Tuesday, February 6, 2024

Soda Bottle Heart Shaped Box

Can you imagine creating a beautiful heart shaped box from a soda bottle? I certainly can! And I've actually done it many years ago which you can check out here! But this time I wanted something a bit smaller and more glamorous. Plus, making one or more of these is a great way to recycle/upcycle some of those plastic soda bottles hurting our environment! And I love that I also used a few other recyclable items such as the clear plastic serving tray lid I got from the deli and the clear plastic strip covering store bought ribbon! 

Materials:

  • Plastic soda bottle - 2 liters
  • Craft knife/craft scissors
  • Bone folder
  • Cardstock
  • Pencil
  • Clear plastic serving tray lid
  • Chalk pen
  • Microfiber cloth
  • Clear plastic strips (from ribbon)
  • Fabric-Tac Quick Dry Adhesive
  • Adhesive back Diamond Wrap (DollarTree) 

How to:

Let's start with a clean 2 liter plastic soda bottle.


Remove the paper label around the soda bottle and start cutting the middle top portion with a craft knife.


It was easier for me to use small sharp craft scissors to .  .  . 

 cut around the top and bottom, 
which left a closed cylinder shape.
 Press together the plastic cylinder, creasing one side with a bone folder or the handle on scissors
Next, open the center and press the opposite side toward the first crease, creating two loops while making a second crease.


Then let the plastic open naturally forming a heart shape.

To make a heart template for the top and bottom, draw around the plastic heart shape you just created on cardstock and .  .  . 



cut out.
Then use the cardstock template to draw the top and bottom on the clear plastic serving tray lid .  .  .
using a chalk pen.

And cut the heart shapes out..
Use a dry microfiber cloth to remove the chalk lines.

And you have two clear plastic hearts for the top and bottom of the heart box.

Now, it's time to glue one of the heart shapes to the bottom of the soda bottle heart using Fabri-Tac quick drying glue. To do this, run a thin line of glue on the edge of the plastic.

And carefully press the soda bottle edge onto the edge of the flat plastic heart - holding in place until the glue sets.



While the glue is setting, take the strip of plastic (from ribbon) and  measure a  one inch strip to cut out. 


Then glue on the strip of clear plastic around the second flat heart for the top.

  
               

Once the glue is dry, it's time to decorate the top and bottom using adhesive backed diamond wrap. To start, cut out three rows of "diamond" strips from the wrap.

Remove the backing and apply the strip to the front of the top starting at the heart curve and .  .  .
and down to the v shape.
First one side and .  .  .
up the other side.  Don't you just love how this is beginning to look!
Once the front is done, it time to do the sides of the top and then the bottom.

Continue adding the stones to the bottom, cutting the diamond wrap at two rows this time.


For an adorable glamorous, finished look!




Perfect to store trinkets, candies, or any type of tchotchkes!


TOP

BOTTOM

Top and Bottom Together 

And with some Hershey's Kisses!  - Perfect for gift giving, too!

Welcome to our monthly   Sustainable Craft Challenge hosted by Julie @Sum of their Stories!  This challenge is all about sustainable crafting! Each month is themed and all 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. The theme for the month of February is Hearts 


Be sure to check out all the creative Hearts Sustainable Crafts projects from my fellow crafters listed below:

Julie @ Sum of their Stories - Scrap Fabric Hearts

Mel @ Decor Craft Design - DIY Valentine Heart Sign Upcycled Pistachio Shells

Terri @ Our Good LifeDIY Hearts Machine

Gail @ Purple Hues and Me - Soda Bottle Heart Shaped Box

Niki @ Life as a LEO Wife - DIY Faux Concrete Bunny

Christine @ Christine’s Crafts  -  Small Crochet Hearts

T’onna @ Sew Crafty Crochet - Crochet Patchwork Heart

Marci @ Old Rock Farmhouse - Doodle Hearts Collage

Shelly @ Mimi – A Great Name for Grandma - DIY Valentine Rag Wreath Heart












10 comments:

  1. What a creative way to upcycle a plastic bottle, it's now a perfect gift box. I know lots of little girls who would love a box like this to keep their "treasures". I keep seeing this Fabri-tac glue everywhere, is it one I need to add to my craft stash?

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    1. Thanks so much, Julie! I love using Fabri-Tac! It's a multi-purpose quick grab glue that dries really fast - one you should at least give it a try! Also, a big "THANK YOU" for keeping this wonderful hop going!

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  2. This is so cute and virtually free to make. I would never have thought of getting a heart out of a soda bottle. That glue looks great - I will take a look.

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  3. How clever! You have certainly taken the "upcyle crafting idea" to a new level. It is amazing that you can use a soda bottle to creat such a cute heart shaped box. Great job!

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  4. This is so clever! I love anything that uses old soda bottles. Love it.

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  5. Your heart shaped box is really cute! I would've never thought to do that with a soda bottle. So clever! The purple candies inside are the perfect addition!

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  6. Wow! Who would've guess that beautiful fancy gift box was a soda bottle. Love it!!!

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  7. Whaaaa?! Wow, Gail! This is a wonderful trinket box! You are so very talented! sharing on FB -Marci @ Old Rock Farmhouse

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  8. Gail, this is just fantastic. So inventive.

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