How to make beautiful water bottle flowers.

This project is a great way to reuse those many empty plastic water bottles we all end up with.  Having recently explored Pinterest for water bottle crafts, and not really seeing anything I liked, I decided to try out an idea I’ve been toying with for a while.  So here we go …

Supplies used for this project.

  • 500ml water bottles (dry and preferably with bumpy bottoms)
  • 1L pop bottles (dry and preferably with bumpy bottoms)
  • craft knife
  • scissors
  • tea candle and matches
  • spray paint (I used 5 colours – yellow, orange, pink, mauve, & purple)
  • acrylic craft paint (I used antique white)
  • small paint brush
  • spray clear coat (not pictured here)



  1. Using a craft knife, cut off the bottom of the plastic bottle.  Usually there is a ridge that you can use as line to cut along.
  2. Using scissors, cut out “V”s in the valleys between the bumps of the plastic bottle bottom.
  3. Light the tea candle.  Melt the edges of the plastic bottle, by placing the edge near but not in the flame of the candle.  Be careful and watch where your fingers are, keep them as far away from the flame as possible. Slowely rotate the edge as it melts.  Do not touch the previously melted plastic, as it is hot.  The edges will curl inward as the plastic melts.
  4. After all the flowers have been formed, it is now time to add some colour.  Lay all your melted flowers out on a covered surface.  Using your chosen colours of spray paint, spray your flowers. I did a light base coat on all of them, then went back and lightly added other colours to create a more realistic look.
  5. The last step is to add detail to the middle of your flowers.  Using acrylic craft paint, paint a circle inside the middle of your flower.  Next using outward strokes paint varying lengths of lines radiating out from this circle.  To protect your painted flowers you may want to spray them with a layer of clear coat.  Otherwise you are all done.

Now that your plastic bottle flowers are complete in what crafty and creative way will you use them?


I have a few idea’s of my own.  You will just have to check back soon to find out what they are.



16 thoughts on “How to make beautiful water bottle flowers.

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    1. Thank you for your question and yes you can, in fact some of the larger flowers used in the linked project were created using 2L plastic pop bottles. I then placed another smaller flower inside it to create a layered flower.


  1. They are so beautiful! I would have loved to see some of the projects you used them on. I am working out some myself. Thank you for your ingenuity!


  2. Thanks for the inspiration! I have been planning to decorate the side of my house, which is unable to grow real flowers because it gets no rain on it, using an old hose for stems and plastic spoons to form flowers. This will give another dimension to the arrangement.


    1. That’s great. It sounds like you have a wonderful project ahead of you. I’m sure it will make your blank wall look bright and colourful.


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