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project – papier-mâché soda bottle flowers

a few years ago during a visit to austin, tx – i stumbled upon the best use for plastic bottles since the invention of cherry 7up.  now, enter these papier-mâché soda bottle flowers – handmade and imported from mexico.  the name of the boutique where I bought these has escaped me, but the unique creativity of this everlasting boutique is something that i’ve transported with care from city-to-city-to-city, apartment-to-house-to- apartment and country-to-country.

while google didn’t turn up any search results, i think i can piece together my best play by play on how to turn these into a project of your own.

cost: $15-20 (for initial supplies, thereafter approx $1-3 per flower)
creation time: an afternoon
supplies: scissors, x-acto knife, newspaper, glue, paint, paintbrush, garden wire, soda bottle + cap


  1. cut the soda bottle in half, trimming the bottle to create a petal facade
  2. using an x-acto knife, cut a small hole into the middle of the cap
  3. cut 5 pieces of garden wire into equal lengths wrapping them around each other to form a stem
  4. at the cap pull the wires through the hole making sure that they tightly fit into the hole
  5. using a papier-mâché technique (how-to here: http://www.howtodothings.com/video/making-paper-mache-paste), coat the soda bottle with newspaper strips, same for the cap & stem
  6. once the newspaper is molded and dry, you can now paint the flower to your liking
  7. wait for the paint to dry – and now you’re ready to enjoy your new and beautiful bouquet

o.p.p. – crocheted doily bowls

*from craftstylish 'crocheted doily bowls' by linda permann

could these be any cuter?! and while i’ve yet to make one on my own, these are probably my most favorite project on How.d.iy. to date.  the task of making a few of these tops my ‘to-do’ list, i’m just waiting for the chance to get back to a thrift store in adelaide where i saw a basket full of gently loved doilies that would be perfect for the undertaking. in the meantime, i plan to bedazzle up a new whiter than white one that i recently purchased from a boutique – ribbons, buttons & beads, oh my!

found @ craftstylish
what: crocheted doily bowls
where: http://www.craftstylish.com/item/9884/how-to-make-a-doily-bowl

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