Category Archives: Upcycle

Easily remove bottle labels and repurpose

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I love to reuse/repurpose  glass jars/bottles. It may be just because of the size or shape or for some craft and sometimes even as storage for pantry. But the labels on them can be quite annoying 😦

So, Pinterest has countless ideas and tips on how to remove them -but for me the most important was mess free. I tried couple of them but the one I am going to share is absolutely “ZERO” effort.

Isn’t that awesome – the glass bottle is absolutely clean and looks new 🙂

This magic lotion is absolutely mess free and the stickers slide off without leaving any residue on the bottle.

To make the lotion you need –

1 tsp – liquid Dish soap

1/4 cup – Baking soda

1/4 cup – Vinegar

Enough water depending on the size of the bottle/jar

And all you have to do is – 

Fill your sink or a container big enough to submerge the bottle with hot hot water. Add liquid dish soap and give it a gently mix. Then add baking soda and vinegar.Once you add vinegar it will get fizzy for couple of seconds and that’s when the magic begins.

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Leave the bottles for couple of hours or until you see the labels off the bottle like here 🙂

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And Tadahhh….they are ready to use 🙂

You can use them to store homemade lemonade or get inspired from pinterest and upcycle them for some fun home decor.

Here is a shampoo bottle that was up cycled couple of years ago to a cute vase using some spray paint 🙂

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Cheers!

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Incense Holder – Upcycle Pistachio Shells

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Burning incense is very relaxing and my favorite are the “Padmini Dhoop sticks”.

Incense sticks are a part of the Indian heritage and are associated with spirituality. That’s the reason most of the Indian Hindu household has it burning in the prayer room.

All these days I have been burning them in the small metal eyelet that is designed to hold the stick on the Padmini dhoop sticks box.

But now I have this cutest custom incense stick holder and it is the easiest and most practical thing to do out of waste 🙂 img_5834 Yep these are pistachio shells upcycled to make a pretty floral incense holder  <3.

Lets see what you need –

Pista shells

Glue gun

Cardboard for base

Air dry clay 

Spray paint 

Step 1 : Take a sturdy cardboard as a base. Here i used the base of empty salt carton.

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Step 2: Start from the outer layer. Glue the shells upside down to the cardboard circle.

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Step 3: Glue the second layer. Use a dab of hot glue to the pista shell and stick it on to the cardboard like shown below.

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Step 4: Continue to glue towards the center.

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Step 5: Fill the center with a piece of air dry clay and create a hole with the incense stick.

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Step 6: Leave the clay to dry for couple of hours and use spray paint of your choice and you have the incense holder ready to use 🙂

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Pretty, Isn’t it !!

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These make cute home decor or Diwali gifts to friends and family.

Hope you save some shells next time and enjoy making this project 🙂

Cheers!