Water Bottle Doll Crafts


A 2001 report stated that 89 billion liters of water are being bottled each year. While it is important to recycle these bottles, many end up in landfills. To do your part in reusing these bottles, create water bottle dolls. This craft project is excellent for students, Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts and public events.

Getting Started

  • Make sure the water bottle is completely dry inside. Take the label off; if it does not come off easily, use soap, water and a washcloth to scrub the sticky residue off. If you plan to make several water bottle dolls, collect bottles ahead of time. Set up a container at your workplace and ask your coworkers to drop off their used water bottles.


  • For a simple doll, use construction paper, fabric, glue and other items. Cut a face out of construction paper and glue it to the bottle's cap. Wrap fabric around the bottle for clothes. Use yarn (for hair), lace, and buttons to dress up the doll.

    For a more involved process, make the head and neck from papier mache. When the papier mache is dry, paint the faces. Decorate the doll with fabric, yarn, trim, lace and buttons.

Group Activity

  • These dolls make a great grade school art project. It can be done over a few days. Construct the head using papier mache one day and paint it another day. Use the third day to decorate the doll.

    Girl Scout and Boy Scout troops may enjoy this project, perhaps as an activity toward earning their arts and crafts badges. This activity would fit well at open houses or other large events that offer crafts for children.

Lesson Plans

  • In a school setting, a student can research a famous person in history and fashion his doll after him. A child can create a water bottle doll of her best friend, which allows her to work on her creativity while trying to make a doll that resembles her best friend. Or a child can create a doll that represents what she wants to be when she grows up.

    Water bottle dolls are also a great way to teach children about recycling.

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