April Showers Bring May Flowers: DIY Plastic Bottle Ornaments!

Looking for a Plastic Bottle Craft to make with a group?  These Flower Ornaments are the perfect way to chase away those April showers and welcome spring in May.  You can paint them in bright colors and the natural grooves in the plastic water bottles make the perfect floral design that is so easy to follow, it is almost like painting by number!

Recycling your water bottles into flower ornaments is a great way to decorate for spring.  This pretty, plastic bottle craft is easy, creative and fun, making it a great activity for kids.  You can even have your children make a bunch of these flower ornaments for mom or grandma to brighten their Mother’s Day.  Or, instead of hanging as ornaments, you can even put them on sticks and arrange in a vase as a bouquet!

Plastic Bottle Craft Flower Ornaments | OrnamentShop.com

How To Make Plastic Bottle Craft Flower Ornaments

Here, we show you how to make flower ornaments to brighten up your spring décor, give as a gift to someone special for Mother’s Day or simply to get your creative juices flowing!  If you have been wanting to re-purpose your water bottles, these plastic bottle crafts are the ideal project!


  • Plastic water bottles
  • Exacto blade, crafting knife or box cutter
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Glitter
  • Glue
  • Ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Hole puncher

Supplies Needed for Plastic Bottle Craft Flower Ornaments | OrnamentShop.com

Plastic Bottle Craft Flower Ornaments Steps 1 – 3

Step 1: This plastic bottle craft works best with water bottles, because the plastic is thin and easy to cut.  Using the exacto blade, poke the tip the bottle approximately ½” from the base.  Holding the bottle with one hand, carefully slide the exacto blade all the way around the bottle, slowly rotating, until the bottom comes off.

Exacto blade cutting into bottom of water bottle | OrnamentShop.com

Step 2: Next, recycle the top parts of the water bottle, and soak up any water droplets that remain in the bottom with a paper towel.  It is important to note that if your plastic is wet, your paint will thin and not spread evenly.

Dry water droplets remaining in water bottle with paper towel | OrnamentShop.com

Step 3: The first part of the painting process for the flower ornaments is to coat the inside of the bottom of the water bottle.  We left gaps to see easily see the design through the other side, but this isn’t necessary if you don’t mind the other color coming through.

The first paint coat of the bottom of the water bottle | OrnamentShop.com

Plastic Bottle Craft Flower Ornaments Steps 4 – 7

Step 4: Once the inside paint is dry, it’s time to paint the outside of your flower ornaments.  Because the water bottle bases have grooves in them, it is easy to follow these crevices with your paintbrush to keep the design consistent.

Paint the outside of your flower ornaments with paint | OrnamentShop.com

Step 5: Once all of the paint is dry, you can add glitter embellishments with any color glitter and glue.  Let it dry.

Add glitter embellishments with any color glitter and glue | OrnamentShop.com

Step 6: Next, using the hole puncher, punch a hole in each of your flower ornaments.  It is important to make sure that the paint is dry prior to punching the hole.

Punch a hole in each of your flower ornaments | OrnamentShop.com

Step 7: Finally, it is time to put the finishing touches on your plastic bottle craft.  Cut a piece of ribbon, thread it through the hole and tie a knot at the top to secure your flower ornaments for hanging.

Thread a piece of ribbon through the hole | OrnamentShop.com

That’s it! Now you have unique, bright and colorful flower ornaments to decorate your home for spring.  This plastic bottle craft makes a wonderful family activity for a rainy day or a grade school classroom project that can be paired with an educational unit on recycling and re-purposing.

Need Mother’s Day gifts for Mom or Grandma, but aren’t crafty or already recycled your water bottles?  Personalized ornaments make unique gifts!  We have personalized mom ornaments and personalized grandma ornaments that make heartfelt keepsakes!

Mother's Day Ornaments | OrnamentShop.com

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