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Plastic Water Bottle Necklace with Square Pendant by EcoHeidi Borchers

Water Bottle Necklace by EcoHeidi Borchers

You won’t believe what EcoHeidi Borchers has created now!  This gorgeous necklace is made from water bottles, beads and straws!  No, really!  That’s why we call her ECOHeidi!

Watch EcoHeidi’s Super cool Plastic Water Bottle Necklace with Square Pendant video tutorial!

Materials:
Plastic water bottle
Sharpie pen – black
Craft knife
Scissors
Fabric – rip 2 or 3   ½” wide strips and iron them flat
Glue (I’ve used the Aleene’s Tacky Glue)
Paper punch 1/8”
Jump rings – one  3/8”dia.  and  two 1/8” dia.
Needle nose pliers
Embroidery floss – 3 pieces each about 30” long (to match fabric) and 1 piece about 24” to wrap around pendant
Plastic drinking straws
Beads – assorted colors to match fabric
Jewelry findings – lobster claw closure – 2 findings to hold the floss

Trace the square shape for the pendant onto the plastic water bottle using the Sharpie pen.
Place glue onto the back of the square plastic for pendant. Place end of one of the fabric strips into the glue.
Wrap the strip of fabric around the plastic piece and place small amounts of glue as you wrap.
Glue the end of the fabric strip to the back of the pendant. Let glue dry.
Punch a hole with a 1/8” paper punch at the top center of one side of the pendant.
Attach a 3/8” jump ring through the punched hole.
Center and tie the three strands of the embroidery floss onto the jump ring.
To make beads from the plastic drinking straws, cut the straws into ½” pieces. Apply glue onto the straw, place fabric into the glue.
Glue the end of fabric to finish straw bead.
String glass beads and fabric wrapped straw beads onto the 6 strands of embroidery floss.  See finished project photo for placement of  all beads.
When finished stringing to the length you want, clamp the embroidery floss together on each side. Attach a jump ring to each clamp. Finish necklace with a lobster claw clasp.
To place beads onto the pendant, thread beads onto a piece of embroidery floss, and wrap around the pendant. Tie and glue ends at the back of the pendant.

Comments

  1. I made this and you can see it on my blog if you would like. I love projects like this, Heidi rocks!
    http://craftybliggityblog.blogspot.com/2012/06/plastic-bottle-necklace-upcycle.html

  2. Christine Blair says:

    When our son,Stephen, was small, we could never throw anything out until he was asleep or we would hear “WOW I can make something out of that!”. Our favourite storybook was “Something from Nothing” and it is still my favourite. I must have read it over 100 times to many, many children.

    Stephen and now I myself still accumulate various things that pile up until we can find a use. Your site has already helped me think of ways to use some of my stock but I think you are going to have me collecting even more to use. This necklace is great. Birdfeeders and decorative fish hanging outside were the only things I have made from pop bottles and you can only make so many of those. Thanks for this idea.

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