Hello, gorgeous humans and welcome to one of my favourite discoveries of my two weeks offline. (Well, hardly offline – two weeks off laptop, should I say. Pinterest still had its grips tight.) What are we making today?
These babies! Aren’t they simply darling? (And, yes, apparently I’ve turned into a middle class white woman from the 1950s. Send help.)
The idea behind these crafts is simple: I have steadily racked up a few VOSS water bottles over the last seven months. Most of the time, I remember to bring my reusable bottle to work – but if I forget, I’ll buy a VOSS bottle rather than a normal plastic one. Is it actually any better for the environment, considering that its just made out of thicker plastic? Well, they’re easier to clean and re-use – so I like to think so!
In the spirit of keeping reduce, reuse, recycle going outside of a catchy slogan, I decided to spruce up some of the spare bottles I had . . . And, guys, let me tell you – I love the finished outcomes! Today, I’ve got 2 super easy and incredibly gorgeous DIYs you can make – using things you’ve probably got at home!
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If you like your tutorials in video format, make sure you watch the video below!
Project 1: Pressed Flower Water Bottle
Our first craft is as easy as it is quick. All you need? Mod podge and dried flowers. If you’ve got a garden that’s currently blooming, you could even press the flowers yourself.
I use this bottle to hold the letters for my memo board – but you could use it for any number of things. (Although you can’t wash it, so maybe don’t use it as a water bottle. The irony.)
WHAT YOU NEED:
- Modge Podge
- Dried Flowers
HOW TO MAKE:
1. Wash your water bottle and leave to dry
2. Gather your pressed flowers and, using modge podge, stick to your water bottle
3. Leave to dry. And that’s it!
I honestly don’t think I can tell you how much I adore how this one turned out! It’s so bright and beautiful – and it’s given me major inspo for some more crafts in the future.
Project 2: A VOSS Herbarium
If you haven’t heard of herbariums yet, prepare to fall in love. Seriously. Kiss your boyfriend goodbye – you don’t need him anymore.
Herbariums are pretty much terrariums in liquid. They’re really popular in Japan, but the Western world hasn’t quite caught on. For the life of me, I cannot fathom how Pinterest hasn’t blown these way the fuck up – but that’s fine, I guess they’ll be our secret.
WHAT YOU NEED:
- Baby oil (Japan sells special herbarium oil, but it’s not available anywhere else. The internet’s consensus is that mineral oil/baby oil has the same key ingredients and works just as well!)
- Dried flowers (or artificial flowers if you like)
HOW TO MAKE:
- Position the dried or artificial plants in the bottle.
- Pour the baby oil into the bottle.
- Seal tightly!
How damn cute did this one turn out? I’m utterly in love. When researching how to make herbariums, the common theme that came up was how well the oil preserves the colour of the flowers. I wanted to put this to the test and chose some red rose buds to put in.
I’d definitely recommend having this one by the window; sunlight really makes this baby pop.
And that’s it! I know, both of these crafts are so affordable and easy. Go buy you a VOSS water bottle, get hydrated and make some cute shit!
I hope you lovely humans enjoyed this summery DIY! It’s dead winter over here in Australia – so this was a fun way for me to lie to myself. Which was your favourite bottle upcycle? Would you recreate this yourself? Let me know your thoughts down below!