How to Make a Plastic Bottle Christmas Tree

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Green plastic soda bottles are the perfect material to recycle into this clever tabletop Christmas tree. This is a page about how to make a plastic bottle Christmas tree.


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If plastic bottles are gifted - they are gifted with many different ways to be recycled. And because it's the Christmas season, I'll make a table top Christmas tree from plastic bottles.


  • 10 or more green plastic bottles
  • scissors/cutter
  • hot glue
  • mini star
  • series lights
  • long stick
  • Note: Think first and decide on how tall your Christmas tree will be to determine the number of plastic bottles you are going to collect and the length of your stick.


  1. Start by removing the bottom of each plastic bottle.
  2. Cut them into different sizes. 1 bottle should be shorter than the other. This is to emphasize the shape of the tree.
  3. Then cut each bottle into thin strips from the bottom to top.
  4. Press or pull down the strips. It should look like this.
  5. Glue two bottle bottoms together. This is the base or the stand.
  6. The stick I'm using is a balloon stick. Let it stand into the center of the base and secure with glue.
  7. Stack the layers of plastic bottle strips. Start with the biggest/widest strips and going up is the smaller ones. Secure each layer with hot glue.
  8. Put a star on top.
  9. Just add in some lights and you're done!
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December 22, 20171 found this helpful

Adorably thrifty!

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January 14, 20181 found this helpful

How amazingly clever is this little tree! And if everyone made one that would be a few thousand less bottles to litter our world!


The traditionalists like me could use green and the ones who like alternative colour schemes could use any colour at all! Thanks for sharing!

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