I joined A Totally Useless Stitch-A-Long this year. Last year I didn't hear about it until it was too late to join but I saved my orts in a container anyway.
I used this football for 2011. It's a plastic container from Fremont Street in Las Vegas that was originally full of beer. I thought using it for orts would be better than it just sitting there collecting dust. It turned out not to be such a great idea. It's unsteady and was always tipping over and spilling the threads all over the carpet.
This year I am going to use this bear. He originally was full of little cookies from Thailand. Hopefully he will be full of threads from finished projects by this time next year.