10 April 2015

Soda Bottle Bud Vases

Soda tastes better out of an ice-cold glass bottle than out of a can or poured into a glass. Who's with me?

We drink very little soda, so I rarely buy glass bottles, but I gave Mr. Wonderful an Opening Day party (baseball season) on Monday and I bought some soda in glass bottles to go with the Cracker Jacks and the peanuts in the shell. The bottles were too nifty to throw away, so I had to think of a use for them. Bud vases, of course! They just needed a little fancy-ing up.

If you click on the "crafts" label here, you'll see that the only crafts I do are easy ones. And this one is no exception. All you need: bottles, ribbon, embellishments, your trusty hot glue gun, and a kitty.

To be fair, I was making these last night and she was at the end of a long, hard day of napping and eating. It wears her out, you know. These are 8 oz. bottles and a length of ribbon about 8" long will go around the bottle with a little overlap. Hot glue it, hot glue your embellishment to the front and BOOM! Cute bud vase!

TIP: See the "sell by" date printed on the bottle on the right? That wipes off easily with a little nail polish remover on a cotton ball.

You can use any type of ribbon and any type of embellishment you can think of to make these suit any season or holiday or occasion. I chose a linen-like 1 1/2" wide ribbon, which I think works really well. I'm not into the burlap craze (???) but it would work well, too, and would give you a very rustic, country look. These paper and fabric flowers are from the scrapbooking section of Hobby Lobby. I got the ribbon there, as well.

Now here's an important TIP: When you glue the ribbon around the bottle and when you glue the embellishment onto the front of the ribbon, move the ribbon slightly on the bottle so the glue doesn't bond to the bottle. This serves two purposes:
1) the ribbon can be removed and the bottle can be popped into the dishwasher
2) if you want to change these for seasons or holidays, you just remove the ribbon and make a new one... you don't have to have a vast collection of bottles!

I made a less girly one for Mr. Wonderful's desk, because who doesn't like a fresh flower? This is just a chipboard letter glued to the ribbon. 

I'm pretty happy with how these turned out. Tiger Lily is not quite as impressed.


  1. Very cool and easy idea! I like the 'H' one you created for Mr. Wonderful! So, was opening day a success for his team? Enjoy your weekend!

    Robin in Virginia

    1. Yes! His team won and so did mine! :O) Have a great weekend!

  2. Those are REALLY cute, HB. It's called "pop" in my neck of the woods! And we have a 5 cent deposit on all bottles and cans; so that encourages people to not litter and to get their money back when they return them. I really like what you've done with them. Now they just need some fresh flowers.

    Yea, poor Tiger Lily...she's got it rough.
    Glad your teams won! Have a great weekend, too.

  3. How fun are these! I like the idea for a 4th of July party with daisies in!

  4. They look awesome! Well done :)

  5. like what you did with the cola bottles,i made a pincushion like yours from a mirror ,you,re very inventive.Frankie say,s Hi to Tigerlily,he had yesterday at the vets getting his teeth cleaned ,was not impressed with the anaesthetic ,still a bit woozy today,does Tigerlily have her teeth cleaned ?

  6. What a great idea, they look so pretty.
    Think your assistant is not seeing the beauty.