Recycled Water Bottles {Plastic Bead Mosaic}

A few years ago we tried making these plastic beads from cut up pieces of water & pop bottles.  It was really fun!  The other idea I had was to make a mosaic type piece of art with by hot gluing them onto cardstock/cardboard backing.   I had lots of help with the coloring this morning.

  1. Cut strips of clear plastic bottles.
  2. Color with permanent markers (Sharpies).
  3. Wrap around a needle-nose pliers.
  4. Heat with heat gun to melt. (I use a heat gun for embossing from Stampin Up!)

It just takes seconds to melt these into little beads. They’re beautiful! {For trash anyway!}
See directions & another post on making plastic beads here.
They can also be made into a necklace or bracelet.
finished2 copy
I’m posting this for Creative Challenge #5 on Tinker Lab.

Also adding this post to Playtime on The Imagination Tree

Other ideas for plastic bottles:
Sensory Bottles

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  1. Awesome! Saw this at Tinkerlab! Very creative and inventive! Love it!

  2. Those are absolutely beautiful!!!!

    I was gonna tell you to come link up at It’s Playtime, but see you already have, and then also tell you to stop by Tinkerlab – but you beat me to that too!

    Those are SO CREATIVE!

    Jamie @ hands on : as we grow

  3. BEAUTY! Love on so many levels. Thanks for linking up!

  4. These are gorgeous! (For trash!) Haha. What an inventive use for those ubiquitous plastic bottles. Thanks so much for sharing on TinkerLab.

  5. What a great idea for using those plastic bottles. They came out so pretty. I’ve linked up to your post on my weekly favorites here: Happy Easter!

  6. Wow, this is incredible and oh so colorful! Love it!

  7. Very pretty, and I am sure every preschooler loves the chance to use sharpies :)

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