17 Incredibly Handy Uses For A Muffin Tin - WOW!

17 Incredibly Handy Uses For A Muffin Tin - WOW!

Who would have thought a humble muffin tin (buy it now on Amazon) could have this many amazing uses? I've never even thought about using it for anything but making muffins until now...

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1. Pouring and serving drinks at a party or picnic

Pic credit - Forkful
Pic - Forkful for 6 tips & trick for planning the perfect picnic

Keep your cups steady while you pour the drinks and serve them up! This works really well with small cups on Summer picnics and other outdoor events.

2. Create perfectly spaced grids for your seedlings

Pic:The Hipp Chick
Pic & idea - The Hippy Chick

If you're fanatical about gardening and want your seedlings to grow in perfect rows, try this little hack from The Hippy Chick.

3. Make an exciting kids bento box

Pic - Childmode
Pic - Childmode

This is a fun way to try and get your kids to enjoy different fruits and vegetables! Chop them up and mix them up with treats to encourage them to pick and choose.

4. Use it as a pretty votive tealight holder

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Pic - Ethanollie for vintage repurposed items

This can look surprisingly pretty! Try it as a centrepiece at your next dinner party. You could even add water into each section and add floating candles.

5. Make extra large ice cubes for cocktail pitchers

Pic: CupCakes and CrabLegs
Pic: CupCakes and CrabLegs

Muffin trays make great ice cube trays for when you need extra large ice cubes! Go one step further by freezing lemons and limes in them for your pitchers of cocktails. You can also freeze spinach, fruits and other vegetables for your morning smoothies.

6. Quickly serve canapes and nibbles at dinner parties

Pic: Brit + Co
Pic: Brit + Co for 5 muffin tin uses

Who would have thought it? You can efficiently serve up an array of nibble for your guests and even bring out drinks at the same time with the use of a muffin tray.

7. Serving condiments at BBQs

Pic - Yesterday on Tuesday
Pic - Yesterday on Tuesday for smart tips on Summer living

Bottles always seem to go missing at BBQs so keep it simple by creating a condiments tray and leaving it out for everyone to serve up.

8. Use as a dye holder for painting eggs and other tasks

Pic: Parent Hacks
Pic: Parent Hacks

Muffin tins are perfectly sized for kids crafts. Use yours as a paint pallette or a dipping station when painting eggs.

9. For planting a tray of pretty succulents

Pic: AnnMarieLoves for a DIY muffin tin planter tutorial
Pic: AnnMarieLoves for a DIY muffin tin planter tutorial

Succulents look so pretty when they're housed in a classic muffin tin! A great weekend project that won't take hardly time yet looks pretty impressive. A great homemade gift.

10. Organise your odds and ends

Pic: Shabby Grace Blog
Pic: Shabby Grace Blog

Have you always got lots of bits and bobs lying around your bedroom? I have hair clips, hair ties, coins and other annoying (yet essential) little items. Paint your muffin tin to make it look bedroom-friendly and use it to store all those odds and ends.

11. Carefully carry drinks and other snacks

Pic: One Crazy House
Pic: One Crazy House

Pop your muffin tin into a basket and use it to safely transport drinks and other snacks. This is a great hack for when you visit the drive-through and there's no one to help you carry a large order.

12. Jewellery organiser

A lovely little way of organising your jewellery into easy-to-see sections. Pop one into your dresser drawer. 

13. Make a mini fondue platter

Pic: Inspired Edibles
Pic: Inspired Edibles - for DIY Chocolate Fondue for Two

Heat up some chocolate and pour it into one of the sections then place cut up fruits and marshmallows into the others. A fantastic date night idea with a difference!

14. As a feeding tray to help make your pets eat slower

Pic: MyPawsitivelyPets
Pic: MyPawsitivelyPets for 5 Tips to make your dog eat slower

If your dog eats his food too quickly (a common problem) you can use a muffin tin to slow them down. They'll take longer to go into each section and you can even place a ball or toy in each so it takes them even longer to get to their food.

15. Make a DIY food puzzle for your pet

Pic: SavvyDogKC
Pic: SavvyDogKC for personalised training for you and your dog

Stimulate your pet while they eat! Make a homemade pet puzzle for your dog at SavvyDogKC.

16. Organise an art supplies holder

Pic: All Things Mama
Pic: All Things Mama - for 7 hacks for your home you'll want to try!

Keep your kids crafting supplies neat and tidy - and easily accessible - by placing cups into a muffin tray.

17. Make tortilla bowls for your Mexican dinners

Pic: WonderHowTo
Pic: WonderHowTo for 6 Easy Edible Bowls You Can Make At Home

I couldn't help but include this one! This is a fantastic way of serving up Mexican food. Place the tortillas on the back of the muffin tray and dip them in so they form a basket. Heat them up and et voila you have handy baskets to serve up individual portions.

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Anushka F


A keen money-saver and fan of all things natural, Anushka enjoys making her own beauty products and is partial to a bit of crafting. Never short of a clever tip or two, she's always looking for new ways to make her money go even further.

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  1. Author Carol Cooper on May 16, 2016 at 8:21 pm

    Love this!! Wish I hadn't got rid of my tins now!

    1. Author Anushka F on May 18, 2016 at 2:02 pm

      Aww! Worth investing in some secondhand ones?

  2. Author KL on May 17, 2016 at 5:56 pm

    Anushka, that was incredibly clever. Hard to imagine that the humble muffin tin could be so versatile!

    1. Author Anushka F on May 18, 2016 at 2:05 pm

      Awwww thank you! Who knew there were that many uses hey?

  3. Author Christine mcilreavy on March 29, 2017 at 9:08 am

    Fantastic ideas for muffin tins love all your ideas

    1. Author Stephanie C on April 5, 2017 at 9:45 am

      Glad you enjoyed them Christine! Thanks for stopping by :)

  4. Author Margaret Nicholson on March 29, 2017 at 9:17 am

    Anushka these ideas are truly genius! I never would have thought of any of these uses for muffin tins.

    1. Author Stephanie C on April 5, 2017 at 9:45 am

      Hi Margaret. Thank you for your lovely comment - stay tuned for more great articles like this :)

  5. Author Eileen Jeffery on March 29, 2017 at 3:01 pm

    Wow,I love the my muffin tins even more now, i will be using lots of your idea's, thank you Anushka

    1. Author Stephanie C on April 5, 2017 at 9:45 am

      They're so great Eileen. I'm glad you enjoyed Anushka's article :)

  6. Author Amanda Smith on March 29, 2017 at 9:15 pm

    They are good for freezing pureed baby food when you need bigger portions than ice cubes

    1. Author Stephanie C on April 5, 2017 at 9:42 am

      Great tip, Amanda. Thanks for sharing :)

  7. Author Fatima Abuhaj on March 31, 2017 at 10:03 am

    Thank you for your advice on how to use this amazing ideas I will never thought of special in the garden strong holder and not to worry it will brake

    1. Author Stephanie C on April 5, 2017 at 9:41 am

      Hi Fatima. I'm soo glad you liked our article! Muffin tins are so practical in the garden thanks to their sturdy nature. Happy gardening! :)

  8. Author wendy on April 4, 2017 at 6:12 pm

    i make "giant" ice cubes in mine all the time!

    1. Author Stephanie C on April 5, 2017 at 9:33 am

      They must be great for Pimms jugs during the Summer, Wendy :)

  9. Author Donatello46 on June 16, 2017 at 9:41 am

    I've used some of these over the years, not the jewelry one though - I don't have enough jewelry! They're also good for making individual Yorkshire puddings and, like the baby food, they're handy for freezing down leftover wine or cider or even flat beer (whatever THEY are!) for use in cooking.

    1. Author Stephanie C on June 21, 2017 at 9:20 am

      Hi Donatello. What a great reason to splash out on some new jewellery ;) Love the Yorkshire pudding idea - they are my favourite! Thanks for your tips, they're wonderful as always :)

  10. Author Ruth Pope on January 10, 2021 at 8:39 am

    Good ideas, they can always be used for making muffins too!

    1. Author Joanne A on March 30, 2021 at 4:12 pm

      That much is true!

  11. Author Helen Aldridge on January 24, 2021 at 10:21 am

    Some geat easy ideas.

    1. Author Joanne A on March 30, 2021 at 4:04 pm

      We're glad you think so!


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