Make an Art Bowl From Pet Bottle




PET is Polyethylene Terephthalate, which is a thermoplastic polymer.
It can be re formed by heating. After heating process, it becomes more stiff, rigid, durable and glassy. It becomes even stronger and crystallized when perforated.
This re formed and perforated second life as a bowl is longer and the original bottle.
Object now has an artistic value other than serving as a container for almost any material (eggs, bread, nuts, pencils, soaps, small objects etc.), it can be used as an ideal fruit bowl as the air circulation prevents fruit decay.

Step 1: What You Need?

Bottle, cutter or scissors, soldering iron, flame (I use a spirit burner which I made with a jar and cotton cord)

Step 2: Cut the Bottle

cut the bottle. you will use the bottom but don't throw away the upper part. there are many ways to upcycle every shred. see the jewelry and accessory made from them at tertium non data

Step 3: Forming

heat the edge over flame and try to give a nice form. but before forming your bowl, experiment several times with leftovers until you have the control over the flame. smaller flame is more controllable. after re-forming the edge, try to heat other parts to give a good form.

Step 4: Piercing

pierce the bowl with the soldering iron. continue to pierce as long as your patience allows. I can do it 4 hours before I give up. this time, I decided to treat only the edge, but I could go all the way.

Step 5: Repeat

repeat the steps until you upcycle all the bottles you have. use them at home, give them to your friends, teach someone to make, even sell them on etsy.

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    73 Discussions


    3 years ago

    First of all, I LOVE this. Second, I have a quick question. I'm working with 8-9 year old campers next week and want to try this build with them. Do you know if heating the PET bottle with a high-powered heatgun would work to melt the bottle similar to open flame? I appreciate your time, Mel.

    I saw your beautiful bowl with some flowers attached to the top of the bowl, how did you do that?

    I think the creator of this recycled bowl is a beautiful person aside from his or her fantastic creation because they shared with strangers how they made it! Thank You!


    6 years ago on Introduction

    Oh, you've ruined me. You have absolutely ruined me. This is right up my alley, thank you!


    7 years ago on Step 5

    good idea , nobody will se what's before. i like to work wiht empty plastic bottles I saw anhother proyect on internet, and i did my own version , I,m sending you a picture , bye

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    שלום אני חברה חדשה ונלהבת מהאתר תודה לכולם על הרעיונות הנפלאים אני עובדת עם ילדים ואוהבת מיחזור ואומנות בכלל כהובי ניסיתי להוריד קובץ pdfעל מחזור הבקבוקים אך ללא הצלחה אשמח עם מישהו יעזור לי אני לא כתבתי באנגלית אני מקוה שהתרגום יהיה סביר


    10 years ago on Introduction

    I love this it is so cool....and I'm gonna have a go! I may us smaller bit to morp my plastic bottle beads mmmm now I thinking!

    10 replies

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Plastic bottle beads? Ohhh, I want to hear more!


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Your PET would very much be interested in being re-purposed into beautiful jewelry rather than ending up in a landfill...and you don't even have to feed or walk it!! Doggonnit. :D


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Your work is A-MA-ZING! You are very talented, or you have too much time on your hands-I think it's talent. I'm envious.


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    I have just looked at all your stuff! They are fab! I am gonna make some to use as tree hanging in my back garden ready for the summer! Love and Peace Cath


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    You are an artist! Very inspiring Instructable - can't wait to finish work to go and try! I've also looked at your blogspot - beautiful work! I love the jellyfish! LOL and thanks for sharing this idea.


    9 years ago on Introduction

    loving your designs as well as your photos and am thinking of utilizing these for my own designs.

    qq - why not use type 2 bottles and have you attempted do use them?