Monday, September 6, 2010

painting with roll on deodorant containers.

Here's a pretty nifty way to reuse roll-on deodorant containers.

Turn them into paint pens.

First you remove the top of the container.
Some brands tops that will twist off.  
Others you will need to pry out the ball with a blunt knife.

Give the container and lid a good wash in soapy water.

Mix up some powdered tempura or edicol paint with water
and fill the containers.

Screw the lids back on, or pop the ball back in.

And voila! 
The paint rolls onto paper very smoothly.
It is also a great way for kids to experiment with mixing different colours together.

So now when you deodorant container is empty it can live a new life,
giving colour and fun to the children in your world!


  1. Love it! I am going to go and check all the deodorant bottles before I go to bed tonight! :)

  2. Gotta love creative recycling :)

  3. I tried this Jenny years ago but I couldn't for the life of me remove those balls! I must try it again ... I'll have to try "MUM"
    Donna :) :)

  4. Great idea! I don't have any of these - looks like I need to add them to my shopping list!

  5. What a fantastic idea - so clever too. Definitely want to try it out.

  6. Hey Jenny,
    We had some questions about this on FB...

    The comment was..

    "we tried this, but had a lot of trouble removing the balls, and then the paint didn't work too well. Any suggestions for the best consistency of paint or tips for getting the ball out? I think we still have the bottles hanging around somewhere"

  7. This is a great activity Jenny. We used to do it at kindy but I should start saving up the deodorant bottles and give it a go with the girlies at home.

  8. We tried this with watered down paint, not as good as your edicol I think - so we will give it another go.

  9. Brilliant...!

    Just to let you know I have shared it with my readers too, with School holidays coming up...Thank you...

    Bargains for mummy

  10. brilliant! can't wait to try this! x dee

  11. If you hold the bottle under water and squeeze some air out, the bottle will suck some water in past the ball. Then put the bottle in the microwave and the steam pressure will pop the ball out. Once you have put paint in it, it will make quite a mess in the microwave but if you wipe it out right away it's not too big of a job to clean up and gets the ball out very effectively.
    Head Start teacher in Washington

    1. I just tried this with a Tom's of Maine deodorant bottle, and it WORKS people! The ball pops out wonderfully and doesn't damage the bottle portion - like digging it out with a knife would...:) Thank you!!!

  12. good idea if I ever had one...