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I put together a diet friendly menu that included a vegie tower, a few baby carrots, tuna salad on deli bread and fruity gelatin desserts. The decorations are inspired by the Diet Coke bottles – lots of colors! I had planned an outdoor lunch because we’ve had some absolutely beautiful warm days but I live in Texas where it can be sunny 85° one day and rainy 45° with high winds the next. On the day of my luncheon it was “the next” [sad face]. I put my big girl panties on and came up with a new plan. I moved a dark red table from the entry into the brightly lit serving area. Next I strung some yellow, peach and green toile and dark yellow ribbon on string as a banner backdrop. I used a mix of colorful salad plates and festive napkins in colors from the Diet Coke 12 oz. It’s Mine glass bottles I found at Walmart. The bottles are just so pretty I had to come up with an upcycle project as a focal piece for the table like a pedestal food plate. And of course we’re drinking straight from those gorgeous bottles of cold Diet Coke.
Since I wanted to use a bottle for my one of a kind pedestal food plate I just had to enjoy a cold Diet Coke the day before. [smiling as I sit in the yard sipping from a pretty Diet Coke bottle while the sun goes down] With my empty bottle I started an upcycle project that is easy enough for a beginning crafter but elegant enough to inspire a more experienced crafter.
Easy Diet Coke bottle upcycle project instructions:
- You’ll need a Diet Coke bottle, sturdy glue, plate.
- Wash out the bottle and let it dry. (I used a hairdryer to speed drying the bottle inside)
- Fill the bottle about half full of sand to give it more stability. I made a cone out of a scrap piece of paper to help funnel in the sand.
- Apply a sturdy glue like Gorilla or E6000 around the bottle lip.
- With the bottle standing up on a table or counter, place a clear plate on top of the glue area. I used clear because I wanted to see that fancy designed bottle.
- Apply a little pressure by placing a couple of books on the plate and let the glue cure according to the directions on the glue package.
(P.S. guys like the bottles too, so think about a dinner for two. Just saying.)
I’m a huge fan of Diet Coke and in love with #ItsMyMasterpiece bottles
Bonus: Make a vegie towerCut a Styrofoam ball in half then use florist sticky stuff or some hot glue to secure it to the center of your elevated plate. Cover the ball with fresh lettuce or spinach from the produce isle in the grocery. I broke some toothpicks in half and punched them through the lettuce to keep it in place. Now, use toothpicks or skewers to spear some vegies- leaving about an inch exposed at the tip to stick into the Styrofoam (through the lettuce). I love all kinds of vegie combos but the caprice combo is a favorite. Skewer an olive, fresh basil leaf around a cherry tomato, and cube of mozzarella. Drizzle with Balsamic Vinaigrette. Fill in with some skewered olives. This one is for a small luncheon, you could make a dynamic display with a taller cone shaped Styrofoam base for a larger group.
I am so excited about how the upcycle turned out I posted a photo in the Share Your Masterpiece movement featured on the Coca-Cola sharerefreshingideas.com website. I hope you’ll participate by uploading a photo of how you upcycle those lovely one of a kind bottles too. I can’t wait to see your creation.
Look for the new Diet Coke Kaleidoscope bottles at your Walmart. Here’s a picture to help you spot them as easily as I did in the soda isle.