Spiral Hanging Decorations from Recycled Plastic Bottles : Step-by-Step Tutorial

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spiral hanging decorations from recycled plastic bottlesI hope you have not thrown away the top parts of the plastic bottles you used to make the party favour boxes featured in my previous post.

Tonight I am going to show you how to make these glittery spiral hanging decorations from another part of the bottle.

All you will need to make them apart from the plastic bottles, are white glue or Modge Podge, glitter and a brush and an hour or two to make enough spirals to use as decorations at your child’s next birthday party.

Use a single spiral or add two to four together to make  a spiral bunch, attach some cutouts like stars, flowers, or cutouts that fit in with the theme of the party.

Hang them from the ceiling, hang them on tree branches outside, hang them against a wall, as long as you hang them and watch the delight on the party guests’ faces when these spirals  twirl and swirl all on their own.

I made another photo tutorial to show you just how easy it is to make these spirals.

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This is the part of the bottle that was left over after I made the favour box – Using a craft knife and scissors, cut the bottle as shown on the photo.

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Cut the edge straight and then just start cutting in a spiral until you reach the bottom edge. The plastic will curve naturally into a spiral.

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If you would like to add some glitter, you can do it before you cut the bottle in two. Apply a layer of white glue or Modge Podge to the lower part of the bottle and sprinkle all over with glitter.  Work on a newspaper or magazine to “catch” any excess glitter. Simply fold the newspaper page in half afterward and use as a funnel to add the glitter back into the container. Leave the bottle until the glue has dried completely, then cut into a spiral as shown in the previous photos.

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Spirals decorated with different coloured glitter.  Add a loop to hang the spirals by using a sharp needle to make a hole in each spiral, then thread fishing line through all the spirals, pull the fishing line up and towards you until you have a big enough loop, then push the needle and line back again through each hole.

You can also add cutouts to the top of the spirals at this stage if you like.

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Make a double knot in the loop, pull the fishing line tight and make another double or triple knot on the side where the fishing line comes out of the spirals.

Here are photos of the spirals hanging on branches of my lemon tree

glitter spiral decorations hanging from a tree

I hope you will have fun when you decide to make these spiral hanging decorations for your kid’s birthday party!

Oh yes, do not throw away the top parts of the bottles, you can also use them to make other party decorations, so “stay tuned” for another tutorial in a few days’ time.



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