Introduction: Plastic Bottle Flowers

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With California in a severe drought and the water companies enforcing strict water usage rules, recycling is a great way to both help the environment and decorate a backyard. In this tutorial you will learn how to make flowers out of plastic bottles.

Step 1: Gather Your Materials

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You will need the following materials:

Plastic Bottles


Acrylic Paint

Paint Brush

String Lights (solar or plug in)


Step 2: Cutting the Plastic Bottle

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Cut along the ridge that's right above the water label. Cutting along the ridge will allow you to cut in a straight line.

Step 3: Making the Petals

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Cut 5 equally spaced vertical lines. The vertical cuts should be approximately 1 1/2 inches in length.

Step 4: Giving the Petals Shape and Form

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Make curved edges between each vertical cut that was made in step 3.

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Pull the petals back toward the bottle cap.

Step 6: Paint Your Flowers

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Choose your favorite colors and paint your flowers with acrylic paint. Allow the paint to dry and paint a second coat.

Step 7: Make a Hole OnThe Bottle Cap

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Using a pen, make a hole on the bottle cap

Step 8: Decorating a String of Lights

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Carefully insert a light into the hole that you made using the pen.

Step 9: Decorate Your Back Yard

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Wrap the string of lights around a tree. Whether there's sunlight or moonlight, your backyard will have a beautiful display of reused plastic flowers.


Sashanbad (author)2017-09-28


Saula1 (author)2015-06-11

They look like real flowers from the tree.

KimberlyV1 (author)2015-06-11

Very nice! Love it

karlaa (author)2015-06-11

I really like this idea.

MayraxoxMoisesH (author)2015-06-03

I love these!

MariaA10 (author)2015-06-03

These look great!

Ashlyr1 (author)2015-06-03

Wow, I'm going to actually try this! =D

TyonH (author)2015-06-03

good job

emma_vg (author)2015-06-03

REALLY pretty!!!!

I like it and IMMA HAVE to try this!

ashleypinto (author)2015-06-03

Very nice and creative!

Monique A Sanchez (author)2015-06-03

I like this because it is quicker than to plant real flowers.

Seathekid (author)2015-06-03

Very nice i would like to make this in the future.

Edbed (author)2015-06-02

Great way to use old bottles. And it looks great!

janetandrade81 (author)Edbed2015-06-02

thank you

xochitla1 (author)2015-06-02

They look so nice with lights and everything!:)

HappyWorld (author)2015-06-02

A great way to make beautiful flowers!

ElvinS (author)2015-06-02


BeachsideHank (author)2015-06-02

Very original and clever design idea, especially when using the bottle tops, which most people discard when reusing the material. NICE!

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