Upcycled Soda Bottle Zippered Pencil Case!
Make a statement with this fabulous Zippered pencil case...
made from recycled soda/water bottles!
I used mine for schools supplies...but this could work for anything! Add straps and make it a bag...fill with homemade lunch, Fill with small gifts and candy for a present...anything you can think of!
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Step 1: Supplies!
You will need the bottoms of 2 soda bottles...same size.
I used 2 Liter bottles. Also...you will need a zipper, hot glue/gun and a small piece of felt!
Cut them at desired height and wash thoroughly.
I cut my tall one at 4" and the short is 2 1/4"...Make sure they are as tall as the things you want to put inside...like pencils, pens or markers!
Best way to do it...cut the bottle way higher than desired height and taper down gradually.
Once it is cut all around, it's easier to be precise with the measurement.
Step 2: Zipper--fit to Size!
You'll need a colored zipper...bright colors give it a pop!
Measure the zipper to fit around the circumference of the bottle.
Cut off the "stopper" end of the zipper to length.
Use hot glue and secure some felt on the end of the zipper.
This will keep the zipper from coming off the rails completely, and
it helps make the head of the zipper look pretty...you'll see.
Step 3: Hot Glue Zipper!
Using Hot glue, just glue that zipper right around the bottle.
Not too close to the zipper track, because the zipper
head needs space to work properly.
leave the felt edge unglued for now.
Unzip the zipper.
Run some hot glue along the zipper and roll the other
bottle bottom right along the edge!
Now make sure that the felt fits in place, trim if necessary.
Hot glue it in place to cover the zipper ends.
Inside view is last picture!
Step 4: Fill and Enjoy!
Fill with adorable office supplies!
Mine's a perfect fit for Poppin' pens and colorful Sharpies!
I've had some questions about the durability of the "hot glued zipper"!
Here's the thing. I made this more than a year before I posted it online. It gets unzipped regularly and the hot glue has never had a problem. I haven't had to fix or repair a thing! So there! Upcycling at it's best!
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