Recycled Soda Bottle Craft
Crafts from recycled materials are great for the earth and your pocketbook. Make these zippy apples by upcycling plastic soda bottles into spill-proof containers.
- 2 plastic soft-drink bottles of the same size
- Low-temperature glue gun and glue sticks
- Zipper to fit perimeter of bottle
- Spray paint (optional)
- Scraps of brown card stock for stem
- Scraps of card stock in choice of color for leaves and tag
- Embroidery floss in choice of color
- Tag punch
- Clean bottles and let dry for Soda Bottle Crafts. Cut each bottle evenly around the perimeter 2-3 in. from the bottom; you’ll use the bottom pieces. (Recycle top portion.)
- If desired, spray paint the exterior of each. Follow manufacturer’s instructions and apply as many coats as needed for complete coverage, letting dry between coats.
- Unzip zipper. Use hot glue to adhere 1 of the fabric sides to the perimeter of each bottle piece. Apply a short, thin line of hot glue at top edge of bottle, then overlap fabric about 1/4 in. onto exterior rim. Glue the zipper in small sections, letting glue dry between each section. Be careful not to get glue on zipper teeth or slider.
- For stem, cut a small rectangle from brown card stock and fold in half lengthwise. Cut sides slightly curved. Fold ends about 1/4 in. inward, making a dimensional tent shape. Use hot glue to adhere to center of one end of apple.
- For leaves, cut pointed oval shapes, freehand, in various sizes from scraps of card stock. Use hot glue to adhere 2-3 leaves at the base of the stem.
- Use tag punch to punch a tag from scraps of card stock. Cut a 6- to 8-in. length of embroidery floss. Thread floss through tag hole and center of the tent-shaped stem. Knot end of floss, attaching tag to stem, and trim floss ends.
- Crafts from recycled materials can be filled as desired and closed with a zipper.
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