How to paint pet bottle: learn step-by-step, materials and tips

Pet bottles, those plastic bottles used to store soda, water and other types of beverages, are very versatile materials for reuse. They are products that are easy to handle, can be found in abundance and there are already a number of products such as bags and even clothes developed from the recycling of this type of object. Learn how to paint PET bottle:

Much used also in craft creation, you will be amazed at the amount of objects that can be crafted from them. In that article, specifically, we'll cover painting on pet bottles. Follow our tips.

What kind of items can be created from pet bottles?

What to do with pet bottle?

You can create flowers, mandalas, garlands, bags and bags, toys, vases and cachepots, baskets and boxes with interlaced strips, bracelets and necklaces, among others. When it comes to handicrafts with pet bottles, the sky (and your creativity) is the limit.

You can even create an event with sustainable items. Simply you elaborate flowers, chandeliers, decorations, napkin holders and souvenirs made of pet bottle. Your guests will be speechless!

Including children in a recycling and reuse activity is also a good idea, as it is possible to create several toys with plastic bottles and to spread the concept that we can and should reduce the waste we create.

One very used activity with children is to use the bottom of the bottles as a stamp to paint flowers in large paper formats. They just need a saucer with ink, pet bottle bottoms and large sheets of paper. Simply support the bottom of the bottle in the ink and then the paper as if it were a big stamp and then increase the drawing with leaves and other props.

It is not difficult to create items from this type of material. There are specific courses that help those who wish to create more elaborate pieces and you can also find many videos, tutorials and internet tips for beginners.

And to give you more charm in your creations, know that the plastic of the pet bottles can be painted the color you want.

What kind of paint can be used to paint pet bottles?

  • Acrylic paint
  • PVA latex paint
  • Synthetic enamel paint
  • Multipurpose spray paint

Water-based paints, as the name itself says do not withstand moisture, so if you are going to create an object that will stay in the external area and that you can take rain use synthetic enamel paint.

Do I need to sanding before I start painting?

Yes, to have a more beautiful finish we suggest you use 150 or 180 sandpaper. Sanding the bottles makes the plastic stick with tack points and makes painting easier.

Sanding a piece of handicraft made with pet bottle is relatively simple. Each sandpaper has a numbering, and the larger the number of sandpaper, the smoother the piece becomes.

Always start with the smallest number and go using the larger number sanding strips until you reach the desired finish.

Is it possible to use varnish in pet bottles?

Yes, you can use acrylic or synthetic varnish. The stained glass paint gives a very beautiful finish, as it gives color to the plastic without taking away the transparency of the material.

What tools will I need to do painting on pet bottles?

  • Roll of wool or foam
  • Brush or brush
  • Paint Compressor
  • Newspaper or paper to support the bottles and avoid soiling the floor

How to paint pet bottle step-by-step

How to Paint Pet Bottle: Step 1

How to Paint Pet Bottle: Step 1

Separate all the materials you will use and leave everything within reach. Nothing worse than getting the paint job and finding that something important was missing. Abandoning the paint in half can leave the object with different spots or colors after drying.

How to Paint Pet Bottle: Step 2

How to Paint Pet Bottle: Step 2

Thoroughly clean the bottle, inside and out, with water and detergent removing any dirt, grease and leftovers that may exist. Let it dry well before you start painting.

How to Paint Pet Bottle: Step 3

How to Paint Pet Bottle: Step 3

Prepare the space for the painting, line the floor or the surface where you will support the pieces with old newspaper, canvas or any other material that protects account spills.

How to Paint Pet Bottle: Step 4

How to Paint Pet Bottle: Step 4

With a brush or sponge pass the primer to pet. The primer prepares the surface to receive the paint, it is a water based product and does not smell strongly.

How to Paint Pet Bottle: Step 5

How to Paint Pet Bottle: Step 5

Primer must be applied before water-based acrylic paints. If you are going to use another type of paint, test on some piece of plastic before painting the final product to see how the finish gets.

How to Paint Pet Bottle: Step 6

How to Paint Pet Bottle: Step 6

Complete drying of the primer takes an average of 6 hours, but it is good to wait longer to apply the paint over it.

How to Paint Pet Bottle: Step 7

How to Paint Pet Bottle: Step 7

Prepare the ink according to the manufacturer's instructions. If it is necessary to dilute, refer to the ratio correctly.

How to Paint Pet Bottle: Step 8

How to Paint Pet Bottle: Step 8

The paint should always be made in the same direction, taking care to cover the surface with sufficient amount of paint so that the finish is uniform and without any stains.

How to Paint Pet Bottle: Step 9

How to Paint Pet Bottle: Step 9

Wait at least 4 hours between one coat and another.

How to Paint Pet Bottle: Step 10

How to Paint Pet Bottle: Step 10

Now your creation is ready to decorate and enchant! If you are still going to make other finishes like collages and pen drawings, this is the time.

Reuse is the order of the time

Pet bottle: reuse is the ball of the time

The pet bottles are considered the great villains of the environment, since their use was very frequent and the discard of this material happened to happen without any care.

They are produced with very resistant and flexible material and take decades to decompose. In Brazil alone, about 9 billion bottles are produced per year and around 53% of them are reused.

Reusing the bottles and turning them into something useful and beautiful is not only a way of beautifying the surroundings or securing extra income, but you are also doing your part to decrease the amount of junk circulating on the planet. The environment is grateful!