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August 12, 2011

We just announced the winner of our Methodology contest, but we received many more creative and innovative designs from readers eager to upcycle away. A special thanks to everyone who spent time thinking about how to transform a humble container into something useful, practucal, and beautiful! Click through our slideshow to see seven of our favorite ideas.

<h3>Method Bookends</h3> Small spaces can translate to big problems when it comes to storage; that’s why we love this entry so much. Not only did we love it, but you loved it too—voting it grand prize winner. Slicing the bottles in half, contest winner Re
Method Bookends Small spaces can translate to big problems when it comes to storage; that’s why we love this entry so much. Not only did we love it, but you loved it too—voting it grand prize winner. Slicing the bottles in half, contest winner Rebecca attached recycled pieces of plexiglass to the open sides of the bottles for support. Plexiglass was a genius idea not only because it’s see-through (a perfect match for the clear bottle), but also because it’s sturdy and supportive. Space saved, and materials recycled!
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<h3>Upcycled Home Décor</h3> Finalist Nicole presented three fun ways to take empty Method bottles and turn them into easy-to-do home decor projects—flower vases, herb planters and candle holders. Because the packages already come outfitted in funky color
Upcycled Home Décor Finalist Nicole presented three fun ways to take empty Method bottles and turn them into easy-to-do home decor projects—flower vases, herb planters and candle holders. Because the packages already come outfitted in funky colors, it doesn’t take much to turn the bottles into recycled home accents.
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<h3>Method Hummingbird Feeder</h3> Turning the competition into a family challenge, Stephanie and her family teamed up to create a finger-licking entry (for Hummingbirds, that is). Mixing her own creativity with her husband’s ingenuity and kids’ craftines
Method Hummingbird Feeder Turning the competition into a family challenge, Stephanie and her family teamed up to create a finger-licking entry (for Hummingbirds, that is). Mixing her own creativity with her husband’s ingenuity and kids’ craftiness, the squad turned the soap dispenser into a sugar-water dispenser, satisfying our design taste and the taste buds of our fluttering friends.
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<h3>Feed Clean</h3> Yet another bottle-turned-feeder sent our wings flapping. Consulting his 9-year-old daughter, Nathan employed a Method concentrated detergent bottle and a terracotta dish to construct an easy-to-use bird feeder.
Feed Clean Yet another bottle-turned-feeder sent our wings flapping. Consulting his 9-year-old daughter, Nathan employed a Method concentrated detergent bottle and a terracotta dish to construct an easy-to-use bird feeder.
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<h3>Method Bottle Lamp Shade/Chandelier</h3> A lampshade connoisseur, Jeanette in Washington envisioned several bottles cut to fit, lightly sanded (for a frosted effect) and linked together with jump rings, hooked to an upcycled wire frame from a drum lam
Method Bottle Lamp Shade/Chandelier A lampshade connoisseur, Jeanette in Washington envisioned several bottles cut to fit, lightly sanded (for a frosted effect) and linked together with jump rings, hooked to an upcycled wire frame from a drum lampshade. Although she didn’t have the 16 bottles necessary to assemble such a lustrous lighting fixture, her Photoshop prototype looks promising!
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<h3>Drip Irrigation</h3> As water shortages spread across the nation, Method bottles can serve an important purpose. Finalist Ram Kubal discovered a way to effectively keep roots damp and save on water—a simple in-soil irrigation system. Not only are the
Drip Irrigation As water shortages spread across the nation, Method bottles can serve an important purpose. Finalist Ram Kubal discovered a way to effectively keep roots damp and save on water—a simple in-soil irrigation system. Not only are the bottles placed inconspicuously in the soil (no risk of taking the glory from your Begonias), the tiny holes allow for gradual water release.
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<h3>Multi-Functional Vessel</h3> Makeshift meets versatility in this creative and sustainable project. Wanting to capture the elegant shape of the Method soap bottle, Zachary used the round plastic shape of the soap bottle to create a mold for a cast-ston
Multi-Functional Vessel Makeshift meets versatility in this creative and sustainable project. Wanting to capture the elegant shape of the Method soap bottle, Zachary used the round plastic shape of the soap bottle to create a mold for a cast-stone container. Using concrete and clay, he was able to assemble a small bowl—ideal for plants, food, or tea. And we dig the earthy color, too!
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<h3>Method Bookends</h3> Small spaces can translate to big problems when it comes to storage; that’s why we love this entry so much. Not only did we love it, but you loved it too—voting it grand prize winner. Slicing the bottles in half, contest winner Re
Method Bookends Small spaces can translate to big problems when it comes to storage; that’s why we love this entry so much. Not only did we love it, but you loved it too—voting it grand prize winner. Slicing the bottles in half, contest winner Rebecca attached recycled pieces of plexiglass to the open sides of the bottles for support. Plexiglass was a genius idea not only because it’s see-through (a perfect match for the clear bottle), but also because it’s sturdy and supportive. Space saved, and materials recycled!

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