DIY Glitter House Made Out Of A Toothpaste Box
I made this cute little DIY glitter house out of an upcycled toothpaste box for the #LessWasteChallenge!
Making it was so much fun — and it didn’t take much time or skill, I promise.
I wanted to find a way to make making them way easier than the glitter house tutorials I found on the Internet, and starting off with a toothpaste box is the way to go.
You know me, I’m a saver. I save thousands of dollars a year and know so many tricks, I even wrote an ebook about the subject.
I don’t only try to save as much money as possible by couponing and researching the best deals — I’m also passionate about green living and keeping trash out of landfills. I save all kinds of things I think might come in handy eventually to reuse, so this challenge from Tom’s of Maine was right up my alley.
This month, Tom’s of Maine® is celebrating Earth Month with Target through the #LessWasteChallenge.
As a part of the challenge — reduce 1 pound of waste a week for a year — they asked me to create an upcycling project with packaging from a Tom’s of Maine product.
Most Target stores carry Tom’s of Maine products, including these products exclusive to Target:
- Sensitive Fragrance-Free body wash and soap bar
- Kid’s Gel
- Toddler Value Pack
When you shop at Target, take advantage of their Cartwheel app to see if there are Tom’s of Maine Cartwheel offer that make them even more affordable.
I’ve downloaded the app on my iPhone, and it’s very easy to save money by just searching for the products you want to buy and clicking on the coupons.
I wanted to make something out of the toothpaste box, and for some reason glitter houses came to mind. They are also called Putz houses, and are often used for Christmas decor. I wanted to make some for spring decor, so I used pink glitter.
I’ve seen tutorial for them that involve having to print and cut out a plan, but I just cut the toothpaste box in half, turned it inside out, cut out some windows, and added glitter.
Here is the full tutorial. Since you are starting out with an upcycled box, it actually takes less than 10 minutes to make one glitter house.
Upcycled Toothpaste Box Glitter House
DIY Glitter House Supplies:
- Tom’s of Maine toothpaste box
- Mod Podge glue or Elmer glue
- X-Acto knife
- optional: cardstock
- optional: glitter glue in an accent color
DIY Glitter House Tutorial:
Open up the toothpaste box and cut it in half to make two houses.
Draw windows on the cardboard. They don’t have to be perfect – I simply hand-drew them.
Cut out the windows with the X-Acto knife.
Bend the small tabs on the top into triangles – they will be pushed under the roof when the two larger tabs get taped together. Then put glue onto the side tab and glue the box back together – inside out. I also added a piece of tape on the inside to hold the box together.
As you can see, the writing of the toothpaste box shows through the windows, so I decided to cover it with white cardboard that I glued over it, but you don’t have to.
Now push the triangle tabs toward the middle of the box while you tape the top together to form the roof.
Cut a roof out of cardstock or reuse another box. Make it wider than the house so it hangs over the house a bit. I happened to have scissors with scalloped edges, but they are not necessary.
Next, hold the house by the roof, paint glue on the house, and add the glitter.
Shake off the excess glitter.
Glue the roof onto the house and let it dry for a minute.
Finally, put glue over the roof and add glitter. Instead of cutting out little window frames and a door, which you could add, I made things easy by tracing the windows and door with white glitter glue.
And there you go: easy DIY glitter houses that started out as a toothpaste box!
If you want to make a difference, I’d love for you to pledge to join the #LessWasteChallenge: Tom’s of Maine teaches you how to learn to reduce 1 lb. of waste a week.
Purchasing Toms’ of Maine products at Target in celebration of Earth Month is one way you can contribute!
We can all help to keep waste out of landfills and make the world a better place for future generations. Even a little DIY upcycling project helps out.
Tom’s of Maine is committed to the environment in all aspects of their company. Their commitment to their customers is defined by the ingredients they avoid:
- All Tom’s of Maine® natural personal care and oral care products are made with no artificial colors, flavors, fragrances or preservatives, nor are they tested on animals.
- All Tom’s of Maine® packaging is recyclable through TerraCycle®
- 10% of their profits go to human and environmental goodness
What’s NOT in Tom’s of Maine® Products
NO ARTIFICIAL COLORS: The appearance of their products may vary from batch to batch.
NO ARTIFICIAL FLAVORS OR FRAGRANCES: They do not use any synthetic flavors or fragrances and instead use the natural taste and smell of herbs, fruits, and flowers.
NO ARTIFICIAL PRESERVATIVES (EDTA, FORMALDEHYDE, PARABENS, ETC.: Natural preservatives work as well or better than artificial alternatives.
Their commitment to sustainability:
- Originating from recyclable or renewable plant-based resources
- Striving to reduce waste through recycled content, recycling, and biodegradability
- Promoting the use of sustainable growing and harvesting practices
Check out Tom’s of Maine at Target, and I hope you are inspired to take part in the #LessWasteChallenge!
May I suggest a little upcycling project? You can make so many amazing things with reused packaging material.