I use lots of liquid creamer and have saved the bottles. I want to make a craft the children will enjoy.
By Gidget123 from OK
Remove any labelling if possible. If not, sand and paint white. Add colorful stripes with tape or paint and number them from 1-10 with craft paint or self adhesive colorful numbers. Weight the bottoms with sand or small stones. Glue the lids on and any pour spouts closed with a glue for plastic or hot glue. Set them up like a bowling alley and use a soft sponge ball (Nerf perhaps) and let them bowl outside or in a basement playroom would probably be best. Or let them use them for building or stacking by adding both letters and numbers to make for some fun learning. Even a large chess set might work using creamer bottles labelled with the name of the piece, like king, queen, pawn etc.
I have made many banks from those bottles, using mod podge and thin pretty paper. Kids can tear the paper into small pieces and glue them on with mod podge. When it is all covered, put a final coat over all. Let dry an hour or so between coats and then embellish with beads around the top. My grandkids love this. (Use a plastic tablecloth as this can get messy especially with kids. Also, be sure to wash paintbrushes thoroughly with warm water between coats). Have fun!
I, too, go through a lot of coffee creamer and was looking for a use for the bottles. The other day, my 3 year old was complaining that her 'baby robots' (legos) couldnt go to space because they didnt have a rocket ship. Ii made her a space shuttle. I just covered it in printer paper and colored it, and stuck a few triangles of cardboard for wings. She's a big fan! It turned out pretty cute. You can cut the bottom out so 'baby robots' can ride inside!
I was looking for a craft to use recycled plastic coffee creamer bottles and came across a great snowman one. Thank you. As a Girl Scout Leader I am always looking for new ideas and I have literally 100's of these bottle in my house.
By Karen-scoutlady from Madison Heights, MI
Make savings banks! Have the girls cover the lid and container with different colors of tissue paper with a glue that will stick, maybe spray acrylic. They can overlap the tissue to create pretty effects, but remember that light won't shine through, so remind them not to stack the tissue too thickly. Make sure they do the lid and container separately so that the bank can open and access all their savings! When the containers are dry, cut a slot in the top for the money to be placed in the bank. You might also be able to find paint that will stick; most coffee creamer containers are plastic, aren't they?
Or, make survival kits. Have the girls collect survival items appropriate to your area (a lot of times, a local police department can give you ideas for appropriate supplies, or you can do an Internet search). They can label the creamer container, "Survival Kit" and write survival tips on the outside with Sharpie markers. Just remember that Sharpie takes a few minutes to dry on plastic to prevent smudges. (07/27/2009)