Smile Saver (Retainer Holder)

When I caught the dog carrying off my daughter's retainer, I knew it needed a home! I drew a face on a tiny picnic basket, positioning the mouth in an eyecatching way. The basket weave allows the retainer to dry and keeps it safe. Great quick gift for anyone who wears a retainer.


Approximate Time: 20 minutes


  • tiny (3 1/2-inch) unpainted picnic basket with hinged lid
  • craft paints or paint pens
  • "Sharpie" style fine point black marker
  • paintbrushes
  • pencil
  • terrycloth fabric scrap or paper towel


  1. Lightly sketch face on basket lid and side with pencil. Use photo as a guide. (Position "mouth" so it opens like the lid).
  2. Paint eyes desired color.
  3. Fill in tooth area with white.
  4. Paint lips red.
  5. When paint is dry, use black fine point marker to add eyelashes, nose, and teeth. (Omit eyelashes if you are drawing a boy!)
  6. Use marker to outline lips and eyes.
  7. Write "__________'s Smile" on the lid with the marker.
  8. Place fabric scrap or paper towel inside as liner. Change as needed.

By Cindy from Waynesburg, PA

Small basket painted for retainer holder.
January 25, 20080 found this helpful

Oh, how cute, what an original idea!

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January 25, 20080 found this helpful

That is such a fantastic idea!:)

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January 27, 20080 found this helpful

That is such a great idea. My daughter was always misplacing hers. Your idea was inspiring!

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January 27, 20080 found this helpful


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April 8, 20110 found this helpful

That is too cute! I remember when I was a kid wearing a retainer at night after my braces were removed, and our dog did the same thing, ran off with my retainer, and chewed it up to bits.

Great idea for kids, and would help them "want" to place it where it belongs when it's not in their mouth.

Thanks, I'll pass this on to my daughter for her kids.

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