Upcycling with waste glass: an empty lemonade bottle can be used to design a plant sprayer with a minimalist typo design.
DIY plant sprayer – a green upcycling with old glass
When it comes to upcycling, there is one material that is at the top of my list: waste glass! Whether empty Jam jars, Smoothie bottles or Water bottles – there are so many exciting ideas that can be implemented with waste glass. So when I recently got hold of an empty soda bottle, I knew straight away that I was going to implement an upcycling project!
As luck would have it, a plant sprayer was at the top of the list of things I urgently needed. Not for me, but as a gift. I had recently pulled off Monstera offshoots and now I wanted to give away one of the plants – together with a plant sprayer, because Monstera loves it when its large leaves get a small shower every now and then.
From soda bottle to plant sprayer
The small bulbous soda bottle was made to make a small plant sprayer from it, as the screw cap is identical to the common screw cap of most spray bottles that you can buy in many shops for little money. The principle is actually really easy: the spray attachment is unscrewed from the bottle and simply screwed onto the soda bottle. How the plant sprayer is ultimately designed is up to you. I chose a very minimalist design in black and white with letters. Do you want to know how I went about it? You can find the instructions below!
DIY plant sprayer from glass bottle
+ empty glass bottle with a suitable screw cap (here a Lemonaid bottle)
+ Spray attachment of a simple plastic spray bottle (e.g. These ones)
+ Universal primer
+ Acrylic Spray paint in white
+ Paint tape
+ Letters sticker in black
Prepare the bottle
In the first step, the lid of the bottle is removed and the screw thread is taped with the masking tape. Make sure that you stick a nice straight edge on the bottle neck and press it firmly so that no color can get under the tape.
I first sprayed the glass bottle with a universal primer so that the white acrylic paint lasts better later. In the case of a very smooth material such as glass, this is definitely recommended. I did the spraying myself on the balcony and covered everything with old cardboard. To ensure that the surface is nice and uniform, remember not to spray too much paint at once (it is always better to work with individual sprays instead of spraying permanently). I also raised the bottle a bit with the help of a plastic lid, which is smaller in size than the bottle itself, so that no paint collects at the bottom of the bottle.
Once the primer has dried, you can apply the white paint in the same way.
Now wait until the white color is completely dry. Then you can stick the letters on the bottle as you wish. I decided to simply stick “Water” on the bottom edge.
Add spray head
What is missing now? Exactly, the spray head! At this point at the latest, you should remove the tape from the bottle opening. Then you can easily screw on the spray head – done!
Do you like this small but fine upcycling with old glass?
If you, like me, are a big fan of ideas for and with plants, have a look HERE. And if you are looking for further upcycling ideas, you will find mine Upcycling Find a corner. And if you don’t want to miss any new projects from me in the future, then follow me Instagram!
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