15 Creative Plastic Bottle Crafts for Kids

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These ideas are sure to absorb your kid’s attention and get their creative juices flowing. You will also enjoy creating these bottle crafts and to top it all these are environment friendly as well.

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Below are some cool D.I.Y craft ideas for kids:

1. Glow in the Dark Bottle

The glow bottle is a water bottle craft for toddlers which can be put in your toddler’s room.

a. What You Will Need

  • Bottle
  • Hair gel
  • Glitter glue
  • Glow in the dark paint
  • Super Glue
  • Glow stars

b. How To Make

  • Squirt the glitter glue at the bottom of the bottle and add some glow in the dark paint into the bottle.
  • Mix the hair gel with some water, if it seems very thick. Now add the gel into the bottle.
  • Add the glow stars. The hair gel adds some resistance to the fall of the stars to the bottom. Super glue the cap on to the bottle, to avoid any messy accidents.

2. Milk Bottle Butterflies

These cute bottles can help your kids get close to nature.

a. What You Will Need

  • Bottle
  • Permanent markers
  • Sharpies
  • Pipe cleaner
  • beads
  • Butterfly stencil

b. How To Make

  • Trace out the butterfly pattern on to the jug using a stencil or freehand it. Cut out the butterfly.
  • Draw intricate patterns on the butterfly using a permanent fine line marker.
  • Fill in the patterns with colour, using sharpies or any other suitable instrument.
  • Give the butterflies a fold in the middle to make the wings crease up.
  • Bend the pipe cleaner to make a V, and thread some beads on one half of the pipe cleaner.
  • Place the butterfly such that the wings are on both sides of the V. Twist the ends of the V together and thread in a big bead to make the head. Curl the rest to form the antennas.

3. Jellyfish in a Bottle

This DIY can instil in your kids a penchant for the sea creatures.

a. What You Will Need

  • Transparent plastic bag
  • Plastic bottle
  • Thread
  • Blue Dye
  • Scissors

b. How To Make

  • Cut a square piece off the plastic grocery bag.
  • From the centre of the plastic sheet, make a small balloon (for the head of the jellyfish). Tie it with a thread, but not too tight.
  • Make cuts from the edge of the plastic sheet, so they resemble tentacles.
  • Fill up the head of the jellyfish with water so that it sinks to the bottom of the bottle.
  • Fill up the water bottle and add a few drops of blue dye.
  • Put the jellyfish into the bottle and screw on the cap.

4. Crystal (Plastic) Crown

A good option for kids who love Disney characters

a. What You Will Need

  • 2-litre plastic bottle
  • Glitter glue
  • Sharp scissors
  • Marker
  • Crown template (optional)

b. How To Make

  • Cut out a 3-inch high cylindrical portion from the middle of the plastic bottle.
  • Use some folded tape to attach the crown template inside the cylinder and trace the outline of the template on to the cylinder. Cut the borders to get the shape of a crown.
  • Now either trace the design details of the crown or freehand them.
  • Use the glitter glue over the design details.
  • Remove the template and let the glitter dry for two hours.
  • Use Bobby pins to secure the crown on to hair.

5. Chia Pets

Chia pets are the rage these days, and now you have your very own plastic version

a. What You Will Need

  • Bottle
  • Craft eyes
  • Glue

b. How To Make

  • Cut the bottle into two equal part and discard the top part.
  • Glue on the craft eyes and use the bottle cap for the nose.
  • Fill in with soil and add seedlings of your choice
  • Make a small hole at the bottom to drain out extra water.

6. Plastic Apple Decorations

These colourful apples make for beautiful hanging decorations for the kid’s room.

a. What You Will Need

  • 2 bottles
  • Red cellophane
  • Felt paper
  • Buttons
  • Thin ribbons
  • Needle and thread

b. How To Make

  • Cut out the bottoms ends from both the bottles. Make sure to cut one end a bit longer than the other.
  • Make a hole in the centre of one of the bottle ends. Insert the ends of the ribbon into the hole to make a loop. Thread the ends through a button and tie them together, to prevent the ribbon from slipping through the hole.
  • Cut out leaves and stem from the felt paper. Sew these on to the ribbon.
  • Fill in the bottle ends with scrunched up cellophane.
  • Slot the bottle ends together and hang up your apple.

7. Milk Jug Ghosts

This is an ideal Halloween decor idea and quite simple at that. You can make a couple of these jug monsters and keep them outside to greet the ‘trick or treat’ers.

a. What You Will Need

  • Empty milk jugs
  • Sharpie
  • Pencil
  • Knife
  • Fairy lights
  • Rocks

b. How To Make

  • Take a clean, dry milk jug and draw a Halloween monster face on it.
  • Now trace over the drawing with a sharpie
  • On the opposite side of the face, cut out a flap-like opening. Insert a string of fairy lights into the jug through the opening.

8. Rocket Jet Packs

This colourful rocket jet pack will transform your kids into space explorers in no time.

a. What You Will Need

  • Two bottles
  • Cardboard
  • Silver spray paint
  • Felt papers
  • Webbing
  • Hot glue gun or super glue

b. How To Make

  • Cut out the cardboard to fit your kid’s back (like a backpack), a staple on the webbing to the cardboard to go around their arms.
  • Spray paint the bottles. Cut out flame shapes from the felt paper, two red and one orange for each bottle. Hot glue them on to the spout of the bottles.
  • Hot glue the bottles on to the cardboard.

9. Recycled Piggy Bank

A good way to instil the habit of saving money in children.

a. What You Will Need

  • Two bottles
  • Knife
  • Acrylic paint
  • Super Glue

b. How To Make

  • Cut out the bottom halves of the bottles.
  • Slot one half onto the other, use super glue to make a strong bond.
  • Now using acrylic paint, draw them on face and body of the piggy.
  • Make a thin incision on the piggy’s head to put in the coins and start saving.

10. Windsock

This colourful windsock is inspired by koinobori kites. These are easy to make and can make a beautiful addition to your kid’s room. Hang them up where they can catch the wind and sway.

a. What You Will Need

  • 2 Litre bottle
  • Sharpies
  • Knife
  • Hole Punch
  • Ribbons

b. How To Make

  • Cut off the bottom portion of the plastic bottle.
  • Decorate the bottle by drawing fish inspired scale shapes with a black marker. Fill in the patterns with colours using markers or sharpies.
  • Punch holes along the bottom of the bottle and tie up the ribbons through the holes.
  • Draw the eyes of the fish at the top of the bottle and hang up the windsock where it can catch the wind.

11. Funky Skittles

Make these skittles out of plastic bottles and enjoy a game of bowling. This is a plastic bottle art for kids.

a. What You Will Need

  • Plastic bottles (6 nos.)
  • Uncooked rice
  • Super Glue
  • Acrylic paint
  • Tennis ball (or something similar)

b. How To Make

  • Add approximately 50g of rice into each bottle. Add glue inside the cap before screwing them back on.
  • Divide the bottle into head, neck and body. Paint on these accordingly. Paint the cap as a hat for the skittle.
  • Draw in the eyes, nose, mouth and strands of hair. Keep out to dry for two hours.

12. Snowflakes

Make delicate snowflakes out of plastic bottles and hang them up.

a. What You Will Need

  • Bottles
  • Acrylic paint
  • Ribbons

b. How To Make

  • Cut out the bottoms of the bottles, to look like snowflakes.
  • Paint in some snowflake patterns into each
  • Tie a ribbon at the top to get a Christmas tree ornament.

13. Plastic Bottle Fish

Make a tropical fish out of a plastic bottle.

a. What You Will Need

  • Plastic bottle
  • Scissors
  • Paint
  • Crafty eyes
  • Tape

b. How To Make

  • Take off the cap and squish the bottle from the middle, all the way to the bottom.
  • Cut off the bottom of the bottle and cut triangular notches on the bottom halves to differentiate the back fin from the rest of the body. Tape in the notches so that there is no open hole.
  • Look up some tropical fish designs and paint that on the fish.
  • Wait for the paint to dry.

14. Plastic Whirly-Gigs

Hang them up in your garden or near the windows.

a. What You Will Need

  • Bottles
  • Permanent markers
  • Scissors
  • Wire hangers

b. How To Make

  • Colour the bottles with the markers
  • Then starting from the bottom cut the bottle in a spiral almost all the way up.
  • Open up the wire hanger and thread in the bottles and close the hanger back.

15. Macaroni Penguins

These adorable penguins let your kids have a penguin for a pet. This is a brilliant plastic bottle craft idea for kids.

a. What You Will Need

  • Rounded plastic bottle
  • Construction paper-black and orange
  • Paint
  • Googly eyes
  • Cotton balls
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Feathers

b. How To Make

  • Stuff the bottle with cotton balls. Paint the top half of the bottle in black.
  • Paint the feathers yellow and leave them to dry.
  • Cut out the orange paper in the shape of a triangle and a heart. Cut out wings from the black paper.
  • Attach the googly eyes on the face. The triangle goes as the nose while the heart acts as the feet.
  • Attach the wings and the feathers on to the penguin.

Engaging children in craft work improves their coordination, hones their fine motor skills and helps develop their visual processing abilities. Hence, try to encourage them to create small artworks with everyday items.

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