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How to Make A Sitting Cat from Plastic Bottle Waste.

Updated on April 29, 2013
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Here is another hub which I hope can help find a solution to your plastic bottle wastes. You can change them into a cute decoration : A Sitting Cat.

Read this hub and follow the instruction how to make it. I hope you like it.

Fig 1: We use 2 small bottles and 1 medium bottle. Respectively bottle 1, bottle 2, and bottle 3.
Fig 1: We use 2 small bottles and 1 medium bottle. Respectively bottle 1, bottle 2, and bottle 3. | Source


Materials and tools needed for this craft are :

  • Three used plastic bottles.
  • Scissors
  • Cutter
  • Small brush
  • Paper glue
  • Thin/tissue paper
  • Color paper
  • Thin carton

Since it involves cutter and knife in the work, children should be given careful assistance in using those sharp tools.

Fig 2: Cut bottle 1 around 6 cm below the bottle thread. Cut the thread off too. We'll use it as the head.
Fig 2: Cut bottle 1 around 6 cm below the bottle thread. Cut the thread off too. We'll use it as the head. | Source

The Procedures.


Always work with clean used bottle wastes.

1. Be ready with 3 clean used plastic bottles. In making this Sitting Cat, I use two small size (300 ml) and one medium size (600 ml) bottles.

The first small bottle (bottle 1) for the cat's body

The second small bottle (bottle 2) for head and legs

The medium-size bottle (bottle 3) for the cat's hips and tail.



Fig 3: How to make the head.
Fig 3: How to make the head. | Source
Fig 4.Position of the head.
Fig 4.Position of the head. | Source

The Head.

2. Cut the bottle 1 on the neck (around 6 cm below the mouth of the bottle). Get rid the bottle thread off too. We will use this part as the cat's head (Fig 2). Keep the rest (the lower part) of bottle 1 for the legs later.

Cover the ex-thread hole with thin carton. Use some sellotape to hold the cover (Fig 3).

Now we can put the head part over bottle 1 and secure it with sellotape (Fig. 4)



Fig 5: Cut the bottle 2 longitudinally to make legs.
Fig 5: Cut the bottle 2 longitudinally to make legs. | Source

The Legs.

3. From the rest of bottle 2, get rid the base off and cut it longitudinally into 2 parts to make two front legs (Fig 5). We don't need to make back legs since the cat hides its back legs when sitting.

To make front legs, roll the longitudinal cuts and bind them using some sellotape. Put them at the leg positions, you also need to secure the legs using some sellotape to keep them in position firmly. Look at Fig 4 for the the leg position.

Fig 6:  Right and left hips.
Fig 6: Right and left hips. | Source

Give attention to the cat's hips which widen when it sits. So, using the upper tip of bottle no. 3, divide it into 2 equal parts and place each on the lower right and left to make hips. Secure them with some sellotape too. (Fig 6)

Fig 7 : The cat's tail.
Fig 7 : The cat's tail. | Source


The Tail.

4. The tail can be made from bottle no 3.

Make another longitudinal cut, roll and secure it with some sellotape. Look at Fig 6 for the tail and its position on the cat's back bottom (Fig 7).

The cat's feet and toes.
The cat's feet and toes. | Source

The Feet.

5. The cat's feet can be made in simple ways from some thin carton. Cut 4 cat-foot-like shapes and to give toe accent, you can put different color of paper on every toe.


The Face

6. The eyes :

To make eyes you can use small marbles or seeds in proportional sizes . For the batik cat I use sour-sop seeds, and small seashells for the white cat. Put them on the right locations at the face and also give eyebrows which go down to the nose.

7. The nose and mouth:

They are located near each other. I give them black and red colors using some color paper and black felt. The lower lip is drawn inclining to give smiling face.

Don't forget to give some mustaches around the right and left nose, with those mustaches a cat is proud to be a cat, right ?.

Layering the whole body with white thin paper.
Layering the whole body with white thin paper. | Source

Layering the body, applying colors and ornaments.

8. Cover the whole body with some layers of white thin paper. To glue the paper onto the cat's body, you can use diluted glue in composition 1:3 (white glue : water). Using a small brush you can apply the glue to stick the torn white thin paper onto the whole body for 2-3 layers.

After the layering is sufficient, let it stay for one day to dry.

The cat's body can be colored and ornamented in any colors and using any ornaments you like.

This project let you explore your ideas and creativity in making a sitting cat figurine. With limited skills and creativity I have, my main purpose is just want to share this creation with you.

I hope you like this hub and find it useful .

The result: A white sitting cat figurine.
The result: A white sitting cat figurine. | Source
The result: A batik sitting cat.
The result: A batik sitting cat. | Source

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    • agusfanani profile imageAUTHOR

      agusfanani 

      3 years ago from Indonesia

      Good morning/evening mary615,

      Thank you for bookmarking this hub. I myself find it fun and useful to do it, so I hope you and your grandchildren do too.

      Best regards from far place,

      Agus F.

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      Mary Hyatt 

      3 years ago from Florida

      What a wonderful creative way to recycle plastic bottles! Our landfills are filled with these plastic bottles.

      I have bookmarked this Hub and will certainly try to make a cat with the grandchildren when they come to visit.

      Voted this UP, and shared.

    • agusfanani profile imageAUTHOR

      agusfanani 

      4 years ago from Indonesia

      @ DDE : That's a small contribution to environment protection and hopefully it can be salable if we make it in more decent forms. Thank you for your time visiting and your nice comments.

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      Devika Primić 

      4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      How to Make A Sitting Cat from Plastic Bottle Waste is something I surely would have not thought about this creative idea.

    • agusfanani profile imageAUTHOR

      agusfanani 

      5 years ago from Indonesia

      @angryelf :

      I'm glad to have your comments. Thank you for your appreciative comments and the upvote.

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      angryelf 

      5 years ago from Tennessee

      This is so incredibly creative and adorable! What a keen way to reuse and recycle; into precious art nonetheless. Great hub Agusfanani! :) Upvoted!

    • agusfanani profile imageAUTHOR

      agusfanani 

      5 years ago from Indonesia

      @ SweetiePie : Thank you for dropping by and giving comments.

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      SweetiePie 

      5 years ago from Southern California, USA

      These turned out really good.

    • agusfanani profile imageAUTHOR

      agusfanani 

      5 years ago from Indonesia

      @ Vinaya Ghimire :

      I like crafting because it challenges me and make me think how to create something with added value from wastes. Thank you for dropping by and leaving some comments.

      @ Peggy W:

      Thank you very much for your visit and leaving comments that make me so happy. I'm grateful if people like this hub and try the instructions how to make a sitting cat. Also highly appreciate your vote and share.

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      Peggy Woods 

      5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      My favorite is the batik cat. You are so inventive with ways to recycle things and this latest creation of yours is amazing. Am sure that many people will want to follow your instructions and make some of these cats for themselves. UUI votes and will share.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 

      5 years ago from Nepal

      Craft is not my cup of tea, however, I love to watch artist in action. This is useful and interesting tutorial.

    • agusfanani profile imageAUTHOR

      agusfanani 

      5 years ago from Indonesia

      @ Ceres Schwarz :

      Thank you for reading and giving me encouraging comments. I hope more people will try this craft by following those easy instructions.

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      Ceres Schwarz 

      5 years ago

      This is such a creative hub. The finished image of the sitting cats look cute. And it's great that you have other images to go with the instructions on making a sitting cat from plastic bottle waste to make thing easier to understand for the readers.

    • agusfanani profile imageAUTHOR

      agusfanani 

      5 years ago from Indonesia

      @ Lastheart,

      I'm grateful to find this hub useful. Thank you for using it as a summer vacation project and I highly appreciate your reading and giving comments.

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      Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill 

      5 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

      Very useful and interesting share. Summer vacations are around the corner, parents will appreciate these instructions.

    • agusfanani profile imageAUTHOR

      agusfanani 

      5 years ago from Indonesia

      FlourishAnyway,

      You're right, this is a very do-able craft for anyone, including children. Making a sitting cat and also using it as a kitty bank is a a very good idea. It gives another value besides its function as a decoration. Thank you for reading and leaving pleasing and enriching comments.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      5 years ago from USA

      This seems like a do-able project, even for a beginner. Once again, that batik cat has a beautiful pattern that gives that cat the look of a tortie. It might be a neat way to present a monetary gift to a child. Put the money gift inside the kitty, much like people do with candy inside pinatas. Same concept as old piggy banks. The child won't want to destroy the plastic bottle kitty to get to the money inside.

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