis (The Multitasking Woman)

Eva Lewis (The Multitasking Woman)

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  1. September 16, 2013 / 9:11 pm

    ours just went in the recycling but I love those lanterns and the drums!

    • September 17, 2013 / 5:19 am

      That’s exactly what I had been doing with mine (apart from using it for Elliott’s play) until I found these other awesome ideas.

  2. September 17, 2013 / 12:18 am

    OMG! Totally love! I have a baby in the house at the moment and we are going through so many tins. I am definitely going to use some of these ideas.

  3. September 17, 2013 / 3:43 am

    I love the drums. We don’t have any formula tins, but I wonder if these would work with a smaller tin? Must try.

    • September 17, 2013 / 5:20 am

      The drums are wonderful. I’m pretty sure they’ll work withe any other type of tin Julie.

  4. September 17, 2013 / 5:57 am

    Wow some of those ideas are awesome!! Love the flower pots and the pencil holders!

  5. September 17, 2013 / 6:45 am

    Some great ideas here! Love it! We’re usually great at recycling things, and at the moment I’ve gone into hoarding mode and I’m saving all sorts of (hopefully) useful bits and bobs to use for crafting with the {little} Big Girl. I wonder if we’ll be as resourceful as this!?!

  6. September 17, 2013 / 7:20 am

    I never had a chance of re-using our formula tins when the kids were young – my husband would snaffle them for his model-making and terrain-making activities! I do share your love for the blue flower tins, such a great idea!

    • September 18, 2013 / 12:13 pm

      I did see that a lot of people (or husbands) use the tins for their screws and nails but I can think of much nicer things to use them for!

  7. September 17, 2013 / 10:14 am

    When I was formula feeding my twins they were on a prescription formula that came in half size tins and we were getting thru a dozen cans a week at one stage so we had empty tins coming out our ears. I ended up donating them en masse to my oldest’s preschool, they used them for all sorts of things.

  8. September 17, 2013 / 10:25 am

    I totally needed to see this post, I have about 20 left over formula tins in my garage because I KNEW they would come in handy ONE DAY! And now I have some great ideas! Thanks lovely! Em

  9. September 17, 2013 / 11:39 am

    Love all you ideas. Especially the Lanterns. Might have to do that with some tins and a strand of fairy lights. Most of my tins are in the shed. Great for all sorts of nuts and bolts and pipe fittings.

    • September 18, 2013 / 12:15 pm

      Aren’t the lanterns gorgeous. I can just picture them in the gardens during summer nights.

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  11. September 18, 2013 / 5:36 am

    I had so many formula tins – wish I had kept some as I am all inspired now!

  12. September 18, 2013 / 11:51 am

    I will be getting more formula tins now that I do top up feeds with formula. I love all those ideas. Usually I throw the tins n recycling. I love the Pom Pom tin idea and so can’t wait to use it when Magdalene is older. THanks for the great post.

    • September 18, 2013 / 12:16 pm

      I remember when my son was having a lot more formula, the tins would just go straight into recycling and now I wish I had kept some. The pom pom activity kept Elliott engaged for a record amount of time (he usually doesn’t). Enjoy!

  13. September 20, 2013 / 1:46 am

    love the bag dispenser, but also love the pretty pencil holders. Never gave it a thought back when I had formula tins, but I also didn’t have pinterest 🙂

  14. September 20, 2013 / 4:47 am

    What a cool post – so many great ideas. I turned many of ours into planters and they look great. That was years ago, though!! x

  15. September 20, 2013 / 6:39 am

    I absolutely love all these ideas!! thanks for the list 🙂

    Ai @ Sakura Haruka

  16. September 20, 2013 / 9:52 am

    Oh I love those lanterns – soo pretty!! Such clever ideas. Thank goodness for posts like this and pinterest as I’m just not very creative :))

    • September 20, 2013 / 12:10 pm

      Oh don’t worry Robyn, I’m not that creative either, that’s why I rely on Pinterest, the Internet and being inspired by other peoples blogs!

  17. September 20, 2013 / 11:23 am

    OMG! You are so clever. I’ve just been throwing mine in the bin. I’m going to get a little creative with Miss Three next week though. Fun. Thanks for the great ideas!

    • September 20, 2013 / 12:10 pm

      Thanks Renee, but the people on Pinterest are the ones that are clever, I’m just sharing the ideas. 🙂

  18. September 20, 2013 / 11:40 am

    Awesome ideas! We are past the formula tin stage (thank goodness) but at one point we had piles of them in the shed waiting to be turned into something useful. We ended up giving them all to our kindy. I think they used them for paint! Great post.

    • September 20, 2013 / 12:11 pm

      Using them for paint is a great idea. I’m also looking forward to no formula, we were using it as a bit of a booster as my son has been quite sick. Pretty sure we’re only about a month off!

  19. September 21, 2013 / 10:25 am

    What a lot of fantastic ways to recycle tins.
    We are past the formula days but the ideas work for other tins as well.

  20. September 21, 2013 / 11:26 am

    What fantastic ideas! We have a whole stack of formula tins sitting at the top shelf of our pantry. Now I know what to do with them!