Chick-Fil-A Salad Container Upcycling

#chickfilamomsDIY Chick-fil-A salad container upcycling embroidery floss

One of my favorite online partnerships is with Chick-fil-A. I love the company’s friendliness and its Christian values. Oh, and its food is pretty good as well 🙂

Recently, the Chick-fil-A moms group I’m part of issued a challenge: take a used, washed, Chick-fil-A salad container, and use it for something else.


Chick-fil-A salads are delicious. If you’ve never tried one, I recommend them. My current favorite is the new Southwest Salad, which comes with grilled chicken, cherry tomatoes, tortilla strips, chili pepitas (I’d never heard of them, but they’re spicy — and good!). The salads are like something you’d eat at a sit-down restaurant, not what you’d typically expect from a fast-food place.

Chick-fil-A salad container

Chick-Fil-A Salad Container Upcycling

The containers the CFA salads come in are great. I always feel bad if I need to throw one away. They’re substantial, and have sturdy lids too. If nothing else, they are wonderful for storing leftovers or for packaging food to give to someone else.

But upcycling the container in an exciting way? Hmmm. A terrarium came to mind, since I am a plant-lover. However, the container isn’t very deep. I wasn’t sure I had any plants that could thrive in such a shallow space.

Then my teacher side came out and I though of filling the container with uncooked rice. Kids could practice spooning the rice into containers, or could search through it for little treasures hidden among the grains.

But. My girls are all teens, and they’d have little enthusiasm for that. What could I use the container for that would be truly useful for me?

tangled embroidery floss

That evening, I was embroidering, and a typical thing happened. Some of my embroidery floss got into a knot. Then an idea began to form …

Chick-fil-A salad container DIY

Why not use the container as a holder for embroidery floss I’m using for a project? The air holes in the lid proved to be just the right size to thread the floss through. The container itself keeps all the floss colors I’m using in one place — no more digging under the couch for a missing skein. And since I’ve been testing this idea, guess what? Not a single tangle!

So, embroiderers of the world, head to Chick-fil-A for lunch soon! And don’t forget to save that salad container.

Do you have any favorite uses for CFA salad containers, or other fast-food containers? I’d love to hear them!

7 thoughts on “Chick-Fil-A Salad Container Upcycling

  1. Thanks for the great tip. I do needlepoint and they would be a great container for putting thread, needle and one of my tiny project into my bag for travel. They always get lost in my big bag and jumbled together when I try to keep them separated. This is perfect and I love Chick-Filet too!

  2. I don’t think I ever had a salad there. If I did, it would kill me to toss the container! But things like that are really accumulating at my home! Next blog, why not talk about what you are embroidering? It looked fun and seemed to me to have a snowy/winter look.

  3. Nice tip. Pepitas are pumpkin (squash) seeds –very high in fiber and good for you. I love their Superfood salad but wish they’d offer it with chicken.

  4. I think you’ve come up with a wonderful idea. Since we don’t (yet) have a CHA, I couldn’t do it, but your idea is marvelous when you have the containers.

  5. I have two counted cross-stitch projects waiting and this post helped restart them. But first I need to go get a salad from Chick Fil A!

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