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Eco-Friendly Blossoms By Michelle Brand


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Yes way! Michelle Brand, an eco-designer from Manchester in the UK, repurposes the bottoms of discarded plastic soda bottles to create these breathtakingly beautiful decorative light fixtures, lamp shades, curtains, room dividers, and more.  Ingenious and quite stunning, don’t you agree?


From plastic bottle to blossoms, garlands and fairy lights, it’s up-cycling at its best!


From the pics, it looks like she uses a clothing tag attacher gun for connecting the pieces– much easier than punching individual holes and threading the bottoms with fishing line!!  Sooo whadyathink, DIY potential?  Yay or nay, here’s wishing you all a Happy Earth Day!

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2 A.Mountain.Bride { 04.22.09 at 2:11 pm }

Wow – these are so beautiful and delicate looking. I think I love them!

3 Merium { 04.22.09 at 2:28 pm }

These are beautiful~I wonder if they are hard to make??

4 Kristal { 04.22.09 at 3:17 pm }

I love the look of these, so pretty!! I think they’d be a pretty complicated DIY project though. I imagine one would end up with lots of cuts from the plastic. And how on earth does she cut them so perfectly???

5 Brandi { 04.22.09 at 3:34 pm }

This is one of the coolest things I have seen in a while, I am definitely making one!

6 Mo { 04.22.09 at 7:37 pm }

Such a cool idea–but I think this would be really hard!!
How did she cut them so perfectly? I’d probably hurt myself trying to cut these up with an x-acto.
But beautiful, truly stunning!

7 Luzel { 04.22.09 at 8:45 pm }

Though for a different project, I found some pics on cutting the bottles: http://www.instructables.com/id/SO9M645FQ6EBKC7/

@Brandi – Let us know how it goes!

8 beth { 04.23.09 at 8:20 am }

wow! That’s wonderful… I must go try it!

9 myDIYweddingday { 04.23.09 at 12:31 pm }

Very cool, I especially love it with the flowers stringed in. I’m also amazed at how she managed to cut the bottoms out so smoothly… my first attempt does NOT look like that!

10 Summer { 04.27.09 at 3:17 pm }

Oh man! I’d love to make these!

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14 Ian Moise { 03.13.10 at 4:13 pm }

I am amazed at what you have done Michelle. Absolutely fabulous!! I posted the following on ReUseConnection’s FB page: “Ever look at the bottom of a plastic bottle? and find beauty? Michelle Brand has. WOW!!!… http://bit.ly/95mQW0 ” Thank you and warmest wishes. Ian Moise (imoise@reuseconnection.com

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18 Erin { 05.23.11 at 11:52 am }

Wow – so pretty! I had no idea where they were from until you said. Love it!!

19 Susan { 05.28.11 at 11:04 pm }

Simply stunning………….

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21 Vanda { 08.10.11 at 11:38 am }

Bello ! Grazie ! I am make also ! Tank very much !!!

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23 Krisn { 08.17.11 at 2:59 am }

she states on her website that they have been cut, sanded then tagged together. Beautiful and brilliant!

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26 tracy { 12.22.11 at 5:42 pm }

great ideas

27 Mackie { 02.12.12 at 9:28 pm }

AWESOME!!! excited to make these:) got great ideas on where to put them.

28 Debbie { 03.01.12 at 11:24 am }

awesome Job! Well done!!

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35 june { 06.15.12 at 3:23 pm }

these are beautiful and so easy to do with a bandsaw. Tie together with fishing line. Thanks for the inspiration.

36 norma brooks { 06.23.12 at 9:59 pm }

I just love these, so brilliant to think up these and all you did with them. I love it.

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39 Suzanne { 08.28.12 at 1:30 am }

I am looking forward to trying this with my art students. I am always looking for innovative projects that are different. This certainly fits the bill. I will post photos on my school website when we get that far!

Thanks for sharing this beautiful and brilliant project!!!!

40 Mel the Crafty Scientist { 10.07.12 at 5:44 pm }

LOVE this project/idea – so pretty and unique! Just wanted to let you know I featured this in my roundup of plastic bottle crafts here. Feel free to check it out if you want and hope you like it! : )

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42 Wendy A Crowe { 11.30.12 at 3:11 pm }

I love these, they’re absolutely gorgeous w/ the lites & look like a much more expensive lite called bubble lites ( which can range in the $1000’s!) Now I can have something even better (since I love to garden too =) ) for a fraction of the cost, always a plus!! It states in the one foto that a retail tag gun is used, as far as I know u can’t just go out & buy one so how would I get one since it seems like the quickest & easiest method of attachment?

43 Linda { 12.03.12 at 11:17 am }

These projects makes me wish I drank soda pop. Thinking of where I can get lots bottles, I would like to make a “screen” for each side of my front porch. I think it would look so neat and still let in light.

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46 Brenda F { 03.08.13 at 3:34 am }

I want to know where you get the tag thingie she used?

47 Beatriz Munoz { 05.02.13 at 10:06 am }

Me parece muy ingenioso!!!

48 Diane { 05.21.13 at 3:23 pm }

I love those !! I can’t wait to make some for my windows. You can get a price tag gun on line. The kit is about $20.00. Just do a search for “price tag guns”. Thanks for sharing this wonderful idea.

49 vickie marie bausman { 06.28.13 at 1:57 pm }

Lovely idea…if u ore punch holes it makes it kid freindly for Bible School!

50 Samantha Sherline { 09.02.13 at 4:33 am }

Great great idea and so beautiful. What did you use to cut them out so smoothly??

51 Cheryl { 02.13.14 at 11:52 am }

Finally a use for all the Diet Coke bottles I drink !!!! I should have enough in a week

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54 Annie Kay { 05.19.14 at 12:15 pm }

These fascinated me as soon as I saw them. After looking closely at the pictures, I tried it myself. They are making water bottles so thin now it was easy to cut with simple scissors. To make the petals a little more realistic, I used my curved manicure scissors to round out the petals. I used the curved scissors to cut round the edge of the petal toward the center, turned it over and did the adjacent petal, which left me with a long thin triangle which I snipped off. I am so going to do something with this fantastic idea!!

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I am so excited! So happy I had the chcnae to join! I live in a very, very rural area with no opportunities to get green products! I want to use more green products, but would like the opportunity to try before I buy due to the cost of green products. I am so excited for my box!

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