Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Table Decoration: Recycled Bottle to a Vase

Up-cycling: Glass Beer or soda bottle recycled into a vase 

Don't throw away empty beer and soda bottles! 
 You can recycle them into a pretty vase like this.

Painting the bottles: I started with empty glass bottles and spray painted them white with rustoleum spray paint.  Here are a few cautions:
  • Look for smooth bottles - I rejected the bottles with raised areas with words or images 
  • A few brands had some weird painted numbers that bled through every coat of paint - grr! rejected them too
  • spray in many  light coats, I ended up with 3-4 coats on each bottle.  If you go too  heavy in a single coat it runs
  • work in a well ventilated area BECAUSE with a few bottles I found I had too much paint spray in the air and the paint particles dried mid air and landed on the bottles giving them a very grainy texture. Had to reject a bunch for that reason.

Up-cycling: Glass Beer or soda bottle recycled into a vase 
Decorating the bottle vase: I just love Stampin'UP!'s glimmer papers.  They're a really nice quality and such pretty colors. I used Blushing Bride on this bottle, but with Valentine's Day coming up it would look stunning in red glimmer paper too! Or maybe for a wedding, spray the bottles black and cut the roses from white glimmer paper? Suddenly I'm thinking of lots of variations here.

First step is to get the roses glued on.  The glue tends to slip a bit on the bottle surface, so if you try this yourself go slowly with this step. Be patient and wait for the glue to dry a bit. The glimmer paper is good quality stuff with a firm backing, but that also makes it want to resist the curve of the bottle so you'll have to hold it on til the glue sets. Which is why I recommend the Liquid Tombo, you can control it to get a thin bead on the die cut rose and it sets fairly quickly.

For the Neck I used some jute rope (left over from making a cat tower - the cats love it BTW) and  I used a hot glue gun to hold that in place

Stampin'UP!'s Linen Thread was a perfect match for tying on the tag. The little hearts at the ends of the thread were adhered with glue dots.

What do you think?  Have I inspired you to raid the recycle bin for some old bottles and do a little up-cycling?  They  make a very pretty vase or table decoration - - pretty enough to give as a gift!

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