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Adorable Owl Valentine’s Box From a Laundry Pods Container Craft!


I’m so proud of myself for this craft, I think it’s unbelievably cute and it was completely my own idea! Since we started buying laundry detergent pods (which we love, by the way), I’ve saved the containers. They’re this tough plastic and I just knew that they would serve a good purpose, even though at the time I had no specific idea at all. As I was going to put another container into my stash, I realized that one side looks like a little owl! You may not see it yet but after we paint along these spaces, you’ll see what I mean!

Here’s what you’ll need:

Something to remove the label (I used dish soap, water, and a putty knife)


Paint in any colors you like

Laundry pods container (Tide, Gain, etc.)


1. First, you’ll need to remove the labels. My way was really time consuming because I used what I had on hand, but it worked. I soaked the container in a dish soap and water mixture for a long time, then peeled the labels off with a putty knife. (Feel free to suggest other ways in the comments!) Wipe it clean and be sure it’s dry.


2. To make him into a mailbox, cut a rectangle into the top. Your owl container can serve so many purposes, though! It can hold your child’s smaller toys, pencils and erasers, or even snacks!


3. Turn the container to the back, where it has little handle ridges. Paint inside where the label was, following along the line. This is the owl’s tummy! Stop about two or three inches from the top to leave space for his eye circles. My daughter insisted that I also put glitter on it while the paint was wet.

4. Paint little almost-U shapes for owl feathers on his tummy. Darker colors will stand out better, I think.


5. Inside the ridges of the handles, just do one curved line on each side for the owl’s wings.

6. I used a different color to paint two large circles for her eyes. Then I painted two white circles inside, for the whites of her eyes. Since this is a Valentine’s mailbox for us, I painted two big hearts for her actual eyes.

7. In between and at the bottom of the eye circles, paint an upside-down triangle in yellow or orange.


8. At the bottom of your owl’s belly, draw three little circles on each side for feet! Or, you can do three little triangles. My owl is probably not anatomically correct, she’s more like clipart. 😉

9. For the back, I painted the label space one color and let my daughter sign her name and write “Happy Valentine’s Day!”


Tiffany is the married stay-at-home mother of four beautiful babes and blogger at The Crunchy Mom Next Door. She loves DIY, crafting, and blogging about her favorite products and topics!

Dorothy Boucher

Saturday 16th of March 2019

What a fantastic idea what a great way to recycle I would probably do mine as a Bank of some sort. @tisonlyme143

Deborah Henderson

Saturday 4th of February 2017

If you fill the container with really hot water and let sit for a few minutes the label will peel right off. Such a cute idea.

Deborah D

Wednesday 4th of March 2015

so cute!!!!!!!!!


Monday 2nd of March 2015

This is such a clever idea! It would make a nice coin bank as well. Thanks for sharing.


Tuesday 24th of February 2015

That's a good idea. You can find all kinds of uses for everyday items if your crafty.