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Make it with Plastic

Here are some fun things that you and your friends can make using plastic soda bottles.

Piggy Bank

Piggy BankWith your plastic soda bottles you can create your very own bank. All you will need is:

  • 1 plastic soda bottle (small or large).
  • 4 plastic soda bottle caps.
  • Paper and paint for decoration.
  • Glue.
  1. Glue the caps to the side of the plastic bottle for feet.
  2. Cut a slot in the bottle, opposite of the feet (ask an adult to help you). Make sure the slot is wide enough to insert money.
  3. Decorate with paper and paint.

Plant Decorations

  • 1 clear plastic soda bottle.
  • 1 felt pen that will write on plastic.
  • 1 wood stick or dowel.
  1. Draw shapes of your choice (butterfly, bird, etc.) on the plastic bottle with your felt tip pen. Cut around the shape (ask an adult to help you).
  2. Paint with acrylic paint.
  3. Attach to a piece of dowel with glue.
  4. Poke a hole into the soil of your potted plants or in the garden for yard decorations.


  • 1 two-liter plastic soda bottle, empty and washed.
  • scissors.
  • masking tape.
  • 4 cups water.
  • 12 teaspoons glycerin.
  • 8 teaspoons liquid green soap (available from drugstore as a substitute).
  1. Wrap a piece of masking tape around the bottle, about four inches from the top.
  2. Ask an adult to help you cut along the bottom edge of the masking tape. Recycle the bottom of the bottle and discard the bottle cap.
  3. Remove the masking tape from the bottle. You are now ready to make the bubble solution.
  4. In a large bowl, mix together water, glycerin and green soap.
  5. Pour the solution into a container large enough to dip the cut end of your bottle.
  6. Dip the cut end of the bubble blower into the solution. Place the small end up to your mouth and blow your bubbles.

Note: Your bubble blower can be used as a bubble wand. Just dip in solution and wave the bubble blower through the air.

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Last updated: January 1, 2010
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