Plastic cannisters DIY Where I live, drinking the tap water would make me sick. I buy Crystal Geiser bottled water at the grocery store. Consequently, I have LOTS of empty clear plastic water bottles. I figured out that with two empty water bottles, I could make one cannister. The bottom of the second water bottle becomes the lid. The height is perfect for lying the cannister down on it’s side, inside an upper kitchen cabinet. I should be able to get the cannister down out of the cabinet using my widest-opening grabber.
I’ll be attaching the figure-8 closures on three more cannisters that I’ve prepared.
P.S. June 8. I made more plastic cannisters. I have three and a half now,...just missing a lid on the fourth. The new cannisters will fill up the top shelf of one kitchen cabinet. And I will be so happy to neatly put away part of my kitchen clutter.
I’m finishing the top of my fourth plastic cannister, and I thought I’d share this small detail of construction. I cut a 2 1/4” piece of steel wire and bent it to the shape of a long staple. I punched two holes in the clear plastic cannister with an awl. Then I inserted the ‘staple’ through those two small holes. The soft round white disc is actually something I scavenged from a milk carton. It’s the little ‘cork’ connected to the ring you pull to open the milk carton. Looks like a button to me! I cut off the plastic ring from the cork and use the plastic cork as an anchor to wrap a string around. I punch two holes in the plastic button, insert the two prongs of the staple through the button, and then use needlenose pliers to curl the wire, thus securing the plastic button to the cannister. I don’t put any loose food into the cannisters. Rather, I put a couple of sealed containers of dried foods inside of each one.
I haven’t been able to see what’s on the top shelves of my kitchen cabinets since my accident. I decided to make small tube-like cannisters filled with jars of my extra cooking supplies, and to store these cannisters lying on their side so that I can read what’s in each one. It’s not “pretty”, but I think it will be practical. I used empty tall water bottles as the tube, and the cardboard and plastic top off of ice cream as the lid. I used the lid off of a milk carton as the knob, a heavy rubber band to close the lid, and steel wire as the back hinge.
So proud of myself. I have a tiny kitchen with little counter or storage space. I’ve used empty water jugs and bottles to hold extra jars of dry staples. I can’t reach them myself, but it will be easy to ask one of those homosapiens that go about on two legs to get it down for me,...or buy and train a monkey.
I’ve found faster and easier ways to make plastic cannisters from gallon water bottles. I’m now using Gorilla Tape as the back hinge of the cannister — one piece on the outside and another piece inside for extra strengh. I also use Gorilla Tape to strengthen the plastic where I attach the white plastic knob and where I anchor the fabric-covered rubber band. The white plastic knob is actually the spout from a heavy cream cardboard carton. I wash the carton and cut out the round spout with scissors. I turn it upside down and sew it onto the plastic cannister. I use a fine braided nylon thread, usually used for leather work. And I punch the holes where I will sew with an awl. So, here are some photos of the construction of one of my latest creations.
I keep small bottles of apple juice under my bedside table. This is convenient for me for times that I am in too much pain to get out of bed. I had been using my grabber to take hold of the small bottle by its neck when I needed one. But sometimes the bottle would get away from the grabber. So, I’ve used empty plastic bottles to make little “baskets” for each bottle of apple juice. The white “handles” are from gallon water bottles. I peel the handles off of the gallon water bottles and save them. I thought they would “come in handy”, and they did! The individual baskets with handles should make it easier to pick up a small bottle of apple juice when I need one. See photo.