Monday, February 20, 2012

plastic bottle gift pack (another idea)

Good day friends hows life ,spring is about to come and this has placed me so much into recycling mode as you will notice from my posts to come :)
Today i will share a simple idea on how to use the base of an empty plastic bottle as a gift pack for any occation like bithdays or as party favours ,use any goodies to fill ,sweets ,stationary items for kids or some small toys .

That's the stuff you will be needing
  • an empty plastic bottle (i am using a small size bottle)
  • paper knife
  • beaded rubber band
  • scrappy piece of cloth( cut out a circle big enough to cover the top of your bottle)
  • a piece of scrape book paper

remove the label from the bottle and cut from some where in the mid of the bottle.

Now slightly melt the sides of the rim using a candle flame to avoid sharp edges,

cut a rubber band from one side and thread some colorful beads in it and then tie it off to make a beaded stretchy band to seal your gift pack.

That's it you have done your difficult part now is the fun part! just add in your goodies cover it with your fabric circle and place the beaded rubber band on it.I have also added a small paper circle on top with a birthday massage for a more interesting look ! but its optional .

Hummmm.... when talking about recycling ,dont you think it would be such a waste to through away the top part of the bottle ! Um ..... No there is a very clever use for that too :) Use it as a Kiev or funnel to fill in stuff to the bottles/containers you use in your home .......Or .....Yup there is another very interesting use for this part but i will share that with you all in my next post .....Till then SUSPENSE :)

Take care .....and see you soon

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Sunday, February 5, 2012

Upcycled Soda bottle dessert packs

Happy Eid Milad-un-Nabi every one (the birth day of our beloved and last Prophet Muhammad P.B.U.H according to the lunar calender).
In Pakistan its a common practice to make or buy sweets to share with the neighbors ,friend and family on such special religious occasions .Usually people take these goodies to others either in some platters or dishes they own or in market bought disposable containers but both have some draw backs the Platters and dishes has to be returned so the receiver has to go through the trouble of emptying and washing them before returning and the disposable containers don't have to be returned but hear in Pakistan their rates are considerably high so to avoid these problems why not we up-cycle some thing that we all have in abundance and they usually end up in our trash cans YES you got me right i am talking about empty soda Bottles!


to make these you need 1.5 litter or 2.25 litter soda bottles remove the label and cut them app 3 inch below the the mid line .you can easily cut these with precision knives or scissors,

now cut the rim 6 times horizontally making six equal flaps (roughly 4 to 5 inches deep) be-careful with the depth of the cuts they all should be equal.

now at this stage fill up your container slightly below the lower edge of your flaps I am using the semolina desert in them (recipe available here) ,now comes the fun part start to fold the flaps inwards and create a crease by pressing it hard with your fingers

continue to do that with every next flap

in the end you will end up with a hexagon on the top of your container add some embellishment on the top like a ribbon Bow or some fabric flower ,over here i am using 3 different types of tissue paper roses is peach and light purple colour ....the camera is not doing justice with the colours in the indoor lights:(

That's it your up cycled soda bottle containers are all ready to be presented to your dear ones , so for the next time plan ahead and save some soda bottles for an occasion ,these would work great for the Birthday Party favors too :) .enjoy

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