How many baby wipe containers do you go through in a week? I can’t even keep count! It feels like I throw away these little plastic boxes left and right. I got to thinking the other day there has to be some use for these things, so I did a little research. And guess what I discovered? That’s right, there are a ton of great ideas out there! Let’s check them out!
This is a very clever and natural use for a baby wipe container. Of course, that lid you pull the wipes up through is perfect for pulling yarn through! This is the perfect way to ensure that you don’t end up with a tangled mess.
DIY Instructions: realsimple
Sensory Play Toy for Toddlers
If you have toddlers and are looking for a unique sensory play idea, one blogger came up with the genius idea of putting scraps of colorful fabric inside decorated old baby wipe containers. Little kids love pulling out the colorful fabric; apparently this can go on for hours and never get old.
DIY Instructions: aspottedpony
As the blogger who came up with this idea pointed out, it is fast and easy and it literally takes about five minutes to get it set up. It turns out that a baby wipes container makes the perfect starter for seedlings; you can even cover the top. It is a little bit like a miniature greenhouse, just with opaque walls. Use this idea if you want to get your seedlings started early and extend the growing season in late winter or early spring.
DIY Instructions: novicelife
Store Kids’ Craft Supplies
Does your kid have craft and art supplies all over the place? Get that mess under control by storing it inside an old baby wipe container. With some creativity, you can make these craft containers look really nice; this is even a project which you could work on with your kids so that they can personalize their containers.
DIY Instructions: modernmommycanada
Store Your Own Craft Supplies
Old baby wipe containers aren’t just great for storing your kids’ craft supplies either; they are also perfect for storing your own. In fact, they are just the right height for storing craft paints. You can fit 18 bottles into a single container.
DIY Instructions: creativemamaonadime
Use Baby Wipe Containers to Store Dryer Sheets
This one is pretty self-explanatory. Baby wipe containers make it easy to grab baby wipes, so why not also use them to grab dryer sheets quickly and easily when you need them?
DIY Instructions: pinterest
Store Plastic Bags
This idea is closely related to the one above. I don’t know about you, but I never know what to do with plastic bags from the grocery store; I hang onto a lot of them because I find them handy, but usually I just shove them all into a drawer where they are completely disorganized. I’m not doing that again! I’ll just put them in a baby wipe container!
DIY Instructions: theteacherswife
Lego Travel Box
Okay, this is an idea that I am just in love with! If your kid loves Lego blocks, make it easy to bring them along on trips! For this project, you attach a Lego base to the inside of a baby wipe container lid, and then you just store the Lego bricks inside the box. The box keeps the bricks in place and your child can build on the lid. I think this might work better if the Lego base was placed on top of the lid, but that would entail opening and closing the lid a lot if your child wants to keep the bricks inside (i.e. in the car), so I can see why this might be best. Brilliant idea in any case!
DIY Instructions: kvbarn
This is a game made out of an old baby wipe container which has been given eyes so that it becomes a cute “monster” that eats letters. The idea is for your child to put in one letter at a time to “feed” the alphabet monster a word. This teaches spelling (and the care and feeding of plastic pets).
DIY Instructions: icanteachmychild
Build Beautiful Treasure Boxes
If your children like to collect “treasures”—special toys, objects from outside, etc., then give them a fun and beautiful storage solution in the form of a baby wipe turned into a “treasure box.” This will keep your kids from strewing their treasures all around the house, and it makes for a fun craft project that you can do together. Check the source link for a full tutorial.
DIY Instructions: snapguide
Here is another idea for sensory play which involves using the tops of baby wipe containers. Save the lids and affix them to some kind of a board, and then attach materials with fun textures to the inside of each. Your child can open and close the different lids and feel the textures and look at the materials. For added fun and challenge, after your child learns each of the materials using sight and touch, close the lids and have your child try and figure out which are which just from touch alone.
DIY Instructions: motherhoodandotheradventures
Store Playing Cards and Game Pieces
Board games are a lot of fun, but it is such a pain keeping track of all the game pieces and not losing them. One of the easiest solutions you are going to find is to store your loose game pieces and playing cards inside a set of old baby wipe containers. Just label them so that you know which pieces belong with which games. Very clever!
Breastfeeding Milk Storage Container
If you are trying to store frozen breastfeeding milk for later use and cannot figure out how to get it flat, one of the best ideas is to store a bag of milk inside a plastic baby wipe container. They come out being very flat and thin, and you can write on the date and time. You can easily stack these up to store neatly.
DIY Instructions: ramblingsofmama
First Aid Kit
Unless you actually bought a first aid kit at some point as a kit, odds are that your first aid “kit” consists of a lot of loose odds and ends. You can go out and purchase a plastic container to store all the emergency stuff in, but why do that when all you need is a baby wipe container? This is a smart and easy idea!
DIY Instructions: myfrugaladventures
Store Your Photos
These days a lot of us have most of our photos in digital format on our computer hard drives, but maybe you still have a lot of film snapshots. What’s the best way to store a ton of 4×6 photo prints? It turns out that they fit perfectly inside baby wipe containers!
Make a Laundry Room for a Dollhouse
Have a child who likes to play with dolls and would love an elaborate laundry room for a dollhouse? One of the easiest ways you can create remarkably lifelike doll-size washers and dryers is to use baby wipe containers. These ones weren’t even painted—they came with that lovely blue color. Check out the video!
Here is yet another way you can make use of the fact that baby wipe containers are the perfect size for 4×6 photos. This is a sensory play idea where you place several wipe container lids on a “house” and disguise them as windows and doors. Your child can open the “windows” and see photos of familiar faces looking back at them.
DIY Instructions: icanteachmychild
Another Idea for Craft Storage
This is a variation on a theme; earlier I shared how you can turn baby wipe containers into craft storage boxes for your kids. This idea takes it a step further since there is a different container for each type of craft supply. This is a great way to teach your children valuable organizational skills—plus, they look really cool!
DIY Instructions: sweetshoppedesigns
Teach Small Children About Numbers
Amazingly enough, I do remember learning about numbers and counting as a wee child, but I also remember it being a confusing concept to wrap my little head around. Something like this would have made it simpler. You just label each baby wipe lid with a number in numeral form, and then put the correct number of dots under each. This helps children learn to associate numerals with quantities and understand what numbers mean.
DIY Instructions: mrskarensclass
Make a Toy “Laptop” For Your Child
If you have a little toddler who looks enviously at your computer, you can make one for him or her to play with using an old baby wipe container lid! This laptop is powered by imagination. Your child can switch out the “screen” cardstock as often as he or she likes, which imitates changing a desktop wallpaper. I notice this keyboard is written in order of the alphabet; this would be a great way to teach about letters.
DIY Instructions: she-wears-flowers
At first I thought the idea here was to use a baby wipe container as a toy box, but on closer examination I found that really the box itself is being used as the toy. Small children apparently can be just as entertained by putting objects into these containers as they are pulling objects out of them.
DIY Instructions: theprincessandthetot
Organize “Random Groups of Stuff”
Here is an idea for using baby wipe containers to organize “random groups of stuff,” as the Pinterest user says who submitted it. Notice how each of the baby wipe containers is contained with several others inside a larger box. You could group related items inside the same larger boxes. Looks like an easy and fun way to stay organized!
Flip-Top Family Album
I have talked about storing photos inside baby wipe boxes, but I have not yet shared this idea! Store your photos inside an album, but then cover your photo album in fabric and add some baby wipe containers to the outside. These can be flipped open to reveal photos of all the members of your family.
DIY Instructions: thecrazycraftlady
One of the hardest spots in the house to stay organized to me is the bathroom counter and cabinets. I am always piling up bottles of lotion and pills and various odds and ends, and none of them fit nicely anywhere. I hate just shoving them all into cabinets or drawers; they always end up a total mess. Next time I am just going to go with this easy suggestion!
DIY Instructions: pinterest
Remember the earlier cool idea for using the flip tops of baby wipe containers to design a game for learning numbers? This is a similar concept, except that you are teaching letters and phonics. You put pictures on the lid tops with animals (or whatever else you want to use) and then letters underneath from the beginnings of their names. Your child tries to figure out which letters are under which animals based on how to spell their names.
DIY Instructions: notimeforflashcards
Trash Can For Your Car
It is tough to stay neat and tidy in the car; it is all too easy to leave trash around everywhere because most of us do not keep trash bins in our cars. Where would you fit a full-size trash can after all? But you don’t need one—all you need is this adorable decorated “trash can” made out of a baby wipe container!
DIY Instructions: busyasahoneybee
Twine and Ribbon Organizer
Near the start of this list, I shared the idea with you to use a baby wipe container to organize and un-spool yarn so that you don’t make a mess. You can also use a baby wipe container to organize other things like ribbon and twine.
DIY Instructions: yetanothermomblog
Organize Your Medicine Cabinet
Earlier I mentioned how you could use baby wipe containers to store odds and ends in your bathroom. Here is yet another idea for the bathroom—use your baby wipe containers to store all your bottles of pills and supplements. You could even label each box with a different person’s name or a different medical purpose. These would be awesome for traveling too!
DIY Instructions: hometalk
Organize Your Makeup
Have a hard time keeping your makeup bottles from falling over each other? Baby wipe containers are just the right height for storing nail polish bottles.
DIY Instructions: pinterest
If you are looking for a really fun, creative and different idea for re-using baby wipe container lids, this is it. Design beautiful and unique little “fairy doors” using baby wipe containers, and then attach them to the sides of plant pots. This is an activity where the only limit is your imagination. Have fun doing this with your children!
DIY Instructions: kidsplayspace
Now you know 30 awesome ways that you can reuse and upcycle your baby wipe containers! These projects are a lot of fun, and many of them can be done within a manner of minutes. Use baby wipe containers to stay organized and to teach children about numbers, phonics, textures and more. If you know any other cool ways to re-use baby wipe containers, be sure to share in the comments!