You work with plastic bottles: what to do with plastic bottles? Objects, animals, flowers and crafts to recycle bottles in a creative way
You work with plastic bottles
Plastic is a waste that is extremely harmful to the environment: it can contribute to the devastating pollution of the oceans and be destroyed in microplastics which end up in the stomachs of fish and many other terrestrial and marine animals. We know how important it is to reduce our use of plastic in our daily life and in this perspective we could also use plastic bottles to create objects and do chores, fun or useful, together with children. Here, then, is a selection of you work with plastic bottles to do with children of all ages.
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What to do with plastic bottles?
If we look into our kitchens we are really full of plastic bottles. Even if we choose to drink tap water and therefore do not buy crates of water packaged in plastic bottles, we find bottles of fruit juices in the recycling bag and milk bottles.
Here, then, how recycle plastic bottles creative way:
- First of all we can create small pots where to put the earth and plant small plants;
- With a large bottle, like those of detergent for example, we can also build a game for children: just cut the bottle in half and attach it on pompom with the thread. The game consists in trying to insert the pompom into the container with a single movement of the hands;
- but we can also create vases in which to insert fake flowers created by the children themselves.
You work with plastic bottles
Objects with plastic bottles
How to recycle plastic bottles by creating objects? Here are some ideas and tutorials.
We can create it using plastic bottles and also their caps which, glued together, will create the pig’s feet, ears and nose.
Still on the subject of “games” created with recycled material, here’s how to build Barbie houses (or mermaids like this mother did) using simple plastic bottles:
- cut doors and windows with a knife and scissors;
- decorated using themed stickers chosen by the children;
- use brushes and markers to finish and color as desired.
Here is the procedure for creating a bowling set using 10 plastic bottles:
- carefully clean the bottles after removing the cap;
- use ten different colors to paint the bottles, but you can also let the children create unique color combinations;
- pour a little paint, possibly diluted with a little water, inside the bottle to color it also from inside;
- replace all the caps and fix them well;
- shake the bottle to distribute the paint evenly over the entire surface;
- let it dry well overnight.
Animals with plastic bottles
These are also perfect ambitious and spectacular vases in transparent plastic in the shape of a giraffe: here is a video tutorial to make them together with children
With plastic bottles you can create many animals different. All you need is:
- Empty plastic bottles and containers
- Gel glue
- Pipe cleaners
- Paper cups
- Paper plates
You can follow the instructions on this site.
Flowers with plastic bottles
Have you ever noticed that the bottom of a large plastic bottle, such as a Coke or soda bottle, is shaped like a flower? The first job we can do with these objects is simply to sprinkle the bottom of the bottle with colored gouache – turning them into floral stamps – and allow children to create colored flowers as they like on a nice large cardboard.
In view of spring we can create a real painting that depicts peach and cherry blossoms using plastic bottles:
- on a nice large white card we paint the skeleton of the tree, with only the branches;
- we dip the bottom of the bottles in pink or peach-colored tempera;
- we use the bottle to create the little tree flowers like Alpha Mom does.
As a second activity we can build perfect decorations for Christmas, just cut out this bottom of the bottles and so we will get some small flowers, after that:
- make a small hole at the top where you will insert a ribbon or a thread;
- decorate the flowers as you like, using, for example, glitter, tempera, colors and brushes;
- In this way you will get many decorations for the Christmas tree.