Easy and Fun Plastic Bottle Crafts

Have you had a chance to take part in Plastic Free July? 

If you’re wondering how to get involved and teach your kids about recycling, recycled crafts for kids are a great place to start. Not only are recycled crafts a superb way to ensure that single-use plastic doesn’t end up in the waste; it’s also an inexpensive way to get creative.  In this blog, we’ve got some fun and crafty ideas to provide some inspiration and help you go green.

Ready? Let’s get started!

Plastic Bowling Pins (Age 3-5)

You’ll need

  • Plastic bottles with their lids on
  • Paint and a paintbrush and/or sponge
  • Any kind of dry bean or small pebbles


  • Begin by pouring some of the dry beans or pebbles into each bottle. The beans/pebbles will help weigh down the bowling pins so they don’t topple over too easily while your little ones are playing.
  • Next, decorate your pins by painting them with your favourite colours.

Jayne’s top tip: If you think a paintbrush might be difficult to use, try using a sponge instead.

  • When you’ve finished painting, let your pins dry.

Once the pins are dry, grab a tennis ball, set up your pins and enjoy a family bowling tournament in the sunshine.

Plastic Bottle Planter (Ages 5-8)

Plastic Bottle Plant Pot

Plastic Bottle Planter (Ages 5-8)

You’ll need

  • A large plastic bottle
  • Scissors 
  • Marker pen
  • Ruler
  • Paint and a paintbrush and/or sponge
  • Masking tape (optional)


  • Take your ruler, and with a pen, mark your bottle a third of the way up.
  • Use the marks you made as a guide to cut around the bottle with your scissors. This step may require help from an adult. 

Jayne’s top tip: Masking tape around the edge of the bottle can help smooth the edge. 

  • Get creative and decorate the planter with your paints. 
  • Leave your planter to dry. 

When your planter is dry, pop your favourite flowers in and admire your beautiful recycled plant pot. Alternatively, use your planter as a pencil pot for the perfect place to store your stationary. 

These simple projects will help re-use any plastic bottles lying around and are the perfect way to introduce inquisitive young minds to recycling whilst keeping them occupied for hours on end. 

Have you checked out our other arts and crafts ideas? We’ve got plenty of free crafting blogs and printables to entertain your little monkeys. Don’t forget to take a picture of your creations and tag @therainydayboxco on Facebook or @rainydaybox on Instagram. 

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