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Recycle/Upcycle Water Bottle Ribbon Flowers



Recycle and upcycle those water bottles into adorable water bottle ribbon flowers!
Here’s how – gather the following materials:
Water bottles
Fabri-Tac glue
Styrofoam balls – 1″
Skewer sticks
Hot glue gun
Clay pot
Floral foam
Floral moss
Bowdabra, wire, wand

Start to make your water bottle ribbon flowers by cutting off the top portion of a water bottle just above the label at the rim.

Make six vertical cuts equally spaced and around the top smooth area.

Round off the ends, creating “petal shapes.”

Press the petals down, spreading them out to form a flower. The petals can be shaped in or out.


Next, cut ribbon into six pieces, the length of a petal.

Water bottle ribbon flowersApply Fabri-Tac glue to the inside petal .  .  .

and press the right side of the ribbon onto the glued petal and smooth out. The glue will magically disappear into the ribbon fabric, leaving a clear glossy effect from the plastic.

Water bottle ribbon flowers
Repeat the previous steps for each petal and then, make two more flowers.

Water bottle ribbon flowers

Water bottle ribbon flowers
Cut out separate leaf shapes from the water bottles the same way as the petals, applying glue and ribbon in the same manner.
For the flower center, slice a 1″ Styrofoam ball in half and cut a piece of ribbon to cover the round portion . . .

Water bottle ribbon flowers
Apply fabric glue over the round portion of the ball and smooth the ribbon on.

Water bottle ribbon flowers
Place glue around the inner edge of the opening and insert the ribbon covered half ball.

Water bottle ribbon flowers

Water bottle ribbon flowers
Wrap two skewer sticks with green painters’ tape and insert one into floral foam placed inside of pot.

Water bottle ribbon flowers
Add hot glue to the top stick and press on the flower. Reinforce the flower and stick with more hot glue and cover with a cut-out ribbon circle.
Break the second stick in half, slightly bending the sticks. Hot glue one half onto the main stem as pictured and insert other into foam.
Hot glue the two other flowers at the top of the sticks, reinforcing as before. And finally, gluing the leaves on randomly.

Water bottle ribbon flowers
Make a Bowdabra Bow Tie by cutting an 18″ piece of bow wire, fold in half and place in the Bowdabra, tucking the ends under.

Pinch the ribbon together leaving about an inch on a twelve inch length of ribbon on one side, and place into the Bowdabra, pattern down.


Make a loop on the opposite side and fold completely over the tower into the Bowdabra . .
to form a simple bow tie.

Scrunch down the ribbon with the Bowdabra wand.

While the bow is still in the Bowdabra, thread the two loose ends of the bow wire through the loop pulling tightly, Gently pull the bow out of the Bowdabra separating the ends and taking them around to the back of the bow and tying into a knot. Cut off excess.
To finish the bow, cut a small piece of ribbon and fold the sides over, meeting in the center. Place a dab of glue on the back of the bow and wrap one end around the bow, ending in the back, and gluing.

Wrap a decorative ribbon around the edge of the clay pot, gluing in the center, and adding the Bowdabra Bow Tie on top!

Water bottle ribbon flowersWater bottle ribbon flowers

I hope you enjoy Bowdabra designer Gail’s water bottle ribbon flowers and visit her at her blog, Purple hues and me, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and G+

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