Here we are, let’s catch up. I managed to make 5 different recycled plastic bottle crafts, that being creature/animals. propped up as you can see all together.
Two into money boxes and the other three into a choice of spiders and an octopus.
The shape determined the creature I was going to make and what animal it best resembled.
Then I asked myself when it’s finished, how else can we use these creations, possibly in a more practicle way.
So as an ornament or to play with that’s fine, but they could be a bit more versatile, so I transformed a couple of these into something a bit more useful, like a savings bank.
one being a Piggy bank and the other an Elephant bank/money box (you can call it Ellie or Elliott bank any name that suits an elephant).
Let’s get on with it and start with the Elephant money box.
1) ELEPHANT MONEY BOX
Made out of antibacterial spray bottle.
1 plastic spray bottle.
1 2ltr milk carton.
Acrylic paints blue/black/white.
A glue gun/paintbrush.
A cut out paper template of an Elephants ear your choice and size.
Black felt-tip pen.
2 large googly eyes.
Just like to mention.
Below are 3 craft tools that I use in all my craft projects and recommend you have within your tool kit.
The mini glue gun is a very handy tool and takes 7mm x 100mm glue sticks. When heated up the glue stick melts easily.
This large dress makers scissors is robust and can cut through rubber, plastic and is very durable.
A very useful tool a must have to helping piercing through plastics and is very stable. It’s not flimsy and blades retracts.
Where to find:- Hobbycraft, Amazon, Ebay and most Art/tool suppliers.
This is how to make our Ellie/Elliott bank.
2) PIGGY BANK
Made from a lemon squash plastic bottle.
1 medium size plastic bottle/2 Googly eyes.
4 pull-out bottle tops.
Black felt tip pens.
Glue gun/Glue stick.
Odd pieces of milk bottle plastic.
This is how to make a Piggy bank.
3) SPIDERS/OCTOPUS! (use same method for all 3 types of creatures)
Made from plastic mineral water bottles.
RESOURCES! (to make 1 creature.)
1 Plastic mineral water bottle.
Acrylic paints Black/White/Blue.
Black felt tip pen.
2 Googly eyes.
This is how to make our spiders/octopus.
- Acrylic paints work better without water, Plastic tends to repel watered down acrylic paint.
- Allow the paint to dry, before applying a second coat, so the colour will be more denser.
- The milk bottle plastic is softer and can be curled with the sharp side of a scissors. Use this method ot curl the ears and tail.
- To take the money out of the Piggy or Elephant bank unscrew the lid or the top of the bottle and tilt unit for money to roll out.
- I always collect bottle tops, knowing they will come in handy one day and the pigs legs/feet are the spouts off kids drinks.
- If you desire a glossy finish you can apply PVA glue all over your creature. This is optional.
- With the piggay bank, as a final touch you can tie up some ribbon into a bow. (optional)
- Reminder for childrens safety, adults to do the cutting with stanley knife or scalpel as these are sharp instruments.