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Upcycling idea – ice tea bottles as Christmas decorations

What could be special than homemade Christmas decorations? Our brilliant upcycling idea sees the humble glass bottle transformed into a head-turning festive feature!
Decorations are just as important at Christmas as good food and wine. Whether minimalist or opulent, colourful or coordinated, glitz ‘n’ glamour or traditional – the opportunities are endless. What counts is the atmosphere that Christmas decorations bring to your living environment. In winter especially, when it’s cold and dark outside, many people prefer to spend more time at home in the warm. So what better way to spend an evening than crafting your own unique Christmas decorations with your friends and family? Self-proclaimed DIY lover and Vapiano fan Julia from Berlin has a fantastic upcycling idea she’d love to share with us.

Upcycling idea – when old becomes new

Upcycling involves giving products that have served their original purpose a new lease of life. Jam jars become tea light holders, wooden crates can be transformed into shelves and tins are refashioned as useful storage pots. Here at Vapiano we also have products that are ideal for upcycling. One example is our Vapiano ice tea bottle. Julia from Berlin loves taking on DIY projects at the weekend and looks for ideas wherever she goes. “I had the idea thinking about how I was going to decorate my home this Christmas,” she explains. “There was one trend that was absolutely everywhere. It was copper.” So when Julia noticed an empty Vapiano ice tea bottle at home, she had a flash of inspiration.

How does it work and what do I need?
For these Vapiano inspired Christmas decorations you will need: a few of our ice tea bottles, copper coloured spray paint, a large cardboard box to work in, floral styrofoam, adhesive tape and short poles (approx. 1.5 cm in diameter and 30 cm long).

Use the cardboard box, the floral styrofoam, the stick and adhesive tape as your workplace. The bottles can be sprayed inside the box to keep your floor and furniture clean. The bottles can dry stripe-free on the poles.  
Use scissors to cut two adjoining sides out of the box. Secure the floral Styrofoam to the base with the adhesive tape and stick the poles firmly into the foam. Place a bottle upside down over each pole. Make sure bottles don’t touch the foam or they may stick when wet!  

Get dressed and go!
It’s probably best to throw on an old T-shirt for the next part in case there are any splashes of paint. Spray the bottles in the garden or on a balcony, taking care to read the instructions on the can of spray paint beforehand. You may need to apply a second coat if the coverage is patchy – just make sure the first coat is dry beforehand to avoid a sticky finish. Once the bottles have fully dried they can be decorated. Whether winter foliage, snowflakes or opulent jewels, this upcycling idea can be tailored to match every Christmas scheme.

Award winning Christmas decorations
Oh, and did we mention at the end of February 2015 our ice tea bottles picked up a Design Award in the category Packaging? The bottle was designed by the prestigious peter schmidt, belliero & zandée agency. 



A quick summary of what you need for your homemade Christmas decorations:

•    Glass bottles – our Vapiano ice tea bottles are ideal
•    Copper coloured spray paint
•    A large cardboard box to work in
•    Floral styrofoam
•    Adhesive tape
•    Poles, approx. 1.5 cm in diameter and 30 cm long

Julia W. & Jana