Bottle Craft Ideas for Kids

Don't throw away those empty water bottles! Upcycle them instead with these 15 fun bottle crafts for kids!

Plastic bottle crafts? Yes, please! This summer we have gone through a ton of plastic water bottles. Our water filter wasn't working for awhile, so we now have a collection of water bottles that we can either recycle - or upcycle. In true crafty-mom fashion, we're upcycling them into bottle craft creations!

Plastic Bottle Craft Ideas

These are some of our favorite bottle craft ideas, because they're adorable and easy to make. Some require a bit more time, but in terms of kids crafts? They're pretty simplistic.

Bottle Craft Supplies

Before you get started, make sure you have the following basic craft supplies to make your plastic bottle crafts:

  • Paint
  • Paper towels
  • Paint brushes
  • Markers
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Tape

15 Bottle Crafts for Kids

1. Snowman Glitter Bottles

We used small water bottles to make these snowman glitter bottles, but you can use full size bottles as well. They're a great Christmas or winter craft!

2. Soda Bottle Lion Craft

Rooooar into crafting fun with this adorable plastic bottle lion craft from i heart crafty things. Although she uses a plastic soda bottle, you could also make mini-lions with empty water bottles.

3. Under the Sea Discovery Bottle

We love discovery bottles, because they're like playing I Spy in real life. This Under the Sea Discovery Bottle from Rainy Day Mum uses gelatin to make it even more texturally appealing!

4. DIY Plastic Bottle Boats

These boats from Must Have Mom are so much fun and the perfect activity idea for summer parties. They keep kids busy and make good use of those leftover soda and water bottles!

5. Dancing Fruit Experiment in a Bottle

Okay, so this science activity from Kids Activities isn't a craft, but it's so cool that we had to try it. Your kids will be fascinated as the fruit starts to dance!

6. Wine Bottle Bird Feeder

Momma Young at Home demonstrates this fun, recycled craft with a wine bottle, but you can totally use a recycled water or soda bottle to make it too!

7. Soda Bottle Owl Craft

My grandmom loved owls, so every time I see one I think of her. This soda bottle owl craft from i heart crafty things is super adorable and, if you added a glow stick to it, could serve as a sidewalk luminary for Halloween!

8. Bottle Hair Tie Holders

I don't know if it's the same in your house, but hair ties here disappear faster than a batch of cookies at Christmas time. My friend, Michele, at Midlife Healthy Living has a terrific solution for keeping your hair ties all in one place. It's genius, I tell you!

9. Soda Bottle Bats for Halloween

Some black paint, construction paper, and googly eyes turn ordinary water bottles into bat-tastic Halloween creations with this easy tutorial from Kids Activities.

10. Rainbow Musical Instruments

Shake it up with these fun and colorful rainbow musical instruments from Kids Craft Room. They're perfect for helping preschoolers work on their fine motor skills - not to mention their rhythm!

11. Bottle Bowling Game

Recycle those old plastic bottles and turn them into a bowling game for inside or outside! Domestic Mommyhood shows you how to make these bottles stand up and tip over in style!

12. Bleach Bottle Santa

Okay, so this craft from Stockpiling Moms uses an old bleach bottle, but we've made it using one the empty bottle from one of those big jugs of vinegar. We go through a lot of it while washing the guinea pigs' fleece bedding, because it takes the odor out in no time and is safe to use with them.

13. Glitter Sensory Bottle Craft

This glittery bottle craft from See Vanessa Craft is easy to make and so much fun for your littles who love glitter!

14. Christmas Tree Bottle Craft

This is better for older kids if you plan on letting them to the cutting. We found that it was a bit too tough for our kids to cut by themselves, so we did what Playtivities suggested and helped them cut it out. They can draw it on and paint it though for a fun Christmas decoration!

15. Galaxy Sensory Bottle

Make an easy and fun galaxy in a bottle sensory jar with these directions from Kids Activities. They're perfect for a unit study on the solar system or for your budding astronaut!

What are some of your favorite recycled plastic bottle craft ideas? Share them with us below! We'd love to see what you've created!