These are the recycled plastic bottle flowers that I used in my recycled plastic bottle flower bouquet. Of course they don't look exactly lovely from this view, but I wanted you to understand exactly how I made them, so that you can DIY them yourself!
While I did experiment with a variety of shapes, the four I'm showing you here are by far the most successful. Of course feel free to experiment and come up with your own flower shapes!
Above: The simplest petaled flower to make is with either eight or six petals. Of course if you want to make flowers that look more like daisies, so try ten petals, which could be nice though will take more time and patience.
Above: These two smaller flowers are great filler flowers for filling space around the rim of the vase, or wherever needed. The one on the left is an 8 petaled flower yet to bloom, and the flower on the right is sort of like a chrysanthemum, and a great addition to the bouquet. And yes, I did make long versions of this chrysanthemum, but they ended up looking like giant spiders, and not all that pretty. Your call!
- plastic soda bottles
- tutorial for cutting plastic bottles for crafting
- tutorial for making plastic bottle flowers
- gold spray paint
- skewers, both heavy duty and light weight
- sheer fabric, metallic or colorful....I used disposable table runner material which is slightly stiff
- a hot glue gun
- Make flowers according to tutorial, and spray paint of the backside of the flower.
- Affix skewers to flowers by hot glueing them inside the nozzle, on the side. I used heavy duty flat skewers for the larger flowers, and regular small round skewers for the smaller flowers
- Make fabric rosettes and affix to center of flower to hide hole. There are a million tutorials on google, though this one looks good, and not too perfect, which is preferable.
- Cover the neck of the bottle with fabric, and affix with hot glue, and do a better job than I did! Though truthfully when the flowers were packed into a bouquet, you really don't see the necks. Plus I ran out of this gold fabric, so only had little scraps to use. You might want to cover the entire stem with fabric, your choice!
- Arrange flowers in a vase and trim skewers where necessary to make a nice arrangement.
- That's it, enjoy!
Note: There is one more flower that I forgot to photograph, and than involves using the bottle bottom and gluing it to the center of a large six petaled flower, and then affixing a rosette in the middle. Will try to photograph that for you another day!