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DIY recycled bottle animal plant pots

DIY recycled bottle animal plant pots

We love to recycle and although our plastic bottle useage has gone down dramatically over the lockdown period our recycling bin still has bottles. The children wanted to re-use the plastic bottles so we lined them up, removed the plastic caps and labels. We’ve filled our house with plants lately so we thought we could recycle the bottles into animal plant pots or planters.

Recycled bottle animal plant pots equipment:
selection of empty bottles with labels removed
acrylic paint
googly eyes
Posca pens

how to make recycled plant pots

How to make recycled bottle animal flower pots

First we trimmed the bottles to the size we wanted, adding shape along the top of the cut for ears or eyes if necessary. The children wanted to create as many as animals as they could. Then we gave each bottle a base coat.

How to make recycled bottle flower pots

My daughter is obsessed with Minions at the moment and I had a hard time persuading her they weren’t animals.

How to make recycled bottle flower pots

We painted each bottle a different colour, and when they were dry we could add detail for each animal using Posca pens. My 10 year old made a dog, cat, and a frog, whilst I added a panda and a lamb. We used some googly eyes for the frog and panda to make them really stand out. When they were finished we placed plants inside, although you could also use them as pen pots to keep your desk tidy.

recycled bottle planters

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DIY recycled bottle animal plant pots


  • Reply
    Rhian westbury
    August 9, 2020 at 6:04 pm

    These are so cute and such a nice little craft to reuse bottles which would just be thrown into the recycling but x

  • Reply
    Kristine Nicole Alessandra
    August 10, 2020 at 8:42 am

    Oh wow. Thank you so much for this tutorial. I have lots of plants and making my own cute pots out of empty bottles is a great idea! I no longer have to spend money to buy flower pots!

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