Soda Bottle Craft for Teens

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Gather your supplies - Soda Bottle Birthday Gift Example.

Soda Bottle Gift Idea teen crafts
Denise D. Witmer

This is a fun gift to make and receive. You can theme it to many different occasions. For a generic soda bottle gift craft you will need:

  • 1 soda bottle with cap; in my examples I used the 20 fl. oz. bottle in size
  • Card stock and pattern paper
  • Bow or ribbon
  • Filler
  • Gift tag
  • Tape; clear
  • Sharp scissors
  • Ruler

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Measure your bottle.

Soda Bottle Gift Idea teen crafts
Denise D. Witmer

Measure the flat area of the soda bottle. Note the measurement of the area where it is not curved at all so your paper lays flat against the bottle when the gift is complete. This will hold your invisible door shut.

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Make your cut into the bottle.

Soda Bottle Gift Idea teen crafts
Denise D. Witmer

With a pair of sharp scissors, carefully cut a 'doorway' into the side of the soda bottle. Be very careful of the sharp edges on the plastic. Take your time making the cuts. If it's easier, and you have one, you can use a sharp Xacto knife or other small single blade to make the cuts. Younger teens and tweens will probably need some supervision or assistance for this step.

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Fill your soda bottle.

Soda Bottle Gift Idea teen crafts
Denise D. Witmer

Carefully fill your bottle with wrapped candies and little things that could never fit through the top of the bottle. That's kind of the fun part of this craft, that it's a bit of an optical illusion, and evokes the old-timey "ship in a bottle" displays.

For the Birthday Soda Bottle Gift, just fill the bottle with any birthday themed candy, or any kind of candies that the recipient really likes. Tape the doorway shut.

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Prepare your soda bottle label.

Soda Bottle Gift Idea teen crafts
Denise D. Witmer

Using the measurement you took of the flat part of your bottle, cut a piece of card stock so that it fits with a 1/2-inch overlap when wrapping around the bottle. Decorate your label with pattern paper, stickers, etc. This is the part of the project where you can get really creative, so don't hold back!

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Complete the bottle

Soda Bottle Gift Idea teen crafts
Denise D. Witmer

Place your label on the bottle, wrapping it around and attaching it with clear tape. Add a gift tag and a bow or ribbons. You can further personalize it by decorating with the recipient's name.

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Graduation Soda Bottle Gift

Soda Bottle Gift Idea Graduation teen crafts
Denise D. Witmer

The Graduation Soda Bottle Gift uses office supply items including a rubber band ball, mini-highlighter, shaped paperclips and more. You can get these items at any office supply store.

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Christmas Soda Bottle Gift

Soda Bottle Gift Idea Christmas
Denise D. Witmer

For the Christmas Soda Bottle Gift, any wrapped Christmas candy would work. It took one and one-half bags to fill this soda bottle. Finish off with a bright ribbon to make it look festive. This can also be adapted for Hanukkah or other winter holidays where gifts are exchanged.

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Valentine's Day Soda Bottle Gift

Valentines Day Soda Bottle Gift teen crafts
Denise D. Witmer

The Valentine's Day Soda Bottle Gift uses scrapbooking paper that had red in it, two cut out hearts, black vinyl letters for the 'LOVE U' and a matching tag. It's stuffed with foil wrapped chocolate hearts and a pair of fun Valentine's Day socks, and a red bow is tied to the top to complete the look.

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