Get organized and repurpose everyday items! Upcycle Deodorant Container to make a magnetic pen holder that will keep your fridge and family organized.
Hey there! I’m so excited to bring you guys another upcycled craft. They are absolutely my favorite kind of craft to make!
Today I’m teaming up with Tom’s of Maine® and Target in celebrating Earth Month through the Less Waste Challenge.
But first, why is Tom’s of Maine so special? All of their packaging is recyclable through TerraCycle AND 10% of profits to human and environmental goodness! I feel better buying products for my family that are natural, sustainable, and responsible. Visit Toms of Maine’s website for more information.
So, what about that Less Waste Challenge? Together we can help to keep waste out of landfills, and the #LessWasteChallenge is a fun way to start. The concept is simple: Pledge to reduce 1 lb. of waste per week.
How can you get started? Try an upcycling project… like this handy magnetic pen holder made from a Tom’s of Maine deodorant container.
Here are the supplies that you will need to make this project
- Tom’s of Maine deodorant container (empty)
- Mod Podge
- paint brush
- paper cocktail napkin or tissue paper
- decorative fringe or tape
- hot glue
- small magnets
Grab your Tom’s of Maine products and save with this special Cartwheel offer
A note on my paper cocktail napkins and decorative fringe: For once in my life I had a legitimate reason to be browsing the One Spot in Target. Seriously, that place has a magnetic quality and just sucks you in. Anyway… I snagged these adorable cocktail napkins and decorative fringe in Target’s One Spot. If your One Spot doesn’t have the same selection, check out the party planning aisle for decorative cocktail napkins or tissue paper.
Tutorial: an Upcycle Deodorant Container into a magnetic pen holder
First, you need to remove the label from the deodorant container. I find this is easiest to do with warm water. Just pour warm water into the container (do this over the sink, since the water leaks out the bottom) and the adhesive will loosen up. Then you can just peel off the sticker. Dry the container well.
Using a paint brush, apply a thin layer of Mod Podge to the outside of the container. Smooth a piece of cocktail napkin over the container, and then apply another layer of Mod Podge. Smooth down the excess over the edge of the container.
Repeat with the deodorant lid, if you want to make a small holder for push pins or a little something decorative.
Once the Mod Podge has fully dried, decorate the edges of the container with craft fringe or colorful washi tape. Finally, hot glue magnets to the back of the container. Fill with pens and stick the container up on your fridge.
My Finished Upcycled Pen Holder + Our Family Command Center
We have a whole lot going on over on the front of our fridge. Our family photo calendar is where I keep track of our big-picture schedule for the whole family. Now, with my new upcycled pen holder, I can easily add something to the calendar or grocery list. No more searching for a pen or pencil!