Hi there! Welcome to Adirondack Girl @ Heart, where you can learn all about vintage and antiques, while at the same time, find some great vintage DIY’s and occasionally, like today, learn some simple, upcyling projects. I’m so glad you’re here because we’re going to learn how to make a darling snowman candy container out of a soda bottle.
Save the idea on one of your Pinterest boards for next Christmas, or make him sometime this month and bring a smile to your face during the deep dark winter–either way, he’s awfully cute.
First, find yourself a 2-liter Coke bottle of any flavor. Coke bottles work best because they have curves in all the right places.
You’re not going to be using the center portion of the bottle. Make your first cut 3 3/4″ from the bottom, this will be your “bowl.” Then cut 5 1/4″ from the lid down, this will be the “lid” of your candy container. The “lid” will sit nicely on your “bowl” because of all those curves I mentioned. Save the middle for another project or recycle it.
This is what it looks like all put together before you do any painting or decorating.
Using a foam brush, paint the lid with two coats of acrylic craft paint and one coat of Modge Podge. Do the same with the bottom only using white paint. The Modge Podge protects the painted surface and gives it some gloss. (NOTE: If it weren’t freezing out, and you had red and white spray paint, spray painting these would be quick and easy. You might still need two coats of paint, but no MP.)
Add two button eyes and a felt carrot nose and you’re done–now wasn’t that a simple craft?
Fill the bowl with candy or some other treat and you’re good to go. This would make a great project for your children or grandchildren, about ages 8-12. They might like to give the lid some stripes or polka dots, or even a bit of trim.
I just love upcycling materials that would require extra energy to recycle. With just a bit of energy exerted on our part, we keep the bottles out of the solid waste stream. It works kinda that way with vintage and antiques as well. When we reuse or upcycle vintage pieces, we keep them out of the landfill. And as Martha says, that’s a good thing.
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