Thursday, August 20, 2009

Reuse & Repurpose: Bottled Up

Have you got a bunch of hot water bottles lying around that you just don't know what to do with? Maybe they just happen to be color coordinated and look pretty together but, blast it, you've just got too many of them?

If you're the display folks at the Italian jean maker Energie , you just slice an opening in the side of the bottle, pour in a little water and group it together with all your others on a wall as hanging vases for assorted wildflowers!

For more ideas on reusing everyday objects, pick up The Find: The Housing Works Book of Decorating with Thrift Shop Treasures, Flea Market Objects, and Vintage Details at Borders, Barnes & Noble, Amazon or Powell's.

The Elegant Thrifter

Always Frugal, Always Fabulous!


  1. How clever! I would have never known those were water bottles! Great idea!!

  2. Thank you for the visit to my blog! You've got some great stuff here as well! So glad we met!
    Hope your day is great!

  3. How interesting! It took me a few times to realize what those things were!
    I happened upon your blog, following a link to a comment about my paper wreaths... which I thought were mentioned here, but turns out it was a blog update in your sidebar.
    I have your book on my Amazon Wish List and hope to get it soon.

  4. Too clever! I wish my brain thought like that!

  5. Great ideas, Stan!!! I just L.O.V.E. to upcycle and re~purpose... using items in a different way, than they were originally intended. It really is so inspiring for me, finding new uses for the old! Thank you for sharing with us all!

    Have a wonderful weekend!

  6. I was in Florence, Italy a few weeks ago and actually saw this window display - it looked FABULOUS!!!!



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