15 D.I.Y. Projects for Glass Soda Bottles

Ever wonder what to do with those nifty glass soda bottles? The pretty ones that remind you of Annette Funicello beach movies. The kind that comes wrapped around tasty bubbles of root beer, cream soda, and real-sugar Coke. As of right now, you can stop chucking them in the trash.

15 DIY Projects for Glass Soda Bottles
As a raw crafting material, glass bottles are packed with potential. Plus once you’ve enjoyed drinking the contents – they are essentially free. Happy dance!! I’ve got small stockpile of soda bottles right here, ready and waiting. So I set my brain to creative marinate mode and bam! Out popped a list of 15 DIY projects for glass soda (or beer, gasp!) bottles…

  1. Wedding Table Decorations: As vases for florals, centerpieces to add a vintage or heirloom feel, or as unique place cards by writing the guest’s name directly on the glass.
  2. Flower or greenery vases with personality!
  3. Turn them into DIY hummingbird feeders (Google has a plethora of tutorials!).
  4. Display with other vintage/retro glassware on a bookcase or plant shelf.
  5. Fill with sand for weight and use as book ends.
  6. Room Freshener: Fill 3/4 full with water – then add a few drops of your favorite essential oil or extract and set around the home.
  7. Spray paint white or black for a great way to embrace the black & white interior design trend.  Try painting a few black; and a few white. Odd numbers of each look best. This is a truly simple project but the resulting impact is incredible. Trust me. You’ll be oozing adoration toward your crafty creation.
  8. Let your kids create their own flower vases! Decorate them with paints, permanent markers, puffy paint. Glue on foam letters. Add stickers. Get messy.
  9. Instant incense holders!
  10. For the Winter Holidays: Create sparkly snow vases by coating with glue/spray adhesive. Then roll in Epsom Salt, Rock Salt, or glitter!
  11. Frosted Glass: Spray with clear matte spray paint. The result looks like sea glass with a smooth-like-suede feel!

DIY Frosted Glass Vase from a Jar

  1. Glow in the Dark: Paint with glow-in-the-dark paint (on the outside or inside). Charge under a light, outside, or on a windowsill.
    • Place in your bed or bath room for a soft nightlight.
    • Use as table centerpieces for a party.
    • Add a bit of wire around the opening and hang the bottles from trees, your fence, or around your porch.
    • I think these would also be incredible additions to Halloween decor!
  2. Bottle your own real Vanilla extract! First find a cork, stopper, or twist on cap for your bottle. If you don’t find one around the house,  head to your local hardware store and dig ’round the bins.  They are usually in the area with the loose nails, screws, nuts, bolts, etc. You should find a bounty of rubber stoppers and cork stoppers in a gigaton of sizes.
    • To make your Vanilla extract: Drop 3-4 dried Vanilla Beans into your bottle.  Fill the bottle with vodka or a white rum.  Stopper the bottle and set it aside for at least 3 months.  Shake it up every week or two.
    • Personally I use rum since I’m extremely allergic to vodka.
    • Once you’ve used 1/4 to 1/3 of your extract, top it off with more vodka or rum.  Shake it a bit and set aside for at least a week to let the extract darken back up.  When your beans stop darkening the new top-offs, just drop in a new bean or two.
    • Looking for even tastier vanilla? You’ve GOT to check out Beanilla.com.  Best beans out there! Seriously. Lots of fantastic recipes including ones for Zambuca and Raspberry Buttermilk Popsicles! I frequently lose myself for hours on the Beanilla site. Oops.
  3. Faux Stained Glass, version 1:  Grab some tissue paper in various colors, rip it up. I typically do either random roundish/squarish sections from 1-2 inches; or longer, narrow strips – completely up to you depending on how you want it to look.  Mix some white PVA/school glue with warm water in a 1:1 ratio.  Brush the watered down glue onto a section of tissue paper and place it on your bottle.  Continue placing gluey tissue paper onto your bottle until it is fully covered.  Overlap pieces for a more interesting look.  If a piece rips, just squish it back into place to cover the rip, or layer another piece over the rip. Remember in this project, perfection is in the imperfect. Wrinkles, off-kilter, randomness – all are welcome!
  4. Faux Stained Glass, version 2:  Pick out 5-7 colors of nail polish.  Start painting sections of your bottle with one color – leaving space open around each color. Grab the second color and start painting in some of that open space.  Repeat through the rest of the colors.  You can paint random shapes, non-shapes, whatever. If you’d like something a bit more ordered or patterned – draw the pattern on the bottle *before* you start – pencil or a fine point Sharpie work wonderfully.

Consider this list a kick off point for ideas and inspiration to create goodies with your own glass bottle stash. Today I did numbers 2, 5, 6, 7, 9, 11 and 15. Tomorrow I’ll be working on project #12. And you can bet your bippy that I’ll be doing #10 this Christmas!!

Do you have a favorite project, or use, for glass soda bottles? If you create any of these projects, or a completely different one, I’d love for you to share it with all the Bionic readers! Please post a link to a photo, or to your own blog article, in the comments below.

Stay cool Soda Pop,
Jami, author of the Bionic Style blog

From Carnage to Chocolate Cherry Cream Brownies – A Photo Story

Tuesday. 22nd of July. 2014.
11:00AM ~ Publix has a sale on gorgeous Washington black cherries. $1.99 a pound! I buy 2.5 pounds.

Cusp of Wednesday. 23rd of July. 2014.
Midnight ~ *That Guy* and I de-pit and slice cherries.

#TastyCherryMidnightCarnage

1:00AM ~ Sticky, gory hands. Lather, rinse, repeat. Repeat. Repeat.

1:20AM ~ My brain dream’s up a 100% gluten-free recipe to use the tasty cherries.

Before baking - Chocolate Cherry Cream gluten free brownie batter

1:30AM through 2:33AM ~ Mix, beat, stir, layer, and bake ingredients into what *That Guy* is calling the best brownies. Ever.

After baking - Gluten free chocolate cherry cream brownies

2:47AM ~ Demolish one of the two pans of brownies. Lick crumbs from fingers.

Gluten Free Chocolate Cherry Cream Brownie by Bionic Style

Hugs, with a cherry on top,
Jami, author of the Bionic Style blog

P.S. Click the photographs to view larger versions.
P.P.S. Yes, they are gluten free. Yes, they taste better than any gluteny brownies I’ve ever experienced.

Transformers Phone Screen Design + Wallpapers

A home screen design for the Transformers 4 Age of Extinction movie.
Transformers Autobots home screen design for Android

My most frequently referenced data is front & center: weather, time, date, battery level; and built with UCCW.  The rest I kept minimal with an icon to my app drawer and quick access to favorite apps using AOKP ribbons on both sides of the screen.

Neon squares are from Sonny Sekhon’s awesome Neon icon pack. Wallpaper designed by me – which you can download below!

To download, click on the image you like above, then right click and choose “Save As”. Download the image to your computer, cell phone, or tablet – and you’re done!
Please post below with questions, comments, or requests!

Remember, freedom is the right of every sentient being…
Jami, author of the Bionic Style blog

P.S. Don’t miss my matching Transformers lock screen layout!

Transform Your Lockscreen: Optimus Prime!

Is anyone else excited to see Transformers 4: Age of Extinction? In preparation for the movie, I dressed up my Nexus with an Optimus Prime lock screen.

I used the application WidgetLocker for the lock screen functionality; “Invisible Tabs” theme for WidgetLocker; and UCCW (Ultimate Custom Clock Widget) for the time and date.

Transformers Lockscreen for Android

My UCCW files can be downloaded in a zip file.  The zip file contains the UCCW widget shown above.  The UCCW is fully editable.  The widget includes time and date; and includes the font.

Do you want Optimus Prime for your own home or lock screen wallpaper?

Transformers Optimus Prime Retro Movie Poster

 

To download the wallpaper, click on the image above, then right click and choose “Save As”. Download the image to your computer, cell phone, or tablet – and you’re done!

I’d truly appreciate a comment if you use the wallpaper or UCCW.   I’d also love to see what you create with the file(s), so please feel free to post a link to your screenshot in the comments section!

Need help or have a question? Please post in comments below.

Autobots… roll out!

Jami - author and editor of the Bionic Style blog

P.S.  Have you spotted nefarious robots in your area?  Keep Earth human and report all alien activity to  www.transformersaredangerous.com or call 855-363-8392 immediately!!

Breaking News: Gummy Mafia Apprehended + Dresden Drowns Vamps

Just yesterday it seemed that I was being told: “Take your time, ma’am. It is imperative we correctly identify the culprit from this line-up. We must get riff-raff like this off the streets!”

And today, I find the Sunday edition paper screaming the headline story “Gummy Bear Mafia Apprehended!”.  I guess I should feel good in helping to clean up our streets/walkways/forest trails…

Bionic Times Newspaper - 1 June 2014 edition

In other crazy-random-happenstance news:

  • California Chrome is ready for his chance at the Triple Crown this Saturday.  The Belmont Stakes will be run on June 7. Post time is around 6:25pm ET – live coverage on NBC.
  • Chicago’s Wizard PI, Harry Dresden, contributed in his own way to cleansing the streets.  No sparkly vamps in that story!
  • Out-of-the-blue, Captain Jack Harkness is grabbing headlines again with a dire warning that those pesky, drug-peddlin’ 456 freaks may be headed back to our planet. Ugh.

 Come on over to the Darkside. We have cookies… and gummy bears…
Jami - author and editor of the Bionic Style blog

P.S. I scanned the newspaper at full resolution, so y’all can click the image above to read the articles and see all the glorious details. Hint. Hint.

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