Pretty things made of plastic bottles

by EcoStreet on September 15, 2010

in EcoArt, EcoDIY, Recycling

I’m constantly awed and  inspired by the amazing artists that share their work online, and two of my favourite artists who make art out of materials that some would throw away are Cynthia Korzekwa and Janet Botes.  Do go and have a look at their work, because if this blog post interests you, these ladies certainly will excite you.

But back to the point because I actually want to show you some pretty things made of plastic bottles.

This green aque mobile is from Denise Carbonell’s flickr.  Isn’t it great?

And here’s one that I made.

I used washed 2-litre milk bottles and cut the flowers out free-hand with a pair of kitchen shears.   Before threading through the raw silk yarn (you could use ordinary string or wool or embroidery cotton or even plarn), I punched holes in the plastic where I was going to stitch.

And now a not so pretty thing to make from a plastic bottle, but very useful for knitters.

Check out the yarn holder from an old plastic bottle Instructable here.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

the Free Solar Panel Man October 4, 2010 at 11:05 am

Re-use although being part of the green mantra is not going to be a realistic solution to the problem on waste.

Whilst making things from plastic that would otherwise (hopefully) be recycled is a great art exercise the only real way we are going to solve our waste problems is by building a closed loop.

People want easy ways to be green and so it should be built into the system. Only a tiny percentage of people do relatively easy to do green things leaving the other billions of us still contributing to the problem.

I think we are well past the point of sending out the message and government should be leading the way rather than running away from the problem.

ps. I like Denise’s green dangly thing, my son would love it.


Kyriaki (Sandy) Venetis November 28, 2010 at 11:32 pm

More on a large scale is being done. States like California and New York have enacted tougher sorting and recycling laws, with steeper penalties. On Thanksgiving, I saw a special on turkeys, and they had one segment where they showed that the stool from the birds are taken to a methane power plant that uses the waste to create electricity that powers thousands of homes.

But, it is important for everyone to get into a new “Earth conscious” mindset. Every little bit helps. I wrote a story about a 12-year-old girl about two years ago that was spreading the message of eco-friendliness across elementary schools throughout the United States. She went from school-to-school, tell kids about the three Rs—Reuse, Reduce and Recycle.

She also showed the kids how to make Christmas decorations like Rudolph Junior CD ornament. I wrote the article at:


David December 7, 2010 at 5:16 pm

Hi, I enjoyed the plastic bottle art! But I agree with the previous poster that re-use of plastic bottles is not the way forward. Promoting other alternatives is! Here in venice we are promoting alternatives to the 13 million plastic bottles left behind by tourists every eyar. If you would like to help us visit to sign our petitition!


water softener desalination December 18, 2010 at 8:42 am

Actually it doesnt look like a plastic bottles,it looks like a seashells,very creative.Its nice if we put this in our kitchen to added more beauty in the place.


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