Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Recycle, Reuse, Reduce

I'm a big fan of Recycling, Reusing and Reducing.... I teach my kids the importance of caring for the Earth, our inheritance... I'm blessed to be married to my Italian man and his family is known for their reusing of their resources... we take and can grilled veggies, make our own sauce and jar them... it's Great!  Who knew that Recycling was so 'Old School'?!?

I love shapes of various jars we get, olives in jars with funky edges, marinades in shaker shaped jars, etc... so why not reuse then, craft them into something fun and funky.  So, grab these items (most should be around your home or easily obtained), include a timer and microfiber cloth....


Using Vinyl sheets that are adhesive backed and cut out a shape, you desire...  I do love my nature and butterflies... soooo..... lol  Either apply it as a cut out or as a solid image...


Cover the space with the Glass Etching Solution... and leave for the designated time (the bottle of solution should tell you how long - mine was 5 minutes... I like it better by leaving it on for a longer time - I did a full 10 minutes!).  Follow the instructions for removal.. my solution said to run under water to remove fully... so I did and.... BAM!!

 I love how Microfiber uses no chemicals, it makes it easy to remove fibers and dry items...


 Remove the Vinyl and be amazed at the contrast... sooo easy, clean and impressive.... I like to even add an image to the bottom of my jars - I think that lil extra is pretty great!


Use a battery tea light and make it glow.... add some water (if you add food coloring it'll really POP)... I love this idea!  My eldest has talked about getting married to her beau... I could see this being a great centerpiece to tables or walk ways for a Bridal Shower, Wedding Rehersal Dinner, Wedding Reception, etc... now, to talk her into it... lol!


This makes it possible to be the ULTIMATE in Reuse!  I can be a stunning Vase, made to look Country with Raffia tied at the top, our lovely Crochet Ribbon, Satin Ribbon, etc.  Stunning, isn't it?  Easy, too!!  Great for the Environment too - and that leaves a smile on my face!


 Etching the image... this is smaller, going to be a glass I'll use to even drink out of or have a small bouquet of flowers from my garden that my kids picked (eek!).... Fill it with colored sand and make a pretty pattern with my lil monkeys... sooo many opportunities!


 Here is the Contrast... both are STUNNING!  Now, which to YOU Choose??

 The Leaves, the lil Butterflies... nature, giving back, and making the world a little prettier in the process! 

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