Dale Chihuly Style Plastic Water Bottle Chandelier
Chucking plastic bottles into the recycle bin is a thing of the past, instead try up-cycling your reusables into group projects. My fourth graders had a great time making this two-tier plastic water bottle chandelier. The only part I had to do was make sure the bottles were empty and the bottoms were cut off before I handed them over.
Here's what you need to get started:
I used fluorescent paint to brighten things up a bit, scissors, a small piece of gritty sand paper, a long piece of yarn and a Sharpie to write your name on the lid.
After the label is cut, scratch the bottle up using sand paper. Be sure to sand inside and outside of the bottle. This allows the paint to grip the surface and keeps the paint from peeling.
There are several ways to cut a plastic water bottle. For this project I cut three petals straight up the top. On the next set of bottles we cut a spiral. Both are simple and cut through easily.
Folding the petals back is easy because the bottle is already corrugated. All you do is gently push the middle section upward using your thumb and forefinger.
Plastic bottle flower!
Next, your bottle is ready to paint using bright colors and patterns.
To easily attach all the bottles together I tied a piece of yarn under the bottle cap, triple knot.
Students can tie the bottles together one by one, then as a group. The fun part is seeing it all put together.
The first tier of our plastic water bottle chandelier!
Here are some classroom shots of students working on this project.