Looking for a long weekend craft project? How about Steve's brilliant laundry detergent bottle toolbox?
A couple of nights ago I was watching my son, Evan, playing with an empty detergent container. I was impressed with how easy it was for him to handle the big container, and how the handle seemed to be just the right size for his little hands. So, I decided to do a little experiment.
I took one of our steak knives (Apologies to my wife…) and made two big openings, cutting off the detergent spouts. Then I put it in the dishwasher (Apologies to my wife…) and made a huge mess (apparently it had more detergent than I previously thought). The next day I took it to work, and on my lunch break ground all the edges smooth and rounded the cuts. I think you could do the same with a palm sander, or if you cut carefully the first time you could round the edges with a by gently melting the plastic with a lighter. On an impulse I took some spray paint and covered up the detergent label (I couldn’t remove it with water or acetone…). The result? A new little tool box for Evan. This is just an early prototype, but he loves it. Future models might have interior compartments (one liter bottles?) or exterior webbing to contain the tools better.