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These little guys are sure to abduct your heart.  They're simply out of this world!

These aliens work just like watering globes such as aquaglobes, but they can be made from recycled green glass bottles!

They are perfect for smaller container plants such as herbs or flowers, and excellent indoors and out!

Did I mention they are easier to fill than normal garden globes?  Yippee!


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Here is What You Will Need:

Glass Sprite Bottle (other green glass bottles would work, but glass sprite bottles have the most alien-y shape and color)
Black Glass Paint (I used Martha Stewart Metallic Glass Paint in black nickel)
Small Tray for Paint
Sturdy Foam Brush
Contact Paper 
X-Acto Knife or Silhouette cutter
Loaf pan
Tray to keep bottles from rolling around (I used an old silverware tray)
 
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Step 1: Make a Face

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Using your contact paper and your x-acto knife, cut out a stencil of your desired alien face.  Make sure it is about 1"  x 1", or else it will be hard to get the stencil to stick without any bubbles or wrinkles.

I didn't include a template for mine, because I think all aliens should be different.  Go crazy, make a fun and unique face for your alien.  

This can also be done in Silhouette Studio using the provided shapes.

Clean your bottles with windex or other glass cleaner and let dry completely.  

Stick your alien face stencils onto the bottles and press down all over.  
Make sure there are no bubbles or crinkles next to the cut-out parts of the stencil.
HeidiSN4 months ago

I love these! Thank you for sharing them!

HeidiSN4 months ago

I love these! Thank you for sharing them!

So creative.
sunshiine1 year ago
This makes the perfect alien! Thanks for sharing and do have a splendorous day!
sunshiine
wtie1 year ago
Thank u for your quick answer. I might try it out. ;)
TheProcrastibaker (author)  wtie1 year ago
Glad to help!
wtie1 year ago
How about the heat generated in the bottle? Hot water will be harmful to the plants.
TheProcrastibaker (author)  wtie1 year ago
I've been using glass bottles to water my plants for years (as have others using aquaglobes and other such items) and I've never had an issue with it harming my plants. I assume since the water is absorbed into the soil before it reaches the plants, and since it is done in such a gradual manner, that the shade of the soil may cool the water before it is absorbed into the plant's roots. Summer where I live usually reaches 100-110 at its hottest points, so I can't verify this for any hotter than that.

I have heard of issues with plastic bottles, but I assume that is more to do with the heat making the plastic leech out chemicals into the water and soil. I have never used plastic bottles on my plants, so I can't give you an answer on that.

If you are worried about the hot water harming your plants, then you may only want to use these on plants in the shade, or on indoor plants. They work great in all conditions for me!
camwifi1 year ago
They look like creepers ( from minecraft )