We don’t usually buy disposable water bottles, but in the summertime as we go places with the kids, we tend to use them a bit more often.
Rather than just pitch them in the recyclables, we’ve been trying to use them in a few recycled crafts for kids.
This Water Bottle Suncatcher is so simple to make and it looks beautiful hanging outside in the garden.
We love crafting with recyclables. They offer so many possibilities, and you can’t beat the price when it comes to using recyclables for kids crafts.
This simple water bottle craft has become one of our favorites to do each spring.
If you are looking for a fun way for kids to carry their own water bottles this summer, check out this idea for a duct tape water bottle holder.
Water Bottle Suncatcher
- Water Bottles
- Permanent Markers
- String or Wire (to hang them)
To make your recycled bottle suncatcher, start with a clean, dry water bottle.
We decided to craft outside so permanent marker didn’t get on the kitchen table. You may want to put a protective cloth down if you are crafting at a good table.
I gave the kids a selection of permanent markers and told them to color the entire bottle. The more you color the water bottle, the prettier your suncatcher will be.
Once the coloring is completed, carefully trim the bottom off the bottle. (This step is best done by an adult.)
Next you will make a cut on the bottom edge and then start cutting around the bottle in a spiral. Our spirals were about 1 inch thick.
Water Bottle Craft
When you are finished, tie your hanger around the bottle’s neck and check out your creation!
The kids were fascinated by the rainbow shadows this recycled craft made on the ground.
Your water bottle suncatcher will look beautiful hanging outside. You may want to make several to hang from the trees or in the garden.
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Originally published July 5, 2014.