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« on: February 14, 2011 04:15:36 PM »

Hi Everyone.  We are a group of senior crafters who work together on projects we sell, and we donate our income.  Someone in our group would like to make hanging (like a mobile) large birds made out of recycled plastic soda bottles.  We are stumped on what kind of paint to use.  We want to make sure that we sell a quality product, so we are having problems applying paint to the plastic and having it maintain its color and also not chip or smudge.  Can you help?  Thanks and ciao!
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« Reply #1 on: February 18, 2011 08:32:45 AM »

I am thinking that if you scratch it up, you could apply some of the acrylics.  Otherwise you may have to use things like the Krylon paint for plastics.  I have seen recycled bottle butterflies done with dimensional fabric paint.  I also think that Gallery Glass paint should work as well, since it is supposed to be used for making faux stained glass.
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« Reply #2 on: February 21, 2011 04:52:17 AM »

Hi and thanks for your reply.  I was beginning to give up hope that anyone would share some advice.  I will certainly pass all your info along.  Thanks again and ciao!
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« Reply #3 on: February 24, 2011 05:54:18 AM »

Here's an idea to use if you have some sewers,  http://dollarstorecrafts.com/2009/02/bottle-coin-purse/
http://www.artistshelpingchildren.org/waterbottlescraftsactivitiesideasforkids.html
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http://www.instructables.com/id/Suncatcher-Fish-Recycled-from-a-20oz-Soda-Bottle/
http://www.miycreations.com/Hudson-music-festival-lantern-project-1.html
http://www.ehow.com/how_2243342_hummingbird-feeder.html
http://www.ehow.com/how_5458662_make-water-bottle-wind-spinner.html

Im always doing recycled crafts with my class and the kids love them, we also did a message in a bottle rendition.  We glued a sting underneath the cap, tied a hand written note inside for someone, anyone. filled it full of sand..and put them around everywhere we went so people got a nice message in a bottle!

Nightlady/..................Lynda
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« Reply #4 on: May 25, 2011 08:13:06 PM »

recently my husband went to a green activity thing here in the town we live in and he brought home a recycled coke plastic bottle with a flower growing in it. such a great idea. it was cut in half with the top part placed inside. Inside was a piece of linen or cotton and water going through the mouth spout into the water part and it drinks up the water for the dirt to drink up. and then you plant your seeds in it. i thoughtt hat was prety inventive!!
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« Reply #5 on: May 26, 2011 06:22:46 AM »

Yes, I saw that last year too and it is a great idea.  You could also cut it in half, and place the top rightside over too to form a bit of a greenhouse effect I suspect for starting seedlings.

For smaller bottles, you could cut them out and make rings to form bangles or cuffs.  I was thinking it could be used as backing/structure for fabric cuffs, or as backing for wrist cuff pincushions too.
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