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"Over the years I have made several of these. Speaking from personal experience, I can tell you that these boxes -when used in the pictured position- are not strong enough on their own to hold very many books or magazines for very long. Eventually they will sag and become an eyesore. Preventing the eyesore from happening is simple - turn the boxes on their side once they are completed, and Voila! They are an EXCELLENT way to wrangle in all that clutter and chaos we often find throughout our home and office. There is also another way to make them strong and that is to REINFORCE THEM. Personally, I like to do this when I need to use the boxes for flimsier items like loose papers that have a tendency to curl on their edges if stored on their sides or when not packed tightly. Reinforcing the boxes means you can put a lot more weight into them even while they are laying flat like they are in the picture. I reinforce my boxes with a very thin wood that can be purchased at almost any hardware store - it is called Louon (my spelling is probably off but it is pronounced LEW-ON). It is very cost-effective and extremely easy to work with. Add to this that it is VERY VERSATILE and you have a great solution to making even very flimsy projects much more stable. I hope this helps! BTW USPS boxes are legal to use BUT ONLY if you PURCHASED them OR they are USED. IF you are thinking about using new boxes that were FREE from the USPS Priority Mail Services - then you would be breaking the law. New FREE Boxes MUST be used only for Mail. Boxes that are Purchased or Used should be OK."

Secretly Cheap DIY Flower Vase

Secretly Cheap DIY Flower Vase

In the Designer's Words: "Make your own recycled vase using this super easy tutorial for making a flower vase out of plastic bottle. If you didn't know better, you'd swear it was made out of crystal."
Add some surprisingly chic plastic bottle crafts to your indoor and outdoor decorations when you check out this green crafting idea. The Secretly Cheap DIY Flower Vase tutorial shows you how to transform plastic bottles into pretty, little planters that are extra cheap to create and so pretty that no one will even know these recycled craft ideas were once bound from the recycling bin. Crafters who love adding a touch of DIY to their party décor will love this idea because it is absurdly easy to create and coordinate to your party colors. All you need is the right color flowers and spray paint to make these gorgeous and impressive DIY crafts. These plastic bottle crafts look especially glam in metallic, but will look equally as trendy in matte colors.

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Why You Should Be Making Plastic Bottle Crafts

There is enough plastic tossed into the garbage annually to circle the globe (at least) four times and billions of pounds of plastic can be found in our ocean waters. Plastic is everywhere in our lives. From where you are sitting now, you can probably see at least a dozen plastic items. From the computer or phone you are using to the plastic water bottle you’re sipping, plastics are literally everywhere we look. They even show up in face washes and other toiletries. Americans throw away over half of all of the plastic they use, meaning we only recover or recycle five percent of the plastic we use each and every year!

 

While recycling is a wonderful solution to all of that waste, reusing materials is much more effective as you are not wasting any energy via fossil fuels to create your recycled art or plastic bottle crafts! 

Convinced? Check out our full list of 1,000+ Recycled Crafts!


 

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So the title states, secretly cheap DIY flower vases and before I did any reading I was trying to guess the medium the designer used. My first guess, like a 2-liter bottle and I was partly right. The designer has used plastic bottles but I would not swear that they were crystal because crystal is clear. Perfect re-purpose design.

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Hi there! I don't think there is a video for this tutorial. I believe the videos featured on the site are just the most recent videos available. But this project does have the step out photos and tutorial, so that should help!

Love this project! It's the perfect summer craft to make.

You can't even tell those are water bottles. I might have to try these out once spring rolls around. Also, recycled crafts are the bee's knees! c

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