2.13.2012

A Valentine DIY

Some of you may have seen my guest post on Julie Ann Art's blog the other day. But if not, I thought I'd share it here. :)

My sister used to send us things like this all the time so when Julie asked me to share a DIY I knew just what I wanted to do! Did you know that you can fill a soda bottle with lots of goodies and ship it to someone?? :D Now you do and you're going to learn how. This doesn't just have to be a valentines thing, we used to get one at each Holiday!
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You'll need:
2 liter Soda Bottle
Lots of small goodies
Packing Tape
Scissors or a knife (be careful!)
Paper of your choosing

Step 1: Clean your soda bottle
No one wants your sticky left overs. Yuck. So wash it well and be sure to get all of the label/ glue off of the bottle. I was a little impatient and couldn't wait for mine to dry completely. So I stuck a towel inside, shook it around, and it worked like a charm!

Step 2: Pick your goodies
I just went to the dollar section at target and filled my basket. I was sending this to a family that had two little boys- hence the super-hero-non-valentine-goodies.
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Step 3: Cut your bottle
Using scissors or a knife (be safe, ok?) cut a vertical hole in your bottle. This is how you're going to get all the goodies inside! Secret- revealed!

Step 4: Fill your bottle
I started with the larger items since they take up the most space. Then I added the small filler items last. When it's all in there place a piece of packing tape over the slit to keep everything inside.
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Step 5: Decorate
I wanted to cover what was in the bottle as much as possible and give it a little something extra. So I cut a piece of paper to fit (about 6 inches high) and taped it around the bottle. I also taped the shipping label in place. I then covered everything that had paper- in tape. This will be going through the mail. You don't want it getting beat up. I also placed the lid back on tightly and taped it just to be safe.
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Step 6: Ship
Take it to your local post office and it's on it's way! Some lucky person is getting a very fun package in the mail!!
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P.S. Be sure to check back tomorrow morning for a Valentine- just for you!

16 comments

Amy Lynn said...

I love this! I'm always sending packages to my missionary in plain old shoe boxes..I'm definitely going to try this for my next package. St Patrick's day perhaps. So fun. Glad you shared (:

Baby Meg said...

Such a cute idea! I never would have thought you could mail a soda bottle.

Janette said...

So THAT'S how you stuff all that stuff in there.. At first I was a little confused and thought you were a magician of sorts..... But what a cute idea!!! I think I want to try this..cause A. It seems easy.. and B. it doesn't seem like it will take me more than 30 minutes.. I kind of refuse to do craft projects that take longer than that...

Thanks for sharing G baby!

Janette the Jongleur

PS. I'm so happy I'm one of your first comments and not 45th as usual! I should get a prize!

PPS. Like how I just gave you a nickname all stealth-like.. I won't do it again.. sorry

Lyosha said...

Amazing Idea! I would so steal it! thank you so much for sharing it!

Lyosha
Inside and Outside Blog

Two Happy Hearts said...

That's so great!! I can't believe you fit all that stuff in there! Pretty impressive...but you and your sis must be pros by now ;)
Happy Valentine's Day!

Annie said...

That is SUCH a good idea...I would love to get one of those! Especially with those awesome glow bracelets (and chocolate obviously) :)

Annie
The Other Side of Gray

Alyx said...

GENTRI! This is so cool. Seriously, I never would have thought of packaging stuff this way!

meli said...

awww how sweet!! i remember doing this with my class in elementary school, such a great idea :)

The Adventurer said...

Yep, this is genius! Its like a mini pinata that you don't have to smash open. Love it, friend!

Ann. said...

I love this idea! I might just have to try it sometime :)

Shane said...

Such a great idea, lovin the goodies you stuffed it with!

xo Shane

Amber said...

that is a very creative way to reuse a soda bottle. I would love to get that in the mail.

Rolled Up Pretty said...

Gentri, this is THE CUTEST IDEA!!! :)

Bree said...

Oh my heck! I love this idea!! So clever! Now I need someone to send a package to! :)

Melu103 said...

what a cute idea :)
its definitely unique!!


target's dollar section
is THE BEST



xoxo
MELINA ♥
www.onlyaflightaway.blogspot.com

Ashley {hudson's happenings} said...

What an amazing little idea! I love this...and SO UNIQUE! :D

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