This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tom’s of Maine. All opinions are 100% mine.
Celebrate Earth Month with this fun and simple recycled craft idea – make your own adorable mini pouches out of empty toothpaste tubes! They are so easy to make! Guys. It’s Earth Month! And while thinking about the planet should be an everyday kind of thing, it’s a great time to recommit to making positive changes. I’m celebrating Earth Month by joining Tom’s of Maine in their #LessWasteChallenge. The idea is pretty simple – everyone pledges to reduce one pound of waste each week (Visit Toms of Maine’s website for more information.). Can you imagine the impact we could have if we all committed to reducing waste? It would be huge!
I love Tom’s of Maine products because I can feel good about all the things they don’t contain – all of their personal care products are made without artificial colors, flavors, fragrances or preservatives. My kids have used both the children’s outrageous orange mango toothpaste and the fruitilicious gel (that’s a Target exclusive). They like the flavors, and I like that both are free of dyes and artificial flavors!
As part of this Less Waste Challenge, I am trying to find ways to repurpose and recycle the product packaging that comes into our home. I knew our empty toothpaste tubes could be used for something really fun.
We are in the middle of moving right now, and so I have been going through my kids rooms organizing and sorting out items that need to be donated or recycled. As I was sorting through my daughter’s hair accessories, I realized we really needed a new system for organizing them. Right now, she just has a basket full of everything, and all the rubber bands and bobby pins tend to just get into a big tangled mess at the bottom. Boo to that.
Rather than buying some new containers to hold them, I decided to use our empty toothpaste tubes to create some little pouches! This simple recycled craft idea is simple, easy to customize, and super cute, if I do say so myself. Ready to make some little toothpaste tube pouches?
Recycled Craft – Tube Pouch Supplies:
- Empty Toothpaste Tubes
- Spray Paint
- Super Glue
- Enamel Dots or Stickers (optional)
Start by cutting off the top of your tube (near the nozzle – is that what you call that?) and cleaning out any excess toothpaste. Next, fold down the opening toward the sealed edge of the tube and crease well with your fingers. Clip the sides of your tube down to the fold line you just made. Then, cut along your fold line on one side of the tube. You now have a flap on one side. If you like, use your scissors to curve the edges of your flap. Next, it is time to paint! I gave my pouches a few quick coats of spray paint and they looked brand new! Make sure the paint has completely dried, then carefully use a bit of super glue to attach velcro to both sides of the flap to keep your pouch closed. Finally, if you like, you can decorate your pouch with stickers or other embellishments. I used some adhesive enamel dots that I really like – they kind of look like snaps, don’t you think?
And that’s it! These little pouches will be holding some of my daughter’s small hair accessories, but they would also be perfect for holding coins, paper clips, buttons, or any other tiny treasures.
Aren’t the cute?! I just love them. Make sure you save your toothpaste tubes to make your own cute mini pouches!
And don’t miss the Cartwheel offer to get a great discount on your favorite Tom’s of Maine products next time you are at Target (man, I love Cartwheel!). Plus, you can feel extra good about buying Tom’s of Maine because 10% of all profits are donated to organizations that support human and environmental goodness and all packaging is recyclable through TerraCycle.
That’s it for today, friends! Happy Earth Month and Happy Making!