Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Plastic Soda Bottle Floral Candleholder

 We all know plastic soda bottles are basically trash no matter that you toss them in the recycle bin. But who said plastic soda bottles can't be made into something decorative and useful at the same time! Something creative and  treasured, too! Like a plastic soda bottle floral candleholder! Imagine one casting a warm inviting, colorful glow in the shape of a flower in your home! 

Welcome to this month's Sustainable Craft Challenge Blog Hop hosted by Julie @Sum of their Stories! This month's theme is Trash to Treasure! The challenge is all about sustainable crafting with a different theme each month!  The projects must have some sort of a sustainable element to them. This could be an upcycling or recycling element, or something that reduces waste, uses leftovers, etc. 

Materials used:

  • Plastic soda bottle
  • Craft knife/scissors
  • Clothes iron
  • Flower petal template
  • White foam sheet - thin 3mm (19"x19")
  • Mod Podge
  • Parchment paper
  • Paint brush/sponge brush
  • Rolling pin (for shape)
  • Hot glue gun/glue sticks
  • Flameless color tealight

How to:

Let's begin by removing the label, and washing and drying a 2 liter, clear plastic soda bottle.

Once the bottle is dry, using a craft or utility knife, cut off the bottom portion following the ridge around the bottle or the imaginary line from the label that was once there.

I wanted the bottom portion of the candle holder smaller so I cut off .  .  . 

a bit more, slicing it vertically and then .  .  .
horizontally around. Next, seal the edge with a clothes iron to give it a nice rounded finish. (I forgot to take a picture of this) Here's how to do it: First, set your iron on high. Then press the cut edge of the plastic bottle firmly on the flat portion of the iron for a few seconds until it starts to curve, giving it a nice clean finished edge. Doing this will not damage the iron in any way.

For the floral look, I found a flower clipart online which I copied and saved. 
Then I  printed out one of the petals that I enlarged to about five inches. I estimated that I needed fourteen petals. So I was able to put two petals on a sheet of paper to print.

Next, I took a large foam sheet and painted on a layer of Mod Podge and .  .  .

laid the petals on top of the Mod Podged foam sheet, smoothing them out. Then added a coat of Mod Podge on top of the petals to seal and let dry!

Once all the petals were dry, began cutting out the individual petals.

Since I wanted the flower image on both sides of the petals, I flipped the image on my computer and printed out fourteen more petals to be .  .  .

mod podged to the back of the first foam sheet petals.

The front and back petals fit perfectly together!
Once the double sided petals were dry, placed the individual petals on a hot iron (not shown) and then wrapped each petal around a small rolling pin to get the curved shape for all the petals.

Here, I laid out what I had in mind for attaching the petals to the plastic soda bottle base.
 Then began adding hot glue to the bottom narrow piece of a petal .  .  .
and attaching it to the plastic soda bottle candleholder.

First one row near the top and .  .  .
and then the second row.
How cool does this look!
Like a blooming flower!
And with the inserted flameless color tealight!
Lit in purple!

I hope you enjoyed how I made my Plastic Soda Bottle Floral 
Candle Holder - 
A Trash to Treasure Upcycled Sustainable Craft!

Be sure to check out all the creative Trash to Treasure Sustainable Craft projects from my fellow crafters listed below:

Julie @Sum of Their Stories  - Upcycled Strawberry Vase

Gail @Purple Hues and Me - Plastic Soda Bottle Floral Candleholder

Terri @Our Good Life - Recycled Altoid Tin for the Perfect Fathers Day Gift

Mel @Decor Craft Design - DIY Raised Pot for Summer Decor

Christine @Christine’s Crafts - Create a Cute Basket from an Aerosol Lid

Allyson @Southern Sunflowers - DIY Shell Mirror for Coastal Decor

Shelly @Mimi – A Great Name for Grandma - DIY Upcycled Yard Skeleton

Jo @A Rose Tinted World - How To Make A Crumb Quilt - Make A Scrappy Quilt Block

Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Wood Veneer Edging Door Basket

I've always admired anyone who could weave a real basket - one made of some type of reed! You can find lots of DIYs on YouTube and Pinterest for woven baskets! And I really wanted to try making one. But I didn't want to go to the expense of buying flat and round reed and having to soak it in buckets of water to make a basket, so I tried using the next best thing - or so I thought. lol! Wood Veneer Edging! 

I had done some crafting using wood veneer edging that you can check out here and here. But making a basket - especially an envelope shaped basket had it's challenges and is perfect to share on this month's Creative Craft Hop! Hosted this month by  Donna @ Modern on Monticello. Donna and Sara @ @Birdz of a Feather take turns hosting each month! Thank you ladies for hosting this awesome Creative Craft Hop!  Welcome All! We are so glad you're here!  

If you're coming over from Ann @ The Apple Street Cottagewasn't her Wall Vase Makeover amazing!

At the bottom of my post I'll tell you the next stop on this hop! But be sure to visit all of the creative crafters who join this hop for some amazing inspirations! 

So let's get started with how I made my wood veneer edging door basket!

Materials Used:

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How To:

First off, this is not my design. I came across a tutorial by Juliana Deen on Pinterest for a Christmas Basket Ornament where she used flat and oval reed to make it. I enlarged the basket ornament to a size that I could use on a door or wall, plus, as I mentioned before, used wood veneer edging and round plastic rattan to make a door basket. 

First, cut sixteen strips of edging 24" long. These are actually called stakes in weaving. Turn the edging strips over to the wrong side and mark each one with a pencil line at the 12" center. Can you see the marks in the picture below? Lay out eight pieces of edging strips in a vertical position. I used yard sticks to weigh the strip ends down.

Begin weaving the second group of eight strips - one at a time. Line up the first strip by the 12" pencil mark first. Starting on the right side, begin weaving it over and under across all eight vertical strips. Then the next strip, begin weaving under then over, etc., alternating each strip until all eight strips are woven. 
Once all the strips were woven, I used a small 1/2" edging strip that I cut out to try to evenly space in between the woven areas and used clothespins to hold the corners down.  
Then turned the whole piece with the longer ends at the bottom (left, right) with the "V" shape of strips in the center.
Begin weaving by taking the first right strip over the left strip. 
And the left strip over the right strip. You will notice if using wood veneer edging, that it will crack when folding it over. Luckily, the strip is still intact by the backing. I tried to be very careful folding the edging over for a clean look.
Here is a larger view.
Take the next right strip over the left strip and .  .  .
under the left strip. Continue alternating with the left and right strips going over and under and so on as you pick up a new strip to weave.

Here, I'm on the last strip to weave.
Then visually adjust the stakes (strips) so that they’re even as best as you can.
The weaving is looking pretty good!
Now it's time for twining - which helps to hold all the strips or stakes in place. We need to make four rows of twining. Take a long piece of round plastic rattan leaving one end longer - about twelve inches - than the other. Find the center for the uneven length and bend it in the center. Loop the center around one of the middle strips, as shown. 
Use the two rattans to twine, one before and one behind the strip. The top twiner should always go behind the next stake, creating an "X", crossover, or twist between each stake. Maintain even tension as you twine the first row while alternating the round rattan. Continue this pattern until you come to a corner.
Continue with the same pattern, the top piece sliding behind the next stake and the piece underneath floats on the front.

If your run out of a rattan, get another long piece. Hold the short end aside and insert the longer piece behind the stake or strip right there. Continue twining with the new piece as before.
Twining around the basket until .  .  .

you've created four rows. Cut off excess rattan, leaving enough to tuck behind a stake on the inside.  Tuck any exposed rattan ends inside and behind the stakes.
To finish the look, tuck all the stakes or strips ends inside the basket. Use the over and under tuck for a neat and uniform look. 

To add handles, one for each top, cut a piece of round rattan and insert one end through the twining at the corner center of the basket thru both sides. 
Wrap the rattan in a circle, overlapping several times all the way around, 
securing both ends inside the twining.
Look at the finished piece! I love how it turned out!
And I am loving this envelope shaped door basket!
Especially filled with flowers!
 I hope you enjoyed how I made my Wood Veneer Edging Door Basket!
Welcome once again to our Creative Craft Hop!

Up next is Terri @ Decorate and More with Tip sharing her adorable Patriotic Gnome -Just in time for the Fourth of July celebrations!  Be sure to check out all of the talented bloggers sharing their awesome creations listed below: