Recycled containers can all use a second chance. They make great storage containers for leftovers. But if you're like me, and have a problem throwing things away, you have a limited amount of leftovers and you have container overload.
Here's a way you can upcycle those containers with a little bit of cutting and hole punching. Using one colorful container and one clear container, you're well on your way to making these crafty luggage identifiers. You can say bon voyage to ever thinking of throwing them away again.
1 colored plastic container
1 clear plastic container or flat deli lid
scrap piece of cardboard
download PDF template hole punch plastic lanyard or needle and embroidery floss ribbon How to make a Yogurt Tub Luggage Tag 1. Cut into the containers and create one flat piece each from the clear container and colored container. Print and cut out the template or follow the measurements listed. 2. Flatten out plastic pieces and lay template on top. Trace around template. Then, cut around the traced line. Repeat for other plastic piece. 3. Place scrap piece of cardboard under clear plastic piece. Then lay template on top. Use a thumbtack to poke holes around the edge. To widen holes, wiggle the tack around once punched. 4. Use the hole punch to punch a hole in the top. 5. Lay clear plastic piece on top of colored piece. Repeat steps 3 and 4 using the clear piece as your template to create the holes. With both plastic pieces stacked on top of each other, take plastic lanyard or needle and embroidery floss and thread through the first hole. Secure with a double knot. Thread in and out of all of the holes around the edge. To finish off, tie another double knot. 6. Insert a business card or piece of paper that's 2? wide by 3.5? tall with your name and contact information. 7. Tie off with a ribbon. Attach to your suitcase and your newly made luggage tag is ready for take off! If you still have yogurt tubs up the wazoo, sign up for the yogurt container brigade at www.terracycle.net. Collect and send in containers and you'll earn money for your favorite non-profit. Plus you'll be giving your garbage another go! Tiffany Threadgould is a design junkie who gives scrap materials a second life. She's the head of design at TerraCycle. She also keeps up her own green biz, RePlayGround, where you can find ReMake It recycling kits and more DIY recycling projects like this one. Tiffany thinks that garbage has feelings too and sometimes can be found talking to her pile of junk at her design studio in Brooklyn, NY.