How to make jewelry out of recycled plastic bottles

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How to make jewelry out of recycled plastic bottles
Recycle plastic water bottles into cool jewellery. (water bottle image by Radu Razvan from

We all try to do what we can for our environment. Recycling glass, paper and plastic by putting them in recycle bins is good, but recycling things at home into all new items is even better. Many household objects get thrown away that can be used for something else. Get creative with your items and the possibilities are endless. Making jewellery from plastic bottles is a great project because you're recycling and you'll have something new when you are done. Kids learning about recycling will love this project.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Plastic bottles
  • Scissors
  • Markers or paints
  • Heat gun
  • Jewellery cord or wire to make necklaces and bracelets

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  1. 1

    Cut the top and bottom off of your plastic bottle. Now cut it into strips about one centimetre across. The strips don't have to be even. You can vary the width of the strips for different bead looks if you like.

  2. 2

    Color the strips with permanent marker, or you can use paint if you like. Get creative with different colours and designs. Use coloured soda bottles for a more interesting base to colour or for a neat overall colour. Color both sides of the plastic for brighter colours.

  3. 3

    Wrap the plastic strips tightly around pliers to hold them in place.

  4. 4

    Melt the plastic into a bead shape using a heat gun.

  5. 5

    Allow the beads to cool and string them onto some craft cord or wire to make a necklace or bracelet.

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