I have yet to run out of ways to use these, or people to give them to!
A few years ago, I published free instructions for re-engineering soft makeup tubes into change purse/keychains. I soon realized that these little guys had endless possibilities for use, and that they were virtually indestructable. I was using them as packaging for small little gifts I was making, such as earrings and necklaces, and I was getting lots of positive feed back on the packaging. Friends, family, and co-workers starting saving tubes for me to convert, and still do.
I don't make alot of jewellery these days, but I still convert the tubes, and I still haven't run out of uses for them, or people to give them to. It's for this reason, that I'm blogging the instructions for making them. I hope you'll give it a try, or, if you're not the crafty type, donate your tubes to someone who is. If you just want to buy one of these, I'll put a few up in my Etsy shop every now and then.
Type of Plastic I'm referring to:
The type of tubes I'm talking about, are the soft plastic squeeze style tubes that are made from #4LDPE plastic, they include, but are not limited to, foundation makeup, shampoo, conditioner, hand lotion, moisturizers, condiments, sanitizers, etc. Is it suitable for this project? it needs to be soft, and squeezy, and be easily trimmed with regular household scissors. If it is too rigid to cut easily, it probably is #2HDPE plastic.
Required Tools and Recommended Embellishments:
Round up all your tubes and materials.
I hope you've enjoyed these instructions.
Kelly Kayfish is an artisan in Devon, Alberta, Canada