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Recycled Water Bottle Fabric Vases: A Kids' Craft

Updated on April 15, 2012

An easy and fun 'earth friendly' craft for kids.

Finished vases are a perfect gift for loved ones.
Finished vases are a perfect gift for loved ones. | Source

Earth Day Crafts for Kids

Ever wonder how you can reuse those water bottles that seem to consume landfills? Here is a fantastic craft for kids to do and save the environment at the same time! This is a perfect gift to give at Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day or just as an Earth Day activity. This craft is perfect for elementary aged children. Younger children can certainly finish the project with some additional guidance from an adult. Make sure that you have plenty of water bottles on hand. Making the vases becomes contagious!

Materials Needed for Recycled Vases

  • Cleaned and dried water bottles
  • Fabric selection of your choice
  • Ribbon
  • Beads, jewels, or any other adornment
  • Tacky glue
  • Flowers of course!

More Green Tips!

  1. Use the water bottle caps for the glue. Children can then dip their Q-tips in the cap and spread the glue along the material. It uses another part of the water bottle and keeps things just a little cleaner!
  2. There are many ways of choosing your fabric. You can find some that you have left over from other projects, look for seasonal material to fit your gift giving. For example red or hearts for Valentine’s Day or flower prints for Mother’s Day.

Attaching the Fabric to the Plastic Bottle

  1. Cut the material into 6.5 x 8.5 pieces.
  2. Place the tacky glue in container if the child is too young to squeeze the glue bottle. Tacky glue is very thick and it takes some strength to get it out of the bottle. Use the Q-tips to apply the glue to the short side of the fabric.
  3. Place the water bottle on its side on the glued edge of the material and secure.
  4. Glue the rest of the material on the bottle by either spreading the glue on the bottle or squeezing it on the rest of the material and roll the bottle to cover it completely. Add more glue at the seam if needed.
  5. Add a ribbon the length of the fabric to cover the seam.

Photos of Wrapping the Bottle with the Fabric

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Make sure that the edge of the fabric is secure to the bottle.Spread the glue on the fabric.Or spread the glue on the bottle.Secure the other edge of the fabric to the bottle.Cover the seam with a ribbon.
Make sure that the edge of the fabric is secure to the bottle.
Make sure that the edge of the fabric is secure to the bottle. | Source
Spread the glue on the fabric.
Spread the glue on the fabric. | Source
Or spread the glue on the bottle.
Or spread the glue on the bottle. | Source
Secure the other edge of the fabric to the bottle.
Secure the other edge of the fabric to the bottle. | Source
Cover the seam with a ribbon.
Cover the seam with a ribbon. | Source

Decorating the Water Bottle Vase

Now the creativity begins. Put a selection of beads, jewels, glitter or any other decoration that you want to offer your children on the table. Allow the children to decorate the fabric vase in any way that they choose. If they want to add bows, you may need to assist them in creating the bow and attaching it.

Finished Vase

Once the vase is finished and has dried, you can add water and flowers to the vase. They are perfect gifts for Moms, Aunts, Grandmas or Teachers for any occasion. My children decided that they would make one for each of their teachers for Valentine's Day. It is a great, inexpensive gift from the heart and earth friendly too!

Grace is excited to give her vase to her teacher!
Grace is excited to give her vase to her teacher! | Source


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    • cardelean profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Michigan

      Thank you so much for the compliments. I appreciate the visit and the vote and share!

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      Christabel Evans 

      7 years ago from England, UK

      This is really beautiful and decorative craft. Perfect for gifts. Sharing it and a vote. Thanks.

    • cardelean profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks prairieprincess, they were great fun to make! It was actually my own kids that made these. I may do this with my students for Mother's Day. Thanks so much for the votes up and share! I appreciate your visit.

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      Sharilee Swaity 

      7 years ago from Canada

      Wow, these are simply adorable! This make a great project for any elementary class and also uses some of those bottles up. It'd be great for Mother's Day gifts, too. Brilliant and voted up and sharing! Also, I love that you shared pics of your students actually doing these. Awesome!

    • cardelean profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Michigan

      My kids had lots of fun making them Movie Master. In fact we ran out of bottles they made so many! Thanks for reading and commenting.

    • cardelean profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Michigan

      Awesome Sunshine, thanks for the share!

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      Movie Master 

      7 years ago from United Kingdom

      What a wonderful craft idea for kids and a great way to use up plastic bottles.

      Voted up.

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      7 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Super idea! I'm going to share this with a few elementary teachers I know who might do this craft with their kids!:)

    • cardelean profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks Jamie! I appreciate you stopping by to read and comment. I love reusing/repurposing objects as well. Glad you enjoyed it.

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      Jamie Brock 

      7 years ago from Texas

      What a cute craft for kids (and adults too, really!) These are my favorite type crafts. I like how it teaches kids to reuse/re-purpose things. Thank you for sharing! Voting up and useful :)

    • cardelean profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks so much Vellur! We had a great time making them. I love to find new uses for old things. Glad you came by to read and comment.

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      Nithya Venkat 

      7 years ago from Dubai

      This is awesome, useful and creative. Your ideas are excellent, recycling is invovled and is a great fun time activity for kids. Loved it.

    • cardelean profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Michigan

      My niece is 11 and is the same way. Thanks for passing it along to her and I hope she likes it!

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      Ruth Clark 

      7 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Great idea. My ten year old granddaughter is always on the look-out for new ideas. I'll pass this along. Thanks.

    • cardelean profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks randomcreative. It was fun coming up with this one. When I have more than 5 minutes I can be creative! :)

      YUCK Aunt Danette! Mom does the same thing and it drives me CRAZY! I try to use the aluminum bottles when I can but sometimes there is a need for the plastic ones.

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      Danette Watt 

      7 years ago from Illinois

      Great idea for using up those water bottles (although I use mine over and over even when Sam yells at me about the BPA). Voted up.

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      Rose Clearfield 

      7 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      This is a great idea and so easy! I love that you can make these with things that you have around the house. These would be perfect for a tea party. I love your idea of using them as teacher gifts, too.

    • cardelean profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks teaches12345. You are right, they would be PERFECT for a tea party!

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      Dianna Mendez 

      7 years ago

      Great idea for recycling those plastic bottles. These could also be used as centerpieces at a garden part or tea. Looks simple but lots of fun to make. Voted up!

    • cardelean profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Michigan

      Funny you should mention that because it started out as a Valentine's Day craft and moved into a "could be for anything including Earth Day" craft. Glad you found it useful and hope your kids like it too!

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      Stephanie Hicks 

      7 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      What a super craft - I am thinking Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, or any holiday. Just think of all the different fabrics you can choose from depending on season. My kids will love this craft. Bookmarking and also rating up across the board. Thanks, Steph

    • cardelean profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks jacqui2011. Have fun with it! My daughter LOVES crafts as well and my son keeps pretty interested as well even at his young age. Glad you found the pics useful and thanks for your comments.

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      7 years ago from Norfolk, UK

      A fantastic idea. My daughter will love making this as she loves all things craft. Thanks so much for sharing. I guess I will be buying some flowers at the weekend as I know someone that will be busy on Saturday. Voted up and useful. Pics are great too.

    • cardelean profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Michigan

      Fantastic craftdrawer! I hope that you enjoy making it and that she loves it!

      Thanks for your comments Rob_Allen. I agree that it is a two-fold project. Fun and a lesson at the same time. Glad you stopped by.

      Stephanie your comment made me chuckle. I could just see a scene like that in my own home! :) Not sure how old your kids are but maybe you could share the link with their teachers. It would be a great classroom activity. Glad you found the pictures helpful.

      We are doing the same thing. They are already starting to collect around our home!

      I'm always on the hunt for easy and inexpensive Gail. No reason to make life any more challenging! Thanks for the comments and votes!

      Thanks Little Light. Glad you found it useful.

      Glad you liked it Mom. Thanks for reading.

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      Denise Handlon 

      7 years ago from North Carolina

      Cara-cute hub and definitely a wonderful way for kids to become environment aware. Loved the photos.

    • Little Light profile image

      Lilly May Rose 

      7 years ago from Australia

      This is a fabulous idea. Nice pics and a great Hub!

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      Gail Sobotkin 

      7 years ago from South Carolina

      What an awesome, easy and inexpensive craft and gift idea that kids can do independently. Voted up across the board except for funny.

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      Leah Lefler 

      7 years ago from Western New York

      I love this! We could make some for Valentine's Day and spruce up the house with a few flower bouquets. Great idea!

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      Stephanie Bradberry 

      7 years ago from New Jersey

      This is great. I may send this link to my husband so he can use fabric from my stash to help the kids make some for me. Now that I think about it, maybe not a good idea. I would spend the rest of the day cleaning up their mess.

      But I love this idea. And you really do a good job of going step by step and providing additional ways of being green. Thanks.

    • rob_allen profile image


      7 years ago from MNL, PH

      This is a really great task that you can give to your kids. You don't just allow them to explore their creativity, you are also able to teach them how to be good to the environment by recycling waste materials like plastic bottles. More than that, i think those crafts can also be sold in Garage sale or something. This can also be an ideal gift for special occasions like Mother's, Teacher's or Father's days. :)

    • craftdrawer profile image


      7 years ago

      Great idea for kids I will be using this one for my grandson to make for mom this year!!!


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