Chick-fil-A Soup Container Upcycling

Chick-fil-A recycling #chickfilamomsDIY

Do you live near a Chick-fil-A restaurant? Thankfully, I do. And also thankfully, I’m part of the Chick-fil-A Mom’s Panel. This means that I get coupons to try delicious CFA food every now and then in exchange for sharing CFA stuff on my social media. No problem there, because I love their food, as well as their impeccable service and values.

Chick-fil-A Recycling

So. Recently I was challenged to recycle (well, “upcycle” is the current term) a Chick-fil-A soup container. Hmmmm. What would you make with an empty fast-food soup container?

repotting plants, Chick-fil-A recycling

Since my daughter and I had recently been to a bonsai club meeting, and since we are always in need of more plant containers, I decided to try using the soup dish as a pot.

This is about as easy of a recycling (oops, upcycling) project as you can get. All I did was, first, poke a hole in the bottom of the bowl for drainage. One thing I’ve learned in bonsai club, and trust me I am no bonsai expert, is that all houseplant pots should have drainage holes. Otherwise, you almost certainly will have a plant with rotting roots.

We added soil and chose a plant. We decided on a cactus. These bowls are pretty shallow, so you wouldn’t want to choose a very big plant or one with very long roots. This particular little cactus was pretty root-bound in his current pot, and I think he was glad to get a new home. Gardening note: did you know that, when you re-pot a plant, it’s often a good idea to trim its roots slightly too? And if you prune a plant on top, it’s a good idea to trim its roots back a similar proportion (maybe I learned more from bonsai club than I give myself credit for).

I finished up (actually, daughter #3 did. She is the artsy designer of the family) by adding a stone and a few accent pieces to the top of the soil. And, I placed the lid underneath the pot to collect excess water after watering.

#chickfilamomsDIY soup recycling upcycling

Nice! These would be great containers for any small plants. I can even envision a nice window display with several of these.

Have you ever upcycled a Chick-fil-A container (or another fast food one)? How did you do it?

 

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5 thoughts on “Chick-fil-A Soup Container Upcycling

  1. Neat idea! I might use them for starting some seeds inside…although with this weather, I could probably start them outside!

  2. I never have upcycled a Chick-fil-A container. But since they’ve only recently come to GR, I’ve only visited them a few times. I can’t imagine how I would use their container, though.

  3. Unfortunately, we don’t live near a Chick-Fil-A so we don’t get there often but I do like it. I think the containers are great storage containers for just about anything. I don’t know about food storage though. I had not heard the term “upcycling” but I want to be up-to-date so will use it now instead of recycling. I was into recycling so many years before it was even a word and now I upcycle. Growing up poor is the reason!

  4. Seeings as how I rarely toss anything – I reuse all types of things! Tonight I went to our Family Night Dinner at church. I took along about 6 Breyer’s Gelato containers, all washed out/clean. I put them in the church kitchen. The cooks often have food leftovers and send containers home with different families so that is one way I upcycled or recycled. When I get a meal from Capt D’s or other food places, I often wash the empty container out and take it to school to be used as a paper plate etc. I save cottage cheese containers and put strawberry freezer jam in those or homemade applesauce.

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