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Friday, March 8, 2013

Recycled plastic shampoo bottle jewelry tutorial

I recently finished another bottle of shampoo. As I was about to throw it in the garbage I realized how beautiful the sheen and colors were on the bottle and thought... "hmmm I must be able to do something with that!" So of course I made some jewelry. :)

This is a very simple and easy craft for adults or youngsters. 

What you need:

  • Pretty looking shampoo bottle (used and empty... it's not eco friendly to waste)
  • Scissors
  • Patterns of your choice
  • Exacto knife (if the top and bottom of the bottle are hard)

This was my shampoo bottle. 

Step 1: Rinse the bottle as well as you can.

Step 2: If the tops and bottoms are harder plastic than the middle area like mine was you will need to cut them off with an exacto knife. Cut just above and below the bottom and top rims to save as much plastic as possible. 

Step 3: Cut a slit all the way down the bottle until you can open it up like a book. 

Step 4: Rinse the bottle again. My bottle had left over suds. Dry it.

Step 5: Shape cutting. I didn't want to ruin any side of the plastic I had so instead of tracing on the bottle I just cut around a paper shape I had made. 

Then assemble your masterpieces!

Here's what I made:


  1. Great tutorial. Love your photos. The close up shots are great.

  2. Wonderful tutorial. Very creative. I especially like the lightning bolt/cloud earrings. ^_^

  3. did you file the edges so they were smooth? Thanks

  4. For this shampoo bottle there was no need to file the edges. They cut out very safe and smooth. :)


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