Summer Friends Water Bottles

By  Mary Ayres 

Here's a quick and fun way for your kids to personalize their water bottles this summer.

  • Summer Friends Water Bottles


  • Plastic water bottle
  • Craft foam, two colors
  • DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paints: Calypso Blue, Lavender, or Bright Green
  • DecoArt Americana Glamour Dust
  • Black metallic cord, 10” and 32” lengths
  • Wiggle eyes


  • Plaid Foam Stamps: Octopus, Fish, or Shark
  • Alphabet rubber stamps and blue ink pad
  • Beacon Adhesives Kid’s Choice Glue!
  • Decorative-edge scissors
  • Hole punch, 1/4”

Basic Supplies

  • sponge scrap or paintbrush, scissors, ruler
  • 1. Measure and cut craft foam rectangle to fit around water bottle. Trim with decorative-edge scissors.
  • 2. For lacing, punch holes about 1/4" apart along short sides of rectangle (height of water bottle).
  • 3. Use sponge scrap or paintbrush to dab octopus, fish, or shark stamp with Calypso Blue, Lavender, or Bright Green. Stamp animal on left side of rectangle.
  • 4. While paint is still wet, sprinkle with glitter. Shake off excess.
  • 5. Glue wiggle eyes to animal.
  • 6. Wrap foam rectangle around bottle. Cut and thread 32" cord length through bottom holes. Continue to criss-cross cord through holes (like tying a shoe). Tie bow at top.
  • 7. For personalized tag, use alphabet stamps and ink pad to stamp name on craft foam. Cut out name. Punch hole in corner of tag.
  • 8. To attach, cut 10" cord length. Loop cord through tag hole and tie around bottle; knot ends.