Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Coke Bottle Gift Box

Gift Box

Easy step-by-step instructions showing how to make your own coke bottle gift box .
There is so much we can do with pastic Coke bottles that we throw away.   

Of all the sof drink bottles, Coke bottles in particular make excellent material for upcycling.  No other soft drink bottles have the vertical grooves that will enable the flaps on the gift box to snap closed.  Follow this step-by-step instructions to make your own recycled Coke bottle gift box.

You will need:
  • Clean, 2 liter plastic coke bottle
  • Craft knife
  • Paintbrush
  • Scissor
  • Modge podge (Glue)
  • Marking Pen
  • Serviettes

Step 1:
Remove label, cut off the top section of the bottle just above the bottom section where the label was. 

Step 2:
Draw archways from one groove, over onto another groove, down another using your maring pen.  The groove that gets left in the centre of the panel is waht makes the gift bos snap closed and stay down.  Essentially you will be drawing a straight line up one groove, then curving it with the peak of the cure on the next groove, and then straight down the next groove. 

Step 3:
Cut out your arches with a strong scissors.  You might need to cut the walls that go down to the part where your two archways jont a bit wider so they don't catch onto each other when you try fold them closed. 

Step 4:
You need to cut all your arches to the same height.  This helps to keep the gift box closed naturally.  When cutting down, it is important to make sure that you stop cutting before the bottle tarts to tape out, otherwise the flaps will not stay down.

Step 5:
Choose a serviette that you like to use to decorate your coke bottle gift box with.  Separate the two parts of serviette so you only have the printed sheet.

Step 6:
Place yur serviette around the gift box to plan how you would like it to look.

Step 7:
Start painting modge podge (glue) onto the serviette which you should be holding against the coke bottle with one hand.  Now very gently apply the modge podge as the serviette is easily thorn. 

Make sure you cover the entire are of the coke bottle with modge podge.  Paint directly onto the serviette, the glue will soak through and glue itself to the plastic.

Step 8:
Let the coke bottle stand on its arches, leave it to dry for 3 hours.  When it is dry you can cut away the excess tissue paper with scissors.


Step 9:
Your beautiful coke bottle gift box is now ready for use.  They also make wonderful and protective tea light holders for the garden or patio.