How to Make a Plastic Bottle Statue

Updated February 21, 2017

When you drink water from plastic water bottles, the used water bottles may end up in a dustbin or recycling bin. Instead of tossing the bottles out, you can use them to make whimsical art projects. One way to reuse the water bottles is to turn them into statue figures. For example, you can make statues of characters from a book you are reading, or you can make a statue of a Biblical figure.

Remove the labels from a plastic water bottle using scissors. If any of the label remains, soak the bottle in hot soapy water for 15 minutes, then scrape the remaining label off with a butter knife. Allow the water bottle to dry for five minutes.

Cut out a rectangle from felt fabric to measure the same length as the bottle's height, and the same width as the bottles circumference. Choose any colour felt you prefer.

Insert a hot glue stick into the back of a hot glue gun, and plug the gun into an electrical socket to heat up for five minutes.

Squeeze a line of hot glue around the perimeter of the rectangle, leaving a 1/4-inch seam allowance. Wrap the glued rectangle around the water bottle. This will be the body of the statue.

Squeeze a quarter-sized dollop of hot glue onto the top of the water bottle's cap. Press a 2-inch foam ball onto the hot glue. Hold it into place for three minutes so the glue will harden.

Paint the foam ball using acrylic paints. You can paint the ball any colour you prefer. If you are making a human statue, paint the foam ball a skin tone, such as peach, tan or brown. Allow the paint to dry for 10 minutes.

Cut pieces of curly or eyelash yarn to measure 6 inches long each. Squeeze a nickel-sized dollop of hot glue onto the top of the foam ball, and layer the pieces of yarn onto the hot glue. Allow the glue to cool for three minutes. This will be the statue's hair. Adding hair is optional.

Hot glue two googly eyes onto the front of the foam ball. These will be the statue's eyes. Allow the hot glue to cool for three minutes.

Draw facial features onto the foam ball using paint pens. You can include features such as eyebrows, lips, eyelashes, dimples or teeth. Allow the paint to dry for 10 minutes.

Things You'll Need

  • Plastic water bottle
  • Felt fabric
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun
  • Hot glue stick
  • Foam ball, 2 inches in diameter
  • Acrylic paint
  • Curly or eyelash yarn
  • Paint pens
  • Googly eyes
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