Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Today's Guest: Somewhat Simple

Hi everyone! I'm Stephanie from Somewhat Simple and I am excited to be back here on Eighteen25 for this fabulous series!
Today I have a fun project that your kids will love to help you with!

The idea for this project came to me last week when I cleaned the inside of my refrigerator for the first time in 6-9 months!
I couldn't believe how many bottles of condiments and salad dressings we had that were expired!
Rather than toss them all in the trash (seriously, I had about 10-12 bottles!) I did the following:

Gather, Clean & Take Off the Labels from Various Bottles-
glass and plastic both work just fine! Run them under some water and let them dry real good.

Take off the labels- you may want to use some Goo Be Gone to get the sticky stuff completely off. Some labels are easier to remove than others!

Squirt Some Paint Inside Your Bottles-
the size of your bottle will determine how much paint to use. Start with less than you think 'cause you can always add more. I chose some fun fall colors with white to make "ghosts" on both ends. My kids loved this part.

Shake it up!
 If you toss the caps of your bottles in the trash prematurely (as I did!) just use a napkin on the open end while you're shaking. Cover the entire inside of your bottles, adding more paint as needed. (You may need to help your kids cover the entire surface)
Let this dry completely.

Break out the Puffy Paint!
I was originally intending to use my vinyl machine to cut out letters and ghost faces, but it was even easier to free hand letters and faces with some good 'ole black puffy paint! Let it dry completely.

You can stop before this step and just leave it plain (I actually LOVE the plain look!) or you can add ribbon, silk flowers, buttons etc. and add even more character!

Display it!-
 I got a simple shelf at Hobby Lobby for a few bucks with my coupon. I painted it black, then I added some Command Strips to the bottom of each jar to stick to the black shelf and hold them in place. Now this cute little project is on display in my entry way- safe and secure and ready to greet my spooky guests!

And that is it!

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thanks so much steph!
how cute is that! and what a fun project for the kids to help with!! (especially the cleaning out the fridge part!)  i just love these projects that use recycled items from around the house!! 
head over to somewhat simple and say hi! and then stop back by again tomorrow and link up a project or two to her awesome strut your stuff link party!!

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  1. I am completely in love with this! It is SO very cute!

    Thanks a ton for sharing.

  2. Oh good gracious that is too cute for words!!!! This is a must do project!

  3. This is amazing. I am so going to do this, I have the perfect place for it. I love the fact that it recycles stuff one would normally throw away. Thanks for the idea.

  4. This is beyond adorable! Doing this with a Thanks message for Thanksgiving! Will have to share with my readers!
    RM, Home Confetti

  5. This is soooo cute!!!! I absolutely LOVE IT!!!! My kids have the day off today from school, and I think this is what we will be making when the baby goes down for her nap!!! Thank you!!!!!

  6. Love this. I'm totally going to try this out.

    Also - plain rubbing alcohol will remove sticky labels as well as Goo Gone, and much cheaper. :)

  7. I love this! It would also be a great alternative to the halloween blocks, just do this with bottles. Excellent1 Thanx for sharing :)

  8. Oh, that is so cute. I've been saving jars for a project - just didn't know what it was. I also thought I needed special paint for glass. Thanks for all the info.

  9. Wow! Thanks for the nice comments everyone! You guys are so nice!

  10. I have to do this. I think I might make something for Christmas. Very creative!

  11. Wow, we are so doing this, this weekend. It will inspire me to clean the grody condiments out of my fridge. ;-)

  12. I love this idea! I am definitely going to have to try it out..I have so many different types of empty bottles/containers at home. Very cute way to recycle and be creative. Thanks for sharing :) I found this post on my co-worker's Halloween list btw >