Water Bottle Flowers: Summer Camp Crafts and Lessons for Kids: KinderArt ®
WATER BOTTLE FLOWERS
Written by: Amanda Formaro [Amanda is the crafty, entrepreneurial mother of four children. www.craftsbyamanda.com]
Use discarded water bottles to make fun and funky flowers.
Millions of water bottles end up in landfills each year. Instead of tossing your water bottles, turn them into a work of art!
What You Need:
- Plastic single serve water bottle with lid
- White craft glue
- Sand or soil
- Pebbles or rocks
- Drinking straw or twig
What You Do:
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.
- 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).
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