10 Uses for Aluminum Pie Plates
Put these flexible food containers to work after the feast
Sure, the tin's disposable, but that's no reason to pitch it when the pie is all gone. Try these clever uses around the house.
Craft tin ornaments from a pie plate to keep feathered friends from striking your windows. (The ornaments break up the reflection.) Create a design—we drew ours freehand—and cut it out with tin snips. Poke decorative holes with the point of a compass and hang with string.
A pie tin is the perfect size to hold small amounts of paint when doing minor touch-ups around the house.
Place pie plates under burning candles outside to stop wax from dripping onto your table or patio.
Poke a hole in the center of an upside-down pie plate and thread with rope, making a knot at the underside, leaving enough loose end to tie up your food bag. Loop the other end over a tree branch and hoist the bag up high; tie off. Squirrels slide off the wobbly plate before reaching the food.
Cut a pie pan in half, and secure the finished edges with staples or duct tape, open-side up, to a workshop wall. Use it to hold saw blades and sanding disks.
Use pie plates to surround gas burners or to line burners on an electric range. Cut a hole in the center large enough for the burner, as needed.
Fill a pie tin with an inch of water, and place a pet-food bowl in it to prevent ants from having a snack.
Using fishing wire and a large needle, sew the end of a duct connector to a pie plate. Cut the fluted rim off another pie plate, and sew the disk to the top of the connector, bending the edges to create a "roof." Poke drainage holes in the bottom plate; coat with water-based paint, if desired. Thread wire through the top to hang, and fill with seed.
Use an aluminum pie pan set on a heatproof surface as a resting place for your heat gun or soldering iron.
Poke the bottom of a pie plate with a knife; make alternating vertical and horizontal slits. Fill with vegetables that might otherwise slip through your grill grate, such as sliced peppers or asparagus.