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Need ornaments for Halloween ?, why don't you turn polluting plastic bottles into animal figurine: A Spider.

Updated on April 2, 2015

I think we all have the same situations with plastic bottle, what is the best thing we should do after we drink up bottled water. Facing this situation, normally people will end up with :

1. Throw the bottle away and make more garbage in environment.

2. Collect the bottles and sell them after they reach certain amount with another risk may come up: the misuse of those old bottles as containers of other products which is harmful to health, or used by swindlers to make imitation products.

3. Recycle the bottles into other useful forms or products.

I prefer to choose point no. 3 and here is one idea how to change a potentially polluting plastic bottle into something more valuable: Change it into an animal figure which has artistic, educative and economic values.

Things you need to prepare.

1. A plastic bottle of 360 ml in volume.

2. Scissors

3. PVC glue

4. White (used but clean) tissue paper

5. Small brush.

6. Paints if necessary.

Pic. 1
Pic. 1
Pic 2.
Pic 2.
  • Prepare a clean, empty plastic bottle.
  • Cut the bottle on 1/3 part from the top (see picture 1). Now you have two parts, the top which will become the head and body, and the lower part which is going to be the base and legs of the spider.
  • From the top part, cut the lid screw so that no more thread on it (see pic 2).
  • From the lower part, cut on 8 equal parts on the bottle vertically which will make 8 legs of the spider (see pic 3).
  • Fold in every leg to form it proportionally like a spider's leg and bend to make some joints of the leg.

The top part which has a curved shape (pic 2) is place onto the middle of the body and secure it with some sellotape to keep it in place so that it becomes like pic 3.

Pic. 3
Pic. 3 | Source

Put some unused stuff like rags or plastic inside the body hole.

Close the hole with small piece of plastic and secure it with sellotape.

Pic. 4 :
Pic. 4 : | Source

When you've done with body and legs forming, you can start covering them with thin white paper using paper mache technique. As I always do, I use some layers of tissue paper glued on the whole body with diluted PVC glue for this purpose.

If you think the paper mache process is sufficient, let it dry in well-ventilated room. I don't like to dry it under the sun for not wanting to change the white tissue become yellowish.

After it's completely dried, you can continue the next steps. Put a mouth and eyes and add textures on its skin.

I also give artificial fur on the legs which is made from dacron fibers. You can find this material at stores which sell aquarium filters. To put fur on each leg, first I cut the dacron fiber into the same size as the spider leg rub it with PVC glue and stick the dacron around the leg right away. Let the glue dry to make the fur strongly sticks on the legs.

Here is the result.
Here is the result. | Source


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      agusfanani 5 years ago from Indonesia

      I'm glad that you finally find this hub and like it. You're right, it may be suitable for Halloween and you can make it even more dramatic like a black widow from the same material. Thank you so much for reading and commenting .

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      Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas

      agusfanani- My goodness! I am so sorry.. I don't know how I missed this hub.... this spider made from a plastic bottle is very clever! We have Halloween coming up so this will be a great project to do... Thank you for sharing ... I look forward to trying to make a few of these for Halloween decorations :) Very useful... thank you :)

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      agusfanani 5 years ago from Indonesia

      Thank you for your visit and comments, pringoooals.

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      Karina 5 years ago from Edinburgh

      Such a great and creative idea, and wonderful to spend some valuable and fun time with kids. Great thanks for sharing!

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      agusfanani 5 years ago from Indonesia

      Thank you for your comments and voting up, precy anza. Yes, we should teach kids how to love environment by doing fun activities like this one.

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      precy anza 5 years ago from USA

      Another fun idea of reusing bottles! This could be a fun activity for kids! A good toy and something for decoration :) Voted up and shared ^-^'

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      agusfanani 5 years ago from Indonesia

      @alocsin: Thank you for reading and commenting this hub. Yes, hopefully this idea can be used as a fun activity in recycling plastic bottles.

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      What a fun craft and I think older kids might enjoy making it, especially for Halloween. Voting this Up and Useful.

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      agusfanani 5 years ago from Indonesia

      @Vinaya Ghimire: Thank you for dropping by and giving nice comments. Your hubs are attractive and I look forward to reading them more.

      @unknown spy: Thank you very much for your encouraging comments, yes I'm glad if my ideas can help help the environment.

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Wow!! amazing! you can even display this or sell. ver creative. this can really help the environment

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      Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

      Wow, this is very creative.

      PS: Thanks for reading and commenting on my hubs.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      You come up with the most creative ways to reuse plastic bottles and make them into other things that are decorative or useful. This spider would definitely be in the first category and I'm sure would make many a person smile. Voted up and useful.

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      agusfanani 5 years ago from Indonesia

      @Prasetio: Thank you very much brother.

      @Angela Brummer: Thank you for dropping by.

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      Angela Brummer 5 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      How cute!

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Very inspiring hub, brother. I love this hub and enjoy your step by step tutorial on how to make this spider. I hope we can do more with many unused things around us. Thank you very much. Rated up and awesome!


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      agusfanani 5 years ago from Indonesia

      Thank you for your visit Melissa A Smith.

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      agusfanani 5 years ago from Indonesia

      Yes, It's not so hard to do, so I think you can make it too. I put it on the printer as an attractive ornament. I'm glad that you find it interesting and voting up this hub. Thank you very much.

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      agusfanani 5 years ago from Indonesia

      Yes, it's not so hard to do and can be a fun activity too. Thank you for reading and voting up.

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      Melissa A Smith 5 years ago from New York

      It's super cute

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      christianajohan 5 years ago

      Inside me, I am laughing. Why? Because I think I can do this and I think it is very fun to do.

      This creative hub of yours is a great hub and I am voting you up.

      Your hub is also interesting.

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      thesingernurse 5 years ago from Rizal, Philippines

      This is very creative. It also looks so easy to do. People should invent ways like this in order to put old plastic materials to good use. Sort of like doing recycling in a more fab and funky way.

      Thank you for sharing. Voting up and sharing! :)