Recycle water and soda bottles to create whimsical string lights.
- Project pattern and layout (Below)
- White mini lights (string of 50)
- 25 clear plastic bottles, clean and dry, labels removed
- PVC pipe cutter
- Craft knife
- Craft scissors
- Acrylic spray paint in various colors, as shown
- Paper stapler
- Clear-drying waterproof glue
- 25 pair of wiggle eyes, various sizes
- Download and print Craft Pattern and Craft Layout
- Refer to photo and Fig. 1 as a guide while painting and assembling each fish.
- Use PVC pipe cutter to cut off entire screw top of plastic bottle or cut off the threaded area only.
- Use craft knife to cut off bottom of bottle. Discard bottom.
- Following manufacturer’s instructions, spray paint inside of bottle with one, two or three different colors. Let dry.
- Use craft scissors to cut “V”-shaped slits in opposite sides of the bottle top (if the entire screw top was removed) to form the sides of the mouth.
- Flatten open end of bottle and staple to hold.
- Cut out fins and shape tail.
- Use craft scissors to cut slits for tail, slits in fins and slits on top and bottom of fish.
- Use craft knife to cut an “X” shape in the middle of the back of the fish just large enough for a mini light to fit through.
- Glue fins on each side and a pair of eyes, as shown. Let dry.
- Repeat to make 25 bottle fish.
- Slip a fish over every other light on the string of lights.
Finished Size: Lights vary depending on the size of bottle used. Each shown is about 4-6 inches long and about 4-5 inches high.
Craft originally sent in by Carmen Klug of Bonita Springs, Florida