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Recycled crafts: planters ideas


If you like growing plants in your home or outdoors, you need lots of planters. The good thing is that you can easily upcycle, recycle or decorate many things to turn them into planters. Or you can get some cheap and ugly planters and decorate them. Here are few ideas on containers or planters I have decorated or made.

recycled planterq

recycled planter

This was a plastic paint can. Plus, it was cracked in the bottom. I have used a piece of vintage fabric from my grandma’s attic for decoration. I glued it onto the container using a hot glue gun. Then I made some rolled fabric flowers and used a ribbon for decoration. The cracked bottom is not a problem, if you keep the planter outdoors. This is a great way to remove excessive water from the recycled planter. It’s an easy way to go green.

fabric flowers

fabric flowers coiled rope planter

This is organic rope and I made a coiled rope basket out of it. Then I have cut the bottom part of a plastic bottle, decoupaged it and inserted it inside the basket. So, now it’s a planter.

cute flower pots

cute flower pots

THese are the old baby shoes I was sorry to throw away. So, again I used plastic bottles to turn them into planters.

recycled planters

recycled planters

This is a collection of the go green planters. The ones on the left are made out of milk packages. The ones in the middle are two cracked cups. The one on the right is a regular flower pot. I was ugly and brown. It’s a cheap planter. So, I decoupaged it and crocheted the edges over with some organic rope.

recycled planters

recycled planters

decoupaged flower pot

decoupaged flower pot

Here is another example of how you can transform a simple flower pot into a nice looking one using decoupage.

flower pot decoupage

As you may see, there are many things you can turn into planters. Check out my Pinerest Gardening board for more ideas.

Recycled water bottle crafts: recipe frames


This is an easy but very useful recycled water bottle craft. I have a special notebook, where I glue down or write down my recipes. But some recipes I use lots of times during a month. It’s so easy to spill things over a recipe you use often and pages get torn or spotted.

So, I’ve come up with this crocheted over water bottle recipe frame:

plastic bottle crafts

plastic bottle crafts

Here is a quick tutorial:

You should use transparent plastic bottles, if you want two sided recipe frames made out of them. I just cut out two pieces of plastic out of a water bottle for each recipe frame. Then I make holes on the edges. You may use a pricker or hot nail for this purpose. Then I used recycled yarn to crochet the frames on three sides. One side you leave to insert the recipe through.

plastic bottle crafts

plastic bottle crafts

I have made three crochets into each hole, while crocheting the frame over. Then I crocheted a loop to hang those recycled water bottle  frames by. I have printed out my recipes on both sides of paper and inserted them into the frames. This way, you get your recipes at hand at all times and they are protected from dirt or water. I have used hot glue to put on decorating items onto my plastic bottle recipe frames.

This is a great way to go green, to organize your kitchen stuff and to craft something very useful. You can make a dozen or so of these recycled recipe frames. They look real cute at the kitchen.

Upcycling ideas: flower pots out of baby shoes and plastic bottles.


This is another great and cute upcycling idea. Here in Ukraine we plant onions in the spring at home to grow greens for our salads. It’s very easy, but usually these onion pots do not look good.

Yesterday I found old baby shoes. They are cute and I was sorry to throw them away, so I got this upcycling idea in my head: shoe flower pots. I made them out of plastic bottles. So, it’s another go green project.

cute flower pots

cute flower pots

Here is a quick tutorial on the shoe flower pot for you:

Find two plastic bottles of suitable sizes. Cut the tops out on the level you need to fit into the shoes. Fill them in with soil, water and plant your flowers or stick in the onions.

cute flower pots

cute flower pots

One of these shoe pots has an onion in it and I have planted basil into the other one.  Plus I have decorated them with rolled fabric flowers in shabby chic style. I used pieces of vintage photo album paper to adorn the upcycled shoe flower pots with leaves. So, this is totally go green easy project for you.

 

Handmade vase: watter bottle craft plus crocheting


I have long thought about making a handmade vase. My recent interest in water bottle crafts has helped me to manage the task.

water bottle handmade vase

Here is what I used for this water bottle handmade  vase project:

– a water bottle

– old crocheted baby dress

– Some blue yarn and crocheting hook

– handmade medallion I’ve made from a plastic bottle

Here is the step by step process of making this water bottle handmade vase:

water bottle handmade vase

I cut off the top part of the water bottle. Then I measured the baby dress against the bottle size and cut the piece out. Since the material is crocheted, the dress can be easily pricked with the crocheting hook.

I crocheted over the side edge of the material. I got a tube made out of it. Then I pulled in onto the water bottle. I pricked the holes with the pricker on the top edge of the water bottle to crochet the material to it.

water bottle handmade vase

Finally, I have attached the medallion and crocheted the chain handle for the vase. I have also crocheted together the bottom part of the material beneath the vase.

water bottle handmade vase

Presently I’ve decided to use this water bottle handmade vase to store my spices in. But it can be also used as a vase, it can hold the water in.