Introduction: Make a House Out of a Bottle

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With this instructable you can teach the kids to upcycle, they'll have fun making this craft and and when they finish they'll have a new toy.

We will use a dish soap bottle and turn it into a little house.

Step 1: ​Gather Your Materials

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An empty dish soap bottle. Or any other bottle, I liked this one because its white and will make the drawings look good.

Paper

Scissors

Glue gun

Yarn

Permanent markers

Foam board

Step 2: Remove the Labels

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I'm not going to lie, this is my least favourite part. Some bottles that I've reused are easy to take the labels off.

In this one it took a lot more effort. Here is what I learned:

-Vinegar is really helpful. If you put vinegar in the stubborn parts they will come off easier. Just wet a cotton ball with vinegar and put it where needed, wait 3 minutes and then try taking the label off again.

-Vinegar helped taking off the paper, but there was a lot of sticky stuff still in the bottle. To take it out I put nail polish remover (acetone) and scratched the bottle with an old credit card.

Step 3: Cut

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Plan what your house will be like, then begin cutting then windows and door.

It's easier to begin a cut with an x-acto knife just to make a slit and then continue cutting with scissors.

I wrapped the top with paper because

I didn't want the neck of the bottle to be visible.

I cut two rectangles of foam board for the roof.

Step 4: Draw

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Draw the roof tiles in the rectangles.

The windows and the door inside and out.

Add plants, a mail box, a bird house.

If you mess up don't worry, nail polish remover will erase any mistake you made with the permanent markers.

Step 5: Make Extra Details

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I drew flowers in a paper and a planter in a rectangle of foam board.

I made a swing with foam board and yarn.

I used foam board also to make a floor for the second level.

Use the hot glue to stick all the pieces together.

Step 6: Play!

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Its the perfect size for the Littlest Pet Shop, Playmobil or Polly Pockets.

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