Recycled Bottle Planter
BY Rita Schwab and Jeanne Baruth
SKILL LEVEL: 3 (1 being the easiest, 5 being most difficult)
TIME TO COMPLETE: 4 hours
• Always, wear safety goggles when using glass-crafting tools. Everyday eyeglasses have only impact resistant lenses.
• To ensure top performance keep your bottle cutter blade oiled.
• Generation Green (g2)™ Bottle Cutter
• Studio Pro™ Copper Foil ¼”
• Emery Paper
• Decoupage Medium or Shellac (optional)
• Paint Brush
• Milestones Metal Shapes Embellishments
• 750ML Wine Bottle
• 12 oz small amber colored bottle
Read and carefully following the instructions contained within the Generation Green (g2) bottle cutter manual.
1. Cover the work area with craft or newspaper.
2. Measure and mark the bottle with a Sharpie™ so that the top is an inch shorter than the bottom. A slightly shorter top will allow it to seat itself properly into the base.
3. Using the bottle cutter, score and separate bottle where indicated.
4. Smooth the rough edges as instructed in the bottle cutter manual.
5. For the smaller planter, simply insert the top portion of the bottle, neck first down into the base. Place a small pebble or a piece of mesh to cover the opening in the neck and fill with potting soil. Add your favorite plant or seeds.
6. For the larger planter, clean the cut edges of the bottle thoroughly with a vinegar/water solution and clean cloth. Foil will not stick properly if your glass is dirty or oily.
7. Start with ¼” (1.5ml thick) copper foil. Peel back 3”- 4” of backing from the foil. Center the edge of your glass on the sticky side of the foil. Always “start” your foil on the backside of the project. Wrap the entire cut edge with foil and overlap the ends ¼”.
8. Use a fid (if you don’t have a fid, a pencil or Popsicle stick can be substituted) and burnish (rub) the surface of the foil to the edge of the glass. Press firmly, however too much pressure may cause the foil to tear.
9. Next, print seed packet images provided onto card stock. Cut out all images and set the larger image aside.
10. Paper Tole1 the smaller seed packet images into a three-dimensional design. To do so, cut out the flower bouquets on each of the 5 small seed packet images.
11. Decide which areas you will use to create your “paper tole.” Start with the whole bouquet as the base and work inward cutting each bouquet into smaller and smaller portions (use image as a guide). You will be layering each portion of the bouquet one on top of the other to create the illusion of depth. So each layer has to be smaller than the first.
12. Build up your images layer by layer, starting with the larger bouquet image and working up to the smaller image. A silicone adhesive, foam squares or hot glue can be used between each layer to build or put space between them.
13. Once you have built your three-dimensional bouquet, attach it to the top portion of the vase using a decoupage medium and allow drying. Remember, the top portion of the bottle will be turned upside down so remember to attach your bouquet upside down so that it is right side up when inserted into the bottle base.
14. Next, apply the large seed pack to the bottom portion of the bottle using a decoupage medium. Once dry, apply several coats to the surface of the seed packet, allowing each layer to dry before applying the next.
15. Then, apply several layers of decoupage medium to the surface of the 3-dimensional bouquet. And let dry completely.
16. To further embellish, tuck a metal garden shape butterfly into the 3-dimensional bouquet or attach one or two around the large seed packet image – you choose.
17. Insert the top portion of the cut bottle, neck first down into the base. Place a small pebble or a piece of mesh to cover the opening in the neck and fill with potting soil. Add your favorite plant or seeds.
18. Fill the base with water. The neck of the bottle will allow the water to wick up, keeping the soil moist.