Making Art Out of Two Liter Plastic Milk Bottles

Updated November 21, 2016

Recycling provides a way to help reduce trash in landfills, litter and soil contamination through chemical breakdown. By reusing recyclable items in your home, you can help reduce your carbon footprint while also saving money. One of the most common reused items is the plastic bottle. Two-litre plastic milk bottles can come in especially handy for art projects. Not only do these projects often result in useful or decorative items, they take up time on rainy afternoons and help teach your children about recycling.

Rinse out your bottle with warm water and soap and let it dry. Choose a side to be the bottom; hot glue four wooden beads to this side to act as stabilising legs.

Cut a slit in the top of the bottle with a utility knife. Push the knife into the plastic and drag it to create a rectangle large enough to admit a silver dollar.

Make animal ears such as pig, cat, cow or elephant ears from craft paper, making sure they have tabs on the bottom. Bend back the tabs and glue them onto the top side of the bottle, close to the curve that leads to the cap.

Glue googly eyes in front of the ears and paint the cap to look like your animal's nose. Paint the rest of the bottle pink, orange striped or grey to match the animal you chose. Allow the paint to dry and start storing change.

Cut off the top of your bottle where the curve leading from the neck into the body ends. Rinse out the bottom of the bottle with warm, soapy water and recycle the top.

Snip into your bottle to create vertical, plastic fringe about 1/8 inch wide and 4 inches long. The result should look a little like an upside-down grass skirt.

Push the fringe down so it sticks out horizontally all around the bottle. Fold one fringe in half at a 45-degree angle so it overlaps the fringe piece to its left. Repeat with the left fringe, keeping the tip of the first fringe under the second.

Continue folding down fringe and overlapping them until you reach the last fringe. Fold this fringe down and tuck the end under the first fringe. The result should be a woven vase lip. Fill your vase with water and flowers.

Things You'll Need

  • Plastic milk bottles, 2-litre
  • Utility knife
  • ¼-inch wooden beads
  • Hot glue gun
  • Craft paper
  • Scissors
  • White glue
  • Googly eyes
  • Paint
  • Paintbrushes
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