Thursday 4 April 2013

Tutorial Thursdays - Spring

Well, I am hoping that spring is finally here to stay.

After the bad start to one of my favourite seasons, I thought I would show you how to bring the spring indoors - recycled style!

Today I am going to show you how to create these cute daffodils out of PET bottles.

For this craft you will need:

Some PET bottles - all different sizes
Some colourful Pipe-Cleaners
Gonis Decor* (This is the paint I use to colour the bottles)
Deopointers* (I use these pointer pens to add a little decoration to the outside of the blossoms)
Miraclay Plus* (A nice lightweight clay that is air drying and amazingly pliable)

*These Products are from Gonis. I use these products as they are of amazing quality and versatility. If you cannot get these products in your vicinity you will have to substitute them - hence the descriptions in brackets.

For more information on these products contact me.

PET bottles recycled crafts

First - using an Artknife* cut the bottom edges off the bottles, between 3-5cm depending on the size of blossom you would like.

pet flowers

PET Flowers

Using a marker, mark out how the petals should look and cut away the excess plastic.

PET Tulips Gonis

Using the Gonis decor*, decorate the inside of your blossoms in the colours you prefer:

PET Gonis Decor

Smudge the colours together with your fingers for a more marbled effect.

PET Gonis

PET Flowers

Or use single colours to create - the Stembase and then the petals.

PET Gonis Decor

PET FLowers Gonis Decor

 Allow to dry.
Using the Miralight form small balls that will fit nicely on top of your Pipe-Cleaners.

Miralight Pipe Cleaners

Miralight Gonis

Miralight Pipecleaners Flowers

Allow to dry and then paint the colour you would like them to be.
Whilst they are drying, make holes through the middles of the flowers:

PET Gonis

And thread your stems through them, bobble of clay on the inside of the flowers.

PET Flowers Gonis

PET FLowers Gonis

Now turn your flowers over, and apply some more Miralight* to the bottoms to keep the stem in tight and to finish off the flowers.

Miraclay Gonis PET

Paint green once dry.

PET Gonis Basteln

Decorate the edges and insides of your flowers with Dekopointers*

Gonis Decopointer PET

And then place them in a vase once dry!

Recycled crafts PET Flowers Gonis

There you have some tulips for all year round!

Now it is your turn, let's start with the link that you most visited :)

eggs centrepiece easter
This is such a sweet idea for the Easter table. Thanks Crystelle @ Crystelle Boutique for sharing.

And my chosen links for this week are.....

Cookies in a jar
This amazingly sweet gift from Joanne @ Creative Mess

I adore gooey tarts and ginger is my all time favourite! Thanks for sharing this Linda @ With A Blast

Well-done ladies and thank you for sharing your wonderful Crafts with us all.
I have pinned your crafts on the PinBoard and added them to the Tutorial Thursday Album on my Facebook Page :)

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  1. Natalie...this is Super creative! I have to try it! will send you pictures once I complete a bouquet! I think is perfect for mother's day! Thank You for sharing! Hugs,

    1. Hi Lizy,
      I can't wait to see your finished object :)
      Thanks for taking part from week to week.

  2. Thank you for the feature and the party, Natalie!
    I love your projects and would love if you can link some at our weekly party {running Tuesday through Saturday}

    Have a lovely day!

    1. Hi Linda,
      My pleasure and thanks for the invitation, I will definitely visit :)
      Have a great weekend.

    2. Thank you for linking this at our ALL MY BLOGGY FRIENDS party, Natalie! Come by again tomorrow at 13:00 South-African time for the 41st party :-)

  3. Thank you for great tutorial
    Have a great week!

    1. Hi Joanna,
      My pleasure, thank you for taking part :)
      Have a wonderful weekend.

  4. Thanks so much for hosting :-) Have a great week!!

    Hannah ♫
    Sew Lah Tea Dough

    1. Hi Hannah,
      Thank you for visiting.
      Have a super weekend.

  5. Hi Natalie! What a great way to reuse those plastic bottles ~ very pretty :)
    Thanks for hosting!

    1. Hi Paula,
      I will be sharing more recycled projects over the next while and I must admit it is fun to create something new out of something old!
      Thanks for visiting.

  6. Thank you for featuring me! I love the idea of recycling those plastic bottles...lovely!

    Joanne @ Creative Mess


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