Stuff That Works for Us: Re-use Ink Cartridge Thingies.

DSC08284For some reason I cannot fathom, I started saving those little plastic thingies that my ink cartridges come in. They seemed handy, thought I couldn’t think of a use for them right away.

Well, I figured it out. They make great paint pots.

Simple as that. They nest into each other, so they don’t take up much space, and they are sturdy enough to rinse out and use again.

The only snag I ran into was how to pour extra paint back into the narrow neck of the bottle, because of the wide lip.

DSC08286I put my two brain cells together and grabbed some scissors. I cut off one corner of the lip, to make a little “spout.” Perfect.

It works beautifully, and I feel a lot less wasteful. We can’t afford to recycle here, and don’t really have the space right now anyway. (Our garage is full of my sister’s stuff until she’s able to come get it once she’s married.) So, I’m always looking for ways to re-use things and cut waste.

It’s not much, but it’s what I’m able to do right now.

Have you found a handy use for something you otherwise would have thrown away? Do share!

Grace & Peace,


2 thoughts on “Stuff That Works for Us: Re-use Ink Cartridge Thingies.

  1. I use the scoops from powdered laundry detergent — which I’ve saved over the years — similarly, when I paint the trim on a wall. They are large enough to dip a trim brush into, and have perfect sort of panhandles. The fact that they are disposable in the first place clinches it for me. Reuse a disposable thing once, and cut waste by a huge 50%. 😉
    Long ago, I reused 1-quart paper milk cartons as lightweight, disposable bowling pins for my very small child. He loved ’em.
    Now days, I use them for seedling-starting pots for plants, such as trees, that grow large quickly. Poke a hole in the bottom, first. At transplant time, they tear away easily, minimizing root damage.

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