Measure and Mix on the Cheap

Need small containers for mixing and dispensing stain, paint and epoxy? Save and reuse Jell-O and Crystal Light plastic cups.

The Family Handyman

Need small containers for mixing and dispensing stain, paint and epoxy? Save and reuse Jell-O and Crystal Light plastic cups. Customize the larger Jell-O cups with ounce markings for precise measurements when you’re mixing two-part formulas. Just borrow the kitchen measuring cup, pour water—an ounce at a time— into the disposable cups and trace each level with a fine-tip permanent marker. Thanks to Ralph Molling for cooking up this tip.

Here’s another disposable shop tool.

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