With a few short steps you could take a very basic gift and give it a whole new life. I visited the awesome people at Portola paints, for a step by step Valnetine's Day project. We took recycled plastic and glass bottles and turned them into colorful vases for various assortments of flowers for any occasion.Gather together your recycled glass and plastic bottles. Collect a few yards of various ribbons. Start brainstorming which colors you may want to work with. For home made cards all you need is a few sheets of construction paper, scissors and a glue stick.
Create a color scheme that coordinates your ribbon, with your flowers and this way you can choose the right color for the paint.
You will need to prime the bottles before adding the paint.
After you have covered the bottles with primer, you can add your first coat of paint. Next you will want to wait for the paint to dry completely, and if necessary add a second coat. To speed up the drying process, you can use hair dryer. Once paint is dry add the selected ribbons by tying them around the base of the bottle, sometimes it's cute to double layer them for a multi-colored look.
Trim the flowers and fill up the bottle with about 2 inches of water.... and there you have it! A simple, affordable and sentimental gift for your Valentine.... or for anyone on any special occasion.
Images: Bethany Nauert