Recycle Empty Laundry Detergent Containers into DIY Halloween Decorations!

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Instead of tossing Tide & Gain laundry pod containers, turn them into cute DIY Halloween decorations!

tide pod halloween decor on the counter

Don’t toss empty Tide pod containers, make easy DIY decorations with them!

You can easily turn those bright orange containers into jack-o-lanterns and display them at Halloween using an LED tea light or fairy lights so they will look spooky at night! These plastic containers have the perfect round pumpkin shape.

gain laundry detergent container made into witch

I even turned a green Gain laundry pod container into a witch with a hat!

tide pod containers halloween decor

These DIY Halloween decorations are fun and inexpensive to make using supplies you may already have on hand! I love how you can group them together, plus these pumpkins will last so much longer than carving real ones.

laundry pod container diy halloween decorations supplies

Tips for DIY Halloween decorations from laundry containers:

  • Getting the label off of the empty containers will be the toughest part, but don’t be discouraged! I soaked mine in hot soapy water first, and then the Tide labels actually came off pretty easily.
  • That said, the green Gain label was much more difficult to remove. To get that off, I laid it on the counter, applied a mixture of Goo Gone and baking soda, and let it soak. I then scraped it off using a window scraper tool. Not gonna lie, it was tedious! 😂 If you have tips, share them in the comments please.
  • For inspiration, I just Googled “jack-o-lantern faces” and “witch faces” and then tried my best to copy similar ones. Don’t laugh I am not an artist LOL! This is where you can get creative and have the kids make their own.

Watch a step-by-step tutorial on how to make these DIY Jack-O-lanterns on YouTube! 

sink with tide containers to remove label

peeling the label off tide pods container

using a scraper on gain pod container

drawing pumpkin face on tide pod container

adding vinyl to tide pod container

putting tea light inside tide pod container halloween decorations

tide pod container pumpkins on the stairs

DIY Halloween Decorations from Laundry Pod Containers:ย 




Soak off the product labels in the sink using hot soapy water. Use a knife to carefully lift starting at one edge of the label and then peel it off. The top label on the lid is a little trickier and may need some adhesive remover like Goo Gone.ย 


Once the container is dry, draw a face on the front using a sharpie, or cut out shapes using adhesive vinyl.


Add a tea light inside and display at Halloween!

tide pod container jack-o-lantern

What a cute Halloween project and smart way to reuse these containers.

This clever DIY craft idea has actually been submitted to us several times by Hip2Save readers and I am so glad I had the chance to try it. Now is the time to start saving them or perhaps let your friends and family know to save them for you if you’re thinking of making fun DIY Halloween decorations from laundry containers!

halloween diy gain laundry detergent pod container

My Hip teammate Jen tried out this Halloween DIY and here’s what she thought:

“What an easy project! I used everything I already had in my home so it was FREE! Once I got the labels off, I just used a Sharpie and BAM – it was done, and the end result is adorable. I am putting it outside with lights next to my other Halloween decor!”

See how I decorated my front door using all Dollar Tree supplies!

About the writer:

Lina has a Bachelor's Degree from Northern Arizona University with 11 years of blogging and photography experience having work featured in, Martha Stewart, Country Living, Fox News, Buzzfeed, and HGTV.

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Comments 25

  1. tiredday

    This is such a cool idea!!! Iโ€™ve just been recycling my old containers. I love this idea!!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Thanks so much! Glad you like it!

  2. WestbergFive

    Nicely done! They look great! Such an awesome idea!

  3. je

    Genius. This makes me want to buy pods just for the containers to use for this project!

    • SueJo

      Genius, was the first word that came to my mind too! Cute, cute, cute!

  4. mrswagley

    Oh my gosh!! I love this idea soooo much. Glad I haven’t tossed my bucket yet. Guess I’ll have to dust off my silhouette. Lol. Thank you guys!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Yes!! Great idea and have fun creating yours!

  5. Lora

    I love this idea! Thank you for sharing.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Yay I am so glad! Thanks Lora!!

  6. Shubam

    Awesome !!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Thanks Shubam!

  7. Babymair

    Thx Collin and team, my boys are going to have a blast making these .Great idea !! Keep up the good work and God bless

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh yay have fun! Thanks so much. ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ’•

  8. Susan

    These are so cute! When I was a preschool teacher I used to have the kids bring in an empty (rinsed out) milk carton with lid. I would put orange paint inside and put the lid back on and let them shake it until the paint coated the inside. Then I would put them up overnight with the lid off to dry. Another day we would add the face to the outside and secure the lid back on. (The handle goes in the back so it isn’t seen when done)

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh I love that! Teachers have the best ideas ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ’•๐ŸŽƒ Thanks for sharing Susan!

  9. Nee

    Such a cute idea!! I donโ€™t have to deal with rotting pumpkins too! ๐Ÿ˜†

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Yes! The best part! Ha

  10. Renee


    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Thanks Rennee!! We thought so too!

  11. tiredday

    The white cartons would make good ghosts!!

  12. Brenda Cobb

    That’s a wonderful idea I would have never thought of that I’m created on a lot of things but that’s one thing I would never have thought of and it looked great you’ve done a really good job thank you for that ideal

  13. Brandy

    I am excited to try these! I also have a Clorox wipe container I will make into a ghost or scream face ๐Ÿ‘ป

    • Jessica (Hip Sidekick)

      So cool, Brandy! We would love to see your finished pieces! ๐Ÿฅฐ

  14. Plunky

    I love your idea. They are reusable. I was looking for ideas that didnโ€™t involve real pumpkin. Thank you

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh good! Glad you also love this. Thanks so much!

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