As you know, I love recycling crafts, so when I realized that by cutting down a recycled bleach bottle I could make a festive vase for my Mexican-style paper flowers, well I just had to give it a try! And guess what, it's so very simple, looks great and is a wonderful way to use up all those yarn odds and ends. I will definitely make some more before Purim if I can. And it also occurs to me that this would make a great basket for mishloach manot too. You probably don't have access to enough empty bleach bottles to make them for everyone on your list, but a few would be fun! And in case you're paying attention, yes, the small vase is actually a can, making a guest appearance from my previous post here, where it was actually a luminary!
- an empty bleach container, or really any large plastic bottle (like fabric softener or other household cleaning fluids), and it certainly doesn't have to be round
- a fun combo of yarn in a variety of thicknesses and colors
- a hot glue gun
- Cut off the top of your bleach bottle with a large sharp knife, and then use a pair of sharp scissors to trim the bottom section such that it's an even height all around. (Make sure to wash out the bottle!)
- Attach the first piece of yarn with a dab of hot glue at the end and start wrapping, adding very small dots of hot glue along the way. Change colors as desired, wrapping the whole height of the bottle.
- That's it! If you'd like to use this as a basket as opposed to a vase, you might want to finish the top edge with a strip of felt that's glued to both the outside and the inside in order to hide the upper rim.
- Have fun wrapping all the cans and bottles you can get your hands on, and create a stunning table with groupings of them, or a long line of them running down the middle of the table.
- Oh, and I almost forget to mention, these are perfect centerpieces for your next Mexican fiesta!