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When my husband spotted me painting this orange juice container, he mumbled something along the lines of, “you know you’re a redneck when you spray paint an orange juice container.” This coming from a guy who once used an empty litter box container as a side table. Ha! When I spotted this makeshift table inside his house (while we were dating), my first thought was, “typical bachelor” but my second thought was, “hey, this guy loves cats and he upcycles!” 😉
Since we’ve known each other for over 20 years, my husband is used to me upcycling, recycling, crafting, painting, and moving things around from one day to the next. In other words, he’s used to my creative side. His redneck comment was said in fun but it reminded me just how much I love taking something destined for the dump and turning it into a functional and pretty piece. I made this table organizer for my dad back in 2013 and he still uses it today. In other words, upcycling rocks!
DIY: From Juice Container To Fancy Watering Container
For this project, you’ll need a clean, empty plastic orange juice container (preferably with a lid). The one I used is pictured above.
Before painting, I used a piece of painter’s tape to mark off an area at the bottom. This will help me see the water level.
I used a can of Valspar’s Paint and Primer In One (color: Exotic Sea) and applied four light coats of paint. While the paint was drying, I used an oil-based Sharpie in silver and colored over the orange cap.
Since I knew the “Tropicana” peering out from beneath the paint was going to bother me, I decided to cover it with four felt rosettes.
I like this felt for making rosettes. It’s the perfect size and easy to work with. If you don’t know how to make rosettes, you can find instructions in this post. Since this container was going to be exposed to water, I used my favorite E-6000 to attach the rosettes to the container.
Now, I could have just left the container as is, with the paint and rosettes but I decided to add a gardening-related phrase: time to bloom. Using scrapbooking stickers (found at Michael’s), I secured the phrase using Gorilla super glue.
Now, I have a pretty and functional watering container for the garden!
I’m happy to have saved another piece of plastic from the dump and my wildflowers appreciate the regular watering they’re getting!