4 Clever Ways to Reuse a Plastic Gum Holder

The new, plastic, flip-top gum holders help to keep gum from breaking into little tiny pieces and ending up at the bottom of your purse, full of dirt or stuck to all of your loose change. Ewwww, what a mess it used to be! Not anymore, though. But what to do with these great little containers when all the gum is gone? Instead of throwing your handy dandy little boxes out, cover them with some pretty fabric and fill them with travel items to keep yourself organized and prepared no matter where you plan on going.

Transform empty plastic gum holders into first aid kits, sewing kits, gift card holders, and q-tip holders.
(Image: Beth Huntington)
Transform empty plastic gum holders into first aid kits, sewing kits, gift card holders, and q-tip holders.
(Image: Beth Huntington)

Things You'll Need

  • Empty plastic gum holder

  • White glue

  • Foam brush

  • 4 1/4 x 8-inch piece of fabric

  • Sharp scissors

Transform empty plastic gum holders into first aid kits, sewing kits, gift card holders, and q-tip holders.
(Image: Beth Huntington)

Step 1

When that last piece of gum is gone, remove the cardboard from the inside of the empty plastic gum holder.

Transform empty plastic gum holders into first aid kits, sewing kits, gift card holders, and q-tip holders.
(Image: Beth Huntington)
Transform empty plastic gum holders into first aid kits, sewing kits, gift card holders, and q-tip holders.
(Image: Beth Huntington)

Step 2

Cut a 4 1/4 x 8-inch piece of fabric and pour some white glue into a small container.

Transform empty plastic gum holders into first aid kits, sewing kits, gift card holders, and q-tip holders.
(Image: Beth Huntington)

Step 3

Use a foam brush to apply the glue to the entire outside of the plastic container. Place the container on the wrong side of the fabric and adjust the fabric to fit around the box. Let the glue dry overnight.

Transform empty plastic gum holders into first aid kits, sewing kits, gift card holders, and q-tip holders.
(Image: Beth Huntington)

Step 4

Trim the excess fabric from the flap with a sharp pair of scissors.

Transform empty plastic gum holders into first aid kits, sewing kits, gift card holders, and q-tip holders.
(Image: Beth Huntington)

Step 5

To make a first aid kit, add items such as antacid tablets, pain reliever, antiseptic wipes, allergy pills, bandaids, upset stomach reliever, cough drops and antibiotic cream.

Transform empty plastic gum holders into first aid kits, sewing kits, gift card holders, and q-tip holders.
(Image: Beth Huntington)

Step 6

To make a travel sewing kit, add a small pair of scissors, buttons, pins, needles and thread.

Transform empty plastic gum holders into first aid kits, sewing kits, gift card holders, and q-tip holders.
(Image: Beth Huntington)

Step 7

Insert all of your miscellaneous gift cards and frequent shopper cards to help keep them organized.

Transform empty plastic gum holders into first aid kits, sewing kits, gift card holders, and q-tip holders.
(Image: Beth Huntington)

Step 8

Pop in some q-tips to add to your travel kit.

Transform empty plastic gum holders into first aid kits, sewing kits, gift card holders, and q-tip holders.
(Image: Beth Huntington)

You could also use these colorful little boxes for spare change, a small tool kit, or for your make-up. Toss your finished little kits into your bag so you'll have a place for everything and everything in it's place.

Transform empty plastic gum holders into first aid kits, sewing kits, gift card holders, and q-tip holders.
(Image: Beth Huntington)
Transform empty plastic gum holders into first aid kits, sewing kits, gift card holders, and q-tip holders.
(Image: Beth Huntington)
Transform empty plastic gum holders into first aid kits, sewing kits, gift card holders, and q-tip holders.
(Image: Beth Huntington)
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