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DIY Zen Holder

It is a waste to throw away plastic bottles, especially when they look durable and craft-worthy. Using simple materials like cotton twine and ice cream sticks (psst, these are leftovers from my previous mini wood pallets article), we can transform these bottles into beautiful multi-purpose holders. You can use them as stationery holders or ‘flower pots’ to plant ornamental plants like what I did. So let us get started!

Things you will need:

  1. Plastic bottle (500 ml)
    You can use any type of plastic bottles – flat surface or grooved. Personally, I prefer flat surfaced ones as it is easier to stick the materials on.
  2. Cotton twine
    You can find this in local bookstores.
  3. Ice-cream sticks (22 pieces)
    You can find this in local bookstores.
  4. Glue
    I am using a multi-purpose adhesive glue.
  5. Penknife and scissors
  6. Marker
    To mark the measurements on the bottle.
  7. Perlite Soil/ Pebbles (Optional)
    This is required as I will be using this holder as a pot for my ornamental plants. If you intend to use this as a stationery holder, you can place some pebbles in so that the weight will serve as a good base.

Step 1:

Measure the height you want for your holder. Mine is about 9.5 cm. Mark across and cut off the excess using the penknife.

Trim it with a scissors.

Next, we will move on to the decorative part.

Step 2:

Measure 10 cm of the ice cream stick and cut off the excess. Repeat this step for all 22 sticks.

Step 3:

Once you are done with cutting, glue them vertically to the bottle. Wait for about 10 minutes for the glue to dry completely.

Stick them close to each other! Repeat until you cover the bottle with the ice-cream sticks and you are done!

If you intend to use it as a pot to grow your plant, add perlite soil or pebbles to the holder. I added perlite soil until half the bottle was filled, placed my plant in, and topped up the balance with perlite.

I also added a cotton twine round the holder with a handwritten note tag to add a touch of pretty. 🙂

For a darker and more rustic look, you can try to dip the sticks in wood stain before gluing them onto the holder. Alternatively, you can paint the sticks white with acrylic to give it a cleaner look.

If you try this DIY, do share your creation with us by tagging #MyNiceHome on Instagram.

Do you have any good ideas for recycling? Do let us know via mynicehome@mailbox.hdb.gov.sg or via our Facebook page.

By LF Shen
June 08, 2017


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