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Here we are for the second guest post for my Cucicucicoo’s Eco Crafters and Sewers series! Last time we had a refashion, and this time an upcycle with my friend Silvia Brentegani from Tocco di Lìllà! I’ve known Silvia in the blog world for years, but we’ve never met in person, although, strangely enough, she met up with my mother a couple of years ago and took her around Venice!
Silvia is passionate about creative recycling (but also about crochet, sewing and mosaic), which she uses in projects for the home, accessories and jewelry for adults and children. She likes to observe materials and objects that could end up as trash and transform them into something once again useful. She arranges courses, lessons and meet-ups to experiment and learn more about reusing plastic, fabric, paper and more. What’s her wish? To help leave the world a little better than she found it!
A recurring theme of Silvia’s is upcycling yogurt containers to create snowflakes, flowers, candle holders and a wide variety of decorations. (You can see them here.) I’m always amazed at what she manages to make out of this material and this is why I asked her more than a year ago, when I started thinking about this series, to create a tutorial with them for me. And so, now let me pass you on to Silvia, who will show us how to upcycle yogurt cups and fruit nets to make primroses!
- 2 yogurt cups with a round bottom (per flower)
- yellow fruit netting
- small curved scissors
- glue for plastic
Cut the top edge off and then cut again about 2 cm from the bottom.
Cut three petal shapes from each cup, cutting all the way to the bottom edge.
Cut out a 7 mm hole from the bottom of one of the cups.
Double up the netting and slip it through that hole.
Trim the netting down almost all the way. (Don’t go overboard, or else the netting will pull out from the hole.)
Glue the bottom of that cup to the inside bottom of the other one.
Press the two parts together for a few seconds and…
…your flowers have “bloomed“!
You can use the primroses in compositions for table centerpieces, placeholders, decorations for windows or whatever your imagination comes up with! If you’d like to use these flowers in water, glue a slice of a cork to the bottom so that they can float.
I decorated a paper lamp, cutting out leaf shapes from plastic bottles and attaching them and the flowers with double-stick tape and this is what it looks like!
Have fun and happy upcycling!!! Silvia
This tutorial on how to upcycle yogurt cups is part of the “Cucicucicoo’s Eco Crafters and Sewers” series! Want to see how other sewing and crafting experts upcycle materials? Then check out the other tutorials in the series!