Sunny Butterfly Flower Bottles

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

I spend a large chunk of my day sitting in an office at work, covered in paperwork, swamped by phone calls, and buried in casework clutter. I decided I needed something a little bit brighter and sunny to lighten up my workspace. Brightly colored flowers are the ultimate cheerer upper so I decided to put some pretty cheerful Gerbera daisies at my desk and make some cute little holders to put them in.

I went to Target and bought some Goya sodas and decided to use these as the holders. I actually wanted to try Izze bottles but they didnt have them at Target and after being at work all day, I really didnt feel like searching stores for them, so the Goya bottles had to work. I forgot to take a picture of the bottles before I worked on them but here is a Google image.

I got these home, emptied them out, scrubbed off all of the labels and glue off and spray painted them white.

I didn't want to leave them plain but for some reason no store near me had any kind of stencils and I didn't feel like driving all the way to the craft store, (hey! it was a long day ;)) so I made my own.  I found some pictures of butterflies online. I love butterflies! 

I laid the picture down on some cardstock and put the cardstock down on a piece of cork just to be sure I wouldn't cut through to anything important and I used an Xacto knife to cut out the shape of the butterfly into the cardstock. 



Once the bottles had dried, I laid the the stencils onto the bottles and spray painted them almond. 

I had to hold the stencil steady on all sides to make sure no paint got under the stencil, hence...  

I think it's a good look on me. I have the greatest spray painting skills! 0_o   When painting the stencil on, I alternated the way the butterfly was facing and its position on the bottle to give it some variety. Originally I had wanted to have them getting smaller as the bottles progressed but cutting out butterflies 3x's smaller than this would have been a challenge.

Once everything was dry, I tied a piece of jute twine into a bow around the neck of the bottles, put some water in the bottles, and added my daisies. I originally wanted hot pink but the florist only had bright orange and a deep red. I thought the deep red was a little to Fall-y and Im still not fully ready to accept Fall yet. 

That was it! I can't wait to get these to work tomorrow and see how they look in my window. Ill post an updated picture to share with you guys! :) 


  1. ADORABLE and BEAUTIFUL! I love them!

  2. I love the way these turned out.

  3. that milky glass effect too..
    ha..ha.. love the hands !!!!

    keep creating..


  4. These are so great! The gerbers look amazing in them, too!

  5. They turned out great! Thanks so much for linking to Thrifty Thursday! :)

  6. Those are them!

    Thanks for visiting my blog, I love your creativity!!

  7. Absolutely lovely! I love your creativity!

  8. This is lovely. Should a great way to reuse and make like new! Hope you will share with my readers @ Coffee & Conversation Thursday -- **Following**

  9. These turned out fabulous!! I've been wanting to try something like this but don't think I can do it as well as you did. There's nothing like a bit of creativity to help destress in life. :)

  10. I love it! So adorable! And gerbera daisies are my FAVORITE! :) Found you over at the Sunday Showcase linky party.

    I'm a new follower! Looking forward to following your blog :)

    Brie @ BreezyPinkDaisies

  11. You know I love all things Butterfly!

    XoXo ♥ Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ

    Tracy @ Ascending Butterfly

  12. Love the Gerbers, Nikki! They should really cheer up your office! nice job

  13. Such a good Idea, Im totally copying you for a party centerpiece, thanks!

  14. Thanks everyone!!

    @Laura Go on ahead and copy away!!

  15. i love these!!!!!i wan't some of these for my garden! and the orange flowers are just so gorgeous!

    would love it if you could share this post on my new link party, Serenity Saturday, over at


  16. I recreated this today, I love them. Thank you soo much for the idea!

  17. @Natasha See you on Satyurday :)
    @RNBH Lovely! Im sure they look great!!

  18. Those are so cute. I have some similar bottles that I've been saving for just the right project. I think this is it! Thanks so much for sharing it.