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Recycle your water bottles into flowers. Great kid-craft.

Kids could make these flowers in minutes and can wear them on silk cording as a necklace, glue them on a barrette for their hair or twist wire on them for stems and put them in a vase, The possibilities are endless and are a great use for old plastic bottles.


Materials:


  • old plastic water bottles (Ours were made with Aquafina vitamin water bottles.)

  • permanent markers in various colors

  • colored craft wire to make flowers

  • barrette-back to make hair accessory 

  • silk-cording to make necklace

  • pin back finding to make flower pin


Supplies:


  • scissors

  • needle nose pliers and wire cutters if making flower stems

  •  glue gun

  • serrated knife


Instructions:


These flowers are made with clear plastic bottles that have flower designs on their bottoms start checking out your plastic bottles before you put them in recycling. (Adults only) use a serrated knife and cut off the bottom of an empty,clean water bottle. Be careful not to cut into the flower design. Trim off access plastic and refine your flower. Do not cut apart petals until after you color your flower.


Color your flower with permanent markers. Color both the front and back of the flower to make a more even design. This is a great way to explore mixing primary and secondary colors by coloring each side a different color and they will blend and form a third color. Example: color the front blue and the back yellow and you will have a green flower. When you color your flower,  blend evenly. Coloring both sides of  the flower (back and front) make the colors fill in better. Be sure to follow the natural design of the plastic and change your colors accordingly, like making green or yellow centers.


Now you can cut your petals apart and round the edges of each leaf. We cut leaves out of the extra plastic and colored them also.


Necklace: Punch a hole in the top of the flower between petals and add a circular jump ring to thread the silk-cording through. You can thread the silk-cord through the hole without a jump ring, just tie a knot at the at the bottom of the cord near the flower so that the flower will face forward.


Flower stem: Cut the flower petals apart  to the center of the flower. Twist three 12"  pieces of green wire together to make a stem.  Use pliers to twist wire. Glue flower and leaves to stem with glue gun.


Barrett and pin: Glue flower to top of barrette with glue gun. Glue flower to pin back with glue gun.

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