Monday, April 14, 2014

Posted by jinson on 7:55 AM 31 comments


Yesterday, my daughter was begging for a craft.  I asked her what she wanted to make, and immediately said that she wanted to make a jellyfish.  After a quick inventory of my supply closet, and my recycling bin, we decided to make it out of a coke bottle.  This craft is pretty simple, and only needs a handful of supplies that you probably already have.    The hardest part of this craft for my 3 1/2 year old was waiting for the glue to try between steps.  I recommend having snack time or some other distraction ready while you wait.



You will need:
2 Liter Plastic Bottle-washed with label removed
Scissors 
Bottle of Glue
Glitter
1 Foot Long Pieces of Ribbon (I used around a dozen or so)
Hole Punch
Googly Eyes (if you don't have googly eyes, construction paper eyes would be cute)
Newspaper Page

Step 1- cut the bottle bottom off using scissors. This will be the 'body' of your jellyfish.  There is no correct height for this, but I did mine pretty long.  As long as you have enough room to put your eyes on, and to tie the ribbons on it will be adorable. Use a hole punch to punch holes around the bottom (as few or as many as you like.  I did 8 or so.


Step 2- Lay the newspaper page down on your work surface. Sit the bottle bottom on the paper, open end down.   Using the bottle of glue, let your child make a design of glue on the bottle.  My daughter did some pretty loopy type lines, but there is no wrong way here.  

Step 3- Immediately help your child sprinkle glitter over the bottle, making sure to get all of the glue lines.  Shake off excess, and try not to smudge the glue lines.  Allow to dry.  This was when we ate our snack and went outside to play.



Step 4- Once dry, help your child tie 2 or 3 ribbon pieces to each hole.  Lay the jellyfish on it's side and glue the googly eyes on.  If you leave it standing up, the eyes will slide down.  Except for drying, the jellyfish is done.  We had nap time right after this part, so she wouldn't be tempted to play with it before it was dried.


I would probably recommend this craft for ages 3 and up.  It would also be perfect for preschool or kindergarten classes!  Just have everyone bring their own coke bottle!

I have some ideas for a few more Coke bottle crafts, so be on the lookout for more of them to be put on the blog this week.  If you don't want to miss them, you can subscribe to Frugal Mommy Christine using the Widget on the right side bar of this page.  


Who would you do this craft with, and what, if any, changes might you make to yours?

31 comments:

  1. How fun that your daughter has the crafting bug! That is a cute impromptu jellyfish!

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  2. Great idea, i love recycling crafts, especially when kids may be included!

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  3. The younger people would like this handcrafted tokens.

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  4. I love your imagination and innovation. My mum used to make us all kind of things from the strangest objects. Well done.

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  5. That is super cute! I bet my son would love to make this too!

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  6. What a cute idea, love how you are upcycling the bottle!

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  7. How cute is this? I love jelly fish, I'll make this with my girls! They'll love it.

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  8. That is such a cute project! I am saving this for when I make my daughter a little mermaid party.

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  9. It's adorable. I'll keep this project in my back pocket when I have little ones to create with.

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  10. fun idea and neat craft for the kids!

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  11. Okay, that is TOO stinkin' adorable and very simple to make! I love how your daughter threw out the idea of making a jellyfish and you guys worked together and made it happen-that's creativity and teamwork at it's best :D

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  12. My daughter is always begging to up cycle she would love this. Thanks for sharing we will have to make one.

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  13. That is a really great craft idea that kids will love.

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  14. That's so cute! Man they have uses for everything now days! This is why I love pinterest! It brings out my crafty side!

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  15. Such an easy, fun way to entertain your kids, even a klutz like me can do it. And I've got plenty empty bottles, I can make a little colony :)

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  16. What a cute and creative idea. I know that my nieces would enjoy doing something like this with me.

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  17. we have few coke bottles here :) this is a nice idea for those bottles

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  18. This awesome! We should all be making toys like this and "upcycling" whenever we can... Save money and the environment... you rock!!

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  19. That is so cute, my daughter would have a blast making this!

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  20. Great idea, I love recycling crafts, especially when kids help!

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  21. This looks like lots of fun. Thanks for sharing.

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  22. Awww, that is such a cute craft. Perfect for younger kids.

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  23. omg the kids would love this.. they could totally make jellyfish from spongebob!

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  24. What a cute idea. I love how easy it is too. Thanks for sharing.

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  25. What a cute idea - And an awesome way to show kids how to upcycle!

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  26. How cute and you can use just normal house hold items! Great project!

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  27. What a wonderful, simple and economic craft! I love it!

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  28. This is a great rainy day project! Definitely on my list!

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  29. Oh that is a cute idea. I will have to try that with the kids.

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