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Vases, Centerpieces, Candle Holders - Repurpose Plastic, Tin, Glass Containers
Don't Throw Them Away
How many empty containers had I recycled without thinking of how I could repurpose them?
...A lot, that's how many.
But no more. Now I will re-use as many as I can!
With the following containers, jelly jars, a tea tin, French's Onion container. I made candle holders, centerpieces, and vases. There is no limit, however, to what may be used. I even save shampoo bottles, lotion bottles, and any small containers that have lids. Plastic water bottles and soup cans will work, also. Basically, anything will work. If you look at it, see potential, then you can make something happen!
Any old clothes that you have...maybe with stains that you can't take to Goodwill...are perfect for cutting up and decorating your containers, especially if they have embroidery or buttons or lace.
Here, I used an old sweater that had buttons. I cut the pieces leaving the buttons attached, and used these pieces for wrapping around the jelly jar.
After wrapping the material around the jar, use a pen or marker to make a circle in material to glue onto lid. Materials: cloth, ribbon, hot glue gun.
Other options for jar:
- Glue on small plastic blocks on top of lid
- Glue on small plastic pacifiers
- Glue on small, plastic rattles
- Blue, Pink, Yellow, Green bows according to boy or girl
- Set on tables with battery operated candles inside for centerpieces at shower
- Fill with cotton or Q-tips
- Fill with pastel candy almonds
- Fill with potpourri
- Fill with soft scented flower petals
- Use as piggy bank
A Tea Tin
This is the tea tin I used, with blue jean material for wrapping.around the tin, I cut out a piece for the lid and glued embellishments on can.
Customize for holidays
- Choose Valentine prints and pink or red bows - fill with candied hearts or small soaps
- Choose Christmas prints or knitted Christmas scrap. Add shiny, green, wired ribbon and embellish with candy cane.
- Choose Halloween prints and stretch fake spider webs across container and embellish with small, black, plastic spiders.
Your imagination will soar as you go along. You'll see. It's a very simple concept, and it's fun.