Friday, February 15, 2013

Plastic Bottle Flowers

I wrote this tutorial about 3 years ago and had it over on my business blog. Clearly it makes more sense to have it over here on my crafty blog so...enjoy!

My husband and I were at the mall and I saw these really cute flowers in the window of Anthropologie.  On closer inspection I realized they were made of pop bottles!  How cool is that?!  Well we don't generally drink pop here but my dad came over and brought some 20 oz. bottles with him so I thought maybe I could try it?  I think it turned out well.  Here is what I did...

I Cut the top off of the bottle.  I found a serrated knife worked best.  Obviously be careful!  This is not a good craft for kids as you end up with a very pointy finished project.

Peel off label. 

I used the rigdes at the bottom as a guide to cut line from the top cut end to the bottom end all the way around.  I then folded each flap down and held it with a clothes pin. 

Get the clothes pin on really good as I had a few fly off. Do this all the way around and keep them like this for a couple of minutes to ensure they stay like this once removed.

I then cut the petals.  I made mine pointed as you can see but you can cut them rounded or any other way you want.  I them folded it down in the middle and held each one with a clothes pin.  Do this all the way around.

Here is the finished product!  Kind of cute huh?  Anthropologie had  bunch of these in groups in different colors, sizes, and shaped.  It looked really great.  I think this would be wonderful at a baby shower or wedding for the super eco peeps out there!

I also think that I might leave a note for hubby to drill a hole in the bottom of this so I can try putting a christmas light though it.  I can just see his face when he reads that note!  The thought of it makes me laugh till I have tears in my eyes!  I' m not the only one out there whose husband just doesn't get some of the things she does am I? 


1 comment:

  1. After your hubby drills those holes :) try layering different sizes and colors of bottles inside one another. If your green bottle is largest it makes nice leaves. I have made suncatchers with plastic bottles, using a mix of food coloring and modgepodge for clear effects or food coloring and elmer's glue for opaque effects. You can also cut the leftover bottles into petals and affix them with hot glue or creative tucking in. Heating them with a blowdryer (outside so you don't asphyxiate yourself) can create some interesting shapes, too. Have fun!