Beer bottle upcycle

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What a better excuse for a cold one! As spring is officially here (in my part of the world at least) I find myself drawn to flowers and everything green. However, as I have repeatedly proven that I cannot keep anything alive (I managed to kill a cactus. Twice.) I opt for fake flowers instead. This easy upcycle puts a cozy spin on an old beer bottle.

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Beer Bottle: Granville Island Honey Lager. Pretty soon our local brewery, Steel and Oak is going to have bottled version of their beer, so I look forward to using those too! (If you are in New Westminster you must try their Royal City Ale- my favorite!)
Alternatively, you can use a glass jar, a tea tin, or other similarly shaped container that could work as a vase.

Yarn:ย  I used leftover cream colored acrylic yarn from my wintertime knitting phase, but you can also use twine, string, or anything else really.

How to: Use your choice of glue to attach the yarn to the bottle, wrapping tightly as you go. A few extra dots of glue may be needed in curvy areas of the bottle to make it more secure.

bottle after 2If needed, you can go around the whole thing a second time to fill in any gaps or bare areas. My yarn was pretty flimsy, So I went over the bottle twice, starting from the top working my way down. You can be as neat or as messy with this as you prefer, I tried to keep it generally lined up but didn’t get too finicky about it.

Total time: 15 minutes!
Total cost: FREE!

I hope you give this DIY a try, it works great as a bud vase enough for just one flower, or you can cram a few thinner ones in there. For a more rustic look you could also use dry branches, anything really!

โค Shay

DIY wall art- for FREE!

Toilet Paper roll wall art

Blank walls are bland and boring- but think about the potential! Decorating walls with color and pattern can bring life to a room, create a focal point, and instantly add personality. Wall art can be expensive, and large pieces that make an impact like a canvas or a framed print are even more pricey.

Solution– make your own piece of art! Not all of us are artists, but you donโ€™t have to be one to create a masterpiece!

This is an idea I stumbled upon on Pinterest, and put my own spin on it. Basically all you need is a bunch of toilet paper rolls (the cardboard part) and some kind of glue to stick them together (I use hot glue).

That’s it.

You can also paint it any color you want to personalize it even more, or if you are not a fan of the ‘Kraft’ brown cardboard-y color, but that’s up to you.

P.S. If you are grossed out by the idea of using toilet paper rolls, you can also substitute paper towel roll, or gift wrap roll.

This idea is so exciting to me- it is practically free, it is reusing something that would otherwise be thrown out, it creates a visually stunning result, and it is really lightweight so is perfect for renters.

My first few attempts of this created a trio of geometric looking pieces, and when spray-painted black ends up looking like wrought iron!

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I had these up in our living room in our past 2 apartments, but it no longer goes with the look of our current place, so I set out to create a new piece for our bedroom- follow along!

Step 1: Collect a lot of TP tubes. I mean a lot. Get your friends and family members to help in collection- they will probably look at you funny, but it makes this part faster!

Step 2: Smoosh your roll and press it down to create an oblong ‘almond’ shape. This makes it easier to cut.

Step 3: Cut your roll into even slices. You can measure it out, but I just eye-ball it. I get 4 slices per roll, but you can go thinner or thicker depending on your preference.

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Step 4: Lay out your ‘petals’ and play around until you get the shape you like. I try to make sure each piece has at least 2 contact points with other pieces so that the final result is solid.
Here is another example of a piece I’m currently working on:

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Step 4: Glue your pieces together in the desired shape. Try and keep them level without rising on any one side.

Step 5: Optional- paint or spray paint your finished piece. Make sure to go around each corner and inside each piece.

Other options: This type of style would look awesome in a metallic color- think silver, or a soft copper. You can leave the joints as they are or add gems or beads to cover the center joints for a more finished and glam look.

I am currently working on this piece for our living room, will keep you posted when it is all finished and painted, I’m thinking turquoise or teal!

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And that is all! I hope you give this easy DIY project a try. If you do, let me know! I would love to see the results!