Formula tins are so strong and sturdy. It seemed such a waste to throw them out every 2 weeks! So, I have decided to start repurposing them and use them as toys and for storage!
With older children, it could be a task you work on together!


  • 1 Empty Formula Tin
  • 2 Rolls of scotch tape (or any coloured tape)
  • 1 pair scissors
  • 1 cup Rice/pasta


  1. Clean out the inside of the formula tin
  2. Starting at the very top of the tin, lay one strip of coloured tape all the way around. Continue to do this all the way down the tin. You can choose the colours- can keep it all in one colour, or alternate to add interesting patterns.
  3. The top and bottom can be a little tricky. Lay the strips down, as far out to the edge as you can. Dont worry if the strips dont cover all the way to the edge, because you are going to put a border to cover the missed pieces.
  4. Before sealing, put some uncooked rice or pasta on the inside. I like to do both, as it makes different sounds. I even left the scoop inside one. My daughter loves when it makes all different noises.
  5. Place the lid on tightly. Wrap tape around the top, so half is on the can, half is sticking up above the tin. The part of the tape that isnt stuck to the tin, cut little slices at regular intervals, so it folds down flats. Now go around and press the unstuck tape down around the edges of the lid, sealing the lid to the can. Repeat the same for the bottom.
  6. You now have a very cool looking rolling toy!
  7. For another use, dont seal the lid on and you can use it as a storage container for pens, pencils, creams etc etc.

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  • teacup83
    • 14 Mar 2014
      10:51 am

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  • A practical storage solution throughout the whole house!


  • Lots of formula tins to use if you have a bottle fed baby. Handy storage ideas for those little bits and pieces


  • You could use contact as well or instead of scotch tape with different colours


  • That is a great way to keep everything tidy


  • We use them for pens and pencils, great idea

    • Also great for paint brushes and utensils


  • These recycled tins looks so colourful and they are so practical.


  • They are so versatile aren’t they?


  • i love recycling formula tins…there’s a new one every 2 weeks lol

    • Formula tins are a good size too and are reasonably sturdy.


  • Awesome idea I have formula tins coming out my ears!!


  • This is such a great idea! I might give this a go!


  • Great! Thanks for sharing! A good creative idea


  • This is an awesome craft for the kids to make and will be very useful.


  • This is a very useful project and so pretty Thanks for sharing!


  • I’ve got stacks of old formula tins, so this will be awesome


  • It is a great way to recycle, my daughter did the same with large cans and covered them with leftover contact from covering schoolbooks.


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