Trash Hacker: Chapstick Tube Turned Salt & Pepper Shaker

By Liesl Clark

We went on a backpacking trip last week and decided, at the last moment, to not bring our salt and pepper shakers because of the added weight. Luckily, we didn’t miss them due to the foods we had chosen to bring with us, but for the future I was looking for that perfect DIY salt & pepper container.

The finished Dermatone tube my husband handed to me this a.m. was all I needed to get my DIY juices going to make our own little camping condiment container. The steps, you’ll see, are quite easy:

1) Find yourself a used-up Chapstick tube.

Used-up Dermatone, Photo © Liesl Clark

2) Remove the inner plastic cup that holds the lip balm and should be at the top of your tube. Simply turning the tube upside down and banging it on the table should do the trick.

3) Boil the tube and lid in water for 2-3 minutes to sterilize it and get rid of the remaining goop inside.

4) Remove the sticky label if you’d like on the outside of the tube and write with a permanent pen the name of what you’re stashing inside: “Special Herb Blend” or “salt & pepper” for example. We chose to put the salt & pepper together due to weight constraints when we’re in the mountains.

5) Add your condiment of choice inside. I used our favorite Celtic sea salt and freshly ground 3-color pepper.

Travel Salt & Pepper Shaker, Photo © Liesl Clark


Salt & Pepper Anyone? Photo © Liesl Clark

What Chapstick trash hacks can you offer up?

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Categories: DIY, Trash Hacker, Trash Pile - All Our Stuff, Upcycle


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3 Comments on “Trash Hacker: Chapstick Tube Turned Salt & Pepper Shaker”

  1. Gretel Clark
    August 23, 2012 at 5:34 pm #

    How about all the pills you might have to take during the days you are gone on the trip?

  2. Linda
    December 1, 2012 at 5:31 pm #

    Make a mini emergency sewing kit!


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    […] Taking my lead from Brea at My Lip Stuff, I decided to make a travel salt-n-pepper shaker-in-one. It took about 10 minutes and now we have a great addition to our camping & backpacking cooking […]

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