Looking for a fun way to recycle some of those plastic water and soda bottles? Here’s a fun project for kids that uses the entire bottle, label and all! You can make a plain one that’s boy friendly and call it a palm tree! Fun craft for summer camp too.
To make these fun water bottle flowers and trees you are going to need:
Plastic single serve water bottle with lid
White craft glue
Sand or soil
Pebbles or rocks
Drinking straw or twig
Remove labels and lids, but don’t throw them away. We will be using the entire water bottle! If your water bottle does not have a label, have a bit of scrap paper nearby to use instead. Cut the water bottle in half, put the bottle half aside.
Cut slits, about an inch or so wide, in the top half of the bottle. You should end up with 8 “petals”. Bend the petals outward.
Put the lid on the bottle top.
Squeeze some white glue into the lid and insert the straw or twig into the glue.
Next, wad up the bottle wrapper and surround the straw with it, to help give the straw stability.
Put some sand or soil into the bottom half of the water bottle, about 1.5 – 2 inches in depth. Pack it down a bit and insert the bottom end of the straw into it.
Add pebbles or stones on top of the sand to help stabilize the straw (stem).
Optional: If you like, cut strips of fabric to decorate the flower petals and the flowerpot. You can also round the petals by trimming the ends with scissors.
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