How to Make a Plastic Bottle Christmas Tree

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December 20, 2017

Plastic Bottle Christmas Tree - close up of tree with lightsIf 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.
Plastic Bottle Christmas Tree - green plastic bottles


  1. Start by removing the bottom of each plastic bottle.
  2. Plastic Bottle Christmas Tree - cut off the bottom of each bottle
  3. Cut them into different sizes. 1 bottle should be shorter than the other. This is to emphasize the shape of the tree.
  4. Plastic Bottle Christmas Tree - cut them into different sizes
  5. Then cut each bottle into thin strips from the bottom to top.
  6. Plastic Bottle Christmas Tree - cut each bottle into strips from the bottom to the top

  7. Press or pull down the strips. It should look like this.
  8. Plastic Bottle Christmas Tree - press the strips down
  9. Glue two bottle bottoms together. This is the base or the stand.
  10. Plastic Bottle Christmas Tree - make stand by gluing two bottoms together
    Plastic Bottle Christmas Tree - stand
  11. The stick I'm using is a balloon stick. Let it stand into the center of the base and secure with glue.
  12. Plastic Bottle Christmas Tree - glue a balloon stick or dowel in the center of the stand
  13. 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.
  14. Plastic Bottle Christmas Tree - stack and glue on the different bottles

  15. Put a star on top.
  16. Plastic Bottle Christmas Tree - add a star on the top
  17. Just add in some lights and you're done!
  18. Plastic Bottle Christmas Tree - complete with a string of lights
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January 1, 2022

Don't spend a lot of money on Christmas décor, rather use what you have at hand to create it. I figured out how to make this wonderful Christmas tree from a plastic bottle. I used a green plastic bottle, but you can use it in a different color, as Christmas trees don't have to always be green. You can also use any other decoration for such a Christmas tree, for example crystals, beaded garlands or even buttons that you can sew with threads if you don't have a suitable wire.

The completed accordion Christmas tree.

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