Recycled Soda Bottles Are Great For Giving Treats!

Purim Soda in Hand

Purim Soda Bottle Mishloach Manot
You'll Need:
  • Clear soda or other drink bottles
  • Patterned Paper (that you've hopefully printed yourself)
  • Ribbon
  • Cellophane
  • A strong hole punch, my old fashioned metal one works great
How To:
  1. Using a sharp knife, cut off the top curved portion of your bottle, and even it out with scissors. The height of your bottle is up to you, I've always used the maximum height that I could, but you could certainly make them short and cute to hold something small.
  2. Cut your paper to the exact height of the straight portion of the bottle. Depending on the shape of the bottom of your bottle, you will probably not want the paper to extend to the bottom of the bottle as it won't lie flat in that portion.
  3. Insert paper into bottle and secure paper to itself with a piece of tape.
  4. You may want to use a few clothespins or bulldog clips to hold paper in place so that top edge of paper lines up exactly with top edge of bottle.
  5. Punch evenly spaced holes through both the paper and the bottle at the same time
  6. Lace ribbon through the holes moccasin style — the nicest finish I came up with given the rough edge of the soda bottle.
  7. Place cellophane in bottle and then the present or treat, tie with ribbon and trim cellophane to desired  height.
  8. Give to friends and family and get showered with a ton of compliments! Take credit if you like, but do tell them about my blog, would you?

Recycled Toilet-Paper-Roll Wall Decor!

Toilet Paper Tube Wall Art On Blue2
This is a great project for all ages.
Toilet Paper Tube Wall Art On blue

You'll Need:
  • recycled toilet paper tubes, or paper towel tubes, lots of them!
  • white glue or a hot glue gun
  • lots of paper clips, if you're using white glue
Toilet Paper Tube Art How To
How To:
  1. Cut tubes into evenly sized rings. You do want the rings to be the same depth, so do take the extra time to measure! If you want to be a perfectionist, cut with a craft knife and a metal ruler.
  2. Start gluing tubes together. I used hot glue since it's quicker, but I'd recommend using the white glue and paper clips method for kids. Use the paper clips to hold the pieces together as they dry flat on a table.
  3. I really didn't have a plan so I decided to assemble flowers, and figure out what to do with them afterwards! You might want to actually design something first for more certain results. You could even plan your design on the computer!
  4. Run to the neighbors to see if they have some extra tubes, when you run out!
  5. Finish assembling your entire design and paint if desired. Hang and enjoy!