I have a huge weakness for cool packaging. My house is full of pretty boxes I'm convinced will be useful one day. I even studied design at university because I wanted to be a packaging designer. So when Groovebulb asked if I wanted to combine my love of packaging, crafting skills and our eco-friendly pledge in an upcycling project, how could I refuse?
I'll admit we tend to be quite picky about our light-bulbs. Years ago when we switched to low-energy light-bulbs, we found we had to use 100 watt equivalents to get a similar light to the traditional 60 watt bulbs. So when Groovebulb asked if we wanted a warm or a bright bulb, we opted for the bright just to be safe.
When it arrived we were really impressed with the quality of the light. The bulb really brightened the room, though as expected the light is quite cool. Plus there was no need to wait while the bulb warmed up! I think if we decide to buy more, we'd be quite happy with the warm Groovebulbs in most rooms.
As a bit of an eco-challenge, Groovebulb asked if I could come up with an upcycling project that used the nice, sturdy cardboard tube their bulbs come in.
Pretty Groovebulb Storage Pots
Clear parcel tape
15cm square piece of fabric
bit of ribbon
hot glue gun
piece of spare cardboard
The first thing I wanted to do was protect the raw edge of the tube, so the edges wouldn't catch and tear. I ran a layer of clear parcel tape around the top top of the tube, so half of it hung over the edge. I then made cuts in the tape about every 3mm. I then folded each strip over the edge and stuck it to the inside.
Next to make the pin cushion top, I carefully pushed the cardboard centre out of the lid. I'm afraid the next step doesn't have photos as it's a bit all thumbs. I used a piece of fabric about 15cm square and pushed that through the lid from the inside. I then placed a small wad of polyester filling on top of the fabric and pushed the cardboard circle in to hold everything in place.
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