Need a last minute or easy Halloween activity to do with the family? This adorable and budget-friendly pumpkin craft for kids is made with an empty Tide Pod container and a few additional supplies.
To easily recreate the pumpkin face, use the printable template below. A downloadable PDF is listed in the You can use printer paper or cardstock, black adhesive vinyl or black adhesive paper. You can even use an adhesive foam sheet. I always have some sticky foam sheets with my craft supplies. They come in so handy.
This pumpkin craft is perfect for both younger and older kids. If you’re looking for a full day of Halloween activites, be sure to also take a look at these printable Halloween coloring pages and Halloween jokes for kids. Finish off the day making a delicious Halloween popcorn cake. Sounds like a super fun day, doesn’t it?!
I love crafts that use recycled materials and Tide Pod containers are just waiting to be transformed into Halloween pumpkins. If you are looking for more easy Halloween crafts for kids, be sure to also check out this popsicle stick candy corn craft and these emoji Halloween paper plate crafts.
Recycled Tide Container Pumpkin Craft for Kids
1 empty Tide laundry pods container
Printer paper OR 8.5×11 blank adhesive label OR black adhesive vinyl
Green construction paper or cardstock
Scissors (if not using a cutting machine)
2 green chenille stems
Remove the label from the laundry pods container by soaking in hot water, scraping, and then using GooGone to remove completely. You can also use a heat gun to warm the label but the ease of this option varies based on the brand. For instance, I found using a heat gun to be easy on Gain containers but difficult on Tide containers.
Remove the top from the container.
Cut the green paper into a stem shape with enough room on the bottom to create a tab to glue to the top of the container.
Cover the top of the container with liquid glue using a paint brush. Sprinkle with green glitter. Allow to dry.
Twist the chenille stems around a pen or pencil to create curls. Apply liquid glue to the stems and sprinkle or roll in green glitter. When dry, attach to the top of the container as vines.
Print template and cut.
Apply the template to the side of the container.
Here’s another upcycled Halloween craft that uses a plastic bottle.