Learn how to make an inexpensive pull out cabinet organizer using a cardboard box so you can easily access things in the far reaches of your lower cabinets. My lack of patience has created more post fodder than you can imagine. Case in point. I was redoing my master bathroom and it was “almost” finished. The only thing left was for Roy to make me a wood slide out drawer. Sort of a pull out cabinet organizer for one thin cabinet under the sink so I wouldn’t have to dig back in to get things out. It’s just he had so many projects going on at the time I hated to push yet another on him so in the meantime I came up with a temporary solution. It worked out great and cost me nothing. I’ll still get my wood one down there… maybe two as there are two shelves. But for now this works. I also did the same thing when I needed a quick DIY makeup storage idea for the same bathroom. They turned out really cute!

Pull Out Cabinet Organizer Supplies

Instructions

This is the cupboard I wanted a pull out drawer or two for.

Learn how to make an inexpensive pull out cabinet organizer using a cardboard box so you can easily access things in the far reaches of your lower cabinets.

I found a box that would fit close enough if turned on its side.Learn how to make an inexpensive pull out cabinet organizer using a cardboard box so you can easily access things in the far reaches of your lower cabinets.

I measured how high I wanted it.Learn how to make an inexpensive pull out cabinet organizer using a cardboard box so you can easily access things in the far reaches of your lower cabinets.

Then marked it with a marker.Learn how to make an inexpensive pull out cabinet organizer using a cardboard box so you can easily access things in the far reaches of your lower cabinets.

Then cut where it was marked.Learn how to make an inexpensive pull out cabinet organizer using a cardboard box so you can easily access things in the far reaches of your lower cabinets.

Then glued it back together firmly.Learn how to make an inexpensive pull out cabinet organizer using a cardboard box so you can easily access things in the far reaches of your lower cabinets.

I wanted a nice facing on the front as that’s the part that would show. I had some  inexpensive unfinished thin wood frames from the craft store but they were too small for my box.Learn how to make an inexpensive pull out cabinet organizer using a cardboard box so you can easily access things in the far reaches of your lower cabinets.

 Since Roy does woodworking he cut me a quick piece of wood that would fit. Had I not had wood I would have  very carefully cut a piece of foam board to place on the front. Just make sure you cut the edges nice and straight using a straight edge of some sort. Learn how to make an inexpensive pull out cabinet organizer using a cardboard box so you can easily access things in the far reaches of your lower cabinets.

I painted my box. Learn how to make an inexpensive pull out cabinet organizer using a cardboard box so you can easily access things in the far reaches of your lower cabinets.

I wanted to cover up the top edge so I grabbed some wider white ribbon and glued it on over the edge.Learn how to make an inexpensive pull out cabinet organizer using a cardboard box so you can easily access things in the far reaches of your lower cabinets.

Then I painted my wood front. If I had used foam board I probably would have kept it white.Learn how to make an inexpensive pull out cabinet organizer using a cardboard box so you can easily access things in the far reaches of your lower cabinets.

I drilled a hole in the exact center so I could add the knob I had.

Then the front was glued on.Learn how to make an inexpensive pull out cabinet organizer using a cardboard box so you can easily access things in the far reaches of your lower cabinets.

I used an awl to poke a hole into the cardboard through the wood front.Learn how to make an inexpensive pull out cabinet organizer using a cardboard box so you can easily access things in the far reaches of your lower cabinets.

Then I pushed my knob screw through.Learn how to make an inexpensive pull out cabinet organizer using a cardboard box so you can easily access things in the far reaches of your lower cabinets.

And screwed it on. All done and my pull out cabinet organizer didn’t cost me a cent!Learn how to make an inexpensive pull out cabinet organizer using a cardboard box so you can easily access things in the far reaches of your lower cabinets.Learn how to make an inexpensive pull out cabinet organizer using a cardboard box so you can easily access things in the far reaches of your lower cabinets. Learn how to make an inexpensive pull out cabinet organizer using a cardboard box so you can easily access things in the far reaches of your lower cabinets.

 

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Just a quick project that shows how I used what I had to fill my own need for a small DIY makeup storage situation. Cost: nothing.This didn’t start out as a post, it started out as a personal need.  I hadn’t planned on doing a DIY makeup storage post but then I thought, why not since I’m doing the project for myself anyway. I’d been redoing my master bathroom and I was at the place where I was re-organizing my makeup. I just needed some little thing to hold my longer makeup items… mascara, eyeliner, brushes, etc. I knew I could buy something but I wanted to get it finished, so I started walking through the house  trying to find something that would work.  There was nothing in the kitchen so I went out into the garage where I keep all my upcycle containers. Nothing there either. Everything was too tall.  Then I went into my herb closet (from my herb closet makeover) … and  spotted two empty salve containers I’d saved.  Hmmm…. if I took the lid off one it looked about right. Of course I couldn’t just stick plain old white salve jar bottom in my nice bathroom. That would be crazy.  So I had to fancy it up just a tiny bit.  I ended up using both of the containers by the way. Took like 10 minutes and cost me nothing.

 

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I had my makeup crammed into this silver box and I was moving it over to a small open door chest. However, to make the most of the room I needed to stand my longer items up in something.

A quick project that shows how I used what I had to fill my own personal need for a small DIY makeup storage situation. Cost for cute holders: nothing.

I went on a hunt throughout my house but nothing I found worked quite right. Most things were too tall.A quick project that shows how I used what I had to fill my own personal need for a small DIY makeup storage situation. Cost for cute holders: nothing.

Then I came across a couple of empty salve containers. A quick project that shows how I used what I had to fill my own personal need for a small DIY makeup storage situation. Cost for cute holders: nothing.

Perfect! But it needed a little dressing  up. A quick project that shows how I used what I had to fill my own personal need for a small DIY makeup storage situation. Cost for cute holders: nothing.

I took some black ribbon and cut it to fit around the top.A quick project that shows how I used what I had to fill my own personal need for a small DIY makeup storage situation. Cost for cute holders: nothing.

Hot glued it on.A quick project that shows how I used what I had to fill my own personal need for a small DIY makeup storage situation. Cost for cute holders: nothing.

I had a nice little flower punch that I liked and punched out a few black flowers. A quick project that shows how I used what I had to fill my own personal need for a small DIY makeup storage situation. Cost for cute holders: nothing.

I grabbed my Aleene’s Tacky Glue pen which was perfect for this job. A quick project that shows how I used what I had to fill my own personal need for a small DIY makeup storage situation. Cost for cute holders: nothing.

I placed a dot on the center of each flower. A quick project that shows how I used what I had to fill my own personal need for a small DIY makeup storage situation. Cost for cute holders: nothing.

Then I stuck them on. I wanted the petals to stick out. If you don’t, I’d suggest using spray adhesive on the back of them for a good stick. A quick project that shows how I used what I had to fill my own personal need for a small DIY makeup storage situation. Cost for cute holders: nothing. Just a quick project that shows how I used what I had to fill my own need for a small DIY makeup storage situation. Cost: nothing.

 

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Looking for a way to store all those pieces of fabric you've been collecting? Well it ends up a 2 drawer file cabinet might be the answer to your problems!Looking for a way to store all those pieces of fabric you’ve been collecting? Well it ends up a 2 drawer file cabinet might be the answer to your problems! We’ll show you how to take a plain cabinet and turn it into something beautiful and useful. As you’ll see below, our file cabinet was in pretty bad shape. Amazing what just some paint will do! You might recall we did a similar post entitled How to Organize Fabric with a File Cabinet which has a little more details on placing the fabric inside your cabinet. This version is definitely a step up and much classier. If you want more ideas for organizing craft supplies in general, check out our  post The Most Creative Craft Room Organization Ideas.

 

2 Drawer File Cabinet Makeover Supplies

  • Filing Cabinet. Any type should work.
  • Spray paint. we used Rust-Oleum’s Chalked Spray Paint
  • Epoxy or any strong fast setting glue
  • 2  8″x 10″ picture frames (Ours had a fabric background and clip already on them but you can easily add your own or design it another way.)
  • 2 Knobs. We used wood black knobs but you can use any type you want. Crystal, silver, gold etc.
  • Drill
  • Wood Accents or Ornamental Carvings. Amazon has a few but your best bet is Hobby Lobby or Michael’s.

CHALK PAINT OPTIONS

You can also paint it with chalk paint either purchased or using one of the recipes below.

CALCIUM CARBONATE RECIPE

  • 2 Parts paint
  • 1 part calcium carbonate

Mix and use.

PLASTER OF PARIS RECIPE

  • 3 Parts Paint
  • 1 Part Plaster of Paris
  • Water

Add just enough water to the Plaster of Paris to make a paste. Then add the Plaster of Paris into the paint and mix thoroughly.

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This is the file cabinet we started out with. Yuck.
Looking for a way to store all those pieces of fabric you've been collecting? Well it ends up a 2 drawer file cabinet might be the answer to your problems!

Here are some of the main supplies needed. Notice we found some frames with fabric backgrounds and clips attached. You could also easily add the fabric and clip to a normal frame. Looking for a way to store all those pieces of fabric you've been collecting? Well it ends up a 2 drawer file cabinet might be the answer to your problems!

If your cabinet has hardware on the front, remove it.Looking for a way to store all those pieces of fabric you've been collecting? Well it ends up a 2 drawer file cabinet might be the answer to your problems!

Our cabinet was in storage and needed a good cleaning.Looking for a way to store all those pieces of fabric you've been collecting? Well it ends up a 2 drawer file cabinet might be the answer to your problems!

We then gave it several coats of Rust-Oleums Chalked spray paint in grey.Looking for a way to store all those pieces of fabric you've been collecting? Well it ends up a 2 drawer file cabinet might be the answer to your problems!

This is after a couple of coats. Still needs more as you can tell. Looking for a way to store all those pieces of fabric you've been collecting? Well it ends up a 2 drawer file cabinet might be the answer to your problems!

The back stand of the frame needed to be removed.Looking for a way to store all those pieces of fabric you've been collecting? Well it ends up a 2 drawer file cabinet might be the answer to your problems!

We just bent it off. Looking for a way to store all those pieces of fabric you've been collecting? Well it ends up a 2 drawer file cabinet might be the answer to your problems!

We turned the cabinet on its back with drawers facing upward. Then we  put a line of epoxy around each frame and attached it in place in the center of each drawer.

Allow the frames to dry completely. Looking for a way to store all those pieces of fabric you've been collecting? Well it ends up a 2 drawer file cabinet might be the answer to your problems!

After they were dried, we marked where we wanted our knobs to be placed on each drawer.Looking for a way to store all those pieces of fabric you've been collecting? Well it ends up a 2 drawer file cabinet might be the answer to your problems!

We drilled a hole down through the frame and cabinet. Looking for a way to store all those pieces of fabric you've been collecting? Well it ends up a 2 drawer file cabinet might be the answer to your problems!

Then we added our knobs. Looking for a way to store all those pieces of fabric you've been collecting? Well it ends up a 2 drawer file cabinet might be the answer to your problems!

We decided to add two wood accent pieces. Looking for a way to store all those pieces of fabric you've been collecting? Well it ends up a 2 drawer file cabinet might be the answer to your problems!

First we painted them a cream color. Looking for a way to store all those pieces of fabric you've been collecting? Well it ends up a 2 drawer file cabinet might be the answer to your problems! We added Epoxy to the back of each piece. Looking for a way to store all those pieces of fabric you've been collecting? Well it ends up a 2 drawer file cabinet might be the answer to your problems!

And placed one on the top front of the cabinet.Looking for a way to store all those pieces of fabric you've been collecting? Well it ends up a 2 drawer file cabinet might be the answer to your problems!

There was a perfect spot for the other on the bottom of the cabinet which would also cover a hole.Looking for a way to store all those pieces of fabric you've been collecting? Well it ends up a 2 drawer file cabinet might be the answer to your problems!

Press into place and allow to dry.Looking for a way to store all those pieces of fabric you've been collecting? Well it ends up a 2 drawer file cabinet might be the answer to your problems!

Now is the time to add your hanging file folders and drape your fabric over them. Looking for a way to store all those pieces of fabric you've been collecting? Well it ends up a 2 drawer file cabinet might be the answer to your problems!Looking for a way to store all those pieces of fabric you've been collecting? Well it ends up a 2 drawer file cabinet might be the answer to your problems!Looking for a way to store all those pieces of fabric you've been collecting? Well it ends up a 2 drawer file cabinet might be the answer to your problems!  Looking for a way to store all those pieces of fabric you've been collecting? Well it ends up a 2 drawer file cabinet might be the answer to your problems!Looking for a way to store all those pieces of fabric you've been collecting? Well it ends up a 2 drawer file cabinet might be the answer to your problems!

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This lovely and useful contemporary baker's twine string dispenser is part of our matching contemporary kitchen craft series. It's easy and fun to make!This is part of our matching Contemporary Kitchen Craft Series set. Its a baker’s twine or string dispenser and as with all the items in this series, it looks nice and its upcycled from a soda bottle! It’s very easy to make and it’s incredibly handy to have for dispensing a quick bit of string when you need it! We made one of these string dispensers a few years back that was a different style but this one was made to go with our set. To view this entire set visit our Contemporary Kitchen Craft Series page.

Kitchen Craft Baker’s Twine Dispenser Supplies

 

 

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Gather your supplies.
This lovely and useful contemporary baker's twine string dispenser is part of our matching contemporary kitchen craft series. It's easy and fun to make! Using masking tape, tape off the center of the bottle just below and above the ridges.  Cover the center space with tape or a paper towel.
This lovely and useful contemporary baker's twine string dispenser is part of our matching contemporary kitchen craft series. It's easy and fun to make! Spray paint the top and bottom of the bottle in the color of your choice.  Let dry thoroughly to prevent fingerprint marks.
This lovely and useful contemporary baker's twine string dispenser is part of our matching contemporary kitchen craft series. It's easy and fun to make! Once dry, remove the tape from the bottle.
This lovely and useful contemporary baker's twine string dispenser is part of our matching contemporary kitchen craft series. It's easy and fun to make! Using the link above, download and print the free label.  Cut out the label and set it aside.
This lovely and useful contemporary baker's twine string dispenser is part of our matching contemporary kitchen craft series. It's easy and fun to make! Using a drill, create a hole in the center of the bottle lid.  The hole should be the same size as your twine.
This lovely and useful contemporary baker's twine string dispenser is part of our matching contemporary kitchen craft series. It's easy and fun to make! Cut a ribbon at 22 inches in length.
This lovely and useful contemporary baker's twine string dispenser is part of our matching contemporary kitchen craft series. It's easy and fun to make! Fold the ribbon in half to find the center.
This lovely and useful contemporary baker's twine string dispenser is part of our matching contemporary kitchen craft series. It's easy and fun to make! Apply a dot of hot glue to the center of the ribbon.
This lovely and useful contemporary baker's twine string dispenser is part of our matching contemporary kitchen craft series. It's easy and fun to make! Apply the ribbon to the center of the clear portion of the bottle.  The hot glue dot will be the front of your dispenser.
This lovely and useful contemporary baker's twine string dispenser is part of our matching contemporary kitchen craft series. It's easy and fun to make! Using a dry erase marker, make a mark on the back of the bottle, directly across from the hot glue dot.
This lovely and useful contemporary baker's twine string dispenser is part of our matching contemporary kitchen craft series. It's easy and fun to make! Draw two lines down the clear portion of the bottle, 2 inches to either side of the mark.
This lovely and useful contemporary baker's twine string dispenser is part of our matching contemporary kitchen craft series. It's easy and fun to make! Using an X-acto knife, cut along the two lines you just drew.
Then cut one line along the bottom of those two lines, connecting them and creating a flap on the back of the bottle.
Grab your label and apply hot glue to the back on either end.
Apply the label over the front of the bottle, directly over the hot glue dot used to apply the ribbon.
Once dry, grab your ball of twine and feed the end up through the flap on the back of the bottle.  The string should come out the mouth of the bottle.
Then insert the ball of twine in through the flap, allowing it to rest in the bottom of the bottle.  Make sure that the ball can easily move around inside the bottle.
 Close the flap over the ball of twine and keep it closed by pulling the ribbon ends around to the back of the bottle and tying a bow.
The twine coming out of the mouth of the bottle should then be fed through the hole made in the bottle cap.  Once through the hole, simply apply the bottle cap to the bottle and pull twine as needed.

And just for fun we did a pink one. Ü

This lovely and useful contemporary baker's twine string dispenser is part of our matching contemporary kitchen craft series. It's easy and fun to make!This lovely and useful contemporary baker's twine string dispenser is part of our matching contemporary kitchen craft series. It's easy and fun to make!

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This attractive bag dispenser is from our Contemporary Kitchen Craft set. It's useful, easy to make and a great upcycle project made from a soda bottle.This kitchen bag dispenser is another item from our matching Contemporary Kitchen Craft Set. It’s perfect for for holding those plastic bags you get from the grocery store. Stuff ’em in and then pull ’em out at the bottom when you need one. They’re fun and easy to make and a great upcycle project for 2 liter bottles. This is actually another style of our Geometric & Confetti Plastic Bag Holder & Dispenser we did a while back. You can check that one out too. To view this entire set visit our Contemporary Kitchen Craft Series page.

Kitchen Craft Bag Dispenser Supplies

 

 

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Gather your supplies.  Be sure to remove the label and sticky residue from the 2 liter bottle so that you have a clean working surface.
This attractive bag dispenser is from our Contemporary Kitchen Craft set. It's useful, easy to make and a great upcycle project made from a soda bottle.Using the dry erase marker, draw a line around the top of the bottle, 1 inch below the base of the mouth.
This attractive bag dispenser is from our Contemporary Kitchen Craft set. It's useful, easy to make and a great upcycle project made from a soda bottle.Cut along this line with an X-acto knife.
This attractive bag dispenser is from our Contemporary Kitchen Craft set. It's useful, easy to make and a great upcycle project made from a soda bottle.Remove the top, leaving a 3″ hole.  Wipe away any remaining dry erase marks.
This attractive bag dispenser is from our Contemporary Kitchen Craft set. It's useful, easy to make and a great upcycle project made from a soda bottle.Using masking tape, wrap around the bottom of the soda bottle about 3 inches from the base.
This attractive bag dispenser is from our Contemporary Kitchen Craft set. It's useful, easy to make and a great upcycle project made from a soda bottle.Cut along the bottom of the masking tape, removing the bottom of the bottle.
This attractive bag dispenser is from our Contemporary Kitchen Craft set. It's useful, easy to make and a great upcycle project made from a soda bottle.Clean up any rough edges with scissors.  Remove masking tape when done.
This attractive bag dispenser is from our Contemporary Kitchen Craft set. It's useful, easy to make and a great upcycle project made from a soda bottle.Be sure to keep the bottom of the bottle!  You will need both pieces to complete the project.
This attractive bag dispenser is from our Contemporary Kitchen Craft set. It's useful, easy to make and a great upcycle project made from a soda bottle.Using the link above, download and print the free label.  Cut out the label and set aside.
This attractive bag dispenser is from our Contemporary Kitchen Craft set. It's useful, easy to make and a great upcycle project made from a soda bottle.Using wire cutters, clip the points off of two silver push pins.  Set aside the flat tops for later.
This attractive bag dispenser is from our Contemporary Kitchen Craft set. It's useful, easy to make and a great upcycle project made from a soda bottle.Tape around the center of the bottle using masking tape.
This attractive bag dispenser is from our Contemporary Kitchen Craft set. It's useful, easy to make and a great upcycle project made from a soda bottle.Cover the bottom half of the bottle with a paper towel.
This attractive bag dispenser is from our Contemporary Kitchen Craft set. It's useful, easy to make and a great upcycle project made from a soda bottle.Spray paint the top of the bottle and the detached base of the bottle the color of your choice.  Let dry thoroughly to prevent the fingerprint marks that silver paint is notorious for.
This attractive bag dispenser is from our Contemporary Kitchen Craft set. It's useful, easy to make and a great upcycle project made from a soda bottle.Once fully dry, remove the paper towel and masking tape.
Apply two lines of hot glue to the back of your label at either end.  Place over the front of the bottle, centered vertically over the spray painted line.
This attractive bag dispenser is from our Contemporary Kitchen Craft set. It's useful, easy to make and a great upcycle project made from a soda bottle.Apply a small amount of hot glue to the backs of the push pin tops.
This attractive bag dispenser is from our Contemporary Kitchen Craft set. It's useful, easy to make and a great upcycle project made from a soda bottle.Apply the push pins to either end of the label, creating a faux stud.
This attractive bag dispenser is from our Contemporary Kitchen Craft set. It's useful, easy to make and a great upcycle project made from a soda bottle.Cut two lines into the back of the large end of the bottle.  From the edge, cut into the bottle about 1 inch.  Do this a second time, 1 inch down from the first cut.  These cuts will allow for the lid to slip onto the bottle more easily.
Take the painted silver base of the bottle and place it over the larger opening of the bottle, creating your lid.
This attractive bag dispenser is from our Contemporary Kitchen Craft set. It's useful, easy to make and a great upcycle project made from a soda bottle.Now, simply remove the lid to fill with plastic grocery bags and replace the lid to keep out dust.  Bags pull easily from the smaller opening at the base of the bottle.  Hang in your pantry, on your fridge or anywhere needed for a simple and stylish bag dispenser that is also good for the planet!
This attractive bag dispenser is from our Contemporary Kitchen Craft set. It's useful, easy to make and a great upcycle project made from a soda bottle.This attractive bag dispenser is from our Contemporary Kitchen Craft set. It's useful, easy to make and a great upcycle project made from a soda bottle.

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Sometimes the simplest things can be the most useful. These tall pasta containers come from our Contemporary Kitchen Craft Series and are so easy to make! Sometimes the simplest things can be the most useful. These tall pasta containers come from our Contemporary Kitchen Craft Series and they are about as simple as you can get but they sure are great for holding longer pasta like spaghetti and linguini. Add a little paint and labels and you’ve got yourself a classy little container for your kitchen.  (We even provide the free labels!) If you’re looking for more great storage upcycle ideas, check out our Get Organized with Plastic Bottles post! To view this entire matching set visit our Contemporary Kitchen Craft Series page.

Kitchen Craft Tall Pasta Container Supplies

 

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Gather your supplies.  Begin by removing the labels and sticky residue from both of your bottles.
Sometimes the simplest things can be the most useful. These tall pasta containers come from our Contemporary Kitchen Craft Series and are so easy to make!Using masking tape, wrap around the top of each bottle, about 2 inches from the end.

Sometimes the simplest things can be the most useful. These tall pasta containers come from our Contemporary Kitchen Craft Series and are so easy to make!Cut along the edge of the masking tape with an X-acto knife.
Sometimes the simplest things can be the most useful. These tall pasta containers come from our Contemporary Kitchen Craft Series and are so easy to make!Remove and discard both tops.
Sometimes the simplest things can be the most useful. These tall pasta containers come from our Contemporary Kitchen Craft Series and are so easy to make!Wrap masking tape around the center of one of the bottles, covering the top half with a paper towel.
Sometimes the simplest things can be the most useful. These tall pasta containers come from our Contemporary Kitchen Craft Series and are so easy to make!Tuck the paper towel into the bottle to prevent any over-spray when painting.
Sometimes the simplest things can be the most useful. These tall pasta containers come from our Contemporary Kitchen Craft Series and are so easy to make!Spray paint the exposed half of the bottle.
Sometimes the simplest things can be the most useful. These tall pasta containers come from our Contemporary Kitchen Craft Series and are so easy to make!Once dry, remove the paper towel and masking tape.
Sometimes the simplest things can be the most useful. These tall pasta containers come from our Contemporary Kitchen Craft Series and are so easy to make!The painted bottle will now become the base to your container and the clear container will be the lid.
Sometimes the simplest things can be the most useful. These tall pasta containers come from our Contemporary Kitchen Craft Series and are so easy to make!Cut a slit into the open end of the clear container, roughly 2 inches long.
This allows the bottle to slide more easily onto the base.
Sometimes the simplest things can be the most useful. These tall pasta containers come from our Contemporary Kitchen Craft Series and are so easy to make!Download and print the free label above.  Cut out the label.
Sometimes the simplest things can be the most useful. These tall pasta containers come from our Contemporary Kitchen Craft Series and are so easy to make!Apply a small amount of glue to either side of the back of the label.  Place the label on the front of the painted bottle, centered vertically over the painted edge.
Sometimes the simplest things can be the most useful. These tall pasta containers come from our Contemporary Kitchen Craft Series and are so easy to make!Slide the clear bottle over the open end of the other bottle.
Now, simply fill with pastas or other dry goods to keep them safe and sealed for future use.
Sometimes the simplest things can be the most useful. These tall pasta containers come from our Contemporary Kitchen Craft Series and are so easy to make!Sometimes the simplest things can be the most useful. These tall pasta containers come from our Contemporary Kitchen Craft Series and are so easy to make!

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This cup dispenser is part of our matching Contemporary Kitchen Craft series. Hang it anywhere. It works and looks great! Best soda bottle upcycle ever!This hanging cup dispenser can be placed just about anywhere you need it… kitchen, bathroom, even on the fridge if it has a water dispenser. It’s part of our matching Contemporary Kitchen Craft series and shows just how many awesome and useful things you can make upcycling plastic soda bottles. It also shows how cool they can look! If you’re looking for other awesome ideas for your kitchen, check out our Outdated Kitchen Transformation posts! To view this entire set visit our Contemporary Kitchen Craft Series page.

 

Kitchen Craft Cup Dispenser Supplies

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Gather your supplies.  Be sure to remove the label and sticky residue from your soda bottle.
This cup dispenser is part of our matching Contemporary Kitchen Craft series. Hang it anywhere. It works and looks great! Best soda bottle upcycle ever!Wrap a piece of masking tape around the base of the bottle just above the curve.
This cup dispenser is part of our matching Contemporary Kitchen Craft series. Hang it anywhere. It works and looks great! Best soda bottle upcycle ever!Place the mouth of the bottle into a Dixie cup.  (Or whichever cup you will be dispensing).  Trace around the lip of the cup with a dry erase marker.
This cup dispenser is part of our matching Contemporary Kitchen Craft series. Hang it anywhere. It works and looks great! Best soda bottle upcycle ever!This line will be a reference for your cut line.  Do not cut this line!
This cup dispenser is part of our matching Contemporary Kitchen Craft series. Hang it anywhere. It works and looks great! Best soda bottle upcycle ever!Using an X-acto knife, cut along the masking tape at the other end of the bottle, removing the base.  Keep both parts!
This cup dispenser is part of our matching Contemporary Kitchen Craft series. Hang it anywhere. It works and looks great! Best soda bottle upcycle ever!Now that the bottom is removed from the bottle, we will remove the mouth.
This cup dispenser is part of our matching Contemporary Kitchen Craft series. Hang it anywhere. It works and looks great! Best soda bottle upcycle ever! Draw a line around the mouth of the bottle that is 1/4 inch up from the previous line.  Then, using an X-acto knife, cut along this line, removing the top of the bottle.
This cup dispenser is part of our matching Contemporary Kitchen Craft series. Hang it anywhere. It works and looks great! Best soda bottle upcycle ever!Using scissors, cut in towards the initial dry erase line as you circle the opening.  Slits should be roughly 1/4″ apart.
This cup dispenser is part of our matching Contemporary Kitchen Craft series. Hang it anywhere. It works and looks great! Best soda bottle upcycle ever!Take the bottom of the bottle and make similar slits around the opening.  These should be 1″ apart.
This cup dispenser is part of our matching Contemporary Kitchen Craft series. Hang it anywhere. It works and looks great! Best soda bottle upcycle ever!Once cut, the base should easily slip into the large opening of the bottle, creating a removeable “lid”.
This cup dispenser is part of our matching Contemporary Kitchen Craft series. Hang it anywhere. It works and looks great! Best soda bottle upcycle ever!Now we’re ready to paint!  Place masking tape around the combined bottle and ‘lid’ roughly 3 inches from each end.  Cover the center with a paper towel to prevent over-spray.
This cup dispenser is part of our matching Contemporary Kitchen Craft series. Hang it anywhere. It works and looks great! Best soda bottle upcycle ever!Spray paint both ends of the bottle in the color of your choice.  Let dry thoroughly.

This cup dispenser is part of our matching Contemporary Kitchen Craft series. Hang it anywhere. It works and looks great! Best soda bottle upcycle ever!Once dry, remove the masking tape.
This cup dispenser is part of our matching Contemporary Kitchen Craft series. Hang it anywhere. It works and looks great! Best soda bottle upcycle ever!Remove the ‘lid’ from the bottle and ensure that the slits in the base of the bottle are not stuck together from the paint.
This cup dispenser is part of our matching Contemporary Kitchen Craft series. Hang it anywhere. It works and looks great! Best soda bottle upcycle ever!Download and print the label via the link above.  Cut out the label.
This cup dispenser is part of our matching Contemporary Kitchen Craft series. Hang it anywhere. It works and looks great! Best soda bottle upcycle ever!Apply hot glue to the back of the label and place on the front of the bottle.  This cup dispenser is part of our matching Contemporary Kitchen Craft series. Hang it anywhere. It works and looks great! Best soda bottle upcycle ever! Center the label vertically in the clear, unpainted space.
This cup dispenser is part of our matching Contemporary Kitchen Craft series. Hang it anywhere. It works and looks great! Best soda bottle upcycle ever!Fill with cups and insert the lid to protect contents from moisture and debris.  Simply pull the Dixie cups one at a time from the bottom of the container to dispense. Refill as needed.
This cup dispenser is part of our matching Contemporary Kitchen Craft series. Hang it anywhere. It works and looks great! Best soda bottle upcycle ever!This cup dispenser is part of our matching Contemporary Kitchen Craft series. Hang it anywhere. It works and looks great! Best soda bottle upcycle ever!

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If you like girly car accessories, be you gal or guy cause we don’t judge, we’ve got some exciting news for you! You can make your own DIY hood ornament! In fact you can make a whole set of them because they’re removable. The best part is they’re so easy and fun to make. Want to know one of the best places to find your unfinished ornaments? Thrift stores. They are full of cool things that make the best hood ornaments, especially in the toy section. We’ve got another cool DIY for your car… Reusable Car Air Fresheners. And if you want some girly bling to wear while you’re driving, then make a Good Vibes Necklace.

Girly Car Accessories Supplies

IMPORTANT SAFETY PRECAUTIONS

What you don’t want is your ornament flying off your hood. It should ONLY be used in the following ways.

  1. Drive in town only when using your ornament.
  2. Don’t drive over 35 MPH, just to be safe.
  3. Use only light weight thin plastic items never taller than 4 inches or so.
  4. Use only super strong magnets as described.
  5. Use super strong Permanent Epoxy glue
  6. Pop it off, NEVER SLIDE IT AS IT CAN MARK THE CAR, when you go in anywhere. (Not for safety but just to make sure it doesn’t get taken!)

Instructions

If you like girly car accessories you're gonna love these removable DIY hood ornaments made from small toys & other light weight objects. Make a whole set!

Find the items you wish to use for your ornaments. Make sure they have flat surfaces so you can attach a magnet. Some might require two magnets. If you like girly car accessories you're gonna love these removable DIY hood ornaments made from small toys & other light weight objects. Make a whole set!

Don’t make them higher than about 4″ or so due to wind resistance. If you like girly car accessories you're gonna love these removable DIY hood ornaments made from small toys & other light weight objects. Make a whole set!

The stronger the magnet the more brittle it is. When shipped to you they will have spacers between them to prevent breaking. If you hold one magnet close to the other it will snap together. It will also probably break. Be very careful. If you like girly car accessories you're gonna love these removable DIY hood ornaments made from small toys & other light weight objects. Make a whole set!

For our Fisher-Price toy Flamingo, I wanted it in a metallic pink so I used Martha Stewart’s Pearl Fruit Punch. If you like girly car accessories you're gonna love these removable DIY hood ornaments made from small toys & other light weight objects. Make a whole set!I had to paint over him about 5 times, at least the head and foot part. If you like girly car accessories you're gonna love these removable DIY hood ornaments made from small toys & other light weight objects. Make a whole set!

Using the epoxy attach the magnet to the bottom and allow to dry overnight.If you like girly car accessories you're gonna love these removable DIY hood ornaments made from small toys & other light weight objects. Make a whole set!

The final hood ornament is ready to use. If you like girly car accessories you're gonna love these removable DIY hood ornaments made from small toys & other light weight objects. Make a whole set!When removing them, DO NOT SLIDE THEM off the car. Pull them straight up as they can possibly leave a mark. It usually rubs off but don’t take a chance. If you like girly car accessories you're gonna love these removable DIY hood ornaments made from small toys & other light weight objects. Make a whole set!

The unicorn was spray painted silver.If you like girly car accessories you're gonna love these removable DIY hood ornaments made from small toys & other light weight objects. Make a whole set!

Glue the magnet onto the feet of your unicorn and let set overnight to complete it.If you like girly car accessories you're gonna love these removable DIY hood ornaments made from small toys & other light weight objects. Make a whole set!

If you like girly car accessories you're gonna love these removable DIY hood ornaments made from small toys & other light weight objects. Make a whole set! I came across a batman and wanted to keep his cape black so I used masking tape and a paper towel to cover it. If you like girly car accessories you're gonna love these removable DIY hood ornaments made from small toys & other light weight objects. Make a whole set!

I taped up close to his neck.If you like girly car accessories you're gonna love these removable DIY hood ornaments made from small toys & other light weight objects. Make a whole set!

Then taped up the rest of the cape with the paper towel.  If you like girly car accessories you're gonna love these removable DIY hood ornaments made from small toys & other light weight objects. Make a whole set!

I chose gold for Batman. I had to paint over him about 5 times, at least the head and foot part.   The dragon was painted silver and magnets added to its feet.If you like girly car accessories you're gonna love these removable DIY hood ornaments made from small toys & other light weight objects. Make a whole set!

This guy works for a girly or manly car!

If you like girly car accessories you're gonna love these removable DIY hood ornaments made from small toys & other light weight objects. Make a whole set!

If you like girly car accessories you're gonna love these removable DIY hood ornaments made from small toys & other light weight objects. Make a whole set!

If you like girly car accessories you're gonna love these removable DIY hood ornaments made from small toys & other light weight objects. Make a whole set!

If you like girly car accessories you're gonna love these removable DIY hood ornaments made from small toys & other light weight objects. Make a whole set!

 

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This small DIY cake stand can hold so much more! Fruit, cookies, nuts, candy, tea bags etc. Made from clay pots it’s simple and inexpensive to make.

This small DIY cake stand “can” be used for cake without the top tier but it’s really meant  for holding fruit, cookies, nuts, candy, cupcakes tea bags etc. Made from clay pots, it’s simple and inexpensive to make and looks lovely sitting on your counter or table or buffet. In fact you can make a matching set with our Elegant DIY Clay Pot Sugar Dispenser.  We even have another version of a DIY Sugar Bowl here that we made to match our kitchen makeover. So grab you some clay pots and have fun!

 

DIY Cake Stand Etc. Supplies

  • Terracotta Pots (we used a 2 1/2″ & 4″)
  • Terracotta Plates (we used a 8″ & 4″)
  • Epoxy or Strong Clear Glue
  • Paint, White
  • Mod Podge (optional for graphics)
  • Graphics Download Below(optional)

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This small DIY cake stand can hold so much more! Fruit, cookies, nuts, candy, tea bags etc. Made from clay pots it’s simple and inexpensive to make. 

Instructions

Gather your supplies.  We used the pot & plate sizes listed above, but you can use 10″-4″ plates with 6″-2 1/2″ pots in the arrangement of your choice.
Begin by painting the pots and plates with an acrylic paint.
TIP: If you opt for spray paint, be sure to coat everything in a base coat of acrylic first.  This will allow the spray paint to adhere to the porous surface more easily, preventing the need for 3-4 coats.
This small DIY cake stand can hold so much more! Fruit, cookies, nuts, candy, tea bags etc. Made from clay pots it’s simple and inexpensive to make. Once dry, disperse a significant amount of epoxy.
This small DIY cake stand can hold so much more! Fruit, cookies, nuts, candy, tea bags etc. Made from clay pots it’s simple and inexpensive to make. Mix thoroughly per the instructions.
This small DIY cake stand can hold so much more! Fruit, cookies, nuts, candy, tea bags etc. Made from clay pots it’s simple and inexpensive to make. Using a craft stick, apply a generous amount of epoxy to the bottom of your largest clay pot.
This small DIY cake stand can hold so much more! Fruit, cookies, nuts, candy, tea bags etc. Made from clay pots it’s simple and inexpensive to make. Turn the largest clay plate upside down and place the clay pot, glue side down, into the center of the plate. If you choose to Mod Podge our free graphics on you would need to do so before gluing the pots on. Take a peek at the bottom of our post for the Mod Podged version!
This small DIY cake stand can hold so much more! Fruit, cookies, nuts, candy, tea bags etc. Made from clay pots it’s simple and inexpensive to make. Repeat this step with the smaller pot and plate.
This small DIY cake stand can hold so much more! Fruit, cookies, nuts, candy, tea bags etc. Made from clay pots it’s simple and inexpensive to make. Let set for 15 minutes.  Place a line of epoxy around the lip of the smallest pot.
This small DIY cake stand can hold so much more! Fruit, cookies, nuts, candy, tea bags etc. Made from clay pots it’s simple and inexpensive to make. Carefully flip over and place in the center of the large plate.  Let dry overnight.
This small DIY cake stand can hold so much more! Fruit, cookies, nuts, candy, tea bags etc. Made from clay pots it’s simple and inexpensive to make. This project is so quick and simple that you’ll have a beautiful counter top stand in no time!  Use it to hold fruit, tea, cooking spices or your cell phone and keys.  Want an easy to do design?  Check out our free printables that give you a variety of options that you can print, cut and easily Mod Podge onto the plate surfaces prior to gluing!
This small DIY cake stand can hold so much more! Fruit, cookies, nuts, candy, tea bags etc. Made from clay pots it’s simple and inexpensive to make.
This small DIY cake stand can hold so much more! Fruit, cookies, nuts, candy, tea bags etc. Made from clay pots it’s simple and inexpensive to make.
This small DIY cake stand can hold so much more! Fruit, cookies, nuts, candy, tea bags etc. Made from clay pots it’s simple and inexpensive to make. This small DIY cake stand can hold so much more! Fruit, cookies, nuts, candy, tea bags etc. Made from clay pots it’s simple and inexpensive to make.

This small DIY cake stand can hold so much more! Fruit, cookies, nuts, candy, tea bags etc. Made from clay pots it’s simple and inexpensive to make. This small DIY cake stand can hold so much more! Fruit, cookies, nuts, candy, tea bags etc. Made from clay pots it’s simple and inexpensive to make.

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This elegant DIY sugar dispenser will add some beauty to your kitchen. It's made from a clay pot and a glass bowl and is inexpensive and simple to create!

This DIY clay pot sugar dispenser is a more elegant version of our Lovely Little DIY Sugar Bowl that we made for our Kitchen Decorating Ideas. It looks beautiful on your counter or where ever you choose to place it. It’s simple and inexpensive to make using only a simple clay pot with the drainer disc and a small clear bowl. Add any type of knob you wish! If you’d like other similar ideas, make sure to check out our Small DIY Cake Stand as that can be used along with this to hold cookies or fruit. You could make a matching set!

Sugar Dispenser Supplies

  • 4″ Clay flower pot (this was the best size to fit a standard round bowl )
  • 4″ Terracotta plate
  • Round decor bowl.  (Dollar Store or Walmart in the craft section.) For our pot it was 3.5″ tall with a 3″ opening.
  • Hot Glue
  • Silver Spray Paint and Cream Color Acrylic Paint
  • Paper Towels
  • Masking Tape
  • 2″ size wing nut from hardware store
  • Crystal Knob for top
  • Epoxy or Strong Clear Glue

 Instructions

Gather your supplies.
This elegant DIY sugar dispenser will add some beauty to your kitchen. It's made from a clay pot and a glass bowl and is inexpensive and simple to create!Begin by painting the pot and the clay plate in the color of your choice using acrylic paint.
This elegant DIY sugar dispenser will add some beauty to your kitchen. It's made from a clay pot and a glass bowl and is inexpensive and simple to create!Once dry, tape off the lip of the pot and cover the base with a paper towel.
This elegant DIY sugar dispenser will add some beauty to your kitchen. It's made from a clay pot and a glass bowl and is inexpensive and simple to create!Do the same thing to the clay plate.
This elegant DIY sugar dispenser will add some beauty to your kitchen. It's made from a clay pot and a glass bowl and is inexpensive and simple to create!Spray the exposed sections of the pot and plate with the silver spray paint.
This elegant DIY sugar dispenser will add some beauty to your kitchen. It's made from a clay pot and a glass bowl and is inexpensive and simple to create!Once dry, remove the tape.
This elegant DIY sugar dispenser will add some beauty to your kitchen. It's made from a clay pot and a glass bowl and is inexpensive and simple to create!

Mix your epoxy as instructed. Using the epoxy, glue the handle or knob of your choice to the bottom of the clay plate.  This will become the lid to your sugar bowl.
This elegant DIY sugar dispenser will add some beauty to your kitchen. It's made from a clay pot and a glass bowl and is inexpensive and simple to create!Turn the flower pot upside down and apply a ring of epoxy.  Place the glass bowl onto the epoxy, being sure it is centered.  Let dry overnight.
This elegant DIY sugar dispenser will add some beauty to your kitchen. It's made from a clay pot and a glass bowl and is inexpensive and simple to create!To create a ‘gum ball’ machine look, apply glue to a large wingnut and place it in the center of the flower pot base.
This elegant DIY sugar dispenser will add some beauty to your kitchen. It's made from a clay pot and a glass bowl and is inexpensive and simple to create!When complete, fill the bowl with sugar, coffee, tea or anything else that you use regularly!
This elegant DIY sugar dispenser will add some beauty to your kitchen. It's made from a clay pot and a glass bowl and is inexpensive and simple to create!This elegant DIY sugar dispenser will add some beauty to your kitchen. It's made from a clay pot and a glass bowl and is inexpensive and simple to create!

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A beautiful gold & teal version of the classic DIY gumball machine, made from a clay pot & a glass bowl. Use it for gum, candy or a variety of other things!

This beautiful gold & teal version of the classic DIY gumball machine would look gorgeous anywhere in your home! It’s made from an inexpensive clay pot & a glass bowl and is super easy to make.  We used ours for candy treats. If you like clay pot crafts, you’ve got to check out our Lovely Little DIY Sugar Bowl, our Elegant DIY Clay Pot Sugar Dispenser  and our Simple Small DIY Cake Stand With A Variety of Uses.

 

DIY Gumball Machine Supplies

  • 4″ Clay flower pot (this was the best size to fit a standard round bowl )
  • 4″ Terracotta plate
  • Round glass bowl.  (Dollar Store or Walmart in the craft section.) For our pot it was 3.5″ tall with a 3″ opening.
  • Paper Towles
  • Masking tape
  • Epoxy or Strong Clear Glue
  • Wood Knob/Drawer Pull of your choice
  • Acrylic Paint, Teal
  • Spray Paint, Gold (We used Rust-Oleum Bright Gold)

 Instructions

Gather your supplies.
Begin by painting the clay pot in the color of your choice.
A beautiful gold & teal version of the classic DIY gumball machine, made from a clay pot & a glass bowl. Use it for gum, candy or a variety of other things!Turn the clay plate upside down and paint the base.  Be sure to paint beneath the rounded edge as this may show when in use.
A beautiful gold & teal version of the classic DIY gumball machine, made from a clay pot & a glass bowl. Use it for gum, candy or a variety of other things!Once dry, mark off your design with masking tape.  TIP: we place the tape along the edge of a paper towel to create quick and easy protection for the rest of the project while spray painting.
A beautiful gold & teal version of the classic DIY gumball machine, made from a clay pot & a glass bowl. Use it for gum, candy or a variety of other things!For our geometric design, create two tape lines, leaving a triangle exposed.  Wrap a paper towel around all surfaces besides the triangle to prevent over-spray.
A beautiful gold & teal version of the classic DIY gumball machine, made from a clay pot & a glass bowl. Use it for gum, candy or a variety of other things!Place masking tape along the plate about 1/2″ off from the center.  Be sure to fit it into the grooves as you go.  Cover the remaining portion of the plate with a paper towel.
A beautiful gold & teal version of the classic DIY gumball machine, made from a clay pot & a glass bowl. Use it for gum, candy or a variety of other things!Spray paint the visible areas of the pot and plate with the color of your choice.  We opted for a metallic gold.
A beautiful gold & teal version of the classic DIY gumball machine, made from a clay pot & a glass bowl. Use it for gum, candy or a variety of other things!If you are using a wooden knob, be sure to paint it as well.
A beautiful gold & teal version of the classic DIY gumball machine, made from a clay pot & a glass bowl. Use it for gum, candy or a variety of other things!Once dry, squeeze a small amount of the epoxy into the mixing tray.
A beautiful gold & teal version of the classic DIY gumball machine, made from a clay pot & a glass bowl. Use it for gum, candy or a variety of other things!Mix well, using the provided stick or a craft stick.
A beautiful gold & teal version of the classic DIY gumball machine, made from a clay pot & a glass bowl. Use it for gum, candy or a variety of other things!Turn the clay pot upside down and apply a ring of epoxy around the bottom.
A beautiful gold & teal version of the classic DIY gumball machine, made from a clay pot & a glass bowl. Use it for gum, candy or a variety of other things!Place the glass bowl on top of the epoxy and center.
A beautiful gold & teal version of the classic DIY gumball machine, made from a clay pot & a glass bowl. Use it for gum, candy or a variety of other things!Apply a small amount of epoxy to the bottom of the knob.
A beautiful gold & teal version of the classic DIY gumball machine, made from a clay pot & a glass bowl. Use it for gum, candy or a variety of other things!Place in the center of the clay plate on the painted side.  Let epoxy dry overnight.
A beautiful gold & teal version of the classic DIY gumball machine, made from a clay pot & a glass bowl. Use it for gum, candy or a variety of other things!Once dry, place the small plate on top of the glass dish to create a lid and you’ll have an adorable candy dish!
A beautiful gold & teal version of the classic DIY gumball machine, made from a clay pot & a glass bowl. Use it for gum, candy or a variety of other things!

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his DIY table centerpiece allows you to change decor year round for any occasion. Then lift out the pegboard insert to find candles for ambient lighting!This table centerpiece is our own creation. We call it our  “Peek-a-Boo Centerpiece” and here’s why. It’s not only cost effective, as you can change it up for any season or holiday, but get this: <whispers> It has a secret compartment.<end whisper>.  You can lift out the pegboard section that holds the flowers and beneath it you’ll find candles that are seated in sand or clear filler marbles; your choice. You then have another lovely style of centerpiece should you want some ambient lighting on your table.

Talk about your  multi-purpose piece of decor!  And, as is the case with many of our projects here, it’s an upcycle. You can make it from either a plastic or wood flower box. We’ll show you both. Wow!  If you need to catch your breath for a minute after all that, I understand. But once you’ve settled down, grab your supplies and get making your own multi-seasonal, secret compartment centerpiece.

If you enjoy unique decor you might also like our Quick & Classy Entryway Shoe Rack & Aromatherapy Plus Frameable Reminder and our Ultimate Pinecone Craft: Stunning Succulent Home Decor.

Table Centerpiece Supplies

NOTE:  How much you need of the filler items will of course depend on the size of your flower box.

We used the following amounts:
24″ wood planter: three 3″ candles and 7lb of gems.
15″ plastic planter, three 1.5″ candles and 5lb of sand.

  • Plastic or Wood Flower Box, any length (typically comes in 12″ to 36″ sizes)
  • Paint
  • Candles in glass jars. MAKE SURE THEY ARE NOT HIGHER THAN THE WINDOW BOX.
  • Foil
  • Sand, Walmart, Craft Stores and some dollar stores carry this. Amazon is comparable to price. If you have access in your area to get it free, do so!
  • Glass Filler Marbles
  • Tape Measure
  • Peg board, cut to  fit box. White side (or spray paint that side white)
  • Dry erase marker (as it wipes off easily) or pencil
  • Handles for ends of wood box. (Plastic box is too thin for handles)
  • Drill
  • Jig saw or something to cut your peg board to fit.
  • Jute twine, (to fit through holes of peg board for lifting handles)
  • Candles in Glass for when you lift off the peg board and want ambient light.

Instructions

(The plastic version is shown at the bottom of the post and uses most of the same methods other than no handle.)
This DIY table centerpiece allows you to change decor year round for any occasion. Then lift out the pegboard insert to find candles for ambient lighting!Measure the interior width and length of your flower box.
This DIY table centerpiece allows you to change decor year round for any occasion. Then lift out the pegboard insert to find candles for ambient lighting!Using the dry erase marker, mark the width and length onto the peg board.  To ensure that the peg board piece fits easily into the box, take 1/8″ off of your initial measurements before outlining.
This DIY table centerpiece allows you to change decor year round for any occasion. Then lift out the pegboard insert to find candles for ambient lighting!Connect the marks to create the cut line.
This DIY table centerpiece allows you to change decor year round for any occasion. Then lift out the pegboard insert to find candles for ambient lighting!Using a jig saw, cut along the dry erase line.  Wipe away any leftover dry erase marks.
This DIY table centerpiece allows you to change decor year round for any occasion. Then lift out the pegboard insert to find candles for ambient lighting!Cut an 8″ piece of twine.  Tie a large knot on one end of the twine.  The knot should be large enough that it will not slip through the peg holes.
This DIY table centerpiece allows you to change decor year round for any occasion. Then lift out the pegboard insert to find candles for ambient lighting!Insert the string up through the bottom of the peg board near one corner.
This DIY table centerpiece allows you to change decor year round for any occasion. Then lift out the pegboard insert to find candles for ambient lighting!Slip the twine back down through the peg board near the opposite corner and tie another large knot to create a handle.
This DIY table centerpiece allows you to change decor year round for any occasion. Then lift out the pegboard insert to find candles for ambient lighting!Repeat this step on the other end of the peg board.  Cut away the excess twine.
This DIY table centerpiece allows you to change decor year round for any occasion. Then lift out the pegboard insert to find candles for ambient lighting!The peg board should lift easily in and out of the flower box via the twine handles.
This DIY table centerpiece allows you to change decor year round for any occasion. Then lift out the pegboard insert to find candles for ambient lighting!Gather your paint supplies.  We opted for a neutral ombre look using three shades of cream.
This DIY table centerpiece allows you to change decor year round for any occasion. Then lift out the pegboard insert to find candles for ambient lighting!Paint the flower box in your desired color.
This DIY table centerpiece allows you to change decor year round for any occasion. Then lift out the pegboard insert to find candles for ambient lighting!Be sure to paint the top half of the interior of the box as this will show when complete.
This DIY table centerpiece allows you to change decor year round for any occasion. Then lift out the pegboard insert to find candles for ambient lighting!Let dry.
This DIY table centerpiece allows you to change decor year round for any occasion. Then lift out the pegboard insert to find candles for ambient lighting!Measure the ends of the flower box to find the center.
This DIY table centerpiece allows you to change decor year round for any occasion. Then lift out the pegboard insert to find candles for ambient lighting!Measure out from the center 1 1/2″ on each side.  (This is for a standard 3″ handle).  Drill two holes to mount the handles.
This DIY table centerpiece allows you to change decor year round for any occasion. Then lift out the pegboard insert to find candles for ambient lighting!Insert the screws for your hardware.
This DIY table centerpiece allows you to change decor year round for any occasion. Then lift out the pegboard insert to find candles for ambient lighting!Attach handles to both ends.
This DIY table centerpiece allows you to change decor year round for any occasion. Then lift out the pegboard insert to find candles for ambient lighting!Line the bottom of the flower box with foil.
This DIY table centerpiece allows you to change decor year round for any occasion. Then lift out the pegboard insert to find candles for ambient lighting!Begin filling the bottom portion of the box with foil.  This provides lightweight filler as well as insulation to protect the box from the heat of the candles.
This DIY table centerpiece allows you to change decor year round for any occasion. Then lift out the pegboard insert to find candles for ambient lighting!You have enough foil filler when the candles rest 1/4″-1/2″ below the top of the flower box.
This DIY table centerpiece allows you to change decor year round for any occasion. Then lift out the pegboard insert to find candles for ambient lighting!Using foil, create long tubes and wrap around the candles; this holds them in place and protects the edges of the flower box.
This DIY table centerpiece allows you to change decor year round for any occasion. Then lift out the pegboard insert to find candles for ambient lighting!Once positioned, fill in any remaining holes with additional foil.  The foil should fill the box up to roughly 2″ below the tops of the candles.
This DIY table centerpiece allows you to change decor year round for any occasion. Then lift out the pegboard insert to find candles for ambient lighting!Fill in the remaining space with glass filler marbles in the color of your choice.
This DIY table centerpiece allows you to change decor year round for any occasion. Then lift out the pegboard insert to find candles for ambient lighting!Once full, the foil should no longer be visible.
This DIY table centerpiece allows you to change decor year round for any occasion. Then lift out the pegboard insert to find candles for ambient lighting!Now we’re ready to decorate!
This DIY table centerpiece allows you to change decor year round for any occasion. Then lift out the pegboard insert to find candles for ambient lighting!Using wire cutters, cut your desired floral stems down to 3″-4″.  Move any leaves up the stem towards the flower prior to cutting.
This DIY table centerpiece allows you to change decor year round for any occasion. Then lift out the pegboard insert to find candles for ambient lighting!Cut additional greenery or accents of your choice.
This DIY table centerpiece allows you to change decor year round for any occasion. Then lift out the pegboard insert to find candles for ambient lighting!Insert the floral stems into the peg board holes as it rests in the flower box.
This DIY table centerpiece allows you to change decor year round for any occasion. Then lift out the pegboard insert to find candles for ambient lighting!Mix and match colors and greenery as desired.  The possibilities are endless!
This DIY table centerpiece allows you to change decor year round for any occasion. Then lift out the pegboard insert to find candles for ambient lighting!The floral stems will slide easily into the marble filler below.  For spaces above the candles, cut slightly shorter stems.
This DIY table centerpiece allows you to change decor year round for any occasion. Then lift out the pegboard insert to find candles for ambient lighting!When complete, you’ll have a stunning centerpiece that you can easily change out for any occasion!  Feel like having a romantic dinner or adding some ambient light to the back porch?  Simply grab the twine handles and lift off your floral decor to access the candles.
This DIY table centerpiece allows you to change decor year round for any occasion. Then lift out the pegboard insert to find candles for ambient lighting!
This DIY table centerpiece allows you to change decor year round for any occasion. Then lift out the pegboard insert to find candles for ambient lighting!
This DIY table centerpiece allows you to change decor year round for any occasion. Then lift out the pegboard insert to find candles for ambient lighting!

Table Centerpiece : Plastic Flower Box Version

This uses most of the same steps above except for the handle.

Begin by painting the plastic flower box in your desired color using a spray paint designed to bond to plastic.
This DIY table centerpiece allows you to change decor year round for any occasion. Then lift out the pegboard insert to find candles for ambient lighting!Once dry, fill the base of the flower box with foil.This DIY table centerpiece allows you to change decor year round for any occasion. Then lift out the pegboard insert to find candles for ambient lighting!When the candles are placed, the tops should rest 1/4″ below the interior lip as this is where the peg board top will rest.
This DIY table centerpiece allows you to change decor year round for any occasion. Then lift out the pegboard insert to find candles for ambient lighting!Fill in around the candles with foil to hold in place and protect the flower box from heat.
This DIY table centerpiece allows you to change decor year round for any occasion. Then lift out the pegboard insert to find candles for ambient lighting!If using sand as a filler, like we did, be sure to cover the candles to prevent filling them with sand as you fill.
(TIP: If your flower box has drainage holes or gaps at the bottom, avoid sand as a filler and opt for the larger marble filler or stones.  Sand will fall through small crevices and holes, leaving a trail behind when moved.)
This DIY table centerpiece allows you to change decor year round for any occasion. Then lift out the pegboard insert to find candles for ambient lighting!Fill flower box until sand reaches 1/4″ below the tops of the candles.  Shake flower box gently back and forth to allow sand to settle.  This will also smooth and level the surface.
This DIY table centerpiece allows you to change decor year round for any occasion. Then lift out the pegboard insert to find candles for ambient lighting!When full, remove the foil caps from the candles.
This DIY table centerpiece allows you to change decor year round for any occasion. Then lift out the pegboard insert to find candles for ambient lighting!Following the steps above, cut your peg board to fit on the interior beveled edge.  Decorate with desired floral stems and decor to create a unique & easily interchangeable centerpiece that works year round!
(TIP: Hot glue seasonal items such as Christmas ornaments, Easter eggs & birthday gift bows to toothpicks to create custom inserts for your peg board!)
This DIY table centerpiece allows you to change decor year round for any occasion. Then lift out the pegboard insert to find candles for ambient lighting!
This DIY table centerpiece allows you to change decor year round for any occasion. Then lift out the pegboard insert to find candles for ambient lighting!
This DIY table centerpiece allows you to change decor year round for any occasion. Then lift out the pegboard insert to find candles for ambient lighting!his DIY table centerpiece allows you to change decor year round for any occasion. Then lift out the pegboard insert to find candles for ambient lighting!

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Make your outdoor pathways shine and glimmer with these elegant gold and silver path lights made from soda bottles, dowels and battery operated tea lights.

Your home will glimmer in the night with these elegant gold and silver DIY path lights. They are made from plastic soda or water bottles, battery operated tea lights and a dowel so they are cost effective, energy saving up-cycles to boot! And they’re so much fun to make. You can make them in a variety of shades and designs and even heights. They are a classier, shorter version of our Outdoor Lighting Torches we made a couple years back. For more outdoor lighting ideas also check out How to Make Chinese Lanterns from Soda Cans!

Path Lights Supplies

SPECIAL NOTE: These are meant to be kept outdoors all the time. Just for special occasions HOWEVER if you want to do so do the following:
1. Drill a few holes in the bottom of the bottles for draining when it rains.
2. Use a water proof glue or epoxy to glue them together.
3. Coat the sticks with waterproof clear coat.
4. Bring in the tea lights before it rains.

IF YOU WANT TO KEEP THEM OUTSIDE IN THE WEATHER

Replace some of the above items with the following

 

Instructions

Gather your supplies.  While Sea Glass paint allows more light to escape from the bottles, any color will look just as amazing.
Make your outdoor pathways shine and glimmer with these elegant gold and silver path lights made from soda bottles, dowels and battery operated tea lights.Begin by removing the labels from the soda bottles.  Use Goo Gone to remove any sticky residue left behind by the adhesive.
Make your outdoor pathways shine and glimmer with these elegant gold and silver path lights made from soda bottles, dowels and battery operated tea lights.Wrap masking tape around the bottle, just below the top bevel.  This will become your cut line.
Make your outdoor pathways shine and glimmer with these elegant gold and silver path lights made from soda bottles, dowels and battery operated tea lights.Using the X-acto knife, cut below the tape to separate the bottle into 2 pieces.
Make your outdoor pathways shine and glimmer with these elegant gold and silver path lights made from soda bottles, dowels and battery operated tea lights.The bottom portion of the bottle will become your light holder.  If you choose to discard the top portion of the bottle, be sure to save the bottle cap as it will be used later.
Make your outdoor pathways shine and glimmer with these elegant gold and silver path lights made from soda bottles, dowels and battery operated tea lights.Wrap around the top portion of the bottle base with masking tape.   Using a dry erase marker, sketch on the design that you want to appear on your light holder.
Make your outdoor pathways shine and glimmer with these elegant gold and silver path lights made from soda bottles, dowels and battery operated tea lights.Once you have your design drawn, use the X-acto knife to cut out the design.
Make your outdoor pathways shine and glimmer with these elegant gold and silver path lights made from soda bottles, dowels and battery operated tea lights.Carefully remove the sections that will be covered in paint, leaving the remaining tape in place to create the design.
Make your outdoor pathways shine and glimmer with these elegant gold and silver path lights made from soda bottles, dowels and battery operated tea lights.Trim up any rough edges as needed.
Make your outdoor pathways shine and glimmer with these elegant gold and silver path lights made from soda bottles, dowels and battery operated tea lights.When creating the designs, we opted for a chevron, polka dots and angled lines, but the possibilities are endless!
Make your outdoor pathways shine and glimmer with these elegant gold and silver path lights made from soda bottles, dowels and battery operated tea lights.Once the designs have been cut, your bottles are now ready for paint.
Make your outdoor pathways shine and glimmer with these elegant gold and silver path lights made from soda bottles, dowels and battery operated tea lights.In a well ventilated area, spray the bottles with the desired color.  Let dry.
Make your outdoor pathways shine and glimmer with these elegant gold and silver path lights made from soda bottles, dowels and battery operated tea lights.Once dry, remove the remaining tape to reveal your design.
Make your outdoor pathways shine and glimmer with these elegant gold and silver path lights made from soda bottles, dowels and battery operated tea lights.If using a solid paint, you can see that the design is much more visible and vibrant.  Once the tape is removed, set aside the plastic bottles and prepare your stakes.
Make your outdoor pathways shine and glimmer with these elegant gold and silver path lights made from soda bottles, dowels and battery operated tea lights.To begin creating your stakes, cut the 36″ dowel into three 12″ pieces.
Make your outdoor pathways shine and glimmer with these elegant gold and silver path lights made from soda bottles, dowels and battery operated tea lights. Using a hot glue gun, apply a generous amount of hot glue to the end of a dowel.
Make your outdoor pathways shine and glimmer with these elegant gold and silver path lights made from soda bottles, dowels and battery operated tea lights.Place a bottle cap onto the hot glue and hold in place until dry.
Make your outdoor pathways shine and glimmer with these elegant gold and silver path lights made from soda bottles, dowels and battery operated tea lights.Depending on your color choices, paint the dowel and cap to match your bottle.
Make your outdoor pathways shine and glimmer with these elegant gold and silver path lights made from soda bottles, dowels and battery operated tea lights.Once dry, apply a generous amount of hot glue to the top of the bottle cap.
Make your outdoor pathways shine and glimmer with these elegant gold and silver path lights made from soda bottles, dowels and battery operated tea lights.Place the base of the bottle onto the hot glue and hold in place until dry.
Make your outdoor pathways shine and glimmer with these elegant gold and silver path lights made from soda bottles, dowels and battery operated tea lights.When complete, add a battery operated tea light into each one and you have a set of inexpensive, beautiful garden torches for your next BBQ or backyard event!

Make your outdoor pathways shine and glimmer with these elegant gold and silver path lights made from soda bottles, dowels and battery operated tea lights.

Make your outdoor pathways shine and glimmer with these elegant gold and silver path lights made from soda bottles, dowels and battery operated tea lights.

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Learn how to make Chinese lanterns that you can string inside or outside your home for parties or events. They are wonderful upcycles made from soda cans!

We’re going to show you how to make Chinese Lanterns that you can string up using light strands. We’ve done a larger version of these using tea lights but this small updated version is not only easier to make, they are much easier to maintain. Use them for parties inside  or hang along your back porch for ambient lighting that looks wonderful day or night.

If you enjoy this project, you’ll also like our Elegant Path Lights from Soda Bottles, another great upcycle that lights up your life. And while we’re talking plastic bottles… well, you’ve got to check our incredibly unique Metro Modern Self Watering Planters. As far as we know, one of them is one of a kind!

 

How to Make Chinese Lanterns: Supplies

Instructions

Gather your supplies.  While we opted for a 15′ strand of lights, you can use the length that fits your needs.
Learn how to make Chinese lanterns that you can string inside or outside your home for parties or events. They are wonderful upcycles made from soda cans!Begin by rinsing the 7.5 oz soda cans.  Then fill them with water.
Learn how to make Chinese lanterns that you can string inside or outside your home for parties or events. They are wonderful upcycles made from soda cans!Place the cans in the freezer overnight.  Don’t worry – they won’t explode!  The opening in the top of the can allows for the water to expand without damaging the can.
Learn how to make Chinese lanterns that you can string inside or outside your home for parties or events. They are wonderful upcycles made from soda cans!Once frozen, remove the cans from the freezer and grab an oven mitt or hand towel to hold them with as they will be very cold.
Learn how to make Chinese lanterns that you can string inside or outside your home for parties or events. They are wonderful upcycles made from soda cans!Wrap a rubber band around the top of the can, just below the bevel.
Learn how to make Chinese lanterns that you can string inside or outside your home for parties or events. They are wonderful upcycles made from soda cans!Trace around the rubber band with a dry erase marker.
Repeat the same step around the bottom of the can.  Be sure that the can is dry, as condensation may ruin your marker.  (TIP: Feel free to do this step prior to freezing the can, to avoid damaged markers.)
Learn how to make Chinese lanterns that you can string inside or outside your home for parties or events. They are wonderful upcycles made from soda cans!Holding the can with the oven mitt, cut between the marked lines with the X-acto knife.  The frozen water gives you a solid backing, ensuring straight, clean lines.  Keep cuts about 1/2 inch apart.  Complete this around the full circumference of the can.
Learn how to make Chinese lanterns that you can string inside or outside your home for parties or events. They are wonderful upcycles made from soda cans!Once cut, set the cans in a sink of hot water and wait for the ice to thaw.  Let dry.
Learn how to make Chinese lanterns that you can string inside or outside your home for parties or events. They are wonderful upcycles made from soda cans!Spray paint the cans your color of choice.  Let dry.
Learn how to make Chinese lanterns that you can string inside or outside your home for parties or events. They are wonderful upcycles made from soda cans!Once the cans are dry, simply press the top and bottom of the can together in order to get the bend.  This may take a few tries to perfect.  Some of the ribbons may bend inward, initially.  Simply reach into the can and bend them back out.  Aluminum is very forgiving.
Learn how to make Chinese lanterns that you can string inside or outside your home for parties or events. They are wonderful upcycles made from soda cans!Depending on the length of your light strand, insert 3-4 lights into the top of each can.  Leave one light out in between each can if needed for spacing.
Learn how to make Chinese lanterns that you can string inside or outside your home for parties or events. They are wonderful upcycles made from soda cans!Use a twist-tie or white pipe cleaner to attach the wires to the pull tab of the soda cans, ensuring everything stays in place. We used green but suggest you use white to match the lights.
Learn how to make Chinese lanterns that you can string inside or outside your home for parties or events. They are wonderful upcycles made from soda cans!If using multiple colors, rotate between them as you insert lights.
Learn how to make Chinese lanterns that you can string inside or outside your home for parties or events. They are wonderful upcycles made from soda cans!When finished, simply plug in and enjoy!
Learn how to make Chinese lanterns that you can string inside or outside your home for parties or events. They are wonderful upcycles made from soda cans!

Learn how to make Chinese lanterns that you can string inside or outside your home for parties or events. They are wonderful upcycles made from soda cans!

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These metro modern self watering planters will catch everyone's eye. They're low maintenance plant care disguised in classy uniquely upcycled soda bottles.

These very unique planters are not only upcycles, they are self watering therefor are much more hands off than many plants. You busy folks will appreciate that! They are made from soda bottles and the gold spray paint really gives them a metro modern feel. If you enjoy these check, out our Touch of Gold DIY Planters that are perfect for herbs and come with free herb markers! And if you enjoy upcycling plastic bottles, when your done here take a peek at our Geometric & Confetti Plastic Bag Holder & Dispenser!

 

Self Watering Planters Supplies

These metro modern self watering planters will catch everyone's eye. They're low maintenance plant care disguised in classy uniquely upcycled soda bottles.

Instructions #1 HORIZONTAL PLANTER

Begin by placing the rubber band around the top of the bottle, about 1 1/2 – 2 inches from the base of the bottle neck.  Trace around the rubber band with the dry erase marker, creating your cut line.  Repeat on the second soda bottle as well.  (For this project we used tall water bottles with a flat base.  We used the Life WTR bottles, but a few other brands make similar bottles.)
These metro modern self watering planters will catch everyone's eye. They're low maintenance plant care disguised in classy uniquely upcycled soda bottles.Remove the rubber band and use the X-acto knife to cut along the dry erase line.  Remember to cut as straight as possible as we will be using both pieces of the bottle.
These metro modern self watering planters will catch everyone's eye. They're low maintenance plant care disguised in classy uniquely upcycled soda bottles.Once the two bottles are cut, draw a 1 inch triangle on one of the bottle edges.  Cut out the triangle.  This will allow the bottle to insert easily into the second bottle.
These metro modern self watering planters will catch everyone's eye. They're low maintenance plant care disguised in classy uniquely upcycled soda bottles.Insert the bottle base with the triangle cutout into the second bottle base.  There will be a small gap between the two.  Don’t worry!  This will be filled shortly.
These metro modern self watering planters will catch everyone's eye. They're low maintenance plant care disguised in classy uniquely upcycled soda bottles.Heat the iron to high/cotton.  Take the two bottle tops and gently press them onto the iron, being sure to apply equal pressure to all edges.
These metro modern self watering planters will catch everyone's eye. They're low maintenance plant care disguised in classy uniquely upcycled soda bottles.This gives the bottle tops a smooth and slightly rounded edge that not only looks more finished, but ensure you won’t get scraped or cut when tending to your plants.
These metro modern self watering planters will catch everyone's eye. They're low maintenance plant care disguised in classy uniquely upcycled soda bottles.

Watch this short video on how to round the edge of a plastic bottle.

Take your combined bottle bases and turn so that the gap is facing the bottom.   Push the bottles together until you have the desired length of your planter.
These metro modern self watering planters will catch everyone's eye. They're low maintenance plant care disguised in classy uniquely upcycled soda bottles.Using a soda bottle top, place the mouth of the bottle at the desired location along the top of the combined bottle bases.  Trace inside the bottle opening with a dry erase marker.  Repeat on the opposite side of the TOP of the bottle bases, making sure that both circles are at least 3 inches in from the edges.  We recommend using a ruler to ensure that the openings are directly across from one another.
These metro modern self watering planters will catch everyone's eye. They're low maintenance plant care disguised in classy uniquely upcycled soda bottles.Remove the bottle tops and trace an outline around the existing circle.  This should be about 1/4 inch around the circle you just created.  This will allow for the soda bottles to be inserted into the bottle bases without being too large that they wobble around.
These metro modern self watering planters will catch everyone's eye. They're low maintenance plant care disguised in classy uniquely upcycled soda bottles.Using the X-acto knife, cut along the outside line you just drew.  Then simply wipe away any remaining dry erase marks.
These metro modern self watering planters will catch everyone's eye. They're low maintenance plant care disguised in classy uniquely upcycled soda bottles.To ensure they fit, pop the bottle tops, neck down, into the holes along the top of your bottle bases.  This should be a somewhat snug fit, allowing you to squeeze the widest ring on the mouth of the bottle into the hole.  When turned upside down, the bottle tops should not fall out.
These metro modern self watering planters will catch everyone's eye. They're low maintenance plant care disguised in classy uniquely upcycled soda bottles.The finished product thus far should look like this.  Notice that the bottle tops are aligned directly across the top and the gap on the combined bottle bases is facing directly down on the table surface.
These metro modern self watering planters will catch everyone's eye. They're low maintenance plant care disguised in classy uniquely upcycled soda bottles.Using a drill bit, drill a hole through the center of each of the bottle caps.
These metro modern self watering planters will catch everyone's eye. They're low maintenance plant care disguised in classy uniquely upcycled soda bottles.This will allow for self watering.
These metro modern self watering planters will catch everyone's eye. They're low maintenance plant care disguised in classy uniquely upcycled soda bottles.
Now to handle the gap at the bottom of our combined bottle bases.  Use a clear, silicone, water-proof caulk in order to ensure that the planter doesn’t leak but still appears clear.These metro modern self watering planters will catch everyone's eye. They're low maintenance plant care disguised in classy uniquely upcycled soda bottles.Begin by turning your combined bottle bases upside down to access the gap.  Pull the bottles apart about half an inch from your desired length.  Using the silicone, fill the gap with a substantial amount of silicone.
These metro modern self watering planters will catch everyone's eye. They're low maintenance plant care disguised in classy uniquely upcycled soda bottles.Once filled, place a line of silicone along the edge where the bottles connect.
These metro modern self watering planters will catch everyone's eye. They're low maintenance plant care disguised in classy uniquely upcycled soda bottles.Next, push the bottles back together about 1/2 an inch or so to ensure that the silicone is pressed in between the two bottles.  There will still be a substantial amount of silicone on the exterior.  Using your finger, begin wiping away the excess silicone.
These metro modern self watering planters will catch everyone's eye. They're low maintenance plant care disguised in classy uniquely upcycled soda bottles.Complete this around the bottle until there is a smooth, clear coat along the seam.  Don’t be afraid to add extra silicone to the gap if needed.  Keep in mind that the gap will be on the bottom of the bottle and does not need to be as ‘pretty’ as the smoothed seam.  Let dry 30 minutes, or the amount of time recommended on your brand of silicone.
These metro modern self watering planters will catch everyone's eye. They're low maintenance plant care disguised in classy uniquely upcycled soda bottles.
Once dry, prepare for painting by wrapping masking tape around each edge of the bottle, roughly 3 inches in.  Cover the center portion of the bottle with a paper towel to protect it from over spray.  (TIP: Wipe off the soda bottle ends thoroughly prior to spray painting.  Unseen finger prints or residue will cause the spray paint to pool or not cover evenly.)These metro modern self watering planters will catch everyone's eye. They're low maintenance plant care disguised in classy uniquely upcycled soda bottles.To create the self-watering system, use a highly absorbent string or yarn.  We’ve found that 100% cotton works wonderfully!
These metro modern self watering planters will catch everyone's eye. They're low maintenance plant care disguised in classy uniquely upcycled soda bottles.Cut 4 pieces of yarn, approximately 6 inches long.
These metro modern self watering planters will catch everyone's eye. They're low maintenance plant care disguised in classy uniquely upcycled soda bottles.Take the bottle lids and feed 2 pieces of yarn through each of the drilled holes.  Once inserted, tie a knot to prevent the yarn from pulling back through the lid.  The knot should be tied about 2/3 of the way up the string.  This allows the longer portion to absorb water, but still plenty of length on top to feed the plants in the 2 inch bottle tops.
These metro modern self watering planters will catch everyone's eye. They're low maintenance plant care disguised in classy uniquely upcycled soda bottles.Once the knots are tied, place the bottle lids back onto the two tops.
These metro modern self watering planters will catch everyone's eye. They're low maintenance plant care disguised in classy uniquely upcycled soda bottles.NOTE: FYI: The pebbles or stones in the bottom should keep it from rolling but you can also hot glue on four clear beads to each corner to act as “feet” to help balance it! Sorry we don’t have a picture of that. If was an afterthought. To add weight and style, pour pebbles, rocks or stones, in the color of your choice into the combined bottle bases.
These metro modern self watering planters will catch everyone's eye. They're low maintenance plant care disguised in classy uniquely upcycled soda bottles.Shake them to evenly disperse along the base.  This will also cover our silicone filled gap at the bottom.  Be sure to rinse your pebbles or stones thoroughly prior to placing them in the container!
These metro modern self watering planters will catch everyone's eye. They're low maintenance plant care disguised in classy uniquely upcycled soda bottles.Using the same pebbles, pour a tablespoon full into each of the bottle tops.  Pull the strings up through the pebbles to ensure that they are drawing water up and into the soil.
These metro modern self watering planters will catch everyone's eye. They're low maintenance plant care disguised in classy uniquely upcycled soda bottles.Add potting soil on top of the pebbles in each bottle top.
These metro modern self watering planters will catch everyone's eye. They're low maintenance plant care disguised in classy uniquely upcycled soda bottles.Insert the desired plants into each bottle top to create a unique and eye catching planter, suitable for any room or decor!  Be sure to add a little water to the soil at first, to moisten the strands of yarn so that the self-watering process kicks in.  Need to refill the water in the base?  Simply lift out one of the bottle tops, pour in additional water, and reinsert your plant.
These metro modern self watering planters will catch everyone's eye. They're low maintenance plant care disguised in classy uniquely upcycled soda bottles.

Instructions #2 VERTICAL PLANTER

Wrap the rubber band around the 2 liter bottle.  Using tape, hold the rubber band in place so that the front is about 3 inches lower than the back.
These metro modern self watering planters will catch everyone's eye. They're low maintenance plant care disguised in classy uniquely upcycled soda bottles.Once secure, use the dry erase marker to trace around the rubber band.
These metro modern self watering planters will catch everyone's eye. They're low maintenance plant care disguised in classy uniquely upcycled soda bottles.Remove the rubber band.  Using the X-acto knife, cut along the dry erase line.  Be sure to cut as cleanly as possible since we will be using both pieces of the bottle.
These metro modern self watering planters will catch everyone's eye. They're low maintenance plant care disguised in classy uniquely upcycled soda bottles.When complete, your bottles should look like this.  Clean up the rough or uneven spots with scissors.
These metro modern self watering planters will catch everyone's eye. They're low maintenance plant care disguised in classy uniquely upcycled soda bottles.Insert the top of the soda bottle into the bottom to make sure that your edges are parallel.
These metro modern self watering planters will catch everyone's eye. They're low maintenance plant care disguised in classy uniquely upcycled soda bottles.Be sure that the mouth of the bottle is facing directly down to the center of the bottle base.
These metro modern self watering planters will catch everyone's eye. They're low maintenance plant care disguised in classy uniquely upcycled soda bottles.Spray paint the top portion of the bottle only.  Being that the bottle cap will be setting in water, it is not necessary to paint the cap.
These metro modern self watering planters will catch everyone's eye. They're low maintenance plant care disguised in classy uniquely upcycled soda bottles.Using a drill bit, drill a hole in the center of the bottle cap.
These metro modern self watering planters will catch everyone's eye. They're low maintenance plant care disguised in classy uniquely upcycled soda bottles.Be sure that the hole allows for 3 pieces of yarn to fit snugly through it.
These metro modern self watering planters will catch everyone's eye. They're low maintenance plant care disguised in classy uniquely upcycled soda bottles.Use a highly absorbent string or yarn to create the self-watering feature.  We recommend 100% cotton.
These metro modern self watering planters will catch everyone's eye. They're low maintenance plant care disguised in classy uniquely upcycled soda bottles.Cut 3 pieces of yarn, roughly 10-12 inches in length.
These metro modern self watering planters will catch everyone's eye. They're low maintenance plant care disguised in classy uniquely upcycled soda bottles.Insert the 3 pieces through the bottle cap.  Leave about 2/3 of the string hanging out of the top of the cap.  Tie a knot to prevent the string from pulling through the hole.
These metro modern self watering planters will catch everyone's eye. They're low maintenance plant care disguised in classy uniquely upcycled soda bottles.Place the bottle cap onto the painted portion of the bottle and tighten.
These metro modern self watering planters will catch everyone's eye. They're low maintenance plant care disguised in classy uniquely upcycled soda bottles.Spread out the 3 strands inside the bottle.
These metro modern self watering planters will catch everyone's eye. They're low maintenance plant care disguised in classy uniquely upcycled soda bottles.Add pebbles or rocks to keep the strands upright.  This also provides drainage for your plant, ensuring that the soil is not over-watered.
These metro modern self watering planters will catch everyone's eye. They're low maintenance plant care disguised in classy uniquely upcycled soda bottles.Fill the base of the bottle about 1/3 full with water.  Gently insert the top portion of the bottle into the base.
These metro modern self watering planters will catch everyone's eye. They're low maintenance plant care disguised in classy uniquely upcycled soda bottles.The longer strands of yarn should puddle into a loop at the bottom of the water.
These metro modern self watering planters will catch everyone's eye. They're low maintenance plant care disguised in classy uniquely upcycled soda bottles.Next, add potting soil and insert your plant.  Don’t forget to add water to the soil on the first day.  This will moisten the tops of the strings and allow the self-watering action to kick in.  Need to refill the water?  Simply lift top portion of the bottle out, refill the base with water, and reinsert.  Now you have a stylish, low-maintenance self-watering planter that will look amazing in any room.
These metro modern self watering planters will catch everyone's eye. They're low maintenance plant care disguised in classy uniquely upcycled soda bottles.These metro modern self watering planters will catch everyone's eye. They're low maintenance plant care disguised in classy uniquely upcycled soda bottles.

 

 

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DIY planters never looked so good! But then a touch of gold makes everything better! They are perfect for herbs using our free printable plant markers!

DIY planters never looked so good! But then a touch of gold makes everything better! These are perfect to use for starting plants and especially for herbs on the window sill. In fact we’ve provided a sheet of  pretty printable herb markers you can cut out and glue onto craft sticks. Start a few herbs for your neighbor and take them over as a gift complete with the tags! You’ll also want to check out our Metro Modern Self Watering Planters. They are gorgeously unique! And for a little Spring fun make some Heart Shaped Seed Bombs!

 

DIY Planters Supplies

Plant Markers Download

 pdfDIY planters never looked so good! But then a touch of gold makes everything better! They are perfect for herbs using our free printable plant markers!

Instructions #1 ROUND CONTAINER

Begin by removing the labels from the plastic bottles of your choice.  For the two planters pictured, we used a 2 liter soda bottle and a 2 qt. apple juice bottle.  Once the labels are removed, spray the remaining adhesive with Goo Gone and let set for 1-2 minutes.  Then wipe away the glue to leave a clean working surface.

DIY planters never looked so good! But then a touch of gold makes everything better! They are perfect for herbs using our free printable plant markers!
Wrap a rubber band around the 2 liter bottle about 1/3 up from the base.  Using the dry erase marker, trace around the bottom of the rubber band.  Carefully remove the rubber band.  This line will be the base line for the three holes you will cut.
DIY planters never looked so good! But then a touch of gold makes everything better! They are perfect for herbs using our free printable plant markers!
Cut a 3 inch circle from a piece of scrap paper.  This will be your stencil.  Place the circle along the base line and trace it with the dry erase marker.
DIY planters never looked so good! But then a touch of gold makes everything better! They are perfect for herbs using our free printable plant markers!
Repeat this outline two more times around the bottle for a total of 3 circles.
DIY planters never looked so good! But then a touch of gold makes everything better! They are perfect for herbs using our free printable plant markers!
On the average 2 liter, the circles will be roughly 1 1/2 inches apart. DIY planters never looked so good! But then a touch of gold makes everything better! They are perfect for herbs using our free printable plant markers!

Cut out each of the 3 circles with an X-acto knife.  When complete, simply wipe away the remaining dry erase marker.
DIY planters never looked so good! But then a touch of gold makes everything better! They are perfect for herbs using our free printable plant markers!Now we’re ready to paint!  For this project we used Rust-oleum Metallic Bright Gold spray paint.
DIY planters never looked so good! But then a touch of gold makes everything better! They are perfect for herbs using our free printable plant markers!
Prepare for painting by wrapping a piece of masking tape around the bottle, just below the cutout circles.  Repeat this step just above the cutout circles as well.  To ensure that no paint covers the center portion of the bottle, cover the space between your two masking tape rings with a piece of paper or a paper towel.
DIY planters never looked so good! But then a touch of gold makes everything better! They are perfect for herbs using our free printable plant markers!Spray paint the top and bottom of the bottle with gold spray paint.  Be sure to paint the soda bottle lid as well.
DIY planters never looked so good! But then a touch of gold makes everything better! They are perfect for herbs using our free printable plant markers!Once dry, begin prepping for plants by adding pebbles or rocks to the bottom of the bottle.  This will provide drainage for your plant.
DIY planters never looked so good! But then a touch of gold makes everything better! They are perfect for herbs using our free printable plant markers!
Cover the pebbles with potting soil.  Be sure to leave room for your plant’s root ball.  DIY planters never looked so good! But then a touch of gold makes everything better! They are perfect for herbs using our free printable plant markers!Insert your plants into the soil through each of the 3 circles and fill the remaining space with potting soil.
DIY planters never looked so good! But then a touch of gold makes everything better! They are perfect for herbs using our free printable plant markers!

Instructions #2 SQUARE CONTAINER

For the apple juice bottle, using the dry erase marker, draw an arched opening on the top half of the bottle.  Keep in mind that this opening should be as wide and tall as possible so that you can fit your hand through it in order to insert your plant.

DIY planters never looked so good! But then a touch of gold makes everything better! They are perfect for herbs using our free printable plant markers!

Using the X-acto knife, cut out the opening and then simply wipe away the remaining dry erase marker.

DIY planters never looked so good! But then a touch of gold makes everything better! They are perfect for herbs using our free printable plant markers!

Mask off the portion of the bottle that you want to paint, being sure to cover the clear portion with paper or a paper towel to protect it from over spray.  Don’t forget to paint the bottle cap.  Once dry, remove the tape to reveal your design.  As with the 2 liter planter, be sure to place pebbles or rocks in the base of the bottle prior to filling with soil and plants.

DIY planters never looked so good! But then a touch of gold makes everything better! They are perfect for herbs using our free printable plant markers!

 

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This matching bathroom set, complete with a cup dispenser, is made from three slim soda bottles. Paint them any color you like and use our free labels!You know how we love upcycles around here. Well, this matching bathroom set, which includes an awesome cup dispenser, is upcycled from three soda bottles, believe it or not! You can paint it any color you want and the labels are a free download below. The cup dispenser could actually be made alone and placed anywhere you like or need to have some disposable cups handy. (Like the side of the fridge during summer time.) See the full directions below and if you’re looking for more great upcycle ideas, you might want to hop over and check out our Geometric & Confetti Plastic Bag Holder & Dispenser or making Cloches Made From Soda Bottles.

Cup Dispenser Bathroom Station Supplies

NOTE: You can use a variety of small soda bottles for this project. The important thing to remember is that for the cup dispenser, the end must be able to be trimmed so that the cups are barely able to be pulled out.  We made ours to fit the 3oz. bathroom cups. Depending on size you prefer, you could also use a 5 oz size cup.

  • 3 plastic soda bottles. (We used the straight sided 17 fluid oz bottles of soda Walmart carries. The 20 oz Aquafina you see would likewise have worked.)
  • Spray paint of choice
  • Dry erase marker (to mark your bottles)
  • X-acto knife
  • Scissors
  • Glues (Hot glue can be used for part of the project. I’d suggest spray adhesive for the labels and a strong, quick dry glue for the lid tab though hot glue can be used if you’re careful to not use too much.)
  • Filler Flat Marbles, pebbles or sand
  • Small piece of craft foam, for lid
  • 1″wood ball for lid
  • Labels (free download below)
  • Packing tape (used for laminating labels)
  • Iron (for rounding edges of two bottles if desired)

Bathroom Station Download

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Instructions

You can use a variety of soda bottles. We used the slimmer style on the left purchased from Walmart.

This matching bathroom set, complete with a cup dispenser, is made from three slim soda bottles. Paint them any color you like and use our free labels!

You will need three bottles, one for the cup dispenser, one to hold toothbrushes and one to hold the floss sticks. This matching bathroom set, complete with a cup dispenser, is made from three slim soda bottles. Paint them any color you like and use our free labels!

Using a dry erase marker, mark one bottle up from the bottom to where the toothbrushes will stick out about 3″ or so.  The exact size is noy too important. You will also be adding a few clear filling marbles to give it stability, so keep that in mind. This matching bathroom set, complete with a cup dispenser, is made from three slim soda bottles. Paint them any color you like and use our free labels!

Mark the bottle that will hold the floss sticks. It will also have filler marbles inside. This matching bathroom set, complete with a cup dispenser, is made from three slim soda bottles. Paint them any color you like and use our free labels!

CUP DISPENSER

NOTE: Since doing this post we found a much nicer way to make a cup dispenser following our Contemporary Kitchen Craft Cup Dispenser post. It works so much better and looks awesome. Follow the instructions for it and then come back here to finish the other parts of your bathroom set!.

This cup dispenser is part of our matching Contemporary Kitchen Craft series. Hang it anywhere. It works and looks great! Best soda bottle upcycle ever!

FINISHING TOP EDGES

This is an optional step but gives two of the bottles a nice finish. It should be done on the Toothbrush and Floss holder. Doing it on the cup dispenser could make the cups not fit in properly depending on the size of your bottle.  This does NOT leave anything on your iron and gives your bottle a nice rounded edge. Lightly push the end of your bottle EVENLY against the end of a high heat iron for a few seconds. 5 to 10.

This matching bathroom set, complete with a cup dispenser, is made from three slim soda bottles. Paint them any color you like and use our free labels!

It will round the end and give it a nice finish. We have a 3 minute video you can watch and see it done in detail.This matching bathroom set, complete with a cup dispenser, is made from three slim soda bottles. Paint them any color you like and use our free labels!

Next, spray paint your bottles. This matching bathroom set, complete with a cup dispenser, is made from three slim soda bottles. Paint them any color you like and use our free labels!

Print out the free labels. Use packing tape to laminate them. It works great and protects them from water! Cut out your labels and glue them on to the appropriate container. Spray adhesive works fine or any other quick dry glue. This matching bathroom set, complete with a cup dispenser, is made from three slim soda bottles. Paint them any color you like and use our free labels!

The lid for the cup dispenser is made from a piece of foam and a 1″ round wood ball we painted white. This matching bathroom set, complete with a cup dispenser, is made from three slim soda bottles. Paint them any color you like and use our free labels!

We have three round patterns you can use for a lid, however, if none fit simply find a cup or something to use to trace to make a lid that is slightly larger than the top of your container. This matching bathroom set, complete with a cup dispenser, is made from three slim soda bottles. Paint them any color you like and use our free labels!

Cut a small tab and glue it on. We glued our onto the back of the bottle as a hinge using hot glue, but be VERY CAREFUL and only use a SMALL DOT OF HOT GLUE. It can melt the soda bottle.  Glue the ball on top and it helps to hold the lid down. This matching bathroom set, complete with a cup dispenser, is made from three slim soda bottles. Paint them any color you like and use our free labels!

To hang your dispenser, you need to punch a hole in the top back for a nail. This matching bathroom set, complete with a cup dispenser, is made from three slim soda bottles. Paint them any color you like and use our free labels!

We then also affixed a command strip below to allow for all the pulling. This matching bathroom set, complete with a cup dispenser, is made from three slim soda bottles. Paint them any color you like and use our free labels!

Add your filler flat marbles to the brush and floss holder. This matching bathroom set, complete with a cup dispenser, is made from three slim soda bottles. Paint them any color you like and use our free labels! Hang your dispenser. If you look close you tell we rounded the top edge of the brush and floss container, before painting, using the iron technique. This matching bathroom set, complete with a cup dispenser, is made from three slim soda bottles. Paint them any color you like and use our free labels! This matching bathroom set, complete with a cup dispenser, is made from three slim soda bottles. Paint them any color you like and use our free labels!

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This DIY Lazy Susan is one of the most awesome upcycle projects ever and it’s incredibly useful and inexpensive to make. Plus it has all kinds of uses!This is one of the most awesome upcycle projects ever and its incredibly useful and so cheap to make! All you need are some marbles and 2 cheap cake pans to make a Lazy Susan that works as well as the one’s you buy.  With a little spray paint and some contact paper or scrapbook paper, it’s also quite pretty.  Lazy Susan’s are pretty pricey so this is a way to make several for only a couple dollars each.  This was part of our outdated kitchen transformation which included some other fun posts such as our Chicken Wire Memo Board and our Lovely Little DIY Sugar Bowl

This DIY Lazy Susan is one of the most awesome upcycle projects ever and it’s incredibly useful and inexpensive to make.  Plus, it has all kinds of uses!

Lazy Susan Supplies

  • 2 cake pans any size (we got ours for .88 each at Walmart)
  • Marbles, normal to smaller size. They must all be the same size. You need enough to almost cover the bottom of the pan.
  • Spray paint (optional)
  • Paper or contact paper for bottom of one pan (optional)

Video in Action

Instructions

 

Gather your items. IMPORTANT: You need enough marbles to COVER NEARLY THE ENTIRE BOTTOM OF THE PAN.

This DIY Lazy Susan is one of the most awesome upcycle projects ever and it’s incredibly useful and inexpensive to make. Plus it has all kinds of uses!

Spray paint your pans whatever color you choose.  You don’t need to paint the inside of the bottom pan where the marbles will go.This DIY Lazy Susan is one of the most awesome upcycle projects ever and it’s incredibly useful and inexpensive to make. Plus it has all kinds of uses!

Measure the inside of the pan for cutting your liner.This DIY Lazy Susan is one of the most awesome upcycle projects ever and it’s incredibly useful and inexpensive to make. Plus it has all kinds of uses!

Cut out your contact paper or liner paper. This DIY Lazy Susan is one of the most awesome upcycle projects ever and it’s incredibly useful and inexpensive to make. Plus it has all kinds of uses!

Place it in your pan. This DIY Lazy Susan is one of the most awesome upcycle projects ever and it’s incredibly useful and inexpensive to make. Plus it has all kinds of uses!

Fill the bottom pan most of the way with marbles. This DIY Lazy Susan is one of the most awesome upcycle projects ever and it’s incredibly useful and inexpensive to make. Plus it has all kinds of uses!

Set your top pan onto the marbles and your Lazy Susan is ready to use!This DIY Lazy Susan is one of the most awesome upcycle projects ever and it’s incredibly useful and inexpensive to make. Plus it has all kinds of uses!This DIY Lazy Susan is one of the most awesome upcycle projects ever and it’s incredibly useful and inexpensive to make. Plus it has all kinds of uses! This DIY Lazy Susan is one of the most awesome upcycle projects ever and it’s incredibly useful and inexpensive to make. Plus it has all kinds of uses!

 

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A country chicken wire frame memo board that will brighten up your kitchen with its pretty pinecone succulents. It holds useful items plus photos & quotes!

I always wanted a chicken wire frame memo board and when we did our kitchen transformation, I decided to add one into my new kitchen. We’d used chicken wire once before in a really popular Dream Catcher Vision Board  but this one was meant to be kitchen oriented, though I throw in a little twist using a pinecone craft succulent craft we did recently. It turned out gorgeous! I even made my own mail holder from a Malt-O-Meal box. The entire thing was a wonderful upcycle project. Fill yours with whatever pleases you!

 

Chicken Wire Frame Supplies

 

PINECONE SUPPLIES

Please visit our Pinecone Craft post for details on making these.

  • Pinecones of various shapes and sizes. You’ll be using bottoms and tops.
  • Pruning shears or something to cut your pine cones with. They need a longer tip to get inside.
  • Paint, acrylic or spray paint (after testing both, spray paint is much easier)
  • Moss, if desired for containers

Instructions

We had an old rough wood frame that we decided to use for our chicken wire frame. Roy cut some chicken wire to fit it.

A country chicken wire frame memo board that will brighten up your kitchen with its pretty pinecone succulents. It holds useful items plus photos & quotes!

Then he stapled it in place around the edges.A country chicken wire frame memo board that will brighten up your kitchen with its pretty pinecone succulents. It holds useful items plus photos & quotes! A country chicken wire frame memo board that will brighten up your kitchen with its pretty pinecone succulents. It holds useful items plus photos & quotes!

We did this backwards and painted it after we put the chicken wire on. A country chicken wire frame memo board that will brighten up your kitchen with its pretty pinecone succulents. It holds useful items plus photos & quotes!

Next we made our pinecone succulents. It’s very easy to do and we have detailed instructions on our Pinecone Craft post here. A country chicken wire frame memo board that will brighten up your kitchen with its pretty pinecone succulents. It holds useful items plus photos & quotes!

After our succulents were made and painted, we cut small circles out of felt to attach them to our chicken wire.A country chicken wire frame memo board that will brighten up your kitchen with its pretty pinecone succulents. It holds useful items plus photos & quotes!

Place a large amount of hot glue on the felt circle.A country chicken wire frame memo board that will brighten up your kitchen with its pretty pinecone succulents. It holds useful items plus photos & quotes!

Place it where you will be putting your succulent. A country chicken wire frame memo board that will brighten up your kitchen with its pretty pinecone succulents. It holds useful items plus photos & quotes!

Push your succulent down onto the felt while pushing the felt with glue onto the succulent. Use something, if needed, to help push the felt so you don’t get burned. A country chicken wire frame memo board that will brighten up your kitchen with its pretty pinecone succulents. It holds useful items plus photos & quotes!

This shows all of the succulents attached. A country chicken wire frame memo board that will brighten up your kitchen with its pretty pinecone succulents. It holds useful items plus photos & quotes!

I decided to add moss in between the succulents.A country chicken wire frame memo board that will brighten up your kitchen with its pretty pinecone succulents. It holds useful items plus photos & quotes!

I just poked it down in between and didn’t use any glue. It’s a messy job I suggest you do outside. A country chicken wire frame memo board that will brighten up your kitchen with its pretty pinecone succulents. It holds useful items plus photos & quotes!

Next, I designed a note pad and pencil to hang on the board.A country chicken wire frame memo board that will brighten up your kitchen with its pretty pinecone succulents. It holds useful items plus photos & quotes!

A tiny hook screw was twisted into the end of the pencil eraser. A country chicken wire frame memo board that will brighten up your kitchen with its pretty pinecone succulents. It holds useful items plus photos & quotes!

I was painted  silver and Washi tape was wrapped around the end.A country chicken wire frame memo board that will brighten up your kitchen with its pretty pinecone succulents. It holds useful items plus photos & quotes!

We covered the top of our note pad with Washi tape to match. A country chicken wire frame memo board that will brighten up your kitchen with its pretty pinecone succulents. It holds useful items plus photos & quotes!

I was originally going to use a binder clip and somehow rig a hook onto the chicken wire to hold the memo pad. A country chicken wire frame memo board that will brighten up your kitchen with its pretty pinecone succulents. It holds useful items plus photos & quotes!

Then I remembered I had these awesome Clips with Hooks. They were perfect!A country chicken wire frame memo board that will brighten up your kitchen with its pretty pinecone succulents. It holds useful items plus photos & quotes!

I wanted to have a pouch on my board to hold mail until we had a chance to open it. A Malt-O-Meal box was the perfect size.A country chicken wire frame memo board that will brighten up your kitchen with its pretty pinecone succulents. It holds useful items plus photos & quotes!

I measured it and marked it how I wanted with a sharpie marker. A country chicken wire frame memo board that will brighten up your kitchen with its pretty pinecone succulents. It holds useful items plus photos & quotes!

Then cut it with an X-acto knife. A country chicken wire frame memo board that will brighten up your kitchen with its pretty pinecone succulents. It holds useful items plus photos & quotes!

I chose a color of scrapbook paper to cover it with. A country chicken wire frame memo board that will brighten up your kitchen with its pretty pinecone succulents. It holds useful items plus photos & quotes!

I laid the box on the wrong side of the paper and carefully traced it. A country chicken wire frame memo board that will brighten up your kitchen with its pretty pinecone succulents. It holds useful items plus photos & quotes!

Then I made two of the main folds. A country chicken wire frame memo board that will brighten up your kitchen with its pretty pinecone succulents. It holds useful items plus photos & quotes!

At this point I pulled out my spray adhesive and gave the front and sides of the box a quick spray.A country chicken wire frame memo board that will brighten up your kitchen with its pretty pinecone succulents. It holds useful items plus photos & quotes!

Then I pressed the paper carefully onto the box aligning the folds. I decided not to cover the back as it would not show. A country chicken wire frame memo board that will brighten up your kitchen with its pretty pinecone succulents. It holds useful items plus photos & quotes!

I then proceeded to cut and fold the bottom paper. A country chicken wire frame memo board that will brighten up your kitchen with its pretty pinecone succulents. It holds useful items plus photos & quotes!

I used stick glue to hold it in place.A country chicken wire frame memo board that will brighten up your kitchen with its pretty pinecone succulents. It holds useful items plus photos & quotes!

Any extra was trimmed off.A country chicken wire frame memo board that will brighten up your kitchen with its pretty pinecone succulents. It holds useful items plus photos & quotes!

On the top side I carefully decided where to make the cuts so I could fold the paper down and glue it into place while trimming away the excess. A country chicken wire frame memo board that will brighten up your kitchen with its pretty pinecone succulents. It holds useful items plus photos & quotes!

 I used a stick glue to do the seams. A country chicken wire frame memo board that will brighten up your kitchen with its pretty pinecone succulents. It holds useful items plus photos & quotes!

For the finishing touch I added a metal label holder. It was bronze and I wanted silver so I used a little rub ‘n buff on it. A country chicken wire frame memo board that will brighten up your kitchen with its pretty pinecone succulents. It holds useful items plus photos & quotes!

I glued it onto the front of the box and made a hole for the screws and pushed them through.  Then I printed a label that said MAIL on my computer to insert into it. A country chicken wire frame memo board that will brighten up your kitchen with its pretty pinecone succulents. It holds useful items plus photos & quotes!

I found a plastic hook and glued it upside down on the back of the box so I could hang it on the board.  I could have also used felt to glue it on but I wanted the box to be removable. A country chicken wire frame memo board that will brighten up your kitchen with its pretty pinecone succulents. It holds useful items plus photos & quotes!

A country chicken wire frame memo board that will brighten up your kitchen with its pretty pinecone succulents. It holds useful items plus photos & quotes!

A country chicken wire frame memo board that will brighten up your kitchen with its pretty pinecone succulents. It holds useful items plus photos & quotes!

A country chicken wire frame memo board that will brighten up your kitchen with its pretty pinecone succulents. It holds useful items plus photos & quotes!

A country chicken wire frame memo board that will brighten up your kitchen with its pretty pinecone succulents. It holds useful items plus photos & quotes!

A country chicken wire frame memo board that will brighten up your kitchen with its pretty pinecone succulents. It holds useful items plus photos & quotes!

A country chicken wire frame memo board that will brighten up your kitchen with its pretty pinecone succulents. It holds useful items plus photos & quotes!

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These retro coaster sets found in many thrift stores make a beautiful photo upcycling project with some paint glue and personal pictures!Have you ever been walking through a thrift store looking for your next upcycling project and saw something that screamed “take me home and turn me into something awesome!” That’s what happened with this little retro coaster set. It was the proverbial puppy looking at me with big brown eyes. Well, maybe not quite that dramatic but I just knew I could do something special with it, though at the time I had no idea what. So I set in my basket and off to to the checkout I went, along with a few other finds.

It sat on my craft room shelf for quite a while as I pondered what I might create with it. Then I did what I always do when I have a “crafters block”. I called my daughter Jennifer. And thus from that old brown retro coaster set a beautiful gold and white picture holder was born.  Nothing warms my heart more than an upcycling project where I give an old item a new home.  FYI this is also fits into our Buff Your Stuff series so you might want to take a peek at those other items. Speaking of which, you’ve got to check out two of our other favorite things made from another time that seems to be in abundance in thrift stores: Brass candle holders. First is our Classy Jewelry Stand and the second is a Portable Recipe Holder!

Retro Coaster Upcycling Project Supplies

  • Old Coaster Set
  • Paint
  • Glue
  • Photos

Instructions

This is what the coaster looked like straight out of the thrift store.

These retro coaster sets found in many thrift stores make a beautiful photo upcycling project with some paint glue and personal pictures!

It needed a little cleaning up. These retro coaster sets found in many thrift stores make a beautiful photo upcycling project with some paint glue and personal pictures!

I also had to remove the top pieces.These retro coaster sets found in many thrift stores make a beautiful photo upcycling project with some paint glue and personal pictures!

Then the spray painting began!These retro coaster sets found in many thrift stores make a beautiful photo upcycling project with some paint glue and personal pictures!These retro coaster sets found in many thrift stores make a beautiful photo upcycling project with some paint glue and personal pictures!

I found that a spray paint cap was the perfect size for tracing my photos. These retro coaster sets found in many thrift stores make a beautiful photo upcycling project with some paint glue and personal pictures!

I found photos I wanted and traced them. These retro coaster sets found in many thrift stores make a beautiful photo upcycling project with some paint glue and personal pictures!

I then cut them out.These retro coaster sets found in many thrift stores make a beautiful photo upcycling project with some paint glue and personal pictures!

Perfect fit!These retro coaster sets found in many thrift stores make a beautiful photo upcycling project with some paint glue and personal pictures!

There were just enough trays for each family member to have a photo with one extra so I made a special circle with our family name and printed it out to go on the very top tray. These retro coaster sets found in many thrift stores make a beautiful photo upcycling project with some paint glue and personal pictures!

I used Tacky Glue inside each tray to adhere the photos. These retro coaster sets found in many thrift stores make a beautiful photo upcycling project with some paint glue and personal pictures!

Then I pressed each one in place.These retro coaster sets found in many thrift stores make a beautiful photo upcycling project with some paint glue and personal pictures!These retro coaster sets found in many thrift stores make a beautiful photo upcycling project with some paint glue and personal pictures!

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Make a heart keyring as a gift for Valentine’s Day or any day! This upcycle uses a plastic lid, a split key ring & some fabric or Washi tape & Mod Podge!If you’re looking for a small token for Valentines day or anytime, here’s cute little heart keyring you can make while saving the planet!  OK, that might be a little extreme but it does use up a plastic lid, which hopefully you grabbed by digging in your neighbors trash… those darned non-earth caring people.  I won’t mention where I got my lid but they make the cutest little keyrings rather than adding to our bulging land fills. And if you’re looking to gain even more positive Karma, place the keyring in our lovely little Soda Bottle Pillow Box. And if you’re looking to increase your Karma with the person you’re giving it to, attach a key to a new car.  Just saying.

Heart Keyring Supplies

Pattern Download

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Instructions

Gather your supplies. For this first heart we’re using fabric.

Make a heart keyring as a gift for Valentine’s Day or any day! This upcycle uses a plastic lid, a split key ring & some fabric or Washi tape & Mod Podge!

Choose the size of heart you want to make from our free printable patterns.Make a heart keyring as a gift for Valentine’s Day or any day! This upcycle uses a plastic lid, a split key ring & some fabric or Washi tape & Mod Podge!

Cut out a heart from the plastic lid.Make a heart keyring as a gift for Valentine’s Day or any day! This upcycle uses a plastic lid, a split key ring & some fabric or Washi tape & Mod Podge!

Trim the end a little so it’s not a sharp point. Make a heart keyring as a gift for Valentine’s Day or any day! This upcycle uses a plastic lid, a split key ring & some fabric or Washi tape & Mod Podge!

I used my plastic heart as a pattern for the fabric. I used a tight weave burlap for one side. You can cut your other fabric at the same time if you want.Make a heart keyring as a gift for Valentine’s Day or any day! This upcycle uses a plastic lid, a split key ring & some fabric or Washi tape & Mod Podge!

Add a generous amount of Mod Podge on one side of your plastic.Make a heart keyring as a gift for Valentine’s Day or any day! This upcycle uses a plastic lid, a split key ring & some fabric or Washi tape & Mod Podge!

Place the burlap on.Make a heart keyring as a gift for Valentine’s Day or any day! This upcycle uses a plastic lid, a split key ring & some fabric or Washi tape & Mod Podge!

Add a little extra Mod Podge on the edges to keep it from unraveling.Make a heart keyring as a gift for Valentine’s Day or any day! This upcycle uses a plastic lid, a split key ring & some fabric or Washi tape & Mod Podge!

For the ring holder, take a small piece of fabric and cut it approximately 1/2″ wide and 2 1/2″ long. Coat it lightly with Mod Podge.Make a heart keyring as a gift for Valentine’s Day or any day! This upcycle uses a plastic lid, a split key ring & some fabric or Washi tape & Mod Podge!

Fold it over. Make a heart keyring as a gift for Valentine’s Day or any day! This upcycle uses a plastic lid, a split key ring & some fabric or Washi tape & Mod Podge!

Bend it over and trim it to about 1 1/2 to 2″. You just want a large enough loop to slip your ring through but also enough to glue under the fabric on your heart.Make a heart keyring as a gift for Valentine’s Day or any day! This upcycle uses a plastic lid, a split key ring & some fabric or Washi tape & Mod Podge!

On the other side of the heart you will add another piece of fabric. If you have not cut it out yet do so with your pattern.Make a heart keyring as a gift for Valentine’s Day or any day! This upcycle uses a plastic lid, a split key ring & some fabric or Washi tape & Mod Podge!

Glue the end of your loop onto the back of your heart using Mod Podge, then cover the entire back of the heart with Mod Podge.Make a heart keyring as a gift for Valentine’s Day or any day! This upcycle uses a plastic lid, a split key ring & some fabric or Washi tape & Mod Podge!

Press your fabric down over the heart. Once it dries you can also give it another coat of Mod Podge for added gloss and protection.Make a heart keyring as a gift for Valentine’s Day or any day! This upcycle uses a plastic lid, a split key ring & some fabric or Washi tape & Mod Podge!

You can now slip your ring into the loop. Make a heart keyring as a gift for Valentine’s Day or any day! This upcycle uses a plastic lid, a split key ring & some fabric or Washi tape & Mod Podge!

All ready for keys!Make a heart keyring as a gift for Valentine’s Day or any day! This upcycle uses a plastic lid, a split key ring & some fabric or Washi tape & Mod Podge!

For the next heart we used the lid from a plastic egg carton.

We traced the heart on. Make a heart keyring as a gift for Valentine’s Day or any day! This upcycle uses a plastic lid, a split key ring & some fabric or Washi tape & Mod Podge!

For this heart we added strips of Washi tape touching each other. Once they are on we cut around the heart where we had drawn. Make a heart keyring as a gift for Valentine’s Day or any day! This upcycle uses a plastic lid, a split key ring & some fabric or Washi tape & Mod Podge!

Remember to round the tip a little so that it’s not sharp. Make a heart keyring as a gift for Valentine’s Day or any day! This upcycle uses a plastic lid, a split key ring & some fabric or Washi tape & Mod Podge!

Turn your heart over and apply Washi tape to the back just as you did on the front. Make a heart keyring as a gift for Valentine’s Day or any day! This upcycle uses a plastic lid, a split key ring & some fabric or Washi tape & Mod Podge!

Trim off the extra Washi tap around your heart.Make a heart keyring as a gift for Valentine’s Day or any day! This upcycle uses a plastic lid, a split key ring & some fabric or Washi tape & Mod Podge!

Coat each side with Mod Podge and let it dry between coats.Make a heart keyring as a gift for Valentine’s Day or any day! This upcycle uses a plastic lid, a split key ring & some fabric or Washi tape & Mod Podge!

You can punch a small hole into the corner of the heart to hold the ring. I had just received this nifty Crop a Dile Eyelet Punch so I decided to try it out for the first time on this heart. Make a heart keyring as a gift for Valentine’s Day or any day! This upcycle uses a plastic lid, a split key ring & some fabric or Washi tape & Mod Podge!

It’s a pretty neat little gadget and you can use at least two sizes of eyelets. Punch the hole.Make a heart keyring as a gift for Valentine’s Day or any day! This upcycle uses a plastic lid, a split key ring & some fabric or Washi tape & Mod Podge!

Insert the eyelet, which comes in every color of the rainbow. Make a heart keyring as a gift for Valentine’s Day or any day! This upcycle uses a plastic lid, a split key ring & some fabric or Washi tape & Mod Podge!

And clamp. Done!Make a heart keyring as a gift for Valentine’s Day or any day! This upcycle uses a plastic lid, a split key ring & some fabric or Washi tape & Mod Podge!

I admit it’s cool and does give it a more professional finish but had I not had this, I’d have just used a 1/8″ hole punch. Make a heart keyring as a gift for Valentine’s Day or any day! This upcycle uses a plastic lid, a split key ring & some fabric or Washi tape & Mod Podge!

Make a heart keyring as a gift for Valentine’s Day or any day! This upcycle uses a plastic lid, a split key ring & some fabric or Washi tape & Mod Podge!Make a heart keyring as a gift for Valentine’s Day or any day! This upcycle uses a plastic lid, a split key ring & some fabric or Washi tape & Mod Podge!

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3 Minute DIY Bracelets

You got 3 minutes? Got an old t-shirt? Add in heart shaped pony beads and now you've got 3 minute DIY bracelets! Great for Valentine's Day! (Free tags.)

You got three minutes? You got an old t-shirt? Add in a heart shaped pony bead and now what you’ve got  are 3 minute DIY bracelets! Make them in bulk using our free printable cards for Valentines day giveaways or just make them to wear. It’s a wonderful way to upcycle those old t-shirts and they’re great for kids and adults! You could also put a set of these little bracelets in a variety of colors inside our Soda Bottle Pillow Box. And if you’re looking for other quick jewelry ideas check out our Charming Soda Bottle Bracelet DIY and our Easy DIY Necklace for Someone You Love.

 

DIY Bracelets Supplies

Card Printout Download

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Instructions

Gather some old T-shirts and heart pony beads.

You got 3 minutes? Got an old t-shirt? Add in heart shaped pony beads and now you've got 3 minute DIY bracelets! Great for Valentine's Day! (Free tags.)

Cut approximately 12″ long by 1″ pieces in the same direction as the hem. You can trim the ends as needed when completed.You got 3 minutes? Got an old t-shirt? Add in heart shaped pony beads and now you've got 3 minute DIY bracelets! Great for Valentine's Day! (Free tags.)

Grab each side of your piece of materiel.You got 3 minutes? Got an old t-shirt? Add in heart shaped pony beads and now you've got 3 minute DIY bracelets! Great for Valentine's Day! (Free tags.)

Slowly stretch it out. You got 3 minutes? Got an old t-shirt? Add in heart shaped pony beads and now you've got 3 minute DIY bracelets! Great for Valentine's Day! (Free tags.)

Continue stretching until it rolls up as shown. You got 3 minutes? Got an old t-shirt? Add in heart shaped pony beads and now you've got 3 minute DIY bracelets! Great for Valentine's Day! (Free tags.)

Let go and you should have a roll as shown. You got 3 minutes? Got an old t-shirt? Add in heart shaped pony beads and now you've got 3 minute DIY bracelets! Great for Valentine's Day! (Free tags.) Clip one end to a very skinny point to allow you to feed it into a bead. You got 3 minutes? Got an old t-shirt? Add in heart shaped pony beads and now you've got 3 minute DIY bracelets! Great for Valentine's Day! (Free tags.)

You can trim it more if needed. You got 3 minutes? Got an old t-shirt? Add in heart shaped pony beads and now you've got 3 minute DIY bracelets! Great for Valentine's Day! (Free tags.)

You can also use a large needled to help push it through. You got 3 minutes? Got an old t-shirt? Add in heart shaped pony beads and now you've got 3 minute DIY bracelets! Great for Valentine's Day! (Free tags.)

Once you have your bead or beads on, tie it around your wrist where it just fits. Tie a square knot and trim the ends. It will slip on and off as needed because it stretchy. (Try not to pull or stretch it too much when you put it on and off.) You got 3 minutes? Got an old t-shirt? Add in heart shaped pony beads and now you've got 3 minute DIY bracelets! Great for Valentine's Day! (Free tags.)

If you’re giving these DIY bracelets away as Valentines gifts, print and cut out the paper tags on cards stock.  You got 3 minutes? Got an old t-shirt? Add in heart shaped pony beads and now you've got 3 minute DIY bracelets! Great for Valentine's Day! (Free tags.)

They will be folded around each bracelet and glued.You got 3 minutes? Got an old t-shirt? Add in heart shaped pony beads and now you've got 3 minute DIY bracelets! Great for Valentine's Day! (Free tags.)

Close them together to hold. You got 3 minutes? Got an old t-shirt? Add in heart shaped pony beads and now you've got 3 minute DIY bracelets! Great for Valentine's Day! (Free tags.) You got 3 minutes? Got an old t-shirt? Add in heart shaped pony beads and now you've got 3 minute DIY bracelets! Great for Valentine's Day! (Free tags.)

 

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Looking for unique Valentines crafts? Here's one we bet you've never seen before. It's a two halves of one heart gift container made from a soda bottle!

Have you been searching for those unique valentines crafts ideas? Well, here’s one we bet you’ve never seen before!  That’s bold statement to make now a days! It’s two halves of one heart made from plastic soda bottles and it’s the perfect gift for a couple.  Then we thought, what more perfect couple to give this too than good old mom and dad. I mean it’s their two loves that make you whole… or is it their two halves of love that made you a whole… well, you know what we mean. In any case they certainly deserve something special on this day so we think they are perfect candidates for a set of these. You can put something dad likes in one side and something mom likes in the other, add one of our free printable tags, and let them know just how glad you are that they both came together. Just like these soda bottles did! #lame  But the gift works for any couple or for that special person of your own.  And if you like this you just gotta check out our Pretzel Arrows Valentine Gift Idea which is placed inside our Clear DIY Pillow Box made from , you guessed it… a soda bottle!

 

Half Hearts Valentines Crafts Supplies

  • Two Clear Straight Sided 32 oz Soda Bottles
  • Two small pieces of sturdy white poster board
  •  GOOP Glue We tested hot glue but it just didn’t work well. You need a thick, clear glue of choice. GOOP worked great.
  • Wipe off marker
  • Red paint for lids
  • Template below
  • Tag of choice below

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Instructions

You’ll need two 32 oz bottles.

Looking for unique Valentines crafts? Here's one we bet you've never seen before. It's a two halves of one heart gift container made from a soda bottle!

Print out the download template and cut off the top section.Looking for unique Valentines crafts? Here's one we bet you've never seen before. It's a two halves of one heart gift container made from a soda bottle!

Wrap the template around your bottle with the base touching the table. Looking for unique Valentines crafts? Here's one we bet you've never seen before. It's a two halves of one heart gift container made from a soda bottle!

Tape it into place. Looking for unique Valentines crafts? Here's one we bet you've never seen before. It's a two halves of one heart gift container made from a soda bottle!

Using a wipe off marker trace around the top curved part. Looking for unique Valentines crafts? Here's one we bet you've never seen before. It's a two halves of one heart gift container made from a soda bottle!

The two bottles, marked and ready for cutting.Looking for unique Valentines crafts? Here's one we bet you've never seen before. It's a two halves of one heart gift container made from a soda bottle!

Carefully cut as straight as possible along the lines you made.Looking for unique Valentines crafts? Here's one we bet you've never seen before. It's a two halves of one heart gift container made from a soda bottle!

Get two pieces of sturdy white poster board, large enough to set each bottle base onto. Looking for unique Valentines crafts? Here's one we bet you've never seen before. It's a two halves of one heart gift container made from a soda bottle!

You’ll need some thick glue. Hot glue was tested and didn’t work well for us so we used GOOP. Looking for unique Valentines crafts? Here's one we bet you've never seen before. It's a two halves of one heart gift container made from a soda bottle!

Place a line of glue on the cut rim of your bottle. Looking for unique Valentines crafts? Here's one we bet you've never seen before. It's a two halves of one heart gift container made from a soda bottle!

Very carefully, and without bending the bottle, place it down on the poster board. Assuming you cut the bottle straight it should touch all the way around. It will need to sit this way until it dries. NOTE: Every so often I would go in and lightly press down on the bottle to make sure it was firmly adhering to the poster board. Looking for unique Valentines crafts? Here's one we bet you've never seen before. It's a two halves of one heart gift container made from a soda bottle!

After it dries you will cut the poster board off around the edge of the bottle. You will also be cutting off any excess glue that may have spread out too far.

Looking for unique Valentines crafts? Here's one we bet you've never seen before. It's a two halves of one heart gift container made from a soda bottle! You will see glue around the edges which is fine. Looking for unique Valentines crafts? Here's one we bet you've never seen before. It's a two halves of one heart gift container made from a soda bottle!

If there happens to be any gaps because the bottle was not cut straight you can fill them in with a little extra glue if you desire. Looking for unique Valentines crafts? Here's one we bet you've never seen before. It's a two halves of one heart gift container made from a soda bottle!

Paint the bottle lids red.Looking for unique Valentines crafts? Here's one we bet you've never seen before. It's a two halves of one heart gift container made from a soda bottle!

Fill each side with any candy that will fit inside the bottle. Looking for unique Valentines crafts? Here's one we bet you've never seen before. It's a two halves of one heart gift container made from a soda bottle!

You can use each person’s favorite if you know what it is. M&M’s are also a great choice!Looking for unique Valentines crafts? Here's one we bet you've never seen before. It's a two halves of one heart gift container made from a soda bottle!

Looking for unique Valentines crafts? Here's one we bet you've never seen before. It's a two halves of one heart gift container made from a soda bottle!

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We'll show you how to make a pillow box from almost any size of soda bottle. Wrapped in ribbon they are a perfect unique way to give a small gift or treats!

A pillow box is a nifty little invention that’s perfect for putting a small gift in. They are magically self closing and most are made from cardstock. But we’re going to show you how to  make one from a plastic soda bottle! It’s easy and fun. Plus pillow boxes aren’t the only thing you can make from a soda bottle. (Not to brag or anything, but we kinda consider ourselves soda bottle gurus over here.) First, you gotta check out these other awesome Christmas Gift Wrapping Ideas Using Soda Bottles (though you can use them any time of year of course.) Next, well… where to start… I’d have to say one of our more popular soda bottle posts is our Geometric & Confetti Plastic Bag Holder & Dispenser. It’s an upcycle that not only looks great but is useful!

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When your finished, use the pillow box for a Valentines Gift idea!

These tiny pretzel arrows take seconds to make. Use our pillow box tutorial and attach one of our cute free tags and you've got the perfect Valentine gift!

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We'll show you how to make a pillow box from almost any size of soda bottle. Wrapped in ribbon they are a perfect unique way to give a small gift or treats!

I use a dry erase marker for making all my cutting lines because it wipes right off afterwards. We'll show you how to make a pillow box from almost any size of soda bottle. Wrapped in ribbon they are a perfect unique way to give a small gift or treats!

If you’re lucky there may be a line already near the bottom of your bottle. There was on this one so I used it as a cutting line. If not, you’ll have to measure up to cut off the base just where it stops curving in. We'll show you how to make a pillow box from almost any size of soda bottle. Wrapped in ribbon they are a perfect unique way to give a small gift or treats!

After I cut the bottom off I then measured up and marked the bottle using my dry erase marker where I would cut it on the top. Go as high as you can before it starts to curve.We'll show you how to make a pillow box from almost any size of soda bottle. Wrapped in ribbon they are a perfect unique way to give a small gift or treats!

Cut along where you marked. We'll show you how to make a pillow box from almost any size of soda bottle. Wrapped in ribbon they are a perfect unique way to give a small gift or treats!

Wipe off your marks and you should now have a cylinder. We'll show you how to make a pillow box from almost any size of soda bottle. Wrapped in ribbon they are a perfect unique way to give a small gift or treats!

Carefully flatten the cylinder and crease it on two sides.  Press is with your hands and fingers to start but you will then need to use something to get a crisp crease on each side. We'll show you how to make a pillow box from almost any size of soda bottle. Wrapped in ribbon they are a perfect unique way to give a small gift or treats!

I use a bone folder which is made for the purpose of creasing paper and card stock. Its actually made out of bone and very strong. You can use pretty much anything, however, that will give you a good crease. The handle of a butter knife for example should work well. Just make sure to get a good crisp crease all the way to the ends. We'll show you how to make a pillow box from almost any size of soda bottle. Wrapped in ribbon they are a perfect unique way to give a small gift or treats!

You will now cut a curve around each end. To do this you need to find a cup, bowl or plate that fits your bottle end as shown. You want a nice gentle curve as shown, with very little being taken off. You want the bowl to barely touch the top of the end.

We'll show you how to make a pillow box from almost any size of soda bottle. Wrapped in ribbon they are a perfect unique way to give a small gift or treats!

Mark it with your dry erase marker as shown. We'll show you how to make a pillow box from almost any size of soda bottle. Wrapped in ribbon they are a perfect unique way to give a small gift or treats!

Cut off the end where you marked and do the same on the other side.We'll show you how to make a pillow box from almost any size of soda bottle. Wrapped in ribbon they are a perfect unique way to give a small gift or treats!

This is the part is a little tricky. Take your bowl and face it the OTHER way on each end. We'll show you how to make a pillow box from almost any size of soda bottle. Wrapped in ribbon they are a perfect unique way to give a small gift or treats!

Make sure to score it with the knife all the way to the corners. As the scoring will not go through to the back side, you will need to flip the container over and do the same thing to the back side, then repeat the same thing on the other end.We'll show you how to make a pillow box from almost any size of soda bottle. Wrapped in ribbon they are a perfect unique way to give a small gift or treats!

We'll show you how to make a pillow box from almost any size of soda bottle. Wrapped in ribbon they are a perfect unique way to give a small gift or treats!

We'll show you how to make a pillow box from almost any size of soda bottle. Wrapped in ribbon they are a perfect unique way to give a small gift or treats!

Carefully bend down on the crease you made with the knife and fold it inward. We'll show you how to make a pillow box from almost any size of soda bottle. Wrapped in ribbon they are a perfect unique way to give a small gift or treats!

Pinch the crease some if needed to help it bend inward.We'll show you how to make a pillow box from almost any size of soda bottle. Wrapped in ribbon they are a perfect unique way to give a small gift or treats!

Once pressed in, it should stay. You can pop it out to do the other side. We'll show you how to make a pillow box from almost any size of soda bottle. Wrapped in ribbon they are a perfect unique way to give a small gift or treats!

To close your container you close one flap in, then the other. Do this on both sides. We'll show you how to make a pillow box from almost any size of soda bottle. Wrapped in ribbon they are a perfect unique way to give a small gift or treats!

Fill them with whatever you like and wrap a ribbon around them!We'll show you how to make a pillow box from almost any size of soda bottle. Wrapped in ribbon they are a perfect unique way to give a small gift or treats!

We'll show you how to make a pillow box from almost any size of soda bottle. Wrapped in ribbon they are a perfect unique way to give a small gift or treats!

We'll show you how to make a pillow box from almost any size of soda bottle. Wrapped in ribbon they are a perfect unique way to give a small gift or treats!

We also used this container for our Pretzel Arrows Valentines Gift Idea.

These tiny pretzel arrows take seconds to make. Use our pillow box tutorial and attach one of our cute free tags and you've got the perfect Valentine gift!

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With a foam sheet, 40mm round gold sequins and hot glue you make this awesome huge lightning bolt statement piece to hang on your wall. Shockingly gorgeous!

We made this cheap wall decor lightning bolt from a piece of foam that came packed in some furniture but the foam board you buy at the store works just as well. Most Dollar Stores, Craft Stores and Walmart carries it. You could literally make any design but this one went in our daughter Amy’s chic office and the lightning bolt fit her decor perfectly. This is one of those upcycles or basic crafts that costs next to nothing but looks phenomenal! If you’re looking for more great inexpensive ways to decorate, check out our DIY Cash Statement Piece and our Anti-Bad Vibe Shield, both made from foam board!

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There are three patterns. One is just a small example to look at so you can draw your own large one. The other two are larger version you can print out and tape together and use as an actual pattern.

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Gather your supplies.

With a foam sheet, 40mm round gold sequins and hot glue you can make this awesome huge lightning bolt cheap wall decor statement piece. Shockingly gorgeous!

We upcycled a piece of foam packing that came in a small piece of furniture we ordered. With a foam sheet, 40mm round gold sequins and hot glue you make this awesome huge lightning bolt statement piece to hang on your wall. Shockingly gorgeous!

However, foam boards you buy at most stores will work fine also!With a foam sheet, 40mm round gold sequins and hot glue you make this awesome huge lightning bolt statement piece to hang on your wall. Shockingly gorgeous!

 

Trace your lightning bolt onto your foam board whatever size you like then cut out with an X-acto knife. With a foam sheet, 40mm round gold sequins and hot glue you can make this awesome huge lightning bolt cheap wall decor statement piece. Shockingly gorgeous!

Begin at the bottom and add the sequins overlapping each row slightly. Try to cover all your foam.With a foam sheet, 40mm round gold sequins and hot glue you can make this awesome huge lightning bolt cheap wall decor statement piece. Shockingly gorgeous!

Continue until all the lightning bolt is covered.With a foam sheet, 40mm round gold sequins and hot glue you can make this awesome huge lightning bolt cheap wall decor statement piece. Shockingly gorgeous!

With a foam sheet, 40mm round gold sequins and hot glue you can make this awesome huge lightning bolt cheap wall decor statement piece. Shockingly gorgeous!

This particular lightning bolt was hung in a fun chic grouping in my daughter Amy’s office.

With a foam sheet, 40mm round gold sequins and hot glue you can make this awesome huge lightning bolt cheap wall decor statement piece. Shockingly gorgeous!

With a foam sheet, 40mm round gold sequins and hot glue you make this awesome huge lightning bolt statement piece to hang on your wall. Shockingly gorgeous!

With a foam sheet, 40mm round gold sequins and hot glue you make this awesome huge lightning bolt statement piece to hang on your wall. Shockingly gorgeous!

 

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This classy display clip stand is made from a candle holder, dowel and bobby pin and it can not only display he free printable motivational quotes below but photos and more!We’ve found yet another wonderful way to upcycle candle stick holders and turn them into a beautiful classy display for motivation quotes, ten of which we provide free below. This is a perfect match to go with our New Years Resolution Ideas Kit & Casual Resolutions. Change them in and out as desired. But that’s not all! Use it to display photos. Or how about artwork your children draw for you? You could also use it as a fancy note holder. Make different styles for each room. Give them as gifts! These candle stick holders can be found in a variety of styles and types at most thrift stores. You might remember seeing other ideas we used them for such as our Beautiful Classy Jewelry Stand and our Fun Upcycled Portable Recipe Holder. Who would have thought you could do so much with such a tiny object!

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Gather your basic supplies.

This classy display clip stand is made from a candle holder, dowel and bobby pin and it can not only display he free printable motivational quotes below but photos and more!

Because I used a glass candle stick holder I decided to use paint primer, because I had some. This classy display clip stand is made from a candle holder, dowel and bobby pin and it can not only display he free printable motivational quotes below but photos and more!

I added white on the bottom of my candle stick. This classy display clip stand is made from a candle holder, dowel and bobby pin and it can not only display he free printable motivational quotes below but photos and more!

I painted the rest of it metallic gold.  I had to do two coats of each, drying in between.This classy display clip stand is made from a candle holder, dowel and bobby pin and it can not only display he free printable motivational quotes below but photos and more!

I painted the stick  and then the wood wall. This classy display clip stand is made from a candle holder, dowel and bobby pin and it can not only display he free printable motivational quotes below but photos and more!

Squeeze glue into the bottom but only a small amount as you don’t want it seeping up the sides when you push your dowel down into it.This classy display clip stand is made from a candle holder, dowel and bobby pin and it can not only display he free printable motivational quotes below but photos and more!Set the dowel down into the holder. NOTE: You will have to find a way to keep it from leaning while it dries, depending on the type of holder you have. This classy display clip stand is made from a candle holder, dowel and bobby pin and it can not only display he free printable motivational quotes below but photos and more!

 You need a single small bobby pin to use for the claps.This classy display clip stand is made from a candle holder, dowel and bobby pin and it can not only display he free printable motivational quotes below but photos and more!

With a pair of wire cutters cut the bobby pin on the middle of the second curve up then cut it on the bottom at the same spot. Try not to bend it too much.This classy display clip stand is made from a candle holder, dowel and bobby pin and it can not only display he free printable motivational quotes below but photos and more!

This is how it looks when you’re finished cutting.  You can easily slip a paper in the top part. This classy display clip stand is made from a candle holder, dowel and bobby pin and it can not only display he free printable motivational quotes below but photos and more!

Apply glue to the back of your bobby pin with a toothpick or paperclip. This classy display clip stand is made from a candle holder, dowel and bobby pin and it can not only display he free printable motivational quotes below but photos and more!

Stick the bobby pin onto the top of your dowel as shown. This classy display clip stand is made from a candle holder, dowel and bobby pin and it can not only display he free printable motivational quotes below but photos and more!

Paint the bobby pin gold to match, being careful not to get it between the pins.This classy display clip stand is made from a candle holder, dowel and bobby pin and it can not only display he free printable motivational quotes below but photos and more!

If you do get paint between the pin, just slide something in until it dries to assure it does not stick together.This classy display clip stand is made from a candle holder, dowel and bobby pin and it can not only display he free printable motivational quotes below but photos and more!

Cut out your quotes from our free download packet. This classy display clip stand is made from a candle holder, dowel and bobby pin and it can not only display he free printable motivational quotes below but photos and more!

We give you ten choices of quotes to switch in and out of your holder. This classy display clip stand is made from a candle holder, dowel and bobby pin and it can not only display he free printable motivational quotes below but photos and more!

They easily slip in and out of the clip when you want to change one.

This classy display clip stand is made from a candle holder, dowel and bobby pin and it can not only display he free printable motivational quotes below but photos and more!

This classy display clip stand is made from a candle holder, dowel and bobby pin and it can not only display he free printable motivational quotes below but photos and more!

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These upcycled plastic soda bottles make unique Christmas gift wrapping ideas and are perfect for our healthy chocolate fudge recipe as a neighbor gift!blank630x20If you’re always on the lookout for unique Christmas gift wrapping ideas, we’ve got some that will blow you away! Whether it’s for a small gift for a family member or a next door neighbor treat, the packaging will put a smile on the face of the receiver as much as the contents. They are made from plastic soda bottles and are as cute as can be. We have three versions, a clear square and a small petal flap and a tall mixture of both. We’ve also got some fun ways to fancy them up. If you’d like one more awesome way to use a soda bottle for gift giving, check out our other Creative Gift Wrapping Ideas! FYI we put our Quick Healthy 3 Ingredient Chocolate Fudge Recipe in one of ours!

 

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Style 1: Tall Mixed Style Container

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We used a typical 2 Liter bottle for this one. Many of these have lines around them near the bottom or top. We use those as a base line for measuring, depending on how tall we want our container to be.  Mark your container circle into four equal parts. Then mark it where you will be folding it at.

These upcycled plastic soda bottles make unique Christmas gift wrapping ideas and are perfect for our healthy chocolate fudge recipe as a neighbor gift!

Fold straight down to your marked area on each “corner” area. These upcycled plastic soda bottles make unique Christmas gift wrapping ideas and are perfect for our healthy chocolate fudge recipe as a neighbor gift!

Once you fold one side you can easily fold the other straight across from it. These upcycled plastic soda bottles make unique Christmas gift wrapping ideas and are perfect for our healthy chocolate fudge recipe as a neighbor gift!

When you are finished you will have a perfect square on the top. The bottom of the container is the bottom of the bottle. These upcycled plastic soda bottles make unique Christmas gift wrapping ideas and are perfect for our healthy chocolate fudge recipe as a neighbor gift!

Cut each corner down to where you marked it. This will be how “high” the container will be.  My bottle is still too high so I’ll end of trimming the petal flaps even more. These upcycled plastic soda bottles make unique Christmas gift wrapping ideas and are perfect for our healthy chocolate fudge recipe as a neighbor gift!

Keep in mind that the points where you cut are VERY SHARP. They will poke and draw blood. You’ll be fixing those in a minute. But be careful in the meantime. These upcycled plastic soda bottles make unique Christmas gift wrapping ideas and are perfect for our healthy chocolate fudge recipe as a neighbor gift!

Fold the flaps over to the inside and crease the edges sharply using a bone folder tool or the handle of a metal butter knife to press them down.

These upcycled plastic soda bottles make unique Christmas gift wrapping ideas and are perfect for our healthy chocolate fudge recipe as a neighbor gift!      You will now pop the flaps back out and trim them down, curving the edges. The flaps will most likely be too long. Keep trimming them evenly until they fall halfway to the middle of the container. They can barely overlap each other or almost touch.  Make a nice curved shape on the edges so they won’t poke anyone. These upcycled plastic soda bottles make unique Christmas gift wrapping ideas and are perfect for our healthy chocolate fudge recipe as a neighbor gift!

This shows a completed curved edge.These upcycled plastic soda bottles make unique Christmas gift wrapping ideas and are perfect for our healthy chocolate fudge recipe as a neighbor gift!

You can overlap the flaps one at a time to close them.These upcycled plastic soda bottles make unique Christmas gift wrapping ideas and are perfect for our healthy chocolate fudge recipe as a neighbor gift! They should stay closed on their own. These upcycled plastic soda bottles make unique Christmas gift wrapping ideas and are perfect for our healthy chocolate fudge recipe as a neighbor gift!

You can also punch a hole in two of the flaps for tying them together. These upcycled plastic soda bottles make unique Christmas gift wrapping ideas and are perfect for our healthy chocolate fudge recipe as a neighbor gift!

The container can be held together this way also. These upcycled plastic soda bottles make unique Christmas gift wrapping ideas and are perfect for our healthy chocolate fudge recipe as a neighbor gift!

 I used ours for a 3 ingredient  Chocolate Fudge Recipe you can get here. This is a perfect holiday neighbor gift. These upcycled plastic soda bottles make unique Christmas gift wrapping ideas and are perfect for our healthy chocolate fudge recipe as a neighbor gift!

To make it even more special, I happened upon these ornament cards from Shutterfly and fell in love with them.  They are 50% off and typically stay that way during the holidays. There are many choices and you get to customize both sides and even add a photo if desired, which I did. Attach one to your gift and it doubles as a card/tag for neighbors and friends.  (I love it when companies make me look good for a low cost.)These upcycled plastic soda bottles make unique Christmas gift wrapping ideas and are perfect for our healthy chocolate fudge recipe as a neighbor gift!

Hey, who’s that good looking dude I’m with?  This is the back side of the Shutterfly card /tag. Their online system lets you design it up very easily. You can add all kinds of text in a huge variety of styles.  (FYI, the tag I used is called “Merry Chalkboard Berries”.  Again, it’s one of their Ornament Cards.  Brilliant idea. christmas-gift-wrapping-ideas-using-soda-bottles-44blank630x20

 

Style 2: Small Petal Box

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I used a tall slim 32oz bottle for this one though any size will work. (Walmart has a wonderful slim tall 33oz size in their own brand that I use for quite a few crafts for 88 cents each.) Mark the bottle as high as you want it and cut around. In this case I cut off quite a bit as I wanted a fairly short gift container. The flaps themselves will only be 1.5″ or so long. The rest  will be the height you wish the bottle to be.

These upcycled plastic soda bottles make unique Christmas gift wrapping ideas and are perfect for our healthy chocolate fudge recipe as a neighbor gift!

For the petals you need six flaps, so measure around and divide the bottle into six even sections and mark accordingly. (Finally… that math you took in school comes in handy!)  In all honesty it does NOT have to be exactly even. I eyeballed it to tell you the truth. These upcycled plastic soda bottles make unique Christmas gift wrapping ideas and are perfect for our healthy chocolate fudge recipe as a neighbor gift!

Remember, because we are making a short bottle we used the line that was already at the base of the bottle as our guide line  to cut down to. Had that not been there we would have measured and marked around it with a dry erase marker. If you wanted the container taller you would just need to measure up from that line and cut higher.

Cut down to your base line. Also remember that those edges are sharp until you curve them! The petals will need to fold over about half way into the middle of the bottle. Trim them if they are too long. These upcycled plastic soda bottles make unique Christmas gift wrapping ideas and are perfect for our healthy chocolate fudge recipe as a neighbor gift!

Bend over each of the six flaps to the inside and press firmly with a bone folder, as you see me using, or a butter knife handle to get a nice clean edge. These upcycled plastic soda bottles make unique Christmas gift wrapping ideas and are perfect for our healthy chocolate fudge recipe as a neighbor gift!

Pull the flaps back out and trim around the sharp pointed edges making rounded petal shapes. You can draw on with a dry erase marker first if you’d like a pattern to follow. Remember, dry erase marker wipes right off when you’re done!These upcycled plastic soda bottles make unique Christmas gift wrapping ideas and are perfect for our healthy chocolate fudge recipe as a neighbor gift!

After your petals are trimmed and creased you can fold them one at a time, overlapping each, and they will close over the top. These upcycled plastic soda bottles make unique Christmas gift wrapping ideas and are perfect for our healthy chocolate fudge recipe as a neighbor gift!

This is the finished container.

These upcycled plastic soda bottles make unique Christmas gift wrapping ideas and are perfect for our healthy chocolate fudge recipe as a neighbor gift!

It can hold not only treats but small gifts. These upcycled plastic soda bottles make unique Christmas gift wrapping ideas and are perfect for our healthy chocolate fudge recipe as a neighbor gift!

Since we made this at Christmas time, the more we looked at this one the more we thought it resembled the bottom of Santa’s pants. So we added a black ribbon belt. We toyed with the idea of a big red pom pom or a white bow. The bow won out.

These upcycled plastic soda bottles make unique Christmas gift wrapping ideas and are perfect for our healthy chocolate fudge recipe as a neighbor gift!

We  painted black on the four bumps to signify the boot parts and added a paper buckle. These upcycled plastic soda bottles make unique Christmas gift wrapping ideas and are perfect for our healthy chocolate fudge recipe as a neighbor gift!blank630x20christmas-gift-wrapping-ideas-using-soda-bottles-38

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Style 3: Square Box

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This next container was made from another tall 32 oz bottle though you’d never know it!  Measure and cut off both ends of your bottle making it the size you want. Then measure around making four even marks using a dry erase marker and crease each one as shown on above bottles. Make sure to get a nice sharp crease. I love using my bone folder for that but anything hard will work.

These upcycled plastic soda bottles make unique Christmas gift wrapping ideas and are perfect for our healthy chocolate fudge recipe as a neighbor gift!

This shows two of the the nice creases. These upcycled plastic soda bottles make unique Christmas gift wrapping ideas and are perfect for our healthy chocolate fudge recipe as a neighbor gift! Now you’ve got a complete square. These upcycled plastic soda bottles make unique Christmas gift wrapping ideas and are perfect for our healthy chocolate fudge recipe as a neighbor gift!

For the bottom flaps you need to measure up on each corner. For my small container I measured up about 1.5″  then cut.These upcycled plastic soda bottles make unique Christmas gift wrapping ideas and are perfect for our healthy chocolate fudge recipe as a neighbor gift!

Fold them over like the top part and crease. Again, remember the points are very sharp. Overlap them to close and seal. The bottom could actually be glued if desired to keep it together. Round the very tips of the pointy parts for safety. These upcycled plastic soda bottles make unique Christmas gift wrapping ideas and are perfect for our healthy chocolate fudge recipe as a neighbor gift!

Curve the four top flaps either on just the edges or you can also make petal shapes if desired. These upcycled plastic soda bottles make unique Christmas gift wrapping ideas and are perfect for our healthy chocolate fudge recipe as a neighbor gift!

Overlap them to close the top. These upcycled plastic soda bottles make unique Christmas gift wrapping ideas and are perfect for our healthy chocolate fudge recipe as a neighbor gift!

  We added a bit of gold Washi tape around the middle. These upcycled plastic soda bottles make unique Christmas gift wrapping ideas and are perfect for our healthy chocolate fudge recipe as a neighbor gift!

Two small holes were punched  in two of the flaps to tie on a matching gold ribbon and bell. These upcycled plastic soda bottles make unique Christmas gift wrapping ideas and are perfect for our healthy chocolate fudge recipe as a neighbor gift!blank630x20These upcycled plastic soda bottles make unique Christmas gift wrapping ideas and are perfect for our healthy chocolate fudge recipe as a neighbor gift!These upcycled plastic soda bottles make unique Christmas gift wrapping ideas and are perfect for our healthy chocolate fudge recipe as a neighbor gift!

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We'll show you how to make the prettiest little rustic upcycled burlap Christmas tree you've ever seen using six hangers. Add bells & a star to complete it.

This rustic little tree is made with six plastic hangers, some twinkle lights and burlap. It’s a great little, easy upcycle project and would make a perfect tree for a small family or an extra tree for another room in the home. Set it in a window and light it up for a beautiful eye catcher as people drive by. Make some of our rustic Twig & Twine Wooden Reindeer to go with it or adorn it with Christmas Spiders. Now that would be unique!

Burlap Christmas Tree Supplies

NOTE ON BURLAP: Use tight weave burlap. We bought a roll of 12″ at Walmart that had silver threads running through it. It was 10′ long. We cut it into two 6″ strips and it just did one tree. However, we did not overlap ours very much going up. In retrospect I would have put them a little closer, which means I would have needed a bit more.  You can also use thinner strips but you will also have to use more burlap to cover the tree that way.

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Instructions

You are going to take two hangers and lay them as shown on top of each other. I’m using a blue and white one so you can see how they lay out easier.

We'll show you how to make the prettiest little rustic upcycled burlap Christmas tree you've ever seen using six hangers. Add bells & a star to complete it.

Cut some chenille stems for tying your hangers together. We'll show you how to make the prettiest little rustic upcycled burlap Christmas tree you've ever seen using six hangers. Add bells & a star to complete it.

Tie them in the spots shown. We'll show you how to make the prettiest little rustic upcycled burlap Christmas tree you've ever seen using six hangers. Add bells & a star to complete it.

Two on each side and one on the top.We'll show you how to make the prettiest little rustic upcycled burlap Christmas tree you've ever seen using six hangers. Add bells & a star to complete it.

Make three sets like this. These form the three sides of your tree.We'll show you how to make the prettiest little rustic upcycled burlap Christmas tree you've ever seen using six hangers. Add bells & a star to complete it.

You will not attach the side together using more chenille stems plus the ones already attached.We'll show you how to make the prettiest little rustic upcycled burlap Christmas tree you've ever seen using six hangers. Add bells & a star to complete it.

The side ones can be twisted together if you left them long enough. We'll show you how to make the prettiest little rustic upcycled burlap Christmas tree you've ever seen using six hangers. Add bells & a star to complete it.

If the side pieces are too small you can just add more chenille stems.We'll show you how to make the prettiest little rustic upcycled burlap Christmas tree you've ever seen using six hangers. Add bells & a star to complete it.

You will now attach the top parts together using new chenille stems as shown.We'll show you how to make the prettiest little rustic upcycled burlap Christmas tree you've ever seen using six hangers. Add bells & a star to complete it.

Attach the three together, twisting the chenille stems tightly. We'll show you how to make the prettiest little rustic upcycled burlap Christmas tree you've ever seen using six hangers. Add bells & a star to complete it.

This is how it will stand up once it’s secured. We'll show you how to make the prettiest little rustic upcycled burlap Christmas tree you've ever seen using six hangers. Add bells & a star to complete it.

Taking a 3rd piece of chenille stem, tie the entire thing together. We'll show you how to make the prettiest little rustic upcycled burlap Christmas tree you've ever seen using six hangers. Add bells & a star to complete it.

Tie it together at the bottom also. We'll show you how to make the prettiest little rustic upcycled burlap Christmas tree you've ever seen using six hangers. Add bells & a star to complete it.

Here is your tree base!We'll show you how to make the prettiest little rustic upcycled burlap Christmas tree you've ever seen using six hangers. Add bells & a star to complete it.

Get your burlap ready. We used a 12″ by 10′ piece.We'll show you how to make the prettiest little rustic upcycled burlap Christmas tree you've ever seen using six hangers. Add bells & a star to complete it.

We folded it in half and cut it so each piece is 6″ wide. We'll show you how to make the prettiest little rustic upcycled burlap Christmas tree you've ever seen using six hangers. Add bells & a star to complete it.

Cut a few more pieces of chenille stems for attaching your lights to your frame. We'll show you how to make the prettiest little rustic upcycled burlap Christmas tree you've ever seen using six hangers. Add bells & a star to complete it.

Weave your lights in and out around your frame. You would also put them into the center but I was concerned they would not be bright enough to show through. We'll show you how to make the prettiest little rustic upcycled burlap Christmas tree you've ever seen using six hangers. Add bells & a star to complete it.

Attach your lights where needed to keep them from slipping. You can also hot glue your chenille stems in place to help. We'll show you how to make the prettiest little rustic upcycled burlap Christmas tree you've ever seen using six hangers. Add bells & a star to complete it.

Keep weaving your lights around, in and out and down. We'll show you how to make the prettiest little rustic upcycled burlap Christmas tree you've ever seen using six hangers. Add bells & a star to complete it.

As I tried to push a big wad of the lights through my frame it broke one of my hangers. I tied it back together with a chenille stem and held it with hot glue. We'll show you how to make the prettiest little rustic upcycled burlap Christmas tree you've ever seen using six hangers. Add bells & a star to complete it.

Keep in mind all of the lights that stick out will be pushed to the inside as you cover your frame with burlap. We'll show you how to make the prettiest little rustic upcycled burlap Christmas tree you've ever seen using six hangers. Add bells & a star to complete it.

Make the frame more sturdy by gluing the sides together in places as shown.We'll show you how to make the prettiest little rustic upcycled burlap Christmas tree you've ever seen using six hangers. Add bells & a star to complete it.

More gluing. We'll show you how to make the prettiest little rustic upcycled burlap Christmas tree you've ever seen using six hangers. Add bells & a star to complete it.

I ironed my 6″ piece in half for a nice sharp edge then cut up in 1″ slits about 1″ from the top. ONLY CUT ONE LAYER.We'll show you how to make the prettiest little rustic upcycled burlap Christmas tree you've ever seen using six hangers. Add bells & a star to complete it.

This shows how I only cut one layer. This assures that the frame does not show through. We'll show you how to make the prettiest little rustic upcycled burlap Christmas tree you've ever seen using six hangers. Add bells & a star to complete it.

Begin gluing your burlap around your frame. You will cut each side piece separate and wrap it around for gluing.We'll show you how to make the prettiest little rustic upcycled burlap Christmas tree you've ever seen using six hangers. Add bells & a star to complete it.

Make sure each side is glued well.We'll show you how to make the prettiest little rustic upcycled burlap Christmas tree you've ever seen using six hangers. Add bells & a star to complete it.

Overlap each piece as you go around so none of the frame shows through.We'll show you how to make the prettiest little rustic upcycled burlap Christmas tree you've ever seen using six hangers. Add bells & a star to complete it.

Push the lights into the back if they stick out too much.We'll show you how to make the prettiest little rustic upcycled burlap Christmas tree you've ever seen using six hangers. Add bells & a star to complete it.

After you have done one row move onto the next, overlapping. We'll show you how to make the prettiest little rustic upcycled burlap Christmas tree you've ever seen using six hangers. Add bells & a star to complete it.

Keep going around as before, overlapping the sides. As you can see, I didn’t cut enough on one row and the frame showed through. See the next photo for the fix.We'll show you how to make the prettiest little rustic upcycled burlap Christmas tree you've ever seen using six hangers. Add bells & a star to complete it.

I cut a single strip to cover the open spot. We'll show you how to make the prettiest little rustic upcycled burlap Christmas tree you've ever seen using six hangers. Add bells & a star to complete it.

As you get closer to the top you will  need smaller strips. Near the very top one strip will cover three sides and possibly all four. We'll show you how to make the prettiest little rustic upcycled burlap Christmas tree you've ever seen using six hangers. Add bells & a star to complete it.

Usually, one last piece will wrap around the top completely.We'll show you how to make the prettiest little rustic upcycled burlap Christmas tree you've ever seen using six hangers. Add bells & a star to complete it.

You will have to curve it in a way that it makes the point. Make sure you aim the back of it towards the actual back of your tree.We'll show you how to make the prettiest little rustic upcycled burlap Christmas tree you've ever seen using six hangers. Add bells & a star to complete it.

You can now glue on your bells. Do this while the tree is on its side as the glue will run. Also, metal is a heat conductor so use something to help hold the bells as they will be hot from the hot glue as you hold them!We'll show you how to make the prettiest little rustic upcycled burlap Christmas tree you've ever seen using six hangers. Add bells & a star to complete it.

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We'll show you how to make the prettiest little rustic upcycled burlap Christmas tree you've ever seen using six hangers. Add bells & a star to complete it.

Attach a chenille stem to your star.We'll show you how to make the prettiest little rustic upcycled burlap Christmas tree you've ever seen using six hangers. Add bells & a star to complete it.

Insert it down into your tree top.We'll show you how to make the prettiest little rustic upcycled burlap Christmas tree you've ever seen using six hangers. Add bells & a star to complete it.

We'll show you how to make the prettiest little rustic upcycled burlap Christmas tree you've ever seen using six hangers. Add bells & a star to complete it.

 

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This fun portable recipe holder is made from an old brass candle stick holder and some clay! It's super easy and we've got free matching recipe cards also!I’ve tried many recipe holders in my kitchen, the most recent was attaching a clip to my cupboard. The problem is I move around a lot while cooking. I decided what I needed was a portable recipe holder. I also needed one that would hold not only cards but also sheets of paper of various sizes. Well, I found one that does the job and does it with style and it’s got to be one of the cutest upcycles ever! All you need is a small brass candle stick holder that you can find at almost any thrift store.  (You might recall that we made a Classy Jewelry Stand from one of the larger ones earlier this year.)

This recipe holder is lightweight and you can easily move it around, and when it’s not being used it looks darling sitting on our counter. Not to mention, talk about a wonderful unique gift! We also have some free matching recipe cards you can print out to go with it.

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  • Brass Candle Holder Amazon has the larger type which would still work fine as  you can use the base to hold a mixing spoon.
  • Large Kabob Stick (To fit inside the straw to give it stability. A very small dowel would also work. )
  • Red Paper Straw
  • Small Clothespin. We used a 2″ size.
  • White Oven Bake Clay  (Bakes 15 min. per 1/4″ thickness) I use both Sculpty and Fimo. Both bake up super quick. For one recipe holder you need a small square that comes in a set of colors. Or you can purchase just white.
  • Shades of Brown Paint for base (or the cone) Markers can also be used over the base, lighter brown for cross hatching to resemble a cone.
  • Hot Glue Gun
  •  Rice (Painted to make sprinkles!) We used markers to color them.
  • Clear gloss spray to give it a nice shine.

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This fun portable recipe holder is made from an old brass candle stick holder and some clay! It's super easy and we've got free matching recipe cards also!

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This is what we started out with! You can find this at many thrift stores. I paid 50 cents for this one.

This fun portable recipe holder is made from an old brass candle stick holder and some clay! It's super easy and we've got free matching recipe cards also!

Gather up a few supplies. This fun portable recipe holder is made from an old brass candle stick holder and some clay! It's super easy and we've got free matching recipe cards also!

Roll out your clay to make your ice cream. This fun portable recipe holder is made from an old brass candle stick holder and some clay! It's super easy and we've got free matching recipe cards also!

Shape the clay as shown, twirling it around. This fun portable recipe holder is made from an old brass candle stick holder and some clay! It's super easy and we've got free matching recipe cards also!

Keep swirling your ice cream around. This fun portable recipe holder is made from an old brass candle stick holder and some clay! It's super easy and we've got free matching recipe cards also!

Make it fit onto your candle holder. This fun portable recipe holder is made from an old brass candle stick holder and some clay! It's super easy and we've got free matching recipe cards also!

If the straw is strong enough, use it to push a hole into the clay at the angle it will be placed in your ice cream. It needs to go all the way through. You can also use a dowel that is the same size as your straw to make the hole. Now take your ice cream top and bake it in a 275 degree oven for 15 minutes for each 1/4″ of thickness. We baked ours for about an hour. This fun portable recipe holder is made from an old brass candle stick holder and some clay! It's super easy and we've got free matching recipe cards also!

While your clay is baking you can paint your base to resemble a cone and dish. The top portion was painted a lighter brown. This fun portable recipe holder is made from an old brass candle stick holder and some clay! It's super easy and we've got free matching recipe cards also!

We took some permanent markers and used plastic gloves to help color the rice. We could just roll the rice around between our fingers. If you use water color markers, you won’t need the gloves. Color a few grains of rice whatever colors you wish for your sprinkles. This fun portable recipe holder is made from an old brass candle stick holder and some clay! It's super easy and we've got free matching recipe cards also!

Glue your rice on however you want. This fun portable recipe holder is made from an old brass candle stick holder and some clay! It's super easy and we've got free matching recipe cards also!

Add lines to the top part of your cone and paint the bottom of your “dish” white. This fun portable recipe holder is made from an old brass candle stick holder and some clay! It's super easy and we've got free matching recipe cards also!Glue your ice cream to your candle holder. This fun portable recipe holder is made from an old brass candle stick holder and some clay! It's super easy and we've got free matching recipe cards also!

Glue a 2″ clothes pin to the top. Make sure to put a coat of gloss over everything. This fun portable recipe holder is made from an old brass candle stick holder and some clay! It's super easy and we've got free matching recipe cards also!

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This fun portable recipe holder is made from an old brass candle stick holder and some clay! It's super easy and we've got free matching recipe cards also!

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This fun portable recipe holder is made from an old brass candle stick holder and some clay! It's super easy and we've got free matching recipe cards also!

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This fun portable recipe holder is made from an old brass candle stick holder and some clay! It's super easy and we've got free matching recipe cards also!

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  This fun portable recipe holder is made from an old brass candle stick holder and some clay! It's super easy and we've got free matching recipe cards also!

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Learn how to make durable Chinese lanterns from soda cans! Paint them any color and fill with LED tea lights. Great upcycle decor for all occasions. blank630x20

Learn how to make durable Chinese lanterns from soda cans! Paint them any color and fill with LED tea lights. Great upcycle decor for all occasions and unlike paper lanterns they last a long time. You can also hang them as is without lighting for a daytime event. We used LED tea lights with timers for these. Just like the ones used for our Upcycled Ceiling Fan.

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NOTE ABOUT SHARP EDGES: Most soda cans are now made with very thin, soft aluminum. It would be difficult to get cut on them.

Note on these specific tea lights: I’ve not had mine long enough to determine the usage on these specific lights  but from what I read it will be about two to three months if they are kept on the timer 24/7.  The way the timer works is you turn them on at the time you want them to stay lit for 6 hours. They will then auto shut off for 18 hours and come on again the next day.

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You can measure around the can and make tiny marks where you will cut. You can also just eyeball it and cut, which is what I did.  Make sure to keep the tab on!

Learn how to make durable Chinese lanterns from soda cans! Paint them any color and fill with LED tea lights. Great upcycle decor for all occasions.blank630x20

Fill the can with water  to about 1/2″ from the top and freeze. If you fill it too full it can split the can.Learn how to make durable Chinese lanterns from soda cans! Paint them any color and fill with LED tea lights. Great upcycle decor for all occasions.blank630x20

Frozen water in can.Learn how to make durable Chinese lanterns from soda cans! Paint them any color and fill with LED tea lights. Great upcycle decor for all occasions.blank630x20

Make cuts with a knife about 1/2″ apart and about 1″ or so from the top and bottom.Learn how to make durable Chinese lanterns from soda cans! Paint them any color and fill with LED tea lights. Great upcycle decor for all occasions.blank630x20

Set the can in the sink to let the ice melt.Learn how to make durable Chinese lanterns from soda cans! Paint them any color and fill with LED tea lights. Great upcycle decor for all occasions.blank630x20

Once the ice is melted paint the can. Handle the tab very carefully as you want it to stay firmly affixed to the can for hanging.Learn how to make durable Chinese lanterns from soda cans! Paint them any color and fill with LED tea lights. Great upcycle decor for all occasions.blank630x20 Learn how to make durable Chinese lanterns from soda cans! Paint them any color and fill with LED tea lights. Great upcycle decor for all occasions.blank630x20 Learn how to make durable Chinese lanterns from soda cans! Paint them any color and fill with LED tea lights. Great upcycle decor for all occasions.blank630x20

Carefully push down, making sure the cuts go outward. Learn how to make durable Chinese lanterns from soda cans! Paint them any color and fill with LED tea lights. Great upcycle decor for all occasions.blank630x20

Add battery operate tea lights if desired. Learn how to make durable Chinese lanterns from soda cans! Paint them any color and fill with LED tea lights. Great upcycle decor for all occasions.blank630x20

Carefully place them in the lantern.Learn how to make durable Chinese lanterns from soda cans! Paint them any color and fill with LED tea lights. Great upcycle decor for all occasions.blank630x20

Learn how to make durable Chinese lanterns from soda cans! Paint them any color and fill with LED tea lights. Great upcycle decor for all occasions.blank630x20

blank630x20 Learn how to make durable Chinese lanterns from soda cans! Paint them any color and fill with LED tea lights. Great upcycle decor for all occasions.blank630x20 Learn how to make durable Chinese lanterns from soda cans! Paint them any color and fill with LED tea lights. Great upcycle decor for all occasions.blank630x20

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