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5 Plastic Bottle Crafts for Ocean-Loving Mers


Reducing the number of plastic products you buy is a great way to help keep the environment clean, and plastic bottle crafts will help you reuse those limited plastic products. Take a look at these five plastic bottle craft ideas that incorporate every mer’s favorite theme: the ocean!

Nautical pencil case

a young girl drawing with pencils and crayons, which are in recycled plastic bottle cases
Feel free to dress up this classic plastic upcycle project!

This craft is perfect if you have two plastic bottles that are the same size and from the same brand. You can make a simple, no-sew zipper case with easy instructions from Make It and Love It

You can leave them plain as the tutorial does, or you can add your unique mermaid flair to it! Bust out the paint or paper and add fish scales, beach scenery, or your favorite finfriends. 

If you want to make these plastic bottle crafts for kids, cut the plastic and use the hot glue gun for them to avoid injury. Then, give them full creative control of decorating.

Fun fish bank

two piggy banks made from plastic bottles
Make a piggy bank or change it up to create a fun fish bank!

This plastic bottle piggy bank from Our Kid Things is great for plastic bottles of any shape and size! 

While the pig is adorable, you can easily alter this tutorial to make a fish that houses your spare change. Simply use paint or paper to add its scales and fins, and the top of the bottle makes the perfect fish face! You can even turn the plastic bottle into a fierce shark!

Marine plant pots

two plant pot plastic bottle crafts that have been painted to resemble a bunny and a bear
These plant pots are easily customizable to portray your favorite marine animals!

Create the cutest plant pots and hangers with this tutorial from Muy Ingenioso! It only needs the bottom half of a plastic bottle, so make sure you find another use for the top half or recycle it.

Cut the bottle in a straight line if you want an easy plant pot, or cut a few bumps into it with holes for a hanging basket. Then, paint whichever maritime creatures strike your fancy! Some painting ideas include a mermaid swimming around the perimeter, multiple kinds of fish and sea creatures, or a simple scale pattern.

Beachy mosaics

a sea turtle mosaic made with multi-colored plastic bottle caps
Turn plastic bottle caps into beautiful works of art!

Every plastic bottle comes with bottle caps, and Jembellish offers a fintastic craft for them! Simply arrange all your caps together to create a stunning mosaic!

They painted a wooden board and glued the caps to the surface, but others have also nailed bottle caps to a board. You can use whatever materials you want because this is art, after all! If you don’t have enough colors to create a coherent picture, paint the caps the colors you need.

Scale lampshade

a lampshade made from individual leaves cut from plastic bottles
Turn this leafy lampshade to a mermazing scale one!

While the other plastic bottle craft ideas are great for children, this lampshade tutorial from Fab Art DIY is best left to the adults. It involves cutting each piece of plastic with scissors and using heat to soften the rough edges.

The plastic bottle DIY project is for a leaf lampshade, but you can easily adapt it to a mermaid lampshade! Instead of cutting out leaves, cut out individual scales. Arrange the scales on wires, and you have a mermazing piece of mermaid decor!

Try out eco-friendly plastic bottle crafts

Fighting plastic pollution is fun with crafts for recycled plastic bottles! We should reduce our plastic consumption, but most don’t cut it out completely. Instead of sending the bottles off to recycling centers as soon as they’re empty, extend the life of the plastic with creative upcycle projects.

Which craft are you dying to try? Tell us how you would customize these crafts to reflect your favorite ocean and mermaid themes in the comments!

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