10 Uses for Plastic Plant Pots

Our readers have asked this question before: "How can we reuse those plastic pots that plants come in?" Here are 10 ideas for keeping them out of your trash bin ...

While it's more green to start your plants from seed or a clipping, it's understandable that some people don't have the time, patience or success with this method.

ThisOldHouse has put together a collection of 10 ideas on how to reuse those pots. Here are a few from their list that stood out. Some are better than others. If you think you can do better, let us know!

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  • Displace Dirt in a Larger Pot: When repotting a plant, turn a plastic pot upside down in the new, larger container and add soil around it to reduce the need for potting soil.
  • Protect Saw Blades: Flip seedling trays upside down and use the crevices to store saws or workshop knives so that the blades don't get damaged in storage.
  • Clean Fruits and Veggies: Use as a strainer to clean dirt off the fruits and veggies from your garden.
  • Lift a Paint Project Off the Ground: Use four small pots to prop up a cabinet door or piece of trim so you can paint the sides.
  • Organize Cables or Electric Cords: Bundle and stash cords in upside-down pots in a garage or workroom. When cords are in use, pull the needed length through the bottom hole, enlarging it as necessary.
  • Organize Hardware: Sort and store nuts, bolts, nails, and odds and ends.
  • Use as a Twine Dispenser: Insert twine, in a roll or ball, and thread through a hole in the bottom.
  • Sorting Spare Change: For encouraging kids to save or for saving those quarters for laundry day.
  • Store Christmas Ornaments: While they'll have to be small ornaments, a seeding tray would work to keep them from being crushed.

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Via ThisOldHouse.com