For the average consumer, food packaging is nothing more than a necessary evil to keep their produce safe. Food containers aren't there to be admired or appreciated, and it'll end up in the recycle bin just as soon as the box or package is empty. But as you can see from these intuitive and innovative food package designs of cool products, that doesn't have to be the case.

Compiled by Bored Panda, the list below contains a wealth of cool ideas to change the way you think about packaging design, from yogurt lids that turn into spoons to origami beer bottle labels and egg boxes made of compressed hay. Which one of these creative ideas do you think is the cleverest? Let us know in the comments below, and don't forget to vote for your favorite cool designs.

#1

Goldfish Tea Bags

Goldfish Tea Bags

Charm Villa Report

#2

This Wooden Wine Case Can Be Turned Into A Birdhouse

This Wooden Wine Case Can Be Turned Into A Birdhouse

Rita Rivotti Report

Intensive Panda
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

In the name of mother nature and for the sake of birds, I shall become an alcoholic 😂😂😂

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#4

Pasta Nikita Packaging

Pasta Nikita Packaging

Nikita Konkin Report

Daniel Losinger
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This has been done MANY times before. I think at least 10% of first-semester Graphic Design students have done a package like this.

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#6

Flowering Tea Bags

Flowering Tea Bags

Andrej Krahne Report

Anouk
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I bought my mom a pack of very expensive flowering teabags (not this particular brand) and they did NOT look like the pictures on the packaging. They showed dainty flowers floating on top of the tea - what you got was what looked like a giant drowned spider on a string #floweringteamyass

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#7

Chocolate Pantone

Chocolate Pantone

BLOCD Studio Report

#8

6 Servings Of Italian Spaghetti

6 Servings Of Italian Spaghetti

Neal Fletcher Report

Hikari
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The packaging is very clear on what you're getting!

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#9

Pizza Fingers

Pizza Fingers

Yu Kyung Ha, Won Min Jung & Kwon Young Hee Report

John L
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is not only a great idea, but should worth the extra effort. :D

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#10

Milk Carton Changes Color When It Gets Closer To The Expiry Date

Milk Carton Changes Color When It Gets Closer To The Expiry Date

ACheb Report

Dennis Kovalev
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Really bad idea. Imagine these cartons in stores, all altered with varying sizes of this "warning" colour. It is a spoilage indicator, and even 10% of it on a carton is enough to make customers cringe and walk away from it.

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#11

Peanut Bag

Peanut Bag

Noémie Cotton Report

Asia
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is the way peanuts should be sold. Yet I've never seen it in stores :(

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#12

Chocolates Like A Set Of Oil Paints

Chocolates Like A Set Of Oil Paints

Nendo Report

#13

Sustainable Egg Boxes Made Of Hay That Is Heat-pressed Into Carton Shapes

Sustainable Egg Boxes Made Of Hay That Is Heat-pressed Into Carton Shapes

Maja Szczypek Report

#14

Honey Package Made Of Beeswax, Wich Can Be Burnt Down As A Candle, Making It Completely Waste Free

Honey Package Made Of Beeswax, Wich Can Be Burnt Down As A Candle, Making It Completely Waste Free

Maude Paquette-Boulva Report

Aine
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Du Québec, en plus! Super! :)

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#15

Chip Can Which Blooms Into A Bowl

Chip Can Which Blooms Into A Bowl

Dohyuk Kwon Report

Cassie
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Is it reusable? It could make a cute planter or decorative little trash bin once the chips are done. The chips don't really look all that appealing, though.

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#16

Packed Like Sardines, Sardine Packaging

Packed Like Sardines, Sardine Packaging

brandiziac.com Report

#17

Butterfly Tea

Butterfly Tea

Report

#18

Dino Ice / Fruit Ice Lolly

Dino Ice / Fruit Ice Lolly

Sasha B. Perelman , Katya Mushkina Report

Daria B
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I had a Pokémon lolipop like that once. It left a Pokémon figure on a stick.

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#19

Clever Cookie Packaging Concept

Clever Cookie Packaging Concept

Emma Waleij, Hanna Simu, Alma Lindström, and Maja Ahlund Report

Lena Sterling
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

A lot of packaging for 18 cookies. Why do they need spacer between them? Without they could pack the double amount of cookies inside.

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#20

Honey Made By Bees

Honey Made By Bees

Maksi Marbuzov Report

Frederico Silva
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I'm more of a Honey Made By Praying Mantises guy, but this will do i guess...

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#21

Egg Box "Toaster"

Egg Box "Toaster"

Ádám Török Report

KiddingNot
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is so rad, you could use this for many things

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#23

Thelma's Cookies

Thelma's Cookies

Saturday MFG Report

#24

Popcorn Packaging That Pops-Up Into A Little Bowl When Popcorn Is Ready

Popcorn Packaging That Pops-Up Into A Little Bowl When Popcorn Is Ready

Anni Nykänen Report

#25

Jam Packaging

Jam Packaging

Anthony Guex Report

#26

This Yogurt Lid Can Be Folded Into A Little Spoon

This Yogurt Lid Can Be Folded Into A Little Spoon

OnTheMidnightTrain Report

Dennis Kovalev
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Remember this invention, you will see it next time in FAIL section where products go after user testing. Did anyone ever seen a clean under side of a yogurt cup? And this is supposed to keep your fingers clean as, you know, spoons are supposed to.

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#27

The Pizza Box That Turns Into A Projector

The Pizza Box That Turns Into A Projector

Reed Collins Report

Cassie
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

By the shape of the box, I suspect there is a separate compartment for the phone so it doesn't come in contact with the greasy bits where the pizza is. Still, it seems a little silly since it probably doesn't produce good resolution and most people have a TV to watch stuff on. Impractical but kitschy and will likely appeal to B movie culture fans.

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#28

Pasta Packaging

Pasta Packaging

Tamura Design Studio Report

İdil
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

These people care way too much about their pasta portions..

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#29

Squishable Wine Box Lets You Squeeze Wine Until The Last Drop

Squishable Wine Box Lets You Squeeze Wine Until The Last Drop

Mila Rodriguez Report

#30

French Fries Box With A Pocket For Ketchup

French Fries Box With A Pocket For Ketchup

Dong Jiang Report

Eirik Guttulsrud
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Because those things always stand upright throughout a meal...;P

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#31

Lightbulb Spice Jars & Coasters

Lightbulb Spice Jars & Coasters

Sarah Sia Report

#32

Marais Piano Cake Packaging

Marais Piano Cake Packaging

Kazuaki Kawahara Report

Super Cat
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I want it !!!!! , I am so hungry right now : (

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#33

The Most Honest Chocolate Tablet

The Most Honest Chocolate Tablet

Chocolat Factory Report

#35

Fruit Juice Packaging

Fruit Juice Packaging

Report

Cassie
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Is that banana juice? I like bananas, but banana juice does not sound appealing to me. I mean, maybe in a smoothie with other fruits or something, but just banana juice seems weird to me.

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#37

Top For Coffee Cup

Top For Coffee Cup

Joshua Harris Report

Amber Ice
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Only missing some kind of stirring device that is not a pan from your pocket or something

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#39

Wine Bottle Based Around The Concept Of Wine As The Blood

Wine Bottle Based Around The Concept Of Wine As The Blood

Constantin Bolimond Report

#40

Teabag Coasters

Teabag Coasters

Yuree S. Lim & Jieun Yang Report

Cassie
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I like that the wrapper keeps the used bag from making a mess when you set it aside. Practical and cute and since it's compressed paper, you can also toss it in the compost pile. The absorbed tea is good for plants, too, so will be even better for the compost pile. I like to put my spent tea bags right in the garden or in a potted plant.

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#41

Butter! Better!

Butter! Better!

Yeongkeun Report

Steve Bowman
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Next on Bored Panda: A single slice of toast, wrapped in plastic.

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#42

Gnome Bread Packaging

Gnome Bread Packaging

Lo Siento Studio Report

#43

Instant Noodle Packing Box

Instant Noodle Packing Box

Cao Weizhi, Ding Jian, Chen Yuru Report

Drona Leigh
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

seems good in theory, but in practice i bet all that stuff does not stay in there well.

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#44

Fast Food Packaging

Fast Food Packaging

Ian Gilley Report

Steve Bowman
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Isn't the burger getting cold (colder!) by the minute as long as there's ice in the coke under there?

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#45

Packaging For Pistachio Nuts. Inside Tray Holds Pistachios But The Outer Part Separates And Becomes A Tray For The Shells

Packaging For Pistachio Nuts. Inside Tray Holds Pistachios But The Outer Part Separates And Becomes A Tray For The Shells

Maija Rozenfelde Report

#46

Mini Olive-Oil Packages

Mini Olive-Oil Packages

Mini Oliva Report

Jodi Crabtree Littleton
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

While I like the concept, I forsee much waste. Same problem as K-cups...

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#47

Ketchup, Mustard, Mayonnaise

Ketchup, Mustard, Mayonnaise

Rony Schneider Report

Thestarsinthesky
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Not a bad idea at all. And it'd probably be way more easy to open then the little plastic ones.

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#48

Sushi To-Go Box With Chopsticks Instead Of The Handle

Sushi To-Go Box With Chopsticks Instead Of The Handle

Ashley Buerkett Report

#49

Green Berry Tea

Green Berry Tea

Natalia Ponomareva Report

Theresa Wilson
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

So many of the tea bags features on this page are stunning, but obviously are best suited to transparent cups.

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#50

Happy Pills

Happy Pills

Marion Dönneweg Report

#51

Fit Buns High Protein: Bread

Fit Buns High Protein: Bread

Report

#53

Loco - Mad Wine

Loco - Mad Wine

vinopack Report

#54

Origami Beer

Origami Beer

Clara Lindsten Report

#55

Beijing Buffet Fortune Cookies

Beijing Buffet Fortune Cookies

Caroline Brickell Report

Tua Lilja
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Cute packaging, but so much waste! I hope they're recyclable.

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#56

Beeloved Honey

Beeloved Honey

behance Report

#59

Honey Hive

Honey Hive