If you’re looking for ways to upcycle those Tide Pods containers, check out this Easy Pumpkin Craft!!
Tide Pods Easy Pumpkin Craft
I love using Tide Pods but when we finish the pods I have always wondered if I could reuse those great hard plastic containers. I finally came across an idea you will love!
This project is perfect for fall and Halloween of course, but if you use Tide Pods all year you can just store them out of the way so you have a few to use for this craft. I love that this one is so easy!
Of course for safety reasons- we recommend removing ALL wrapping that indicates what the container had been used for. Clean the container out well in case any detergent residue remained on the inside.
As a disclaimer, Laundry Detergents are always meant to be kept away from children, so we wouldn’t want to make a container look like something they would want to play with. Remove packaging/wrapping and anything else that indicates the container was used for detergent. You can even prepare the lid with the green glitter ahead of time so it looks less like the original Tide Pods container. I don’t recommend this project as a kids’ activity.
The Green Glitter is such a fun addition to this project, and really makes the pumpkin pop! If you’re just not a fan of glitter, you can always opt for plain green paint or a metallic green paint. I also think these Glow in the Dark Paints would be SO awesome! It’s entirely up to you.
You can use a paper plate to keep the glitter in one place. If you’re a more “messy” crafter, get a large bowl and apply the glitter in that to keep it from going every direction! 🙂
For the “stem” of the pumpkin, we used green construction paper. You can skip this step or just add more Chenille Stems (see below) if you don’t have construction paper handy.
Let your glue and glitter dry until glitter stays on the lid when touched.
Next you will decorate your Chenille Stems. These are also known as pipe cleaners and are readily available at Hobby Lobby and most craft and department stores.
If you aren’t located near a department store you can also purchase on Amazon. These are nice to have around the house since they can be used for lots of craft projects. I usually have a bag of multicolor stems in my craft drawer.
Finishing Up Your Pumpkin:
After the lid is complete, your pumpkin is just about done! Just print off a Jack-O’-Lantern template -or draw your own- and apply to the front of the Tide Pod container.
These Tide Pod Pumpkins are super cute to line up together on the porch or sidewalk for Halloween! If you need to weigh them down, just insert a heavy object inside like a rock or even fill partially with water. Reattach the lid and store in a covered area so they won’t be caught out in the rain.
- 1 empty Tide laundry pods container
- Pumpkin Template
- Printer paper OR 8.5x11 blank adhesive label OR black adhesive vinyl
- Liquid glue
- Green construction paper or cardstock
- Green glitter
- 2 green chenille stems
- Glue Gun
- Flat work surface
1. Remove the label from the laundry pods container by soaking in hot water, scraping, and
then using GooGone to remove completely. You can also use a heat gun to warm the
label but the ease of this option varies based on the brand. For instance, I found using a
heat gun to be easy on Gain containers but difficult on Tide containers.
2. Remove the top from the container.
3. Cut the green paper into a stem shape with enough room on the bottom to create a tab
to glue to the top of the container.
4. Cover the top of the container with liquid glue using a paint brush. Sprinkle with green
glitter. Allow to dry.
5. Twist the chenille stems around a pen or pencil to create curls. Apply liquid glue to the
stems and sprinkle or roll in green glitter. When dry, attach to the top of the container as
6. Print template and cut.
7. Apply the template to the side of the container.
I hope you can get a chance to try out this fun way to upcycle something that goes into the recycle bin or garbage! Happy Halloween!
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