Turn a used formula bin into Cute Storage

So if any of you have little ones then you might also have a bunch of these formula bins laying around.  As much as you can try to buy only the refill pouches of formula, somehow you keep ending up with new bins. 


I always swap out the bin when we get a new one...but I couldn't bring myself to toss out the old ones.  They are such a perfect size for craft room storage and made out of good solid plastic.  So here is a quick tutorial I came up with for how to repurpose those formula bins into cute storage.


empty formula bins
spray paint made for plastic
pretty paper
spray adhesive
scissors/exacto knife

First you'll need to carefully remove the lids without breaking off the little sticks that hold it on.

Once they are off, clean them up and spray with spray paint that is designed to stick to plastic.  I used Krylon Fusion in black because I had it left over from another project and this project only used a tiny bit of paint.  Make sure to spray the top and bottom of the lid.

Next, measure the bin and cut your paper to fit.  I was using 12" scrapbook paper and had to cut two pieces to get enough to cover the entire bin.

Make sure to measure where the two notches for the lid are and cut them out of the back piece of paper.

(sorry for the blurry picture...my one handed photography could use some work!)

Using your spray adhesive, attach the paper to the bin and secure with rubber bands while it dries.  I was a little slow on adding the rubber bands to my bins and that's why you can see some wrinkles in the paper. 

And that's all there is to it.  Using supplies you probably already have on hand you can repurpose what would be trash into useful storage. 


You just have to find the time!

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25 Response to Turn a used formula bin into Cute Storage

February 15, 2012 at 7:48 PM

Oh wow!!!!!! I go through so many of these and like you, didn't want to throw them out. I was so stumped but this is pretty and smart! I've lots of friends with little ones and would love it if you'd link this up on my Destination: Inspiration linky party going on now. Past and present projects are welcome too!


Thanks, Michelle

February 16, 2012 at 10:48 AM

LOVE this idea!! Can't wait to peruse the rest of your blog! I am a proud new follower, and found you via the Welcome Wednesday party! Would love for you to follow me back at "Keeping Up With the Joneses"- www.zachandashleyjones.blogspot.com

February 16, 2012 at 1:06 PM

Where were you when I had a baby? LOL! I am pinning this great idea. I am a new follower visiting from Fireflies and Jelly Beans. Vicky from Mess For Less

February 17, 2012 at 8:33 AM

I thought about doing this, but don't know what I would put IN them. What are you using them for?

February 17, 2012 at 11:41 AM

These are really cute and I have lots of these on hand! Thanks for the inspiration! Stopping by from do something crafty friday.

February 17, 2012 at 12:31 PM

Oh, man, that's genius! I can't tell you how many of those things we went through with my son! Great idea! Would you consider sharing here?


February 17, 2012 at 12:39 PM

Those turned out SO adorable!

I just contributed a post to Money Saving Mom.com featuring frugal and green organizing ideas - I wish I had seen yours before submitting it! :)

I'll be sure to add your creation to my 'New Uses for Old Things / Creative organizing' pinterest board.


February 17, 2012 at 1:29 PM

Dang it, why did I throw away all my formula tins?? What a smart idea! And so cute!

February 18, 2012 at 11:00 AM

I've been thinking there must be some way to use those things, and you nailed it!! These are great - you did an awesome job!! Thanks for the inspiration. :-)

February 18, 2012 at 11:56 PM

Hey Katheryn. These turned out great. I don't even have babies anymore but wish I had some of these.

Hugs...Tracy @ Cotton Pickin Cute

P.S. I'm your newest follower. I'd love you to stop by and visit my blog.

February 19, 2012 at 12:14 PM

What a great idea! I have a TON of these in my house and I never want to throw them away because they are such great containers. I found you through Tatertots & Jello's features- so glad I stopped by! I'm now following your blog- hope you'll come by and say hello! I have a give-away going on that ends tonight- I think you might enjoy the prize!


Hope you'll come say hi!

February 19, 2012 at 1:54 PM

Stopping by from the Anything Goes Linky! http://queenofsavings.com

February 20, 2012 at 12:03 PM

What a fantastic idea!! New follower here! :) Megan

February 20, 2012 at 3:16 PM

Love this idea, very cute!! I'm a new follower, love your site! =)

February 21, 2012 at 4:29 PM

This is such a creative idea! I would love for you to visit and link up at my Linky Party via: ourdelightfulhome.blogspot.com

Mrs. Delightful

February 22, 2012 at 8:24 AM

That is a really good idea! I have a ton of those same containers and I always need storage!

February 22, 2012 at 11:02 AM

Yes! I have formula bins! And craft paper and spray paint and... I think I know my next project! I'd love it if you'd share this at my Show & Tell party, going on now @ the Delectable Home.

February 22, 2012 at 7:12 PM

Wow, so cool. I can think of ways to use these so cute containers. Storage is a good thing. Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration over at Sunday's Best!

February 23, 2012 at 11:57 AM

Great tutorial! Thanks! I'm following you now! Hope you'll pop over to the Little Shack to visit and follow back!

February 23, 2012 at 10:12 PM

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February 24, 2012 at 11:23 PM

such a cute idea!!! i love it!!

new follower from the blog hop :) can't wait to read more of your awesome posts!


February 25, 2012 at 6:15 PM

I've seen these everywhere...so cute! Don't you love what a little paper and spray paint can do to spruce up a free container? LOVE it.

BTW I'm stopping by from A Bowl Full of Lemons and am your newest follower. If you have time I'd love for you to stop over at Adventures of Our Fami-Ly and take a look at my blog.

Have a great weekend,

February 27, 2012 at 12:45 PM

Love this idea! Thanks for linking up you will be featured tomorrow.

March 1, 2012 at 8:29 PM

I would love to feature this on Reduce, Reuse, UPcycle. Feel free to stop by and grab a featured button. Thanks!

March 6, 2012 at 9:42 PM

Could I use contact paper instead of the spraypaint and paper combination?

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