22 Outstanding Ways to Re-Use Pringles Cans

September 13, 2011 17 comments View all articles in Re-Use-It

Pringles come in cylindrical cans that are innovative and practical. Consumers need no longer worry whether that bag of chips they've just purchased will have nothing but crumbs inside. Nor need they endure the hassle of storing huge bags of chips in their pantry when they can simply set a few durable, space-saving cans on the shelf. While 50 percent of each Pringles can is made from recycled material, these cardboard and metal cans are, unfortunately, non-recyclable. And since they're a favorite snack item for billions of people, that means they are a large contributor to landfill waste. But just because they can't go in the recycling bin doesn't mean they can't be repurposed in a multitude of ways!

[Note: Always thoroughly wash and dry Pringles cans before re-using them. Also, depending on your location, you may be able to recycle Pringles cans by separating the metal bottom and the plastic lid from the cardboard component. Check with your local recycling facility.]


  • Decorate the outside of the can with construction paper, glitter, ribbons, or whatever you like, then fill it with homemade cookies, and give it away as a gift. Or skip the decorating part and just use the container to hold cookies on your next camping trip!
  • Use Pringles cans to hold odd- or small-sized gifts. Just stuff the can with tissue paper or cellophane, add the gift, and cover the outside with wrapping paper.
  • Use a Pringles can to store your artist paintbrushes.
  • For bigger paint projects, store your used roller inside a Pringles can to keep it from drying out between uses. Just cap it and place it in the fridge.
  • Decorate the outside of a can, poke holes through the sides, attach a string for a handle, and have your son or daughter use it for transporting their papers home at the end of the week.
  • Use Pringles cans to store small toys or tennis balls.
  • Use them to store dry pastas of any kind.
  • Keep one on your desk for organizing pens and pencils.
  • Keep your knitting and crochet needles inside Pringles cans.
  • Yarn can also be kept from unwinding if stored inside a Pringles can.
  • Use one to store an open sleeve of crackers (like Ritz or Club) to keep them from going stale.
  • Use one as a disposal for your diabetic testing strips and lancets.
  • Wind your Christmas lights around them to prevent tangling and for easier storage.
  • Use the lid as a spoon rest when you're cooking.
  • Fill the can with dry dog food when you're camping or on a weekend trip (depending on the size of your dog, of course).
  • Cut a slit in the lid and use the can to collect coins.
  • Turn the can into a kaleidoscope by following the instructions at MakingFriends.com.
  • Use a Pringles can and the heat of the sun to cook hot dogs! Just follow the instructions at SolarDIYHQ.com.
  • Decorate the outside of a Pringles can and keep it on your kitchen counter to store utensils.
  • Wrap white paper around a Pringles can, paint a red cross on it, and fill it with medical supplies like bandages, ointments, antiseptics, and painkillers for an at-home first-aid kit.
  • Teach your students or children about rhythm, or just good, old-fashioned noise-making by turning Pringles cans into maracas. Just fill the cans with dried macaroni, beans, rice grains, or beads.
  • Turn a Pringles can into a pinhole camera! Just follow the instructions at Exploratorium.edu.


crazyliblady on Sept. 14, 2011 at 7:27 a.m.

Sounds like a great idea. Another way to use a Pringle's can would be to pack small cookies if you need to ship them somewhere else.

Carol Lynn on Feb. 12, 2013 at 8:32 a.m.

Lays sells chips in a similar can but theirs is plastic. I freeze water in them and use in my ice chest in the summer.

Rosie on April 26, 2013 at 7:41 p.m.

Stuff with hay for rabbits! Can either cut small holes near base to hang on side of cage or just stuff with hay and put it in with your guinea pig or rabbit. They love to bang it around, and it doesn't hurt them if they chew on it.
Or store hamster food (better than bag or box)! My kids decorate paper with pets name and drawing of pet and we tape it to outside. Encourages them to feed their small pets!

Christine on Sept. 7, 2013 at 2:42 a.m.

I need something to temporarily store unread letters on my desk: Cut off some of the height of the package, or cut it in half, cut slits and slots on both sides of the package for putting letters there upright (stop the cuts like one or two inches before the bottom). Fold the corners of the slits inwards if they are wide enough for that. Fill the bottom with coins for stability and you have a savings box at the same time. Of course, decoration on the outside of the package is a must.

susan on Jan. 11, 2014 at 12:10 a.m.

Use the cap to put beads in when doing card embroidery

Shimmey on May 2, 2014 at 11:13 p.m.

I use pringle containers, to fill with my fishing leaders.

Chris on May 5, 2014 at 1:07 p.m.

A 22 oz. Budweiser can fits perfectly inside a pringles can.

wizwoman on July 14, 2014 at 5:50 p.m.

Pringles lids are the perfect size for covering wine glasses during fruit fly season. (Just don't try to refill your wineglass while they're on - I've done that a couple of times!)

Jeff on Aug. 23, 2014 at 5:36 p.m.

You can also use a Pringles can to store Pringles.

kristy engstler on Sept. 16, 2015 at 8:58 p.m.

2 16 oz beers for travel in suitcase !!

eddy on Nov. 3, 2016 at 12:54 p.m.

cut out the bottom of the can and then cut a vertical slit in the center of the can big enough for your phone/mp3 player and presto, pringles speakers

Grace on Jan. 29, 2017 at 10:10 a.m.

I love pringles

Robin on Aug. 14, 2017 at 8:09 a.m.

What about the small can (1.3 oz)

JJ on Aug. 14, 2017 at 9:22 a.m.

Put your Scrabble tiles in a Pringles canister if you like making the tiles rattle when you mix them. Or make them into coin banks.

Zim on Nov. 25, 2017 at 9:23 a.m.

Favorite snack for "billions" of people?? Really? I'd like to see them reference a source for that statement.

Shan on March 30, 2018 at 10:30 a.m.

I've used mine to bake a potato!!!....Take out the inner lining and wrap the potato; put in the oven.....(DO NOT use the cardboard, IT WILL CATCH FIRE!!!!!;)

Manasy on Aug. 14, 2018 at 10:30 a.m.

I use pringles can to store my bangles for travel.

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