Fun Water Bottle Crafts

Earth Day is this week!  Let’s teach our kids about how to turn what looks like trash, into something valuable again.  Now, I usually don’t have plastic water bottles in my home because of their environmental impact.  However, if we ever receive them from restaurants or after a long trip, I keep them and use them in any crafty way I can.  Take a look at 3 fun water bottle crafts my daughter and I have done:

Bottle Bangles

Fun water bottle crafts. Fun water bottle crafts.

What you’ll need:

  • an empty water bottle
  • an exacto knife or scissors
  • yarn, ribbon or loose fabric
  • tape
  • any decorations 🙂

My daughter absolutely loved the bangles we created.  In fact she wore them all day!  The idea here is to cut the water bottle in half (be careful, the opened water bottle edges may be sharp).  Then cut out another section of the bottle so that you have a ring (make it as thin or thick as you like).  Next, wrap the bottle ring with yarn or ribbon and tape down loose ends.  This will help prevent any scrapes or cuts, and adds a nice design element.  Lastly, decorate with any embellishments you’d like.  Done!  It’s simple and fun.  

Bottle Stamp

Fun water bottle crafts.

What you’ll need:

  • an empty water bottle
  • paper
  • paint

This is another simple craft that involves turning your water bottle into a stamp. The bottom of the bottle is perfect for making flowers.  You could even use different colored paint and make fireworks, stars or snowflakes too.  To create the stamp, dunk the bottom of the water bottle into paint, and then stamp your paper to make a design.  My daughter and I created vines with white flowers.  

Fishy Bank

Fun water bottle crafts.

What you’ll need:

  • an empty water bottle
  • construction paper
  • tape or glue
  • an exacto knife or scissors

My daughter loves collecting change in piggy banks, and that’s what prompted me to create this fishy bank with her.  The idea here is to cover the water bottle with construction paper.  Cut-out and glue fins on as well.  We used googly eyes on the sides of the bottle, but you could just as easily draw eyes on.  Lastly, create a small opening (large enough to fit coins through) somewhere on the bottle (either on the top of the fish, or the bottom of the bottle so it’s less visible).  That’s all there is to it :).

 

What’s your favorite water bottle craft?

 

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