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Apple decorations from recycled plastic bottles

Posted on: 5 October, 2011

Last year I saw this fabulous idea at Creative Jewish Mom: she had made apple-shaped gift boxes from the ends of plastic bottles.  For better or worse we don’t buy much in the way of soft drinks, so it was quite some time before I finished two bottles of tonic water and was able to make my own version of this great idea: a hanging decoration which we can use both for Rosh Hashanah and for our sukkah.

What I used:
- ends of two 1.25l plastic bottles (the sort where the bottom looks a bit like a flower with five petals – I used several different brands and some work better than others, so you may just need to experiment.)
- red or green cellophane (or tissue paper, or fabric.)  The beauty of cellophane is that the light shines through it.
- felt scraps for the leaves and stem
- thin ribbon or similar to hang the apple up, and a button to hold this in place.
- needle and thread

How to make this:
1. Carefully cut off the ends of two plastic bottles.  I found cutting one a centimetre or so taller than the other meant I could overlap them and they stick together even without glue.

2. Very carefully use a sharp object to punch/drill a tiny hole in the centre of one of the bottle ends.  Thread through the ribbon so that you have a loop on the outside.  Thread the ends through a button and tie it on the inside.  (The botton stops the ribbon from slipping out.  Alternatively you could make two holes and skip the button.)

3. Cut leaves and a stem from felt and stitch them together (glue might also work but thread seemed more secure to me.)  Stitch the leaves and stem to the ribbon.  If you’re more organised than me, you might even be able to do this in one step rather than in two.

4. Scrunch up some cellophane or other paper/fabric to provide the colour of the apple and put this inside.

5. Slot the plastic bottle ends together. Glue or tape them if necessary.

6. Hang and admire!

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14 Responses to "Apple decorations from recycled plastic bottles"

[...] include my chanukah bunting, some solar powered lanterns, our apple decorations, a few things from a $2 shop and some sukkot collages made by my daughter.  I used garden hooks to [...]

Now I am going to have to collect other people’s soda bottles all year long, just so I can program this for a workshop. Love it! The felt and the cellophane really make this idea extra-super-cute.

[...] you’re working with cups, you can give this fabulous and frugal chandelier a go.You can make hanging apple decorations from a recycled bottle, a bit of green felt and a little bit of red celophane.Paper chains are always popular, but if you [...]

This is a really cute idea for teachers to use for Johnny Appleseed day if you need a craft. It is lightweight enough that they can be hung at the windows of the classroom and they will brighten up the dullest room while reminding the kids about the story. They can then be saved and used as an ornament on your Christmas tree.

[...] is one of our chains in the sukkah – above you can see one of our plastic bottle apples, and below are fuse bead [...]

[...] year I made some apple decorations to hang in my sukkah after Rosh Hashanah, based on an idea by Creative Jewish Mom.  Then I saved my plastic soda bottles all year so my [...]

for more ideas, check out americanjewishhome.blogspot.com.

try adding some holes n the top of the apple and use red or green pot pourri to make scented apple room fresheners

That is a great idea – thank you for the suggestion!

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