Adorable Repurposing Whale Craft for Kids

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We are huge art fans in our house. As you all probably know with the crafts and art posts! What you may not know though is I’m a huge fan of marine life, more specifically whales. So I try to do as much with marine life and whales with my kids as I can.

What else I love doing is repurposing items from around the house. Who wants to go out to the stores every time the kids want to do a craft? I don’t so repurposing from around the house is the way to go!

Today, we used water bottles! I know, they are awful and we shouldn’t be using them but it’s better than throwing them away right? I think so! Plus I love using them for multiple other things and I’m sure there will be more arts and crafts to come with more water bottle repurposing but today, it’s whales! We are repurposing water bottles for WHALES!

Materials Needed:

  • Small plastic water bottle
  • Bright blue craft paint
  • Blue pipe cleaners
  • Blue cardstock
  • Plastic eyes
  • Hot glue/hot glue gun
  • Paper towel



  1. Take the label off your empty plastic water bottle, dry out the inside with a rolled up paper towel
  2. Squeeze a little blue paint inside your water bottle, and shake until the inside of your water bottle is completely blue, add more if needed
  3. Cut out a tail and fins from your blue cardstock and glue the tail to the underneath lid side of your water bottle
  4. Glue the fins on each side of your water bottle
  5. Now glue two eyes on the bottom end of your water bottle
  6. Cut your pipe cleaner into 3″ pieces, and one 1″ piece
  7. Glue your 1″ pipe cleaner in the shape of a ‘U’ for a smile underneath your whales eyes
  8. To finish your whale, bend the top of your 3″ pieces of pipe cleaners into swirls
  9. Hot glue your pipe cleaners onto the top of your whale for the whales blow hole







Not only is this super adorable, but its super fun for the kids to play with or even have on a shelf in their room. My kids love whales and marine life just about as much as I do so they really enjoy doing these types of crafts and having them around their rooms.

Next they want to try beluga whales – which we will just do with grey paint instead of the blue, and they’ll look adorable together!

Have you ever made anything with repurposing water bottles?


  • Reply Robin Rue (@massholemommy) June 1, 2016 at 8:22 am

    OMG how cute is that? I totally have to make these with the kids this weekend.

  • Reply Noel Barnwell June 1, 2016 at 8:58 am

    I’m teaching classes this summer for kids within the county. This would be such a good addition to the class! Thanks for sharing :)

  • Reply Katrina | June 1, 2016 at 9:04 am

    I pinned this as I think my daughter will love this craft. The water pipecleaners are adorable.

  • Reply Lisa Joy Thompson June 1, 2016 at 9:12 am

    This is such a fun craft idea! I’m always looking for crafts to do with my twins and they would love this!!! It’s such an adorable whale!

  • Reply Mitch June 1, 2016 at 11:40 am

    What an adorable craft! So fun for the kids, and I love whales!

  • Reply Ana Elizabeth June 1, 2016 at 12:04 pm

    The idea is sooo cute! I’ll definitely share this to my sister so my nephew can create this whale craft too. Thanks for this.

  • Reply Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle June 1, 2016 at 12:38 pm

    Cutest. Craft. EVAH! I absolutely love the adorable look, and I’m a huge fan of upcycling.

  • Reply Pam June 1, 2016 at 1:40 pm

    I love finding ways to reuse everyday objects. We have done lots of crafts with toilet paper rolls but not many with water bottles.

  • Reply Jenn @ EngineerMommy June 1, 2016 at 1:45 pm

    My kids love doing arts & crafts like this. I’d love to try this out with my kids this weekend. This whale craft looks like so much fun!

  • Reply Sarah June 1, 2016 at 2:07 pm

    What an easy to do craft for kids, and I Love the creative unique design it has. I am sure many parents will enjoy making this with their little one!

  • Reply Catherine S June 1, 2016 at 3:01 pm

    What a creative and cute craft project. I will have to do this with my niece and nephew.

  • Reply Megan Elford June 1, 2016 at 8:34 pm

    SO cute!! My daughter would love to make one of these, although she’d likely make more than one, lol!

  • Reply Brandy June 1, 2016 at 8:47 pm

    This would be so much fun to do with my niece, as my kids have outgrown crafts like this :( I love the bright color of blue you made it from!

  • Reply Rebecca Swenor June 1, 2016 at 9:11 pm

    This is an adorable whale craft for kids. I love that it isn’t only fun for the kids to craft this whale but it also shows them to recycle. Thanks for sharing the craft idea.

  • Reply Kristi June 1, 2016 at 9:48 pm

    Our daughter loves to reuse things. She made a small bird-feeder with a water bottle once so will have to show her this!

  • Reply Bella B (xoxoBella) June 2, 2016 at 12:38 am

    What a fun craft! I love things like this that use something that would otherwise be going to waste or recycling.

  • Reply Aziel Morte June 2, 2016 at 2:36 am

    What a great craft for kids, I bet my kids would really love this

  • Reply parpar de real June 2, 2016 at 3:19 am

    How fun is this the kids would enjoying this activity and keep them busy

  • Reply Seattle Travel Blogger June 2, 2016 at 7:31 am

    This is very cute.
    I also like that your instructions are very concise and well-laid out in general.

  • Reply ricci June 2, 2016 at 9:17 am

    This little whale is adorable!! And he seems like the perfect craft for summer!! Great post!!

  • Reply Ann Bacciaglia June 2, 2016 at 11:04 am

    I love this craft idea. Water bottles can be used for so many great crafts.

  • Reply William Sweeney June 2, 2016 at 2:43 pm

    This is such a fun craft!! What a great way to upcycle a water bottle, I know my son would love this!

  • Reply Angelic Sinova June 2, 2016 at 5:51 pm

    These is so adorable! I’m all for repurposing items from around the house. Recycling and reusing items is big in our house.

  • Reply Heather Pfingsten June 2, 2016 at 10:55 pm

    How cute and fun! We are on the lookout for rainy day activities to keep us busy this summer during rainy days or at home days and this is perfect. This is especially great with Disney’s Finding Dory coming to the big screen. Thank you so much for sharing the cuteness.

  • Reply Rosey June 3, 2016 at 6:13 am

    It’s cute. :) That is a fun way to repurpose the plastic bottle..

  • Reply Nicole Escat June 3, 2016 at 10:06 am

    What a nice idea, I have some unused bottles here and thanks for giving me a great idea.

  • Reply Amanda @ Adorkablii June 3, 2016 at 1:47 pm

    Omg, how darling is that. My son still like to do crafts from time to time but not as much as he use too. This is just so darn cute!

  • Reply Louise Bishop June 3, 2016 at 3:31 pm

    I have used water bottles for Vacation Bible School crafts before. This would be a great one for Jonah and the big fish :)

  • Reply Erin June 4, 2016 at 5:43 pm

    Awww! This is so cute!!! I bet my kiddos would love to make this. Now I need to find all the supplies!

  • Reply Christie June 5, 2016 at 8:35 pm

    What a cute craft for summer! I love that you upcycled a bottle too

  • Reply CourtneyLynne June 5, 2016 at 9:12 pm

    Omg such a cute craft!!! My daughter would have a blast making one of these!

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