Share a Coke with bottles with your name on them are fun to try to find, but then what do you do?

Share a coke with picture

I don't know if this is a world wide thing, but last year here in the UK we had the shops full of coke bottles with names on them. Like most kids, mine found bottles with their names, drank the pop..... and then we kept them on the side in the kitchen! 


And there they've sat for best part of 8 months! I thought I would think of a brilliant and creative way to use them - humm! In the end I realised it is the label that is the fun bit and also the bit most likely to get damaged just sitting on the side. So I made them into a "Share a Coke with" picture.

I carefully unstuck the labels (they are kind of plastic-y and not paper so they didn't rip), arranged them on a piece of thick white paper, then stuck them down with regular Pritt stick.

I had an old picture frame which I had attempted a white paint respray on a few months back.

What can go wrong: If you are not careful and patient when spray painting things they can go a bit bubbly and lumpy, like this:

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Not to worry, that can be easily covered up with Washi tape! Since my birthday I now have 8 rolls to choose from - whoop whoop! These are my red/white options.

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I stuck the Washi tape over the frame, cutting the corners into a mitre with my craft knife. I just did my best attempt at pattern matching.

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It covered the bumpy paint no problem.

Next I cut a piece of card to fit the frame, glued the labels on to it and popped it in the frame.

share a coke with picture

It now hangs in the kitchen next to our awesome tractor calender (guess who went calender shopping in January this year and found there was a very limited selection?!)

The red and white doesn't really match the lilac walls but I kind of like it anyway. Maybe next time we decorate the kitchen it can be red. Did I mention I like red?!

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They'd be a fun thing to put on a bedroom door too, or label a folder for school. 

If you made something fab out of your Share a Coke with bottle do tell us about it in the comments below.


I'll be linking up this project at all these lovely link parties

Patchwork Gift Box

Here is a fun and easy way to make a gift box using scraps of patterned paper.

Papercraft patchwork gift box

One of my lovely nieces is very creative and loves making things. I hoard crafty bits and pieces, and wanted to give her some of my stash, knowing she would be able to put it to good use. 

I needed something to put the bits in so I found a sturdy little cardboard box that a watch had come in.

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You can't tell from the photo but it was covered in a shiny paper. I wanted to pretty it up and didn't think anything would stick to the shininess so off it came. Only the lid, the base I left alone.

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Then I just Mod Podged (I think any PVA would work though) on a load of those tiny scrappy bits of scrapbook paper that I can never bear to throw away.

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Then I added a few punched out shapes (just because CLEARLY it wasn't fancy enough already!) and a layer of Mod Podge to seal it all in.

decoupage gift box tutorial
paper scraps gift box

Then all it needed was to be filled with a load of little crafty goodies.

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Patchwork decoupage gift box

It was a great way to use up some scrappy little bits and pieces of paper that I hate to just throw away and it was fun to fill with little bits and pieces that I knew my niece would love.


I'll be linking up this project at these lovely link parties