Repurposed DASANI Water Bottles
DASANI believes in not only promoting the recycling of its bottles, but also promoting the many cool items the recycled bottles can become. That’s why they partner with companies with similar mindsets, such as New Balance.
DASANI and New Balance have partnered together for the launch of newSKYTM, a line of footwear made from recycled plastic bottles. Together, they are working to both show consumers that there can be all kinds of exciting ways to recycle materials into new uses, and that we all need to do our part in protecting our environment.
I decided to tackle another Repurposed DASANI Water Bottle project (check out my Recycled Water Bottle Butterflies I made recently). This time, with Mother’s Day coming up, I wanted to create some eco-friendly gift wrapping by making Recycled Water Bottle Flowers.
I started with the small 12 ounce bottles. These were the perfect size. There are several ways of making flowers, just use your imagination. First I cut the bottles in half and started cutting. Use both the top and bottom for your flowers.
Paint or decorate your flowers any way you wish with craft paint, spray paint, and/or glitter. I used a metallic paint. For the center, I folded colored scrapbook paper lengthwise and fringed it with scissors. Next, roll the fringed paper as shown and insert it into the center of your flower. I used hot glue to attach the flowers to my gift wrapped packages.
Wait! There’s more…
New Facebook Photo App
Get creative with Facebook’s new timeline feature and support a good cause by ‘recycling’ your Facebook photos into an eye-catching image to top off your profile. For each photomontage created through the app, DASANI® will make a donation to the national non-profit organization, Keep America Beautiful in support of recycling initiatives on college campuses throughout the U.S.
Fans who have ‘liked’ the DASANI® Facebook page can access the application on the Photosynthesis tab of the Facebook page. First, fans will select a photo from either their Facebook albums or a design from DASANI®, to create into a photo-mosaic. The Photosynthesis app will ‘recycle’ all of the fan’s existing Facebook photos into a stunning mosaic that fits perfectly as a cover image on their profile. Each time a fan participates, DASANI® will donate $1 to the nationally recognized nonprofit, Keep American Beautiful, in support of their Bin Grant Program on college campuses.
In addition, the fan’s profile photo will be added to the DASANI® mosaic of supporters, which will be featured on the Photosynthesis tab.
Thanks to DASANI for sponsoring today’s post!
I was originally inspired by this great post from Instructables, one of my favorite websites. I am throwing a garden themed party this year for my daughter’s birthday and thought that these would be perfect. They would also make cute adornments for gifts.
Here is how I made these cute Recycled Water Bottle Butterflies.
Make sure your DASANI water bottle is clean and dry. Using a utility knife, cut off the rounded top and bottom of the water bottle so that you have a perfect cylinder. Next, cut that cylinder in half, lengthwise to make two pieces.
Next, cut each piece in half to make four pieces. This will now be four butterflies. Fold each piece in half as shown. Cut a “V” shape on the top and bottom, and then another on each side. You can cut and shape the butterfly wings as you like. Gently sand each butterfly. This will help the paint to adhere nicely to the plastic. Make sure you clean off any debris before you start to paint.
I used craft paint and glitter to decorate each butterfly. For the bodies, I hot glued black plastic beads together and then hot glued twine in a “V” shape for the antennas. IMPORTANT: When hot gluing the body to the butterfly, place the hot glue on the bead and then glue onto the plastic. Do not put hot glue directly onto the plastic or it will melt.
Here are some after photos. The tutorial is for the liter bottle; however I made some with the small 12 oz. bottles too! Check them out (bottom right photo)! If you add a few more beads, the 12 oz. bottles make perfect dragonflies.
Why I chose DASANI:
DASANI has partnered with a variety of organizations to promote the importance of recycling:
• Coca-Cola Recycling: Since 2007, Coca-Cola Recycling has worked with the Coca-Cola system and community partners to increase the collection of beverage packaging for use again in North America. They currently manage 30 dedicated recycling centers, a commercial brokerage network, an online recycling bin fulfillment site and the execution of hundreds of local recycling programs around the country.
• Recyclebank: Since 2006, Coca-Cola has partnered with Recyclebank, a meaningful rewards program that motivates people to recycle by rewarding them for their efforts. Recyclebank Points are earned based on the weight of the recyclables and are redeemable for valuable discounts, free products, gift cards and movie tickets, to name just a few.
• Keep America Beautiful/Bin Grant Program: The Coca-Cola/Keep America Beautiful Bin Grant Program donates recycling bins to kick-start recycling programs for local organizations. Through your support, you’ve helped us grant bins to non-profits, government, civic organizations, schools and for profit corporations.
Check out this quick YouTube video!
Thanks to DASANI for sponsoring today’s post!
Spring it here!!! It’s time to put away all those winter sweaters, or in my world upcycle them! Upcycling is taking something old and repurposing it into something new. As you may (or may not) know, I love promoting Etsy handmade sellers because I respect their craft and I just think it’s amazing all the ideas that these talented folks come up with. Here are a few of my favorite items for sale that are currently on Etsy. All of them are hand-crafted from upcycled sweaters… so awesome AND eco-chic (hey, that’s a new term I am officially coining today)!
These cupcake pin cushions made out of felted wool sweaters are a must have for every crafter. Complete with a cherry on top, it doubles as an ornament too!
Spring also means Spring cleaning and organizing! Check out these adorable upcycled hangers made from wool and cashmere by Folk City. What a great idea!
I don’t care how nice it is outside, every cup of coffee needs this eco-friendly coffee cup cozy made out of vintage upcycled sweaters.
Display your Spring flowers in this clever sweater vase made out of the sleeve of a vintage sweater.
And last but not least, just in time for Easter, the Easter bunny is bound to fill up this eco-friendly sweater Easter basket full of goodies made by Seasons of Wool.
So, our new house is coming along. We’ve been doing a lot of small things like changing light fixtures, cleaning carpets, and updating the old mailbox. Here is a picture of the old one.
My husband, for some reason hated this mailbox. Probably because it still had the old owner’s names engraved in it. So we decided to replace it. Ta Da!
Although plain and simple, to us it’s much better! On a side note, if you decide to replace your mailbox, don’t get a plastic mount, spend the extra five bucks for and get a metal one. The plastic one is not secure enough… at all!
Anyway, after replacing the mailbox, I thought it’d be cute to put a little one by my daughter’s playhouse outside. Along the way I found some cute inspiring ideas for repurposing mailboxes that I had to share them.
This playroom mailbox is absolutely adorable. Posted by I Am Momma Hear Me Roar, I can’t think of a better way to repurpose an old mailbox!
Another Play Room Organization idea; one of my favorite sites, Apartment Therapy featured this one.
How cute are these Personalized Mail Boxes by fellow bloggers, Anderson Family Crew??? These would be so cute for Valentine’s Day or organization for a little girl’s room.
Lastly, I love this idea for a wedding; an old tin mailbox for all the cards and gift cards. It’s so simple and beautiful!
And the winner is… SABRINA!!! Thank you to all who entered the Simply Spray giveaway!! For those of you who haven’t, “like” Simply Spray on Facebook and they will donate a $1 to Project Linus!
I have written a prior post on some of my flea market finds. Since then, I have had some other great Flea Market and Thrift Store Finds that I wanted to share with you.
For me, I find a thrill in flea market and thrift store shopping. I love the hunt for a great deal on new old things and even a bigger thrill in creative ways to repurpose some of them. Here are a few of my new old finds.
I scored when I found this old carpenter’s tool box. I see these all the time, but they are usually sixty to one hundred dollars for one this size. I found it in a lonely corner for twenty bucks at the Long Beach Antique swap meet. I use it in my living room to store extra blankets and fabric collected from all over the world.
Antique blue Ball jars are highly collectable. I got a great deal on this one for five dollars at a Junk in the Trunk flea market. I use it as a memory jar to hold concert tickets, hotel keys, and the like.
Mercury glass is timeless and matches any type of décor style. I found these two candle pillars for six dollars at a local Salvation Army.
There is a humor in vintage ads. Frame them in a modern frame and you have a great piece of art (I thnk I need to add a mat to this though).
OK, this isn’t a flea market or thrift store find; rather it is an ice pick that has been in my husband’s family for generations. You can, however find these at flea markets and antique stores. I LOVE this piece, and I think for the past decade or so, it has been repurposed into a paper towel holder (right, Jolene?).
Another Salvation Army score, I found this pedestal table for the low low price of sixty-five dollars! Yay me! Pedestal tables are classic and match several types of décor styles. I’m thinking of painting this one a vibrant color…not sure yet. Any suggestions?
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My little one LOVES to play dress up.
She’ll wear hats…sometimes more than one at a time.
She doesn’t discriminate on the TYPE of hat…
She loves sunglasses and purses…
She loves scarves…
She even wears fairy wings with her PJ’s around the house…
During my spring cleaning, I always bring out a couple boxes. One for things I would donate and one for things I need to throw away. I noticed I had a ton of cheap (but colorful) old shirts that I was throwing away.
I decided to make a skirt that my daughter can wear to play dress up with. This project took no time at all. This Recycled T Shirt Scrap Skirt doesn’t need to be perfect because it’s just for play and it’s very easy and inexpensive to make.
I purchased four child sized head bands at the dollar store for one whole dollar.
Simply place one headband around a large round vase or can.
Cut your recycled T-shirts at the desired length. I cut different lengths.
One by one fold each scrap in half lengthwise and tie them in a knot around your headband as shown.
Here’s a picture of one of my daughter’s best friends playing dress up with it.
Try different colors, patterns, and fabrics. The possibilities are endless. You can use the same tutorial with tulle, to create a tutu as well!
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My family and I were out one day shopping in Costa Mesa. While in route, I almost caused a car accident because I saw a sign on the side of the road that said, “100% Reclaimed Wood”, and yelled out for my husband to stop. Being used to this, he pulled over without question.
The sign led us to a small shop in what looked like an office complex. Outside, on this sunny Sunday afternoon, were several pieces of gorgeous furniture. As my husband and daughter waited in the car, I went inside to check out more.
I can sum up this experience in three words, I WANTED EVERYTHING. The shop, Arenbeology embodied my motto, “Repurpose, Reinvent.” I briefly met a few friendly faces, Ryan Jestin, the Owner and his employee, Ted who invited me to look further at the look book sitting at this beautifully crafted dining table. They both explained that anything can be custom made based on your specifications and that each piece was unique and made from local reclaimed wood from old warehouses and other buildings in California. The pictures shown are some of my favorite pieces on their website.
If you are lucky enough to live locally in Southern California, here is some information.
If not, feel free to visit their website here.
The other day I was doing some spring cleaning and purging. Although I feel like I’m ALWAYS cleaning, I noticed a little bit of dust on my spice rack. Then it dawned on me. I have had that spice rack for over five years and I have NEVER used it. Why do I have a feeling that many of you can relate? Anyway, here it is. Even in the picture you can see how full they are!
Naturally, my next step was to Google “shelf life of spices”. I came across some interesting links. After a little research, I found out and answered the following questions:
1. Are your spices older than three years old? YES
2. Have they lost their color? YES
3. Have they lost their aroma? YES
4. Do you even know what the heck some of them are used for? NO
There you have it… time to get rid of it. Just kidding! Being the hoarder that I am, I could never throw it away! I would repurpose it; but into what? I looked around my craft room and found two containers and two drawers of craft items that I thought would fit perfectly.
I dumped out each container.
And washed and dried each bottle.
My beads, shells, stickers, pins, charms, and the like are all now organized in one place and can easily be seen! Here are some pictures of my repurposed spice rack.
Simple Ways to Reuse and Repurpose
Did you know…
My motto is, “Repurpose, Reinvent.” (If you haven’t noticed ;))
I thought I’d put together some of my favorite repurposed kitchen ideas from some of my favorite websites.
A website I peruse often is Apartment Therapy. They have countless inventive and creative ideas. Check out this repurposed IKEA shoe rack turned pot holder and this salvaged card drawer turned kitchen storage.
Here are some repurposed fruit crates for shelving and storage from Poetic Home. I love the idea of displaying canned preserves in old mason jars as opposed to hiding them in the cupboard.
Anyone know where I can get truck springs? Check out these fabulous repurposed truck springs as bar or counter stools from House Beautiful. It reminds me of something from the Picker Sisters.
Card catalogues are popular. Also from Poetic Home, a card catalogue for kitchen utensils has enough compartments to store your knives, forks, spoons, serving utensils, napkins, and more!
Although not necessarily repurposed, this upcycled and salvaged dish rack from Country Living is beautiful.
I found this repurposed newsstand into a plate rack from a great blog, Craft Journal.
This cut idea from Better Homes and Gardens is simple and unique. Consider adding a magnet to the back and hanging them on your refrigerator.