Dale Chihuly Inspired Water Bottle Art Project

Dale Chihuly Inspired Water Bottle Art Project

Hello there! One of my very favorite artists is Dale Chihuly. He’s known for his glass work, which often features wild spirals in stunning colors. Today I’m going to show you how to make your very own Dale Chihuly Inspired Water Bottle Art Project! This is a great group or classroom project, because everyone can color in a bottle. Here’s what you’ll need!


Dale Chihuly Inspired Water Bottle Art Project


  • Empty water bottles. At least 4, but you can use as many as you’d like.
  • Sharpie markers in different colors. I used pink, purple, blue, and black. I recommend using standard size sharpies for a faster project, not these super fine tip ones I used. 
  • Scissors.
  • Hole punch.
  • String or twine.

Start by making sure your water bottles are clean and dry, then take off the labels. Starting at below the rounded neck of the bottle, go ahead and color your water bottle with your markers. I did stripes and changed colors every 2-3 rows on my bottles, but you can colors yours in however you’d like.

When you’re all done, let it sit for a minute to make sure the marker is fully set up. Then take your scissors and cut off the bottom of the bottle. Next, start cutting your bottles into a half inch wide strip, going up the bottle in a spiral pattern.

When you reach the neck, cut your spiral off flat. This is what your spiral should look like. This is a very long spiral, so unless you’re making a huge art piece, go ahead and cut your spiral in half. Then hole punch one end of each strip.

Cut a piece of string or twine, and start stringing your spirals onto the twine. This is what they’ll look like when they’re hanging down. If you want your artwork super full and crazy, you’ll need lots of bottles.

I also did a couple of water bottles with a black sharpie to add some depth to the project. I cut these spirals in thirds to make them shorter, and then added them onto the string. When you’re happy with how full your piece is, go ahead and tie off your string.

And you’re all done! All you have to do is hang up your project. You can easily make a huge one to be a room decoration, or a few small ones for a fun garland. I hope you had fun learning how to make this Dale Chihuly Inspired Water Bottle Art Project!

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