How to Upcycle Tide Bottles into a DIY Bookends

As a eco-friendly consumer, you may wonder how you can keep your discarded packaging from ending up in landfills. Fortunately there are hundreds of ways you can reuse product packaging — especially Tide bottles — and with a little inspiration, you can give those empty bottles a second life.

    • Supplies
    • Rinse bottles. Draw line along curved edge of front and back label.
    • Cut along line. Rinse Tide laundry detergent bottles thoroughly.
    rinse bottle and cut along line
    • Add green circle to one. Add black construction paper circle to the other.
    • Add a yellow circle to green one. Add googly eyes to black circle. Prime bottle.
    • Spray paint bottle.
    • Add strips of metallic tape.
    • Cut out stars and moons from glow-in-the-dark tape.
    • Add to bottle.
    • Insert flashlight.
    Add trips of metal tape, cut out stars

What is Upcycling?

Upcycling is the process of converting old or discarded material into something useful and beautiful.

Recycling is great, but you can also creatively turn that empty bottle into something new and useful. Tide created a content series to show you just how fun (and good for the environment) upcycling can be. Check out some of the different ways you can repurpose used Tide products and packaging by watching all our videos and tutorials here on the Tide Keepsies page.

Our sustainability resources page can show you how to save energy and, while you're there, learn what makes our concentrated detergents so eco-friendly.