Make flowers or sea creatures out of plastic bottles! Use them to decorate; make a mobile, chandelier or hanging curtain. I made sea anemone ornaments for my ocean themed Christmas tree! You can use them for "bows" on a pretty gift packages or even make jewelry! A fun craft project for kids with adult supervision and maybe a little help.
*** I guess in today's age we must also include basic common sense warnings like open a window, use a fan, have a bowl of water in case things get hot and candles cause fire! If you are afraid of the chemicals you probably shouldn't have the plastic bottles in the first place! You probably shouldn't have Sharpies or glue either! Sorry, this is for the alarmists out there!
Tools and materials:
clear or colored plastic bottles
buttons, beads, bottle caps
string to hang them with
First, cut the bottom out of the bottle; I use a serrated kitchen knife but scissors work just as well. Trim the bottom part so it look more like a flower then with a good metal paper punch (the cheap plastic ones may beak!) punch a hole out for hanging:
With Sharpies, draw your patterns, this is where the kid's can have fun:
Then carefully melt over a flame, about 1 1/2" over the flame
They look great like this or kids can glue in a colorful bottle caps, buttons and beads but first add the cord with a slip knot:
You can make stamens by cutting a strip of plastic about 6" long by 1.5 to 2" wide:
Carefully melt the tips first; try to get them to curl out in one direction. This can be tricky! You can also make individual ones then glue them with blob of glue in the center of the flower.
With the stamens pointing outward, start coiling and melting:
Hopefully, it will look like this:
You can then glue it directly to your flower or I glue it to a bottle cap then the flower:
These are my recycled plastic ecochic necklaces on Etsy that are made the same way:
Here are more inspirational ideas from Michelle Brand who is an environmental designer internationally known for her designs with plastic bottles:
See my other popular upcycling blog posts:
"DIY Dollhouse Miniatures: Modern "Glass" Art Tutorial" for Chuhuly style miniatures made out of recycled plastic containers:
See how to make my bottle cap art mosaic:
I would love to see how you recycle or upcycle, feel free to post a link to your project, website, blog, or page!