Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Blooming Recycling

Hello friends

Hope you had a good week end. It was a bit wet here but not too bad. It was glorious yesterday as is today if not a bit windy (great for getting the washing dry)

Today I'm excited to show you what I've been working on recently. It was inspired by this post by Angela.

I cut the flowers from plastic pop bottles (2ltr and smaller ones). I then painted them with acrylic paint.   The flat blue flowers, the butterflies and ivy leaves are cut out from milk bottles and painted in the same way.  I have a lot more to make as they are to be

)used as part of the Gala float in June where L is Prince Charming. I will do a post afterwards to show you the results.

I feel really pleased with the results and I hope you like them too.

My mum is at day care today so I will be sewing for most of the day but I also want to get in the garden and do some work towards getting it ready for planting out some veggies.

Thank you or dropping by and I look forward to reading your comments.


  1. WOW! they are absolutely stunning. I am feeling lazy now- I have a box of pop bottles in the garage awaiting my painting attempts - but have yet to buy any acrylic paints!
    Your flowers will look fabulous on the float - how are you planning to fix them? I have recently seen an idea where they punched holes in the edge of the petals and strung the flowers on fine nylon filament[fishing line?]
    And did you paint the upper side or under side?
    I'd never have thought of making 'flat' leaves and butterflies as well from milk bottles.

    Thanks Carol for posting about such a fabulous project xxx

    1. Hi Angela
      Thank you. I painted the inside which I would say was the upper part. I found that the paint from Home Bargins has the best sticking power and you only need one coat, others seem a bit thin.
      The flowers are going to be attached to a gazebo frame (yet to be spray painted green) with either garden wire and/or fishing line, not sure which will work yet. The little blue flowers may be stapled onto the top of the sides, and I'm hoping that the butterflies will flutter around the gazebo.

  2. Those are so cool! I love them!

  3. They look superb.
    Love from Mum


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