Jeyes Fluid, the British heritage brand that’s been proudly keeping the nation’s gardens clean for over 140 years, has launched its Creative Spaces initiative this June, by partnering up with Melanie Lissack, the award winning interior stylist, writer and influencer. Together, they are helping to inspire Brits on how people can easily repurpose tired furniture, leftover materials in the home and upcycle them to transform their gardens.
This follows new research revealing that 73% of Brits said their garden and outdoor spaces have become even more important following the pandemic, and a whopping 73% of Brits are set to continue working from home following lockdown. This means 2 in 5 people (40%) are looking to transform their garden areas in 2021.
To help inspire you, here is how to use old bottles to create a family ring toss game for hours of entertainment this year:
Tools and Materials Needed:
- Jeyes Fluid
- Sponge, cloth or stiff brush
- 6 empty glass bottles
- Basket or apple crate to hold the bottles
- White PVA Bond glue
- Mixing pot
- Stirring spoon or brush
- All surface paint in multiple colours
- Artist’s paint brushes
- POSCA pens
Creating the ring
- Hemp rope 11mm thick & 25ft long
- Exterior tape
1.Use a measuring jug, pour 5000ml of water and 250ml of Jeyes Fluid into a bucket. The Jeyes heritage tin has been replaced, so look out for its new recyclable plastic bottle with an updated formula as part of its commitment to help pave the way for a more sustainable future.
2.Wear some rubber gloves for protection. Dip a cloth, sponge or stiff brush inside the solution and use it on the inside and outside of the glass bottles. Then rinse the bottles and allow it to completely dry.
3.Mix a 90/10 ratio of glue (90) and all surface paint (10) colour of your choice in a mixing pot. Use half a teacup of white glue. Alternatively, you can use an old washed out yoghurt pot. We wanted to create fruit-themed bottles so we used several colourful paints.
Strawberry: Red, green and black
Kiwi: Green, White and black
Pineapple: Yellow and green
4.To create the strawberry theme bottle, pour the mixture inside of the bottle using a funnel.
5.Twist the bottle upside down and turn until the paint covers all the inside of the bottle.
6.Discard any leftover paint from inside the bottle and leave to dry.
Note: You need to keep twisting the bottles so that the paint dries and covers the inside of the bottle completely
7.For the strawberry design, paint the detailed parts of the design such as the top of the leaves of the strawberries and the seeds on the outside of the bottle using artist’s paint brushes and POSCA pens. For the kiwi design, draw the seeds and for the pineapple, draw the leaves and crowns.
8.Create six bottles (or more) – so you have two of each fruit.
9.Place all of the decorated glasses into the apple crate. If there is any extra space between the bottles, add some tissues to keep them in place and ensure they don’t wobble.
10.Cut hemp rope to 30cm in length and join the ends with a strong, durable exterior tape. We used black colour tape and added small white dots on it using a white POSCA pen for finishing touches.
11.If desired, decorate the tape and apple crate with POSCA pens, paint or vinyl stickers.
How to play
- Mark a line 3-6 feet away from the crate for the players to stand behind
- Give each player four rings and have them stand behind the line.
- Take turns tossing the rings onto the top of the bottles. The player who rings the most bottles wins!
For more Creative Spaces ideas, please visit www.JeyesFluid.co.uk