I’ve been decorating my office again and here’s how I styled 2 chemistry flasks with artificial flowers.I put beads in the bottom from necklaces the kids had made at school then broke at home. A little ribbon and voilà.
I made jewellery storage for all my stuff in a previous post, except for this one bulky necklace that doesn’t fold very well; it has to be hung. I slept on the problem for a while and came up with this.
I do calligraphy as well as sometimes dabble in charcoal drawing. I do calligraphy well and charcoal drawing for fun but either way I wanted a nice display piece for my tools.
I finished a large pot of Nivea Rain lotion so I drilled holes into the lid of the empty container, then painted it to match my decor.
I also scrapbook and make my own cards so I painted a box and stored them here, in my bookcase. The pen nibs box is from the Dollar Store and painted to match.
The weather is warming up, every so f-cking slowly, and we’ve entered the “water play sometimes” phase of the seasons. I wanted a fun sprinkler for the kids to play with but not something so huge that they’d get soaked. Heck, they’re going to get soaked no matter what I try so who cares?.
I finished my B Vitamins supplements so I drilled a bunch of holes in the empty pill bottle. I fastened it to the hose with duct tape, which is actually what it’s for. I amused the kids by telling them to watch it, once they’d turned the water on it would turn into a “pisseuse” (a pisser). It’s the proper Montreal term for it so they might as well learn.That’s my son enjoying the spray from my diy sprinkler.
So I finished me my cod liver oil supplements and was left with a largish, brown bottle. What to do, what to do? Flowers!
I cut the top off with a meat knife (I think a hacksaw would be slightly more effective but I haven’t unpacked mine yet), then ran the raw edge along a medium-hot iron to smooth it down. I freestyle hand painted this rose on the bottlefrom:
filled it with dirt and planted “Oopsy Daisy” calendula seeds. I labeled the back of the vase with the name of the plant, when I planted it and when it will sprout (8-10 days) just so I’d know since I’m the idiot gardener.
My daughter’s hair detangler spray comes in a yellow bottle, once you peel the cherry label off, and how can I not reuse an empty yellow bottle? I don’t even need to paint it!
Who is yellow that I know of and would make my kids happy? Pikachu! I decided to google an image of Pikachu and draw it onto the bottle. Hubby pointed out that my drawing skills suck ass and that I should make a stencil or template instead. He’s right of course.
I googled “Pikachu black and white” and printed out one that I liked. I laid a piece of parchment paper (wax paper works too) over the print and drew Pikachu with a permanent black marker. Then I cut out the parchment Pikachu and taped him to the yellow bottle.
I took a warm/hot iron and ironed over the marker drawing of Pikachu. A faded outline of it transferred to the bottle which was just enough for me to retrace it with the permanent marker. Hubby approved and my son is thrilled.
Now we wait for the next yellow bottle of detangler to be empty so I can make one for my daughter.
These pieces come from an empty bottle of port. I cut it in half with a knife, then smoothed and evened out the edges with a pair of scissors. After that, I kid you not, you rub the raw edge against a hot iron. The plastic does NOT melt and stick to the iron- go figure.
The heat from the iron smooths the raw edge and also melts it inward so it forms a formal looking lip on the plastic.
I used the top half of the bottle, cap still in place, to make a bird feeder:
After a treatment on the hot iron the bottom half of the bottle became a pencil holder, or glue holder for my scrapbooking empire.
In a desperate bid to entice spring to come I cut some over-long branches from what I think is a willow that were hanging out over the road, stuck them in water and put them on a window ledge. Much to my surprise they’ve bloomed and made roots so I decided to spread this greenery around the house.
I took 5 empty YOP containers and washed them. I cut out 5 scalloped edged 2 inch circles of my daughter’s abstract painting and affixed them on the containers with Mod Podge. Then I filled each with water and added a blooming branch. I put them all on the ledge between my dining room and living room.
This was a larger beer bottle. I punched out little dots in painter’s tape with a one-hole hole punch and placed them arbitrarily. I painted 4 coats on the bottle and was afraid that this would cement the tape to the bottle but it peeled off just fine.
I had these two, shall we say inexpensive gift, flower vases covered in an etched glass-like paint which was beginning to wear off. I treated the vases to a few coats of paint and a polka dot motif, then cured them in the oven by putting them in a casserole dish with lid just in case they broke and put them in a cold oven. Then I turned the oven on to 350 F and set a timer for 30 mins. When the time was up I turned off the oven but left the vases inside to cool as the oven cooled. Now they should survive a trip through the dishwasher on the top rack.
The paper clips are set up to hold the vase slightly off the base so it can dry.