Milan-based designer Libero Rutilo, of DesignLibero, has found a way to give PET bottles a second chance at life. Combining 3D printing technology with upcycling, Libero Rutilo created a series of vases that are only made up of the external shell. That way, your half liter bottles can slip inside to hold the water.

3D-Printed-Vases-Libero-Rutilo-2

Once you slide the empty bottle in, you screw it into the shell like a cap to make it more secure. The 3D printed structure immediately takes a boring bottle and turns it into a vase.

3D-Printed-Vases-Libero-Rutilo-3

The collection features four designs, each of which is a mesh-like pattern.

3D-Printed-Vases-Libero-Rutilo-4-sin

iSinuous has a wavy pattern made up of fluid curves.

3D-Printed-Vases-Libero-Rutilo-5-knitted-vase

iKnitted speaks for itself with its knitted pattern.

3D-Printed-Vases-Libero-Rutilo-6-knitted-vase

3D-Printed-Vases-Libero-Rutilo-7-lace-vase

iLace has a crochet-like pattern giving it a classic look.

3D-Printed-Vases-Libero-Rutilo-8-spider-vase

iSpider is the most organic with a biomorphic pattern.

3D-Printed-Vases-Libero-Rutilo-9

Photos by Claudio Morelli.