DIY Of The Week: Water Bottle Spirals

If you have plastic water bottles waiting to go to the recycling center, grab a few for this fun project from CBC Parents. You and your family can make homemade yard ornaments out of recycled material!


several plastic water bottles
permanent markers in various colours
hairdryer (optional)


  • Remove the lids and labels from your bottles and give them a quick wash.
  • Make sure bottles are thoroughly dry on the outside. I removed the moisture from the inside of the bottles as well by stuffing a paper towel into each bottle and, keeping hold of one end of the paper towel, giving the bottle a good shake. Then I gently pulled the paper towel out.
  • To dry any remaining beads of water, I blasted the bottles with warm air from a hairdryer. Be careful not to hold the hairdryer too close to the plastic, because the plastic may warp or melt.
  • Once the bottles are dry, your little ones can colour them! Permanent markers are a must for this step. Washable ink will not adhere to the plastic.
  • We used a variety of colours on each bottle. We made vertical stripes on some and horizontal stripes on others. It really doesn’t matter how you fill in the colours, just make sure your bottle is covered in colour from top to bottom.
  • With your colouring complete, it’s time to turn your bottles into sprirals. With your scissors, remove the flat bottom of the bottle and discard (or save for a future craft project!).
  • Starting at the cut edge, snip around and around, from the bottom of the bottle to the top, to create a spiral. Stop cutting when you get to the smooth, rounded “shoulders” of the bottle.
  • When all of your spirals have been cut, head out to the yard and find a slender tree branch to hang them from.
  • Slide the neck of the bottles onto the branch and nest the bottle tops together by tucking each one into the one before it.
  • Stand back, and watch your colourful wind spirals bounce and dance in the breeze.

See full tutorial here.