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More than Just a Bottle: GreenCycleDesigns Upcycled Vases


Every time I throw a glass bottle into the recycling bin, I have the nagging thought that with just a little creativity, I could turn those bottles into something I’d really like to put on display. Unfortunately, that nagging feeling never turned into action — at least not for me. Clearly Etsy seller Tara Ackerman of GreenCycleDesigns has more initiative than I do on most days.

Tara turns used glass bottles and secondhand vases into works of art with nothing but some paint, recycled paper and a bit of imagination. She covers the vases and bottles, often with simple repeating patterns like circles or fleur de lis. The shapes may be simple, but the results are stunning.

Makes me want to head to Hobby Lobby right now for a jar of Mod Podge.

Why It’s Green:

  • Bottles and vases are upcycled and reclaimed
  • Finished with non-toxic paints and adhesives and recycled paper
  • Handmade

Price: $10-25

About Author

I am a graphic designer by trade who has a strong passion for interior design and doing what we can to protect the environment. This blog and my other site, Green & Gorgeous, are my ways of giving back to the Earth.


  • Wild Expressions Florist
    October 29, 2009 at 2:44 pm

    How pretty are those bottles! I love them and love the idea…

  • Megan MacDonald
    October 29, 2009 at 2:44 pm

    Totally lovely – now if anyone has any ideas for making plastic bottles look beautiful let me know – they don’t recycle them where I live (in Kenya) and every once in awhile I forget my nalgene – talk about feeling guilty!


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