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How to Make A Cat Figurine from Used Plastic Bottles.

Updated on January 7, 2016

All kinds of used bottles potentially pollute the environment if they are not treated appropriately through reduce, reuse, or recycle.

Here I have an idea how to give those bottles added value so that they can be used as ornaments, crafts, or maybe something saleable.

Why cat ?

Cat is one of my favorite animals and many other people also see it as a cute, cuddly creature. You know what, cats are also "respectable" animals in my place because some stories (or myths) they have. One of the myths widely known for long time says that a driver who happens to run over a cat and causes it die, is obliged to bury the cat's body otherwise something may endanger his journey in the street.

The story may be merely a myth but many take it into account to avoid the consequence I have mentioned above.

Let's Make A Cat from Plastic Bottles.

We need two plastic bottles of any size and of course the size of the bottle you use will determine the size of the cat you make too.

Here I use two bottles of 600 ml volume. One for the body and head, the other one for legs and tail.

You need 2 bottles (of 600 ml volume) like this for the body, legs, head, and tail.
You need 2 bottles (of 600 ml volume) like this for the body, legs, head, and tail. | Source

Materials and tools.

1. Two plastic bottle of 600 ml in volume.

2. Scissors

3. PVC glue

4. White tissue or thin paper

5. Small brush.

6. Paints if necessary.

7. Cutter.

8. Color paper.

9. Marbles or seeds.

Cut each bottle into three parts.
Cut each bottle into three parts. | Source

Here are step-by-step of the project :

1. Wash two plastic bottles cleanly. From the first bottle cut the upper and bottom parts. We'll use the middle part (the bottle's body) as the cat's body.

The cat prototype, before the head is placed.
The cat prototype, before the head is placed. | Source

2. Cut another plastic bottle and cut its upper and bottom parts too. We're going to make 4 legs and a tail from this second bottle while the bottom and the upper parts are going to be used as head and rump.

3. Cut the body of this bottle longitudinally into 5 parts: 4 parts for legs, 1 for tail. For the legs, roll each of them like a cone, and for the tail roll it like as slim as a cigarette. Use some sellotape to keep the rolls in their shapes.

4. Since legs are not as long as the tail, make the four shorter by cutting them to certain length of proportionally a cat legs and make sure that back legs have bigger thigh than front legs do, while for the tail let the length be as it is.

Now it has a face made of half an egg shell.
Now it has a face made of half an egg shell. | Source

5. Place each leg on the body and the tail, and again secure them using sellotape to keep them in firm positions.

6. You can use the lower and upper parts of the bottle as the cat's rump and head. Place them (rump and head parts) a little bit upward so that they give the cat more natural looks. Again use sellotape to tighten them.

7. Create the facial parts, like cheeks, mouth and nose using some paper crumplings and glue them on the face parts.

Don't forget to give ears too. Ears consists of a pair of two small triangles made of carton and stick them on top of the head.

8. After all body parts set on their places, now you can cover (layer) the whole of the body with thin paper or tissue paper. I like to use tissue paper better since it's much more flexible than thin paper so that it can used to cover every crevice and dent. To prepare the glue for the pasting, just dilute some PVC glue with water then use the diluted glue to stick layering thin paper or tissue paper on the whole body.

After being layered with thin/tissue paper.
After being layered with thin/tissue paper. | Source

9. Don't forget to give feet. You can do this in the middle of pasting process too.

After all the layering done, let it dry. It takes 1-2 days (at room temperature around 35º ) to be completely dried.

10. After the cat's dried then we can give some mustaches around its nose. You can use some fibers as the mustaches. Dip the tip of the fibers one by one and stick them in slanted position on each cheek of the cat. Let it dry.

11. Give it eyes. You can use marbles or some kinds like seeds. You just glue them on the right place on its face and paste the eyes' back with some layers of thin or tissue paper to give them eye lids.

12. The last step is coloring. You can use any colors you like or using papier mâché technique.

Here's the result.
Here's the result. | Source

Try it yourself !.


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      agusfanani 2 years ago from Indonesia

      @Besarien : I'm so glad to find you like this hub. Yes, I dedicate this project for children. I hope they love crafting using recyclable materials.

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      Besarien 2 years ago

      I love your ideas! What a great project for kids with Christmas coming up!

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      agusfanani 3 years ago from Indonesia

      @ prairieprincess:

      Thank you for reading and your very pleasant comments. I'm very glad that you find this humble hub useful. Yes, you can use it as the input for teaching your students. Besides this one, How to make sitting cats in my other hub is very interesting as well.

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      Sharilee Swaity 3 years ago from Canada

      Agusfanani .... this is great! I am going to check out your collection of water bottle creations, and perhaps use this with my grade six class. You are so right that so many of these bottles are wasted every day. Excelletn project --- thanks for sharing!

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      agusfanani 4 years ago from Indonesia

      @FlourishAnyway :

      Thank you for your visit and taking your time for such a pleasing comments.

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      FlourishAnyway 4 years ago from USA

      Very cute idea, especially for kids! Awesome project.

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      agusfanani 4 years ago from Indonesia


      That's one of animals that I want to make their figurines. I highly appreciate your kindness in reading and giving comments, thank you so much.

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      visionandfocus 4 years ago from North York, Canada

      I love your cat! How creative and environmentally friendly at the same time. Absolutely awesome. Voted up and everything else. Thanks so much for sharing!

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      agusfanani 4 years ago from Indonesia

      @Vinaya Ghimire: Thank you for reading and for that nice comments too.

      @unknown spy: Thank you for dropping by.

      @LetitiaFT: Thank you for your visit. You're encouraged to get started. Don't worry they are nice creatures. lol....

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      LetitiaFT 4 years ago from Paris via California

      That's terrific! I'm just afraid that if I get started on them, my home will soon be overrun with these creatures!

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      This is veryyyy awesome!!

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      Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

      Though I love crafts ideas, I'm not good at it. You have a wonderful skill my friend.

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      agusfanani 4 years ago from Indonesia

      Hi alocsin.

      Thank you for your appreciation, comments, and voting up this hub.

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      alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

      That is so clever and a great way to recycle old bottles. Voting this Up and Useful.

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      agusfanani 4 years ago from Indonesia

      @Nell Rose: Thank you very much for your encouraging comments.

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      agusfanani 4 years ago from Indonesia

      @Prasetio 30: Thank you very much for your appreciation and having shared this hub with your students. Good luck and success may be poured to you too, Prasetio.

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Oh this is great! lol! I remember making similar things when at school, what a brilliant and simple idea, voted up! nell

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      prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Brother, you are very creative person. I am glad to share this hub to my students. I believe that they'll love too. Thanks for writing and share with us. Voted up!


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      agusfanani 4 years ago from Indonesia

      Hello Peggy W,

      Thank you for your appreciation to this hub. That comments and vote up really encourage me to make better hubs.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      What creativity you have shown us! That cat made from empty plastic bottles and tissue paper is so cute. What a great way to recycle things! Voted up, useful and interesting. Thanks.

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      agusfanani 4 years ago from Indonesia

      Hi Jamie Brock,

      I'm very glad that my hub inspires your creations. Good luck, I hope that you'll also share your crafts using used plastic bottles with us through your hub. Thank you very much for reading and commenting.

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      Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas

      OH my goodness!! I love this cat that has been made from plastic bottles :) What an amazing job you have done.. thank you for sharing the tutorial! I just did my first plastic bottle craft- a jack o lantern or pumpkin luminary and published a hub about it. You were mentioned as you were partly my inspiration for that craft. I plan to do some other plastic bottle crafts as well. Thank you for sharing this :)

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      agusfanani 4 years ago from Indonesia

      Hi Jennifer Sides,

      Thank you for dropping by.

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      Jennifer Sides 4 years ago from Edmonton

      I love this!

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      agusfanani 4 years ago from Indonesia

      Hi Pavlo Badovskyy,

      Yes, I hope that it gives an idea to students how to make use of plastic bottles. Thank you for your comments.

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      Pavlo Badovskyi 4 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine

      This is a great ideas for classes at school as a sample what can be done of used plastic! It is also good to make busy a child for a while.