Since this month is Earth Month, I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate than to participate in the #LessWasteChallenge. I’ve teamed up with Tom’s of Maine to bring you a super fun project that will help you both get organized and reduce waste at the same time. Now I call that a winner, don’t you? I can’t wait to share with you how I transformed a Tom’s of Maine Mouthwash bottle into a pen holder.
You will need an empty Tom’s of Maine Mouthwash bottle for this simple project. If you haven’t heard of Tom’s of Maine, let me share a few details about the company with you. I’ve actually used their oral care products for years because I like that they are made with no artificial flavors, colors or fragrances and they never test on animals. They are committed to producing less waste so their packaging is recyclable through TerraCycle® and 10% of their profits are donated to human and environmental change.
I purchase my Tom’s of Maine products at Target. Right now you can even save 10% off select Tom’s of Maine products with Target’s Cartwheel offer. At Target will you find deodorant, toothpaste, mouthwash and other products including their Sensitive Fragrance-Free body wash and soap bar which is exclusive to Target.
Materials needed to make this project:
- Empty Tom’s of Maine Mouthwash bottle
- Xacto Knife
- Chalk Paint
- Sponge Brush
- Decorative Washi Tape
How to make an Upcycled Pen Holder:
First you need to rinse out the Tom’s of Maine Mouthwash bottle and remove the label. If you have any sticky residue left on the empty bottle, add a drop of lemon essential oil and gently wipe it off.
Decide how tall you want your pen holder to be and draw a horizontal line around the bottle at that height. I chose to make my pen holder 5 inches tall.
Use the Xacto knife to careful cut off the top of the bottle.
Apply chalk paint to the bottle using a sponge brush. I applied two coats, allowing the paint to dry in between the coats.
Decorate the chalk painted bottle with the decorative Washi tape of your choice. It’s easy to cut the Washi tape with scissors and gently wrap it around the bottle and press into place. I started with the middle strip of Washi tape, then added the two additional strips above and below it to add interest.
Add your pens, markers, and pencils to your fancy, new upcycled pen holder and admire your handiwork. I love that this fun project is not only simple to make and functional, but it cuts down on waste, too.
I hope you’ll join both me and Tom’s of Maine on the #LessWasteChallenge. You can Visit Toms of Maine’s website for more information. You’ll learn about the challenge and also get tips on how you can reduce waste not only during Earth Month, but throughout the year, too. Together we can make a change by keeping waste out of landfills and leaving a lasting legacy to future generations.
Will you join us? If so, let me know how you plan to reduce your waste by 1 pound a week. You can leave a comment below or post on social media with the hashtag #LessWasteChallenge. I can’t wait to hear your ideas!