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Upcycling - DIY vase from old bottles

Upcycling - DIY vase from old bottles
25 min Easy

“Good design is sustainable design!”
Give your old milk bottles and juice bottles a lovely makeover and turn them into pretty leather-look flower vases. The FIMO leather‑effect covering makes your new old vase something really special. The perfect upcycling idea for your own individually designed decorations.


An article by Mone

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Step-by-step tutorial

Roll a block of FIMO leather‑effect nut more or less flat using the acrylic roller. Then pass it through the clay machine on setting 1 to turn it into a sheet. Now pass the sheet through on increasingly thinner settings until you reach setting 5.

Hold the FIMO leather‑effect sheet up to the bottle that you want to cover to check that it’s big enough. Then lay the FIMO leather‑effect sheet flat on some baking paper and harden for 30 minutes in a preheated oven at 130 °C / 266° F on upper and lower heat.

Tip: The leather effect stands out even better if you move the FIMO sheet gently by hand after rolling it out, pulling it apart a bit.

Now draw a long rectangle using the Lumocolor non-permanent pen. This should of course be large enough to fit easily around the bottle. Cut out the rectangle with the scissors.

Wrap the FIMO leather‑effect rectangle around the empty bottle and hold in place with sewing clips. Then mark crosses to show where your eyelets will be.

Place the eyelets on the marks and press them down firmly.

Finally, cut the surplus edges to shape.

To make the grey version, repeat steps 1-3, but instead of a rectangle, cut out a long triangle.

Wrap the grey FIMO leather‑effect sheet around the bottle with the long edge at the bottom and the ends overlapping. Draw another guide line on the overlapping section of FIMO, about 2 cm from the bottom. Mark another point about 4 cm above the line. Mark crosses for the eyelets about 1.5 cm apart.

Now connect the end of the long side with another line, creating a triangle. Cut the triangle out along the line.

After cutting it out, adjust the FIMO sheet to your bottle again.

Now punch the holes and insert the eyelets. And you're done!

Material overview

What you need

ProductArticle no.Quantity
FIMO® leather-effect 8010 Oven-bake modelling clay - Single product Leather-effect dove grey 8010-809 1
FIMO® leather-effect 8010 Oven-bake modelling clay - Single product Leather-effect nut 8010-779 1
FIMO® 8700 05 Acrylic roller - Blistercard containing an Acrylic roller 8700 05 1
Lumocolor® non-permanent pen 316 Non-permanent universal pen F - Single product black 316-9 1

Additionally required:

scissors, old bottles, eyelets + pliers, sewing clips

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