Creative Summer Flower Vases

Making something old stylish! Upcycling bottles

Make stylish flower vases out of old bottles. Upcycling is bang on trend! And for good reason! Because if you can make something new and great out of ‘rubbish’ or old things, then that’s a good thing for the environment, and if it’s as pretty as these flower vases made out of old bottles, then you will impress your friends at the next summer party on your terrace! Sophia from maybeyoulike presents a very special idea using Fluffy Flakes!

Step-by-step instruction

Instructions from Sophia from Maybe-you-like.com

atom/icons/craft Easy
atom/icons/time 45 min.

You need that

  • Old, elegant bottles
  • Acrylic Paint, White
  • Starter Set "Grass"
  • Dispensing Adhesive
  • Bows
  • Glue gun
  • Mini cows
  • ...and flowers, of course!

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1. The ingredients: waste glass, paint and imagination!

You can get cracking as soon as you’ve found a few empty (and preferably elegant) bottles in the size you want for your vases. I found a few green ones and a transparent one. The first thing that needs to be done is to get the labels off the bottles. Put them in a warm water bath into which you have added a few drops of washing-up liquid. Then just leave the labels to soak for a bit. They are then very easy to pull off, and if not, the rough side of a sponge helps!
As soon as the labels are off, get hold of a paintbrush and White Acrylic Paint. I painted one of the bottles completely white. To avoid getting any splodges on the table, it’s best to lay down some newspaper.

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2. Fluffy Flakes for bottle number two!

My second bottle is going to be flocked with summer grass fibres. This makes it fluffy and very pretty! Ideally, the bottle you’re using for this is already green.
I used the Starter Set "Grass", where you’ll find everything you need to flock the bottle: glue, Green Fluffy Flakes and a Puffer Bottle. First, unscrew the lid from the Puffer Bottle and remove the sieve insert. Now fill the yellow Puffer Bottle up to a maximum of two-thirds full with grass fibres. The sieve can then go back in; you can leave the lid down. Now coat the second green glass bottle with the enclosed glue, shake the yellow Puffer Bottle vigorously, and then sprinkle the fibres onto the wet glue on the bottle by squeezing and pumping it. All of this can be seen very clearly in the video. By the way, it’s best to put a shoe box underneath your bottle while flocking; otherwise the little fibres will fly all over the place.

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3. SUMMER! Big style! And green!

In the meantime, the other bottle you painted white is hopefully dry. I put mine on a stick earlier and in turn put it in the soil in the garden: the sun helped it dry. :)
You can now write with the Dispensing Adhesive like a thick pen; you don’t have to press very hard until something comes out. Letters can be written on the bottle with it. Anyone who’s good at lettering will definitely get more out of this, but the fact that SUMMER is finally here is enough for me! Yes, sir, and that’s why the word is so big on the bottle-vase!

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4. The decorative details

Yes! We are from the Allgäu! So, what’s missing after the (beer) bottle? Of course – cows! They are now added to the meadow on the bottle – erm, VASE – in miniature via a hot glue gun! :)

Your crafted results

Your summer terrace party can get started now! The upcycled vases have turned out super snazzy. Since I really like pink, I quickly found matching flowers, straws and decorations for the drinks as well. Something light and airy is ideal as table decoration – white is always great! What else is missing? Why, drinks, of course! Gin and tonic is always a good idea on balmy summer evenings and we’ve discovered a really great one in Berlin: Elixier Gin!

But for now, have a nice summer evening!

Best wishes,
Sophia

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