Monday, April 23, 2012

{craft time} water-bottle "flowers"

Wish there was such thing as beautiful, blooming flowers that didn't die? Let me introduce you to these plastic flower petals made from recycled water bottles. My friend discovered these in a craft book called Upcycling by Danny Seo. These are so simple to make and you can get as creative as you'd like with them. We made them today at an event that we held on campus and everyone had so much fun experimenting with them. My friend also used a decoupage technique with old newspapers which worked out great.

1. Paint tree branches green. These will be your flower "stems."

2. With bottle caps still attached, cut water bottles in half.

3. Use a hot glue gun to attach the top of the bottle cap to the edge of your branch.

4. Start cutting petal shapes out of the plastic. When you're done with this, bend the "petals" out so that they resemble a flower.

5. Now's your chance to get creative- you can paint the petals different colors or decoupage old newspapers or magazine pages onto them.

6. Display your new flowers in a vase or a recycled glass container. Now you can just let them sit pretty on your desk or nightstand 'til the cows come home.


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