Guest Post: Recycled Water Bottle Snowflakes

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I am happy to share a series of guest posts with you by other Artful Parents and teachers while I step back from the blog a bit this month! I hope you enjoy the new perspectives, different ideas, and fresh energy that each brings to this space. And I encourage you to leave a comment after the post to continue the discussion, add your own viewpoint, or simply say thanks!

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Guest Post by Melissa Jordan

I’m so excited to blogging here at The Artful Parent! Jean’s blog was the first Artsy Mama blog that I started following back in 2009.  She has definitely been an inspiration to begin my own blog: The Chocolate Muffin Tree. This post is about making snowflake sun catchers from recycled water bottles, tissue paper, glue/water, and glitter! This idea is very similar to my Recycled Water Bottle Flowers post.

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To begin this project you’ll need some water bottles….any size will do.  First, cut the bottles in half (I used heavy duty scissors).  You can use both sides for your snowflakes.

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Next, cut into the end of the cut bottle all around and push those pieces down.  Flatten the pieces so they look like this.

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Mix up a glue mixture that is 2 parts glue to 1 part water and grab some paint brushes.  Also, tear or cut some white, blue, green, and purple tissue paper.  I used cool colors and white to create a more wintery feel and to add some color besides white.

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Make sure to have some newspaper down to catch the drips of glue mixture.  Brush the glue mixture on the bottle spokes and lay the tissue paper down. Also, brush over the tissue paper too.  Cover the whole area of plastic.

Here is my daughter working diligently.

Lastly,  we sprinkled these with glitter and glitter flakes!   Some we even did with just glitter and those look beautiful too!

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Punch a hole on one of the spokes and attach a string. Don’t they look Lovely? They look great near a window to catch the light! We haven’t had much snow here yet so we need some wintery decorations!

IMG_3699Melissa blogs over at The Chocolate Muffin Tree.  She is a mother of a wonderful 5 year old daughter and is a former Elementary Art Teacher.  She loves sharing her artsy ideas with others and inspiring her readers to make things!

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  1. says

    Oh, very clever! What a great way to brighten the windows during the dreary winter months! (I just saw something similar in a fancy home design magazine using the other end of the bottle to make flowers and hang them in vertical strings in the window.)

  2. says

    I never thought of making snowflakes from empty bottles — great idea! Here’s my snowflake idea: cutting “paper” snowflakes from fabric that will last for years.

  3. says

    I love this idea, we don’t use plastic bottles so I’m assuming this idea might work with any type of plastic packaging?
    At first from the picture I thought these were painted but now I know they’re decoupaged tissue pieces and I love it even more! You know I love using Mod Podge and tissue :) great idea!

  4. says

    I just saw something similar in a fancy home design magazine using the other end of the bottle to make flowers and hang them in vertical strings in the window.