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How Can I Decorate a Sports Bottle?

Personalizing your sports bottle makes it easy to find and tough to forget. It's a simple and inexpensive activity that's ideal for sports teams that need to label each player's bottle, or for kids who may drink more water when it's from a special bottle. Reusing the same container, instead of drinking from throwaway plastic bottles, also reduces waste and helps the environment. Decorate a sports bottle to show off your team spirit or to reflect your personality and interests.

Draw on the sports bottle with paint pens. For example, write your name or jersey number, draw your team's mascot, doodle stars or suns or write your favorite motivational quote. Allow the bottle to dry.

Attach stickers to the sports bottle, carefully pressing them flat to avoid wrinkles. Do not put stickers within two inches of the bottle's opening. Use stickers to show off your interests, such as basketball or music stickers, or use letter stickers to spell out your name or team name.

Paint over the stickers with a thin layer of decoupage glue. This helps the stickers adhere to the bottle and prevents peeling. Do not paint decoupage glue over the opening of the bottle, because you will need to drink from and wash that area.

Let the bottle dry completely before use.

Tip

Paint pens will show up best on light-colored sports bottles. For dark bottle colors, such as navy blue or black, use metallic paint pens. You can find a variety of stickers in craft-supply and scrapbooking stores.

Warning

Wash only the mouth and interior of the bottle with soap and water. Wipe over decoupaged stickers with a damp rag. Use paint pens in a well-ventilated environment. Do not let kids sniff the pens.

About the Author

Rebekah Richards is a professional writer with work published in the "Atlanta Journal-Constitution," "Brandeis University Law Journal" and online at tolerance.org. She graduated magna cum laude from Brandeis University with bachelor's degrees in creative writing, English/American literature and international studies. Richards earned a master's degree at Carnegie Mellon University.