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Turn any of these into a bank just add a coin slot & file down with an emery board.

Paper Mache` Vase


  • Homemade paper Mache` paste
  • Flour & water
  • Newspapers cut into strips (1”x3” aprox.)
  • Empty bottle (any size)


---Prepare paste

---Dip paper into paste squeeze out excess

---Wrap around bottle

---Let dry

---Paint if desired


* Optional--

---Cut off top of bottle

---File down with emery board

---Then wrap bottle

Plastic bottle animals


  • Empty plastic bottles ( any size ) *Keep cap
  • Construction paper or felt
  • Glue
  • Googly eyes
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Empty thread spools
  • Empty glue sticks
  • Scissors
  • pencil


---- Pig, Dog, Horse


Cut out 2 triangles (pig & horse)out of construction paper or felt

Wrap a pipe cleaner around pencil

Lay bottle on it’s side

*Using spout (cap) for the nose

Add ears with glue (while on its side to the top above cap)

Place googly eyes above and to either side of nose(cap)

Pull pipe cleaner off of pencil

glue to back side of bottle for the tail (when standing it is the bottom)

glue 4 spools underneath for legs



Make snoopy ears

Use 4 or more pipe cleaners for tail & tie together

Use two spools for each leg



Use 4 or more pipe cleaners for tail (do not tie)

Use short pipe cleaners for mane



  • 2 water bottle
  • 1 short and stubby water bottle*(or rainbow juice container)
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Construction paper
  • Purple felt (for tongue)
  • Paint
  • Googly eyes
  • 4  empty glue sticks

--Cut a tongue shape out of the purple felt

--Cut 2 triangles for ears

--Cut  a hole towards back (or bottom off) of stubby bottle

--Glue bottles together

--*one should be on the side for body

--*one standing

--*insert stubby bottle on top of bottle standing upright OR

( for bottle with bottom cut off)

--*glue stubby bottle to side and at the top of bottle that is upright

--Glue glue sticks to bottom of body for legs

--Glue pipe cleaner half on for tail

--Glue 2 pipe cleaners on top of head for antlers

--Attach googly eyes to either side of cap on the stubby bottle

--Attach purple tongue to cap of stubby bottle


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