Monthly Archives: November 2012

How to reuse plastic bottles: crocheting crafts and nice things for home


I have to say I love crafting and I love upcycling. It’s a great thing, when I can combine the two the learn to reuse plastic bottles or other things we usually throw away. So, here I came up a few nice projects on repurposing plastic bottles.

Recipe frame is one of them:

how to reuse plastic bottles

That is one more problems solved in my house. I used to store all my recipes in a notebook. When I open it up to see the ingredients, I spill things over the pages and the recipe book gets untidy and messy. I hope you do better than I in this respect. But I have several recipes I use all the time. So, here is the repurposed plastic bottle and crocheting project to solve my problem.

As you may see, the plastic for the frame came from a plastic bottle. Here is my step by step how-to on this one:

1. Cut out a piece of smooth plastic our of the plastic bottle.

2. Make holes on the edges with a pricker.

3. Use some nice yarn and crocheting hook to crochet the thing around from three sides.

4. Measure the size of your frame pocket and print out or write out your recipes. (Do two of them for one frame).

5. insert the recipes inside the frame and crochet the last side.

6. Crochet a chain to hang the frame and decorate it, if you wish to.

 

BTW, the butterfly is also made out of the plastic bottle. I think, this way my recipes look nice. They are always right before my eyes, so I do not even have to get the recipe book out. And, I;ve reused some of the plastic bottles decorating my home. All you need is a little crocheting skill and some imagination for this easy plastic bottle upcycling project.

DIY glass cup decoration and bonsai tree


This is something new I learnt these days. This DIY project differs a bit from anything I have done this far.

Here my bonsai tree:

handmade DIY bonsai tree

I’ve been dreaming of making a bonsai tree for a long time, but all the techniques for making flowers or leafs were too complicated. Some people offered making them from beads, while others suggested crocheting them.

Finally, I have found a great and easy way to make these flowers. It took me only 15 min to make 10 of them. Guess what they are made of? It’s very green and upcycling thing to do. I’ve make them out of a plastic bottle!

plastic bottle flowers for bonsai

I think they look nice. Here is what I’ve done. I have cut out ‘flowers’ with three petals from a white plastic bottle. Then I used a thick needle, heated it up over a candle and pricked a hole in the middle of a flower. Keeping it on the needle, I put the plastic bottle flower over the candle heat to get it shaped the right way.

Then I removed the needle, used some thin wire to put the bead inside the flower and for fastening it onto the bough.

I had an old glass mug in my home. It’s veteran mug, it survived for 8 years in a home with two small kids. Finally, it got cracked, but I was sorry to throw it away. I had a piece of old vintage looking lace to use in my bonsai tree DIY project.

Here is what I’ve done:DIY glass mug decoration with lace

I glued the lace over the mug using PVC white glue. I sort of decoupaged the mug with the lace, as I’ve done it with my crocheted jar.

Finally, I have painted the bough with some silver paint to give it a frosty look. And, I’ve gathered some moss to put in the mug.

handmade bonsai

I believe those plastic bottle flowers look great and they offer much space for your creativity. Plus, they are eco friendly and it’s a great upcycling idea.

Crochet butterfly


I love crocheting and have not done it in a while. Here is my new little crocheting project. It’s a crochet butterly toy for my girls.

crochet butterfly

It took me about half an hour to make this little guy. I just crocheted two large beads adn then addted four wings to it.

crochet butterfly

It’s a very easy crocheting project for newbies and it’s an easy way to get little surprise ready for your girls in the morning.

Glass jar crochet decoration and upcycling idea for your kitchen


I have done various glass jar and glass bottle decoupage project. Now it’s time for a crochet decoration and upcycling idea for a glass jar for my kitchen.

Crochet glass jar

I love to have handmade and upcycled things in my home. They do turn your house into a home, don’t they?

I had this nice little jar with the lid for it. So, I crocheted a cover for it, sort of a crocheted vase to match the jar. I have also crochet a flower for it.
Plus I have decorated the jar lid with a piece of old and vintage looking lace. I had to pull a thread through the holes in it and then I glued the lace to the lid using super glue.

Crochet glass jar Crochet glass jar

Now once I have upcycled this little glass jar I can keep my tea in it. It took me less than an hour to fix and decorate the jar for my kitchen.