REUSE YOUR EOS LIP BALM

        One thing I hate is wasting. When I used up my 'Sweet Mint' EOS lip balm, I wasn't ready to throw out such a sturdy little container! So I got my DIY state of mind and pulled out the camera to see what I could do!

        There are a lot of pictures and steps coming up on how to completely gut out your lip balm. The possibilities are endless on how you want to use it, the example I chose is as an earring holder especially nice for travel.


Of course we're going to start with materials needed, and obviously that includes a used up EOS!


We're also going to need jewelry cutters, a plastic knife, paper towel, and not pictured here but a pillbox or small empty cosmetics container.



1. Start by using the plastic knife to cut into the lip balm and scoop it out.


2. Put it off to the side on the paper towel, so now the 'spokes' are visible.


3. Using the plastic knife again, poke each wedge of lip balm in between the spokes down further into the container.


When you're done, it should look like this. All the wedges are at the bottom and the spokes are left at the top.


4. Take your jewelry cutters and cut where the spokes are connected to the container. Don't worry about not getting the full length of each spoke off, because we'll clean that up more later.


5. Once you cut all spokes off from the container, use your jewelry cutters to lift it out of the lip balm container.


6. Put that to the side on the paper towel for now. It's going to become garbage because I haven't thought of any use for it yet. I feel like it could be useful for something, like maybe paint it and it could be a snowflake pattern?


7. Moving along, using the plastic knife, remove all the lip balm wedges from the container and put them to the side on top of the lip balm pile from before.


Here's where the pillbox or small empty cosmetics container comes in. You can take all these leftover lip balm pieces and put them into the container using the knife to smooth the surface over. This way, you're not wasting all this lip balm.


8. Now, we're going to go back with the jewelry cutters and get rid of any part of the spokes we didn't get to before. They can be sort of sharp, so you want to get out as much as possible to avoid scratching yourself when you reach in.


9. Lastly, take a small piece of paper towel and use it to clean up the inside of the container of any leftover lip balm.


Yay! You're finished! These containers are surprisingly deep and offer a lot of room!


Use it to fit one or multiple pairs of earrings. When you're traveling, you can easily keep this in your pocketbook and not worry about losing any earrings, because that always seems to happen when you put them into a bag with other jewelry.


Wondering how many pairs I fit inside for this picture? TEN whole pairs! And thanks to the dome shape of it, you can probably fit close to 20!


This is the second EOS lip balm I've done this to. I'm glad I've saved 2 great little containers so far!

        If you're wondering what some other uses could be, here's a little list my friend helped come up with:
  1. Toothpaste holder*
  2. Shampoo/Conditioner/Lotion Container*
  3. Pill holder (like Advil & other legal things)
  4. Safety Pins
  5. De-pot another lipstick into it
  6. Small hair ties
  7. Fine necklaces/bracelets
* = to make it travel friendly, when you can't bring the full size onto the plane!

        Like I said in the beginning, the list can go on and on. It's all about recycling things so we don't waste and also getting creative with what we already have. If anyone comes up with other ways to use this, make sure to share it with us in the comments below!

38 comments :

  1. Wow! Love this idea! I really want to try making my own lip balm, but I don't have any empty small containers lying around. My old EOS is just abandoned and it can be used to hold my DIY lip balm! Thank you!

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    1. Wonderful, happy you have a place to put it now!

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  2. This is such a fantastic idea. Thank you so much for leaving the link on my blog. I am glad that I had the opportunity to see this. I may do something similar. If I do, I will certainly link back to your blog.

    Great post and thanks again.

    Marley
    http://livelaughloveblogforever.wordpress.com

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  3. amazing idea because i love little contaners an i love how the eos is just the same shape as an egg

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    1. Thanks! And yes, they're such a cool shape!

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  4. Awesome ideas! Thanks a bunch!

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  5. I LOVE this idea! I hadn't ever thought about reusing these! I'm definitely adding this to my DIY list. :)

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    1. All about keeping as much as we can out of the landfills! Thanks! ♥

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    2. I find this as a great foundation case for use when you don't really want to be seen with foundation. This is perfect for high school bathrooms!!

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    3. Haha that's basically me every morning before school starts! (ain't no shame in being in the foundation game though!) ♥

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  6. An inch in a miss is as good as an ell.



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    1. I'm interpreting you don't like the idea? I'd be interested in why, but thanks for reading anyway! ♥

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  7. Did you know they when your lip balm is gone you can actually pop out the empty plastic ring inside the egg shaped eos container, flip it over and snap it into the lid. Then it's a brand new lip balm. It's actually a full circle of lip balm inside the egg not just a half circle. That's what that lip balm is that you were scraping out.

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    1. Interesting, I will have to try doing that on my next EOS! ♥

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    2. I've done this twice before and:

      1. You can not "snap it back into the lid" once you flip the middle part over. There is only one direction in which you can put it back in (which is they way it was fitted originally).

      2. It is most definitely NOT a "full circle of lip balm". There is a bit of the balm "trapped" in the plastic wheel, which is what allows it to not fall out, but the only way you can use it is by just scraping it off and transferring it to another container.

      Just wanted to clarify for those who are thinking about reusing these containers or balms. I personally use them as pill boxes (vitamins and Advils and things like that...).

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    3. Reading the original comment over I was actually thinking the same thing! Maybe Kelly was doing it on a different container, as I encountered what is seen in this post and that was not the case. Thanks for clarifying; I'm going to stand by the pictorial I made above and it seems you did the same process! ♥

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    4. Yes, Kelly...

      I did exactly the same thing... :) The only reason I tried taking that "wheel" part out was because I wanted to make it look a bit neater and I had thought that there might have been a way to completely remove it and use the container without it (since we are no longer using it for balm and this was sort of the base for it). But no, your tutorial shows the best way to deal with them for someone who would like to reuse them... ;)
      Thank you. I was happy to see someone having gone through the same process because these container are just too cute to throw away... ;)

      P.S. I get really annoyed when I see someone trying to teach you something they don't know. That's why I has posted my original reply. I'm sure you already knew that because if there was a "full circle" of balm, it would have taken you much longer to clean it out. ;) Your reply was too kind...

      Christina S.

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  8. awesome ideas! Its amazing what you can do with one (or a gazillion) eos lip balms! Thanks for the great ideas! I will be sure to try it!

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  9. Love this, using it for my nose rings!! :D

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  10. what else could u use to cut out the snowflake looking thing. im doing it rn and i dont have jewerly cutters

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    1. You could try a little pocketknife or scissor? ♥

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  11. thank you soooo much for this! i spent forever looking for a pill box that wouldn't make me look like an old lady or be too obvious. this is perfect, and so helpful. i cant thank you enough!

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    1. I'm so happy this can be of use to you! Thanks for reading! ♥

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  12. A tip for the spokes : you can use scissors to take them out too

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    1. You need to cut them out using a jewelry cutter or scissor :)

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  14. I've seen people use a scissor to slip under the edge of the wheel and pop omit out. Or use pliers to pull along the outer edge of the ring and get it off too :)

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  15. I tried it this way and just didn't like the scratchy posts. I couldn't get it all out. I found someone who did get the entire piece out without cutting it. It worked for me after that. I should've looked more thoroughly online before all of that headache. I love my new earring case. This is the lady who did it http://www.freshpickedbeauty.com/2014/06/diy-refill-for-eos-lip-balm.html

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  16. But the article name is misleading... how to reuse the balm, not the container!!!

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