How-To: Turn Recyclables Into Centerpieces

HGTV Magazine shows you how to turn bottles and canisters into lovely vases for flower arrangements and centerpieces.

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Glass Drinking Bottle

1. Peel or soak off the label; wash and dry the bottle. We used a Starbucks Frappuccino bottle. 2. Wrap strips of painter’s tape around the bottle to make stripes—we cut our tape into varied widths first. 3. Color in the spaces between the tape with a gold leafing pen. Let dry, then peel off the tape. Paint pen: Krylon 18kt. gold leafing pen, $8, joann.com

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Tin Can

1. Peel off the label; wash and dry the can. 2. Cut patterned paper to size, wrap it around the can, and secure it with double-sided tape. Paper: Lokta Moroccan white on fuchsia paper, $6.50 per 20" x 30" sheet, paper-source.com

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Clear Glass Wine Bottle

1. Peel or soak off the label; wash and dry the bottle. 2. Funnel a few tablespoons of enamel paint into the bottle and spin it slowly until the inside is coated. Repeat as needed. Pour out excess paint. 3. Prop the bottle upside down to drip-dry for an hour; let dry upright. 4. Remove the cap from a 1/2"-diameter floral water tube ($2 for a pack of 4, stuff4crafts.com), insert a flower, and gently push the tube into the bottle. Enamel paint: Folk Art enamel paint in school bus yellow, $2.50 for 2 ounces, plaidonline.com

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