We generally try not to use disposable water bottles, but every now and then something takes place where they really are the most logical option. I mentioned earlier that I recently attended my nephew's graduation party. The party was one of those occasions.
As we cleaned up after the party I hated to see all those empty bottles. Don't get me wrong, they were recycled, but I still felt like there must be something interesting I could use them for, so I stole some. That is when I discovered this great idea from Happy Hooligans. I knew my son would love making these!
We started with a pile of bottles that I had washed and dried (I didn't bother drying the insides), a collection of sharpies, and a towel to protect my table.
We colored all over the bottles
in assorted patterns.
It really doesn't matter too much what they look like.
Then I cut off the bottoms.
Just the base,
and started cutting in a spiral towards the top,
stopping when I reached the top rounded section.
This is basically what you end up with.
I piled them onto a dowel I had lying around, though I think I may change it to a stick.
I love the way they turned out, they add so much fun color to the yard!
For more fun projects to do with the kids: