Thursday, August 27, 2009

Recycled Drink Tray

Today I was stuck babysitting my dog Nikita because my other dog was at the groomer's. Nikita gets very upset when Princess goes to the vet/groomer. While babysitting, I decided to try to create something with a Drink Tray that was waiting to go to the recycling bin.

It started off looking like this:

Then progressed to this:

Then I decided to cut down the sides to create a flower. Once that was done, I painted the cardboard with acrylic paint. I would love to use that new product that Creatively-Green plans to sell soon called Generation Green Acrylic paint with colorants. But that will be used the next time.

While waiting for the paint to dry. I came up with the idea to try to create my own version of the Flower soft product. So I took a piece of the cardboard and added pigment( water-based ink) to it to make it the color I wanted. Then I scraped it with a knife to make tiny bits.

This is what I came up with:

And this is what my fingers looked like after.

So in the end, You finally get to see my finished project. I added brads to hold it together. And probably should have used one more color of paint to make some shading. I choose to keep the edges rough to make it appear more rustic.

Hope you like it.


Vicki said...

Wow, Susan! Amazing! You completly disguised the real use of the container! And your own flower soft...WOW! Great job! Blessings to you!

Cheryl Walker said...

Love this flower you made out of the drink holder!!! How neat!! You did a wonderful job on this, and love the flower soft toooo:)


Payne Holler Cards said...

you made me bust out laughing!!! I'm reading so intently, soaking up every word, and then there is the pic of your fingers! I busted out!!! LOLLL whew! needed that! now, back to the flower..I'm still is super! this will be a great project for my grankids! btw, still smilin...I've seen my fingers end up like that a time or two!:)

Mary G. said...

Great way to recycle! LOVE how you made your own Petal Soft! I've gotta try that!! LOVE the outcome!!

Cindy said...

Wow!! What a super recycling idea!! The flower looks awesome!

Monica said...

Super awesome idea Sue!

Michelle said...

how creative and wonderfully unique!
I think that your stained fingers are well worth it...because your "flower soft creation" looks super!

Anita Hovey said...

Very creative...I would never have thought of repurposing THOSE.

Teresa Kline aka va.sunshine said...

wow, is this ever amazing, super idea.....very clever...I luv it!

enjoy *~*

LaLatty said...

Very creative, great way to reuse the drink holder!

CyndiLou said...

Hi Sue!I am following you! Love this project, it is so inspirational and sooooo Green!Anyhow...Since I love you and your blog, I am giving you the Idyllhours Blog Award!See my Blog for details!
Enjoy! See you!

Mel M. M. McCarthy said...

Brilliant! No matter how many times I tell the DH to reuse these, he brings more home. I would have never thought to reuse them. SOooooooh cool! :o)

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