Bottle ‘blossom’ Printing


We’ll put the branches in later..

Looking for something fun to do with the kids? – Why not try this?  Bottle ‘blossom’ printing – quick, easy, fun and a great way to use those empty tonic water bottles…

This is a fantastically simple way for even small children to create lovely artworks, a great way to entertain the kids at a party, could be a great idea for children to take home as their party gift, or use this printing technique as a very fast way of creating a backdrop for a Hawaiian Luau, or Princess theme party.

Here’s how we did ours.


You will need:

  • Plastic bottles of the five-point bottom design (one for each colour)
  • Canvas, paper or card (we used children’s canvasses, which were priced at £5 for three – of course blank paper, or even newspaper would make an interesting (and cheap/free) alternative
  • Ready mixed poster paint – ours was very reasonably priced at £1.25 per bottle
  • Dishes to pour the paint in for printing (we used plastic takeaway containers – often found quietly accumulating in a cupboard – can now be put to good use!)

To create your own magnificent works of art simply pour some of the ready-mixed paint into your dishes and dip the bottom of (clean and dry) bottles into the paint, press firmly on your canvass or paper….and hey presto!


Top Tips

  • ensure a good coating of paint, but shake off any excess – we found too much paint caused drips and trails
  • Use a pencil (preferably one with a rubber on the end) to print the centre of the blossom.  Mook used contrasting coloured paint for hers
  • paint branches on afterwards
  • Leave them somewhere flat to dry to avoid excess paint running

I will definitely be experimenting further with this technique – do let me know how you get on if you give it a try.

Or, do you have any other simple printing ideas?


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