Tuesday, April 5, 2011

From Simply Orange to Simply Functional

A few weeks ago, I started paying attention to empty containers that I usually wouldn't think twice about throwing away.  That's when I noticed these Simply Orange (and Lemonade) containers.  I thought they were lovely.  So I began with this....

and ended up with this...

functional and adorable book ends.

I first took off the labels with the help of Goo Gone.  Next, I literally sawed off the part that you screw the lid onto.  THAT was fun! If you try this, please be careful. 

My next step was spray painting them.  I used flat white spray paint.  You'll need several coats because the light just keeps shining through them if it's not on thick enough. 

Then I printed off my letters onto card stock using American Typewriter font.  I cut the letters out and Mod Podged them on.

They were still too light to use as book ends, so I filled them with stones.  Total cost: $3.78 for the spray paint. I love repurposing and have found myself keeping everything!! I'm so thankful my husband is understanding.  Thanks, Babe!!

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  1. Jane, what a great idea! So creative!

  2. Hey I like that!!! I like having a creative sister-n-law!!! Keep it coming sister!!!

  3. I luv your bookends. I agree those Simply Orange bottles are such a nice shape.

    Thanks for visiting my blog.

  4. So creative!! Great job!! Thanks for linking up!!

  5. What great bookends! So creative....I'd love for you to share this idea on my simply creations link party tomorrow :o)My simple home life

  6. Oh how cute I never would've guessed they were juice containers!

  7. Those are great! Very clever!
    Thanks for linking up to Making It With Allie! I can't wait to see what you have for next week!

  8. I just put your blinki on both of my blogs:) I enjoy your clever ideas:)
    <3 Jenn

  9. Great way to recycle! I love using Goo Gone for labels, too.

  10. I wanted to let you know that I featured you today:

    Feel free to grab a featured button!

  11. Hello Jane,

    I couldn’t find contact information on your blog. What is the best way to reach you? I’d like to email you about a program sponsored by GOO GONE, one of my clients.

    Mary Jo


  12. I love them! Great repurposing!


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