Recycled Summer Project: Water Bottle Fish

I posted about making this Water Bottle Fish Wall Hanging a couple years ago with my girls featuring a fun water bottle fish.  I thought I would give an updated version since I brought this project back out for one final lesson with my students as the year was coming to an end. It was simple and didn’t require a lot of materials or mess which was perfect for the last couple weeks of school.

I made a quick school wide announcement for plastic water bottles and, man, did they deliver! We collected several big bags full! I was so happy to give these bottles another life and not end up in the landfill.


See the 3 EASY STEPS and materials below for this perfect summer project.

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Step 1:

Select your water bottle and remove any labels.


Draw and color on the water bottle to resemble a fish. Add eyes, scales, stripes, polka dots, or any design along the body. The spout of the bottle becomes the mouth and can be colored in as well.

Step 2:

Cut off the end of the water bottle with scissors.

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Step 3:

Staple the end of the water bottle together with some pieces of tissue paper and/or feathers.



And that’s it! So simple!

If you give this project a try, I’d love to see it! Share it with me on Instagram @theartgardenblog or on Facebook @theartgardenblog

See a throwback to what my girls and I did with our water bottle fish here!

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Looking for more summer ideas? Try our Mixed Media Ice Cream with Marbled Paper or this FREE nature activity Painting Seashells.

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