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Plastic Water Bottle and Drinking Straw Necklace

By: Heidi Borchers

Make fun, eye-popping jewelry from recycled household items! No matter when you wear it, a colorful Plastic Water Bottle and Drinking Straw Necklace will surely make a statement. Have fun with this recycled plastic craft!

Plastic Water Bottle and Drinking Straw Necklace
 

Materials:

  • Plastic water bottle
  • Sharpie pen - black
  • Craft knife
  • Scissors
  • Fabric - rip 2 or 3 1/2” 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

Instructions:

  1. Trace the square shape for the pendant onto the plastic water bottle using the Sharpie pen.

    Plastic Water Bottle and Drinking Straw Necklace
     
  2. Place glue onto the back of the square plastic for pendant. Place end of one of the fabric strips into the glue.

    Plastic Water Bottle and Drinking Straw Necklace
     
  3. Wrap the strip of fabric around the plastic piece and place small amounts of glue as you wrap.

    Plastic Water Bottle and Drinking Straw Necklace
     
  4. Glue the end of the fabric strip to the back of the pendant. Let glue dry.

    Plastic Water Bottle and Drinking Straw Necklace
     
  5. Punch a hole with a 1/8” paper punch at the top center of one side of the pendant.

    Plastic Water Bottle and Drinking Straw Necklace
     
  6. Attach a 3/8” jump ring through the punched hole.

    Plastic Water Bottle and Drinking Straw Necklace
     
  7. Center and tie the three strands of the embroidery floss onto the jump ring.

    Plastic Water Bottle and Drinking Straw Necklace
     
  8. To make beads from the plastic drinking straws, cut the straws into 1/2” pieces. Apply glue onto the straw, place fabric into the glue.

    Plastic Water Bottle and Drinking Straw Necklace
     
  9. Glue the end of fabric to finish straw bead.

    Plastic Water Bottle and Drinking Straw Necklace
     
  10. String glass beads and fabric wrapped straw beads onto the 6 strands of embroidery floss. See finished project photo for placement of all beads.

    Plastic Water Bottle and Drinking Straw Necklace
     
  11. 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.
     
    Plastic Water Bottle and Drinking Straw Necklace
     
  12. 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.

    Plastic Water Bottle and Drinking Straw Necklace

For a complete video tutorial of this project, check out How to Make a Water Bottle & Drinking Straw Necklace.

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