Crafts Using Bleach Bottles

There are a surprising number of crafts made using bleach bottles. This is a guide about crafts using bleach bottles.

April 8, 2008 Flag
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Use a regular bleach bottle, rinse it out with water and baking soda (takes the bleach smell away). Let dry. Paint with acrylic pink paint and let dry. Paint your spots on with either black or brown acrylic paint and let dry for about and hour.

Use black or brown felt and pink felt and cut out ears, hot glue them on. You will need either 4 small thread spools or 4 medium size thread spools for the legs, I get mine at 99 cent store. Cut your holes in bottom of bottle so that the spools make the piggy bank stand right. Cut the circles and insert spool, hot glue around each one so they don't come out. Paint on your eyes and your nose, a slot for the money, then spray with a sealer and you are done.

By Sheri from Stockton, CA

April 9, 20080 found this helpful

You really brought back some memories as I made one of these back in grade school....many many years ago! I remember the bleach my Mom used was called Linco and it isn't even around anymore. We were told we had to have our Mom's save us a bleach bottle. I thought they came out rather cute. Have no idea what eventually became of my piggy. I probably played with it besides putting money in it and eventually my mother probably tossed. Last year in my son's class they made a pig something like that and used it when they did their money song during circle time.

Perhaps I should save my next empty bleach bottle and me and my two children can make one! It's darling!!

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April 21, 20080 found this helpful

The Piggy is so cute. I am thinking to make one and put it on the laundry bench. It make me feel happy when I use it.

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June 16, 20080 found this helpful

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I was going to use the Bleach Bottle Piggy Bank by Sheri from Stockton,CA for a craft for Bible school, and I tried making one but when I apply the second coat of paint the first coat comes off. Do you have any idea what I can do or how Sheri did it? Margaret


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June 16, 20080 found this helpful

I only used one coat of paint, when I was all finished I sprayed it with a sealer. Smiles, Sheri

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September 5, 20160 found this helpful

September 19, 2012 Flag
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This is a guide about making a bleach bottle Santa. Clean plastic bleach and detergent bottles are great to use in craft projects. Make this cute Santa for the holidays.

Making a Bleach Bottle Santa

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May 30, 2010 Flag
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Does anyone remember a while back, those pocketbooks made out of the bottom half of a plastic Clorox bottle? I believe they were crocheted. Does anyone know where I can find a pattern? I've looked on line and have had no luck. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

By Pam from WV

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May 30, 20100 found this helpful

I'm guessing you've found it already:


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May 31, 20100 found this helpful

I don't crochet but I am thinking I will make some denim purses with the clorox bottle for the bottom. It will help to keep some plastic out of the landfill. Thanks for a thoughtful question.

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May 31, 20100 found this helpful

I found this website with photos of purses made from bleach bottles. If you are an experienced crocheter it would be very easy to make one for yourself. I prefer to cut the bleach bottle shorter than the one shown in the photo. Everyone has their own preference.

Read the 3rd post on this website, it will give you the instructions:

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June 5, 20100 found this helpful

Thank you all for the information on the bleach bottle purse.

Thrifty Fun is a great site in finding things you can't find yourself.

Thanks again.


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October 24, 2007 Flag
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This is my second year of homeschooling and I wanted to show the girls how to decoupage. After several hours of thinking of what they could do that would be fun as well as useful, I went into my laundry room. And there atop of my washer sat an empty bleach bottle. The bottle was laying on its side and from the front it looked to me like a piggy. And hence, this is where I got the idea.



  1. First wash the bleach bottle out good. You can also use those gallon vinegar bottles.
  2. Then get some newspaper and rip them into strips.
  3. Meanwhile make your decoupage glue. I used the basic recipe of 1 cup of flour to 2 cups of hot water.
  4. Cook over low heat until no clumps and thick. You may need to add more water. If it's too watery add a bit more flour. Just be sure to let it cool before using.
  5. Dip your newspapers in the glue mixture and begin layering on your bottle. We did the top part and let it dry, then did the bottom.
  6. After several layers and being completely dry (we do a part each week for art class) then you can decorate. We used scrapbooking paper and tissue paper. We kept with a theme, but you can use anything you would like: newspaper funnies, music pages, etc.
  7. Let dry!
  8. For the legs we used the holder from an egg carton and the ears we formed out of the paper.
  9. After the entire thing is dry you can cut a hole in the top to put your coins in and then varnish. I use a clear coat in a spray paint can.
  10. That is it! Now you have a cute little piggy bank that isn't just cute, it is also very useful.
  11. In the photos, we haven't added the tail or the eyes. The eyes will be buttons and the tail will be a curled pipe cleaner.

By Melissa from Pine City, NY

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October 26, 20070 found this helpful

What a great project for the kids to do! I love the personal artist touch of each person, they can really put their own personal touch to their art project, and it's so colorful. Then it is a useful project they can keep for a long time. So many projects are just done, and discarded. You've got a great ideal, I hope other home schoolers pick up on this. I have older kids now, but, my 3 kids would have loved this project when they were younger.

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March 29, 2011 Flag
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How do I make Easter baskets from Clorox bottles?

By Dianna from Middleburg, FL

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March 30, 20110 found this helpful

After having learned what I have about bleach and non food plastics I find it's not a good idea to use bleach bottles for Easter baskets that will be holding food items and stuffed animals for children. Perhaps you could use gallon vinegar containers or water bottles instead? MCW's link is a really good start for 'how to' instructions.

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March 31, 20110 found this helpful

I would use gallon milk containers instead of bleach bottles for safety reasons. As a daycare teacher that is what we have used in the past and they work out just as good.

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This is a guide about making a bleach bottle snowman. Plastic bleach bottles are a popular item for use in craft projects.

Bleach Bottle Snowman

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November 10, 2012 Flag
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Does anyone have the instructions for the snowman face wall hanging, leprechaun face, bunny face, and the turkey all made from Clorox bottles and yarn like the Santa face?

By Bonnie

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November 28, 20120 found this helpful

Here is one:

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October 18, 2007 Flag
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Looking for pattern to make Whirley Gig from bleach bottles.

Faye from Nova Scotia, Canada

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October 18, 20070 found this helpful

here's info on how to make them from soda bottles

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March 29, 2011 Flag
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I am looking for a pattern using a Clorox bottle cut in half, pink and red felt, white yarn and of course eyes.

By pgossage from Florence, SC

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November 20, 2009 Flag
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I am looking for crafts made out of Clorox bottles. I was told you could make a bird house the shape of a bear out of a Clorox bottle. I was wondering if anyone had the instructions on how to do this or any other crafts made out of Clorox bottles.

Kathleen from Sprakers, NY


Clorox Bottle Crafts

Take the bottle, cut the bottom off. Cut a "fringe" around the remaining sides of the bottle. Cut all the way up the sides. Curl the fringes, if you'd like. Now, look at it from the top view. The handle is the bridge of the nose, the opening is the mouth and the fringe is the mane. You've just created an African inspired tribal mask. You could decoupage the entire bottle with animal prints tissue paper prior to cutting. Or just leave it plain, then paint it. Quick and easy craft for kids. (02/21/2009)

By sukimarie

Clorox Bottle Crafts

There are instructions on this site for a bleach bottle Santa door decoration. Search for "bleach bottle Santa". I made one for last Christmas and it turned out really cute. Nobody could believe the base was a bleach bottle.

Tracey in Jacksonville Fl (02/24/2009)

Editor's Note: Here is the Santa link on TF:

By TraceyI

Clorox Bottle Crafts

I don't want to make you feel bad, but it's really not a great idea to use bleach bottles for bird houses. No matter how well you rinse the bottles, they are pretty toxic. Chlorine is kind of nasty for most critters' early development, including humans, and birds. Use them for decorations, but not for housing baby animals, OK? (02/27/2009)

By leopardstripes

Clorox Bottle Crafts

I use bleach bottles for a couple of things.

  1. Easter baskets---cut off top part (make great funnels for sand box). Cut off a one inch strip all the way around for handle. Punch holes on opposite sides of the remaining base and at each end of handle strip. Use two brass fasteners and attach handle. Decorate with stickers.

  2. Cut the upright sides into strips, write names of plants on them and stick into ground or pot.

  3. The remaining bottoms after using the sides for plant stakes can be used as saucers under your plants. (03/01/2009)

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