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DIY Gift: Water Bottle

December 11, 2012

These DIY Etched Water Bottles made great gifts for my close friends and family who appreciate eco-friendly and recycled gifts.

DIY Etched Water Bottles

Have you ever tried Synergy Kombucha? My personal favorite flavor is Cherry Chia. It’s real tasty and loaded with good-for-your-gut probiotics and omega-3 packed chia seed. But that’s not the only thing I love about Synergy drinks—I love the bottles they come in.

For the last month I have been collecting and reusing these lovely bottles. I soak and peel the labels off, clean them up, and reuse them as water bottles for road trips and everyday hydrating. They are pretty and practical—so much so that I thought it would be fun to personalize them somehow and give them as gifts this year.

So I headed to the craft store and cruised the aisles looking for ways to pretty them up. I had a subtle glass etching effect in mind and Martha delivered. The Martha Stewart section had a great selection of adhesive stencils and all the other tools I needed. Find it all online (links below) or at Michaels.

The Tools You’ll Need

  • Adhesive Stencils (see below)
  • Glass Etching Cream (see below)
  • A Brush
  • Plastic Gloves
  • Drinking bottles (preferably recycled)

All the directions you need are on the product packaging and may vary depending on the brand of etching cream you use. I used Martha Stewart’s—very easy. Just clean the bottle up good, wipe it down with a little rubbing alcohol, adhere a stencil, and brush on the etching cream. Allow to sit 15 minutes, rinse off with water, and voila! A pretty drinking bottle—the perfect eco-friendly gift.

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Esther December 11, 2012 at 11:57 pm

Question. I've used these bottles as makeshift water bottles before. However, I am a little grossed out by the insert thingy up in the bottle cap. I do not know how to get it totally clean while leaving the insert in. I assume the insert is necessary to produce a good seal, but unless I can get it totally clean, I don't want to use the cap for too long since the bottle did have kombucha organisms in it once… Your thoughts? Did you leave the inserts in the caps?

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Alisa December 12, 2012 at 2:14 am

Such a cute idea Lex! I love it – pinning now 🙂

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Lexie December 12, 2012 at 3:17 am

Esther, the Synergy bottles actually have some kind of rigid plastic glued to the top … it's not one of those laminated cardboard type deals. I can see right thru it which is nice so that in the event anything started growing, I would see it. But honestly I don't think anything can get under the adhered plastic. Does that make sense? xoLexie

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Shirley @ gfe December 12, 2012 at 1:30 pm

Great idea, Lexie! Beautiful water bottles!

Wish I could vote more than once for you, dear. Your entry rocked it!

xo,
Shirley

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Kim-Cook It Allergy Free December 12, 2012 at 4:02 pm

Oh my. What a darling idea! I love these, Lexie! What a totally cool and fun idea! I will be doing this for sure with some other glass bottles I have been collecting. So crafty you are, Missy!! XO

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Lisa@Pocketfuls December 13, 2012 at 3:46 pm

What a great idea, Lexie! Those bottles are really pretty. The birds are my favourite. 🙂

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