Happy Earth Day!


Sweet Perfume, Simply Beads-Feb, 06 copyright DRG

It’s Earth Day!  And you know how I (and a ton of other people) love to repurpose and recycle old junk things into new stuff!  I wanted to share one of my projects that does just that!  This is an old perfume bottle transformed into a hanging bud vase with beads, buttons and wire—-Perfect for dangling violets, dandelions, and daisies on your kitchen window.  Back in the day, I sold these at the farmer’s market.  Which reminds me of the lady next to me who sold wonderful homemade scones and coffee.  I could go for one of those right now!


I would search flea markets high and low for any sort of tiny bottle—and if you’re really lucky, they still have the label on them.  Those were always my favorites.  Now that I think about it, I just saw some vintage label clip art on Dover’s free sampler.  Hmmm, I bet you could decoupage with Mod Podge a faux label onto the bottle.  Thinking out loud here.

There are TONS of fun recycled craft ideas out there for you and for kids.  Craft Gossip’s Recycled Crafts Blog had some good stuff (be sure to check out older posts) and book reviews on the topic.  Make-Stuff had some clever ideas.  If you liked yesterday’s post about recycling clip-on earrings, check out my project in the Spring issue of Make It Mine, for tips on transforming vintage jewels into wine charms.


Have a Happy Earth Day! Go Green everyone!


  1. Happy Earth Day to you as well! Many thanks for the mention. I love your repurposed perfume bottle.

  2. Happy Earth Day, sweet Candie!!

  3. Very cool idea for recycling. I found your blog a couple days ago after looking for pictures of wire bird nests and I’ve been checking back since then because you’ve shared so many inspiring ideas!!! Now you’re in my favorites. Thanks!

  4. What a fabulous creation you made, incorporating used items and making such a cheerful decoration – just fabulous!

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