Sunday, December 15, 2013

Bottle Angels

Here is another angel project.  The unique thing about these angels is that a bottle, (recycled water bottle, pop bottle) forms the base.

You can make small or large ones depending on what's in your recycle bin.


- plastic bottles, (water or pop), rinsed out and dried
- paper, I'm using kraft paper but you can use wrapping paper, newspaper, whatever you have on hand
- paint and markers
- thin cardboard (cereal box)
- string or cording
- glue and tape
- styrofoam ball for the head, you could also papier mach over foil ball or rolled newspaper ball
- garland or ribbon for hair


Take your bottles and cut off the bottom.

I poked a hole first with my awl so I could get the end of my scissors in and then cut.

Cut your paper into rectangles that are 4 inches taller than the height of the bottle and long enough to cover the bottle with a 2 inch overlap or so.

If using plain paper (kraft, newspaper, etc) paint designs on the paper.

You can add details in markers, pencil crayons,  and glitter glue.

Set aside to dry.

I used a Styrofoam ball as a base for my head.  You could just use it straight, or add a layer of papier mache or air dry clay.

You could also roll up some paper or foil into a ball and cover it with papier mache or air dry clay.

I used paper clay to coat my head.  I made a small nose as well.

To hold my heads while they dry I used a piece of cut paper roll an a piece of wax paper to stop it from sticking.

It needs to dry overnight.

Take your decorated paper, flip to the unpainted side.  Place the bottle on the paper.  Using tape stick the paper edge to the bottle.

Wrap the paper around the bottle, there should be enough for some overlap and glue together.  I used an elastic band to hold the paper on the bottle while the glue was setting up.

Take the excess paper at the bottom of the bottle and fold up tucking it into the opening.

Do the same for the top of the bottle.

You can wrap the neck of the bottle with a piece of string or decorative cording.

I made the wings from thin cardboard.  You can cover them with fancy wrapping paper or paint them like I did.

The coloured side of the cereal box took 2 coats of paint.

I used a cap from a spray bottle to print circles all over the cardboard in silver paint.

When my heads were dry I painted them with a flesh tone, added some pink cheeks, eyes and mouths.

Glue on some ribbon or garland for hair.

I wrapped some star garland into a circle for halos.

Glue the head to the top of the bottle.

Cut the wings out of the cardboard.  I used a teardrop shape.

I used a glue gun to stick them on the angels.

I put glue on the point of the teardrop shape.

Glue to the back of the angel.

and that's it, angel completed.

Make a set with different sized bottles for a nice display.


  1. These are beautiful Gail. I have a post called Creative Saturdays which has a link. I would love you to link.

  2. Lovely project for next Advent, thank you for the inspiration!

  3. These are sweet angels. Thanks for the tutorial! its lovely!

  4. Love! One of the prettiest angel crafts I've ever seen and one of the best crafts using recyclables! I think, if I helped them a little, my 3 son and his friends could make a version of these. You're so talented and creative! Thanks for this tutorial.

  5. I used a water bottle and put some used rice(from my hotpacks) in the bottom to make them stand up and Christmas material to cover the bottle. They look great! Thanks for the idea; just love them