Friday, April 19, 2013

Going Green

Hey beautiful people!

Did you know Earth Day is April 22nd? Today's projects will help us celebrate Earth Day, get prepared for Mother's Day and get the children involved in the craft room. We are going "green"!!

Green House:

This project will help keep plastic bottles out of the landfills (at least temporarily) and can be an inexpensive gift for Granny from the grandchildren. Who doesn't love gifts from the grandchildren? If you are a gardener, this will help you get a jump start of planting your seeds and protecting them from the birds.

Take two bottles (water or soda-pop) and cut one towards the drinking spout and the second bottle on the other end. You want to make sure you cut them so they will fit properly. You may need to cut slits on one side for a better fit.

On the shorter end add soil, seed and add water. Do not over saturate, but water well as this is the water that will continuously water the plant. Now add the second bottle. Make sure there is a good tight seal by overlapping the ends. Add transparent tape around the bottle where the two bottles overlap to ensure the moisture stays inside. Now you can decorate as your heart desires :) The children can decorate their bottles too. If you start now by the time Mother's Day rolls around, the plant/flowers should have a bloom!

The good thing about this project is no watering necessary! It will cause it to "rain" inside from the evaporated moisture. Just place in a window sill and let it grow. Once the flowers get too tall, the recipient can take the "green house" apart and repot or plant outdoors!

Flower Power:

You may be wondering about the other part of the bottle that was not used. I created the flower on this card from the remaining plastic. I cut the bottle into useable pieces. Once it was cut down, I used my Sizzix flower die to cut the shapes. Then I added alcohol ink for color and then used a heat tool to shape the flower and dry the ink. The petals are held together with a bling brad. To keep this card simple, I embossed the front of the card using the Swiss Dots Cuttlebug Embossing Folder. The paper is a scrap piece from the Black Currant Stack by DCWV. I added a sentiment and DONE!

I hope you enjoyed today's "Green" projects! It may not keep plastic out of the landfills forever, but at least they can be used to make something beautiful even if it is short lived. I hope you try these out...until next time, Kenya~


  1. These are truly great projects!!!! Love the idea of the green house and using the plastic to form a flower.

  2. This is a cute project and a great way to recycle!

  3. Love these projects. Now let me run out and get some flower seeds!

  4. Love that plastic flower!!! Giving me all sorts of ideas! Thanks for sharing this wonderful Green Idea! :)

  5. Two cute ideas, thanks for sharing.



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