Monday, 21 March 2016

What's your quote?

Hello crafty friends..
Welcome to my page today.
I wanted to share a happy moment with you all and of course another DIY project!
I got featured again in the local daily not just for my work, but for what I am MOST PASSIONATE about.....RECYCLING!

It gives me immense pleasure to be known as someone who consciously works with TRASH to churn out something beautiful!
Thank you friends here, who have always been supportive of my work and who have encouraged me to take this further.
Here is the clipping. Feel free to zoom in to read all the details.
As for today's project feature, this is what I have up cycled. I have always wanted to incorporate plastic in my project so that this hazardous contributor to the landfill is minimized!
I have a regular flow of these fabric softener bottles at home which are quite sturdy and can be used as a decorative planter as is.
But the crafter in me wanted to add a twist to it and so this got done!
Step1- I hand cut a piece of wood panel from my stash and gave the top panel 2 coats of Americana decor chalky finish paints. How cool, my canvas was ready in a jiffy! Next, i used a wood bark stencil and home made texture paste to which I added some fluid acrylics(burnt umber)  and textured the panel. I distressed the edges too with the same to give a shabby wood feel.
Step 2- The lower panel got 2 coats of Americana decor chalkboard paint. I then cut the top portion of the plastic bottle and thick natural cotton chord around it. The bottle got even more sturdy!
Now the magic with a printed napkin and Americana decor decoupage glue...I chose this lovely spring birdhouse, nature kind of print. Love the feel the little birds hovering and the flora and fauna and the GREENS! The napkin had a lovely ribbed texture against and chord and I set it with 2 coats of matte varnish from Deco Art. The alphabets are layered die cuts using cereal box.
Step 3- I distressed the edged of the plastic bottle with green acrylics and then added some coconut coir on the base of the plastic bottle for obvious reasons, lol! Next was to mount the bottle on the panel. The carpentry got done, drilling holes and attaching both the panels with the cotton chord and voila, my outdoor display was ready!
One panel, 3 different looks! Here they are...
Day 1, you could choose to have it as a name board with natural growing plants!

Bored, have some artificial blooms in warm tones and this is the PERFECT warm welcome for your guests!

Bore again, some lovely roses makes it even more cozy , making the quote a reality!

Bored again...KEEP ON PLAYING with the looks!
That’s the advantage of the Chalkboard paint.....a blank board to have your random thoughts out there!
So what’s your quote for today???
Do let me know what you think about this project and next time dont throw that fabric softener bottle, think of ME!!!!
I want to take my panel to the following challenges...
613 Avenue Create- Ag with a bird
Craft for the Craic- Luck of the Irish

Emerald Creek Dares- ring in spring
More Mixed media- Use green

Deco art Products used-
Chalky finish paints
Chalkboard paint
matte finish varnisg
Decoupage glue
Fluid acrylics- burnt umber
Until my next creative journey,
Happy crafting

and re cycling.



  1. congratulations Rupa for the feature !! loved this project, the cotton cord texture is awesome !!

  2. Many congratulations Rupa for the feature !! Brilliant alteration dear :)

  3. Many congratulations Rupa for the feature !! Brilliant alteration dear :)

  4. Wow...that is an amazing project. Congratulations for the feature

  5. Congratulation once again Rupa ! I am sure you must have inspired many readers to recycle/alter house hold trash !Loved the warm toned canvas with planter ,lovely textures !

  6. Congratulations Rupa! It's nice that your community recognizes the amazing recycle work that you do! My Mom was featured in her local paper for the same thing, she is much like you and takes recycling quite seriously. I love they did a write up for you!! Great project, love the fabric softener bottle idea! hugs :)

  7. Wow, Rupa, this is awesome!! Love that you are a recycler and how you use it in your crafts!! Cool idea!

  8. Another fantastic recycling project Rupa, it looks awesome. Congratulations on the being published by your press.
    Yvonne xx

  9. Fabulous recycled project. Thanks for sharing with us on Emerald Creek Supplies Challenge Blog.

  10. Dear Rupa,

    Fabulous project, I saw your recycled kitchen board in Mums of Bangalore group, it was awesome, googled your blog and landed here and have been browsing since last 1 hour :)
    Would you be interested in writing for my website MyLittleMoppet, It is a parenting blog and the post will be paid for, do let me know if you are interested, please do mail me at

  11. Many thanks for sharing your gorgeous project with us at 613 Avenue Create this week.
    Lorraine DT

  12. Thank you for sharing your lovely crafting for our “green” theme challenge at More Mixed Media – hope to see you again soon x

  13. Hey Rupa,

    Have been following your blog for sometime and I must say its an inspiration... Congrats on your great work and best wishes for the future.

    I do hope to meet you when I come to Bangalore next.

    Maansi (
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  14. A great way to recycle Rupa, this is fabulous. Thanks for sharing with us at STAMPlorations Stencil Sunday challenge. Carol DT x

  15. You are famous, Rupa, and you so deserve it, brava!!

  16. Lovely work. Thank you for joining the challenge at More Mixed Media. Hope to see you again next time.