Monday, January 12, 2015

Recycled Soda Bottle Heart Shaped See-Thru Box




Create a beautiful see-thru heart shaped box for your Valentine candies or trinkets with nothing more than items from the dollar store.  
Here's how:


Materials needed:
  • Soda bottle (3 liter)
  • Valentine paper plates
  • White posterboard
  • Corrugated sparkling paper or pliable cardboard (1 inch wide side trim that doesn't crack)
  • Masking tape
  • Tacky glue
  • Scissors/xacto knife
  • Foam paper

 

 
 
  • Remove the middle section of a 3 liter soda bottle (Dollar Tree) by taping off the top for a straight line and cutting around, bottom and top, leaving a closed cylinder shape.
 


  • Press together the plastic cylinder, creasing one side with the handle of scissors or a bone folder. 

 
  • Press the center of the opposite side toward the crease and make a second crease.

 
 
  • Let the plastic open naturally forming a heart shape.

 
  • Use the heart shape plastic (both sides) to trace two hearts from the pattern paper plates and white poster board.

 
  • Apply glue to the back of the poster board hearts and attach the paper plate hearts.
 
 
 
  • I used one inch wide silver corrugated strips that I had leftover when I made a snowflake here to tape on around the hearts with masking tape. You can use any pliable material that doesn't crack to make the sides of the hearts, top and bottom. 



 
 


  • Once the sides are taped on, add tacky glue around inside where the heart shape edge and trim meet and let dry completely. ( I chose not to use hot glue since I am not neat enough using the gun and I didn't want it to look messy and ooze out)

 
  • Remove the masking tape and attach the heart shape top and bottom.


Cool looking, isn't it!



 
Smaller versions can be made using smaller soda bottles.



I made a decorative flower to add on top, using foam paper from the dollar store.  The red shade was a bit off so I used pink instead - by using a scallop edge punch to cut out circles warmed on a iron and hot glued to a center circle.
 
 
Turned out really cute! 
 
 
 
 


 
 

 
These boxes can be embellished with your special trim and filled with anything adorable and cute.  So pick out your sweetie's favorite treat and make one for Valentine's Day!





Take a little time to enjoy


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33 comments:

  1. This is incredibly pretty for Valentin's day!!! Love the candy box you made.

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  2. What a great idea! I love soda bottle projects and this is one of the best that I've seen. It's so pretty!

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  3. Jimeny Christmas Gail! That is the coolest! I cannot believe you made that! Now I kind of want to try some smaller ones with little soda bottles. Do you think it would work??

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  4. What a creative and pretty recycling project!
    (Saw your link of the Roses of Inspiration link up)

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  5. Wow that is amazing what you made out of a soda bottle! I love it and how creative of you!

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  6. That is a very sweet idea! Would never guess the finished product is made from a soda bottle!

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  7. What a fabulous bottle! I agree, I would have never known it was made from a pop bottle. Very creative - thanks for sharing at Roses of Inspiration. Hugs to you!

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  8. Now that is cute. Thanks for the tutorial.

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  9. Fantastic tutorial and so easy and thrifty! It's a must try one! Love your blog and generosity in sharing!
    I came from Stephanie's link party and I'm glad I did!
    Thank you!

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  10. that is just too cute and so fun!!

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  11. What a creative idea, I love upcycled projects! I need to try this, pinning, thanks!

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  12. What!? That is so cool. It's like making something out of nothing.
    That is magic right there. Super cute girl :)))

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  13. Love this, Gail! You always have such creative ideas. Each time I visit your blog I leave inspired!!!

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  14. This is great Gail! So creative!

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  15. What a clever and cute idea! And with a soda bottle no less. LOVE it! Please come share your blog posts over at the Home Matters Linky Party! We'd love to have you for a visit. The Door is OPEN. http://lifewithlorelai.com/2015/01/15/home-matters-linky-party-20/ :)

    ~Lorelai
    Life With Lorelai

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  16. Very Very Cool!! I love upcycling things!! Hey I would love it if you would link up on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday!! The party is still open …http://www.cookinandcraftin.com/my-2-favorite-things-on-thursday-link-party-2/

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    1. Thanks for sharing on My 2 Favorite Thing on Thursday!! Come join the party again next week!!

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  17. great idea…very clever…love the flower embellishment!

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  18. How clever you are Gail. I love this - it is so cool. Cathy

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  19. Hi Gail, this is my first visit. New follower here! :-)

    Your blog is so sweet. I love your heart box. Thank you for the great tutorial!

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  20. Awesome! Your heart shaped container is so clever! I have to pin this one right away. Thanks for the inspiration.... Candy

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  21. Gail, you are so creative! You see possibility in everything.
    This is a gorgeous container.
    Hugs,
    Patti

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  22. Gail, we are thrilled you stopped by for a visit and added your link to the #HomeMattersParty :) Thank you, and we hope to see you again next week.

    ~Lorelai
    Life With Lorelai

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  23. So. Creative!!! What a great way to recycle soda bottles AND have such a great container to boot! The foam flower is very cute too...it reminds me of that technique that you used to make the white trees at Christmas.

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  24. Hi!! I just want you to know I'm featuring you on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday - Link Part!! This was so cute!! I hope you come join me again this week and share your stuff!! It starts tomorrow!!
    http://www.cookinandcraftin.com/my-2-favorite-things-on-thursday-link-party-3/

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  25. This is so creative!!! I would have never thought to do that to a soda bottle. Thanks for sharing over at the Snickerdoodle Sunday.

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  26. Wow, that's impressive! It's lovely. Thanks for sharing on the Spring Craft Blog Hop.

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  27. wow amazing! who would have thought you could do that with a soda bottle?!?! now you got me wondering what other shapes I could make with one! Thanks for sharing with us at our Creative Craft Challenge!

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  28. Love this recycle heart share craft that you shared on Fabulous Friday, Its a feature
    Stop by this Friday
    Maria

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  29. This looks like you bought it. Such a great upcycle.

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