Repurposed Costco Plastic Apple Container





Our oldest daughter, Daphne, had a question Sunday night before she headed back to college…”Hey Mama, the tree will still be up when I get back next weekend, right?”  My answer was, “Absolutely! 😯 ”  Something I will never quite be able to grasp is how the Christmas season seems to end so abruptly, and then many folks feel rushed to take down their tree.  It’s like there is a Christmas “off” switch.  Oh, I know it all has to do with personal preference, if you have a real or artificial tree, and everyone really has no choice because they have to go back to work 😯 .  Still…I think we all need to chill-ax 😉 .  So, yah our tree is still up.  It will be for another week, or maybe 2 if the kids keep asking.  When I do finally decide to take it down, you can bet your bottom branch that I will be repurposing several Costco plastic apple container(s)!

Before I spill the ornaments beans, and give you this month’s Thrifty Style Team tip…here’s the Blue Ombre Christmas tree still peaking around the corner yesterday on a very gloomy, rainy afternoon in our kitchen after I polished it up (the island, not the tree).  Unfortunately, our youngest was in that back family room home from school sick, so the tree was on for him.  Poor guy.


This Repurposed Costco Plastic Apple Container is a smart way to no only recycle, but to save your Christmas ornaments!


Let’s get to the point Jules…

If you belong to Costco, Sams Club, or BJ’s then you have probably seen these amazingly sturdy apple storage containers that they sell the apples in.  For a few years now, I have been fascinated with the bubble like creatures and decided to start saving them for my special Christmas ornaments.  What a brilliant idea, right?  Red does it again.

Well, not exactly.  While finally sitting down to write this post, I quickly researched and found that I am definitely not the first person to think of this storage idea, lol.  Either way, it’s still a clever idea that not everyone knows about.

This Repurposed Costco Plastic Apple Container is a smart way to no only recycle, but to save your Christmas ornaments!


These clear plastic bumpy bubble racks truly are very high quality containers that make me cringe when I have to throw one out, or even to put in the recycling bin hurts.  So, I stopped and just put them all in my basement until I could try this.  Daphne, our daughter the college student that I mentioned in the beginning of the post, is a very picky eater, but she loves apples and eats one every day.  That means we go through these plastic containers pretty quickly.  I actually send apples with her to school when she is dorming during the week.  Hey…a mom has to do what a mom has to do.

This Repurposed Costco Plastic Apple Container is a smart way to no only recycle, but to save your Christmas ornaments!

Before I go eat an apple, I want to tell you about my very sweet friend and her family who made these beautiful “decoupage” ornaments (on the left) for our family.  These plastic storage containers are perfect to keep the precious ornaments safe.  NOTE: I love how she added ribbon to each ornament to hang them with.  What a clever gal, and so thoughtful.  Even her husband made one.  We all felt such joy opening these ornaments.

This Repurposed Costco Plastic Apple Container is a smart way to no only recycle, but to save your Christmas ornaments!

Stay tuned folks…I am just getting going around here in 2019.  Unfortunately, my husband was very ill on New Years & a couple days after, and now my youngest, so things are progressing slowly.  I do have a lot planned for 2019 including a “Vegetarian Reuben”, “Valentine’s Day Dollar Store Tablescape for Two”,  a very helpful glass cleaning tutorial, and my husband and I are thinking about planking a BIG WALL  😯 .  If we take a look into warmer months, I plan on decorating our new deck out back, hosting a “husband’s thrifty DIY competition”<—-sounds cool right?, planting a willow tree on the water’s edge, having a huge garage sale, and my husband and I will be sharing our 25th wedding vow renewals in Toronto.  EEK!

This Repurposed Costco Plastic Apple Container is a smart way to no only recycle, but to save your Christmas ornaments!


This Repurposed Costco Plastic Apple Container is a smart way to no only recycle, but to save your Christmas ornaments!




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24 Responses

  1. Kaycee says:

    Girl it looks like you have done it again, you are sending me out shopping! I just yelled down to the Hubs, I think we need to add Sam’s Club to the POD (plan of the day), we’ve got to find these awesome containers, um I mean apples, that Julie’s taking about on her blog today! LOL What a great idea, I hope our Sam’s club has apples or other fruit in these containers, they are perfect for ornament storage! Thank you 😉

    • JuneMarie says:

      WOW! I thought I was the only one that repurposed “nice packaging” from food! Yesterday I purchased sliced cheese on a tray and it was a very durable tray so I kept it. I used it for freezing citrus slices!

  2. Such a clever idea, Julie! I get so tired of wrapping ornaments in tissue…this will help for sure!

  3. Deborah says:

    Totally perfect for ornaments

  4. meegan says:

    I love this idea and never heard of it. AND, this is perfect for me because we are moving within the next couple of months. I need to make sure my precious ornaments are protected.
    I hope you all start feeling better soon. Your 2019 goals sound amazing!
    Congratulations on 25 years of marriage.

  5. Laurel says:

    Hey Julie-
    I love those containers for starting seeds! PS: want to come help me with a room in my new house… when i find one?

  6. Dad says:

    Great Idea.

  7. ColleenB.~ Tx. says:

    What a clever idea.
    Now, I do use egg cartons to store the small ornaments in or small craft supplies that I plan working on later during the year. Saves from throwing the Styrofoam away; reuse instead

  8. ColleenB.~ Tx. says:

    Very clever idea.
    Instead of throwing away my egg cartons, I use them to store small ornaments in or small craft supplies in for projects that I would be making throughout the year and then storing & stacking the egg cartons in clear plastic tubs and labeling them so if there is something that I’m looking for I know exactly what container my small items are in.

  9. Cindy says:

    Julie, this is one of those ideas that is so brilliant and easy, it makes me wonder why I didn’t think of it!! I was looking for sturdy ornament storage this year, but didn’t want to pay the high price tag! Will definitely start collecting these too!

  10. Mary Beth says:

    You are so clever, Julie! I love this idea. Also, I still have my tree up, too. I have only turned off the lights 3 times since I put it up. I love the magic of Christmas and I’m in no hurry to put it all away. How exciting about your wedding anniversary and vow renewal….EEEEEKKKKK!!!!! Early congratulations and big hugs to you both.

  11. Rick says:

    Love it!

  12. Michelle says:

    This is genius Julie! What a great way to recycle the apple containers! And this is so much better than throwing all the ornaments together in a storage bin like I do! 🙂

  13. Valerie says:

    Hello Julie,

    I’m never in a hurry to take down our Christmas tree!! Much to my daughter’s chagrin most times. She doesn’t understand my attitude toward Christmas decorations, the tree, etc.

    During December I often just stop and stare at our Christmas tree because of the good feeling I get. It makes me happy. My daughter thinks I need counseling because one time I left the tree up until Valentines Day. Why not? IT WAS RED!! Tee, hee, hee! ?

    We live in Richmond, VA and it’s tradition here to put up your tree the day after Thanksgiving and take it down the day after Christmas. SCROOGES I SAY!!!

    Fun fact: Since we keep our decorations up until mid January, usually, a lot of our neighbors have started leaving their decorations up longer!

  14. Bliss says:

    Well that’s pretty clever, and I’m looking forward to hearing about this reuben you speak of.

  15. Julie that is so genius! I get them all the time and always wonder what I can do with them. I ‘ve brought them to school for paint in my preschool class but I love your idea too!

  16. Susan says:

    Love it, I pinned it a while ago! I’d love to join this talented group. Thanks so much!

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