Plastic Bottle Vase
I admit, this is a new project that I haven’t tried myself but it looks awesome. I went Googlin’ for a vase creation project to go with next week’s craft project – in my own defense, I remember making some vases in my youth with various materials and supplies and was trying to refresh my memory about materials.
Due to the level of skill involved with making this vase, this craft is best suited for older Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors, and even Ambassador scouts.
- A 20 oz. plastic bottle
- Mark and cut the smooth middle portion of the bottle to give an even edge approx 7.5 to 8cm (3″) above where you want the fluted rim to be.
- Measure and make straight, evenly spaced cuts all the way around the bottle. Cut the segments in half and then cut each of those in half to make even, thin strips.
- Carefully press and fold all the strips outward to make a level edge all the way around.
- Press the bottle upside down on a flat surface to ensure an even edge.
- Weave the tip of a strip over the next one and under the next two. Fold and crease it so that the tip is at the place shown here by the arrow.
- Fold and crease the next one the same way, but weave this one over two and under one.
- Fold the third strip and weave the same as the first one.
- Continue around in this pattern until the last three and tuck each one under the next until woven in completely.
- Use craft scissors sharp enough to cut through the lightweight plastic but not too sharp that the girls can’t handle them safely.
- Be sure to supervise carefully as the cuts on the plastic might be rough.
This looks like a beautiful project for girls that are slightly older and can do a better job with scissors. Younger girls should probably stick to easier vase projects, which will come soon!
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