While it's important to recycle those plastic soda bottles, you can put a few of them to more creative use by using them to make crafts. Various parts of an empty soda bottle are ideal for making turtle crafts. Just make sure the bottle is empty and clean. Remove the plastic wrapping around the middle, and you're ready to start creating turtles.
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Empty 2-liter soda bottles with a green tint work best for this craft. Cut off the bottom of the soda bottle, and turn it upside down. This will be the turtle's shell as well as the top of the bank. Cut a 2-inch slit in the centre of the bottle bottom for a coin slot. Paint a paper dessert plate brown. Glue the rim of the bottle bottom to the dessert plate. Cut a turtle head, legs and tail from a piece of green felt and glue them to the bottom of the dessert plate so they stick out past the rim. Add two wiggle eyes to the felt head to complete the bank. Drop coins through the slot in the bottle.
Use the bottom of a soda bottle as a mould for a turtle-shaped bar of soap. Create the mould by cutting the bottom off of an empty soda bottle. Use a kitchen grater to grate two bars of soap. In a bowl, mix 5 drops of green food colouring and 1 tbsp of water, and then add the soap shavings. Stir until the colour spreads. Knead the shavings together. Divide the soap into one large and five small balls. Press the large ball into the bottle so that it moulds to the shape of the bottom. Remove the soap from the mould. It should resemble a turtle shell. Shape the other five balls into four legs and a head and press them to the bottom of the shell. Place your turtle on waxed paper to dry overnight.
Bottle Cap Turtle Magnet
Use a green soda bottle cap or paint the cap green to represent the turtle's shell. For the legs, cover two cotton swabs in brown paint and let dry. Position the cotton swabs in an "X" and secure in the middle with glue. Glue the cotton swab X beneath the rim of the bottle cap so the cotton tips stick out like legs. Cover about 1 inch of the tip of a craft stick in brown paint and let dry. Cut off the painted tip and glue it beneath the rim of the bottle cap to represent a head. Add wiggle eyes to the end of the craft stick, and glue a magnetic strip to the bottom of the cotton swabs.
Sea Turtle Aquarium
If you have an empty soda bottle and a few miniature plastic turtle toys, make a sea turtle aquarium. Fill the soda bottle halfway with water. Add a few drops of blue food colouring, replace the cap, and shake the bottle until the colour spreads. Drop in the plastic turtle toys, and sprinkle in a bit of glitter. Fill the bottle the rest of the way with clear vegetable oil, and shake to mix. Kids love rolling, turning and shaking the bottle to make waves for the turtles.
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