You all should know by now my favorite store in all the world- the place that inspires 97% of my design ideas- the most lovely 20 minutes I can spend shopping any day is ducking into Anthropologie. A few weeks ago I spotted their spring window display of upcyled bike wheel wreaths and just like the snow flake inspiration from this winter, I knew I just had to make them. A pretty summer wreath was the result of this water bottle flowers craft.
I found an old bike for $4 at a thrift store. We took off the bearings, tires and bolts leaving me with 2 lovely wheels for wreaths. Any old wheel you can find will do, mine had the added benefit of being pink.
I snuck out with the husband this weekend and showed him my inspiration window, explaining that mine wouldn’t be quite as cute because I didn’t have the beautiful glass flowers.
To which he responded, “those aren’t glass they are plastic”. Plastic water bottles to be exact. Plastic water bottles simply cut up and spray painted.
Well, that made it just too tempting for me not to recreate. So I did-
My version involved- 1 four dollar bike, 12 recycled water bottles and plenty of left over spray paint. Creating this loveliness.
My favorite wreath ever, ever, ever.
Make your own:
First collect a wide variety of different size plastic bottles and cut the tops off.
Then begin cutting away on the diagonal of each top. Bend back the edges fanning them out to create a flower.
Attack the flower with an easy coat of colorful spray paint- no perfection required.
Layer the bottles together, using different colors and sizes to add texture, glue each flower together by its separate base. Attach to the wreath wheel with string or floral wire.
Hang it up and smile. It is quite a joy.
Favorite wreath ever.
PS. More wreaths here.