How to Reuse Your Plastic Bottles for Crafts
26 Creative Ways to Reuse Plastic Bottles in Crafts
There are so many great ways to reuse your plastic bottles and keep them out of the landfill. Pop bottles, water bottles, vinegar bottles, juice bottles, milk jugs, they can all be reused in creative ways.
Here today, here tomorrow! Our children will inherit our plastic. In the early 1900s, a fellow named Baekeland invented plastic. Plastic was inexpensive to make and long lasting. Because it was so long lasting, it served many wonderful purposes. Perhaps too many, because decades later we are faced with landfills full of plastic. For this reason, reuse and recycling are important. It prevents build-up of waste plastic. Also, plastic is made from oil and gas. These resources are in limited supply and recycling existing plastic into new products, rather than creating new ones, preserves natural resources and keeps the landfills from being overwhelmed.
Is It Harmful to Reuse Plastic Water Bottles?
I personally purchase very few bottles. I moved away from buying plastic years ago by filtering my household water and buying my milk and juice in glass bottles. But, people who have moved away from buying plastic will still accumulate it in their recycling bins from friends and family. There are warnings against the safety of reusing plastic bottles for food and drink. You should not refill your plastic water bottle to drink from it. But, it is OK to reuse plastic bottles in crafts.
Recycling Plastic Bottles
If you do not get a chance to reuse your plastic bottles, be sure to recycle them so they don't end up in a landfill. Plastic is not biodegradable and does not readily break down. This handy recycle center locator will help you find the closest recycle center that accepts plastic bottles.
1. Plastic Bottle Bracelets
This fun bracelet is perfect for any teenage girl and it is made by reusing soda or water bottles. The reused plastic bottles give the bracelet just the right amount of stiffness. Get some fabric or felt and reach for your inner creativity.
Two-liter bottles can be reused or repurposed by turning them into a terrarium. Perfect craft for kids.
3. Aqua Spikes
Drip watering helps avoid run-off and allows the water to be absorbed deeply into the soil getting to the roots of the plant. Reusing plastic bottles to accomplish this is a win/win situation.
4. Coin Purse
This clever reuse of plastic bottles to create coin purse is ingeni0us. It reminds me of a little monster that could be adorned with eyes and a nose. :)
5. Knitting Loom
Larger plastic bottles can be reused to make these awesome knitting looms. I have many knitting looms and never thought to make one from repurposed plastic!
A low-cost and green way to reuse old plastic bottles to provide light. According to DreamsinBloom, this is commonly used in third-world countries. It may not be suitable in your home if you live in a climate that freezes. However, there are many possibilities for the reused bottles as lights!
7. Plastic-Bottle Funnel
Do you have a gerbil or a hamster that might benefit from making a funnel from a plastic bottle? Because there are cautions on health and safety of reusing plastic bottles for drinking purposes, you might want to be careful on this one. But, here are the instructions for a funnel made from plastic bottles.
8. Make a Box
Another crafty and cool way to weave plastic to make art. This plastic box uses green plastic woven together to form a box.
9. Shrinky Dinks
For safety reasons don't make the reused plastic shrinky dinks in a kitchen with all the doors and windows closed. Be sure the area is well ventilated before you heat up the plastic in the oven.
10. Pen Holder
Of course a well-cut plastic bottle can be used to hold pens, pencils, paper clips, screws, nuts, bolts and just about anything else. The tops could be fastened to a board for storing the garage hardware up out of the way, by mounting the board up high and screwing the bottles in place to put them away... much like people have been reusing baby food jars for many years.
11. Christmas Stars
Who would have thought that a plastic bottle could be used for home décor? This Christmas star hardly looks like a plastic bottle. String several together to make a festive Christmas star chain.
12. Privacy Screen
At first glance it is hard to believe this is plastic. It looks like glass. A beautiful reuse of plastic bottles in the home to make a privacy screen.
13. A Crafty Vase
This cloth covered vase makes a cute decoration with homemade appeal. Any size plastic bottle would work for this project, from pop bottles to 2 gallon vinegar bottles.
14. Woven "Crystal" Vase
I was blown away by this plastic bottle vase on WikiHow. It looks like a real crystal vase. Amazing!
15. Plastic-Bottle Beads
A cute, crafty and inspirational way to make a piece of trash into art. Nobody would ever know these cute beads were ever an old bottle (unless you tell them.) Bracelets, necklaces, or bead curtains would all look wonderful crafted from these spectacular plastic bottle beads.
16. Toy Shakers or Juggling Pins
The people in this tutorial reused their plastic bottles to juggle. I have seen people use the same method to create shakers for kids. Just put some beads in the bottles and add a stick to make a cute toddler toy.
17. Funky Purse
This is an interesting purse. More importantly, the instructions explain the basics of melting and sewing with plastic, to make anything your heart desires. Remember, to ventilate the room well before heating plastic for reuse!
18. Motion-Ocean Bottle
Fill a water with half baby oil and half water. Add blue food coloring to the mix, just enough to get the water the color of the ocean. If you wish you can also add glitter or tiny shells. Seal the bottle and shake back and forth, you will be surprised at how this resembles and ocean.
20. Ice Packs
Don't ever refill plastic bottles to drink from them. But you can fill a plastic bottle, leaving an inch of head space at the top for expansion, and freeze it. These ice packs can be used in coolers to keep other stuff cold just as ice packs would be.
21. Paint Trays
When you have a messy project, like painting, the bottom of the bottle makes a nice paint tray.
22. Plastic Bottle House
This house is truly amazing and inspired. The creativity and dedication it must have taken to build a home from reused plastic bottles is phenomenal. Do yourself a favor and read a little more about this guy and how he built his house from reused plastic bottles!
23. Plastic-Bottle Flowers
It is hard to believe these beautiful flowers are really reused plastic bottles. It seems there is no limit to the amount of creative ways to reuse them.
23. Baby Rattle
Because babies can pull small objects off, I would caution you to ensure the ribbons are very secure when making this plastic bottle rattle. It is a cute little toy great for stimulating babies' senses.
Peel off the label and cut off the top. Those plastic bottles make excellent storage containers for a variety of craft supplies and household items. You will wonder what you did before you reused your plastic to get organized.
26. Space-Saving Way to Grow Food
Have you considered plastic bottles as a space-saving way to grow food? This hanging garden made from waste is beautiful and practical. At Weblogtheworld.com they have used the bottles by hanging them on their side. I've also seen them secured upside down with the bottom cut off for growing vegetables.
Do you buy jugs of water? If you do, consider reusing those plastic water jugs to create functional storage bins. This would be a cute and practical way to store children's toys.
What do YOU do with Your Plastic Bottles?
More Ways to Reuse Platic Bottles
- Kiddy Aquarium - DIY Craft Project Instructions
Kiddy Aquarium - Reuse a plastic bottle to make a miniature aquarium for young kids.
- Reuse Plastic Pop Bottle Crafts
Plastic pop bottle crafts are a great great way to reuse plastic. Because plastic is not biodegradable, it should always be recycled or reused. In addition to saving the environment, these recycled craft ideas will save your wallet by reducing the ne