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Make Your Own Plastic Beads with Recycled Soda Bottles

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This is one of those crafts where the process is just as much fun as the finished product. And anytime that we can combine a fun craft, using free materials, that is also eco-friendly, we get ultra excited.

Start by using a knife to cut the top and bottom section from a clear plastic soda bottle.Use scissors to cut down the middle of the resulting tube to make a rectangle. If there are any portions where the glue from the label is hanging on, just trim those portions away.

Use Sharpies to draw or write whatever you like on the inside of the rectangle.

Cut this rectangle into strips anywhere from 1/4-inch to 3/4-inch wide following the curve of the plastic so that the strips will roll inward.

Preheat an oven to 300 degrees F.

Roll each strip around a pencil (or pen) and tie with a piece of string or twine. Don’t use tape because it will melt in the oven. Please the strips on a foil lined cookie sheet. Bake at for 2 minutes.

Take the pan out and slide the string off of one bead. If it stays curled up then the beads are ready. If it doesn’t stay curled up then put the tray back in the oven for another minute or two.

When the beads have cooled trim off any ragged edges.

No go use your beads to make a bracelet, a necklace, or string them up to make long strands that you can use to decorate a Christmas tree, or hang in a doorway or window.

Note: you could use colored plastic bottles and skip the Sharpie step.

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