Earth Day Vases

Today is Earth day so I decided a fitting project to celebrate would be making vases out of garbage.

Well not really garbage, but stuff that gets tossed in the recycle bin, of course. When I tire of the vases right back into the bin they'll go.

I made the first set of vases out of tomato sauce and paste cans. First step; remove all the labels.

For this vase I used Mod Podge to attach pieces of an old book to the can. I then tied on a simple homemade label.

This can was sprayed with Rust-Oleum Heirloom White spray paint (is spray paint enviromentally friendly?) Next I wrapped the middle with a scrapbook paper scrap and placed a sticker in the middle. I finished it off by wraping the bottom of the can with twine.

This can was the easiest. I used a rubber stamp to place the image of a tree onto butcher paper. Wrapped the paper around the can and taped it in the back. I then used distress ink on the top and bottom edges of the paper.

For my next set of vases I used empty jelly jars and a chilli sauce jar. Soak them in really hot water to get the labels off. Then I used a sponge with that scratchy stuff on one side (don't know what it's called) to scrub the rest of the glue off.

Cute little deer vase and.....

Cute little bunny vase!

The jelly jars had a raised detail on them. I took some craft paint and just rubbed it on with my finger.

I then used a rubber stamp right on the jar. I drew in the grass with a sharpie.

Romantic birdie vase.

I found both of these sets of tags at Walmart. The round tags are with the office supplies. The oval tags were with all the scrapbooking stuff.

I got these beauties from Amazon. LOVE!

I think this is so pretty!

I got the tray at Goodwill, so it is reused too!


  1. Love your recycled and recyclable vases, Lisa! Love the papers and tags you used on the cans.

  2. Just tweeted this.

    What a fantastically cute idea!

  3. Wonderful vases!!! I loved that you recycled. And I really liked that tree stamp!

  4. What a great way to celebrate Earth Day. You really did reduce, reuse and recycle.
    I have been looking for bird and nest rubber stamps. I must go visit Amazon. Thanks for sharing.

    Have a blessed week.

  5. Lisa!! Is there nothing you can't make beautiful? I love these and am on my out to the recycling bin to see what I can salvage!! I love them all, you clever clever girl! Wishing you a great Earth Day and a wonderful weekend ~ Tina xx

  6. What a great way to recycle and make things beautiful at the same time.
    I love how you have embellished the bottles. Pretty.

    The bird tags are my favorite.


  7. Don't throw those away when you get done with them...they look great. You could sell your trash. Very well done.

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  9. Super terrific. Love the whole concept.

    [and may I add, beware of those Oriental comments written in their symbols...they usually take you to a porn site!! ----I've had 'em on my own blog and delete them immediately.]

    I've been a domestic goddess this week ...making new SOUTHWEST CURTAIN TIE-BACKS Stop by for a visit and viewing if you can find time! Have a great weekend.

  10. What a fantastic post. I love what you did with the bottles--recycling them into reusable, repurposed, beautiful vases. Perfect for Earth Day!

  11. What wonderful ideas! Something anyone can do.
    Thank you for visiting my blog today and leaving a sweet comment.
    Hugs, Cindy S

  12. Wow.. What a great idea! I will be on the look out for a jelly jar with the raised edge the next time we go grocery shopping. I want to make a vase like that too! Thank You!! By the way, you have a beautiful home and family. Thanks for letting me visit. I will be back again. (:

  13. I love them, so very pretty! Thanks for sharing!
    Take care

  14. These are just gorgeous! If you have a moment I'd just love it if you would stop by my blog linking party (Sun thru Wed) and share this Hope to see you there!

  15. What a wonderful tribute to earth day. Very original ideas. Thanks for sharing.

  16. I like them, how did you put the deer on the vase? I think you've transformed them into beauties.

  17. unbelievable! really! just so pretty!

  18. I'm glad I'm not the only one out there who thinks that roses look fabulous in recycled containers. Had some in a Smuckers jam jar not too long ago.

    Your projects look great, and your roses are beautiful.

  19. These are great! I love recycled crafts!

  20. I love those lacy tags. Such nice ideas for things that would get thrown away.