A woman has created a trendy vase for just £5 – using an old Lenor fabric softener bottle.
Teresa Clarke, 45, from Essex, came across a stunning fluted glass vase online but couldn’t justify spending £45 on the item.
However, she was very keen to have it on display in her home, so instead, turned to some nifty DIY.
And so, by using a Lenor Outdoorable Fabric Softener bottle, NHS nurse Teresa made a replica of the vase.
‘I knew exactly which bottle I would use – I just love the pattern on them,’ Teresa says.
To begin, Teresa removed the label and lid from the empty bottle.
Then she used spray paint to give it the desired colour, before wrapping string around the bottle top to hide the grooves.
Once the bottle was dry it looked like a stylish vase, complete with a quirky pattern.
The best part is that her simple hack saved her £40.
‘I already had the empty bottle but they are usually about £2 in the local supermarkets,’ she explains.
‘I picked up a £2 can of 101 Natural Hessian chalk spray paint from Poundland. The string I already had, but you can usually pick that up for £1.
‘By making my own vase I saved myself £40.
‘I absolutely love it. The string on the neck and the Natural Hessian colour gives it that rustic look, while the pattern effect on the stylish column silhouette adds elegance.’
Teresa shared pictures of the finished look on Facebook.
Alongside the post, she wrote: ‘I love the patterns on these Lenor Outdoorable fabric softener Bottles from @joyofclean so I thought, why not get out the spray paint, some string and make myself a nice decorative vase.
‘Obviously it may not be to everyone’s taste but I love the patterns on it and I really like how different it looks to a normal vase. I’m going to try it with other shaped bottles that we throw away and see how they turn out.’
People on Facebook loved Teresa’s idea and were quick to compliment her unique method.
‘Absolutely gorgeous!!! I often wondered what you could use these bottles for. Brilliant idea,’ said one user.
While another added: ‘I love this, it came out so beautifully.’
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