Introduction: DIY Recycled Pokemon Planters

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I'm a coffee-freak during winter and coka-cola-freak during the summer. Summer has just started and my house is already getting filled with cola plastic bottles. I also keep the coffee jars, they're great for keeping jewelry beads and findings.

Anyways, so, I've been pinning a lot of ideas, looking for something interesting to recycle these plastic bottles. I've seen 1 or 2 Pokemon planters from plastic bottles but not so many characters. I pictured a few characters made from plastic cola bottles in my head and had to give them a try. I used the bottom sides of the plastic bottles for this project and kept the top parts for another project.

After making the first Pokemon planter I found this craft so easy and fun and started making more. I wish I had the time to make all the grass starter Pokemon. But I'm super happy with these 5 Pokemon planters.

Take a tour and find out how I made them.

Step 1: Supplies

List of Supplies:

  • Coka-cola plastic bottles
  • Marker pen
  • X-acto knife
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paint brush
  • Colored craft papers (including white)
  • Craft glue

Step 2: Chikorita Planter

Collect a coke bottle, wash,clean and dry the bottle. I'm using a Pepsi bottle for Chikorita planter.

The bottom curved ends of the bottle are going to be the legs of Chikorita (as well as for the rest of the planters)

Determine the size (height) for Chikorita and use a marker to trace the top end pattern of it on the bottle, at the determined height. For Chikorita you'll need to trace an arch shaped head on the top, which was about halfway from the bottom of a 250 ML bottle. After drawing the arch shaped head, draw a straight line from one end of the arch to its other end, around the bottle.

Use an x-acto knife to cutout the traced pattern from the plastic bottle. Place the bottle on a flat surface and hold it tightly with one hand, while pressing the pointy edge of the knife against any point of the traced line with the other hand.

Carefully and neatly cut out the whole pattern. We'll be working with the bottom side of the bottle, meanwhile store the top end (I'm sure we can use it for another project later).

Prepare acrylic color and paint brush. Paint the outer surface of the cutout bottle pattern. For me, only 1 coat of acrylic color worked, but apply another coat after the 1st coat dries (if necessary).

Instead of painting the eyes and other features directly on the bottle, I painted them on regular white paper and then cut them out. I'm not very good at painting on curvy surface, hence this technique!

Paint the eyes of Chikorita on a paper, cut them out and stick them on the painted bottle using craft glue.

To draw easy patterns you can use sharpie.


Step 3: Bulbasaur Planter

Wash, clean and dry a plastic coke bottle like we did before.

Determine the height for the Bulbasaur planter and then use a marker to trace the ears and the top end of the head for the Bulbasaur on the plastic bottle, at the determined height.

Use x-acto knife to cut out the traced pattern by cutting off the top side of the pattern (bottle) like we did in the previous step.

Prepare paint to match the color of Bulbasaur. I mixed white, blue and green. Keep adding and mixing colors until you’re satisfied with the shade. Paint and cover the entire outer surface of the cutout bottle pattern. Once the painting is done allow the painting to dry.

Similarly draw and paint the eyes on white paper for Bulbasaur. Allow the paint to dry completely. Also, cut out 3 random pattern from green craft paper for the patterns on Bulbasaur's head.

Take the painted Bulbasaur plastic bottle cutout and stick the prepared yes and other patterns on it.

Use the black marker pen to draw the other features.

Step 4: Shaymin Planter

Prepare another plastic bottle for Shaymin planter. For the Shaymin planter you'll need to cut out 2 flower patterns with 6 petals on each.

Paint the entire bottle cutout with white acrylic paint. Once the 1st coat dries, apply another coat of white paint. Wait until the paint is completely dry.

Paint the cutout plastic flowers with pink and yellow acrylic paint. Allow the paint to dry entirely.

Use super glue to attach the 2 flower patterns on 2 sides of Shaymin's head (on the bottle cutout).

I prepared the eyes and mouth from colored craft paper and also used sharpie to add a little shade to the eyes. Attach the eyes on the bottle cutout, below the flowers.

Attach the mouth cutout and use a black sharpie to draw the nose of Shaymin on the bottle planter.

And done!

Step 5: Hoppip Planter

This one is so far the easiest!

Prepare the bottle. Determine height, trace the ears and head of Hoppip on the bottle.

Cut out traced bottle using an x-acto knife.

Paint the bottle cutout using pink acrylic paint.

Cut out the eyes from yellow craft colored paper and draw a black border around the eyes. Stick the eyes on the bottle, on their appropriate places.

Cut out the mouth pattern of Hoppip from pink colored craft paper and stick it on the Hoppip bottle cutout.

Use black sharpie to draw shades on the ear parts of the Hoppip bottle cutout.


Step 6: Chespin Planter

Repeat previous steps until painting the base coat.

For Chespin, use yellow acrylic paint.Allow the base paint to dry. Apply another coat if necessary.

Use a pencil to draw the patterns of Chespin on the painted bottle cutout. Use brown and green paint to fill the traced patterns to resemble Chespin.

Similarly, draw and paint the eyes on a white paper and then cut them out. Cut out the nose from orange colored craft paper and use white paper to cut out the teeth for Chespin.

Attach the prepared paper patterns on the painted bottle to complete the Chespin planter.

Thanks so much for reading and checking out the tutorial. Hope you enjoyed reading it.

Would love to see a picture if you try out any of the planters.

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