Skip to Content

Uses for Aluminum Pie Plates in the Garden

I love to find neat garden uses for common household items.  There are so many things that we throw away that can be put to good use in a garden.  Aluminum disposable pie plates are one of those things.

Disposable pie plates can be put to use in the garden.

Don’t Throw those Disposable Pie Plates away!

These plates can be re-purposed for many garden uses:

  • Scare the pests away with them, at least for a while.  They make an annoying sound when they move around in the breeze.  When sunlight hits them, they also flash light around which can scare critters.  Just tie them with string to branches, trellises or garden fences.
  • Fill them with beer to trap snails and slugs that love to eat hostas and some vegetables. 
  • Cut holes in the center and place them right around the base of a plant.  This thwarts some pests and also serves as a way to reflect heat up to the plant in the cooler months.
  • Use them to make stepping stones for your garden path. 
  • Place them around the garden with water in them to keep the birds from eating your fruit and veggies. (most of the time they want water not food.)
  • Put cinnamon in them to deter ants and keep them from eating blooms of your favorite plants.  Ants hate cinnamon and will not cross over it.
  • Use them as natural squirrel repellents by adding crushed red pepper flakes. Squirrels hate this smell and will avoid your vegetables.
  • Use them as saucers for your plant pots.
  • Make a bird feeder out of them. 

Can you think of other ways to use disposable aluminum pie plates in your garden?  Please leave your comments below.

Share on Social Media

Vegetable harvests are one of the great things about summer
19 Easy Vegetable Gardening Tips
Brownie recipes
Best Brownie Recipes


Thursday 16th of May 2019

can I use an aluminum pie plate to keep a solar fountain for a bird bath to keep it from floating?


Thursday 16th of May 2019

I haven't tried it so I don't know whether it would work or not. Sounds like a good idea.

Heidi Bookenstock

Friday 1st of June 2018

My grandmother also told me not to throw anything away, I didn't know that could even apply to aluminum plates! It's such a great idea to re-purpose them for garden uses. I never knew that cinnamon could help get rid of ants.


Saturday 2nd of June 2018

My grandmother was exactly the same. She always used to say "look after the pennies and the dollars will look after themselves."

Nancy Alleshouse

Wednesday 24th of July 2013

I use the aluminum pie pans under my stoves broiler when broiling meat, etc.. When I'm done, throw it away. Saves a lot of time from standing in front of sink washing a regular boiler pan.


Thursday 1st of August 2013

Great tip.Thanks!