This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tom’s of Maine. All opinions are 100% mine.
April is Earth Month and we are excited to partner with Tom’s of Maine to bring you these fun and practical toothpaste tube upcycling projects.
Reducing waste is important to us, which is why we love to upcycle and find new uses for common household items that would normally find their way into the trash. We reuse items in our activities and recycled crafts frequently. Plus, it is pretty fun to see what we can create that is a little out of the ordinary. Today we are excited to partner with Tom’s of Maine to share three totally ingenious ways to upcycle your toothpaste tubes. When we got started with this project, we couldn’t stop. Instead of just creating one fun and new way to use your toothpaste tube, we went on a crafting spree and made three really fun and useful items.
3 Totally Ingenious Ways to Upcycle Your Toothpaste Tubes
We started off with a new crayon holder that is perfect for stray crayons and taking on the road. It is a perfect match to our on the go busy boxes.
How to Make an Upcycled Drawstring Crayon Holder from a Toothpaste Tube:
empty and cleaned Tom’s of Maine toothpaste tube
hot glue gun
4 inch cord ribbon
1) Line a crayon up next to an empty and cleaned toothpaste tube. The cap should be facing up, with the crayon lined up with the bottom of the tube. Use the marker to mark the height of the crayon on the tube. Cut the tube with the scissors across the line.
2) Spread out a piece of scrap fabric, wrap the fabric around the open part of the toothpaste tube to measure the width you need to cut the fabric. Cut the material the width you measured and 2 1/2 inches high. Using the hot glue gun, glue the fabric around the inside of the toothpaste tube. About 1 1/2 inches of the fabric should still be sticking out.
3) Next loop the cord around the fabric sticking out of the tube, then fold the fabric in half over the tube. Glue the fabric in place, making sure not to glue the cord. Tie the cord to keep it out of the way to prevent it from getting pulled out.
4) Trim the excess fabric. Measure the ribbon by wrapping it around the tube, and cutting to length. Glue the ribbon around the tube to hide the edge of the fabric. Fill with crayons and tie closed. Perfect for taking crayons on the road or keeping them from rolling around in a drawer.
How to Make a Wire Fastener from a Toothpaste Tube:
Next, we bundled up a few extension cords using our empty and clean Tom’s of Maine toothpaste tubes. Now all those stray cords around the house, don’t stand a chance!
Empty and clean Tom’s of Maine toothpaste tube
Piece of wood
1) Remove the lid from the toothpaste tube and flatten it again a piece of scrap wood. We used a 2×4. However, a piece of pallet would work.
2) Securely hold the toothpaste tube against the wood while you drill a hole in the center of the logo of the tube. Be sure to keep your fingers far from the drill bit, and use clamps if you have them.
3) Wrap the toothpaste tube around the cord you need to wrap up and slip the part the toothpaste comes out of through the whole. Screw the lid back on to keep it in place.
How to make a Toothbrush holder from Toothpaste Tubes:
Finally, a toothpaste tube upcycle project isn’t complete without a brand new, well kind of new, toothbrush holder. The toothbrush holder we made turned out absolutely adorable, and it is so easy to clean too. Plus there is a lot of space, so no more toothpaste tubes and toothbrushes over flowing on the counter.
5 empty and clean Tom’s of Maine toothpaste tubes
(4 – 4′ x 3′, 1 – 3′ x 3′)
Hot glue gun
Ruler or measuring stick
1) Cut open all 5 empty tubes of toothpaste so that they lay flat. Next cut each tube to size. You will need 4 tubes cut 4 inches width and 3 inches length, and 1 tube cut in a 3 inch by 3 inch square. 2) Lay the square toothpaste tube flat with the pattern facing down. Fold 3 edges of each 4″ x 3″ square back back 1/4 of an inch with pattern facing up to form a flap. To attach the side to the bottom line the flap with hot glue and press it firmly into the bottom square. You will want to only put hot glue on one side at a time to make sure the glue doesnít harden too quickly. Be sure to hot glue the side to each other as well. Let it cool.
3) Cut a piece of ribbon the size of each seam. Spread a thin layer of hot glue along the ribbon and then quickly fold it over the length of each seam. You will be covering 8 seems total. Let cool completely before adding toothbrushes and toothpaste to the holder. If the holder isnít keeping its form try popping some popsicle or glue sticks along the inside walls while the glue finishes drying.
We love Tom’s of Maine oral care products because they do not contain artificial colors, flavors, fragrances, or preservatives. They also do not test their products on animals. The flavors are mild, which is great for children who are sensitive to spicy or minty flavors. We love their strawberry toothpaste.
Tom’s of Maine continue to care for the planet by making their packaging 100% recyclable through TerraCycle, and by donating 10% of profits to human and environmental goodness. So don’t be afraid to toss the scraps of your upcycle project in the recycling bin if you decide to make your upcycled projects out of empty Tom’s of Maine products. You can find their natural personal care and oral care products at Target. Check out the Cartwheel offer here.
We hope these fun toothpaste tube upcycles will inspire you to join the #LessWasteChallenge to reduce waste by 1 lb a week. Visit Toms of Maine’s website for more information.We’d love to hear about your ideas and what interesting things you decide to upcycle.